Author Spotlight and Giveaway: RUBY finalist and Lynn Wilding award nominee, Juanita Kees…

Today we welcome to the Author Spotlight our very own RWA blog supremo, Juanita Kees.  Welcome, Juanita, and congratulations on the release of ‘Under Cover of Dark ’!  Could you give us the blurb, please?

New Australian romantic suspense follows Under the Hood, about a Western Australian drug gang, the teenagers they recruit, and the cop who wants to bring them down.

When Mark Johnson delves deeper into his investigation into the murder of Tiny Watts and the involvement of a teenage gang with sleazy lawyer, Gino Bennetti, and his drug world ties, the last thing he expects is to be interviewing Gino’s widow, a woman in a world of trouble.

When her husband is shot and killed, it is both a relief and a disaster. Lily has her son to protect and secrets that run deeper than the scars she bears. Mark Johnson is the last person she wants uncovering those secrets, especially the truth about her son, Luke’s involvement in Tiny Watts’ murder.

As the investigation continues and Lily’s wounds begin to heal, she finds the detective easy to trust and the friendship between them blossoms into more. But the secret Lily holds places everyone in very real danger. When it is finally revealed, Lily will lose everything: her son, the man she’s grown to love, her freedom, and her life.

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Also, congratulations on being a RUBY finalist for ‘Under the Hood’. How did it feel to see your name in the finals?

Surreal! There are so many wonderful names up there amongst the finalists. I am both honoured and in awe. I’d hate to be one of the judges with all that talent to choose from. I’m thrilled to make it to the finals with this baby. I had so much fun writing it. Thank you to the judges who read and enjoyed it enough to get it nominated for this fabulous award.

You are one busy, busy lady! Between being a freelance editor, writer and senior editor on the RWA Blog, mum to three boys and wife, how on earth do you manage your time?

Don’t forget the dog!  Plus I work three days a week as an administrator at a Holden Dealership. Seriously? I don’t know. It takes a lot of juggling some days. Perhaps because I love what I do with such passion, I don’t see it as a chore. I do know that there are days when I could use an extra twenty four hours!

‘Under Cover of Dark’ is a romantic suspense. What are the elements of a compelling romantic suspense?

A fast pace, tension, high drama and the odd plot twist surprise to keep the reader engaged in the story, always wanting to know what will happen next. I like to take my readers on an emotional journey as well as an adventure. When they put the book down, I want them to be exhausted, emotionally drained and in love. If the reader feels as if they’ve been a part of the characters’ journey, the author’s job is done.

How do protagonists and heroes in romance differ from those in romantic suspense?

Romantic suspense characters have an edge. They are mysterious, brave yet protective, a little dangerous and love taking risks. While romance heroes wine and dine their heroines in comfort and style, romantic suspense heroes are out there in the wild world saving their heroines in the face of danger. I’d happily settle for both!

Is there any other genre you could see yourself writing in the future?

I’m dabbling in a little Fantasy at the moment with my next series set on Paradise Beach.

When you’re not editing, writing, RWA-ing, what do you do in your spare time?

Spare time??  I potter around my garden, restore garden furniture, read and enjoy the odd motorbike ride to wherever the road takes us.

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As a professional editor, do you find that in your own work you edit as you go? What is the main challenge in being both an editor and an author?

The hardest thing is shutting down the editor in me when I write, so yes, I edit as I go. It takes forever! One of my critique partners once said, “You write a very clean dirty draft.” The downside of that is my stories don’t get written very fast!

What would we find on your bookshelf/ereader?

A LOT of romance in any genre, my Tony Park and Matthew Reilly collections, and the odd biography.

You’ve written about subjects as diverse as a motor dealership, gangs and drugs, and kidnapping. How do you go about researching these topics for authenticity?

I’ve worked in the motor industry forever and am a car fanatic. My father was a mechanic by trade, my mother hails from generations of General Motors employees and I married an auto electrician. I have oil in my veins and loads of material to work with!

In Under Cover of Dark, I was lucky enough to have the help of a prison officer who I probed mercilessly with questions. Understandably, there were some questions he couldn’t answer but I was blown away by his absolute commitment to juvenile offender rehabilitation, despite the possibility they’d re-offend.

I watched a lot of reality programs on gangs in prisons and studied their habits and methods of communication. It’s fascinating to see how many ways a coded message can be delivered.

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Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress?

I’m working on the next book in the Tag Raiders Series, Under his Protection, which features the youngest member of the gang, Connor, his mum Mia, and Ethan Wright who is a counsellor at the Tiny Watts Rehabilitation Centre opened by TJ and Scott Devin (Under the Hood).

Thanks for coming on today, Juanita. Could you give us a sneaky peek at one of your favourite parts of ‘Under Cover of Dark’, please?

Absolutely!!

He stood almost toe to toe with her now. She felt the warmth of his body, the temptation to sink into the comfort it provided. Her body swayed towards him with the strength of the pull. Strong, warm fingers tipped up her chin gently. Dark grey eyes searched hers for the truth and promised a safe haven from harm.

