Cruisin’ with RWA

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: newreleases@romanceaustralia.com htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com 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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

Member News

Melanie celebrates the release of Devil in Denim this week.

Life just threw her a curveball!
As the team-owner’s daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints’ stadium—glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball’s in her blood, and she’s always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that’s distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.

Congratulations to Rachael on the release of Tease Me, Cowboy

Selah Davis loves her life as a journalist in Seattle (or so she says) but on a rare trip home to Marietta to cover the Copper Mountain Rodeo, she confesses to her best friends over drinks that her one regret in life is not sleeping with her high school boyfriend, Levi Monroe. Into the bar walks Levi, also home for the rodeo. When her friends dare her to proposition him for a one night stand, she’s at first appalled… but the more she thinks about remedying her one regret, the less she can get him and their electric chemistry out of her head. Selah’s always been her parents’ good daughter. Would it hurt just for one night to be a little bit bad?

Brushing off the Boss is out 15 September and is Book 2 in the Half Moon Bay series in the Bliss imprint

The one passion they had in common was the one that would keep them apart.

Artist Sienna Sacchi is about to have everything she’s ever dreamed of, when sexy playboy Jack Montgomery comes strolling back into her life as the owner of her gallery. Her plan to buy it herself ruined, she refuses to let him interfere with the most important thing—her debut exhibition. But Jack’s not just taking over her workplace, he’s also intruding on her art studio, her home, and maybe even her heart.

Anna Campbell has another daring release out for historical fans, What a Duke Dares

He’s the last man she wants to marry – and he’s the only man she’ll ever love …

A reputation at risk

What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children – and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name.

The second book in Anna’s Greyladies series has now been published. It’s a WWI romantic historical with a light dusting of woo-woo, set in an ancient Tudor mansion in Wiltshire.

Congratulations to Elizabeth on her contract for print and e-book for The Highlander in the Mist, historical, medieval, time travel, spicy romance with Luminosity Publishing UK.

Maggi a new release this week. Available in print and ebook. What A Rake WantsThe Spies of Mayfair Series, Book #3. 

RWA Blog

August 31 Event Announcements

September 1 – New Releases

September 2 – Author Spotlight on Sandra Antonelli

September 4 – 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: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

 28 August – Janni Nell and her new release: The Bride, the Groom and Me

Cover reveal and introduction to GW Gibson and Queen of Speed. You think you know motorbikes? GW does!

When writing becomes a pain in the neck

Decadent food, a delicious romance, and a dashing giveaway. It’s all happening on Friday Feast with Anna Campbell. To celebrate the release of her luscious new historical romance, What A Duke Dares, Anna reveals what it was like to attend a glamorous Regency ball and shares a recipe for lobster patties. Plus confess the most deliciously decadent thing you’ve eaten and you’ll go into the draw to win your own copy of What A Duke Dares. Divine!

You don’t need to know anything about rugby league to read Deep Diving even though it features a rugby league playing hero. He’s on holidays, so not a football to be seen! But I love rugby league and here are a few reasons why a little rugby in your romance can be a good thing…

5 Secrets to Successful Stripping by Juliet Madison…or rather her creation, Ty Roxford, quality adult entertainer and dancer, and hero of Juliet’s new novel!

August 21 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 66: Melanie Milburne’s Musophobia is Not Musical or Pretty

August 21 – Seventy-Five Days of Phobias Day 64: Phobias That Make You Go Hmmm?

August 22 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 65 Needling Amy Andrews

August 24 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 67: Vassiliki The Flying Librarian

August 25 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 68: These Phobias Are Not Your Friends

August 25 –  Get Your Freak on – Top 10 Phobias on The Escapades

August 26 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 69: Kat Mayo Claustrophobia and Things That Clench

August 27 – Seventy-Five Days of Phobias Day 70: Sarah Belle Gives Us A Wave

August 26  – Cover Reveal for Love Will Find You

August 28  – May I introduce – Sara Donovan “Love by Numbers” – Don’t miss this one!

August 31 – Snippet Sunday

August 21 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Louise Reynolds

August 22 – FINDING MY VOICE: Kat T Masen

August 22 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Cate Ellink

August 25 – WIP ME INSPIRED: Sara Donovan

August 25 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Sandra Antonelli

August 26 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Lara Morgan

August 27 – AT MY DESK: Amy Rose Bennett

Contests

 AusRomToday is proud to announce the inaugural AusRomToday Reader’s Choice Awards! With five fabulous categories, including Best New Author, Best Established Author, Cover of the Year, Author of the Year, and the coveted Book of the Year.

Public voting commences on November 1st, so to nominate yourself (go on, you know you deserve a pat on the back!) or your favourite author, click through to our online nomination form now. Don’t forget to get your mailing list and/or street teams involved in nominating and voting for you!

Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico1. 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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Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back for another edition of Cruisin with RWA. More good news and great blogs for you again this week.

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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:

blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

newreleases@romanceaustralia.com

htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com

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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

Good News

Has set up an author page on Facebook. The new page will have all sorts of information about her books and activities.

Annie had a great new cover for her new release OUTBACK AFFAIR

Has a new release, THE LADY’S CHOICE, out on the October 14.

CATCH OF THE DAY is Carla’s new release coming out in December in paperback with Destiny Romance. It’s a little inspired by her first stint as a journalist in the South Australian lobster fishing capital of Kingston SE.

When up-and-coming fashion editor Winnie Cherry is ‘banished’ to coastal South Australia to set up a beach lifestyle magazine, she doesn’t count on being drawn into the close-knit community – or for sparks to fly with the freelance photographer!

ROSAMANTI out on December 6 is a Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense published by Etopia Press.  

Fate draws her to a faraway villa – her heart makes her stay.

Out on November 1, ALL FIRED UP is an Erotic Romance novella published by Etopia Press

Cindy rocks the male-dominated boat when she arrives at Hillwood Fire Station as their first female firefighter. Surrounded by men, she has to earn their respect as a brave and capable professional.

A Romagic comedy with a touch of time travel, a few laughs and a lot of love, HINDSIGHT by Sarah Belle is available now.

