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.

New Releases

is excited to announce another two book deal (book 7 and 8) with Penguin, and her next YA ebook THE MISSION with Escape Publishing.

Fiona will be participating in a RuRo tour through WA with Rachael Johns. For more information, visit Fiona’s website. They will be visiting Albany, Kojonup, Capel, Bunbury, Kalamunda, Dongara, Kalannie, Toodyay, Gosnells, Merredin and Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre towards the end of September.

FROM THIS DAY FORTH from Ulverscroft Large Print was released on June 1. The eBook available from Belgrave House.

In order to prevent the loss of his estate in a wager, Remy St Cyres agrees to abduct and wed the next woman to come through the inn door.
Fleur Russell is that woman. Her abduction compromises her reputation. Her three brother’s insist she must must marry the man who abducted her, and they use whips on Remy to enforce it. Meanwhile, England is at war with Spain. The son of a Spaniard, Remy is recruited as a spy . . . but his recruiter has an old score to settle. What follows, is a passionate tale of betrayal, untimely love as Remy and Fleur fight to keep hold of everything they hold dear.

Tima is thrilled to announce the release of BLOODPLEDGE, the second book in the Dantonville Legacy series, available as both eBook and paperback on Amazon, and soon to be released on other online retailers.

RWA Blog

June 6 – A Day in the Writing Life of Alexa Bravo

June 8 – Event Announcements

June 9 – Author Spotlight on Maggie Christiansen with a giveaway

June 10 – Valerie Parv’s Outstanding Contribution to Writing Recognised

June 11 – Romance Rocks Presents…Rowena Beresford

June 12 – 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.

Want a super-easy slice recipe with an exotic twist? Then track on over to Friday Feast. Rural romance author Jennifer Scoullar is celebrating the release of BILLABONG BEND with a mint and chocolate slice with a native bush tucker twist, and giving away a copy of this raved about book. Rural romance ‘n sweet things. A match made in heaven!

June 10 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Cheryse Durrant

June 16 MAGIC THURSDAY – with Alexis Fleming

June 17 – REAL LIFE PARANORMAL with Mel Tescho

May 30 – Fantabulous Friday: Weekend Romance – A Fair to Remember ~ not just for romance writers

It’s a Burra Burra Birthday Giveaway Blitz. Jennie is celebrating with a host of guests and giveaways in the Swallows Fall Town Hall.

June 1 – Jenny Schwartz with IT’S LOVE, DUDE

June 4 – Juanita Kees with UNDER THE HOOD

June 2 – SARA News including A Fair To Remember! with Eleni Konstantine

June 4 – READING ADVENTURES with Emmeline Lock

Posted about a sexy collection of short stories.

Guest blogged on the ARRA blog site discussing Mary, Lady Stewart, the mother of romantic suspense.

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. EnricoEnrico’s Pick Six this week:

1. Authorness – Vanessa Barneveld
2. Jenn J McLeod
3. Maggi Andersen
4. Nicola Marsh
5. Pamela Cook
6. Rachael Johns

Have a great week and happy writing!

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The time has come. This is the Cruisin’ crew’s last blog for 2013. A huge thank you to all our followers for keeping us company every week as we cruise for news and blogs. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. May 2014 bring many more first sales, new releases, fantastic covers and loads of writing opportunities. Stay safe these holidays.

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:

newreleases@romanceaustralia.comSanta Claus and happy Snow Maiden

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.

Cover Reveals

JAGUAR SECRETS with Evernight Publishing (18+)

Who would have thought saving a stray cat could change her whole life? Yet that is exactly what happens when Cammi saves a black kitten from under a jetty.

is pleased to announce that her non-fiction HISTORY OF CHRISTMASES PAST is now available from Amazon Australia.  It’s part of her collection of historical information about the traditions of Christmas through the centuries, including the religious aspects, decorations, games, food and plays.

New Release

LAST CHANCE PROPOSAL is a Christmas Down under story From the Bliss line at Entangled. It’s a story about first loves, lasting secrets, and an impossible proposition.

Janet’s two fantasy novels have just been released in Ebook by Belgrave House. The previously published EYES OF THE ALCHEMIST was re-released in November. DARK LIGHTNING was released this month and is a new fantasy.

Sales

has signed contracts with Simon & Schuster for E-rights to six print sagas previously published by S&S and Soundings have made an offer for audio rights to MOON CUTTERS.

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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.

Jane Beckenham and THE HIGHWAYMAN’S BRIDE pull in to All the World’s a Page this weekend. Jane’s love of historical romance is evident and you should hear what she has planned for next year!

Anna Jacobs was a guest on In Their Own Write with some great writing tips and insights.

Annie blogged about the story behind the creation of OUTBACK AFFAIR. Bush Tucker, a real chef and a recipe….and the birth of OUTBACK AFFAIR.

On the hunt for a fantastic last-minute Christmas foodie idea? Then look no further than Friday Feast. Contemporary romance author Emmie Dark will not only warm your heart with her fabulous latest release, CHARMED, she’ll wow you with her clever, easy dessert. Deliciousness all round!

December 16 – Magic Thursday giveaway winner of Shona’s THE OUTCAST PRINCE

December 17 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

December 18 – A BITE OF… SNOOP by Eleni Konstantine

December 19 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Keri Arthur

December 20 – WHAT WE ARE READING compiled by Shona Husk

Visit the Taverna to see what Eleni has on the list for you.

Kate is doing a pre-Christmas blog hop and a giving away a digital copy of THE YEARNING to one lucky person who comments on one of her December blog posts.  The winner will be announced on December 23. (Aus/NZ RESIDENTS ONLY).

Follow Kate’s tour on the following blogs:

Helene Young – Everything I learned about writing I learned from children’s books

Maggie Nash – The one that got away  for those who hold a candle for a past love

Booktopia – Kate’s shameful romantic Achilles heel

Plus coming visits to Sarah Belle at Limelight, Jo-Anne’s Reviews and Tracie McBride.

Jennifer St George finds the one machine that promises to turn her into a kitchen goddess. She’s talking about her new print release, SWEET SEDUCTION and giving away a copy to one commenter.

December 16 – SARA News with Eleni Konstantine

December 18 – READING ADVENTURES with Emmeline Lock

December 20 – SOUTHERN SPEAK with Khloe Wren

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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:

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

Have a wonderful Festive Season!

from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

Congratulations to all our members on their achievements this week. Another great line-up and loads of new reads to add to your Christmas wishlist.

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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:

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

RWAus & RWNZ have a few RTA nominees:

Louisa George – Harlequin Kiss
Amy Andrews – Harlequin Kiss
Kelly Hunter x 2 – Harlequin Kiss
Bec McMaster – Paranormal/Urban Fantasy (Steampunk)
Anna Campbell – Sensual Historical Romance
Christina Brooke – Historical KISS Hero
Joan Kilby – Harlequin SuperRomance
Nalini Singh – Paranormal Romance

K E Osborn’s LOVE ME? TRUST ME? Trilogy was released November 18.

Soundings has made an offer for audio rights to Janet’s latest print release, MOON CUTTERS.

COLD FEAR is Suzanne’s sixth novel, a suspense with a touch of Romance.

There’s nothing more remote than the Australian Outback, a great place to set a novel and a great place for COLD FEAR to leech up your spine.

MY BROTHER BUT ONE is on a giveaway at Goodreads. There are ten copies up for grabs until December 6, 2013.

Margaret is happy to announce the launch of her latest book, A NEW ENGLAND ROMANCE. The romance is interwoven with issues of step-parenting, adoption and paternity.

Anna has re-published twelve of her older books via CreateSpace. They’re in trade paperback format and include historical and modern stories.

Christina’s 9th century romance, HER SAVAGE SCOT, book 1 of The Highland Warrior Chronicles, was released November 20 from Ellora’s Cave.

  • Romance in the News

A few members of RWA have been interviewed for an article in the Newcastle Morning Herald magazine, the Weekender. Look out for it this Saturday.

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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.

November 19 – Iris Blobel

November 26 – Kim Cleary

November 17 – Imogene Nix is talking about Your Perfect Match: the importance of networking and fabulous CPs. Drop in and share your perfect match!

November 18 – Noelle Clark and ROSAMANTI. Call in for a Limoncello and plate of antipasti as Capri takes a star turn.

Friday Feast is getting a little adult… This week, best-selling Australian romance author Sarah Mayberry shares a treat full of all those naughty things that only adults should spoil themselves with. Think coffee, cognac and cocoa and you’ll get the idea. Top with one of Sarah’s latest release, HER FAVOURITE RIVAL, and you’re in for a very indulgent time. Go on. You deserve it!

To celebrate the release of HER SAVAGE SCOT, Christina is holding a Cover Reveal Blog Tour Giveaway! Christina’s good friend, Allison Butler, who writes wonderful Scottish medieval romance for Penguin Australia, has generously offered up a copy of her debut novel, THE BORDER LAIRD’S BRIDE as part of the giveaway. To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form on Christina’s website.

Regular columns

A Bite of…

Call Stories

Darklight On…

Enchanted Orb

Good News Day

Magic Thursday

Real Life Paranormal

What We Are Reading

Musa Monday

Writerly Wednesday

November 11 – I had Kimberly Rae as a guest on Four Foxes One Hound talking about living with the chronic illness Addison’s Disease and why she added it into her latest story.

November 14 – I’ve the wonderful Sarah Belle on my blog talking about her latest release HINDSIGHT and the secret of finding time to write with four boys under ten!