‘My offer of witness protection is still on the table. Take it and let’s end this nightmare of yours.’

Lily hesitated a moment longer, torn between telling the truth and protecting her son who had suffered so much at the hands of these criminals already. She’d borne this burden alone for too long. The strength to fight against it waned as the ache of her strained muscles surfaced.

‘Yes, he has a diary.’

With a sigh, Mark pulled her into his arms and held her against the beat of his heart. Lily listened to the comforting tattoo for a moment, savoured the warmth of his arms and allowed herself to believe he meant what he said.

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Juanita is kindly gifting one  eCopy of ‘Under Cover of Dark’ to one lucky reader. To enter all you have to do is leave a comment for Juanita below. The winner will be contacted via email, so please make sure that we can reach you!

And finally, on behalf of all RWA members, thank you Juanita for all that you do for this wonderful organisation. We wish you the best of luck with the RUBY and the Lynn Wilding award!

*Ed’s Note: Thank you for having me! I cannot tell you how much it means to me to be part of such a wonderful family here at RWA. Each conference is like coming home, a family reunion that inspires, encourages and motivates. Volunteering is a way to give back to the members what they give me – love, support, creative advice and a place where I feel I belong. Here’s to many more years of success and growth for all! You rock!

To my fellow nominees in the Lynne Wilding and RUBY, wishing you all a hearty congratulations and good luck for Awards night. I’m already a winner to be in such talented company. Thank you.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Ruby Finalists Announced

Drumroll please!  We are delighted to announce the finalists for the reader-judged RWA Romantic Book of the Year contest, better known as the Ruby.

 

In the ‘Short Sexy‘ division (and please note the description refers to the stories, not the authors, some of whom are quite tall 😉 ) the finalists, in alphabetical order by author, are:

What the Bride Didn’t Know Kelly Hunter
One Secret Night Yvonne Lindsay
Never Say No to a Caffarelli Melanie Milburne
A Price Worth Paying Trish Morey

 

In the ‘Short Sweet‘ division (again, referring to the stories, although the sweet part is, I’m sure, perfectly true of the authors as well) the finalists, in alphabetical order by author, are:

One Life Changing Moment Lucy Clark
Gold Coast Angels: Bundle of Trouble Fiona Lowe
A Father at Last Julie Mac
Secrets of a Career Girl Carol Marinelli

 

The ‘Stories with Romantic Elements’ finalists are:

Under the Hood Juanita Kees
Nobody But Him Victoria Purman
Currawong Creek Jennifer Scoullar
Lost in Kakadu Kendall Talbot

 

Finally, in the ‘Long Romance’ section of the competition, tied entries resulted in six title and five author finalists.  They are:

Holding Out for a Hero Amy Andrews
A Prior Engagement Karina Bliss
Letter from a Rake Sasha Cottman
The Dissolute Duke Sophia James
Mistress at Midnight Sophia James
Her Favourite Rival Sarah Mayberry

 

Our thanks, as always to all the volunteers who help to make the Ruby possible, especially Annie Lynch, contest co-ordinator for this year’s Ruby and all the reader judges and judge co-ordinators.

It’s wonderful to see a mix of new and established authors in this list and for the blog team, it’s especially exciting to see our own blog editor and Cruisin’ and Events columnist, Juanita Kees, among the finalists!

Congratulations to all of our finalists and best of luck with the final round of judging!

The winners of the Ruby are announced at the awards dinner at our conference in August and will be on this blog on Sunday the 10th of August 2014.

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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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.

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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,

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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!

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Cruisin’ with RWA

We hope you enjoy our line up this week. Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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 Waves

here 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!

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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. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

New Contracts

  • S E Gilchrist is thrilled to finally announce her second contract with Escape Publishing. This short story, THE PORTAL, is scheduled for release on 1st March 2013 and is set in the same world as LEGEND BEYOND THE STARS.

New Releases

After trudging in the footsteps of the Fomorian army, Aileen longs to have a home of her own far from the horrors of war. She will do anything to achieve her goal. Even lie to the kin and people of her newly deceased husband. But lies are nothing, compared with drugging a pixie king and stealing his memory … and his seed.

To fulfil his father’s dying wish, border laird Jamie Graham must marry and sire a legitimate heir. But his marriage will be one of convenience, for he has vowed never to open his heart to betrayal. While guarding his cattle from thieves, Jamie catches the spirited daughter of a neighbouring laird stealing his horse.  Despite viewing an arranged marriage as a death sentence,  feisty Kenzie Irvine has no choice but to wed the domineering Jamie. But she has sworn an oath never to bring a child into an uncaring world. And Kenzie also has a dark secret she has no intention of giving away –  even if she finds herself her on the wrong side of the law…

The final book in the world wars trilogy, TALL POPPIES/SECRET AND LIES has just been released in hardcover.

