Cruisin’ with RWA

Happy Valentine’s Day! Yes, I know it’s a day early but our Cruisin’ Chauffeurs rwa14logoedit-light-300didn’t want to miss out on their chance to wish our readers and members at the Romance Writers of Australia all the love in the world this weekend. Let’s begin celebrations with some good news and great blogs, shall we?

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: newreleases@romanceaustralia.com htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com 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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

New Releases

This week Chris shared the exciting news that her 2013 Emerald Award winning book, THE PROFILER has just been released in digital format on Amazon, Apple Ibooks, Kobo and Barnes & Noble. The paperback edition will be available in March. The second book in this series is called THE PREDATOR. It finalled in last year’s Golden Heart Award. It will be released in March.

is excited to announce TREE CHANGE will be released in print of February 14. It’s available for pre order at the moment from Breathless Press.

New Contract

is happy to announce her first ever contract with the up and coming all Australian boutique publisher Steam eReads. The erotic Regency short story entitled AN IMPROPER PROPOSITION is proposed for release on May 1.

has signed her first contract with Entangled Publishing for book four in the Emerald Quest continuity, a romantic suspense series (five authors) spanning 200 years. Publication is scheduled for Feb-June 2015. She’s extra thrilled because Hawaii is her setting again!

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Jenn revealed her cover for SIMMERING SEASON.

RWA Competitions

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 rwafirstkiss@gmail.com

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

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

Formatting sample

Sample score sheet

Questions to rwa.vpa@gmail.com (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: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

February 14 – Cover Contest Announcement

February 16 – Event Announcements

February 18 – Author Spotlight and giveaway with Astrid Cooper

February 20 – Cruisin’ with RWA

February 13 between 10-11 am (Qld time, 11-noon southern states) Susanne Bellamy is guest host for an hour on Cupid’s Heart and A Valentine’s Surprise Release Party and Giveaway. She’d love to see you there!

February 15-16 – A Month of Heroes continues with Ann B Harrison talking about her multiple heroes in COMING HOME.

February 22-23 – Melanie Tikalsky shares her take on heroes.

What a range of men as A Month of Heroes extends into March with Annie Seaton, Misty Dietz and EE Carter. Two spots left (23rd and 30th Mar) if you’d like to share your hero!

Looking to heat up your Valentine’s Day? Then come feel the love on Friday Feast. Thanks to five time 2013 Australian Romance Reader Award nominee, Amy Andrews, we have hot heroes, chocolate and more! Plus share your favourite way to celebrate the day of love and you’ll go into the draw to wind a Kindle copy of Amy’s HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO. Lip-smacking goodness!

February 12 – A BITE OF… Hidden Mortality by Maggie Mundy

February 13 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Claire Boston

February 18 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Nicole R Murphy

February 8 – Bringing Awareness to CHD

February 10 – Fall in Love with Musa Publishing (Rafflecopter giveaway)

Zena Shapter is visiting Calingarry Crossing pub to share a beer nut and a chat. If you don’t know her for being a serious author with great writer advice on her blog (founder of the Northern Beaches Writers’ Group), you will love meeting the whacky, party Zena who enjoys a little Gangnam style!

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

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

February 18 – Things get interesting when the Naughty Ninja’s show up on The Other Side 

Stop by for a little Sunday Supper with Sandie James.

February 10 – SARA News with Eleni Konstantine

February 14 – Southern Speak with Khloe Wren

S E Gilchrist has a quite a few posts happening at the moment to celebrate her latest release, Star Pirate’s Justice, including a rafflecopter giveaway contest which closes midnight 16th February. Click here for the giveaway post. Her most recent posts have been on: Susanne Bellamy’s blog (with a character interview with Volkar), Juanita Kees’ blog and Nicole Hurley-Moore’s site.

Next stops are on 13th Feb (both US time): Manga Mania Cafe and Chuck Wendig’s blog – 5 Things I Learned.

Elise Ackers is on S E’s blog this week and is celebrating Valentine’s Day and her latest release with a rafflecopter giveaway contest. Click here for link to this contest which runs for all of February.

Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week. Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Juanita Kees
  2. Magical Gains
  3. Novel Adventurers
  4. Phillipa Fioretti
  5. Romance Bandits
  6. S.E Gilchrist

Have a great week and happy writing!

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