Cruisin’ with RWA

The Cruisin’ Crew will be taking break for the week of Romance Rocks 2014, but we will be back Thursday, July 14 with all the good news from the conference. Keep an eye out on Twitter for Awards night updates!

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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.

Member News

Stacey is excited for the release of her novel, FORGET ME NOT, on August 1.

Anamae is drawn into a world which shatters everything she knew to be true.
Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother’s favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. They’re not just jewellery, they’re part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewellery’s power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device – and silence everyone who is aware of its existence.

Is proud to reveal her cover for FRESH BEGINNINGS, with the release date August 5.

The new psychological thriller ALREADY DEAD by Jaye Ford is out in September, through Random House (Bantam). Jaye has also signed to write a fifth thriller for Random House. Called DEAD SLEEP, it’s scheduled for release in September 2015.

Heather’s latest release is TRACKS OF THE HEART, a collection of rural romance short stories which will be digital only.

Susanne Bellamy is ENGAGING THE ENEMY from 1 August! With enemies like Matthew Mahoney, who needs friends?

RITA Winner

Congratulations to our RITA Winner Leah Ashton with her Harlequin, KISS Short Contemporary, WHY RESIST A REBEL?

NZ Romance Writers KORU AWARD

The Romance Writers of New Zealand KORU Award 2014 Finalists have been announced. Congratulations to our many members on this list:

Finalists in no particular order:
Isabella Hargreaves- The Persuasion of Miss Jane Brody
Barbara DeLeo- Last Chance Proposal
Joanne Graves- Falling for Jack
Julie Mac- A Father at Last

Finalists in no particular order:
Annie West- Imprisoned by a Vow
Yvonne Lindsay- One Secret Night
Louisa George- How to Resist a Heartbreaker
Hayson Manning- Winning the Boss’s Heart

Finalists in no particular order:
Tracey Alvarez – In too Deep
Frances Housden – The Chieftan’s Curse
Kylie Griffin – Allegiance Sworn
Mary Brock Jones – Swift Runs the Heart

RWA Blog

 July 29 – Romance Rocks Presents…

August 2 – Hearts Talk Wrap

August 3 – Event Announcements

August 4 – New Releases

August 5 – Author Spotlight on JM Bray

August 6 – Final Romance Rocks Present post before conference

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:

July 26 – Serialised novels and collaboration: Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross talk about what it’s like not only to serialise a novel but to do so collaboratively.

As the release of Engaging the Enemy approaches, Susanne’s blog tour takes off.
July 26Alexa Bravo
July 29Kerrie Paterson and Passions
July 29Two Heroes with Susanne Bellamy and Juanita Kees
July 30JM Bray 

Muster up! This week on Friday Feast we have romance author Barbara Hannay. Barbara’s celebrating the forthcoming release of her new bestseller MOONLIGHT PLAINS with a dish as breathtaking as her books. Plus share the meal that makes your family happiest and you’ll go into the draw to win your own copy of MOONLIGHT PLAINS. Yeehaa!

Writing Inspiration by Erin Moira O’Hara

Character Interview with the hero from UNDER COVER OF DARK by Juanita Kees

Character Interview with the heroine from THE SORCERER’S SPELL by Dani Kristoff

Book Blitz Promo for FORGET ME NOT by Stacey Nash

to celebrate the upcoming September release of DRIVING IN NEUTRAL (a love story about claustrophobia), Sandra is running a blog series titled 75 Days of Phobias featuring many RWA members and romance authors.

Over the last 34 days guests included, RWA members Jenny Schwartz, Lisa Barry, Rachael Johns, Ainslie Paton, Rhyll Biest, Cate Ellink. Keziah Hill, Wendy Curtis, Georgina Penney, Anna Campbell, Kylie Scott, Tracey O’Hara, JM Bray (a dude!), MA Grant, Sarah Mayberry, Sami Lee, Dana Mitchell, Laura Greaves, Lousie Forster, Elizabeth Ellen Carter, and Escape Publishing’ s Managing editor Kate Cuthbert.fear1

Coming guests include, Daniel deLorne (dude no. 2!), Roz Groves, Tina Marie Clark, Susanne Bellamy, Kendall Talbot, Ebony McKenna, Rebekah Turner, Elsa Winckler, Alison Stuart, Amy Andrews, Melanie Milburne, Sarah Belle, Fiona Lowe, Scarlett Dawn and Juanita Kees.

Each post focuses on a phobia, real or one that is real to the guest. It runs for 75 Days, right up to the 1 Sept release date for Sandra’s third novel, the rom com DRIVING IN NEUTRAL, a love story about claustrophobia.

July 29 – Tuesday Tales with this week’s prompt being RIGHT
July 31 – “May I introduce” Andy Lewter and her debut novel GIFTED
August 3 – Snippet Sunday – Come on over and check out the start of a new WIP

Come and meet the characters of UNDER COVER OF DARK as we go on tour on the Cyber Highway. Come along and comment because there will be giveaways! Watch this space or join in the fun in the Facebook event:

July 27  – Detective Mark Johnson is interviewed by SE GilchristBlog Tour

July 29Escape Blog with Susanne Bellamy and Engaging the Enemy

July 29Two Heroes with Susanne Bellamy and Juanita Kees

July 30RWA Author Spotlight

July 31 – 75 Days of Phobia with Sandra Antonelli

August 1 – Choose Your Cast with Sarah Belle

August 1 – Interview with Ann B Harrison

August 1Belinda Williams

August 11 – WIP me Inspired on AusRomToday with J’aimee Brooker


Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week. Enrico’s Pick Six this week:Enrico
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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