Meggie Elliot is trying to forge a career for herself in London, a city on the brink of WW2. The crush she has on her solicitor comes to nothing. Meggie joins the WRNS in a burst of patriotism and goes to work in a decoding unit. There she meets the mysterious and dangerously exhilarating young aristocrat Nicholas Cowan, who is her boss. A series of coincidences points to Nick as being the burglar who robbed the home of her beloved aunt, something Nick doesn’t deny. They fall in love with the thunderous roar of planes flying overhead and bombs exploding around them.

This is the third book in her Roman/Druid romance series, BETRAYED, will be released by Ellora’s Cave in their Xanadu line on 20th March 2013.

In 51 A.D., Druid priestess Nimue is injured and enslaved by the hated Roman Legions. Even though she is drawn to her captor, she’s determined to escape and complete her mission for the Briton king and her duty to Arianrhod, the goddess she is bound to.

The tough Roman warrior who captures her is far from the brutal barbarian she expects. His touch inflames her desires and passion burns between them. Though Nimue does not accept her enslavement, her heart surrenders to her enemy. When Arianrhod appears to her in the form of an owl, Nimue knows the union is blessed.

Roman warrior Tacitus is enchanted by the fiery beauty who shows no fear and challenges him at every turn. Though enslaving her goes against his heart, he’s determined to make her his. No woman has ever heated his blood as she does. But when he discovers her true nature as one who actually communes with the gods, his loyalties are torn between his heritage and a woman who could destroy everything he’s ever believed in.

New Cover

  • UNDER THE HOOD by Juanita Kees (Escape Publishing, March 2013)Under_the_Hood

When Scott Devin buys a struggling car dealership in a semi-rural area in Western Australia, the last person he expects to see in charge is a stilletto-wearing, mini-skirted foreperson. Exactly the distraction a struggling, male-dominated workshop doesn’t need! But there’s more to TJ Stevens than meets the eye.

TJ Stevens has two major goals in life: to preserve her grandfather’s heritage and protect the program – and she’ll go to any lengths to do it. Scott Devin’s presence is a threat to everything she’s worked hard to achieve, so keeping him at arms length shouldn’t be a problem…or could it?

Savannah Harris is determined to raise her three-month-old daughter in the best possible environment, and flees home to Grace Creek, an inheritance from her recently deceased mother.  But even this peaceful property cannot cocoon her from her abusive husband or a stranger who intends to rip her life apart.  In an atmosphere thick with fear, Savannah realises she cannot keep running, she must fight back or risk losing not only her life, but the only family she has left, her precious daughter.

Contests

  • For those who are Indie pubbed, the Indie Book Awards contest closes on February 22. Visit their website for more information.
  • For Inspirational romance or inspirational novel with romantic elements, copyrighted or with 1st print date in 2012. No POD,
    self-published or e-book entries. Need not be RWA member but publisher must be RWA approved. Contest closes March 1.
  • For a 1000 word romantic short story. Prizes are fab – $500 cash, e-reader, $400 worth of Random House books and publication in Take 5 and an e-book with Random Romance

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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 Clintdetails to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

February 24 – Juliet Madison continues her blog tour for FAST FORWARD this Sunday on All the World’s a Page.

March 3 – The lovely Lily Malone with her own ‘brand of beautiful’.

Oh, we do love a bit of chocolatey goodness on Friday Feast and this week THE GIRL IN THE HARD HAT author, Loretta Hill, is treating us to some serious deliciousness. Her description of cake-making will have your taste buds hollering for your own baking session. But never fear, Loretta’s supplied an easy tried n’ true recipe to shut them up. So come and join the Feasty fun. After all, everyone knows chocolate is the ultimate reading and writing food!

February 21 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Imogene Nix

February 24 – Weekly Overview

February 25 – Winner of Imogene’s giveaway announced

February 26 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

February 27 – A BITE OF …with Shona Husk

February 28 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Adina West

Musa Monday – Wench Lizzie T. Leaf talks humor!

Love Is In the Air Blog Hop winner

Writing Buddy Wednesday – BF-Fiend Helen Ellis

Cover reveal –SEALED WITH A KISS

February 15Friday Feast with Cathryn Hein and a Juanita-proof recipe

February 18 – with Jemi Fraser talking about editing

February 22 – Past, Present and Future with Juliet Madison

February 22 – talking to Romance Reader about the RWA Conference

It’s all about fun this week when Kate Belle’s competition kicks off on The Ecstasy Files Friday 22 February and runs until 11 March. Drop in for a bit of fun  and grab your chance to win a Sexy Caper Hamper full of books and goodies. (Over 18’s only)

Kate continues her intimate little chats with fellow erotica authors with a couple of fun encounters:

Taking a Random Chance on Romance with Jess Anastasi.

How did Kate get from Mickey Mouse to erotica? Find out on Jan Graham’s Hot Seat.

Tips on surviving those dreaded publisher rejections with Imogene Nix.

And on 25 February drop into The Naughty Pages of Phoenix for a laugh about silly names for s*x toys.

February 23 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – RAPTURE Jacqueline Frank
February 26 – TOPIC: World-Building with Pamela Palmer – find out how well known authors create their series/worlds!

30 Escape authors are doing a progressive love story on the Escape blog until 15 March. It’s like a writerly speed dating event. Could be a masterpiece, could 0213 LoveStory Btnbe a train wreck, but it’s a lot of fun.

