Cruisin’ with RWA

Where does the time go? Here we are, back again, for another Cruisin’ adventure. Our chauffeurs, Enrico and Clint have come back to headquarters with a boot (or trunk, if you like!) full of new releases and blogs to collect.

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 the empty nestReleases 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

Is thrilled to announce her two ebooks coming out. THE RECRUIT with Escape Publishing on May 1 and a short story THE EMPTY NEST on March 26 with Penguin.

Margaret has signed two contracts for large print editions of SEVEN LITTLE WORDS and VALENTINE MASQUERADE

Is pleased to announce two new releases. OPERATION PARADISE from Clan Destine Press and  PRUDENCE AND THE MIGHTY FLYNN  from Steam eReads

New Covers

Louise is very happy with the cover for THE The Sword and the RoseSWORD AND THE ROSE.

Note from Clint:

Anyone else seeing lovely, rich Autumn colours in the collection of covers this week?

RWA Contests

Little Gems Results

The winners of the Little Gems 2014 were announced yesterday. Well done to our three placegetters and their stories:

1. Rowena Candlish–Minnie’s year Of Living

2. Josephine Brown–The Minstrel’s Trial

3. Michelle Skidmore–Moonstruck

And congratulations too to these entrants also selected for the anthology

Rowena Candlish–Jake’s Best Friend

Heidi Catherine–My Moonstone Love

N.F. David–Luna and the Moonstone

Fiona Greene–The Moonstone Legacy

Jennifer Hoff–The Farewell Letter

Fiona Kekic–The Heart Surgeon

Linda Knightley –Moonlight On Water

D.D. Line–Moonstone Hill

Patricia Poppenbeek–Catch Of the Day

Anne Prince–The Real Thing

P.J. Vye — The Girl Who Refused To Marry

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)

RWA News

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List owl(OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s).

We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar.

Please download the proposal form, complete by May 1 2014 and email to

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

March 22-23 – Danielle Belwater will be my guest with her new book, OF FIRE AND ROSES.

Anna did a blog interview that included advice to newer writers.

Looking for a recipe to satisfy the heart of any beastie? Friday Feast is the place to be. Australian author Leisl Leighton is celebrating the release of her new paranormal fantasy romance DARK MOON with the one steak sandwich to rule them all. Plus share your favourite beastie soothing recipe and you’ll go into the draw to win a Kindle copy of DARK MOON!

March 12 – A Bite Of… Candy Cane Dancer

March 11 – Good News Day

March 8 – Darklight On… Janni Nell

March 7 – Real Life Paranormal with Enisa Haines

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

Debut A&U author, Kylie Kaden (with a refreshingly unique voice) chats with Jenn over a beer about LOSING KATE.

Rural author Margareta Osborn appeared on Juliet’s blog talking about home life on the farm, with a giveaway a copy of her new release with Random House, MOUNTAIN ASH.

Five characters from her novel, FAST FORWARD visited from the future to answer five questions each.

Alli Sinclair had her first interview as a contracted author on Juliet’s blog. She talked about her book deal with MIRA, her travels and writing, and the allure of the tango…

March 5 – Reading Adventures in March

Sarah has also recently started a Facebook page which she uses like a daily blog to advertise her writing, her two sons’ illustration work (one of them is with Walker Books Australia) and her daughter’s music.

Quotes to Inspire

All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else ~ Mae West

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 Wood
  2. The Pink Heart Society
  3. Whitney K-E
  4. Tima Maria
  5. Dark Side Down Under
  6. The Ecstasy Files

Have a great week and happy writing!

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  1. Well done on another great roundup of romance news. And I love the Mae West quote. She sure knows her men.


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