November 21 – May I introduce: Jo Grafford – The American author tells us about settling into her new home in Germany as well as her new release BREAKING TIES.

November 23 – Christmas Gifts Just for Fun – some wacky gift ideas.

November 26 – Last Days for Christmas Giveaways – The Light Blade series & swag giveaways has on y a few days to run. Don’t miss out!

November 30 – Christmas Recommendations – some books for those looking for gifts at Christmas.

The lovely Nicole Hurley-Moore is my guest with a nostalgic recipe and an excerpt from her latest release DANCING ON AIR.

Narelle has a new blog called Adventurous Hearts to showcase the romance-erotica genre.

November 22 – Cover reveal for new YA author Stacey Nash.

Stacey has recently been awarded a 4 book contract with Entranced Publishing for a YA Sci Fi series. The first book is due out February 2014 and is called FORGET-ME-NOT. The cover reveal will be on S E’s site after 5pm on Friday.

November 18 – In the Armchair with Imogene Nix in A BAR IN PARIS

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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:

  1. Cate Ellink
  2. Mary Brock Jones
  3. Noelle Clark
  4. Belinda Williams
  5. Seanna Smythe
  6. Barbara DeLeoBarb

Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

Our blog chauffeurs Clint and Enrico will be sitting back with their feet up tonight after delivering yet another jam-packed issue of Cruisin’ with RWA. They’ve been kept very busy with all the good news and celebrations. Congratulations to all our members on their achievements 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

Nicole’s medieval paranormal, RAIN will be released on November 21 by Jupiter Gardens Press.

Tamara has signed a three novella deal with Ellora’s Cave for her nautical themed Regency historicals.

Janet’s fantasy romance EYES OF THE ALCHEMIST has recently been released by Belgrave House. Pop over to Janet’s blog for the blurb and to see the cover where the hero bears a strong resemblance to Tom Cruise.

Imogene is overjoyed to announce she has signed a contract with Beachwalk Press for REUNION – War’s End. There is no release date yet, however it is a futuristic romance with most of the key characters having a strong connection to the Federation planet, Reunion.

Daniel has signed his first contract with Escape for his vampire novel due for release towards the middle of 2014.

S M’s debut novel SLEEPER, a New Adult Speculative Fiction, will be released with Entranced Publishing on December 2, 2014.

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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.

November 12 – Rhyll Biest

November 19 – Iris Blobel

November 26 – Kim Cleary

November 17 – Imogene Nix is talking about Your Perfect Match: the importance of networking and fabulous CPs. Drop in and share your perfect match!

November 18 – Noelle Clark and ROSAMANTI. Call in for a Limoncello and plate of antipasti as Capri takes a star turn.

Pizza as it should be! Thanks to THE OUTBACK HEART author Fiona Palmer, fresh home from a research trip to Italy, that’s what Friday Feast has for you this week. You will drool, you’ll have travel envy, but most of all you’ll have fun. Just like with one of Fiona’s heart-warming rural romances!

a little of this, a little of that, a little sunshine, a little chat – and how to cut a coin in half…

November 5 – GOOD NEWS DAY with Kylie Griffin

November 6 – A BITE OF… With Nicola E. Sheridan’s WARLORD’S LADY

November 7 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Mel Teshco on the Magic of Publication

November 9 – Darklight on TBA

November 4 – Musa Monday with Sharon Ledwith on the 6 sales points for authors

November 6 – Writerly Wednesday – short fiction & edits

November 11 – I had Kimberly Rae as a guest on Four Foxes One Hound talking about living with the chronic illness Addison’s Disease and why she added it into her latest story.

November 14 – I’ve the wonderful Sarah Belle on my blog talking about her latest release HINDSIGHT and the secret of finding time to write with four boys under ten!

Now for something completely different! Do you like to travel? Travel writer, scholar, dreamer, Walter Mason chats over a beer and beer nuts in Jenn’s Author Bar Yarns.

My gorgeous S&S stable-buddy, Anna Romer, whose book THORNWOOD HOUSE made the 50 Books you can’t put down list this year is on my blog. If you want to know what makes an amazing book you can’t put down, read THORNWOOD HOUSE. Truly. Her writing is incredible.

November16 – SATURDAY SEVEN (My Lady Quicksilver) – Seven paragraphs from a favourite book from my shelves.

November 19 – DARK SIDE DOWNUNDER: Erica Hayes – come meet our Aussie & New Zealander Dark Siders!

This week on Cooking The Books I’m talking heroes who cook. And I’m giving away a copy of OUTBACK BRIDE. Hope you can drop by.

I have finally been able to get organise and start posting again on my blog. The last week I have a few blogs up.