Also I’m posting at Darkside Downunder talking about writing, reading and self-publishing.

February 25 – Kamy Chetty (NZ author) Under the Spotlight on Romance Book Paradise

February 25 – Carla Caruso (Aussie author) on Maria’s Book Blog

February 25 – Valerie Parv, Visiting Professor at Romance University

February 27 –  Nicole Flockton (Aussie author) at Romance Book Haven

February 28 – Kamy Chetty at Anna Reads Romance 

is chatting to Brynna Curry from In Shadows about writing historical romances and giving away a copy of MISRULE’S MISTRESS.

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

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RWA Contests

Closing dates for the 2012-13 RWA contest season

April 2013 – Valerie Parv Award

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

Happy Valentine’s Day!Blowing_hearts

We hope you enjoy our line up this week. Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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 Waves

Riding the Waves

here 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!

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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. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

Member Milestones

1. James Patterson
2. Nora Roberts
3. MC Beaton
4. Danielle Steel
5. Clive Cussler
6. Anna Jacobs
7. Lee Child
8. David Baldacci
9. Michael Connelly
10. Harlan Coben
11. Katie Flynn
12. Tess Gerritsen
13. Josephine Cox
14. Alexander McCall Smith
15. John Grisham
16. Jodi Picoult
17. JD Robb
18. Jeffrey Deaver
19. Agatha Christie
20. Ian Rankin

New Contracts

  • Victoria Purman has signed a three-book contract with Harlequin Australia. Her first book, NOBODY BUT HIM  will be out in paperback and e-book in October this year. Victoria pitched to Haylee Nash at the RWA Conference on the Gold Coast last August and got The Call just before Christmas.

Little Gems Cover CompetitionLittle Gems Sapphire Cover

  • The winner of this year’s Little Gems Cover competition is Sheridan Kent, who was also the winning designer for the Little Gems cover in 2011. Congratulations Sheridan and, as always, thanks to all the volunteers who make our competitions possible.

Contests

  • For those who are Indie pubbed, the Indie Book Awards contest closes on February 22. Visit their website for more information.
  • For Inspirational romance or inspirational novel with romantic elements, copyrighted or with 1st print date in 2012. No POD,
    self-published or e-book entries. Need not be RWA member but publisher must be RWA approved. Contest closes March 1.
  • For a 1000 word romantic short story. Prizes are fab – $500 cash, e-reader, $400 worth of Random House books and publication in Take 5 and an e-book with Random Romance

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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 Clintdetails to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

  • RWA Blog

February 15 -A Day in the Writing Life of Christina Phillips with Efthalia Pegios

February 16 – Beyond the Literal: There’s No Escape with Ainslie Paton

February 18 – Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight with Ebony McKenna by Eleni Konstantine

February 17– Event Announcements with Juanita Kees

February 18 – Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight with Eleni Konstantine

February 19 – Author Spotlight on Adina West with Juliet Madison

February 21 – Cruisin with RWA and Juanita Kees

From across the Tasman, my guest will be Shirley Wine.

Wanted to share the news that she was interviewed by a Washington journo, Bill Thompson, of The Bookcast. The interview is live at  if you’d like to have a listen.

is doing a blog tour to promote her new book, THE AUTUMN BRIDE. At each point there’s a giveaway of a copy of her book. The full list is available on Anne’s website.

We’re fudging it on Friday Feast this week. Super squishy deliciously fudging it, and all thanks to FLY AWAY PETA author, Juanita Kees. So if you enjoy your cooking foolproof and sweet, come join in the fun. Your dentist will love you for it!

February 14 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Nicole Murphy with giveaway

February 15 – WHAT WE ARE READING compiled by Shona Husk

February 16 – DARKLIGHT ON… Keziah Hill

February 17 – Weekly Overview

February 18 – Winner of Tyla’s giveaway announced

February 19 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

February 21 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Imogene Nix

Musa Monday – Wench Rita Monette

Trekking Tuesday

Writing Buddy Wednesday – DarkSider Anna Hackett

Jenn J McLeod is getting up close and personal with the author of ‘Distance’ – Nene Davies

Monday Muse takes a look at Vampire Diaries’ bad boy Damon Salvator
Thespian Tuesday we get to find out about Nicole Flockton and enjoy and excerpt from her book BOUND BY HER RING
Wednesday its a post on Random Romance With Kate Belle
Saturday Sojourn takes us on a wonderful trip to Italy with Susanne Bellamy

February 15 – Friday Feast with Cathryn Hein and a Juanita-proof recipe

February 18 – with Jemi Fraser talking about editing

February 22 – chatting to Juliet Madison 

February 22 – talking to Romance Reader about the RWA Conference

February 16 – Cat-urday: Up to Mischief – more madcap mayhem with LOL cats.

February 19 – TOPIC: World-Building with Joss Ware/Colleen Gleason – find out how well known authors create their series/worlds!

