Cruisin’ with RWA

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 Waveshere 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

Good News

Results from the 2013 Australian Romance Readers Association Awards held in Brisbane:

Favourite Paranormal Romance – proudly sponsored by Galaxy Bookshop


Favourite Sci Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance – proudly sponsored by Choc Lit


Favourite Short Category Romance – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia


Favourite Historical Romance – proudly sponsored by Carina Press


Favourite Contemporary Romance

JILTED– Rachael Johns

Favourite Erotic Romance – proudly sponsored by eXtasy Books

BARED TO YOU – Sylvia Day

Favourite Romantic Suspense – proudly sponsored by Love Books

DEAD HEAT – Bronwyn Parry

Favourite Continuing Romance Series – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia


Favourite Australian Romance Author 2012 – proudly sponsored by Booktopia

Anna Campbell

And for the Members’ Choice categories …

Best First Meeting Between Couple in a romance published in 2012


Best Love Scene from a romance published in 2012


Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2012


is celebrating the release of her debut contemporary romance, WATERSHED, out now in eBook. The print edition will be coming along in a couple of

has signed a contract for her rural YA romance RIDING ON AIR for a May release with Escape Publishing

  • Nina Blake

has just signed a contract with Escape Publishing for her romance FORGET ME NOT.

The first in Maggi’s spy series A BARON IN HER BEDTHE SPIES OF MAYFAIR,  was published in the US on Wednesday. It’s available in print & ebook from Amazon, The Book Depository and on-line stores.

TROUBLE IN NIRVANA is available through Amazon’s Kindle store as a pre-release exclusive.

has sold her first Romance novel, MY BROTHER BUT ONE to Mira Australia.

has an erotic  story, THE LOVERS in the literary magazine, Ampersand, March edition.

has signed her second contract with Escape Publishing for her small town contemporary romance, THE JANUARY WISH, which will be released in December. Juliet’s first book, FAST FORWARD was published last month by Escape.


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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March 5 – Riding the Waves conference spotlight on Alex Adsett by Eleni Konstantine

March 8 – Blog Bites with Diane Hester and Kerri Williams

March 9 – Hearts Talk Wrap with Ainslie Paton

March 10 – Event Announcements with Juanita Kees

March 12 – Conference Spotlight by Eleni Konstantine

March 14 – Cruisin’ with RWA by Juanita Kees

Alissa Callen introduces us to the sounds of love this Sunday on All the World’s a Page. Come on over and say hello. And next week, Susanne’s guest is Imogene Nix.

We’re doing something uniquely Australian this week on Friday Feast. No, it’s not watching AFL players in tight shorts. Thanks to best-selling rural romance author Fiona Palmer we’re going yabbying! Come discover how Fiona prepares these delicious little critters, and while you’re visiting check out her brand new release THE SUNBURNT COUNTRY. If you look closely you may even find a blast from the past Fiona photo to giggle at!

Coleen Kwan is over at Jess Anastasi’s blog talking about Port Stephens, the location for SHORT SOUP, her recent release by Escape Publishing.

All your favourites this week on DSDU.

Join Eleni in the Taverna for more!

To celebrate the release of House for all Seasons (Aust and NZ), Jenn had a magical, musical treat and lucky draws.

Lots of Book Launch Love in Coffs Harbour for House for all Seasons. Coffs Harbour launch pics and some 5-star reviews popped a few extra bottles of bubbly.

Author Harvest ‘bales up’  Greg Barron

March 6 – I’m chatting to Nas Dean at Romance Book Haven about what’s next for Detective Mark Johnson from UNDER THE HOOD

March 3 – Lazing on a Sunday Crafternoon with Eliza Muldoon

March 5 – Grace Grows by Shelle Sumners

March 8 – Kamy Chetty comes over to The Other Side

March 9 –  SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – FLESH by Kylie Scott

March 12 – CAST OF CHARACTERS: Imhara: the Na’Reish demon leader from ALLEGIANCE SWORN

Jenn J McLeod shares her outback adventures as a 22 yr old touring Australia in a F100. Come on over and see what she got up to!

March 1 – Carla Caruso FanGirl Friday with Paula Roe

March 1 – Carla Caruso Past, Present & Future

March 1 – Kamy Chetty  on Romance Reader

March 4 – Carla Caruso with giveaway at Romance Book Paradise

March 4 – Kamy Chetty -Giveaway- Maria’s Book Blog

March 5 – Kamy Chetty-Giveaway – Serena Tatti

Alissa Callen talks about her current releases.

First Sunday Of The Month – Blog Roundup. Yep, it’s a roundup of some of the Melbourne Romance Writer’s blogs from February.
There’s an introduction to a diverse range of writerly subjects and links to explore.


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. Authorness – Vanessa Barneveld
  2. Mary Hawkins
  3. Maggi Andersen
  4. Nicola Marsh
  5. Pamela Cook
  6. Rachael Johns


RWA Contests

Closing dates for the 2012-13 RWA contest season

April 2013 – Valerie Parv Award

Regards Juanita

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  1. Congratulations to all the winners at ARRC, and to everyone with great news to share.


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