Entangled is arranging a double cover reveal later in the week for IN THE BLOOD and WILL THE REAL ABI SAUNDERS PLEASE STAND UP. There’s a gift card giveaway to be won.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

October 13 – Debut author, E E Carter calls in to chat about MOONSTONE OBSESSION, releasing on October 17. Historical figures play quite a role in her first novel and–well, in history! Please drop by and make her welcome!

October 20 – A little different this week. How to tell when you’re missing someone. Think it’s self-explanatory? How many of these signs would you have named?

Read more about Bernadette’s upcoming new release THE LADY’S CHOICE and the excitement that goes with the ‘birth’ of a new book.

Looking to add to your bucket list? Then Friday Feast has the place for you! Come join Karly Lane as she reveals all the foodie adventures from her recent trip to the US. And while you’re there, take your heart on an emotional journey with her new release BURNT. Travel, food and romance. You can’t go wrong!

And this blog post has been gathering a bit of attention: Fiona Palmer, Rachael Johns, Karly Lane, Mandy Magro and I discuss heat levels and how we how we write about sex in our rural romances.

October 10 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Jenny Schwartz on reviewing.

October 12 – DARKLIGHT ON… Maggie Mundy

October 15 – GOOD NEWS DAY with Kylie Griffin

October 17 – MAGIC THURSDAY with Astrid Cooper

October 3 – fantabulous Friday : Musa publishing turns two!

October – 5 – Super Sunday : free cookbook with every Musa purchase in October

October 8 – Tuesday Tales – This week’s prompt: EVERGREEN

October 10 – May I introduce: Aussie Author Rachael Johns OUTBACK DREAMS (And don’t miss out on Rachael telling us about how she got to meet Grant Denyer)

October 17 – This Week’s Book Choice: Charlene Wilson THE TRANSFORMATION OF ANNA

Calingarry Crossing pub is open and Jenn J McLeod is having a bar yarn with Gracie Macgregor and giving away a copy of HEARTS ON HOLD.

October 12 – CAT-URDAY! – Grumpy Cat 2 – More favourite one liners from GC!

October 15 – DARK SIDE DOWNUNDER SERIES: Shona Husk – come meet our Aussie & New Zealander Dark Siders!

October 19 – SATURDAY SEVEN (Lick) – Seven paragraphs from a favourite book from my shelves.

Some of our members are sharing their favourite first lines with M A Grant.

October 1 – Jane Godman

October 2 – Elsa Winckler

October 3 – Juanita Kees

October 4 – Magen McMinimy

October 5 – Susanne Matthews

October 6 – Ros Baxter

October 7 – Sarah Daltry

October 8 – Melinda Lane

October 9 – Sofia Gabel

October 10 – Stefanie London

October 11 – J.M. Bray

October 11 – Jenny Brigalow talking about her latest release from Escape Publishing on Romance Reader

October 13 – Jenny Brigalow on her YA Paranormal on Fresh Fiction

Come on over and comment on my blog – share your best beach memory – for a chance to win a copy of NOBODY BUT HIM by the fab Victoria Purman!!

October 7 – SARA news with Emmeline Lock

October 11 – UP CLOSE with Victoria Purman

October 13 – Spotlight on Writers with Carly Drake

Joanna Lloyd visiting my blog on October 7 continuing the celebration of her latest release, SHADOW BENEATH THE SEA. I’m having a rafflecopter giveaway where guests just need to like her FB page or tweet her release to win a copy of her book. SHADOW BENEATH THE SEA is an historical romance published by Crimson Romance.

Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Monique McDonnell
  2. Sarah Belle
  3. The Journeyman Writer
  4. Wendy Leslie
  5. Eleni’s Tavern
  6. Sue Moorcroft

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RWA Competitions

Selling Synopsis 2014

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: 22 November 2013, midnight Sydney time
 (entries sent outside these dates cannot be accepted)

Enter – via email only
Short manuscript (10K to 65K): maximum 2 pages single spaced
Long manuscript (65K and over): maximum 3 pages single spaced
Check the formatting guidelines on the entry form

Entry fee – per entry
$22 (entries within Australia. GST incl.)
$20 (entries outside Australia)

Two entries per member are permitted. RWAustralia members only.

Final judge – Joel Naoum, Publisher, Momentum, Pan Macmillan Australia

Prizes – 1st – $200, 2nd – $100 , 3rd – $ 75 (plus certificates)

Entry form/conditions
Sample scoresheet
Formatting sample

Queries – Selling Synopsis Contest Manager, Leisl Leighton sellingsynopsis@gmail.com

The Emerald Award 2014

The Emerald Award has two major points of difference from the other RWA contests.

Firstly, it is judged by keen romance readers, not writers. This gives an indication of the marketability of your story but won’t necessarily provide the sort of feedback that helps improve your writing technique.

Secondly, you must have a completed manuscript should your story make it to round 2. The turnaround time between rounds 1 and 2 is one week (5 working days) so there is no time to finish your book then.

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: Midnight Sydney time, 22 November 2013

Enter: The first 10,000 words of your unpublished romance or romantic elements manuscript (10K+). Entries are by email. Entrants who reach the second round will need to submit their full manuscript.

Entry fee: $38.50 incl GST per entry.

Final judges
Short: 
 Joanne Grant, Executive Editor, Harlequin UK
Long: Charlotte Ledger, Editor and Content Developer, Harper Impulse

Prizes: 1st prize in each section – $500, 2nd – $250 3rd prize – $150.

Entry criteria: unpublished RWA members only.

Questions? Contact the applicable contest manager:
Long: Gemma McBride
Short: Marnie McLane

Formatting sample

Sample score sheets:
First round (short – long)
Second round (short – long)

Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back for another edition of Cruisin with RWA. More good news and great blogs for you again this week.

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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:

blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

newreleases@romanceaustralia.com

htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com

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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

Good Newsoutback-dreams-cover

  • Rachael Johns is thrilled to announce the arrival of her friends to lovers story, OUTBACK DREAMS, the first in her Bunyip Bay series.
  • Elisabeth Rose invites you over for a look at the cover of her November release with Escape Publishing. MANGO KISSES is available for pre-order now on Amazon.

