Cruisin’ with RWA

Hop on board, we’re off on a Cruisin’ adventure with Carmelo, Clint and Enrico…

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.

Keeping up Appearances

Anne Gracie will be in Sydney on Sunday 4th May, (please note change of date) conducting a one day workshop on writing romance for the NSW Writers Centre. Further details here, including cost.

New Releases

Delwyn’s book CALLED BY FIRE is due for release on April 22. Kam’s a modern-day Witch and Alex is a warrior from the World Between. Kam knows they have no future together, but it seems her heart has other ideas.

The sequel to TEARING THE SHROUD is coming. MENDING THE SHROUD is scheduled for release on July 1, 2014.

THE TRADER’S REWARD will be released earlier in Australia. If there are any sightings of the hardback or trade paperback, Anna would love to hear about them.

Narelle is thrilled to announce her upcoming new release THE NURSE’S PERFECT MATCH from Harlequin Love Inspired Heartsong Presents, release date May 2014 in print.

For more New Releases, have a look at this week’s RWA New Releases Blog.

New Contracts

signed a contract with Evernight Teen for her YA Paranormal Romance, HOW I DUMPED MY DEMON.

Cover Reveals

The cover for HER NORMAN CONQUEST by Elizabeth M Darcy,  a sensual-spicy Historical, has arrived.

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Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) by email only.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Open to RWAustralia members and non-members; unpublished writers only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

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:

Need some zing in your life? Then look no further than Friday Feast. Awesome Australian author Sarah Mayberry has tequila, a super tasty and fast recipe, and fantastic reads to spice up your world even further. Plus share your favourite spicy dish and you’ll go into the draw to not only win Sarah’s two April releases, HER KIND OF TROUBLE and SATISFACTION, but a packet of the world’s best biscuits, Tim-Tams! So don your sombrero and salsa your way to Friday Feast. Arriba!

April 9 – A Bite of…World Change

April 8 – Good News Day

April 5 – Darklight On…Mel Teschco

April 4 – Real Life Paranormal with Cathleen Ross

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

Tuesday Tales – Prompt: lemon

Book Review – Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg THE CHASE

Sandy Wolters – When One Door Closes

SIMMERING SEASON deals with a school reunion that brings home more than memories for local publican, Maggie Lindeman. Check out some of our fave authors at school.

April 9 – a whollota sass going on

April 7 – Reading Adventures in April

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

J M Bray shares his delightful new cover for MENDING THE SHROUD

Murder, Suspense and Romance await you in UNDER COVER OF DARK by Juanita Kees, book 2 in the Tag Raiders Series.

Blogs of Interest

Kristen Lamb writes an awesome post about writing series and torturing your characters.

Randy Ingermanson, also known as ‘The Snowflake Guy’ has included an unintentional shoutout to our 500 Club (rockin’ in the RWA forum, if you decide to join) in his latest newsletter. He also has a useful and succinct craft demonstration where he butchers, then reassembles a short scene from The Hunger Games.

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. Nicole Hurley-Moore
  2. Cecilia Clark
  3. Barbara DeLeo
  4. Narelle Harris
  5. Naughty Ninjas
  6.  Antoinette Turner


Have a great week and happy writing!

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  1. Thanks again for another week of great updates. Love all the news.


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