Cruisin’ with RWA

Hello and welcome to another edition of Cruisin’. Our chauffeurs have had a busy start to the year with all the great news and new blogs in circulation. Here is a small sample of what’s to come as February marches on steadily.

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

Announced the release of her first book, OF FIRE AND ROSES

New Reviews

Victoria Black was thrilled with this nice review of HEAVENLY REVENGE.

Cover Reveal

Pop over to Cathryn Hein’s blog for a peek at the cover for ROCKING HORSE HILL on sale from April 23.

RWA Competitions

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Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) by email only.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Open to RWAustralia members and non-members; unpublished writers only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 (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:

All the World’s a Page welcomes Melanie James in an author interview this weekend, 22-23 February. Her latest release is A VALENTINE’S SURPRISE.
Annie Seaton is rocking hard with the release of HOT ROCK on 1-2 March. Want to know what a rock god and a hero have in common? Davy Morgan is the answer! Find out more as a Month of Heroes continues.

Need a bit of magic in your life? Of course you do! And thanks to acclaimed young adult author Ebony McKenna and her gorgeous Ondine series you can have it. Come a-dipping in the land of Brugel with Ebony’s latest release THE WINTER OF MAGIC, then follow up with a delicious coconut-chocolate fondue. Plus share your fondue fondness and you could win not one, not two but THREE Ondine ebooks! 

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

Scorching Book Reviews are doing a Valentines Romance … My Way blog hop. Over 40 participating bloggers, reviewers, authors are talking about their favourite romance tropes. Heaps of bookish prizes to be own and a $50 Amazon gift card.
My favourite is a little dangerous. Find out about it on my blog, leave a comment and go I to the drawer for a digital copy of THE YEARNING. See ya on the hop!

February 8 – Bringing Awareness to CHD

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

  • Hunter Romance Writers

February 13 – Linda Charles with a post titled ‘Make Em Laugh’.

January 11 – Sandie Hudson with a post titled ‘Writing Three Dimensional Characters’.

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!

Sandie’s been cooking up a storm!

Sunday Supper –  a Victorian menu for 18 people
Friday: Happy Valentine’s Day – The Legend
Tuesday: Tasty Tuesday – A Valentine’s Feast

February 10 – SARA News with Eleni Konstantine

February 14 – Southern Speak with Khloe Wren

Elise K Ackers was in the limelight on Sarah’s blog giving away 3 copies of her latest release, DEAR STRANGER.

visited Elizabeth Darcy’s blog this week, talking writing, coffee and sharing an excerpt from Letter from a Rake.

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 to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week. Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Juliet Madison
  2. Mel Teshco
  3. Rhian Cahill
  4. Sandie Hudson
  5. Tamara Gill
  6. Valerie Parv

Have a great week and happy writing!

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  1. Thanks for a great Cruisin week.


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