Welcome to another bumper issue of Cruisin’ with RWA. Enrico and Clint have a little news of their own this week. They’ve worked so hard driving the Cruisin limo this year, I decided to surprise them with a well-earned break. They’re going on an African Safari! Of course, I can’t let them go alone, so between July 6 and 20, we’ll be swapping the Cruisin’ limo for a four wheel drive and binoculars. Do keep sending your news and blogs through while we’re away to firstname.lastname@example.org for posting when we’re back on board on July 25.
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 on their achievements this week. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to email@example.com.
is delighted to share the news that she has joined the ranks of the Harlequin Romance authors with a two-book sale to Harlequin Mills & Boon, UK.
is pleased to reveal the cover for her July debut release, LETTER FROM A RAKE. A passionate love letter goes astray in this charming Regency romance now available for pre-order.
LINGERIE WARS is now available on Smashwords. It’s the first in a new contemporary romance series, set in Scotland.
Nikki Logan, Kylie Griffin and Fiona Lowe took the prize in their categories in Annual Best Cover for VENGEANCE BORN, WILD ENCOUNTER and BOOMERANG BRIDE.
Carolyn Wren – DIPLOMAT’S DAUGHTER (The Protectors)
Danielle Lisle – THE ROSE’S BLOOM
Kelly Hunter – WISH
Margareta Osborn – A BUSH CHRISTMAS
Thanks go to the Ella co-ordinator, Raewyn Bright and to Louise Reynolds, our erstwhile R*by co-ordinator, for mentoring her through her first year in this role.
Alison Van Vreumingen
Thanks to all the volunteers who make the contests happen: VPA contest manager, Erica Hayes, Contest co-ordinator, Lis Hoorweg, Judge co-ordinator, Margaret Midwood, and all our judges.
Cruisin’ Member Blogs
Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- RWA Blog
June 23 – Event Announcements
June 24 – Author Spotlight on Jennifer St George
June 25 – Conference Spotlight
June 27 – Cruisin’ with RWA
Cate Ellink talks about the genesis of THE VIRGINITY MISSION with Susanne Bellamy and Jennie Jones reveals more about her HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE on Sunday on All the World’s a Page.
chatted to Leisl Leighton about her debut novel, PRINCESS AVENGER.
‘Tis the season for snuggling down with a good book and comfort food, and on Friday Feast this week Aussie author Nicole Flockton has both. We’ve a slow cooker delight, perfect for warming your innards, and to warm your heart, there’s Nicole’s latest contemporary romance RESCUING DAWN. Lovely!
blogged over at the Firebirds blog as a Golden Heart finalist on Thursday, June 20.
June 20 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Shona Husk
June 21 – WHAT ARE WE READING with Shona Husk
June 22 – ENCHANTED ORB – TBC
June 25 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin
With pruning season in the Australian vineyards upon us it is prime real-time for reading Lily Malone’s new self-pubbed novella, THE GOODBYE RIDE.
Lily has been a guest on justcontemporaryromance – with the article, “Do you want a piece of me?” It talks about the pieces of Lily that have made a path into her books. Umbrellas. Sandflies. Guitars and House Of The Rising Sun for starters.
Then she had a guest spotlight at Fiction Vixen with a giveaway for THE GOODBYE RIDE which asked readers to comment on whether they like books with local lingo, language and slang… and the overwhelming response from commenters is “yes, we do! Give us authenticity!!” Check it out.
And with fellow foodie Eliza Redgold (BLACK DIAMONDS), Lily took over the Escape Publishing blog to cook up a recipe for Baking The Perfect Bloke. This was loads of fun to write, and the article comes with a calorie warning. Don’t read on an empty stomach! It’s guaranteed to add a few kilos!
Jenn’s been awfully quiet this week. I wonder what she’s up to in the house?
THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE hit the top new releases on JB HiFi
50ks in 30 days – why I’m not letting a good man go to waste.
Confused about twitter or just want to get the most out of it? Juliet has written a blog post that will demystify the twitterverse and help you make it an efficient and fun form of marketing and social interaction.
Entangled Bliss author Jenna Rutland is on Juliet’s blog answering ten awkward questions… How would you go with answering them?
June 22 – CAT-URDAY: Food Please!
June 25 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Madeline Ash – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!
June 29 – SATURDAY SEVEN (THE DOM’S DUNGEON – Cheryse Sinclair) – Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves.
Lovely Aussie-in-Texas Nicole Flockton visits ‘Cooking The Books’ this week and she’s got a foolproof, super easy chocolate cake recipe plus an excerpt from her latest release, RESCUING DAWN.
BSP Alerts and rum balls (minus the rum) on Margareta’s blog, The Voice of the Bush
June 12 – READING ADVENTURES compiled by Eleni Konstantine
Sasha decided to embark on the task of cooking some of the recipes in her historical romance writing research in Distasters from the Regency kitchen.
June 15 – Spotlight on Writers with Annie Seaton
June 23 – Spotlight on Writers with Marianne Theresa
A little taste of NEVER ON A SUNDAE
Our writer’s group, Sultry Scribes, tried an on-line meeting this month, with the writing topic being the introductory sentence: “They found his diary under his bed.” As per usual, we wrote for twenty minutes, polished it up and were supposed to post it on Sultry Scribes. (I’m the only one so far!) Anyway, ’tis short, and if you’re interested.
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Have a great week,
from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs