Cruisin with RWA

Welcome back to another week of Cruisin’ with RWA. March promises to be a bumper reading month with all the exciting new releases out there. Grab a cuppa, curl up on your favourite seat in the limo and let’s go Cruisin’…

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

TWO FOR ONE comes out on March 10 and Ann is very excited.

Isabella Hargreaves’ second book, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN PLAINS, a historical rural romance set in 1924, will be released by Steam eReads on 1 May 2014.

THE SIMMERING SEASON will be available on bookshelves from April 1.

Suzi is very excited to announce that SCENTING SCANDAL (Book 2 in the Scandalous Siblings Series) is now up and selling at Smashwords and Amazon.  This book won RWA’s STALI contest 3 years ago.

Is thrilled to announce her debut release with Beachwalk Press.

SMASH is out on April 21.

*Ed’s note: Contains Adult Content.*

PASSIONFRUIT & POETRY is now available in print as well as an ebook from Amazon.

A sweet cinderella-esque Australian romance (Library Journal)

New Covers

Joan is excited to reveal the cover of MAD ABOUT YOU from Entangled Publishing. Following the Rafflecopter link to enter the competition to win a $15 Amazon gift card.


The lists are out for 2012-13 for the Most Borrowed Authors and Books in the library system. Anna is thrilled to announce that her books have gone up on Top 20 (adults and childrens combined) from 15th to 13th.   YEW TREE GARDENS is in the Top 100 books borrowed in all the UK. Regional lists vary hugely but she is featured in several top 100s, with:

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  • 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

Selling Synopsis Results

Imelda Evans revealed the results of RWA’s Selling Synopsis competition this week.

First Place: Margaret Swan

Second Place: Nicole Grant

Third Place: Enisa Haines

Congratulations to our three place-getters and to all who entered.  Synopses aren’t easy for most writers, but a very handy skill.  Good on you for having a go, those who did! Thanks, as always, to all our volunteers who make our contests happen and to Joel Naoum of Momentum for being our final judge for this one.

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:

March 13 – Cruisin’ with RWA

March 9 – Event Announcements

March 5 – Selling Synopsis Results

March 3 – March New Releases

March 8-9 – Misty Dietz talks about her blue collar hero. Zack is a ‘protector’ type who has one heck of an explosive relationship with Sloane, a psychic with a difference in this romantic suspense, COME HELL OR HIGH DESIRE.ElizabethEllenCarter_Moonstone-Obsession

March 15-16 – The lovely EE Carter will be talking historical heroes and MOONSTONE OBSESSION.

Don’t miss discovering more about different hero types and what makes them tick on All the World’s a Page.

COASTAL ROMANCE is becoming more popular. Susanne talks about it as a guest next Tuesday morning (9 am Oz time–Qld) on Can’t make it then? It will be available through their archives.

How does a stunning, easy to make and delicious dessert sound? What about a scintillating Australian rural romance?  Then Friday Feast is the place for you! Best-selling novelist Margareta Osborn celebrates the release of her latest hit MOUNTAIN ASH with a cake that will have you drooling. Good food and a great book – the perfect way to celebrate autumn’s arrival.

March 4 – Good News Day

February 27 – Magic Thursday – Keeping on Track & Keeping the Magic with S E Gilchrist

February 26 – A Bite Of… Forget Me Not

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

Ros Baxter is running a great competition to promote her hot new romantic comedy, Lingerie for Felons! Anyone who buys the book and reviews it on Amazon in March goes in the draw to win a $30 Amazon voucher.

Lingerie for Felons: Follow your heart. Find your calling. And always, ALWAYS wear your best knickers.

March 5 – Reading Adventures in March

February 28 – UP-CLOSE with South Aussie YA and New Adult author Danielle Belwater!

February 27 – What a Character with Danielle’s Nathanial

Looking for some gorgeous Regency Era Women’s Fashions? Take a look at my latest blog post for some truly droll worthy fashion plates.

Quotes to Inspire

Anna Jacobs shared a few writers’ quotes from LinkedIn this week. The thread is: Do you have a favorite quip or quote pertaining to our profession? Here are a couple to get started from John Benson .

Anna particularly liked these:

“When you have met a successful writer…you have met a fanatic.”

“I plan to continue writing until my dying day…probably longer.”

“Old writers never die; they just submit.”

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. Monique McDonnell
  2. Sarah Belle
  3. The Journeyman Writer
  4. Wendy Leslie
  5. Eleni’s Tavern
  6. Sue Moorcroft

Have a great week and happy writing!

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