February 23 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – RAPTURE Jacqueline Frank

February 26 – TOPIC: World-Building with Pamela Palmer – find out how well known authors create their series/worlds!

On Cooking The Books this week, Harlequin Special Edition author Helen Lacey is sharing a family recipe for Welsh Bake Stones and talking
about the role of cooking in her latest release. Plus there’s a giveaway!

I’m having a bit of a ‘busy’ Sunday. I’m part of the MFRW’s ‘Firsts’ Blog Hop.

I’m also part of the Heartbreaker Blog Hop.

And one of the featured authors for the Coffee Time Romance & More giveaway this month.

Plus Misrule’s Mistress just received a lovely 4 star review

is a guest over on Black Velvet Seductions where she talks about her writing journey and life.

February 10 – In the Armchair with Susanne Bellamy

February 12 – In the Armchair with Carla Caruso

February 15 – In the Armchair with Valerie Parv

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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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RWA Contests

Closing dates for the 2012-13 RWA contest season

February 14 – First Kiss
April 2013 – Valerie Parv Award

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

We hope you enjoy our line up this week. Facebook, emails and group posts have been running hot with loads of good news to celebrate. It looks like 2013 is going to be a good year for our members. Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

Riding the Waves

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 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!

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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. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

New Releases

  • Imogene Nix THE BLOOD BRIDE will be the first in the Blood Secrets series to be released soon. More details to follow.
  • Jennifer St George’s second novel, SEDUCING THE SECRET HEIRESS is out with Destiny Romance.4271781
  • Janelle Lee is celebrating two new releases this week BULLETS AND BUCKETS and A SECOND CHANCE  and has been contracted for a 3 book series.
  • Lily Malone ‘hasn’t stopped happy dancing’ since she signed her contract with Harlequin Escape for her debut contemporary romance, HIS BRAND OF BEAUTIFUL, due out in March. (Unless you count the minutes she stood still to answer Jenn McLeod’s curly questions on Jenn’s Author Harvest).
  • Victoria Black’s erotic romance fantasy, HEAVENLY REVENGE will be released from Secret Cravings Publishers on February 22nd.

New Contracts

  • Khloe Wren has signed a contract with Secret Cravings Publishing for SEALED WITH A HONEYED KISS, Dragons of Feury Book 1.  It will be Cover 400x600part of the EDIBLE DELIGHTS Anthology, Volume 1, due for release in May 2013.
  • Juanita Kees’s novel contracted by Escape Publishing as Taming the Tiger has been given the exciting new title, UNDER THE HOOD.

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Cruisin’ Member BlogsClint

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.

  • RWA Blog

On Friday 20, Suzanne Hamilton’s guest in ‘A Day in the Writing Life’ is Beverley Eikli. Please pop in and say hi.

has joined the world of technology (sort of) and have posted a couple of things on the group blog that I am a member of. The blog is called Craving Erotic Romance and the two items I’ve posted are Monday’s Scintillating Interview and Open Mike Saturday

will be back soon!

January 17 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Jenny Schwartz talks COURTING TROUBLE

January 18 – WHAT WE ARE READING compiled by Shona Husk

January 20 – WEEKLY OVERVIEW

January 22 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

Super Sunday – with good news: my paranormal noir novelette, SNOOP, has been contracted with Musa Publishing

Musa Monday – Meggan Connors talks about The Art of Saying No

Writing Buddy Wednesday –  Kitty Bucholtz

Jenn’s been busy harvesting authors: New  Escapee, Otter lover & Lily Malone talking His Brand of Beautiful  and the lovely Loretta Hill on hats and steel capped boots

January 19 – Cat-urday: Expressions – more madcap mayhem with LOL cats.
January 22 – INDUSTRY: Interview with…Sassy Book Lovers – come meet Stacey & Renee.

Has an interview with romance writer Danielle Lisle, with a hardcopy giveaway contest of LADY LIGHTFINGERS. The question: Which of her books won the R*uby in 2002.

is doing a post for the Melbourne Writers Guild Blog on January 20 about Eliminating Wordiness and Tightening Your Writing

January 10 – Celebrating two new releases  with Rachael Johns and a post on titles and how they come to life for her.

January 14 – Writing Heroines Romance Readers Admire with Award-winning author, Adrienne deWolfe

January 15 – FLY AWAY PETA on the hop in The Next Big Thing

January 23 – First guest this week is Annie Seaton who offers some insights into what inspires her writing across multiple genres

January 30 – Visit with Efthalia Pegios talking about her paranormal WIP

February 6 – Hosting Jenn J McLeod on the blog

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Enrico’s Pick SixPortrait of a handsome male chauffeur sitting in a car saluting a passanger

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. Alicia Honsa
  2. Bronwen Evans
  3. Cassandra Cornell
  4. Denise Rossetti
  5. Elisabeth Rose
  6. Fiona Lowe

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RWA Contests

Closing dates for the 2012-13 RWA contest season

Little Gems 1 February 2013
First Kiss 15 February 2013
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2013

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Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break. Enrico, Clint and I are back to entertain you with good news, great blogs and upcoming events. Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

Riding the Waves

Riding the Waves

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 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!

