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 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. Enrico and Clint have a little news of their own this week. They’ve worked so hard driving the Cruisin limo this year, I African Animalsdecided to surprise them with a well-earned break. They’re going on an African Safari! Of course, I can’t let them go alone, so between July 6 and 20, we’ll be swapping the Cruisin’ limo for a four wheel drive and binoculars. Do keep sending your news and blogs through while we’re away to for posting when we’re back on board on July 25.


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

Good News

is delighted to share the news that she has joined the ranks of the Harlequin Romance authors with a two-book sale to Harlequin Mills & Boon, UK.

is pleased to reveal the cover for her July debut release, LETTER FROM A RAKE.  A passionate love letter goes astray in this charming Regency romance now available for pre-order.

LINGERIE WARS is now available on Smashwords. It’s the first in a new contemporary romance series, set in Scotland.

Nikki Logan, Kylie Griffin and Fiona Lowe took the prize in their categories in Annual Best Cover for VENGEANCE BORN, WILD ENCOUNTER and BOOMERANG BRIDE.

Carolyn Wren – DIPLOMAT’S DAUGHTER (The Protectors)

Danielle Lisle – THE ROSE’S BLOOM

Kelly Hunter – WISH

Margareta Osborn – A BUSH CHRISTMAS

Thanks go to the Ella co-ordinator, Raewyn Bright and to Louise Reynolds, our erstwhile R*by co-ordinator, for mentoring her through her first year in this role.

Jo Fereday

C.T. Green

Jo McAlister

Michelle Somers

Chris Taylor

Alison Van Vreumingen

Thanks to all the volunteers who make the contests happen: VPA contest manager, Erica Hayes, Contest co-ordinator, Lis Hoorweg, Judge co-ordinator, Margaret Midwood, and all our judges.


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:

  • RWA Blog

June 23 – Event Announcements

June 24 – Author Spotlight on Jennifer St George

June 25 – Conference Spotlight

June 27 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Cate Ellink talks about the genesis of THE VIRGINITY MISSION with Susanne Bellamy and Jennie Jones reveals more about her HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE on Sunday on All the World’s a Page.

chatted to Leisl Leighton about her debut novel, PRINCESS AVENGER.

‘Tis the season for snuggling down with a good book and comfort food, and on Friday Feast this week Aussie author Nicole Flockton has both. We’ve a slow cooker delight, perfect for warming your innards, and to warm your heart, there’s Nicole’s latest contemporary romance RESCUING DAWN. Lovely!

blogged over at the Firebirds blog as a Golden Heart finalist on Thursday, June 20.

June 20 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Shona Husk

June 21 – WHAT ARE WE READING with Shona Husk


June 25 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

With pruning season in the Australian vineyards upon us it is prime real-time for reading Lily Malone’s new self-pubbed novella, THE GOODBYE RIDE.

Lily has been a guest on justcontemporaryromance – with the article, “Do you want a piece of me?” It talks about the pieces of Lily that have made a path into her books. Umbrellas. Sandflies. Guitars and House Of The Rising Sun for starters.

Then she had a guest spotlight at Fiction Vixen with a giveaway for THE GOODBYE RIDE which asked readers to comment on whether they like books with local lingo, language and slang… and the overwhelming response from commenters is “yes, we do! Give us authenticity!!” Check it out.

And with fellow foodie Eliza Redgold (BLACK DIAMONDS), Lily took over the Escape Publishing blog to cook up a recipe for Baking The Perfect Bloke. This was loads of fun to write, and the article comes with a calorie warning. Don’t read on an empty stomach! It’s guaranteed to add a few kilos!

Jenn’s been awfully quiet this week. I wonder what she’s up to in the house?

THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE hit the top new releases on JB HiFi

50ks in 30 days – why I’m not letting a good man go to waste.

Confused about twitter or just want to get the most out of it? Juliet has written a blog post that will demystify the twitterverse and help you make it an efficient and fun form of marketing and social interaction.

Entangled Bliss author Jenna Rutland is on Juliet’s blog answering ten awkward questions… How would you go with answering them?

June 22 – CAT-URDAY: Food Please!

June 25 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Madeline Ash – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

June 29 – SATURDAY SEVEN (THE DOM’S DUNGEON – Cheryse Sinclair) – Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves.

Lovely Aussie-in-Texas Nicole Flockton visits ‘Cooking The Books’ this week and she’s got a foolproof, super easy chocolate cake recipe plus an excerpt from her latest release, RESCUING DAWN.

BSP Alerts and rum balls (minus the rum) on Margareta’s blog, The Voice of the Bush

June 12 – READING ADVENTURES compiled by Eleni Konstantine

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 15 – Spotlight on Writers with Annie Seaton

June 23 – Spotlight on Writers with Marianne Theresa

A little taste of NEVER ON A SUNDAE

Our writer’s group, Sultry Scribes, tried an on-line meeting this month, with the writing topic being the introductory sentence: “They found his diary under his bed.” As per usual, we wrote for twenty minutes, polished it up and were supposed to post it on Sultry Scribes. (I’m the only one so far!) Anyway, ’tis short, and if you’re interested.