RWA Competitions

Selling Synopsis 2014

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: 22 November 2013, midnight Sydney time
 (entries sent outside these dates cannot be accepted)

Enter – via email only
Short manuscript (10K to 65K): maximum 2 pages single spaced
Long manuscript (65K and over): maximum 3 pages single spaced
Check the formatting guidelines on the entry form

Entry fee per entry
$22 (entries within Australia. GST incl.)
$20 (entries outside Australia)

Two entries per member are permitted. RWAustralia members only.

Final judge – Joel Naoum, Publisher, Momentum, Pan Macmillan Australia

Prizes – 1st – $200, 2nd – $100 , 3rd – $ 75 (plus certificates)

Entry form/conditions
Sample scoresheet
Formatting sample

Queries – Selling Synopsis Contest Manager, Leisl Leighton sellingsynopsis@gmail.com

The Emerald Award 2014

The Emerald Award has two major points of difference from the other RWA contests.

Firstly, it is judged by keen romance readers, not writers. This gives an indication of the marketability of your story but won’t necessarily provide the sort of feedback that helps improve your writing technique.

Secondly, you must have a completed manuscript should your story make it to round 2. The turnaround time between rounds 1 and 2 is one week (5 working days) so there is no time to finish your book then.

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: Midnight Sydney time, 22 November 2013

Enter: The first 10,000 words of your unpublished romance or romantic elements manuscript (10K+). Entries are by email. Entrants who reach the second round will need to submit their full manuscript.

Entry fee: $38.50 incl GST per entry.

Final judges
Short: 
Joanne Grant, Executive Editor, Harlequin UK
Long: Charlotte Ledger, Editor and Content Developer, Harper Impulse

Prizes: 1st prize in each section – $500, 2nd – $250 3rd prize – $150.

Entry criteria: unpublished RWA members only.

Questions? Contact the applicable contest manager:
Long: Gemma McBride
Short: Marnie McLane

Formatting sample

Sample score sheets:
First round (shortlong)
Second round (shortlong)

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Changing genres – how and what is important? Annie Seaton talks about the experience of writing Steampunk, paranormal, suspense, contemporary romance – both sweet and sexy and historical

Looking for simple, healthy way to feed your hungry horde? Then Friday Feast is the place to go! Australian coastal lit author Victoria Purman is sharing her recipe for easy chicken stock and the endless delicious uses you can put it to. One pot, a hundred meals, and lots of time to kick back with Victoria’s debut release NOBODY BUT HIM. Plus reveal your favourite summer past-time and you could win a copy of this beachy bronzed Aussie book!

September 28 – ENCHANTED ORB with C.T. Green

October 1 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

October 3 – MAGIC THURSDAY with Eleni Konstantine

Fantabulous Friday – Besieged Cover shorlisted

October 1 – Tuesday Tales – This week’s prompt: DIRTY

October 2 – Juliet Madison’s release of STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE

October 3 – This Week’s Book Choice: Brenda Maxfield SOMEDAY YOU’LL LAUGH

October 10 – May I introduce: Aussie Author Rachael Johns OUTBACK DREAMS

In celebration of the new-improved, stain-free, all-organic, digitally-enhanced, low-carbon, user-friendly, top-rated, whizz-bang, ULTRA-SEXY Ecstasy Files website, I’m having a GIVEAWAY. Everyone who subscribes to The Ecstasy Files by Friday 4th October goes into the draw for a limited edition tote bag prize pack worth $45. Full prize details and entry here

October 5 – SATURDAY SEVEN (Caged Warrior) – Seven paragraphs from a favourite book from my shelves.

October 8 – DARK SIDE DOWNUNDER SERIES: Rowena May O’Sullivan – come meet our Aussie & New Zealander Dark Siders!

October 12 – CAT-URDAY! – Grumpy Cat 2 – More favourite one liners from GC!

Some of our members are sharing their favourite first lines with M A Grant.

October 1 – Jane Godman

October 2 – Elsa Winckler

October 3 – Juanita Kees

October 4 – Magen McMinimy

October 5 – Susanne Matthews

October 6 – Ros Baxter

October 7 – Sarah Daltry

October 8 – Melinda Lane

October 9 – Sofia Gabel

October 10 – Stefanie London

October 11 – J.M. Bray

Australian author Lilian Darcy will featured on Momentum Moonlight  and Romance Book Haven with her  Montana Born Books

Queensland writer Jenny Brigalow will be talking craft on Revisions & Editions

October 7 – Lilian Darcy on Spotlight on Romance Book Paradise

October 11 – Jenny Brigalow talking about her latest release from Escape Publishing on Romance Reader

October 13 – Jenny Brigalow on her YA Paranormal on Fresh Fiction

Part 2 of a ‘How to’ post on opening hooks when writing a book. 15 tips on the various elements/aspects to this skill.

Part 1 is also gives a good definition of what a hook is.

TBA – What A Character – with Maggie Mundy

September 29 – Seanna Smythe talks Harleys and chocolate sundaes. Come and find out why Evie could never say no to Aidan in NEVER ON A SUNDAE, Edible Delights Vol 2 from Secret Cravings Publishing. Win an EDIBLE DELIGHTS VOLUME 2  gift pack.

October 6 – Spotlight on Writers with Simone Cooper

The Ecstasy Files this week features an eye opening and invaluable resource for writers of sexy and erotic romance. In erotic fiction, as in romance, it’s all about position, position, position (warning: 18+ only, sexual references and content)

September 30 – In the Armchair with Nora James, author of DARK OIL1013 Dark Oil_1400

October 1 – In the Armchair with Carly Drake, author of WORDS ONCE SPOKEN

October 2 – Juliet Madison is celebrating the release of her third book with Escape Publishing, STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE, a contemporary romance novella with a touch of magic (RoMagic) plus bumper giveaway

Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Michelle Diener
  2. Sara Hantz
  3. Teen Fiction Cafe
  4. We Love YA
  5. Yvonne Lindsay
  6. Wink Girls

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Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back for another edition of Cruisin with RWA. More good news and great blogs for you again this week. Clint and Enrico are off to the AFL Grand Final this weekend. May the best team win! And speaking of winning, there are some awesome giveaways on our members’ blogs this week and a few winning new releases too!

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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:

blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

newreleases@romanceaustralia.com

htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com

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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

Good News

Imogene Nix has 3 pieces of good news. 2 new cover reveals and a new contract.

A BAR IN PARIS releases with Beachwalk Press in November.

