Ella Finalists Announced

Drumroll please!  With apologies to our regular Thursday column, Cruisin’ (which has been bumped to tomorrow), we are delighted to announce the finalists for the reader-judged RWA Ella contest, for novella-length published romances.

Ask Me To Stay                 Elise Ackers

Worth the Risk                  Sarah Mayberry

Christmas at the                Rebecca Raisin
Gingerbread Cafe

Christmas Cinderella        Elizabeth Rolls
(in ‘A Sprinkling of
Christmas Magic’ anthology)

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

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

The winner of the Ella is 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 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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

Good News

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: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com 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 sellingsynopsis@gmail.com

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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Good News

Is pleased to announce the release of her latest novel PARADISE ISLAND from Crimson Romance

  • Rebecca Raisin

Rebecca has received a contract from Really Blue books for her novel, MEXICAN KIMONO

Suzanne’s May 15 release OUTBACK FEAR is a story of one woman’s courage to fight back, a story of redemption and new found love. Come on over and read an excerpt on her Author page and enter the competition to win a sapphire pendant set.

Annie’s long awaited novel,  ITALIAN AFFAIR is up for pre-order on Amazon. She has also signed a contract with Entangled Publishing for her paranormal time slip novel.

Has had a busy week: LUNAR EXPOSURE, her first  sci-fi romance was released on Friday May 10 and RUBY’S GHOST, a paranormal romance, on Tuesday May 14.

THE FOLLY AT FALCONBRIDGE HALL has been released and is available in kindle and print.

Is thrilled to reissue her first modern novel CHANGE OF SEASON as an ebook.

Is pleased to announce the release of her thrid short erotic romance, THE BIKER AND THE BALLERINA, from Jupiter Gardens.

Is pleased to say that ANYBODY BUT HIM from Random Romance is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

has signed a contract with Limitless Publishing for her New Adult Urban Fantasy series SOUL TIES, the first book AVA’S WILL is due for release September 2013.


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.

  • RWA Blog

May 19 – Event Announcements by Juanita Kees

May 21 – Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight on Rachel Bailey by Eleni Konstantine

May 22 – Author Spotlight on Eva Scott by Sarah Belle

May 23 – Cruisin’ with RWA by Juanita Kees

May 12 – Iris Blobel explains some of the challenges facing a “non-English” writer and more this Sunday.

May 19 – SE Gilchrist joins me to take her star turn

We’re in for a mighty treat this week, Feasters. Australian author Eleni Konstantine is sharing her mana’s version of the delicious traditional Greek dish, pastitio. Plus leave a comment and you could win an ebook copy of Eleni’s short paranormal romance SEALED WITH A KISS. It’s all Greek, all tasty good, and you won’t want to miss out!

May 16 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Anna Hackett
May 17 –
WHAT WE ARE READING compiled by Shona Husk
May  21 –
GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin
May 22
A BITE OF… with Eleanor Maine
May 23 –
MAGIC THURSDAY – with Carlie Simonsen

Come home to the country with Jenn J McLeod: It all started with a box  –  a look at ten weeks as a published author.

An Author Harvest first – Whitney K-E: Re-visited, we re-harvest Whitney on the release of her debut novel.

Jenn’s monthly contribution to Writing Novels in Australia blog is: Appearing At A Writers’ Festival As A Debut Novelist

Carolyn Wren knocked on the country manor door this week with her Romantic Suspense series, The Protectors.

AP Castell also paid a visit to the manor to share tea and cake.

May 19 – S E hosts Suzanne Brandyn

May 26 – with Cathryn Hein

Browsing Bookcovers with Maryde this week is the talented Suzanne Brandyn. Come see what she likes in covers.

May 18 – SATURDAY SEVEN (Wild Encounters – Nikki Logan) – Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves.

May 21 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Alissa Callen – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

For fans of smart,funny chick lit, Juliet is sharing her five favorites over at the International ChickLit Month site.

This week the MRWG has a post about having a hobby with a focus on loving your writing.


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. Alison Stuart
    2. Bronwyn Parry
    3. Cassandra Dean
    4. Down Under Desirabelles
    5. Elise Ackers
    6. Helene Young


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