November 2 – A New Name: yes I’ve decide to write as Sandie James

November 3 – Sunday Supper for 12 People from Mrs Beeton’s Household Management

November 6 – Author Talk with Ann B Harrison/Ari Harper

November 8 – Sunday Supper for 8 People from Mrs Beeton’s Household Management

November 5 – SARA News with Eleni Konstantine

November 8 – UP CLOSE with Virginia Taylor

November 17 – Spotlight on Writers – all the way from Florida USA, Joanne Tailele

November 18 – In the Armchair with Imogene Nix in A BAR IN PARIS

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. Donna Gallagher
  2. Hayson Manning
  3. Maggie Gilbert
  4. Jennifer Rae
  5. Nikki Dee Houston
  6. Jennie Jones

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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

As Fremantle Western Australia welcomes the arrival of the RWA 2013 conference delegates, Enrico and Clint bring you this week’s 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.

Event Announcements

Our usual Sunday post for Event Announcements will give way to breaking news this week with a post from Imelda on the winners announced at the Gala Awards Night.

Keep Up with the Breaking News at RWA 2013

Social Media Tips from Imelda

Twitter: All the contest results (and no doubt other things) will be tweeted live through the official RWA Twitter account (thank you Diane!). If you’re on Twitter and not already following, hie thee hence now and do so. https://twitter.com/RWAusClint

We also have a Twitter hashtag for conference tweets, which is https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/rwaus13 ‪#‎RWAus13. So if you’re tweeting conf stuff, make sure to add it so that the peeps at home can follow!

Did you know that there is an official RWA Facebook page? It’s here: https://www.facebook.com/RomanceWritersofAustralia. Again, if you haven’t already ‘liked’ it, do so now! I’ll be posting whatever I can to that page while at the conference (in between drinks and sessions).

And for those of you who aren’t on the Tweet space, there will be a post on the blog with all the contest winners the day after the awards.

Good News

Magna has made an offer for the large print rights to Janet’s 2002 historical romance FROM THIS DAY FORTH currently available in eBook from Belgrave House. Simon & Schuster UK are talking electronic rights for Janet’s backlisted sagas.

BLOODGIFTED, Book 1 of The Dantonville Legacy series was  released as an eBook on Smashwords.

Contests

The summer is heating up, and so is the Golden Palm Contest sponsored by Florida Romance Writers. If you’re an unpublished romance writer looking to change that status you need to get your entry in. We have a hot lineup of final judges, and a track record of getting requests. So, while you’re making those summer plans, make sure to add “enter the Golden Palm Contest” to your calendar! Categories include: Single Title, Historical, Paranormal, New Adult, Young Adult and Short/Long Category.

Short/Long Category: Allison Carroll, Harlequin

Single Title Category: Patience Bloom, Senior Editor Harlequin

Historical Category: Leah Hultenschmidt, Senior Editor Sourcebooks

New Adult Category: Laurie McLean, Foreward Literary

Young Adult Category: Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, Foreward Literary

Paranormal Category: Ann-Leslie Tuttle, Senior Editor Harlequin

Entry is $20 for Florida Romance Writer members and $30 for nonmembers. All entries are read by at least one published judge and the lowest score is dropped. Contest ends August 15th.  All information to enter is on http://www.frwriters.org/contest/

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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

August 18 – RWA Award Winners Announced

August 22 – Cruisin’ with RWA

I’ve just done a blog piece for Severn House for the release of my next modern novel in October. If you want to see how the moors influenced my life and writing, you can read about it at: The moors and Anna Jacobs

A must watch marriage proposal – how to do it right! Still got tears in my eyes. I’m pleased to see romance is alive and well in the world – but us romance authors and readers already knew that!

Pining for summer? Need some tastebud stimulation? Then this week, thanks to a bit of help from a chaotic restaurant in France, I have the perfect summer seafood dish for you – Prawns in Pastis. Come and check out Friday Feast for your foodie fix. It’s good for you!

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

August 13 – Tuesday Tales – Authors write a weekly story to a prompt. This week’s a picture prompt

August 15 – This Week’s Book Choice – J.F. Jenkins DISPLACED

August 18 – This Week’s Book Choice – Ruth J. Hartman ROMANCE AT THE ROYAL MENAGERIE

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

Sarah Belle & I discussed time travel in romance at the Escape blog. Sarah’s character travels to the past, & mine to the future. We talk about the pros & cons of each & how time travel isn’t only for sci-fi.

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

August 17 – CONFERENCE TIME: Memorable Moments with Anna Jacobs – an idea of what you can expect at conference!

August 20 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Peta Crake – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

Helen is joining me to talk about her new Special Edition release, DATE WITH DESTINY. I love her hero’s Polish family in this book and Helen has a great recipe for Cabbage rolls to get us in the mood. PLUS, she’s giving away a copy of DATE WITH DESTINY to one lucky commenter.