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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. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

New Releases

  • Bronwen Evans is excited to announce the release of THE RELUCTANT WIFE from Entangled publishing (Indulgence)
  • Susanne Bellamy‘s debut contemporary novel, WHITE GINGER, released through Lyrical Press on January 7
  • Paula Roe and Deborah Tait have a novella out in an anthology published by the author-led co-op, TWC Press. MOONLIT ENCOUNTERS is their debut book.
  • Madeline Ash is thrilled to announce the debut release of UNCOVERED BY LOVE from Destiny Romance
  • Anne E Summers has her first fantasy book THE SINGING MOUNTAIN released by Solstice Publishing
  • Shona Husk’s FOR THE LOVE OF A GOBLIN WARRIOR, the last of the Shadowlands books, is out now
  • Rachael Johns has two new releases in January. MAN DROUGHT released on New Years Day from Harlequin Australia. They currently have a contest going to win a $500 Red Balloon package simply by reading the first chapter and answering a question. STAND-IN STAR released from Carina Press.
  • Alissa Callen’s WHAT LOVE SOUNDS LIKE is out with Escape PublishingBoundByLove3
  • S E Gilchrist has e-published a novella set in Dark Ages Britain called BOUND BY LOVE available from Smashwords and Amazon. S E is running a contest to celebrate the release on her site with a free giveaway to one commenter during the month of January. S E also has LEGEND BEYOND THE STARS scheduled for release from Escape Publishing on January 10

New Contracts

  • Allison Butler is thrilled to announce her Scottish medieval,  is to be published by Destiny Romance and is due for release mid-February 2013.
  • Janet Woods has signed contracts for two more books with Severn House.Magna has offered for large print rights to her Belgrave House ebook BENEDICT’S BRIDE. Audio Rights  to her February hardcover release with Severn House, I’LL GET BY, have been picked up by Soundings
  • Juanita Kees has signed a contract with Escape Publishing for the March release of TAMING THE TIGER

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Cruisin’ Member BlogsClint

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

For anyone who thinks they know their historical romance heroes, Anne hosted a quiz on Word Wenches

will be back soon!

January 10 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Shona Husk with giveaway of FOR THE LOVE OF THE GOBLIN WARRIOR

January 11 – REAL LIFE PARANORMAL compiled by Mel Teshco

January 12 – DARKLIGHT ON…with Kathrine Leannan

January 14 – Winner of Shona’s giveaway announced

January 15 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

January 16 – A BITE OF… FISHERPRIEST with CM Simpson

January 17 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Jenny Schwartz

Super Sunday

Musa Monday – Clarissa Johal

Writing Buddy Wednesday – DarkSider, Mel Teshco

While you were snoozin’, missing out on Cruisin’, Author Harvest ‘baled up’ Karly Lane and Rachael Johns

Jenn wrote an open letter to Tony Park – “I am NOT reading this book, Mr Park”

January 10 Author Harvest presents Juanita Kees with a giveaway of a signed copy of FLY AWAY PETA and

Jenn recently baled up the whacky, witty Lisa Walker to talk Sex, Lies & Bonsai.

January 2 – Cat-urday: Funnies – more madcap mayhem with LOL cats
January 8 – INDUSTRY: Interview with…Riverina Romantics – new series on book bloggers!
January 12 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – KISS OF STEEL Bec McMaster
January 15 – INDUSTRY: Interview with…My Book Chatter – New Zealand book blogger

Serena is pleased to announce her special guest blogger, Valerie Parv. This is Valerie’s first stop on her Blog Tour for her wonderful book, BIRTHRIGHT. It continues her series set on the fictional island kingdom of Carramer. Valerie will be blogging about using holidays in your writing and offers suggestions.

January 8 – Review of IN FALLING SNOW  by Mary-Rose MacColl

January 10 – Review of QUEEN OF THE ROAD by Tricia Stringer

January 11 – Celebrating two new releases  with Rachael Johns and a post on titles and how they come to life for her.

In order to give our wonderful home grown and unique rural fiction a global voice a face book page called Books for Country Girls and Guys has been created. Such a page will promote and celebrate rural as well as small town fiction. Would love people to drop by:)

Just a shout-out about my new blog series called Fan Girl Friday, where me and a bunch of author guests will be raving about stuff we love every Friday. I took the first spot, and Keziah Hill will be up on the 11th, so mark Friday in your diary to drop by and check it out. Love to see you there!

To celebrate the release of BOUND BY LOVE I’m posting a blog on January 10 (US time)  and I will be running a giveaway for the remainder of January. Anyone who subscribes to my blog and leaves a comment will go in the draw for a $10 Amazon gift voucher.

