Cruisin’ with RWA

Hello and welcome back for another great line up of news, views and interviews. I hope you’re all having a productive writing week now that contest season is upon us. There are loads of exciting writing opportunities out there.

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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

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

  • S E Gilchrist’s erotic fantasy novella, BOUND BY LOVE, tied in 2nd  place in the Music City Minuet of Love contest.
  • View Cheryl Wright’s book trailer for her romantic suspense novel RUNNING SCARED
  • NYT bestselling author Keri Arthur has contracted FIRE BORN from her new series about a phoenix, a fire spirit capable of taking on human form who is also cursed with the ability to foresee death via her dreams, to Danielle Perez at NAL, in a two-book deal, by Miriam Kriss at the Irene Goodman Agency (World English). Her next two books in the DARK ANGELS series, featuring a half-werewolf/half-Aedh, have also been contracted to Danielle Perez at NAL, by Miriam Kriss at the Irene Goodman Agency (World English).
  • Steampunk novella, COURTING TROUBLE by Jenny Schwartz is due for release on October 1 from Carina Press.
  • DOUBLE EXPOSURE by Charmaine Ross was launched with Destiny Romance this month.

Keeping Up Appearances

  • Mary Hawkins is presenting a two hour workshop on “Getting the novel structure right” and will be also in the “Editing Room” at The Word Writers Getaway 12-14 October at The Sunshine Coast. FMI:
  • Juanita Kees will be enjoying a little African hospitality with her book signing event at Kalahari – A Taste of Africa on Saturday from 10am. Come along for a chat, a cup of coffee and some African delights, and pick up your copy of FLY AWAY PETA.

When: Saturday September 29 from 10am

Where: Kalahari – A Taste of Africa, Unit 4/27 Augusta Street, Willetton, Perth


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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This week on Jenn’s Author Harvest meet Alison Stuart – a fabulous author, with appalling taste in cookies and a possum problem!

Jenn also shares news about another Simon & Schuster author she met recently who has…let’s just say…a strong family connection to RWA.

Coming soon – Helen Ellis. (Now don’t let Helen’s little ol’ granny look fool you! How this lady can write!!! (It’s the chocolate affair you must have!)

This week on Friday Feast:

We’re moaning a lot and walking a bit stiffly on Friday Feast this week, and it’s not from over-exercise. Thanks to Australian author Kylie Scott and her debut release, FLESH, the Zombie Apocalypse has arrived!

To fortify you through the coming hardship, Kylie’s sharing a healthy and delicious salad recipe, while for those who prefer brain-sustenance, we have that covered too. Simply tell us your best zombie-fighting food or weapon and you’ll go into the draw to win an e-book copy of FLESH. So stumble on over!

September 27 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Bec McMaster with giveaway of  Kiss of Steel

September 29 – DARKLIGHT ON… Anna Hackett

September 30 – Weekly Overview

October 2 – GOOD NEWS DAY

October 3  – A BITE OF… With Nicole Murphy

October 4 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Cathleen Ross

September 27 – SERIES: Ellora’s Cave author – Lacey Savage – come discover the world of paranormal erotic romance!

September 29 – MONTH OF HOT HEROES: Finalists – vote for the hunkiest TV/ movie heroes and see who ends up the HOTTEST one of all.

October 2 – TOPIC: Why Enter Writing Contests? – what can writing contests do for you?

October 4 – SERIES: Ellora’s Cave author – Rhyll Vallis – come discover the world of paranormal erotic romance!

October 6 – MONTH OF HOT HEROES: Champion – you voted! Now check out who the HOTTEST one of all is!

  • RWA Blog

September 28 – A Day in the Writing Life of Daniel de Lorne – Suzanne Hamilton

September 28 – New Releases with Nicole Flockton

September 30 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

October 4 –  Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

Booked for the weekend: 8 Aussie authors with a special offer for readers this long weekend.

September 26 – Nicole Hurley-Moore celebrates the release of her latest book, UNTIL THE STARS BURN COLD, a paranormal romance set in ancient Persia and modern day rural Australia. Nicole has kindly donated a copy to one lucky visitor so please drop in and say hi and don’t miss out!

September 27 – Review of THE UNFINISHED JOURNALS OF ELIZABETH D – Nichole Bernier
September 28 – In the Armchair with Suzi Love talking historical romance
October 1 – In the Armchair with Nicole Hurley-Moore and a post on researching your novel
October 5 – Fabianistic Fun with Zombies – the blog journey begins…


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. Wendy Leslie
  2. Yvonne Lindsay
  3. Anne Whitfield
  4. Cats, Books & Life
  5. Elisabeth Rose
  6. Historical Hearts

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

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