My Guest on Browsing Bookcovers with Maryde this week is Writer Sasha Cottman.

August 11 – Spotlight on Writers – Efthalia Pegios

August 8 – A Match made in Heaven

August 10 – ON ANGELS WINGS by Heather Adams

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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. 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.

Cruisin’ with RWA

A reminder that Enrico, Clint and I will be taking a break from Cruisin’ between July 6 and 20, but we’ll be back behind the wheel of the limo on July 25. In the meanwhile, please keep all the 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

Novelists Inc. will be releasing their short story collection at the end of the month. The collection is themed as the title suggests – I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE YOU AGAIN. Details and cover art on Janet’s blog and the anthology has just gone up on Amazon.com for pre-order at a reduced price Janet’s prize winning short story, THE GREEK, THE DOG, SHANGRI-LA AND ME is one of the stories selected.

Elisabeth’s rural romantic comedy TROUBLE IN NIRVANA had its official release on June 21. Available in eBook or paperback from The Wild Rose Press.

Sandra is thrilled to be offered a second contract with Escape Publishing. Her upcoming September e-book release is titled FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.

Téa’s latest historical romance, MATILDA’S FREEDOM, releases on July 1 with Harlequin Escape. Pre-order available on iTunes.

Bronwen had a huge week with her second three book contract with Entangled Publishing for 3 Indulgence contemporaries and also finalled twice in this year’s RomCon Readers’ Crown for:

Best Historical –TO DARE THE DUKE OF DANGERFIELD

Best Category/Series –THE RELUCTANT WIFE

Adding to her joy was the exciting news that she won the RomCon Readers Crown 2013 in Category/Series for THE RELUCTANT WIFE.  Bronwen won the RomCon Readers Crown in 2012 for her historical –INVITATION TO RUIN.

This year’s batch is a wonderful microcosm of our membership, including some of our most established and loved author members and some who have entered the finalist list with their first book. Obviously, if you are a romance writer, RWA is the place to be!  So, without further ado, congratulations and best of luck to:

Long Romance:

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Anne Gracie – BRIDE BY MISTAKE

Helen Lacey – MARRIAGE UNDER THE MISTLETOE

Sarah Mayberry – MORE THAN ONE NIGHT

Stephanie Laurens – THE LADY RISKS ALL

Romantic Elements: 

Elise K Ackers – SMALL TOWN STORM

Fiona McCallum – WATTLE CREEK

Helene Young – BURNING LIES

Tricia Stringer – QUEEN OF THE ROAD

Short Sexy:

Anne Oliver – THE MORNING AFTER THE WEDDING BEFORE

Melanie Milburne – ENEMIES AT THE ALTAR

Nicola Marsh – MARRYING THE ENEMY

Yvonne Lindsay – A FORBIDDEN AFFAIR

Short Sweet:Helen Lacey - Marriage Under the Misteltoe

Alison Roberts – SYDNEY HARBOUR HOSPITAL: ZOE’S BABY

Emily Forbes –  SYDNEY HARBOUR HOSPITAL: BELLA’S WISHLIST

Fiona Lowe – NEWBORN BABY FOR CHRISTMAS

Madeline Ash – UNCOVERED BY LOVE

Thanks go to our new RUBY coordinator, Dorothy Bramich and to Louise Reynolds, our erstwhile RUBY co-ordinator, for mentoring her through her first year in this role. We would be helpless without our stalwart volunteers! Thanks too, to our wonderful reader judges. ~ Imelda Evans, Blogmistress

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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 29 – June Releases

June 30 – Event Announcements

July 1 – Claytons 2013

July 3 – Conference Spotlight

July 4 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Jennie Jones reveals more about her HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE.

Fiona Georgiou stops by to tread the boards this week on All the World’s a Page.

The promotional tour for the release of ITALIAN AFFAIR has certainly kept me busy and has played havoc with my participation in 50k in 30 days. There is a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card on my blog page. It is drawn by a rafflecopter on July 16 when I am deep in the outback!  If you want to have a virtual holiday over the winter, [visit] our travel blog as we head to crocodile country on the 29th. I am totally a non-camper so our seven weeks camping sojourn may afford you some lighthearted amusement!

I have English romance author Louise Rose-Innes on the blog. She’s a social media guru and a fabulous contemporary romance author. She’s interviewing her latest hero and has a fresh contemporary romance to give away. We’d love you to drop by.

chatted to Jennifer St George about her latest release from Destiny Romance, THE LOVE DECEPTION.

Suffering from the winter woes? Then you need something to warm you up! And on Friday Feast, thanks to Ondine series author and curry pie aficionado, Ebony McKenna, we have just the dish. So come curry it up with Ebony, Ondine and her pet ferret Shambles. It’ll warm your heart and soul!

