Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome to another bumper issue of Cruisin’ with RWA. Enrico and Clint have a little news of their own this week. They’ve worked so hard driving the Cruisin limo this year, I African Animalsdecided to surprise them with a well-earned break. They’re going on an African Safari! Of course, I can’t let them go alone, so between July 6 and 20, we’ll be swapping the Cruisin’ limo for a four wheel drive and binoculars. Do keep sending your news and blogs through while we’re away to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com for posting when we’re back on board on July 25.

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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

is delighted to share the news that she has joined the ranks of the Harlequin Romance authors with a two-book sale to Harlequin Mills & Boon, UK.

is pleased to reveal the cover for her July debut release, LETTER FROM A RAKE.  A passionate love letter goes astray in this charming Regency romance now available for pre-order.

LINGERIE WARS is now available on Smashwords. It’s the first in a new contemporary romance series, set in Scotland.

Nikki Logan, Kylie Griffin and Fiona Lowe took the prize in their categories in Annual Best Cover for VENGEANCE BORN, WILD ENCOUNTER and BOOMERANG BRIDE.

Carolyn Wren – DIPLOMAT’S DAUGHTER (The Protectors)

Danielle Lisle – THE ROSE’S BLOOM

Kelly Hunter – WISH

Margareta Osborn – A BUSH CHRISTMAS

Thanks go to the Ella co-ordinator, Raewyn Bright and to Louise Reynolds, our erstwhile R*by co-ordinator, for mentoring her through her first year in this role.

Jo Fereday

C.T. Green

Jo McAlister

Michelle Somers

Chris Taylor

Alison Van Vreumingen

Thanks to all the volunteers who make the contests happen: VPA contest manager, Erica Hayes, Contest co-ordinator, Lis Hoorweg, Judge co-ordinator, Margaret Midwood, and all our judges.

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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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June 23 – Event Announcements

June 24 – Author Spotlight on Jennifer St George

June 25 – Conference Spotlight

June 27 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Cate Ellink talks about the genesis of THE VIRGINITY MISSION with Susanne Bellamy and Jennie Jones reveals more about her HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE on Sunday on All the World’s a Page.

chatted to Leisl Leighton about her debut novel, PRINCESS AVENGER.

‘Tis the season for snuggling down with a good book and comfort food, and on Friday Feast this week Aussie author Nicole Flockton has both. We’ve a slow cooker delight, perfect for warming your innards, and to warm your heart, there’s Nicole’s latest contemporary romance RESCUING DAWN. Lovely!

blogged over at the Firebirds blog as a Golden Heart finalist on Thursday, June 20.

June 20 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Shona Husk

June 21 – WHAT ARE WE READING with Shona Husk

June 22 – ENCHANTED ORB – TBC

June 25 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

With pruning season in the Australian vineyards upon us it is prime real-time for reading Lily Malone’s new self-pubbed novella, THE GOODBYE RIDE.

Lily has been a guest on justcontemporaryromance – with the article, “Do you want a piece of me?” It talks about the pieces of Lily that have made a path into her books. Umbrellas. Sandflies. Guitars and House Of The Rising Sun for starters.

Then she had a guest spotlight at Fiction Vixen with a giveaway for THE GOODBYE RIDE which asked readers to comment on whether they like books with local lingo, language and slang… and the overwhelming response from commenters is “yes, we do! Give us authenticity!!” Check it out.

And with fellow foodie Eliza Redgold (BLACK DIAMONDS), Lily took over the Escape Publishing blog to cook up a recipe for Baking The Perfect Bloke. This was loads of fun to write, and the article comes with a calorie warning. Don’t read on an empty stomach! It’s guaranteed to add a few kilos!

Jenn’s been awfully quiet this week. I wonder what she’s up to in the house?

THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE hit the top new releases on JB HiFi

50ks in 30 days – why I’m not letting a good man go to waste.

Confused about twitter or just want to get the most out of it? Juliet has written a blog post that will demystify the twitterverse and help you make it an efficient and fun form of marketing and social interaction.

Entangled Bliss author Jenna Rutland is on Juliet’s blog answering ten awkward questions… How would you go with answering them?

June 22 – CAT-URDAY: Food Please!

June 25 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Madeline Ash – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

June 29 – SATURDAY SEVEN (THE DOM’S DUNGEON – Cheryse Sinclair) – Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves.

Lovely Aussie-in-Texas Nicole Flockton visits ‘Cooking The Books’ this week and she’s got a foolproof, super easy chocolate cake recipe plus an excerpt from her latest release, RESCUING DAWN.

BSP Alerts and rum balls (minus the rum) on Margareta’s blog, The Voice of the Bush

June 12 – READING ADVENTURES compiled by Eleni Konstantine

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 15 – Spotlight on Writers with Annie Seaton

June 23 – Spotlight on Writers with Marianne Theresa

A little taste of NEVER ON A SUNDAE

Our writer’s group, Sultry Scribes, tried an on-line meeting this month, with the writing topic being the introductory sentence: “They found his diary under his bed.” As per usual, we wrote for twenty minutes, polished it up and were supposed to post it on Sultry Scribes. (I’m the only one so far!) Anyway, ’tis short, and if you’re interested.

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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. Anne Gracie
  2. Christina Phillips
  3. Historical Saga Novels
  4. Jane Quick
  5. Lily Malone
  6. M J Scott

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Have a great week,

from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs

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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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