Cruisin’ with RWA

Hello and welcome to Cruisin’. We can start counting the sleeps until the RWA Diamonds 2012 Gold Coast Conference. Are you packed and ready to go? Share your good news and blogs with us at


Claytons Conference 2012

Registrations for Claytons are now open.

Please visit the Claytons page on the RWAustralia website for more information (including the program)

If you have any questions, you can contact Julia and Jenny at ClaytonsConf12 [at] gmail [dot] com.

We look forward to “seeing” you there!


Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members this week. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at

Contest News

New Zealand Clendon Award 2012

  • Finalists:


MARY JONES – Historical


ADRIENNE SMITH – HMB Sweet romance

The final placings for these four manuscripts will be announced at the Awards Dinner at the conference in August

  • Highly Commended:

MICHELLE DE ROOY – Romantic Suspense

ERIN KUHNE – Romantic Suspense

KRISTIN MEAGHER – Contemporary


  • Commended:

TONI KENYON – Superromance#



  • It was announced at RWA12 (America) that Alison Stuart won the 2012 Romance Through the Ages Contest run by the Hearts through History Chapter of the Romance Writers of America for her unpublished Regency LORD SOMERTON’S HEIR.
  • Erin Kuhne writing as Erin Moira O’Hara received Honorary Mention in the East Texas Southern Heat Contest, contemporary single title.
  •  Suzanne Hamilton writing as SE Gilchrist received Honorary Mention in the East Texas Southern Heat Contest, paranormal section.
  • Suzanne also finalled in Music City Romance Writers, Minuet of Love, novella contest with BOUND BY LOVE.

New Contests

The Shooting Star Award Contest over at The Book Boost Blog are sponsoring prizes for the top three winners in FIVE genre categories benefiting The Epilepsy Foundation! Get the accolades you want, the promotion you need, and help cure epilepsy all in one writing contest!

New Releases

  • September 11, 2012 THE DARK ROSE by Denise Rosetti, released by Berkley Intermix

Even beautiful things cast dark shadows…

Rosarina of the Garden is the most desired courtesan of her time. She is also a spy, sent on a deadly mission to Green IV. She cannot afford to trust anyone, least of all the Quintus, a Technomage with his own agenda – and the unnerving ability to crack her cool composure.
Rose is a challenge Quin can’t resist, but he’s a threat she’s been ordered to…eliminate. Duty and passion are a dangerous combination in the paranormal world of the Four-Sided Pentacle.

New Cover

Has  received the cover for her debut Ellora’s Cave release, BLOODLUST DENIED. You can view the cover and a blurb over on her website.


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

August 3 – A Day in the Writing Life of Helen Lacey – Suzanne Hamilton

August 4 – Hearts Talk Wrap – Kristin Meagher

August 5 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

August 6 – Conference Spotlight – Harlequin – Eleni Konstantine

August 7 – Author Spotlight – Juliet Madison

August 8 – Conference Spotlight – Eleni Konstantine

August 9 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at:

 August 3 – This week on Friday Feast:

This week on Friday Feast we’re talking rural romance with award-winning Australian author Barbara Hannay whose gorgeous novel ZOE’S MUSTER releases this month from Penguin. Barbara reveals not only her passion for cooking and growing her own produce, but also what her husband gets up to when she’s away at the Romance Writers of Australia conference.

There’s a wonderful Greek cake recipe on offer plus reveal your favourite TV cooking program or what you’d most like to grow yourself and you could win a signed copy of ZOE’S MUSTER!

August 2 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Nicole Sheridan

August 4 – Weekly Overview

August 6 – GOOD NEWS DAY

We will be on hiatus from August 7th to September 1st. Conferences are a-calling and we are heeding the call!

Mission Romance has gone over to the Other Side at the new Kees2Create site.

August 1 – Review of BOOMERANG BRIDE by Fiona Lowe with a giveaway courtesy of Harlequin and DMCPR Media

August 2 – Review of Juanita’s debut release FLY AWAY PETA by romance reader Carol Dean

August 3 – Review of SUMMER AT WILLOW LAKE by Susan Wiggs with a giveaway courtesy of Harlequin and DMCPR Media

August 4 – On Location with FLY AWAY PETA

August 5 – The Story of EGYPTIAN HEART by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

August  4 – SERIES: The Paranormal DownUnder – Maree Anderson – Aussie/ NZ authors who live the paranormal life and love it!

August 7 – CONFERENCE TIME: Memorable Moments with…Jenn McLeod – – members of RWAustralia & New Zealand fill you on what to look forward to at the annual conferences.

*Ed’s Note: Post updated

Theory on Thursday with Juanita Kees

High school teacher, archaeologist and ancient historian Tima indulges in her love of writing with her debut novel BLOODGIFTED the
result. Visit her blog for more.

Provides bytes of inspiration for writers on her new blog.

So You Write Romance… Can You Write Anything Else? Whitney K-E talks about why she writes romance and addresses the one question you should never ask any writer.


Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Magical Gains
  2. Nicola Marsh
  3. Phillipa Fioretti
  4. Rhian Cahill
  5. Sami Lee
  6. Teen Fiction Cafe


Enrico’s quote of the week

A good speech has a beginning, a middle and an end, the best example being, “I love you.”

~Robert Brault,

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

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  1. This really is the 3rd blog post, of urs I actually browsed.
    Yet I personally like this particular 1, Modern Window Treatments “Cruisin with RWA | Romance Writers of Australia” the best.
    Cya ,Mathew


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