Cruisin’ with RWA

The Cruisin’ Crew will be taking break for the week of Romance Rocks 2014, but we will be back Thursday, July 14 with all the good news from the conference. Keep an eye out on Twitter for Awards night updates!

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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.

Member News

Stacey is excited for the release of her novel, FORGET ME NOT, on August 1.

Anamae is drawn into a world which shatters everything she knew to be true.
Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother’s favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. They’re not just jewellery, they’re part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewellery’s power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device – and silence everyone who is aware of its existence.

Is proud to reveal her cover for FRESH BEGINNINGS, with the release date August 5.

The new psychological thriller ALREADY DEAD by Jaye Ford is out in September, through Random House (Bantam). Jaye has also signed to write a fifth thriller for Random House. Called DEAD SLEEP, it’s scheduled for release in September 2015.

Heather’s latest release is TRACKS OF THE HEART, a collection of rural romance short stories which will be digital only.

Susanne Bellamy is ENGAGING THE ENEMY from 1 August! With enemies like Matthew Mahoney, who needs friends?

RITA Winner

Congratulations to our RITA Winner Leah Ashton with her Harlequin, KISS Short Contemporary, WHY RESIST A REBEL?

NZ Romance Writers KORU AWARD

The Romance Writers of New Zealand KORU Award 2014 Finalists have been announced. Congratulations to our many members on this list:

Finalists in no particular order:
Isabella Hargreaves- The Persuasion of Miss Jane Brody
Barbara DeLeo- Last Chance Proposal
Joanne Graves- Falling for Jack
Julie Mac- A Father at Last

Finalists in no particular order:
Annie West- Imprisoned by a Vow
Yvonne Lindsay- One Secret Night
Louisa George- How to Resist a Heartbreaker
Hayson Manning- Winning the Boss’s Heart

Finalists in no particular order:
Tracey Alvarez – In too Deep
Frances Housden – The Chieftan’s Curse
Kylie Griffin – Allegiance Sworn
Mary Brock Jones – Swift Runs the Heart

RWA Blog

 July 29 – Romance Rocks Presents…

August 2 – Hearts Talk Wrap

August 3 – Event Announcements

August 4 – New Releases

August 5 – Author Spotlight on JM Bray

August 6 – Final Romance Rocks Present post before conference

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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July 26 – Serialised novels and collaboration: Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross talk about what it’s like not only to serialise a novel but to do so collaboratively.

As the release of Engaging the Enemy approaches, Susanne’s blog tour takes off.
July 26Alexa Bravo
July 29Kerrie Paterson and Passions
July 29Two Heroes with Susanne Bellamy and Juanita Kees
July 30JM Bray 

Muster up! This week on Friday Feast we have romance author Barbara Hannay. Barbara’s celebrating the forthcoming release of her new bestseller MOONLIGHT PLAINS with a dish as breathtaking as her books. Plus share the meal that makes your family happiest and you’ll go into the draw to win your own copy of MOONLIGHT PLAINS. Yeehaa!

Writing Inspiration by Erin Moira O’Hara

Character Interview with the hero from UNDER COVER OF DARK by Juanita Kees

Character Interview with the heroine from THE SORCERER’S SPELL by Dani Kristoff

Book Blitz Promo for FORGET ME NOT by Stacey Nash

to celebrate the upcoming September release of DRIVING IN NEUTRAL (a love story about claustrophobia), Sandra is running a blog series titled 75 Days of Phobias featuring many RWA members and romance authors.

Over the last 34 days guests included, RWA members Jenny Schwartz, Lisa Barry, Rachael Johns, Ainslie Paton, Rhyll Biest, Cate Ellink. Keziah Hill, Wendy Curtis, Georgina Penney, Anna Campbell, Kylie Scott, Tracey O’Hara, JM Bray (a dude!), MA Grant, Sarah Mayberry, Sami Lee, Dana Mitchell, Laura Greaves, Lousie Forster, Elizabeth Ellen Carter, and Escape Publishing’ s Managing editor Kate Cuthbert.fear1

Coming guests include, Daniel deLorne (dude no. 2!), Roz Groves, Tina Marie Clark, Susanne Bellamy, Kendall Talbot, Ebony McKenna, Rebekah Turner, Elsa Winckler, Alison Stuart, Amy Andrews, Melanie Milburne, Sarah Belle, Fiona Lowe, Scarlett Dawn and Juanita Kees.

Each post focuses on a phobia, real or one that is real to the guest. It runs for 75 Days, right up to the 1 Sept release date for Sandra’s third novel, the rom com DRIVING IN NEUTRAL, a love story about claustrophobia.

July 29 – Tuesday Tales with this week’s prompt being RIGHT
July 31 – “May I introduce” Andy Lewter and her debut novel GIFTED
August 3 – Snippet Sunday – Come on over and check out the start of a new WIP

Come and meet the characters of UNDER COVER OF DARK as we go on tour on the Cyber Highway. Come along and comment because there will be giveaways! Watch this space or join in the fun in the Facebook event:

July 27  – Detective Mark Johnson is interviewed by SE GilchristBlog Tour

July 29Escape Blog with Susanne Bellamy and Engaging the Enemy

July 29Two Heroes with Susanne Bellamy and Juanita Kees

July 30RWA Author Spotlight

July 31 – 75 Days of Phobia with Sandra Antonelli

August 1 – Choose Your Cast with Sarah Belle

August 1 – Interview with Ann B Harrison

August 1Belinda Williams

August 11 – WIP me Inspired on AusRomToday with J’aimee Brooker


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:Enrico
1. Kylie Griffin
2. Life, Luv ‘n Laughs
3. The Scarlet Quill
4. Roxanne Knight
5. Sultry Scribes
6. Victoria Purman

Have a great week and happy writing!


