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Romance Rocks 2014 is 95% fully booked! How awesome is that?

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Current Romance Rocks! attendance…

Core Conference: 305 / 320 places. 95% full!

Professional Development Day: 86 / 90 places. 96% full!

Friday Workshop: 169 / 300 places. 56% full!

Awards Dinner: 238 / 320 places. 74% full!

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.

New Releases

Imogene is pleased to announce the release of REUNION: THE ASSASSIN on May 19,

and followed closely by REUNION: EXECUTING JUSTICE on June 16.

Téa is thrilled to announce she has signed her fourth historical romance contract with Escape Publishing. FORBIDDEN FRAGRANCE, the first book in her family saga entitled FROM THE OCEAN TO THE OUTBACK will be published in February, 2015. In the meantime, MATILDA’S FREEDOM is available now. LILY’S LEAP will release on July 1st and JAZZ BABY on October 1st.

New Contracts

Signed for two books with Pan Macmillan Australia. The first called STONE CASTLES, a RuRo/WF set on South Australia’s gorgeous Yorke Peninsula, and out this coming December.


Anna’s eBook babies have been doing well on Amazon UK. THE TRADER’S REWARD, final in the Trader series, has been dipping in and out of the Top 100 Sagas.

Book 3, THE TRADER’S DREAM has been going up and down the Top 10 of Historical Fiction > Australian & Oceanian – a category Anna hasn’t seen before.

THE NORTHERN LADY a regency romance has been very erratic, doing well in Regency Romances one minute, back to a 10,000 rating the next. “Go figure,” says Anna.

And in the top 100s in eBook sales at Amazon Australia:

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47th The Trader’s Reward
22nd Heir to Greyladies

Historical Fiction
62nd Replenish the Earth (18th century)
66th An Independent Woman (1919)
82nd Seasons of Love (1840s)
86th Mistress of Marymoor (18th century)


Received her first review for BILLABONG BEND – four and a half stars!

RWA Blog

May 20 – Romance Rocks 2014 Presents…Media Boot Camp Part 1 & 2 with Sarah Wendell, Helene Young and Jennifer St George

May 25 – Event Announcements

May 27 – Romance Rocks 2014 Presents…Skin the Cat – there’s more than one way to get published

May 29 – 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:

Was a guest on the ARRA blog on May 18, and would love it if you could hop over and say hi!

Has done a blog post on a short history of duelling if anyone wants to drop by Historical Hearts.

Feeling the cold-weather blues? Then Friday Feast is the place for you! Hugely popular rural romance author Fiona Palmer will warm your cockles with THE RECRUIT, the first book in her thrilling new young adult series. And if that’s not hot enough, check out her easy and delicious vegetable risotto. Excitement for your mind and mouth!

May 20 – Good News Day

May 17 – Enchanted Orb with Cassandra L Shaw

May 15 – Magic Thursday: It’s the End of the World as we know it

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

May 20 – Tuesday Tales – Picture Prompt
May 22 –
May I introduce: Patricia Kiyono & Stephanie Michels THE FRIENDSHIP STAR QUILT
May 25 –
Snippet Sunday – EVERY MILE OF THE WAY (WIP)

Iris also appeared on Jaimee Brooker’s blog. Read about her love affair with her desk …. and the connection to the Contiki Tour when she met her husband.

Q & A With Jennifer Scoullar, BILLABONG BEND, Penguin Books Australia

Part 2 Journey to Jade: character names and what I learned about making a character believable.

Meet Isabella Hargreaves – author of the newly released ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN PLAINS.

Anyone up for a little TEMPTATION with Harlequin’s newest sensation, K.M. Golland?

May 16 – Southern Speak: Finding the Author ‘You’

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. Anne Whitfield
  2. Christine Wells
  3. Hot Authors
  4. Janet Elizabeth Henderson
  5. Kylie Scott
  6. Louise Cusack

Have a great week and happy writing!

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