Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back for another cruise in the RWA limo. Loads to celebrate this week with the announcement of the Emerald Finalists and a few new releases too.

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.

Emerald Finalists

Congratulations to our Emerald Finalists and thank you to Charlotte and Joanne for their judging and to all the RWA volunteers who make our contest season possible.

Keeping up Appearances

Romantic Morning at Penrith Library, NSW with romance writers Cathryn Hein and Rachael Johns on Friday 9 May at 10am. The event is FREE but tickets are essential. Bookings and tickets are available from Penrith City Library Front Desk or call (02) 4732 7891.


Bestselling author, Rachael Johns, will be speaking about her outback romance books including her latest book ‘Outback Blaze’ at Parramatta Library, NSW on Friday 9 May at 6pm. Wine and cheese will be served on the night. Bookings required: (02) 9806 5159.

New Releases

A PROMISE OF MORE, book #2 in the Disgraced Lords series with Random House Lovewept is out on April 15. A PROMISE OF MORE release contest has started. Check out the Giveaway page tab on this Facebook page…WIN a KAGI Jewel Pop Ring and books! A KISS OF LIES is also on sale until April 13.

Imogene Nix’s latest novel THE ILLUMINATED WITCH was released by Totally Bound in E-book format last week.


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

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Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) by email only.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

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.

Want a best-dressed meal? Then look no further than Friday Feast. Jenn J McLeod is serving up a beautifully flavoured salad dressing and combining it with seasonal produce to create a dish that sings. And you’ll be singing even louder if you win a copy of her latest release, SIMMERING SEASON. Simply share your favourite seasonal produce and you’ll go into the draw. Tasty!

April 1 – New Releases

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

March 30 – Sunday Snippet

April 1 – Tuesday Tales

Jenn J McLeod has WA fiction author, Natasha Lester, at the bar and she’s shouting – TWO BOOKS UP FOR GRABS

SIMMERING SEASON arrived April 1 and Jenn is giving away a copy of House for all Seasons or Simmering Season (your choice) on her release day dedication and apology blog post.

Jenn talked Second Novel Syndrome on Write Note Reviews.

As most writers know, rejections can be devastating. On the MRWG blog, Josephine Caporetto shares  her own humorous way of putting them into perspective.

March 28 – UP-CLOSE with Mills & Boon writer Anne Oliver!

Sunday Supper – March Menu for 8 People
Stitches on Saturday
Friday’s Fashion – Ackermann 1812
At Your Service 19th Century Valet
Word on Wednesday
Tasty Tuesday – Braised Fillet of Mutton with French Beans
Manners on Monday – Conversation

Roll up, roll up, both published and unpublished writers of any heat levels but over 18 readership, who would be interested in a guest post on my site. This will take the form of a character interview, click here for an example.

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. Kylie Griffin
2. Life, Luv ‘n Laughs
3. The Scarlet Quill
4. Roxanne Knight
5. Sultry Scribes
6. Victoria Purman

Have a great week and happy writing!

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