Cruisin’ with RWA

Spring is here and the weather is warming up – huzzah! My TBR pile is ready and waiting for a spot next to the pool and a warm day. I’m sure you’ll find a few more to add to your list in this week’s edition of Cruisin’. Happy reading!

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Cruisin’ the News

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Keeping up Appearances

Upcoming Contests

  • The RWA West Houston Chapter’s contest ‘The Emily’ is open for submissions from Saturday, September 1st, 2012 and closes at midnight, September 30, 2012.For more information and to enter: * All Electronic ~ Fee: $30 (WHRWA members $20) * No synopsis ~ maximum of 7,000 words * Three first-round judges ~ lowest score dropped * Open to published authors (not published in category for three years) * Multiple entries allowed * Entries capped at the first 240 entries received

Visit the Contest Website for instructions on how to enter by completing a submission form and uploading one (1) eligible first chapter.

RWA Contests

  • New Logo Contest

RWA has launched a contest to find a new logo. Opens: September 1st 2012, Closes: Midnight Sydney time September 30th 2012

  • Closing dates for the 2012-13 contest season
HM&B High Five 14 September 2012
STALI 5 October 2012
Selling Synopsis 23 November 2012
Emerald Award 23 November 2012
Little Gems 1 February 2013
First Kiss 15 February 2013
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2013

New Releases and Contracts

  • Barbara DeLeo’s debut book CONTRACT FOR MARRIAGE is out on Sunday from Entangled Publishing. Visit her website for the cover reveal.
  • Eleni Konstantine’s paranormal romance novella, GATEWAY TO HELL, had its official launch on Friday night on Facebook.
  • Denise Rosetti’s Four-Sided Pentacle series is complete. The fourth and last in the series, THE DARK ROSE will be released by Berkley Intermix .
  • Nicole Hurley-Moore has a medieval Christmas novella, MISRULE’S MISTRESS contracted by Pink Petal Books.


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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This week on Friday Feast:

Brace yourself, folks, because this week on Friday Feast we’re turning animal! To celebrate the release of her romantic suspense, WILD ENCOUNTER, multi-published Australian author and zoo worker Nikki Logan is talking us through the joys of zoo food.

There’s a numbat termite-slurpee for your delectation, some great tips on how to keep your home menagerie happy and well-fed, and feel-good cuteness all round. So come and join the furry fun. Nikki promises not to bite!

September 13 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Eleni Konstantine with giveaway of novella GATEWAY TO HELL

September 15 – ENCHANTED ORB with Christina Ashcroft

September 16 – Weekly Overview

September 18 – Good News Day

September 10 – Come on over to see which castle we stop at next on our Scottish adventure.

  • RWA Blog

September 14 – Day in the Writing Life of Maggie Mundy – Suzanne Hamilton

September 16 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

September 18 –  Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

September and October – Calling all Historical Authors:

Would you like to do a craft type post or interview? Craft-wise, I’m looking for anything with a little history to it that adds to the story, even if it’s about where you do your research. The blog category title is “In the Armchair with…” so pick your favourite reading or writing chair and attach a photo of yourself with the blog. Contact me for more information if you’d like to be a guest.

September   8 – Hal Junior: The Missing Case by Simon Haynes (Children’s Fiction)

Today we welcome Daniel K to The Other Side with his review of book two in the Hal Junior series.

September 8 – The Winner of What’s The Buzz announced (RWA Conference 2012)

September 11– Review of That Thing Called Love by Susan Andersen (Harlequin Mira)

September 14 – In the Armchair with Erin Grace

  • Susanne Bellamy has a new website and first ever blog and would love to have you visit her there.


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. Monique Wood
  2. Monya Mary Clayton
  3. Novel Adventurers
  4. Writing up a Storm
  5. Imelda Evans
  6. Whitney K-E

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

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  1. Quick share: Two nights ago I downloaded the STALI contest info and had it up on the desktop when hubby appeared over my shoulder and said (queue surprised tone) “WTF is that? You’re single and loving it?” LOL. Poor dear thought he was getting the flick and I was signing up to some single ladies’ dating service (or similar)…


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