A STRANGER’S EMBRACE releases with TotalEBound in January 2014

And lastly, THE ILLUMINATED WITCH, sequel to THE BLOOD BRIDE, is contracted to TotalEBound. Release date to be announced.

Celebrated a five star review of her latest release, DANGEROUS DESIRE.

is celebrating the debut release of her novel DARK OIL from Escape Publishing in October.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

  • RWA Blog

September 25 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Jaye Ford

September 29 – Event Announcements

September 30 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Fiona Palmer

October 3 – Cruisin’ with RWA

All the World’s a Page is back from holiday this Sunday 29th September. My guest is Annie Seaton whose first romantic suspense, DANGEROUS DESIRE has just been released. Annie talks to Susanne Bellamy about changing genres and her newest novel. Call in and comment for your chance to win a free e-book of “Dangerous Desire”. Don’t forget to leave your email addy!

Dreaming of chocolatey goodness? So is this week’s Friday Feast guest Rachael Johns, which is why she’s sharing her delicious recipe for custard and white chocolate cookies. Plus reveal your favourite cookie and you could win a copy of Rachael’s new rural romance OUTBACK DREAMS, the first novel in her Bunyip Bay series. Just imagine, a cuppa, a decadent cookie and your own copy of OUTBACK DREAMS. Bliss!

In celebration of the new-improved, stain-free, all-organic, digitally-enhanced, low-carbon, user-friendly, top-rated, whizz-bang, ULTRA-SEXY Ecstasy Files website, I’m having a GIVEAWAY. Everyone who subscribes to The Ecstasy Files by Friday 4th October goes into the draw for a limited edition tote bag prize pack worth $45. Full prize details and entry here

September 20 – WHAT WE ARE READING – compiled by Shona Husk

September 24 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

September 26 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Nicola E. Sheridan

September 28 – ENCHANTED ORB with C.T. Green

September 20 – Southern Speak – conference round up with Eleni Konstantine

September 23 – SARA News with Emmeline Lock

September 22 – Super Sunday

September 23 – Eleni’s Library progress

Join Jenn at Calingarry Crossing pub for Author Bar Yarns and Beer Nuts with the one and the only – Juanita Kees, who is also giving away a copy of her book, FLY AWAY PETA.

September 28 – CAT-URDAY: Grumpy Cat 1 – My favourite one liners from GC!

October 1 – CONFERENCE: RWNew Zealand – Earthquakes, workshops & All Blacks.

October 5 – SATURDAY SEVEN (Caged Warrior) – Seven paragraphs from a favourite book from my shelves.

September 26 – This Week’s Book Choice: Wendy Knight FEUDLINGS IN FLAMES

Seanna Smythe talks Harleys and chocolate sundaes. Come and find out why Evie could never say no to Aidan in NEVER ON A SUNDAE, Edible Delights Vol 2 from Secret Cravings Publishing. Win an EDIBLE DELIGHTS VOLUME 2  gift pack.

September 30 – In the Armchair with Nora James, author of DARK OIL

October 1 – In the Armchair with Carly Drake, author of WORDS ONCE SPOKEN1013 Words Once Spoken_1400 (1) (670x1024)

October 2 – Juliet Madison is celebrating the release of her third book with Escape Publishing, STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE, a contemporary romance novella with a touch of magic (RoMagic) plus bumper giveaway

Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:SIScover

  1. Juliet Madison
  2. Mel Teshco
  3. Rhian Cahill
  4. Sandie Hudson
  5. Tamara Gill
  6. Valerie Parv

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Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back for another edition of Cruisin with RWA. More good news and great blogs for you again this week.

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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:

blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

newreleases@romanceaustralia.com

htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com

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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

Good News

New releases all with Entangled publishing: DD

September 23 – DANGEROUS DESIRE

October 10 – OUTBACK AFFAIR, Book 3 in the Affairs Series

November – TANGLING WITH THE CEO

New historical/supernatural/steampunk romance, DARKE LONDON, is out now

I’LL GET BY has received an excellent review.

A beguiling 1940s saga about unexpected blessings, the perils of wartime and falling in love, I’ll Get By is first-class tale from Janet Woods’ talented pen. A fantastic historical novel that is intriguing, exciting and wonderfully romantic, I’ll Get By is an outstanding tale of love, loss and hope in wartime Britain that will enchant, enrapture and delight! – Reviewed by Julie Bonello SINGLE TITLES September 12, 2013

THE OUTBACK HEART is due for release on September 25, but can be pre-ordered from Booktopia now.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Anna had fun at Booktopia picking the 5 books every man should read.

Alison looks at what makes writers critique groups work

In need of a delicious thrill? Then Friday Feast is the place for you! Best-selling Australian crime writer Jaye Ford is not only sharing a much-loved family recipe, she’s giving away a copy of her exciting new release BLOOD SECRET. Simply reveal what food you’d miss from home if you were on the other side of the world and you could win. Oh, the suspense!

The Sunset on Summer Blog Hop has begun! There are lots of fab prizes up for grabs.

September 13 – REAL LIKFE PARANORMAL with Mel Teshco

September 14 – DARKLIGHT ON…Cheryse Durrant

September 17 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

September 19 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Christina Phillips – and giveaway

September 20 – WHAT WE ARE READING – compiled by Shona Husk

September 11 – Reading Adventures with Eleni Konstantine

September 16 – SARA News with Emmeline Lock

September 20 – Southern Speak – conference round up

September 15 – Super Sunday: Where have I been?

September 21– SATURDAY SEVEN (Masters of Shadowlands series) – Seven paragraphs from a favourite book from my shelves.

September 24 – CONFERENCE: RWAustralia – Pirates, ferris wheels and Fremantle.

September 28 – CAT-URDAY: Grumpy Cat 1 – My favourite one liners from GC!

The Calypso Bar‘s been taken over by a champagne-loving cricket tragic! BYO bubbles and join Lily Malone with her desert island essentials!

An ongoing blog series titled, My Scotland ~ Her Castles ~ A Little History, by Allison Butler, will go live on Monday September 23 on the Historical Hearts blog.

