Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back for another edition of Cruisin with RWA. We’ve had a Ripping Start to the week! Congratulations to the finalists in the Romance Writers of Australia 2014 Ripping Start Contest:

  • Sarma Burdeu
  • Jennifer Ensor
  • Jo McAlister
  • Elvina Payet
  • Cassandra Pennington
  • Kerrie Ptolemy
  • Victoria Steele


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

is celebrating the release of her Emmy Award winning book BREATHLESS from Samhain Publishing.

has a novella CHRISTMAS AT THE GINGERBREAD CAFE due out from Carina Press in time for the festive season.

Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café was made for…but owner Lily couldn’t be feeling less merry if she tried. She’s spent another year dreaming of being whisked away on a sleigh-ride for two, but she’s facing festive season alone – again. And, just to give her another reason to feel anything other than candy-cane perky, a new shop across the road has opened… Not only is it selling baked goods, but the owner, with his seriously charming smile, has every girl in town swooning.

is thrilled to announce the sale of her novella to Escape Publishing.

achieved her dream and signed a contract with Simon & Schuster for another two books in her Seasons Collection planned for release in 2014 and 2015.

has sold her 5th book to Escape Publishing, a small town coastal romance titled FEBRUARY OR FOREVER. It will be released February 1, 2014.

has a brand new coastal romance out called SEDUCING PHOEBE

is very excited to announce her fourth contract with Escape Publishing for a single title sci fi romance, STAR PIRATE’S JUSTICE. Due for release on February 1, 2014.

On October 30, S E will indie publish an Australian, contemporary, rural romance novella, DANCE IN THE OUTBACK.

Three of our members shone brightly like the stars they are in the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards! Congratulations to Rachael Johns (2013 Winner: Best Women’s Fiction), Sasha Cottman and Ebony McKenna.


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:

November 12 – Rhyll Biest

November 19 – Iris Blobel

November 26 – Kim Cleary

From Breathless Moment to HEA. This weekend–What moves and inspires those HEAs. Drop by and share your favourite breathless moment.

Ever wanted a peek behind the scenes of an Italian restaurant? Then come join award-winning writer and renowned freelance racing journalist Jessica Owers on Friday Feast as she guides you through the workings of her husband’s beloved La Spiaggia in Sydney’s Coogee Beach. Amazing food, colourful diners, cheffy energy, and most of all the Passion. Plus Jessica shares a few lessons she’s learned from her Italians. Buon appetito indeed!

October 26 – ENCHANTED ORB with Eleni Konstantine

October 29 – GOOD NEWS DAY with Kylie Griffin

October 31 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Scaringly good HALLOWEEN giveaway!!

November 1 – REAL LIFE PARANORMAL with Mel Teshco and special guest.

October 30 – Writerly Wednesday: The Body in the Garden Writers Festival

A&U author Josephine Moon has a tea-riffic giveaway when she drops into Calingarry Crossing pub for a bar yarn and a beer nut.

November 2 – Signs & Symptoms You Could Be An Author

November 5 – DARK SIDE DOWNUNDER: S.E.Gilchrist – come meet our Aussie & New Zealander Dark Siders!

November 9 – DARK SIDE DOWNUNDER: Christina Phillips – come meet our Aussie & New Zealander Dark Siders!

October 29 – SARA News with Eleni Konstantine

October 30 – WHAT A CHARACTER – Eleni Konstantine’s Daniel from Gateway to Hell

November 3 – Spotlight on Writers – Sandie Hudson writing as Sandie James

A peek at the characters from Paradise Beach in my current work in progress

Meet Escape Author J M Bray – this is a story you won’t want to miss!

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


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.


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’…


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

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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’.


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:

  • RWA Blog

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


Enrico’s Pick SixEnrico

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


Have a great week,

from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs

Cruisin’ with RWA

We love to hear from our members and share in celebrating their success. Send your good news and blogs to


50K in 30 Days Challenge

2 Days to go! Participants are encouraged to log their final word count over at the Forum on June 30. Participate to motivate – drop in and leave a motivational message for your fellow participants as we head towards that final sprint.


Claytons Conference 2012

Registrations for Claytons 2012 open July 1.

We all know the Diamonds Are Forever Conference is going to be brilliant, but not all of us can make it to the sunny Gold Coast. Enter the annual Claytons Conference, the conference you have when you’re not having a conference (to paraphrase an old but famous soft drink slogan).

Claytons 2012 is online, interactive and impossible to ignore. It’s good fun, motivational and informative. It is open to all Romance Writers of Australia members and it’s free.

Please visit the Claytons page on the RWAustralia website for more information (including the program) and to register.

If you have any questions, you can contact Julia and Jenny at ClaytonsConf12 [at] gmail [dot] com.

We look forward to “seeing” you there!


The Word Writers Fair

October  12-14, 2012

So you write books? Or would you love to get your ideas onto paper? Gather together with other Aussie and Kiwi writers. Learn. Be inspired.

The Word Writers Getaway will be held at Alexander Headlands on the wonderful Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Enjoy two full days of Workshops, Panels, Seminars and Master Classes. You can chose which classes you attend.

Want practical help with a manuscript? An editing room will be open where you can ask an editor questions and get assistance as you write.

Network with published authors over lunch or dinner. Walk the beach before breakfast with a new writer friend. Build your platform.

What will you learn on this amazing weekend?