Is over at the Book Junkie celebrating the release of WHITE GINGER with a give away and here is the line up for her new blog, ALL THE WORLD’S A PAGE every Sunday:

January 23 – First guest this week is Annie Seaton who offers some insights into what inspires her writing across multiple genres

January 30 – Visit with Efthalia Pegios talking about her paranormal WIP

February 6 – Hosting Jenn J McLeod on the blog

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Enrico’s Pick SixPortrait of a handsome male chauffeur sitting in a car saluting a passanger

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. Annie Seaton
  2. Coleen Kwan
  3. Jenn J McLeod
  4. Magical Gains
  5. Neomi Quinn
  6. Jenna Anastasi

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RWA Contests

Closing dates for the 2012-13 RWA contest season

Little Gems 1 February 2013
First Kiss 15 February 2013
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2013

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Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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Riding the waves: Writing romance in tempestuous times

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!

For more information visit the RWA Website.

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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. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

RWA Contests

HM&B High Five 14 September 2012
STALI 5 October 2012
Selling Synopsis 23 November 2012
Emerald Award 23 November 2012
Little Gems 1 February 2013
First Kiss 15 February 2013
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2013

New Releases and Contracts

Scotland 1308 Sir David McLaird is a prisoner of Sir James Bruce. When healer, Lady Arabel Bruce tends to his wounds he doesn’t expect to fall in love. The trouble is Arabel is from the enemy clan. Lady Arabel loves the wild highlander but won’t betray her clan and marry him, until Sir David abducts and makes her his.

  • Khloe Wren has signed with Rogue Phoenix Press who have picked up her first book HER GUARDIAN ANGEL: Book 1 of the Fire and Snow Series.
  • Imogene Nix has sold her novella, THE PLAN to Beachwalk Press.

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Keeping Up Appearances

  • Anna Jacobs will be conducting three talks for readers. Each time Anna will talking about what it’s like to be a writer, her ways of working, and where she gets her ideas.

Behind the Scenes with Anna Jacobs

When: October 23 at 2pm

Where:  Seville Grove Library, Armadale WA

FMI:               Need to book, contact the library or JPedroli@armadale.wa.gov.au

When:November 3 at 10am

Where:           Edenvale, Pinjarra, WA

FMI:              Need to book, contact the library or LeighA@murray.wa.gov.au

When:November 7 at 7pm

Where:           Kwinana Library, WA

FMI:               Need to book, contact the library or Stephanie.Mandyezewsky@Kwinana.wa.gov.au

Saturday October 27 – If you’re in Sydney, sign up for and come along to Nicole’s whole day workshop. Lots of activities, examples, workshopping and critiquing of sex scenes to start developing the skills to make your scenes pop and sizzle!

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

This week on Friday Feast:

What better combination is there than romance fiction, food and wine? Thanks to best-selling historical romance author Anna Campbell and George IV you can experience all three on Friday Feast this week. Vicariously anyway.

There are fun tales about ‘Prinny’ and his gastronomic adventures, plus a wonderful pastry recipe for Mirlitons à la Fleur d’Orange, which sounds sexy and delicious just in words. But even more sexy and delicious, Anna’s giving away to one lucky commenter a copy of her hot new release, SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED. So come and join the Friday Feast fun. There’s indulgence to be had!

October 18 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Erica Hayes with giveaway of REVELATION AND HUNTER’S BLOOD

October 20 – DARKLIGHT ON…Anna Hackett

October 21 – Weekly Overview

October 23 – GOOD NEWS DAY

October 25 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Petra Crake with giveaway (TBA)

Guests include:
Musa Monday author, Liz DeJesus
Writing Buddy Wednesday – Alexandra  Sokoloff

October 20 – HISTORICAL AUTHORS: Anna Campbell – do you like historical romance? Want to try the genre? Then check out these Aussie/Kiwi authors.

October 23 – ROMANTIC SUSPENSE AUTHOR: Sandy Curtis – delve into the mysterious world of romantic suspense with this Aussie author.

This Friday and over the weekend, Christina Phillips aka Christina Ashcroft is taking part in the Alpha Male blog hop where we’re discussing what we love about these hot gorgeous heroes! Fantastic prizes on offer, including a Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet. To enter, just leave a comment on her blog (and follow the blog hop for more chances to win!)

October 13 -Wow! What a Day

October 14 – In the Armchair with Anna Jacobs

October 19 – Five Tips for Writing Humorous Novels by Karina Fabian

October 23 – In the Armchair with Loretta Hill

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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. Rachael Johns
  2. S.E Gilchrist
  3. Tamara Gill
  4. Valerie Parv
  5. We Love YA
  6. Anita Joy

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

Hello and welcome back for another great line up of news, views and interviews. I hope you’re all having a productive writing week now that contest season is upon us. There are loads of exciting writing opportunities out there.

Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or 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. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

Upcoming Contests

  • The RWA West Houston Chapter’s contest ‘The Emily’ is open for submissions from Saturday, September 1st, 2012 and closes at midnight, September 30, 2012.For more information and to enter: http://whrwa.com/emily/ * All Electronic ~ Fee: $30 (WHRWA members $20) * No synopsis ~ maximum of 7,000 words * Three first-round judges ~ lowest score dropped * Open to published authors (not published in category for three years) * Multiple entries allowed * Entries capped at the first 240 entries received
  • HARLEQUIN / MILLS & BOON SO YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE CONTEST

Visit the Contest Website for instructions on how to enter by completing a submission form and uploading one (1) eligible first chapter.