I’ve also posted an update on my Australian Women Writers Challenge in which I reveal my favourite books and the discovery of a wonderful new Australian author.

For anyone who would like to stop by and say hello, I’m doing a guest blog on the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood on July 26 as a Golden Heart finalist. It would be great to welcome some fellow Aussie authors over there.

June 27 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with C.M. Simpson

July 2 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

July 3 – A BITE OF… With Eleanor Maine

June 24 – Musa Monday with Marci Boudreaux

June 25 – Release date for SNOOP

June 29 – Fantabulous Friday: Aussie Author Giveaway

June 27 – the wonderful Lily Malone

Tuesday Tales – every Tuesday when 15-20 authors write to a word prompt. I’ve currently got a nice AFL story going.

She’s days away from a seven week outback adventure without the internet. I’ve ‘baled’ Annie Seaton up on Author Harvest.Gnomes of Australia…? Watch out!

The Long And The Short Of It: Jan Ruth has a country manor and a horse whisperer!

July 4 – In the Armchair with Sandra Harris

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

July 1 – AUSSIE AUTHOR GIVEAWAY – 9 paranormal romance authors have books & swag to giveaway! Deets here.

July 2 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: S.E.Gilchrist – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

July 6 – CAT-URDAY! – Don’t mess with a cat!

Musings on the wild weather in Gippsland, Australia’s ‘Riviera’.

June 19 – Writer Wednesday with Mandy Magro

June 25 – Writer Wednesday with Jennifer Scoullar

June 21 – Southern Speak: Emotion in Romance Writing with Khloe Wren

June 24 – SARA News with Emmeline Lock

June 26 – What a Character: Tamara Gill’s Lelantos with Maggie Mundy

June 30 – Spotlight on Writers with Erin Moira O’Hara

This year, the members of the Hunter Romance Writers will post twice monthly on our blog re various topics from the craft of writing to donating blood to time management.

June 25 – The Art of On Line Pitching

June 13 – Branding your Name in the Writing World

May 13 – This Writing Life – Time Management

Comments by other writers are always welcome.

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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 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

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

It’s been quite a week, hasn’t it? Lots of exciting news doing the rounds and some really awesome blogs too. But before we get started, today is ANZAC DayAnzac day banner 2Please spare a thought and a prayer for our real life heroes and heroines as we remember them on this special day.

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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

Tima is embarking on an exciting and interesting new journey with her debut novel, BLOODGIFTED, coming out next month on Amazon and other online retailers.

Jennie is overjoyed with the beautiful new cover for her debut release THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE coming soon from Escape Publishing.

IN BED WITH THE ENEMY from Belgrave House

Darcie Channing arrives back in Australia to find that her  beach house has gone missing. She knows who the culprit is, the businessmanINWTE Leon Price.  When she goes after him, her trusty dog, Wee Georgie, at her side, the result is mayhem.

Is excited to be celebrating two releases in May.
COLLISION WITH DESTINY (Red Rose Publishing – Release date May8)
When Emma knocks a wolf unconscious with her car, she naturally takes it home with her to make sure it’s alright. By the time she gets home, the wolf is awake and as soon as she brings it inside, it transforms into a hot man, Kevin. He spends the night convincing her she is his mate.  The morning after Emma is horrified that Kevin claimed her without her permission… can Kevin convince her he’s the werewolf of her dreams?

Edible Delights Anthology Volume 1: SEALED WITH A HONEYED KISS, Book 1 of the Dragons of Feury (Secret Cravings Publishing – Release date May 17)Cover 400x600
Eilagh and her four best friends are escaping away from their jobs and lives for a few days to go camping. Fate intervenes and while they are hiking they get whipped away through a portal to The Land of Feury. The Land of Feury has a problem. A virus killed off all their females years ago and Dimitri, their leader, has no idea how to solve the issue. Will these five females prove to be the saviours their race has been praying for?

HEARTLAND is here! A powerful, passionate and moving rural love story from the author of PROMISES and HEART OF THE VALLEY, released April 24.

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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 this ANZAC Day. Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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April 28 – Event Announcements  – Juanita Kees

April 29 – New Releases – Eleni Konstantine

April 30 – Conference Spotlight – Eleni Konstantine

May 1 – Lynne Wilding Award: Call for Nominations – Imelda Evans

May 2 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

April 28 – Elise Ackers joins me

May 5 – Lilliana Anderson is my guest

We’re cellar-dwelling this week on Friday Feast, but in the nicest possible way! I’m talking about a research trip I did for my new rural romance, HEARTLAND, which just so happened to include a winery tour. And what’s a girl to do when inspired in such a way? Cook, of course! A beautiful wine, paprika and grilled red pepper casserole, perfect for those upcoming winter nights. Plus reveal your favourite wine-y story and you could win a signed copy of HEARTLAND. Bottoms up!

