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Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

Riding the Waves

Things are heating up here in the west with the 22nd annual RWA  conference approaching fast. So do keep an eye out for blogs and information here on the blog, on Facebook and on the Romance Writers of Australia website. If you’re planning on Riding the Waves in Freo this year, why not keep up to date and subscribe to the newsletter via email.

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!


Cruisin’ the News

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New Releases

  •  GALACTIC FLAME by Mel Teshco (Ellora’s Cave)new galactic flame cover

Book 3 in the Alien Hunger series.

Eden isn’t meant to be the alien prince’s intended lifemate, it’s her sister who is the one promised to him. But when Genesis comes to Earth and mistakenly believes Eden is his mate, she knows it’s the perfect opportunity to play the role her sister never wanted.

  • FALLING INTO PARADISE by Kamy Chetty (Red Sage Publishing)

    A woman too afraid to commit. A man too hurt to love again. A passion that refuses to be denied. Can Damon put the past behind him and choose to love again?

  • FIREWORKS by Khloe Wren (Amazon)Fireworks cover 400x600

Louise is down at her beach, going through her annual New Year’s Eve ritual. Cleansing herself from the previous year’s hurt. Once she’s finished, she steps back into the arms of Kosta, her friend and long-time crush. What ensues is a New Year’s Eve neither of them will ever forget.

  • FAITH IN THE GREAT SOUTH LAND by Mary Hawkins (Barbour’s Truly Yours)

Elizabeth Waverly never dreamed that taking a convict transport back to her home in Australia would change her life. But from the moment she lays eyes on John Martin, she cannot resist her growing attraction to him. Yet once the transport ship lands in Australia, their paths are bound to head in very different directions. Is their love destined to become a bittersweet memory of what might have been, or will faith show them another way?

Hot, wealthy, powerful Luciano is determined to hurt his wife Jasmine as badly as she has hurt him–except she doesn’t remember him. The only thing she knows about her marriage since waking up from a devastating car accident is the powerful feelings associated with the rings on her hand.

As the most feared military officer in the Faery Realm, Randor only got out by striking a deal with the late King to become an assassin for hire. Adora was fearless, powerful and intensely unhappy. Until she was kidnapped by a mysterious stranger.


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint had another busy week cruisin’ the web and inbox. Hope you enjoy his scoop. Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at:

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February 2 – The most romantic read of the year:  February Hearts Talk with Ainslie Paton

February 3 – Event Announcements with Juanita Kees

February 5 – Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight on Maisey Yates with Eleni Konstantine

February 7 – Cruisin’ with RWA  and Juanita Kees

February 3 – This Sunday Susanne welcomes Juanita Kees to tread the boards with us. She’ll share the secret of Under the Hood (formerly Taming the Tiger)

February 1o – Imelda Evans will be in the spotlight

If you missed last Sunday with Ann B Harrison (I had infrequent internet access during the storms in Queensland too), you can still drop by and say hi. Come on over and discover things you never knew about this Red Hot author!

talks “Back to the 90’s” in the Next Big Thing and adds a little CITYGLITTER

Friday Feast is baaack! And what a sweet start to the year we’re having. Man Drought author and Booktopia’s 10th favourite Aussie novelist Rachael Johns is not only revealing her latest great pub find, she’s hitting us with her knickerbocker glory. Pubs and knickerbockers? It’s bound to be fun!

January 31 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Eleanor Maine

February 1 – REAL LIFE PARANORMAL compiled by Mel Teshco

February 2 – ENCHANTED ORB – Adina West

February 3 – Weekly Overview

February 5 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

February 7 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Erica Hayes

Musa Monday – Arley Cole/Leigh Daley – Why she writes sex

Love Musa!

Writing Buddy Wednesday – SARA Carla Caruso

You may already be aware of the Aust Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop this weekend. If not, Jenn is taking part and giving away a copy of HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS. Here is Jenn’s link to her Aust Day post and on the bottom you will find a link to Book’d Out’s list of about 52 giveaways/offer.

is kicking off her blog tour with a peek UNDER THE HOOD! Here is the line up for next week:

February 2Fresh Fiction: Who can resist a Paperback Hero?

February 5Serena Tatti: Talking about character building

February 6Romance Book Haven: Romance with FLY AWAY PETA

FAST FORWARD launch & blog tour – Win a $50 Amazon gift card, February 1st to February 28th

February 2 – Cat-urday: Toilet Humour – more madcap mayhem with LOL  cats.
February 5 – INDUSTRY: Interview with…My Bookish Ways – come meet Kristin!
February 9 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – SHADOW KIN M.J.Scott

A romantic comedy, women’s fiction group blog started by Carla Caruso

Talks about going through the process of revisions

Susanne is guest on the following blogs this week:

February 8 – Kez Delaney – Blog Bytes

February 9 – Jess Anastasi’s Saturday Sojourn where she’ll be talking about her road less travelled in Italy (not the usual tourist route).

A little Pillow Talk with Kate Belle

Michelle Skidmore is reviewing romance novels across the subgenres. A few entries are already up.


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. Alissa CallenEnrico
  2. Cathryn Hein
  3. Dy Loveday
  4. Eva Scott
  5. Historical Belles and Beaus
  6. Imelda Evans


RWA Contests

Closing dates for the 2012-13 RWA contest season

Little Gems 1 February 2013
First Kiss 15 February 2013
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2013

The Ellasub_head_ella

RWA is excited to launch a new contest for published novellas. To be known as The Ella, the romantic novella of the year award will be a reader-judged contest, and the winner will be announced at RWA’s national conference in August.

An entry must be a romance and have a word count of between 10,000 and 40,000 words. To be considered for the 2013 award, the original version of the novella, whether digital, hardback or paperback, must have been first published between 1 January 2012 and the 31 December 2012.

Entries close on 4th February 2013.

The R*BY 2013sub_head_rby

The R*BY Award, affectionately known as The Ruby, is our premier award and the only one of its kind in Australia. Voted on by Australian readers, this contest is open each year to any Australian or New Zealand romance author who has published a long or short romance novel.For Books Published 1 January 2012 and the 31 December 2012.

Opens on the 7th January and closes on the 8th February 2013.


Regards Juanita

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