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We hope you enjoy our line up this week. Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to

Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

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

Riding the Waves

Riding the Waves

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!

Take advantage of the Early Bird Savings and register today!


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

Member Milestones

1. James Patterson
2. Nora Roberts
3. MC Beaton
4. Danielle Steel
5. Clive Cussler
6. Anna Jacobs
7. Lee Child
8. David Baldacci
9. Michael Connelly
10. Harlan Coben
11. Katie Flynn
12. Tess Gerritsen
13. Josephine Cox
14. Alexander McCall Smith
15. John Grisham
16. Jodi Picoult
17. JD Robb
18. Jeffrey Deaver
19. Agatha Christie
20. Ian Rankin

New Contracts

  • Victoria Purman has signed a three-book contract with Harlequin Australia. Her first book, NOBODY BUT HIM  will be out in paperback and e-book in October this year. Victoria pitched to Haylee Nash at the RWA Conference on the Gold Coast last August and got The Call just before Christmas.

Little Gems Cover CompetitionLittle Gems Sapphire Cover

  • The winner of this year’s Little Gems Cover competition is Sheridan Kent, who was also the winning designer for the Little Gems cover in 2011. Congratulations Sheridan and, as always, thanks to all the volunteers who make our competitions possible.


  • For those who are Indie pubbed, the Indie Book Awards contest closes on February 22. Visit their website for more information.
  • For Inspirational romance or inspirational novel with romantic elements, copyrighted or with 1st print date in 2012. No POD,
    self-published or e-book entries. Need not be RWA member but publisher must be RWA approved. Contest closes March 1.
  • For a 1000 word romantic short story. Prizes are fab – $500 cash, e-reader, $400 worth of Random House books and publication in Take 5 and an e-book with Random Romance


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 Clintdetails to us at:

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February 15 -A Day in the Writing Life of Christina Phillips with Efthalia Pegios

February 16 – Beyond the Literal: There’s No Escape with Ainslie Paton

February 18 – Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight with Ebony McKenna by Eleni Konstantine

February 17– Event Announcements with Juanita Kees

February 18 – Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight with Eleni Konstantine

February 19 – Author Spotlight on Adina West with Juliet Madison

February 21 – Cruisin with RWA and Juanita Kees

From across the Tasman, my guest will be Shirley Wine.

Wanted to share the news that she was interviewed by a Washington journo, Bill Thompson, of The Bookcast. The interview is live at  if you’d like to have a listen.

is doing a blog tour to promote her new book, THE AUTUMN BRIDE. At each point there’s a giveaway of a copy of her book. The full list is available on Anne’s website.

We’re fudging it on Friday Feast this week. Super squishy deliciously fudging it, and all thanks to FLY AWAY PETA author, Juanita Kees. So if you enjoy your cooking foolproof and sweet, come join in the fun. Your dentist will love you for it!

February 14 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Nicole Murphy with giveaway

February 15 – WHAT WE ARE READING compiled by Shona Husk

February 16 – DARKLIGHT ON… Keziah Hill

February 17 – Weekly Overview

February 18 – Winner of Tyla’s giveaway announced

February 19 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

February 21 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Imogene Nix

Musa Monday – Wench Rita Monette

Trekking Tuesday

Writing Buddy Wednesday – DarkSider Anna Hackett

Jenn J McLeod is getting up close and personal with the author of ‘Distance’ – Nene Davies

Monday Muse takes a look at Vampire Diaries’ bad boy Damon Salvator
Thespian Tuesday we get to find out about Nicole Flockton and enjoy and excerpt from her book BOUND BY HER RING
Wednesday its a post on Random Romance With Kate Belle
Saturday Sojourn takes us on a wonderful trip to Italy with Susanne Bellamy

February 15 – Friday Feast with Cathryn Hein and a Juanita-proof recipe

February 18 – with Jemi Fraser talking about editing

February 22 – chatting to Juliet Madison 

February 22 – talking to Romance Reader about the RWA Conference

February 16 – Cat-urday: Up to Mischief – more madcap mayhem with LOL cats.

February 19 – TOPIC: World-Building with Joss Ware/Colleen Gleason – find out how well known authors create their series/worlds!

February 23 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – RAPTURE Jacqueline Frank

February 26 – TOPIC: World-Building with Pamela Palmer – find out how well known authors create their series/worlds!

On Cooking The Books this week, Harlequin Special Edition author Helen Lacey is sharing a family recipe for Welsh Bake Stones and talking
about the role of cooking in her latest release. Plus there’s a giveaway!

I’m having a bit of a ‘busy’ Sunday. I’m part of the MFRW’s ‘Firsts’ Blog Hop.

I’m also part of the Heartbreaker Blog Hop.

And one of the featured authors for the Coffee Time Romance & More giveaway this month.

Plus Misrule’s Mistress just received a lovely 4 star review

is a guest over on Black Velvet Seductions where she talks about her writing journey and life.

February 10 – In the Armchair with Susanne Bellamy

February 12 – In the Armchair with Carla Caruso

February 15 – In the Armchair with Valerie Parv


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:Enrico

  1. Anne Gracie
  2. Christina Phillips
  3. Historical Saga Novels
  4. Jane Quick
  5. Lily Malone
  6. M J Scott


RWA Contests

Closing dates for the 2012-13 RWA contest season

February 14 – First Kiss
April 2013 – Valerie Parv Award

Regards Juanita

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