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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

REUNION: WAR’S END released this week – it’s the first of the Reunion Trilogy (Book 2 The Assassin and Book 3 Executing Justice) from Beachwalk Press

On March 28 THE ILLUMINATED WITCH, sequel to THE BLOOD BRIDE, will be released by Totally Bound.

Isabella’s 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.

Has a new book out through Escape Publishing in May titled FOUR-LEAF CLOVER. This is Charmaine’s 6th published romance novel and is a sexy, sugar-laden David vs Goliath story about a local bakery, a national chain, and what really matters.

New Contract

Iris has signed a contract with Astraea Press for FRESH BEGINNINGS, her third book in the Beginnings series.


The Neilsen Bookscan people have complied the Top Ten Debut novels for 2013 and Jenn’s HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS sits at #5. See the top ten.

In Print

THE PROTEA BOYS is now available in print from Amazon and Breathless Press

There are also two Giveaways running on Goodreads for a print copy of TREE CHANGE and THE PROTEA BOYS if anyone is feeling lucky! Alternatively sign up for Téa’s newsletter and one lucky person will win a signed print copy of either TREE CHANGE, THE PROTEA BOYS or PASSIONFRUIT & POETRY.

The Valerie Parv AwardVALERIE PARV

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Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) by email only.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Open to RWAustralia members and non-members; unpublished writers only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

Writing Contests

Tomorrowgirl is a short story competition for Indigenous high school girls in or from remote communities.  It was a big success in 2013, and in 2014 it asks girls to tell stories on the theme of “Big Dreams”. The stories can be true or imagined, and the winner will receive a writer’s support package with a laptop, book vouchers and membership to a writer’s association.

The stories may be shared with other remote communities, and across Australia. Click here to find out more.

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

March 21 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Leisl Leighton

March 23 – Events Blog

March 26 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway: CD Brennan

March 27 – Cruisin with RWA

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

With Chauffeur ClintClint

Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at:

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

March 29-30 – Maggi Anderson will be dropping in next weekend. Susanne is loving her latest novel, and hopes you will too!

Erin Grace is spending ten minutes with Ann.

Tingle your tastebuds with something deliciously swish this week on Friday Feast. Romantic Book of the Year award winner Tricia Stringer is celebrating her latest release RIGHT AS RAIN with an old-fashioned pud that’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Plus share your favourite family recipe and you could win yourself a signed copy of RIGHT AS RAIN. Exactly what you’ll be after visiting Friday Feast!

March 12 – A Bite Of… Candy Cane Dancer

March 18 – Good News Day

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

An event Gabba’s quietly dreamed about and willed above all things rational to come sooner than later…is now a reality.

March 13 –  Darry Fraser, who’s talking about her latest release ANYTHING FOR LOVE.

March 20 –  I’m chatting with Whitney K.E about Ireland.

Margaret Sutherland SEVEN LITTLE LIES is at the bar and has THE best bar joke ever.

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 14 – Southern Speak – Ergonomics is not a dirty word

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.

Why do most heroes have deep, resonant voices? Because it’s scientifically proven that women are more attracted to them.

Quotes to Inspire

A woman in love can’t be reasonable – or she probably wouldn’t be in love ~ 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. Monya Mary Clayton
  2. Suzanne Brandyn
  3. The Roses of Prose
  4. Word Wenches
  5. Writing up a Storm
  6. Suzi Love

Have a great week and happy writing!

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