On Cooking the Books this week, Louise Reynolds welcomes Romantic Suspense author, Natalie Charles. Natalie won the Harlequin New Voices competition in 2011 and her debut novel is out now. She’s giving away a copy to one commenter.

April 25 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with C.T. Green
April 27 –
ENCHANTED ORB – with Nicole Murphy
April 30 –
GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin
May 2 –
MAGIC THURSDAY – with Nicole Murphy

Looking After Yourself
Musa Monday – Wench, Holley Trent
Writing Buddy Wednesday – Rural romance author, Jenn J McLeod

Jenn J McLeod – tells how she lost her erotic fiction virginity and she ‘bales up’ the lovely Elise Ackers on Author Harvest. 

Knocking on the Manor Door this week was Jenn J McLeod, sipping tea at the HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS.

April 21 – the Spotlight will be on historical romance writer, Suzi Love.

April 27 – On Spotlight on Writers I will be hosting, Beverley Eikli.

May 4 –  I will be hosting, Fiona Greene on Spotlight on Writers.

Win a copy of THE YEARNING during Aussie Author Month – to celebrate the incredible talent and diversity of Aussie authors, and in support of the important work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Aussie Author Month has been established. There are lots of ways to participate – giveaways, blogs, donations etc. Drop by The Ecstasy Files and answer a simple question to go into the running. Or Google Aussie Author Month and join in.

April 27 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – SKIN by Kylie Scott

April 30 – CRAFT: Shifting Goals – guest blogger Paula Roe shares some crafting skills…

April 21 – In the Armchair with Elise Ackers

My guest today is the lovely Elise Ackers, who could very well pass as a heroine straight from the pages of a romance novel.

April 22 – In the Armchair with Natalie Charles

Chocolate, Peanut butter and romantic suspense…sounds like the perfect combination to me!

April 24 – In the Armchair with Jacqui Jacoby

Meet a frustrated French student trapped in the body of a working romance writer – I’m sensing a little mystery…

April 27 – In the Armchair with Whitney K-E

RWA’s youngest member is flying high with the release of her debut novel WHAT HAPPENS IN IRELAND just a few short breaths away.

UNDER COVER OF DARK’S Lily Bennetti under Interrogation – What does a writer do when a character is being a little evasive?

April 29 – Love Cats Down Under: Sisters and Books

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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:

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

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Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

Things are heating up here in the west with the 22nd annual RWA conference approaching fast. So do keep an eye out for blogs and information here on thelogo_yellow_bg

blog, on Facebook and on the Romance Writers of Australia website. If you’re planning on Riding the Waves in Freo this year, why not keep up to date and subscribe to the newsletter via email.

August 16 – 18 2013 -The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia

In August 2013, for the first time, our annual national conference is heading to Western Australia. With a gorgeous heritage hotel, sunshine, sea-breezes, alfresco dining and history – Fremantle has it all. And now it has romance!

Take advantage of the Early Bird Savings and register today!

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

We hope you had a good Easter break. There’s a lot going on out there with new releases, blogs, giveaways and more. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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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 this week.

Good News

THE TRADER’S DREAM has been doing very nicely in the Top 100 Family Sagas and Sagas lists on Amazon.

has a new release out on April 15, ASK ME TO STAY: A Homeland Book from Destiny Romance

I’LL GET BY, released Feb 2013 was reviewed by WritingWA, the literary body for the State of western Australia. The review also appeared in the West Newspaper on February 29. This book is the third one in the World Wars’ trilogy and is preceded by book one, TALL POPPIES and book two, SECRETS AND LIES.

A HANDFUL OF ASHES, a paperback saga for Simon and Schuster published in 2004 has attracted a sale of over 7,500 copies to a book club.

SOMETHING SPOOKY. an ebook through Belgrave House.

THE GREEK, THE DOG, SHANGRI-LA, and ME is a short story (non-romance) that was a runner up in the Katherine Susannah Prichard Award is to be included in a  an American anthology with the theme I thought I’d never see you again. The anthology will be published and sold by writer’s organisation,  Novelist’s Inc.

Maree Anderson has just released a fantasy trilogy: SEER’S HOPE (Book One), SEER’S PROMISE (Book Two) and SEER’S CHOICE (Book Three).  SEER’S HOPE, a previous RWNZ Clendon Award finalist, is currently free on Smashwords.

Maree’s Clendon Award-winning book, THE CRYSTAL WARRIOR (Book One of The Crystal Warriors series), is currently also free at Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Sony, Diesel eBooks & All Romance eBooks.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint had another busy week cruisin’ the web and inbox. Hope you enjoy his scoop. Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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April 6 – Hearts Talk Wrap

April 7 – Event Announcements

April 9 – Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight on Kat Mayo

April 10 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Alison Stuart

April 11 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Kate Belle shares secret YEARNINGS this Sunday 7th on All the World’s a Page.