  • How to write great Point of View
  • Writing Faith in Children’s fiction
  • Novel Structure
  • Educational market
  • Self-Publishing discussions
  • Design your marketing plan

You will find book launches, book awards, bookshops and more. If you register quickly you could be lucky enough to live in. That’s right, all accommodation and meals included at a basic conference venue with bunk beds in group share.
Venue: (please note bookings to be made by contacting the word writers not the venue.)
Or make it a holiday at the Sunshine Coast. 
You’d like to know more? Visit

You don’t think you can afford it? What would you expect to pay for an event that gives you so much? Here at Word Writers we aim is to help authors so our costs are slashed to a minimum – so low you’ll get change from $300 in group share. Twin share is a little more. That’s all. Food included. (A group shuttle option is available from Brisbane airport for a small extra fee.) No other charges. So bring your change. You’ll be able to buy some great books!


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

June 29 – Blog Bites – Kerri Williams

June 30 – New Releases – Nicole Flockton

July 1 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

July 2 – Author Spotlight on Helene Young with a giveaway – Juliet Madison

July 5 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees


Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members this week. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at

  • Contest Wins
Congratulations to Bronwen Evans on receiving the RomCon’s Readers Crown Award for Best Historical Romance forINVITATION TO RUIN.
The winners of the RWA San Deigo Chapter’s Spring into Romance Contest have been announced. Congratulations to 3rd Place: Halo Book 1: Arras – CT Green aka Cass Green
  • New Blog
Australian Contemporary Writer, Lily Malone, is celebrating a brand new blog site at Lily Malone – Live & Unpublished
  • New Contracts

Christina Phillips has sold the next two books in her Roman/Druid series, BETRAYED and TAINTED to Ellora’s Cave. She has also sold a dark Regency Vampire novella and an exciting new Highland Warrior series to Ellora’s Cave. For more details check out her website.


Nicole Flockton has signed a contract with Crimson Romance books for her contemporary novel, (title subject to change) – NEW YEAR’S EVE MASQUERADE. Release date to be announced.

  • New Releases

ENCHANTED REALMS – published by Musa Publishing
Release date:  June 29, 2012

Eleni Konstantine’s short story duo will be released in the US this Friday. Eleni will  be celebrating on Friday (AEST) with a giveaway on her blog.


BURNING LIES by Helene Young – published by Penguin Australia

Release Date: July 2, 2012

Kaitlyn Scott is searching for the truth about her husband’s death, even if that means revisiting the most painful day of her life. But what she uncovers is a criminal willing to stop at nothing to keep his secret.

Ryan O’Donnell, an enigmatic undercover cop, is investigating arson attacks when he is drawn into Kaitlyn’s world. He tries to fight his attraction for her, hoping the case might put his own demons to rest, but it only threatens to push him over the edge.

With Kaitlyn and Ryan on a collision course, the arsonist seizes the chance to settle some old scores. As the Atherton Tableland burns, the three of them are caught in a fiery dance of danger and desire, and not everyone will come out alive.

Set in Australia’s tropical far north, this is an explosive story of peril and passion by the author voted by the Romance Writers of Australia as the most popular novelist of the year.


Keeping up Appearances

Meet Helene Young:

Book Launch for BURNING LIES
When : 6th July, 6 pm
Where: North Queensland Aero Club, Cairns

Author Chat
When: Friday 13th July, 5.30 pm
Where : Foster’s Little Bookshop, Foster, Victoria

Brisbane Launch for BURNING LIES
When: 27th July, 5.30 pm
Where: Black Cat Books and Cafe, Paddington, Brisbane.

See Helene’s webpage for more details


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

June 29 – This week on Friday Feast:

Grab your battered Akubra and khaki work clothes and channel your inner Bush-Tucker Man because this week on Friday Feast we’re talking bushfood. Aussie author Jennifer Scoullar, whose high-country rural romance BRUMBY’S RUN releases next week, is revealing her love for and knowledge of Australia’s unique bushfoods.

There’s a delicious cake recipe, some fascinating insights and best of all a BRUMBY’S RUN giveaway. Simply share your best Australian bush experience and you could win!

June 28 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Janni Nell with giveaway of DANCE OF FLAMES ebook

July 1 – Weekly Overview

July 2 – Winner of Janni’s giveaway announced


July 5 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Eleni Konstantine with giveaway of short story duo, ENCHANTED REALMS (ebook)

The Rise of the Sisterhood and Me
The Rise of the Sisterhood, Part 2 – with guest newbie conference goer Juanita Kees
Running in Lanes and Me

June 30 – ALLIANCE FORGED Buzz: Countdown to Release Day – snippets from the book, character profiles and more!

July 1 – ALLIANCE FORGED countdown – snippet from Bk#2 in the Light Blade series.

July 2 – ALLIANCE FORGED countdown – snippet from Bk#2 in the Light Blade series.


July 3 – GUEST BLOGGING at Tynga’s Reviews for my ALLIANCE FORGED blog tour

July 3 – ARRA Release Day feature for ALLIANCE FORGED

July 3 – GUEST BLOGGING at The Reading Cafe for my ALLIANCE FORGED blog tour

July 3 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…Boomerang Bride – Fiona Lowe shares her latest release! Are you looking for a new-to-you author or revisiting an old favourite?

Coming up on Mission Romance – Tamara Gill and a MARRIAGE MADE IN MAYFAIR

Find out more about my debut release FLY AWAY PETA  Dina’s Write Stuff and Sonnet O’Dell’s Dusty Pages

Is holding a release party blog hop from June 18 to July 16. Visit her site for more information.


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

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


Enrico’s quote of the week

What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.  ~Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia,” Afterthoughts, 1931

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

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