Cruisin’ with RWA

The boys had a busy week gathering all the good news. Our members were out and about at the annual ARRA awards and came home smiling. Find out who the winners were below.

Cruisin’ the News

with Cousin CarmeloCousin Carmelo

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.

2013 ARRA Awards

Congratulations to all our wonderful RWA members honoured in the ARRA Awards!

Book Launch

is launching her fifth novel, SAFE HARBOUR, in Brisbane on 3rd April, 2014. The event’s being held at the fabulous independent bookshop, Black Cat Books and Café and commences at 6.00pm.
Meg Vann, CEO of the Queensland Writers Centre, will be ‘in conversation’ with Helene from 6.30 pm.
Come and share champagne and laughter to launch Helene’s latest book.

More details at

New Releases

Cathryn is delighted to announce that she will have two books out this year. ROCKING HORSE HILL, hits the shelves in less than a month, and come September she’ll have another release in a brand new genre. THE FRENCH PRIZE is the first in what Cathryn hopes will be a long line of romantic adventure novels.

Is pleased to announce that Simon & Schuster is re-releasing her best-selling saga trilogy in ebook. A DORSET GIRL, BEYOND THE PLOUGH and  A HANDFUL OF ASHES will be available in April, and follows the life and loves of Siana Lewis and her struggle to survive after a tragedy leaves her responsible for her two younger siblings. Covers can be viewed on Janet’s blog. Other sagas available from S&S in e format.


HER DEMON PRINCE is a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Awards. The competition is run by RWAmerica’s Texas chapter.

THE BILLIONAIRE’S PURSUIT OF LOVE  stood at no. 3 on the iTunes Top Paid Romance list this week.

The Valerie Parv Award

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

We’re looking for a team to run the 2014 Claytons Conference (the digital conference that runs on the same weekend as the face-to-face conference for those who can’t attend Sydney). There are various positions to be filled but the primary one is the Claytons Coordinator who will lead a small team of committee volunteers to do specific tasks each. Organisation begins around May/June and the event happens August 9/10. Therefore this role is steady for about 10 weeks of the year only.
Claytons is a valuable and enjoyable annual RWA event but we need people to make it happen. It’s a great way to make some new friends and industry contacts while having lots of fun.
If you would like to find out more about any of the roles, please email or contact me (Events Liaison) at

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

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:

I love a great spy story but how do you link SPIES OF MAYFAIR, Maggi Andersen’s wonderful Regency spy series, with the present? All will be revealed when Maggi is my guest this week.

Tasty treats on Friday Feast! Award-winning historical romance author Anne Gracie is not only having a bit of muffin-fun thanks to her gorgeous new release THE WINTER BRIDE, she’s sharing a delicious blueberry friand recipe that will leave your mouth watering. Morning tea and a heart-warming read? Couldn’t be more perfect!

March 26 – A Bite Of… Mending the Shroud

March 25 – Good News Day

March 22 – Enchanted Orb with Danielle Bellwater

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

MANGO KISSES is Feature Book on the Australian Romance Readers Assoc blog site with a very nice review.

March 27 – My guest this week is V.L. Locey talking about her ice hockey story PINK PUCKS AND POWER PLAYS

This week, Demelza Carlton talks about her passion for underwater photography – including encounters with randy sea lions and irate coconut crabs.

Lily Malone has been struggling with a particularly unwieldy WIP. She had a chat with blogger, Monique Mulligan, in a guest post about the joys of writing when the WIP won’t play ball.

If you haven’t yet heard about the Naughty Ninjas, it’s a great time to get acquainted with them as they’ve taken over J’aimee Brooker’s Creative Conversation blog for two whole weeks. This first post exposes their ninja skills, and their naughty moments.

Annie West blogged about tips for cutting your manuscript to size.

March 26 – Sassy Snippets

has the delightful Suzi Love on her ‘Look Who’s Talking’ blog giving one lucky contributor a copy of her two latest novels SCENTING SCANDAL and

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. Susanne Bellamy
2. Tracey O’Hara
3. Trish Morey
4. Write on Track – Diane Curran
5. The Other Side
6. Carla Caruso

Have a great week and happy writing!

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