Cruisin’ with RWA

Enrico, Clint and I wish you a safe and Happy Easter. Take care on the roads if you’re going away and stay safe. Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with Easter eggchocolate.

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’ 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

Good News

has four of her modern novels for sale as ebooks on Amazon.

MOVING ON – Downtrodden for years, sidelined at her daughter’s wedding in favour of her ex-husband’s new wife, and burdened by a son who lives with
her and isn’t paying his share of expenses, Molly Peel has reached her sticking point: she’s moving on.

IN FOCUS – When a new feature on Pete Newbury’s popular TV programme shows his adult image digitally transformed to that of a young child, Beth is
shocked to realize that he’s her ‘baby’ brother, who vanished without trace thirty-eight years ago.

LICENCE TO DREAM – would winning Lotto make all your dreams come true? What about love?

SHORT AND SWEET – 14 romantic short stories, mostly modern, a couple historical, all previously published in women’s magazines.

is thrilled to announce her third contract with Escape Publishing. This time for another short story, AWAKENING THE WARRIORS, which is set in the same world as LEGEND BEYOND THE STARS. Awakening the Warriors is scheduled for release on 1st May 2013. If you’d like to take a look at the cover, here’s the link.

Fran must have been crazy to leave her ordinary, safe life and volunteer as a colonist to terra-form a new earth. Now she is trapped in a prison cell on an alien planet a zillion miles from home and bound for a hideous death in notorious research chambers. She has one chance of escape: awaken the long dormant sexual urges of the Darkon Warriors shackled in the next cell. It’s a desperate job, but someone has to do it.

MATILDA’S FREEDOM, an Australian historical set in the Hunter Valley during the nineteenth century, will be released on July 1st from Escape Publishing.

Jennifer’s modern gothic SECRET REFLECTION is now up for pre-order on Amazon and live from April 1.

First love. Forbidden love. THE YEARNING will be released as eBook on 1 April 2013, print book on 1 May 2013.

Congratulations to all our members who made the finals of the RITA and Golden Heart Awards


Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists

Zoe’s Muster by Barbara Hannay
Penguin Group Australia, Michael Joseph Books
Belinda Byrne, editor

Historical Romance Finalists

Bride by Mistake by Anne Gracie
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
Wendy McCurdy, editor

Romantic Suspense Finalists

Dead Heat by Bronwyn Parry
Hachette Australia
Bernadette Foley, editor

Short Contemporary Series Romance Finalists

A Marriage Worth Fighting For by Lilian Darcy
Harlequin, Special Edition
Bryony Green, editor


Historical Romance Finalists

The Last Light of Dusk by Joanne Lockyer

Romantic Suspense Finalists

The Predator by Chris Taylor


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:

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March 29 – A Day in the Writing Life of Bec McMaster

March 30 – New Releases

March 31 – Event Announcements

April 2 – Conference Spotlight on Annie West

April 4 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Dreams and the Bodhi Tree in India fed into Jacquie Underdown’s novels. Visit with her this Sunday 31st. And next week, Kate Bell will be treading the boards. Make sure you drop by and say hi!

Much ado on Friday Feast this week. Best-selling historical romance author and she of the many ARR Awards, Anna Campbell, is donning her romance queen crown and swanning along for a visit, and bringing a ghost with her! Well, nearly. Anna ‘s latest release is THESE HAUNTED HEARTS: A REGENCY GHOST ROMANCE and you could win your very own ebook copy. Simply join Anna in sharing your favourite wedding cake and you’ll go into the draw. Shivering excitement!

All your favourites over at DSDU this week

Visit Eleni Konstantine in the Taverna

On my blog this week just gone, I have been sharing my love for Les Mis (the movie, weigh in if you hated it! There’s a great flash mob, too). I also have another young reader review from my in-house young reader and I share some of the challenges writers face in staying in print and how you can help them, if you like them. The last one was popular – feel free to share if you think it would be helpful to you or your friends.

Easter 2006, this Author Harvest guest sold her debut novel – CLAIMING THE COURTESAN. So it’s fitting that Easter 2013, she’s a guest on Jenn’s Author Harvest and what a hoot! Plus, you can win a copy of Anna’s latest eBook THESE HAUNTED HEARTS.

Author Kamy Chetty talks about her past, present, & future on my blog today and is giving away an ebook copy of her steamy, emotional romance FALLING INTO PARADISE. Just click on the link and leave a comment and you’ll be in the draw.

March 26 – WORLD-BUILDING: The Lady’s Gifts – a look at the special talents wielded by the characters in ALLEGIANCE SWORN

March 30 – ALLEGIANCE SWORN Blog Tour – list of dates of where & when

April 1 – ALLEGIANCE SWORN Countdown begins with snippets of scenes from the book

April 2ALLEGIANCE SWORN: Release Day – let the celebrations begin

S E Gilchrist is Cooking the Books this Wednesday.

I’m heading into the final week of my two book world tour. (Just like the Queen on a royal tour!) I’d love it if you’d drop in somewhere and leave a comment. There’s a $20 Gift Card up for grabs.

March 25Total Book Nerd

March 26Romance Bookworm

March 27Tattooed Book Reviews

March 28Lacey Wolfe

March 29Reading Renee


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:Enrico

  1. Victoria Purman
  2. Belinda Williams
  3. Donna Gallagher
  4. Hayson Manning
  5. Maggie Gilbert
  6. Jennifer Rae


Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

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

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

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

Take advantage of the Early Bird Savings and register today!

Regards Juanita

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