Cruisin’ with RWA

Hi there! Hope you’re all having a wonderful week. We had a touch of summer here on Monday in the West with a steamy 34 degrees! And speaking of ‘hotting up’ have you voted for your favourite author entries in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write Competition? There’s a few names you’re bound to recognise. Voting closes on October 11 and you can vote for one entry per day.

Don’t forget to also enter RWA’s own round of contests. Closing dates are listed below.

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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

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

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

All suffragette Esme Smith wants is respect. Her beau, American inventor Jed Reeve, may be more enlightened than most men, but lately his need to protect her is at odds with her need for independence. Esme begins to wonder if a modern woman can share her life with a man without losing some of herself.

With his courtship of Esme stalled, the last thing Jed needs is the pressure of saving the Prince of Wales. But when blueprints for a sonic destroyer fall into his hands, he uncovers an anarchist plot that could have deadly consequences.

While investigating the threats, Jed is determined to keep Esme out of harm’s way, despite her protests. But when the terrorists capture Jed and demand a priceless emerald in exchange for his life, it’s Esme who must draw on all her strength to save the day.

  • November Release –  THE DIPLOMAT’S DAUGHTER by Carolyn Wren

A covert operative. A life filled with secrets.

Jared Knight works with an elite group of agents trained to track down the worst criminals humanity has to offer. His career leaves no room for relationships.

On a dangerous assignment in Monaco he is captivated by a woman in a crowded ballroom. Disturbed by the uncharacteristic lapse, he is determined to forget her…

Five years later Jared offers Cecilia Benedict his protection when she becomes the object of an overzealous secret admirer. Unbeknown to Cecilia she is the woman who has haunted Jared’s thoughts. He can stay away no longer now her life is in danger.

Cecilia is intrigued by Jared’s serious manner and deep grey eyes. In the close confines they share she finds herself emotionally and physically drawn to him. An attraction grows…

But danger lurks in the shadows, threatening to destroy their relationship before it can even begin.

Negotiations for a film option on one of my books have been going on for well over a year – and at last the contracts have been signed. I’m so stoked about this. Of course this is only the first step in getting a film made. The people taking the option now have to get funding, write the film script, etc. But still . . . it’s nice to get so far. Sadly, I’m not allowed to tell anyone which book it is. (Sigh.) But it is a film option. And that is good news, right?

  • Janet Woods has been offered a two-book contract from Severn House UK. The first, to be titled MOON CUSSER (or curser or cutter) will have a smuggling theme.


Keeping Up Appearances


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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Her wild, wavy red mane could see this week’s up-and-coming author playing one of her feisty heroines. (But whatever you do, keep her away from the ride-on mower!)

  • Barbara DeLeo

As part of her Contract for Marriage Blog tour Barbara DeLeo is at these stops this week:

October 4 –  Fresh Fiction talking about “Fight or Flight” with a giveaway!

October 5 – RWA Blog Bite

October 8Romance University talking about “Crippled by Craft” plus a giveaway!

This week on Friday Feast:

This week on Friday Feast we’re taking a trip into the dark fantasy world of Australian author MJ Scott. Learn where MJ caught her baking bug from, her penchant for pinching recipes and discover BLOOD KIN, the second book in her highly-praised Half-Light City series. You can also join the fun by sharing your own favourite “borrowed” recipe.

As for the treat MJ has on offer, let’s just say that it’s dark and fantastic too!

October 4 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Cathleen with giveaway of TAKEN

October 5 – NEW COLUMN: REAL LIFE PARANORMAL with Mel Tescho

October 6
– Weekly Overview

October 8 – GOOD NEWS DAY

October 10 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Kylie Scott with giveaway of FLESH

This week’s special guests:

Anna Hackett talks about TIME THIEF
Musa author, Sloane Taylor talks about letting go

There’s also a chance to win a copy of one of Eleni’s eBooks with the Musa Anniversary blog hop. If you comment you can go into the running for the Musa prizes.

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

October 9 – GUEST AUTHOR: Kylie Scott – come meet a debut erotic paranormal romance author

October 13 – HISTORICAL AUTHORS: Sophia James – do you like historical romance? Want to try the genre? Then check out these Aussie/Kiwi authors.

  • RWA Blog

October 5 – Blog Bites with Barbara DeLeo – Kerri Williams

October 6 – Hearts Talk Wrap  – Ainslie Paton

October 7 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

October 11 –  Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

is blogging about counting your blessings and her new two-book contract from Severn House UK for the first book titled MOON CUSSER

I have Bronwyn Stuart visiting my blog tomorrow where she’ll be talking about her latest and upcoming releases with Carina Press. Bron has also kindly offered a giveaway a copy of her Regency romance, SCANDAL’S MISTRESS. So don’t miss out.

October 5 – Fabianistic Fun with Zombies – the blog journey begins…
October 12 – In the Armchair with Karina Fabian, author of I LEFT MY BRAINS IN SAN FRANCISCO


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. Helene Young
  2. Jane Quick
  3. Louise Cusack
  4. M J Scott
  5. Romance Book Paradise
  6. Paula Roe

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

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