Cruisin’ with RWA

Can you believe it’s been a week already since Enrico and I saw you? Time is flying by. With only six weeks until Christmas, it’s almost time to brave the crowds and go shopping. We’re nearing the end of 2012 and soon another year will be assigned to history. What we’re excited about is the opportunities 2013 will bring. We have a little taste of what the future holds this week as well as great blogs, good news and books to add to Santa’s list.

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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


AWG has launched their What’s Love Got To Do With It? 50th Anniversary Scriptwriting Competition. Applications must be received by 5.00pm Friday December 14.

The Australian Writers’ Guild presents an outstanding opportunity for writers of romantic fiction 

Have you tapped into your inner Bronte or Austen? How about a sweeping saga à la Tolstoy? Are you the next Warwick Thornton, Jane Campion or Jan Sardi with a heart-wrenching story of love conquering adversity?
If you have written a script for a feature film, tele-movie or television mini-series with a love story as the central theme, don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to receive a free day registration for the National Screenwriters’ Conference, a copy of Final Draft 8 scriptwriting software AND get your work read by industry experts.

Full info here:

Competition Wins

Cassandra Pennington won first place in the historical section of the Maryland Writers’ Association Great Beginnings competition. THE WAGER also won 2nd place in the Valerie Parv Award.

New Contracts

New Opportunities -Aussie Authors of Romance Go Digital

SYDNEY: 14 November 2012: Escape Publishing is the digital-first imprint of Harlequin Australia, the leading publisher of romance fiction. After opening for submissions in August this year, Escape Publishing will introduce its first five local authors at an exclusive launch event at ECQ Bar on November 14.
Escape Publishing is an exciting new eBook initiative as it allows Harlequin to leverage its expertise in romance to discover Australian and New Zealand authors and take their stories to a global audience.
The November 14 event celebrates the global release by Escape Publishing of its first five titles by local authors. The authors are from diverse backgrounds, from a stay-at-home mum of four to a former criminal justice system worker, but all share a passion for romance and a talent for storytelling. The five launch titles available as eBooks via all good e-tailers are:

  • Chains of Revenge by Keziah Hill (Erotic Fantasy Romance)
  • In Safe Hands by Lee Christine (Romantic Suspense)
  • Christmas Wishes by Rhian Cahill (Holiday Contemporary Romance)
  • Grease Monkey Jive by Ainslie Paton (Contemporary Romance)
  • Chaos Born by Rebekah Turner (Urban Fantasy Romance)

The eBooks will be housed on a newly created website and distributed by all major e-tailers globally.

Juliet Madison had the pleasure of interviewing editor, Kate Cuthbert from Escape Publishing this week on Publisher Spotlight. Kate answered a few interesting questions and let us know what it is they’re looking for in a manuscript.


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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This week on Friday Feast:

Ever wondered what it’d be like to be felled by a jackfruit? Well, this week on Friday Feast, thanks to romantic suspense and thriller author Sandy Curtis, you can find out. Sandy’s not only taking us to the glorious tropics, she’s also sharing her gluten-free recipe for Chocolate Rum Pie. Chocolate and rum? Like one of Sandy’s brilliant novels, you won’t be able to resist!

November 15  – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Lilliana Rose


November 17 – ENCHANTED ORB: with Rhyll Biest

November 18 – Weekly Overview

November 20 – GOOD NEWS DAY

Musa Monday – HL Carpenter join me

Writing Buddy Wednesday – Juanita Kees

Trailer Thursday – Iron Man 3

Louise Reynolds celebrates her release on Jenn’s Author Harvest


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


RWA Contests

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


Riding the waves: Writing romance in tempestuous times

August 16 – 18 2013 –The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia

In August 2013, for the first time, our annual national conference is heading to Western Australia. With a gorgeous heritage hotel, sunshine, sea-breezes, alfresco dining and history – Fremantle has it all. And now it has romance!

For more information visit the RWA Website.


Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

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