Cruisin’ with RWA

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


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:

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

Good News

Nicole’s latest novel, DANCING ON AIR is due for release on November 1.

Cinderella meets Swan Lake in this Victorian-era set story about a ballet dancer, an aristocrat, and their class-crossing romance…

Tima Maria Lacoba’s debut novel, BLOODGIFTED has just been released on Amazon. She is celebrating by having a book launch at Ruby’s Cafe and Books in Umina, on the Central Coast, N.S.W. on November 10th, from 12.30-3.00pm. Tima will be giving away bookmarks and mugs to the first twenty people who purchase a copy of her book at the launch.


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:

Rachel Bailey is in the spotlight on October 26 celebrating eight books in four years and the release of COUNTERING HIS CLAIM.

Anna did a guest blog for novelist Kate Lord Brown, talking about how she writes three novels a year.

was invited back to Scarlett’s blog to discuss muses, mentors and plotting.

In need of a delicious dinner? Then look no further than this week’s Friday Feast. ASK ME FOR TOMORROW author Elise K. Ackers is sharing her favourite chicken recipe, a tried and true dish that will delight your tastebuds and stomach as much as her books captivate your heart and mind. You’ll be asking for more tomorrow, and the next day, and the next…

October 17 – MAGIC THURSDAY with Astrid Cooper

October 22 – GOOD NEWS DAY with Kylie Griffin

October 23 – A BITE OF… Cheryse Durrant

October 19 – Eleni’s Library Book Review post

October 23 – SNOOP cover revealed

You won’t believe the ‘stapler-Allen and Unwin’ yarn. Brilliant. It’s the all flying, all photographing, all writing Kathy Mexted having a Bar Yarn & Beer Nut with me at the Calingarry Crossing pub.

October 26 – CAT-URDAY! – Crazy Cats – Anyone who knows cats will relate to these…

October 29 – DARK SIDE DOWNUNDER SERIES: Cheryse Durrant – come meet our Aussie & New Zealander Dark Siders!

On the Escapades Blog, Maggie talks True Love the Old-Fashioned Way

I drove from Tenterfield to WA and back for Conference and blogged daily when Internet connections were available. Some members may enjoy browsing the record of this ‘adventure’. I also blog on ‘life’ matters and encounters.

Nicole is sharing a real-life love story over at Escape Publishing’s Escapades blog.

The wonderful Joanna Lloyd is visiting my blog and giving away an e-copy of her new release SHADOW BENEATH THE SEA to one lucky reader. All you have to do to be in the draw is leave a comment!

October 22 – SARA News with Eleni Konstantine

October 25 – SOUTHERN SPEAK – Before you hit send with Maggie Mundy

October 27 – Spotlight on Writers with M.A. Grant

Is sharing a short blog post on her experience of GenreCon at Brisbane.

Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Monya Mary Clayton
  2. Suzanne Brandyn
  3. The Roses of Prose
  4. Word Wenches
  5. Writing up a Storm
  6. Suzi Love


RWA Competitions

Selling Synopsis 2014

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

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

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

Two entries per member are permitted. RWAustralia members only.

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

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

Entry form/conditions
Sample scoresheet
Formatting sample

Queries – Selling Synopsis Contest Manager, Leisl Leighton

The Emerald Award 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Entry fee: $38.50 incl GST per entry.

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

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

Entry criteria: unpublished RWA members only.

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

Formatting sample

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

Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.


Little Gems 2012 Author – Mary Warwick

Meet Mary Warwick, Diamond Edition author of:

Diamonds In The Sky

We asked Mary what challenges her most about writing a short romance story and to share her tips.

Biggest challenge in writing a short romance story is finding different ways to develop the romance in so few words, while keeping the surrounding story interesting and plausible.

I can’t remember creating a short story that wouldn’t have preferred to be a novel, and therein lies a major pitfall. I have to write a short story quickly, before it morphs into a 120,000 word epic. The trick is to give the characters depth without using any extra words. A tough call sometimes.

 Do you have a favourite line/short piece from your short?

My favourite piece from “Diamonds in the Sky” is the 40-word opening to the heroine’s 1,000 word assignment, “In the pearl-white light of the rising moon they danced from star to star, locked in a loving embrace. No wisp of cloud… etc.,” and her flatmate’s wry response: “You’ve got some way to go, girl.”

What was you inspiration for the story?

The mention of diamonds instantly conjures up images of the stars in the vast, Australian night sky. Diamonds as jewels come rather as an afterthought, so the story was going to be about the stars right from the start. A timely visit to the Smithsonian Hubble display just before the Little Gems deadline clinched it.

What are you working on now?

Currently I’m putting the finishing touches to a novel for entry in the Valerie Parv Award. I’m trying to write a biography of the late Joan Crane, who was one of the few Flying Nightingales who went into Europe behind the advancing Allies to fly the wounded home from the front. It’s proving difficult because she was such a self-deprecating sort of lady who never talked about what she had done.

How can people find out more about you/your writing? Do you have a website or blog?

I don’t have a website at the moment, but one is in the offing. The domain name is registered.

Will we be able to catch up with you in person at the RWA National Conference in August?

I’ll certainly be at the RWA National Conference in August and I’m very optimistic that I’ll gain a great deal from attending.

Anthology Orders Now Open

Would you like to order the anthology for yourself, as a special gift or a Christmas (yes I said Christmas) stocking filler?

Orders are now open and we are taking pre-release orders until the end of June, so plenty of time. Use the order form on our RWA website.

NOTE: Pre-release ordering means you are ordering and paying but the anthology will not be available until August (launched at the national conference).
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