First Kiss finalists

First Kiss finalists

Congratulations to our 2017 First Kiss finalists:

Nicola Bernard
Sheridan Kent
Emily Michel
Miranda Morgan
Tamar Sloan
Kym Wojtasik

Their entries will be read by our final judge, Haylee Nash of The Nash Agency.

Congratulations to everyone who entered, and thanks as usual to all our volunteer judges and our new contest manager, Heather Garside, who’s doing a fantastic job.


First Kiss Finalists

The finalists have been decided for this year’s RWA First Kiss contest!  Our congratulations to:

Gayle Ash

J.C. Harroway

Emma Hoole

Rosie Miles

Annabelle Rose

Tamar Sloan

We had a big increase in entry numbers this year for the First Kiss, so well done to all who entered – and thanks to all our volunteer judges and the contest manager, Deb Cox.

The finalist entries will be judged by Kate Byrne, Editor at Headline Eternal.  Best of luck to all!

First Kiss Finalists!

The smooches have been ranked and the best-written ones this year were judged to be written by (in alphabetical order):

Andra Ashe

Amy Rose Bennett

Katharina Colmer

Marnie Maclean

Helena Morrison

Cassandra O’Leary

The finalists’ entries are now off to Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency for final judging.  Congratulations and best of luck to all!

Thanks to Laura for judging, Deb Cox for co-ordinating and all the volunteers who make our competition season run.

First Kiss Finalists

The finalists are in for RWA’s First Kiss competition for this year.

Congratulations to:

Ella Audrey

Delwyn Jenkins

Jess Langhorne

Jennifer Rae

Ruth Sutcliffe

Alison Van Vreumingen

And best of luck with the final judge!

Many thanks to Deb Cox, Contest Manager. The entries will be ranked by Final Judge, Editor Kate Cuthbert, Escape Publishing.

Thanks also to our contest co-ordinator Lis Hoorweg and our judges co-ordinator Margaret Midwood.  If you would like to be a judge in our contests (training and guidance is provided and it’s very illuminating for your own writing!) Margaret can always do with more people on her list.  You can email her at

Cruisin’ with RWA

Can you believe it’s Thursday again? It won’t be long before we’ll all be rolling in chocolate as Easter swings by. Share your Easter Holiday blogs by dropping us an email at


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

March 23  – Blog Bites with Suzanne Brandyn – Kerri Williams

March 24 – A Blog Post from Sandie Hudson

March 25  – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees 

March 26 – Conference Spotlight: Dr John BarlettaEleni Konstantine

March 27– Conference Spotlight: Kate Cuthbert – Eleni Konstantine

March 28 – Author Spotlight on Fiona Palmer – Juliet Madison

March 29 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees


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 this week.

  • New releases

Members share their new releases with us every week. Keep your TBR list up to date or share a new release with us at

March 15 – Annie Seaton  celebrated the release of two of her novels: Holiday Affair and Winter of the Passion Flower.

  • New Contracts

Have you had your manuscript accepted for publishing? Share the details with us and we’ll help you celebrate.

Susanne Bellamy signed a contract with Lyrical Press last week for her debut release White Ginger, a third prize winner in the 2011 Emerald Contest.

  • New Cover

Share your new cover here and spread the good news of your upcoming release.

  • Guest Appearances

Share the details of your talks, book signings and guest appearances in our Keeping Up Appearances section of this blog and on our Events Page.

  • First Kiss Contest Finalists

Congratulations to:

Angela Bissell

Marilyn Forsyth

Natalie Moress

Ainslie Paton

Kerrie Starbuck

Anita Weeks

Congratulations and thanks to Kasey Rowe for successfully managing her first contest. Agent Jessica Alvarez of BookEnds LLC will decide final placings.
The First Kiss Contest is generously sponsored by Michael and Desley Ahern. Thanks goes to Lis Hoorweg, RWA Contest Co-ordinator for another job well done.


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at:

“Start channelling your inner Italian because this week on Friday Feast, RWA President and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Bailey is talking the snack food that every loves, pizza. Rachel is also giving one lucky commenter the chance to win a copy of her new Harlequin Desire release, WHAT HAPPENS IN CHARLESTON, which hits the shelves Downunder this month. So grab an espresso or latte and come join the that’s amore fun!”

March 22 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Annie Seaton with giveaway of Winter of the Passion Flower

March 25 – Weekly overview

March 26 – Winner of Annie’s giveaway

March 27 – GOOD NEWS DAY

March 29 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Astrid Cooper with one of her m/m ebooks

March 24 – Month of Hot Heroes (Heat 4)

March 27 – TOPIC: AN AUTHOR’S LIFE…with Bec McMaster (Sourcebooks Aussie steampunk author)

March 31 – Month of Hot Heroes (Final)

Theory on Thursday


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane


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:

  1. Monique Wood
  2. Monya Mary Clayton
  3. Novel Adventurers
  4. Writing up a Storm
  5. Imelda Evans
  6. Whitney K-E


Cruisin’ for Contests

Improve your writing and publishing opportunities by entering the RWA contests.

Valerie Parv Award 23 April – 4 May 2012 (or until contest fills)


Cruisin’ the Learning Highway

Discover new roads to success with in-person and on-line events announced every Sunday. For venue, date and cost information, please also visit our Events page.


 Keeping up Appearances

Do you have a guest appearance, launch or blog tour coming up? We’d like to share your celebration here. Simply email us the details and we’ll help you keep up appearances.

  • March 27 – Behind the Scenes with Anna Jacobs – talk with books for sale and signing.

Where: Wanneroo Library, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo WA 6065

When: 11am

FMI & Bookings: (08) 9405 5900


RWA Events and Conferences

Follow the link to the RWA Events and Conference Page for more news on the Gold Coast Conference 2012.


Enrico’s quote of the week

Passion makes the world go round.  Love just makes it a safer place.  ~Ice T, The Ice Opinion, quoted in Reader’s Digest, “Quotable Quotes,” February 2002


Until next week,

Regards Juanita

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