Cruisin’ with RWA

Our chauffeurs were kept on their toes again this week as 2014 takes off. We have some exciting new posts coming to the RWA Blog, so keep an eye out on Cruisin’ with RWA every week for an update. First cab off the rank this week was the introduction of a new monthly blog by member, Gabrielle Battistel that answers questions and shares information on new ways to promote your work. You’ll find a link to the post under Cruisin Member Blogs.

Cruisin’ the News

We love celebrating success. Our members are encouraged to send in their New Release news for publishing in Hearts Talk and the New Releases blog. Don’t miss the deadline! Send in your new releases by the 8th of every month to: Of course, the Cruisin’ Crew don’t want to miss out on the celebrations, so drop Clint and Enrico an email with your blogs, new contract, first sale, new cover or release news at Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

TrendingThe Trader's Gift

Anna Jacobs doesn’t mind at all that her book THE TRADER’S GIFT (Number 4 of The Traders Series, historical) is bobbing in and out of (but mostly in) the Top 100 Amazon Bestsellers lists for Sagas and Family Sagas for both Kindle and Paperback. THE NORTHERN LADY is cruisin’ in and out of the Top 100 Kindle Regency Romances.

New Contracts

Tina Marie Clark has signed a new contract with Harlequin, Mira Australia for another two books. SHOOTING BUTTERFLIES will be in stores December 2014 and another novel late 2015.

New ReleasesHighlander Romance

Cathleen Ross is thrilled to announce that her Highlander Romance, FORBIDDEN FANTASY series is now available in a boxed set from Amazon.

RWA CompetitionsPrint

Get your entries in! Competition Fever is here. RWA’s competitions are a great sounding board for your writing. We love romance and what better way is there to get your hard work out there to be read and critiqued by romance lovers. Both the Ruby and the Ella are now open for entries and close on February 7.  So don’t delay!  Our Little Gems competition for short stories opens tomorrow January 10 and closes on January 31.  For further details and entry forms, click on the links to be taken to the RWA website.

Covers, covers, everywhere…

Entries for the RWA Book Cover Contest (2013) opened on January 11 and closes February 6, 2014.

For those wanting to enter:

  • Books must have been released between  January 1 and December 31, 2013.
  • You must be a RWA member.
  • The contest is fully electronic. Entrants will be required to send a good quality image of the cover, which is to be no smaller than 350 pixels in height.
  • State if your cover is a novel, novella, short story or anthology.
  • State your sub-genre.
  • Self-published titles are not eligible to enter.

Please forward your entry to:

Voting begins on the blog on 7th February and ends 12th February and is for RWA members only.

Australian Love Stories Anthology

Inkerman and Blunt, who published an anthology of Australian love poetry last year, this year want to do one of Australian love stories and would love to have our members represented.  There are details on the blog, if you are interested: The closing date is February 28


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at:

New Year, New Column, New Ways to Promote Your Book…Starting Wednesday January 29, Gabrielle Battistel from Trailermade Productions will be posting a monthly column, showcasing our members’ book videos and answering questions about the business of video book promotion.

In the spotlight this month:TheJanuaryWishcover

Juliet Madison with THE JANUARY WISH and a giveaway


Lily Malone with FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN and a giveaway

And in case you missed a few in December:

Vanessa Garden with CAPTIVATE0114 Captivate FC (3) (420x640)

Tima Maria Lacoba with BLOODGIFTED

And many more…

January 26 – Coastal Romance Australia Day Blog Hop concludes with the drawing of a $100 Gift Card and multiple book giveaways. Still time to enter and read lots of wonderful perspectives on our national holiday.
A new month and new features: A Month of Heroes

February 1-2 –  Whitney KE gives us the secrets behind her new hero from DECEIVE ME IN IRELAND in a fab interview with him.

February 8-9 – SE Gilchrist interviews her newest hero.

Follow these posts and others from our Romance Writers of Australia Facebook Group.

January 22 – Bernadette is blogging with Nas Dean over at Romance Book Haven talking about my latest book THE LADY’S CHOICE.

January 25 – in the Book’d Out Australia Day Blog hop

January 30 – heading over to chat with Leisl Leighton

January 21 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Cassandra Shaw

January 23 – MAGIC THURSDAY with Cathleen Ross

January 24 –    REAL LIFE PARANORMAL with Mel Teshco

January 17 – Musa Warms Up for Winter

January 23 – Iris has J’aimee Brooker coming for a visit talking about TRAIN MY HEART

Phillipa Fioretti is at the bar FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! Well, that’s the name of her Momentum release. And I sure hope her publisher doesn’t read this post!

January 20 – SARA News with Eleni Konstantine

January 22 – What A Character compiled by Maggie Mundy

I’m taking part in The Writing Process blog hop. Come and see what I’m working on.


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:

  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 and happy writing!

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  1. timamarialacoba

     /  January 23, 2014

    Hi Juanita, thank you for mentioning me again in the RWA Newsletter. I’d like to let you know my book, BLOODGIFTED, has been trending on Amazon – Top 100 Hot New Releases on Amazon. This morning it was #57. For the last week it’s been hovering somewhere within the top 100. I’m thrilled!


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