Cruisin’ with RWA

We’re flying into February with good news and great blogs from our members here at RWA. Entries are now open for the First Kiss competition closing on Valentine’s Day, so get your entries in now! Details below under RWA Competitions.

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.

New Releases

Released a book on the January 24. ALPHA’S FLAME is the first book in her Council of Wolves series.

DIFFERENT TIDES is due for release in May 2014.

Set on the south coast of NSW, THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT  is out in Australia now, and North America and the UK on February 4.

LOSING KATE is to be released on April 1 in print and e-book format from Random House.

In April Secret Cravings Publishing will be releasing a new title by Louise Roberts, the historical romance saga THE SWORD AND THE ROSE.  In June they will also be releasing Louise’s historical romance novella EMBRACE AMIDST ORANGE BLOSSOMS.

New Contracts

Has signed up with Escape Publishing for a YA/New Adult romance. This is the first in a series and a change from her rural romance genre, due out within the next six months.


THE AUTUMN BRIDE made the short list for the American Library Association annual awards along with Graeme Simsion’s THE ROSIE PROJECT, which has gone gangbusters around the world.

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!  For further details and entry forms, click on the links to be taken to the RWA website.

The Emerald – Round Two Short

Congratulations to these contestants who made it to round two:

Cassandra Ashford

Rowena Candlish

Audrey Ford

Nina Gudikson

Pamela Hancock

Sue Knight

Erin Kuhne

The Emerald – Round Two Long

Congratulations and best of luck to:

Amy Rose Bennett

TK Florence

Marilyn Forsyth

Enisa Haines

Euphrasia Holmes

Marnie Maclean

Erin Moira O’Hara

Kerrie Paterson

Cassandra Samuels

Belinda Williams

The First Kiss

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.

Opens: 24 January 2014
Closes: Midnight Sydney time, 14 February 2014
Entries arriving before or after these dates will not be accepted

Enter – one scene ONLY depicting the first kiss between your protagonists. Scene must be 1500 words maximum. A 1⁄2 page set up should also be included, which is judged.

Entry fee – $22 per entry (incl GST) for entries within Australia.
$20 per entry for overseas entries
Two entries per person are permitted. Unpublished RWA members only.

Prizes – 1st – $200, 2nd – $100, 3rd – $75

Final Judge – Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency

Queries to the contest manager, Deb Cox, at

Entry form/conditions

Formatting sample

Sample score sheet

The Valerie Parv Awardvpa

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 romance or romantic elements manuscript (40K+) along with a 1,000 word synopsis.

Opens:  18 April 2014

Closes: 2 May 2014, or when contest fills.

Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) by email only.

Maximum TWO entries per person

Open to RWAustralia members and non-members; unpublished writers only

Final judges: Valerie Parv will rank the 6 finalists

1st – 1 year mentorship with Valerie Parv, plus $300
2nd – $200
3rd – $100

Formatting sample

Sample score sheet

Questions to (Erica Hayes, contest manager)

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:

January 29 – A little advice for making trailers to advertise your upcoming release from Gabrielle Battistel

February 2 – Event Announcements with Juanita Kees

February 4 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway with Phillipa Fioretti

February 6 – Cruisin with RWA

February 7 – Voting for Cover Contest with Imelda Evans

February 8 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway with Eva Scott

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.

Friday Feast is back for 2014 and all ready for some summer lovin’ thanks to SOMEONE LIKE YOU author Victoria Purman. We have salad-y goodness and a Kindle ebook giveaway on offer – the perfect hot weather cure. So come on over and be cool with us. Good food, good fun and good books. It’s all on Friday Feast!

February 6 –  Claire Fullerton is visiting talking about her historical romance “A Portal in Time” which is set in the wonderful town of Carmel in California.

What’s in a name? Visit Janet’s blog to find out.

Jen J McLeod – talks about her writing process (her publisher – Larissa Edwards) and introduces Natasha Lester, Zena Shapter and Helene Young.

I’m going to start sending out monthly newsletters, to launch it I’ve joined Riverina Romantics in their latest giveaway. First prize is a brand new Kindle, second prize a $50 Amazon voucher, third and fourth prizes are ebook packs.

Maggie featured in The Big Thrill Magazine talking about the second book in her Mayfair Spy Series, TAMING A GENTLEMAN SPY, due out in print on February 11.

Writer, Georgiana Louis, has shared her views on author pen names on the MRWG blog.

Unleash the beast! Join the Naughty Ninja authors at the launch of their new site

February 6 – Whitney K E’s new release DECEIVE ME IN IRELAND

February 11 – S E Glichrist with STAR PIRATE’S JUSTICE

February 14 – Elise Ackers with a lovely Valentine’s Day post

Blogs of Interest

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. Jenna Anastasi
  2. Mary Hawkins
  3. Nicole Murphy
  4. Paula Roe
  5. Rhyll Biest
  6. Sami Lee

Have a great week and happy writing!

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