Cruisin’ with RWA

Come Cruisin’ with Enrico and Clint. Send your news and blogs to the crew at Don’t forget to come back on Sunday September 1 for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.


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

TAINTED, the fourth book set in Christina’s mystical Roman/Druid world, releases on 28th August

A dangerous love that Rome will never allow…

Driven by the knowledge he failed to protect his king and embittered at losing the woman he loves, Celtic warrior Gawain despises the lust he feels for the beautiful Roman patrician, Antonia. She is everything he’s never wanted in a woman, yet she ignites his passion like no other. Despite the danger of discovery he embarks on an illicit liaison with her, determined to uncover the reason for the infinite sorrow that haunts her eyes.

MOONSTONE OBSESSION  will be released by Etopia Press on October 18!

Is celebrating the release of her fiftieth book, NEVER SAY NO TO A CAFFARELLI

RWA Contests

Contest season opens on August 23.

Contests for unpublished writers:

The Emerald Award is our major contest for unpublished writers, and offers a unique opportunity to have your full manuscript judged if you make the second round. Initial entry is 10,000 words of your category or single title manuscript.

The Valerie Parv Award offers the winner a year of mentorship with bestselling Australian romance author Valerie Parv. Enter the first 10,000 words of your category or single title manuscript along with a 1,000 word synopsis.

The Ripping Start is for the first 1,500 words of your romance or romantic elements novel or novella. A great way to hone your hook

The First Kiss gives you the opportunity to showcase that romantic tension. Enter a 1500-word scene involving your protagonists’ first kiss, plus a half-page set-up.

The Selling Synopsis tests your synopsis-writing skills. Enter your category or single title synopsis for the chance to impress an agent or editor.

The Little Gems contest (also open to published authors) is for romantic short stories up to 3000 words, and offers finalists the chance to have their story published in an RWA anthology.

We also run a contest for artwork for the cover of the Little Gems anthology. This is open to members and non-members.

Contests for published authors:

The Romantic Book of the Year (R*BY) is our contest for published novels by Australian or New Zealand authors. It includes sections for Short Sweet Romance, Short Sexy Romance, Long Romance and Romantic Elements novels.
Entries for the 2013 R*BY (for novels published in 2012) open in December 2012.

The Ella is our contest for published novellas.

Our Little Gems short story contest is also open to published authors.

Looking for more contests?

In Australia, each state has a Writers’ Centre. Membership of the centre will give you access to the list of many competitions being held right across Australia in various forms of writing.

Romance Writers of America contests are summarised at Stephie Smith’s web page. Check the individual RWA chapter websites for full details.

Romance Writers of New Zealand contests can be found at 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:

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August 27 Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Anna Campbell

September 1 – Event Announcements

September 2Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Mary Brock Jones

September 5 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Want less slaving over a hot stove and more reading time? Me, too! Which is why I’m delighted to welcome romance and adventure author S.E. Gilchrist to Friday Feast this week. S.E. is not only bravely sharing her culinary misadventures, she’s treating you to her delicious-but-easy quiche recipe. Just the thing for spring!


THIS WRITING LIFE: Riding a Post RWA Conference High!

Christina is participating in a month long Cover Reveal Blog Tour – for more details please check out her website.

How To Avoid Getting Hacked. Internet for Authors: This week’s best internet tips.

A sweet celebration by Louise Reynolds of Rural Romance and her recent Destiny Romance release,OUTBACK BRIDE.

August 27 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Adina West – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

August 31– CAT-URDAY! – Friends

With giveaways!

August 28: Aspired Writer
August 28: Jesse Recommends
August 28: Rose & Beps Blog
August 29: Book Reviews
August 30: Lusty Penguin Reviews
August 30: Regina May Ross’s
August 31: Snarky Mom Reads (Review)
September 1: Crystal’s Many Reviews
September 1: Reader’s Edyn
September 2: Dalene’s Book Reviews
September 2: Mythical Books
September 3: Brianna’s Bookshelf
September 3: deal sharing aunt
September 4: Coffee Beans & Love Scenes
September 5: Danita Minnis
September 6: It’s All About the Romance

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. Annie Seaton
  2. Coleen Kwan
  3. Hunter Romance Writers
  4. Janet Woods
  5. Love Cats Down Under
  6. Madeline Ash


Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

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