September 17 – Tuesday Tales – This week’s prompt is: GLASS

September 19 – Review: Kathy Reichs GRAVE SECRETS (Brennan #5)

September 22 – Snippet Sunday 15/09/13 – New Beginnings

September 26 – This Week’s Book Choice: Wendy Knight FEUDLINGS IN FLAMES

Melanie Milburne is being interviewed on Maria’s Book Blog and there’s a giveaway too!

Ice cream parties, sexy editing jargon, format wrestling, double drafting underpants. Legislative editors have all the fun.

is over on the new Momentum Moonlight’s blog site talking about the importance of Romance in our lives.

Tamsin Baker, author of BLOND TRUTH visits Suzi Love to talk hot romance.

September 20 – Karina Fabian returns with book two of the Mind Over trilogy, MIND OVER PSYCHE.

Deryl isn’t crazy; he’s psychic. Desperate to escape the insane asylum, Deryl teleports to Kanaan, a world of telepaths who regard him as an oracle. But freedom comes at a price.

Kate Barrow – Feisty heroine, victim of the Irish charm and closet Romance Junkie! Meet the leading lady in Whitney’s Irish romance, WHAT HAPPENS IN IRELAND.

Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:Enrico

  1. Juanita Kees
  2. Magical Gains
  3. Novel Adventurers
  4. Phillipa Fioretti
  5. Romance Bandits
  6. S.E Gilchrist

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Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

What a week! The Romance Writers of Australia have a great, new-look website and blog, plus an awesome new logo thanks to the hard work of our webmistress. Riding the Waves was a huge success and we celebrated our members’ achievements well into the night at the Gala Awards and After Party. There are posts galore from our members, so be sure to click on the links below and share in the good news and celebrations.

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Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members on their achievements this week. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Good News

Iris’s fourth book, NEW BEGINNINGS released by Astraea Press and set in the beautiful city of Hobart, is now available in on-line stores

Anna’s third and final book in the Wiltshire Girls series, YEW TREE GARDENS, will be available in paperback from the end of August.

DANGEROUS DESIRE, published by Entangled, is now live on all e-tailers.

will indie-publish DEFIANT SURRENDER in September.

BLUSH, Book 2 in her Burlesque Bombshells series, has been released.

RWA Contests

Contest season opens on August 23.

Contests for unpublished writers:

The Emerald Award is our major contest for unpublished writers, and offers a unique opportunity to have your full manuscript judged if you make the second round. Initial entry is 10,000 words of your category or single title manuscript.

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 category or single title manuscript along with a 1,000 word synopsis.

The Ripping Start is for the first 1,500 words of your romance or romantic elements novel or novella. A great way to hone your hook

The First Kiss gives you the opportunity to showcase that romantic tension. Enter a 1500-word scene involving your protagonists’ first kiss, plus a half-page set-up.

The Selling Synopsis tests your synopsis-writing skills. Enter your category or single title synopsis for the chance to impress an agent or editor.

The Little Gems contest (also open to published authors) is for romantic short stories up to 3000 words, and offers finalists the chance to have their story published in an RWA anthology.

We also run a contest for artwork for the cover of the Little Gems anthology. This is open to members and non-members.

Contests for published authors:

The Romantic Book of the Year (R*BY) is our contest for published novels by Australian or New Zealand authors. It includes sections for Short Sweet Romance, Short Sexy Romance, Long Romance and Romantic Elements novels.
Entries for the 2013 R*BY (for novels published in 2012) open in December 2012.

The Ella is our contest for published novellas.

Our Little Gems short story contest is also open to published authors.

Looking for more contests?

In Australia, each state has a Writers’ Centre. Membership of the centre will give you access to the list of many competitions being held right across Australia in various forms of writing.

Romance Writers of America contests are summarised at Stephie Smith’s web page. Check the individual RWA chapter websites for full details.

Romance Writers of New Zealand contests can be found at their website.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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August 18 – RWA Award Winners Announced

August 25 – Event Announcements

August 27 – Author Spotlight on Anna Campbell

Sarah Belle is looking for RWA members to spend a moment in the Author Spotlight with her. Email blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com to register your interest and answer a few questions.

August 29 – Cruisin’ with RWA

10 things I learned at the Romance Writers Conference

Anita shared this link to Inky Girl’s blog where a man proposed to his girlfriend with a self-published book he left for her to find in the library.

Feeling the cold? Then you need soupadouping up! Come and get cosy on Friday Feast this week with Australian author Leisl Leighton. With a delicious soup recipe on offer and Leisl’s spine-tingling debut romantic suspense KILLING ME SOFTLY, you’ll be fighting off those winter blues in no time. Plus tell us which soup warms the cockles of your heart and you’ll go into the draw to win a Kindle ebook copy of KILLING ME SOFTLY. Souper indeed!

Meeting, Greeting and Me (2013 RWAus Conference)

Recommends writing courses to gain valuable feedback

Win a copy of Cassandra’s book TEACH ME

RWAus13 Conference Overview

(SPOILER ALERT NZ!) Offspring’s Patrick is dead! (And oh, wasn’t there a social media meltdown when they killed him off?) The good news is … Author Harvest lives on – back due to popular demand – and has been revamped as Bar Yarns & Beer Nuts. Jenn is putting together a great author line up.

August 23 – RWNew Zealand: Heading to Wellington to celebrate New Zealand romance!

August 24 – CONFERENCE TIME: Memorable Moments with Sasha Cottman – an idea of what you can expect at conference!

August 27 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Adina West – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

August 31– CAT-URDAY! – Friends

Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:Enrico

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

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Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

I’m excited! Why? Because there is only one week to go until we’re Riding the Waves at this year’s Romance Writers’ of Australia Conference in logo_yellow_bgFremantle, Western Australia.  Imagine all the good news to come!  A Nautical or Nice Cocktail party, the flashy, red carpet Gala Awards night and loads of exciting workshops to attend. We’ll be bringing romance alive in the West. Until then, keep your good news coming to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.au.

