Cruisin’ with RWA

We have a wonderful line up of good reads and blogs for you again this week. Congratulations to our STALI finalists, contracted or published authors, and welcome to all our new members. Look how far we’ve come!

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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

Contest Finalists – STALI

We are delighted to announce the finalists in this year’s STALI (Single Title And Loving It) competition.

  • Cheryl Baker
  • Bridget Gray
  • Leisl Leighton
  • Fiona McKenzie
  • Natalie Moress
  • Eve Moyse

Congratulations to all our finalists! Thanks to Sandy Harris for managing the contest. The finalists’ entries will be ranked by Sarah Fairhall, Commissioning Editor of Penguin Australia.

New Contracts

  • Melanie Scott has sold 3 contemporary romances to Jennifer Enderlin at St. Martins Press
  • Bronwen Evans has been offered a three book deal with Sue Grimshaw at Random House Loveswept for her new Regency Historical series, The Disgraced Lords. All published in 2014, with the first book, A KISS OF LIES, January 2014.

New Releases

  • October 30 – TO CHALLENGE THE EARL OF CRAVENSWOOD by Bronwen Evans

Henry St. Giles, the Earl of Cravenswood, longs to find his soul mate. Lady Amy Shipton is determined to marry for love instead of sharing her husband like her mother did. So why did she let her handsome neighbor and romantic fantasy, the Sinful Saint, seduce her in his garden? Now Henry is hunting the owner of the earring Amy left behind, and she’s determined to retrieve it before her identity is revealed. She’s not about to give her father the ammunition he desperately wants to force her down the aisle.

Forced to choose between the world she wants and the man she loves Cassia opts for fame and fortune. But it’s not enough – one taste and she’s hooked again…

Elm Crossing is at last beginning to feel like home to Eve, even though she knows that she is still in great danger in the battle for dominance in the Otherworld.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, long suppressed passions from an unrequited love ignite in one glorious night of lust, but once the forfeit is paid, will the harsh light of day see them return to their lonely lives?


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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November 23 – A Day in the Writing Life of Cathleen Ross with Suzanne Hamilton

November 24 – New Releases with Eleni Konstantine

November 25 – Event Announcements with Juanita Kees

November 26 – Author Spotlight with Imelda Evans

November 29 – Cruisin’ with RWA and Juanita Kees

Alison is participating in The Next Big Thing and a post about her forthcoming book SECRETS IN TIME, is now up on her blog.

This week on Friday Feast:

Break out the Santa hats and tinsel because this week on Friday Feast we’re getting Christmassy! A tad early, you say? Well, IT TAKES A VILLAGE and GETTING EVEN WITH FRAN author Christine’s Stinson’s delicious recipes might change your mind on that. Not only do we have a delectable potato salad for all those coming barbecues, there are exquisite mini Christmas pudding treats to savour. And as everyone knows, you can never have enough brandy-flavoured pud in your life.

So come and join Christine and share your favourite do-ahead Christmas recipe. With the hectic party season almost here, we need all the help we can get!

November 22  – MAGIC THURSDAY – Keziah Hillwith giveaway of DESIRE’S DREAM
November 24 – Weekly Overview
November 25 – Winner of Keziah’s giveaway announced
November 26 – GOOD NEWS DAY

November 29 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Christina Ashcroft with giveaway of Archangel of Mercy

Musa Monday – Spotlight on S.G. Rogers

Writing Buddy Wednesday – Christina Phillips / Ashcroft

Louise Reynolds visits Novel Adventurers and tells us about her love affair with Italy — the country that inspired her first book, HER ITALIAN ARISTOCRAT.


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. Heather C Brown
  2. Imelda Evans
  3. Jane Quick
  4. Kylie Griffin
  5. Lily Malone
  6. M J Scott


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



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:

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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  1. Thank you Enrico for cruising my blog!


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