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. Anne Gracie
  2. Christina Phillips
  3. Historical Saga Novels
  4. Jane Quick
  5. Lily Malone
  6. M J Scott


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

Good Newscruisin_in_my_car_cartoon_stickers-p217946953741101444q0ou_400

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

Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight ~ Alison Stuart & Sasha Cottman

Welcome to a conference spotlight

from the

Riding the Waves conference!

Today we have Alison Stuart and Sasha Cottman who will be presenting the workshop STAY ON COURSE: Using Scrivener as a Writer’s Tool.



Alison-web smallAlison Stuart is an award winning Australian writer of historicals with heart. Whether duelling with dashing cavaliers or waywards ghosts, her books provide a reader with a meaty plot and characters who have to strive against adversity, always with the promise of happiness together. Alison is a long time member and past President of RWA. She describes herself as a “lapsed lawyer” who has worked in the military and fire service, which may explain a predisposition to soldier heroes. She lives with her own personal hero and two needy cats and likes nothing more than a stiff gin and tonic and a walk along the sea front of her home town. Her latest book, GATHER THE BONES, is a “Downton Abbeyesque” haunting love story set in 1923.

Alison uses Scrivener for Mac.

sasha cottman author picBorn in England, but living most of her life in Australia, Sasha Cottman writes Regency romance as a creative escape from her full time career as a finance executive. Several years ago, she decided to undertake a creative writing course unaware that it was full of budding romance writers. Having never read a romance book in her life, she was challenged by the course lecturer. “If you haven’t read it then how are you to write it?” In 2009 she joined Romance Writers of Australia and at her first conference was stunned to discover the amazingly creative and supportive group of people who comprise the RWA membership.

Sasha uses Scrivener for Windows.


Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

Sasha:  Hyperactive overachiever aiming to have more twitter followers than Ellen.

Alison:  Fangirl of men in uniform, always a lady.


What will participants take away from this session? (OR what is the key outcome or take-home message?)

Alison:  This workshop is intended for Scrivener novices.  At the end of our session workshop participants will walk out with a basic understanding of how to set up and work with a document in Scrivener through to how to compile the finished manuscript in manuscript format all ready to send off to a publisher.


What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Riding The Waves”?

Alison:  Sasha and I are passionate Scrivener users and yet we are completely different writers– I’m a pantser and she’s a plotter; I’m a Mac and she’s a PC—and yet Scrivener is perfect for both our writing styles. Unfortunately Scrivener is a victim of its own cleverness and although we have talked plenty of our fellow writers into giving it a go, the feedback we have been getting is the visual  complexity of the program, compounded by a highly technical interactive tutorial  was  enough to put people off.

Sasha:  Participants should be aware that Scrivener was originally developed for Mac and there are subtle differences in features between the Mac and PC versions.


Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?

Alison:  Important! We are requesting that participants in our workshop come with a computer preloaded with Scrivener (it is available in a trial version from  or email Alison for details on a special offer for conference attendees- see end of article ).  As we are stepping people through the program using data projection,  you will need to have it there to work with us. If you don’t have a computer you can certainly look on with someone with a computer but I don’t think you’ll get as much out of it.


Any advice for conference first-timers?

Sasha:  Do not be caught without a pen and notebook.

Alison:  Don’t be nervous about talking to “published authors”.  You will find everyone is approachable and friendly.


What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

secretsintime emailAlison:  I’ve had two books out in the last 6 months. GATHER THE BONES is my “Downton Abbey” with ghosts story and My latest novel, a historical time travel, SECRETS IN TIME came out on 1 April. To find out more about me and my books, visit my website at

Sasha:  I have recently sold my debut novel, a Regency Historical to Destiny Romance and it is scheduled for a 2013 release. Visit my website at

Finally, we are so delighted you’re visiting us in Western Australia. Is there anything in particular you’re looking forward to seeing or doing while you’re here? 


  • Networking and catching up with RWA members who I only get to see once a year.
  • Taking some quiet time to listen and absorb new writing/marketing skills during the Friday workshop and weekend breakout session.
  • Stealing away and visiting the historical ships in Fremantle harbour.
  • Converting more writers to Scrivener.


Alison: I lived in Perth for a short while when we first emigrated to Australia from Kenya in …umm…quite a long time ago… and I have only been back for a fleeting visit once since we left. My husband and  I are coming over a few days early and taking some time to explore.  Open to suggestions  *grin*


One final thing…if you are interested in coming to our workshop and would like to purchase a full copy of Scrivener before the workshop, please email Alison for details of a special offer on the product which will be available to conference attendees.