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Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members on their achievements this week. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Good News

  • Bec McMaster finalled in the Georgia Romance Writers 2013 Published Maggie Award for Excellence with her entry KISS OF STEEL.BeckysJourney_MED
  • Khloe Wren has a new release BECKY’S JOURNEY, Book 2 in her Dragons of Feury series (Paranormal Erotic Romance)
  • Annie Seaton has accepted a contract with Entangled Publishing for her ninth book.It is the first book in a romantic suspense continuity series with four other authors from: Australia (Sara Hantz) New Zealand (Jane Beckenham) and the US (Patricia Eimer and Ally Broadfield) It is called the EMERALD QUEST and Annie’s begins in 1794. This will Annie’s first historical.BC Ebook Cover_opt
  • Heather Garside’s latest release BREAKAWAY CREEK, a rural romance from Clan Destine Press is now available in print.
  • Iris Blobel’s 4th book NEW BEGINNINGS will be released in late August by Astraea Press and the sequel MORE BEGINNINGS has also been contracted.
  • Jennie Jones reached number one in the top fifty e-books on Kobo with THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE
  • Maree Anderson is thrilled to announce that her July YA release, LIMINAL, has been selected by iBookstore AUS/NZL editors as one of their Best Books of August:

    “Self-published Kiwi author Maree Anderson has already established a loyal following with her Crystal liminal-1600x2400Warriors series. In this novel, she embarks on a new storyline featuring Wren, a sassy 16-year-old who finds she’s starting to disappear from her life–literally! She teams up with mysterious bad boy Kade and learns a thing or two about living between worlds. This is great young-adult fun for fans of paranormal fiction.”

Keeping up Appearances

  • The Yearning Book Talk with Kate BelleThe Yearning

When: Thursday 29th August

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

Where: Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham

Cost: Free

Bookings through Eltham Library, 03 9439 9266 or via their website.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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August 6 – The 2013 ROMA Finalists

August 7 – Author Spotlight on Elisabeth Rose

August 11 – Event Announcements

August 15 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Want to be healthy but can’t give up cake? Never fear! This week on Friday Feast, Australian rural romance author Heather Garside has the answer. Come check out her new release, BREAKAWAY CREEK, and then settle into some Pistachio Orange Cake. Goodness all round!

What’s on the Darkside this week? Click on the link for more…

August 6 – Tuesday Tales – Authors write a weekly story to a prompt. This week’s prompt: Smooth

August 8 – This week’s book choice – Heather Gray TEN MILLION REASONS

August 11 – This week’s book choice: Kelly Martin THE DECEPTION OF DEVIN MILLER

Meet Lynne Wilding’s daughter Karen M. Davis and win a copy of her debut, romantic suspense novel: SINISTER INTENT. While you’re there … Last chance to win Fran Cusworth’s latest: THE SPICEFIELD SISTERS

I’ve got a new ‘Marketing Mondays’ post on my blog, this time about Occasional Marketing, where you use special events or media hype to link to your book and find new readers.

A copy of a new rom com, BABY AND BUMP by Brooke Moss is up for grabs on my blog. It’s about a woman who falls for her OB/GYN – awkward! Good odds of winning too 😉

Riverina Romantics has a huge giveaway going on at the moment, I’ve donated my book and there are heaps of great books on there, lots from Escape Publishing.

August 10 – CONFERENCE TIME: Memorable Moments with Christine Taylor – an idea of what you can expect at conference!

August 13 – GUEST AUTHOR: Dakota Harrison – shares her debut release EXHALE!

August 13 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Lucy Forster – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

August 15 – RWAustralia conference – My first trip to Western Australia!

Destiny author, Bernadette Rowley, has a fascinating post on Medieval food on this week’s ‘Cooking The Books’. So grab your trenchers and tankards and head on over!

August 11 – Spotlight on Writers – Efthalia Pegios

Going FREE and other important things – Indie Publishing with Cathleen Ross

Blog Hops

Love romance? The Romance Reviews are having an all-genre hop for romance. Join the madness from September 13 to 21, 2013.

Everyone dreams of Prince Charming, right? But who is he? Join our authors and meet their Knights in Shining Armor. Want to know what it is about these men that makes them so irresistible?

Prepare to encounter the charms of an Irishman with Whitney K-E’s hero from WHAT HAPPENS IN IRELAND

Here he is, ladies! Juanita Kees’ Charming Hero, Detective Mark Johnson coming to you soon in UNDER COVER OF DARK

Read about Heather Garside’s Charming Hero of BREAKAWAY CREEK, visit her brand new blog

Not to be forgotten is Jennie Jones’ Charming Rural Hero Dr. Ethan Granger from THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE.

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Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:Enrico

  1. Anita Joy
  2. Cats, Books & Life
  3. Historical Hearts
  4. Imogene Nix
  5. Jane Quick
  6. Kiki Fu

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Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome to another bumper issue of Cruisin’ with RWA. Follow our members’ good news and blog posts and stay up to date with all the new releases and events in the world of Romance. Sit back and let our chauffeurs, Enrico and Clint, take you Cruisin’…

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Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members on their achievements this week. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Good Newscruisin_in_my_car_cartoon_stickers-p217946953741101444q0ou_400

Juliet is having a bumper year having signed yet another contract with Escape Publishing for her novella, STAR STRUCK IN SEATTLE, a contemporary romance with a magical element. a few weeks ago, Juliet signed a contract for another novella, I DREAM OF JOHNNY, a romantic comedy, which will release in September.

has signed a second contract with Entangled Publishing for three contemporaries.

Elise’s second novella in the Homeland series, ASK ME FOR MORE, is available for pre-order with less than a month until the release.

has a contemporary romance about female mechanic Billie Williams  out now on Amazon and Steam eReads’.

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Cruisin’ Member BlogsClint

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

  • RWA Blog

June 15 – Author Spotlight on Liesl Leighton

June 16 – Event Announcements

June 17 – Claytons 2013

June 18 – Conference Spotlight on Ken Milling

June 20 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Annie Seaton celebrated the release of ITALIAN AFFAIR with Susanne Bellamy.

What do the Daintree and The Virginity Mission have in common? Find out this Sunday, 16th June with Cate Ellink on All the World’s a Page.

Summer or Winter? Night or Day? The questions you can answer to win either an Alissa Callen or an Allison Butler eBook. AND you get to read someone else’s mail.  Just pop over to the lovely Barbara DeLeo’s blog for your chance.

Grab a cuppa and settle down for some serious afternoon delight because this week Friday Feast is laying a spread! BENEATH OUTBACK SKIES author Alissa Callen has dug out the fine china and whipped up an afternoon tea that will have your tastebuds singing. So come join the fun of Friday Feast. But don’t dilly dally. Alissa’s delicious muffins and biscuits are sure to disappear fast!

