Cruisin’ with RWA

I’m excited! Why? Because there is only one week to go until we’re Riding the Waves at this year’s Romance Writers’ of Australia Conference in logo_yellow_bgFremantle, Western Australia.  Imagine all the good news to come!  A Nautical or Nice Cocktail party, the flashy, red carpet Gala Awards night and loads of exciting workshops to attend. We’ll be bringing romance alive in the West. Until then, keep your good news coming to


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

Good News

  • Bec McMaster finalled in the Georgia Romance Writers 2013 Published Maggie Award for Excellence with her entry KISS OF STEEL.BeckysJourney_MED
  • Khloe Wren has a new release BECKY’S JOURNEY, Book 2 in her Dragons of Feury series (Paranormal Erotic Romance)
  • Annie Seaton has accepted a contract with Entangled Publishing for her ninth book.It is the first book in a romantic suspense continuity series with four other authors from: Australia (Sara Hantz) New Zealand (Jane Beckenham) and the US (Patricia Eimer and Ally Broadfield) It is called the EMERALD QUEST and Annie’s begins in 1794. This will Annie’s first historical.BC Ebook Cover_opt
  • Heather Garside’s latest release BREAKAWAY CREEK, a rural romance from Clan Destine Press is now available in print.
  • Iris Blobel’s 4th book NEW BEGINNINGS will be released in late August by Astraea Press and the sequel MORE BEGINNINGS has also been contracted.
  • Jennie Jones reached number one in the top fifty e-books on Kobo with THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE
  • Maree Anderson is thrilled to announce that her July YA release, LIMINAL, has been selected by iBookstore AUS/NZL editors as one of their Best Books of August:

    “Self-published Kiwi author Maree Anderson has already established a loyal following with her Crystal liminal-1600x2400Warriors series. In this novel, she embarks on a new storyline featuring Wren, a sassy 16-year-old who finds she’s starting to disappear from her life–literally! She teams up with mysterious bad boy Kade and learns a thing or two about living between worlds. This is great young-adult fun for fans of paranormal fiction.”

Keeping up Appearances

  • The Yearning Book Talk with Kate BelleThe Yearning

When: Thursday 29th August

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

Where: Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham

Cost: Free

Bookings through Eltham Library, 03 9439 9266 or via their website.


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:

  • RWA Blog

August 6 – The 2013 ROMA Finalists

August 7 – Author Spotlight on Elisabeth Rose

August 11 – Event Announcements

August 15 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Want to be healthy but can’t give up cake? Never fear! This week on Friday Feast, Australian rural romance author Heather Garside has the answer. Come check out her new release, BREAKAWAY CREEK, and then settle into some Pistachio Orange Cake. Goodness all round!

What’s on the Darkside this week? Click on the link for more…

August 6 – Tuesday Tales – Authors write a weekly story to a prompt. This week’s prompt: Smooth

August 8 – This week’s book choice – Heather Gray TEN MILLION REASONS

August 11 – This week’s book choice: Kelly Martin THE DECEPTION OF DEVIN MILLER

Meet Lynne Wilding’s daughter Karen M. Davis and win a copy of her debut, romantic suspense novel: SINISTER INTENT. While you’re there … Last chance to win Fran Cusworth’s latest: THE SPICEFIELD SISTERS

I’ve got a new ‘Marketing Mondays’ post on my blog, this time about Occasional Marketing, where you use special events or media hype to link to your book and find new readers.

A copy of a new rom com, BABY AND BUMP by Brooke Moss is up for grabs on my blog. It’s about a woman who falls for her OB/GYN – awkward! Good odds of winning too 😉

Riverina Romantics has a huge giveaway going on at the moment, I’ve donated my book and there are heaps of great books on there, lots from Escape Publishing.

August 10 – CONFERENCE TIME: Memorable Moments with Christine Taylor – an idea of what you can expect at conference!

August 13 – GUEST AUTHOR: Dakota Harrison – shares her debut release EXHALE!

August 13 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Lucy Forster – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

August 15 – RWAustralia conference – My first trip to Western Australia!

Destiny author, Bernadette Rowley, has a fascinating post on Medieval food on this week’s ‘Cooking The Books’. So grab your trenchers and tankards and head on over!

August 11 – Spotlight on Writers – Efthalia Pegios

Going FREE and other important things – Indie Publishing with Cathleen Ross

Blog Hops

Love romance? The Romance Reviews are having an all-genre hop for romance. Join the madness from September 13 to 21, 2013.

Everyone dreams of Prince Charming, right? But who is he? Join our authors and meet their Knights in Shining Armor. Want to know what it is about these men that makes them so irresistible?

Prepare to encounter the charms of an Irishman with Whitney K-E’s hero from WHAT HAPPENS IN IRELAND

Here he is, ladies! Juanita Kees’ Charming Hero, Detective Mark Johnson coming to you soon in UNDER COVER OF DARK

Read about Heather Garside’s Charming Hero of BREAKAWAY CREEK, visit her brand new blog

Not to be forgotten is Jennie Jones’ Charming Rural Hero Dr. Ethan Granger from THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE.


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. Anita Joy
  2. Cats, Books & Life
  3. Historical Hearts
  4. Imogene Nix
  5. Jane Quick
  6. Kiki Fu


Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

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  1. Jenn J McLeod | House for all Seasons

     /  August 8, 2013

    You and Enrico and Clint do such a great job, Juanita. Thank you for keeping us all up to date. Have a blast in Freo. Will miss seeing you there.

  2. Can’t wait to see you in less than a week!!!!


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