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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

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

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New Contracts

  • S E Gilchrist is thrilled to finally announce her second contract with Escape Publishing. This short story, THE PORTAL, is scheduled for release on 1st March 2013 and is set in the same world as LEGEND BEYOND THE STARS.

New Releases

After trudging in the footsteps of the Fomorian army, Aileen longs to have a home of her own far from the horrors of war. She will do anything to achieve her goal. Even lie to the kin and people of her newly deceased husband. But lies are nothing, compared with drugging a pixie king and stealing his memory … and his seed.

To fulfil his father’s dying wish, border laird Jamie Graham must marry and sire a legitimate heir. But his marriage will be one of convenience, for he has vowed never to open his heart to betrayal. While guarding his cattle from thieves, Jamie catches the spirited daughter of a neighbouring laird stealing his horse.  Despite viewing an arranged marriage as a death sentence,  feisty Kenzie Irvine has no choice but to wed the domineering Jamie. But she has sworn an oath never to bring a child into an uncaring world. And Kenzie also has a dark secret she has no intention of giving away –  even if she finds herself her on the wrong side of the law…

The final book in the world wars trilogy, TALL POPPIES/SECRET AND LIES has just been released in hardcover.

Meggie Elliot is trying to forge a career for herself in London, a city on the brink of WW2. The crush she has on her solicitor comes to nothing. Meggie joins the WRNS in a burst of patriotism and goes to work in a decoding unit. There she meets the mysterious and dangerously exhilarating young aristocrat Nicholas Cowan, who is her boss. A series of coincidences points to Nick as being the burglar who robbed the home of her beloved aunt, something Nick doesn’t deny. They fall in love with the thunderous roar of planes flying overhead and bombs exploding around them.

This is the third book in her Roman/Druid romance series, BETRAYED, will be released by Ellora’s Cave in their Xanadu line on 20th March 2013.

In 51 A.D., Druid priestess Nimue is injured and enslaved by the hated Roman Legions. Even though she is drawn to her captor, she’s determined to escape and complete her mission for the Briton king and her duty to Arianrhod, the goddess she is bound to.

The tough Roman warrior who captures her is far from the brutal barbarian she expects. His touch inflames her desires and passion burns between them. Though Nimue does not accept her enslavement, her heart surrenders to her enemy. When Arianrhod appears to her in the form of an owl, Nimue knows the union is blessed.

Roman warrior Tacitus is enchanted by the fiery beauty who shows no fear and challenges him at every turn. Though enslaving her goes against his heart, he’s determined to make her his. No woman has ever heated his blood as she does. But when he discovers her true nature as one who actually communes with the gods, his loyalties are torn between his heritage and a woman who could destroy everything he’s ever believed in.

New Cover

  • UNDER THE HOOD by Juanita Kees (Escape Publishing, March 2013)Under_the_Hood

When Scott Devin buys a struggling car dealership in a semi-rural area in Western Australia, the last person he expects to see in charge is a stilletto-wearing, mini-skirted foreperson. Exactly the distraction a struggling, male-dominated workshop doesn’t need! But there’s more to TJ Stevens than meets the eye.

TJ Stevens has two major goals in life: to preserve her grandfather’s heritage and protect the program – and she’ll go to any lengths to do it. Scott Devin’s presence is a threat to everything she’s worked hard to achieve, so keeping him at arms length shouldn’t be a problem…or could it?

Savannah Harris is determined to raise her three-month-old daughter in the best possible environment, and flees home to Grace Creek, an inheritance from her recently deceased mother.  But even this peaceful property cannot cocoon her from her abusive husband or a stranger who intends to rip her life apart.  In an atmosphere thick with fear, Savannah realises she cannot keep running, she must fight back or risk losing not only her life, but the only family she has left, her precious daughter.


  • 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:

February 24 – Juliet Madison continues her blog tour for FAST FORWARD this Sunday on All the World’s a Page.

March 3 – The lovely Lily Malone with her own ‘brand of beautiful’.

Oh, we do love a bit of chocolatey goodness on Friday Feast and this week THE GIRL IN THE HARD HAT author, Loretta Hill, is treating us to some serious deliciousness. Her description of cake-making will have your taste buds hollering for your own baking session. But never fear, Loretta’s supplied an easy tried n’ true recipe to shut them up. So come and join the Feasty fun. After all, everyone knows chocolate is the ultimate reading and writing food!

February 21 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Imogene Nix

February 24 – Weekly Overview

February 25 – Winner of Imogene’s giveaway announced

February 26 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

February 27 – A BITE OF …with Shona Husk

February 28 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Adina West

Musa Monday – Wench Lizzie T. Leaf talks humor!

Love Is In the Air Blog Hop winner

Writing Buddy Wednesday – BF-Fiend Helen Ellis

Cover reveal –SEALED WITH A KISS

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

February 18 – with Jemi Fraser talking about editing

February 22 – Past, Present and Future with Juliet Madison

February 22 – talking to Romance Reader about the RWA Conference

It’s all about fun this week when Kate Belle’s competition kicks off on The Ecstasy Files Friday 22 February and runs until 11 March. Drop in for a bit of fun  and grab your chance to win a Sexy Caper Hamper full of books and goodies. (Over 18’s only)

Kate continues her intimate little chats with fellow erotica authors with a couple of fun encounters:

Taking a Random Chance on Romance with Jess Anastasi.

How did Kate get from Mickey Mouse to erotica? Find out on Jan Graham’s Hot Seat.

Tips on surviving those dreaded publisher rejections with Imogene Nix.

And on 25 February drop into The Naughty Pages of Phoenix for a laugh about silly names for s*x toys.

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!

30 Escape authors are doing a progressive love story on the Escape blog until 15 March. It’s like a writerly speed dating event. Could be a masterpiece, could 0213 LoveStory Btnbe a train wreck, but it’s a lot of fun.

Also I’m posting at Darkside Downunder talking about writing, reading and self-publishing.

February 25 – Kamy Chetty (NZ author) Under the Spotlight on Romance Book Paradise

February 25 – Carla Caruso (Aussie author) on Maria’s Book Blog

February 25 – Valerie Parv, Visiting Professor at Romance University

February 27 –  Nicole Flockton (Aussie author) at Romance Book Haven

February 28 – Kamy Chetty at Anna Reads Romance 

is chatting to Brynna Curry from In Shadows about writing historical romances and giving away a copy of MISRULE’S MISTRESS.


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 Whitfield
  2. Christine Wells
  3. Hot Authors
  4. Janet Elizabeth Henderson
  5. Kylie Scott
  6. Louise Cusack


RWA Contests

Closing dates for the 2012-13 RWA contest season

April 2013 – Valerie Parv Award

Regards Juanita

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