June 13 – MAGIC THURSDAY with Christina Phillips

June 18 – GOOD NEWS DAY with Kylie Griffin

June 29 – MAGIC THURSDAY with Shona Husk

 June 6 – UP CLOSE with Sandra O’Grady

June 11 – SARA NEWS with Emmeline Lock

June 12 – READING ADVENTURES compiled by Eleni Konstantine

Where have I been?

Jenn J McLeod ‘bales up’ Heather Garside who is giving away a copy of BREAKAWAY CREEK. Check it out here (but be warned, Jenn is having a rant!)

 Venetia Green knocked on the Manor Door to introduce her first full length novel A HAWK ENSLAVED out now from Ellora’s Cave.

kicks off her blog tour for BLOODLUST DENIED at the following stops:

June 7 – I’m over at the Australian Romance Readers Association blog, with a giveaway of a copy of BLOODLUST DENIED (this contest is open to members of ARRA only)

June 9 – Unusual Historicals chatting about my Roman/Druid romance, BETRAYED, and how historical fact forms the backdrop for Tacitus and Nimue’s story. There’s also a giveaway on offer!

June 10 – It’s my turn over at The Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads. Just answer a question on BLOODLUST DENIED ( the answer can be found by reading the excerpt *on my website) and you’ll be in the draw to win a copy of the book! *Excerpt is for over 18s only*

June 10 – Partying at the fabulous Historical Hearts, my group blog where you can find wonderful historical romances from fellow Down Under authors. Today I’m chatting about Regency vampires and Pride and Prejudice! Come join in the fun and be in the running to win a copy of BLOODLUST DENIED

June 12 – In the hot seat with Sizzling Hot Books where you can discover all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff about me!

June 15 – SATURDAY SEVEN (Chloe’s Double Dare – Fiona Archer) – Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves.

June 18 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Juanita Kees – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

Sasha decided to embark on the task of cooking some of the recipes in her historical romance writing research in Distasters from the Regency kitchen.

June 10 – Nicole Flockton celebrates the release of RESCUING DAWN

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Enrico’s Pick SixEnrico

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Anita Joy
  2. Cats, Books & Life
  3. Historical Hearts
  4. Imogene Nix
  5. Jane Quick
  6. Kiki Fu

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Have a great week,

from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome to another bumper issue of Cruisin’ with RWA. Follow our members’ good news and blog posts and stay up to date with all the new releases and events in the world of Romance. Sit back and let our chauffeurs, Enrico and Clint, take you Cruisin’…

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Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members on their achievements this week. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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Good News

ITALIAN AFFAIR is up for pre-order on Amazon. ALL Pre-order royalties going to Breast cancer research.

TAILSPIN – winner of the Passionate Plume Award and the second book in the Phoenix Rising series – is on sale this week at Ellora’s Cave.

Congratulations to three of the Wordwrights critique group who have recently made their first sales.

THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE received a pre-release review

Was very excited to discover that her new release – THE LOVE DECEPTION – is now up for pre-order on Amazon

Win 1 of 10 copies of THE YEARNING through The Hoopla. What did you do when you were a teenager that you wouldn’t get away with now? Click on the link, answer the question and you’re in the running.

BLAME THE WINE out now. Cara and Dillon, two clueless lovers are on their last chance get a little a little help…of the supernatural kind. What will happen when two clueless, wannabe lovers get a little divine intervention?

A STRANGER’S ARMS, book two in this series, is due out soon from Total Ebound.

OUTBACK FEAR has received another five star review.

MATILDA’S FREEDOM – An unconventional woman clashes with colonial society in this spicy and sweet Australian-set historical romance. Matilda’s unorthodox ways and her convict heritage make her a second class citizen to the family. Christopher has responsibilities, and they include an advantageous match. A breeches-wearing, fish-pond-swimming, plain-talking convict’s daughter will never do. After all, romance is a luxury the upper classes cannot afford…

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Cruisin’ Member BlogsClint

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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June 1 – Hearts Talk Wrap with Ainslie Paton

June 2 – Event Announcements with Juanita Kees

June 3RWA Claytons 2013 Registration

June 4 – Conference Spotlight on Ken Milling with Eleni Konstantine

June 6 – Cruisin’ the Blogs with Juanita Kees

Helene Young stops in to chat about her latest release, HALF MOON BAY, with Susanne Bellamy this Sunday 2nd June.

Hot news! On 9th June, Annie Seaton talks about her latest Affair!

We’re getting hot ‘n spicy on Friday Feast this week, and in the most delicious way! Australian author Mandy Magro is celebrating the release of her gorgeous rural romance FLAME TREE HILL with an Asian dipping sauce everyone will love. So come on over and fire up your life!

This week we welcome Elise K. Ackers to talk about how food is used to facilitate social situations, both good and awkward. And as a perfect antidote to this miserable weather she has a great chicken soup recipe.

The new blog from SARA – ‘SARA – Sassy In the South’ is starting on June 1st. Check it out!

May 29 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Eleni Konstantine

June 4 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

June 5 – A BITE OF – TBA

500 word challenge stories live for Hotter Than Hades – always free! and always fun!

On Gabrielle Lord’s warning: Throwing the baby out with the book!

This week’s Author Harvest tells Mandy Magro to ‘hold her horses!

The MRWG retreat ladies are returning home this evening. Our member blogging today, Josie Caporetto, has also posted some retreat photos on her Facebook page. There’s a couple of famous faces in the bunch. Here’s the link to her contribution to this week’s blog post on approaching publication called Selling – Buying – Sold!

has a blog post up this week discussing that most important of topics..shoes –  A Regency Gentleman and his boot.

Spotlight on Writers with Suzanne Brandyn who has recently released her new novel, OUTBACK FEAR. She is also running a fab contest / giveaway on her blog to celebrate.

June 1 – SATURDAY SEVEN (MASTER OF THE MOUNTAIN – Cherise Sinclair) – Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves.

June 4 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Lena Dowling – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

is over at Tote Bags n’ Blogs chatting about fear and how it can be more friend than foe.  You also have a chance to win a paperback copy of HARBINGER (for those who like adventures featuring gods, demigods and an Aussie girl who deserves a break).