RWA Contests

  • New Logo Contest

RWA has launched a contest to find a new logo.

Opens: September 1st 2012,

Closes: Midnight Sydney time September 30th 2012

  • Closing dates for the 2012-13 contest season
HM&B High Five 14 September 2012
STALI 5 October 2012
Selling Synopsis 23 November 2012
Emerald Award 23 November 2012
Little Gems 1 February 2013
First Kiss 15 February 2013
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2013

New Releases and Contracts

  • S E Gilchrist’s erotic fantasy novella, BOUND BY LOVE, tied in 2nd  place in the Music City Minuet of Love contest.
  • View Cheryl Wright’s book trailer for her romantic suspense novel RUNNING SCARED
  • NYT bestselling author Keri Arthur has contracted FIRE BORN from her new series about a phoenix, a fire spirit capable of taking on human form who is also cursed with the ability to foresee death via her dreams, to Danielle Perez at NAL, in a two-book deal, by Miriam Kriss at the Irene Goodman Agency (World English). Her next two books in the DARK ANGELS series, featuring a half-werewolf/half-Aedh, have also been contracted to Danielle Perez at NAL, by Miriam Kriss at the Irene Goodman Agency (World English).
  • Steampunk novella, COURTING TROUBLE by Jenny Schwartz is due for release on October 1 from Carina Press.
  • DOUBLE EXPOSURE by Charmaine Ross was launched with Destiny Romance this month.

Keeping Up Appearances

  • Mary Hawkins is presenting a two hour workshop on “Getting the novel structure right” and will be also in the “Editing Room” at The Word Writers Getaway 12-14 October at The Sunshine Coast. FMI: http://www.thewordwriters.com/index.php?
  • Juanita Kees will be enjoying a little African hospitality with her book signing event at Kalahari – A Taste of Africa on Saturday from 10am. Come along for a chat, a cup of coffee and some African delights, and pick up your copy of FLY AWAY PETA.

When: Saturday September 29 from 10am

Where: Kalahari – A Taste of Africa, Unit 4/27 Augusta Street, Willetton, Perth

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

This week on Jenn’s Author Harvest meet Alison Stuart – a fabulous author, with appalling taste in cookies and a possum problem!

Jenn also shares news about another Simon & Schuster author she met recently who has…let’s just say…a strong family connection to RWA.

Coming soon – Helen Ellis. (Now don’t let Helen’s little ol’ granny look fool you! How this lady can write!!! (It’s the chocolate affair you must have!)

This week on Friday Feast:

We’re moaning a lot and walking a bit stiffly on Friday Feast this week, and it’s not from over-exercise. Thanks to Australian author Kylie Scott and her debut release, FLESH, the Zombie Apocalypse has arrived!

To fortify you through the coming hardship, Kylie’s sharing a healthy and delicious salad recipe, while for those who prefer brain-sustenance, we have that covered too. Simply tell us your best zombie-fighting food or weapon and you’ll go into the draw to win an e-book copy of FLESH. So stumble on over!

September 27 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Bec McMaster with giveaway of  Kiss of Steel

September 29 – DARKLIGHT ON… Anna Hackett

September 30 – Weekly Overview

October 2 – GOOD NEWS DAY

October 3  – A BITE OF… With Nicole Murphy

October 4 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Cathleen Ross

September 27 – SERIES: Ellora’s Cave author – Lacey Savage – come discover the world of paranormal erotic romance!

September 29 – MONTH OF HOT HEROES: Finalists – vote for the hunkiest TV/ movie heroes and see who ends up the HOTTEST one of all.

October 2 – TOPIC: Why Enter Writing Contests? – what can writing contests do for you?

October 4 – SERIES: Ellora’s Cave author – Rhyll Vallis – come discover the world of paranormal erotic romance!

October 6 – MONTH OF HOT HEROES: Champion – you voted! Now check out who the HOTTEST one of all is!

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September 28 – A Day in the Writing Life of Daniel de Lorne – Suzanne Hamilton

September 28 – New Releases with Nicole Flockton

September 30 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

October 4 –  Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

Booked for the weekend: 8 Aussie authors with a special offer for readers this long weekend.

September 26 – Nicole Hurley-Moore celebrates the release of her latest book, UNTIL THE STARS BURN COLD, a paranormal romance set in ancient Persia and modern day rural Australia. Nicole has kindly donated a copy to one lucky visitor so please drop in and say hi and don’t miss out!

September 27 – Review of THE UNFINISHED JOURNALS OF ELIZABETH D – Nichole Bernier
September 28 – In the Armchair with Suzi Love talking historical romance
October 1 – In the Armchair with Nicole Hurley-Moore and a post on researching your novel
October 5 – Fabianistic Fun with Zombies – the blog journey begins…

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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. Wendy Leslie
  2. Yvonne Lindsay
  3. Anne Whitfield
  4. Cats, Books & Life
  5. Elisabeth Rose
  6. Historical Hearts

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

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