Cruisin’ with RWA

Before we head off to celebrate our good news and line up of blogs for this week, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the real-life heroes, our ANZACS and those who served beside them.

The Ode comes from For the Fallen, a poem by the English poet and writer, Laurence Binyon, and was published in London in The Winnowing Fan: Poems of the Great War in 1914. This verse, which became the Ode for the Returned and Services League, has been used in association with commemoration services in Australia since 1921. ~ ANZAC Day

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;Anzac Day
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

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.

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  • 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.
  • Alison Stuart will be presenting her workshop on an INTRODUCTION TO SCRIVENER on Saturday 31st May, 4.30pm to 6.00pm at the Williamstown Literary Festival in the Library Quiet Room and chairing a panel: The New Romantics – Places in the Heart. The star studded panel comprises Kath Ledson, Margareta Osborn, Jennifer Scoullar and Kate Belle and is scheduled Sunday 1st June at 12.00pm to 1.00pm in the Library Auditorium. For more details and booking see the WLF website.

New Releases

Has a new release due out on May 1. LORD SOMERTON’S HEIR  from Escape Publishing is a Regency Romantic Suspense.
Regency Romantic Suspense (cover attached)

New Cover

J L’s debut Novel SPIRIT OF LOVE, which will be published by Rogue Phoenix Press in early July.


THE TRADER’S REWARD (final in series) hit the top 100 sagas at Amazon Kindle UK.


Georgia Romance Writers Published Maggies contest still needs more entries in Erotic Romance, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, and
Young Adult. Deadline May 8.

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 Blog

April 23 – Author Spotlight on Cassandra L Shaw

April 25 – Romance Rocks 2014 Presents…Narelle Atkins

April 27 – Event Announcements

April 29 – Romance Rocks 2014 presents…Kate Belle

April 30 – Author Spotlight on Charmaine Ross with a Giveaway

May 1 – Cruisin’ with RWA

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:

Anna Jacobs takes a star turn on All the World’s a Page this weekend. Her writing journey is an inspiration and a must-read for authors, and she’s got a wonderful GIVEAWAY! A hard copy of THE TRADER’S DREAM, the last book in her wonderful Traders’ series to one lucky commenter on the blog.  Remember to leave your email addy in your comment to be in the running!

Didn’t have enough chocolatey goodness over Easter? Then you need Friday Feast! This week I’m revealing the foodie fun I had with ROCKING HORSE HILL and sharing the heroine Emily’s luscious and seductive recipe for moelleux au chocolat. Plus let us know what you could be seduced with and you’ll go into the draw to win a signed copy of ROCKING HORSE HILL. Sweet!

April 22 – Good News Day

April 19 – On Enchanted Orb, action & romance writer, Anna Hackett

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

On April 20, Elizabeth (writing as HC Brown) was hosted on the Australian Romance Readers Association blog. Do drop by if you can and leave a comment. Elizabeth had a copy of DRAGONFAE & THE SOUL CATCHER to give away.

April 24 – Suzi Love is coming for a visit talking about SCENTING SCANDAL

has written a blog post, The Diversity of Romance – What is Romance Fiction, Really? in response to the debates going on at the ABC Drum site about romance & the misconceptions showing themselves in the comments in the hope to enlighten people on how diverse the romance market is.

April 28Imogene Nix stops by on her blog tour to celebrate the release of THE ILLUMINATED WITCH.

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. Alison Stuart
  2. Bronwyn Parry
  3. Cassandra Dean
  4. Down Under Desirabelles
  5. Elise Ackers
  6. Helene Young

Have a great week and happy writing!

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