Sam Cheever is on the blog discussing cozies.

A delicious feast awaits you from the authors of the EDIBLE DELIGHTS Volume 1 anthology from Secret Cravings Publishing

June 1 – In the Armchair with Jennie Jones and THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE

June 10 – In the Armchair with Nicole Flockton and RESCUING DAWN

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Enrico’s Pick SixEnrico

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Anita Joy
  2. Cats, Books & Life
  3. Historical Hearts
  4. Imogene Nix
  5. Jane Quick
  6. Kiki Fu

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Keeping up Appearances

Kate Belle writes contemporary adult women’s fiction with strong erotic themes. Belle will discuss her book, her writing experience and the reputation and diversity of erotic fiction.

When: Thursday 20 June, 7pm-8.30pm, Oakleigh Library

Cost: FREE

Bookings contact Oakleigh Library on (03) 9563 4138

Hosted by erotica author Kyoko Church, Sex In Words is a fun and exciting new event which will showcase three established or emerging authors to an audience.

When: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 @ 7 p.m.

Where: Dymocks Adelaide, Rundle Mall

Cost: FREE

Bookings and more information at the blogsite.

Have a great week,

from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome to another bumper issue of Cruisin’ with RWA. Follow our members’ good news and blog posts and stay up to date with all the new releases and events in the world of Romance. Sit back and let our chauffeurs, Enrico and Clint, take you Cruisin’…

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Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members on their achievements this week. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Keeping up Appearances

If you live in or near Melbourne, Anne Gracie is taking a short course in romance writing, to be held over 4 months — a full day workshop on the first Sunday of each month. The course is being run by Writers Victoria at the Wheeler Centre in the heart of Melbourne on 7th July, 4th August, 8th September, 6 October. Bookings and details here: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/writing-romance/

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Good News

ITALIAN AFFAIR is up for pre-order on Amazon. ALL Pre-order royalties going to Breast cancer research.

LOST IN KAKADU will be launched on August 1 via Harlequin Escape.

Is very excited that THE YEARNING is already attracting 4-5 star ratings.

Lily Malone has a busy week! Today is release day for her new novella, The Goodbye Ride. You can get the book FREE for a very limited time exclusively at Amazon.

DEAD ACTUALLY earned the gong for Best YA for 2012 at the Aurealis Awards in a joint win with Margo Lanagan.

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Contests

Thanks goes to Kylie Griffin for bringing this to our attention – We have some members among the finalists of the Greater Detroit RWA 2013 Booksellers’ Best Award: Michelle Douglas, Melanie Milburne, Alison Stuart & Kylie Griffin.

Fiona Lowe (BOOMERANG BRIDE) – Contemporary section

Nikki Logan (WILD ENCOUNTER) – Series section

Leah Ashton (SECRETS & SPEED DATING) – Series section

Kylie Griffin (VENGEANCE BORN) – Alternate Reality section

Voting now in progress

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Cruisin’ Member BlogsClint

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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May 25 – New Releases with Eleni Konstantine

May 26 – Event Announcements

May 27 – Conference Spotlight with Eleni Konstantine

May 29 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Heather Garside with Sarah Belle

May 30 – Cruisin with RWA and Juanita Kees

On May 22 the Word Wenches (Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Cara Elliot, Susan Fraser King, Pat Rice, Mary Jo Putney, and I) celebrate our 7th anniversary — which is a pretty long time to survive in blog- world. We’re celebrating with a dessert party — historic desserts, of course — and with a lovely giveaway, so next Thursday, it would be lovely if you could drop over and leave a comment. I’ll also be giving a special prize to Australians — just because so many blog competitions exclude us, and allow only americans to enter — so in case I don’t recognize your name, mention australia, or where in Australia you’re from.

Save me from drinking alone! Following in a fine tradition, I’m interviewing myself on All the World’s a Page. Drop by and share a Blue Lagoon or two with me in the warmth of a balmy Hawaiian night.

Meet Jenny Brigalow and discover her wonderful debut novel this Sunday May 26.

On June 2, chat with Helene Young and her latest suspense filled story, HALF MOON BAY.

has some great guests on the blog this week.  Maggie Le Page talks about coping with disasters including the Christchurch earthquakes and is giving away a copy of her debut novel – A HEAT OF THE MOMENT THING.  Robyn Thomas is giving you a chance to build the perfect hero and she’s giving away an Indulgence title in celebration of her latest release –FAMOUSLY ENGAGED

Prepare yourselves for speed! This week on Friday Feast, Australian author Juliet Madison has the perfect meal solution for when you’re on a deadline or just plain flat out with life. Not only is her Deadline Frittata super tasty, it’s super healthy too. A perfect match for Juliet’s super fun new release FAST FORWARD. Vroom!

May 21 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

May 23 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Carlie Simonsen

May 30 – MAGIC THURSDAY – TBA

Come home to the country with Jenn J McLeod: It all started with a box  –  a look at ten weeks as a published author.

An Author Harvest first – Whitney K-E: Re-visited, we re-harvest Whitney on the release of her debut novel.

Jenn’s monthly contribution to Writing Novels in Australia blog is: Appearing At A Writers’ Festival As A Debut Novelist

On Friday, Lily Malone is knocking on Jennie Jones country manor door… I’m amazed Jennie had time to let her in, given THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE is only days away from release!

And, another author all set for a June release with Escape Publishing is Cate Ellink and THE VIRGINITY MISSION. Cate was a guest on Lily’s blog last week… and her cover is so hot, it’s smoking.

Spotlight on Writers with Suzanne Brandyn who has recently released her new novel, OUTBACK FEAR. She is also running a fab contest / giveaway on her blog to celebrate.

May 25 – CAT-URDAY: Coffee & Tea

May 28 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Carla Caruso – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

May 20 – Musa Monday – with RWAus member, Eva Scott

Coming soon from SARA – South Australian Romance Authors, a new blog called ‘SARA – Sassy In the South’. Stay tuned for more details.

Looking for something to keep you warm this winter? Try a little Edible Delight with Jan Graham.

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Enrico’s Pick SixEnrico

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Alissa Callen
  2. Cathryn Hein
  3. Dy Loveday
  4. Eva Scott
  5. Historical Belles and Beaus
  6. Imelda Evans

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