Cruisin’ with RWA

Enrico and Clint have put in a request for a new limo. They’ve worn out the engine on the old one Cruisin’ the Blogs. Here’s what they’ve picked up on their run down the highway…

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.

On the Bookshelf

THE SIMMERING SEASON has arrived and Simon and Schuster have three copies up for grabs.

New Covers

Has a lovely new cover for OPAL’S WISH (Book 4 of The Crystal Warriors Series) plus, a release date of March 31, 2014.  It’s available for pre-order .

Congratulations Sheridan Kent, the winner of our Little Gems Moonstone Cover contest.

New Contract

is delighted to announce she has signed two contracts, the first with Escape Publishing for her Melbourne story, renamed BETTING ON THE BOSS. This offer arrived the same afternoon as one from Entangled Publishing to become part of the Emerald Quest continuity series. Susanne is metaphorically jumping for joy.


got the surprise of her life when her Romantic Comedy FAST FORWARD made the Top 100 on all paid Kindle books on


  • Society of Women Writers Tasmania

Thanks to Mary Hawkins for bringing this little gem to our attention:

I am a member of Society Women Writers Tasmania and would hate any of my writer friends to miss out on this opportunity.  With the help of a grant from Launceston council we have organised the inaugural Tasmania Literary Award, 2014. It is now up and running and open to everyone. Details for entries are now available on the SWWT website. Entries close at midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time, on Friday, June 13, 2014.


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Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) by email only.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

February 25 – Little Gems Cover Contest Winner Announced

February 26 – Seven Spots your Trailer Should be Seen

March 1 – Hearts Talk: Membership Update & Conference Program Issue

March 2 – Event Announcements

March 6 – Cruisin’ with RWA

HOT ROCK rock star seeks mate, no matter when she’s living. Will use ley lines to travel. Come meet Davy Morgan, rock god and Bowie contemporary, a man who will wait forever for his woman. Annie Seaton introduces the hottest rocker ever over on All The World’s a Page.

A great line up of more heroes follows through March:
March 8-9 – Misty Dietz and COME HELL OR HIGH DESIRE

March 15-16 – EE Carter and MOONSTONE OBSESSION

Want a luscious recipe that’s easy to make and bound to please all the family? A romantic fantasy to warm your heart? Then Friday Feast is the place for you. Author JM Bray is sharing a treasured heirloom recipe and giving away an ebook copy of his debut novel TEARING THE SHROUD. With a great book and comfort food on offer, you’ll be in a tearing hurry to visit!

February 26 – A Bite Of… Forget Me Not

February 25 – Good News Day

February 22 – Enchanted Orb with Claire Boston

February 21 – What we are reading

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

Lisa Orchard will drop by to talk about the SUPER SPIES book, one of her daughter’s favourite book series.

Iris is visiting Sandie James talking about what she’d cook for dinner if Hugh Jackman came over. There’s a chance to win a copy of her latest release MORE BEGINNINGS.

Katherine Howell at the bar having a tar with me and answering the hard questions like “An author, an agent and a chicken walk into the bar… how do you know which one crossed the road?”

It started out as a regular author Q&A, but Rowena Holloway (a wonderful wordsmith herself) added a little magic. See the result

Jenn’s Goodreads Giveaway is NOW ON. Simon & Schuster have 3 copies of Simmering Season to give away. Find link here.

Iris Blobel is my ‘Look Who’s Talking’ guest today, she is offering a copy of her latest novel MORE BEGINNINGS for a chance to win just leave a comment.

February 17 – SARA News

February 21 – Southern Speak – The Dreaded ‘S’ Word: Synopsis

The Naughty Ninjas took over my dojo on The Other Side this week. Come on in and see what they got up to.

Enrico’s Pick Six

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

  1. Michelle Diener
  2. Sara Hantz
  3. Teen Fiction Cafe
  4. We Love YA
  5. Yvonne Lindsay
  6. Wink Girls

Have a great week and happy writing!

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