Annie West will be a guest on Sunday 14th April. Don’t miss out!

This week on Friday Feast we’re offering a double treat: A new voice in Australian rural fiction and blueberry-topped cheesecake! So come on over and meet Pamela Cook, whose debut release BLACKWATTLE LAKE is gathering punnetfuls of rave reviews. Plus you’ll be raving even more when you see her tried n’ true cheesecake. Indeedy, we’re in for a berry good time!

All your favourites over at DSDU this week

Visit Eleni Konstantine in the Taverna

Anna Campbell was ‘baled up’ on Author Harvest WITH giveaway (and Jenn was run down in the rush!)

Then, for someone completely different. Meet women’s fiction author Lia Weston on Author Harvest.

Oh, and, it’s Jenn’s one-month anniversary and she’s done a rundown of what that has entailed.

Has started a guest blogging segment on my site, called : Spotlight on Writers. Her first guest post was up 31 March 2013 with Sue Moorcroft

April 6 – CAT-URDAY: A Writer’s Cat

April 9 – CRAFT: Nine Points of Trust – guest blogger Paula Roe shares some crafting skills…

April 13 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – SONG OF SCARABAEUS by Sara Creasy

Look out for the Monthly Blog Roundup and an excerpt of a craft article written by Ebony McKenna called Active or Passive Voice.

An electrifying experience! I’m sitting in Annie Seaton’s Chair. What do perfume and musicals have in common? Come join us and find out!

I would like to announce an exciting new Guest-Hosting Page on my Blog site. Browsing Book Covers with Maryde & Guest! What is different with Browsing Book covers is It is not just for Authors – I will be welcoming readers as well…Each Month, Guests will share thoughts about Bookcovers past & new. What better way to connect with readers than invite them into our world? So, I invite you to pass on my contact e-mail to your Mum  your cousin, sister, brother, your 80yr old aunt, (who may be deaf, but still loves to read),and I’ll contact them with a selection of simple and painless questions they just answer and return by email.  Did I mention there will be some Give-a-ways from generous Authors. Looking forward to your company!

I blog about my romance writing journey. I like to think it’s an amusing blog about the journey of an aspiring writer. My latest blog talks about my experience with the RWA Little Gems comp.  I do hope you have some time to take a quick peek.

April 2ROOM SERVICE anyone? In the Armchair with Vanessa Stark
April 6 –  Going UNDER THE HOOD on Elise Ackers’ The Write Frequency
April 7 – Getting a little out-of-water action In the Armchair with Ros Baxter and her new release, FISH OUT OF WATER

March 25 – Life in a Pink Fibro – Allison Tait’s blog: Starting Out: How to make the time to write

April 1 – Australian Romance Readers Association Inc: Release day blog

April 1 – Ros Baxter Ink: Happy launch day – make like a mermaid!

April 2 – Beauty and Lace e-zine (Bookgirl Michelle) – Review

April 3 – Manga Mania Cafe: Interview and review

April 3 – Down Under Divas: Interview

April 3 – Parajunkee: Review

April 4 – The Write Frequency – Elise K Ackers’ blog: Interview

April 4 – Rachael Johns’ blog: My secret life

April 5 – Romance Readers: Blog and giveaway

April 6 – Amy Andrews on Sister Chat: Sister on sister interview

April 7 – Juanita Kees blog: Interview

April 8 – Nomi’s Paranormal Palace: Review and blog

April 9 – Nicola Marsh’s blog: The tail so far…

April 10 – Juliet Madison’s blog: Choreographing a love scene underwater (and other things your craft book never taught you)

April 11 – Kylie Griffin’s blog: Torn between two worlds

April 12 – Sami Lee’s blog:  The story behind the story 

April 15 – Nas Dean’s blog: Blog and giveaway

April 29 – Love Cats Down Under: Sisters and Books

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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. Susanne Bellamy
  2. Tracey O’Hara
  3. Trish Morey
  4. Write on Track – Diane Curran
  5. The Other Side
  6. Carla Caruso

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Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

Things are heating up here in the west with the 22nd annual RWA conference approaching fast. So do keep an eye out for blogs and information Riding the Waveshere on the blog, on Facebook and on the Romance Writers of Australia website. If you’re planning on Riding the Waves in Freo this year, why not keep up to date and subscribe to the newsletter via email.

August 16 – 18 2013 -The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia

In August 2013, for the first time, our annual national conference is heading to Western Australia. With a gorgeous heritage hotel, sunshine, sea-breezes, alfresco dining and history – Fremantle has it all. And now it has romance!

Take advantage of the Early Bird Savings and register today!

Regards Juanita

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