We also have some great door prizes for our session!



Thank you, ladies!

Cruisin’ with RWA

Wow, what a ripper week it’s been for good news! We’ve welcomed many new members to the RWA fold this year and the press is running hot with exciting new authors. Enrico and Clint were run off their feet gathering the news this week. At this rate the Cruisin’ Limo will need new tyres soon!

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

*Breaking News*  – Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival March 22 and 23, 2013

Jenn J McLeod is on two panels – a popular fiction author panel  on Saturday and a panel with her editor, Belinda Castles discussing the role of editors and mentorships  on Sunday. Tickets will be available for individual sessions on the day – as long as the session venues are not full!

Good News

has self-published her romantic suspense RADIANT, now for sale on Amazon.

Has launched a newsletter. Sign up here or click on the link above to visit her website.

is very pleased to announce her first sale to Destiny Romance, a yet to be titled Regency Historical Romance to be released in 2013

BETRAYED, the third book set in Christina Phillips’s Roman/Druid world, was released by Ellora’s Cave on 20th March

WIFE IN NAME ONLY due for release in April 2013 has a  4 star from RT Book Reviews. For more details visit her new website.

Enjoy a bit of rural fun and games? Read about Primrose causing TROUBLE IN NIRVANA 

With less than 2 weeks to go to the release of her debut novel, RIDING ON AIR, from Escape Publishing, Maggie is running a countdown contest to
win a copy. Each comment, like, or follow on Maggie Gilbert’s social media gets an entry in the draw. Win yourself a copy or send it as a gift to any horse-mad teenager you nominate. For more information visit her website.

From Tuesday 18 March, the 2012 Destiny Romance titles will be available in print from over 650 Australia Post locations around Australia! They will be available for approximately three months, and they look mighty attractive. RWA members who attended the ARRA conference would have seen them on the Penguin/Destiny promotion table or received a copy in a showbag – but now everyone can get themselves a 2012 title and support an Australian publisher and a handful of wonderful Australian authors!

Wanted to let everyone know that her new release THE LAST GLADIATRIX, an historical set in Ancient Rome,will be  coming out with Harlequin Escape on the 1st of April.

Her May 2012 Regency romance INVITATION TO SCANDAL has been nominated for BEST HISTORICAL for 2012 at The Romance
Review. TRR members get to vote to select the winner.

Her novel WILD ENCOUNTER is among the five books nominated for best Action-Adventure/Romantic Suspense of 2012 over at The Romance
Reviews website.


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:

  • RWA Blog

March 24 – Event Announcements

March 25 – Conference Spotlight

March 26 – Conference Spotlight

March 27 – Author Spotlight on Dana Mitchell

March 28 – Cruisin’ with RWA

ANNA CAMPBELL is dropping by to share her new ghostly novella – These Haunted Hearts. Anna has offered a giveaway of her new book so please visit. And next week, my guest will be Jacquie Underdown.

We’re teasing your tastebuds with the most important meal of the day on Friday Feast this week. HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS author and B&B owner (so she knows her stuff) Jenn J McLeod is sharing her recipe for home-made muesli. Easy, healthy and delicious. Bit like the Feast!

Christina Phillips has a blog tour for the release of BETRAYED. There will be lots of fun and giveaways on offer!

March 20 – Release Day for BETRAYED

March 20 – Sexy Excerpt of BETRAYED at Tina Donahue’s blog + Giveaway

March 20 – Release Day Spotlight at ARRA + Giveaway

March 21 – Thursday 13 at Shelley Munro + Giveaway

March 21 – The Legend of Arianrhod at the Dark Side DownUnder blog + Giveaway

March 22 – The Romance Reviews 2nd Anniversary Party + Giveaway

March 25 – Clash of Ancient Cultures Historical Hearts + Giveaway

March 26 – British Romance Fiction

March 27 – Alpha Male Diner  I Smell Sheep + Giveaway

March 21 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Christina Phillips & giveaway of BETRAYED

March 26 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

March 27 – A BITE OF… with Ellie Moonwater

March 28 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Nicole Murphy

Musa Monday – Wench Dusty Crabtree on her Shadow Eyes blog tour

Writing Buddy Wednesday – Anna Campbell with giveaway

Last day of SEALED WITH A KISS being free on Smashwords. Code: CK98U

Imelda Evans, blogger at Wine, Women & Wordplay has a pertinent post for any reader of books, and any new author, regarding pre-ordering/sales of books.

Juliet Madison and Sandra Antonelli discuss older heroines in romance on the Escape Publishing Blog. Is ‘mature’ a four-letter-word?

Juanita Kees chats to Kerrie about her very first hero and what’s on her TBR pile.

March 23 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – ARCHANGEL OF MERCY by Christina Ashcroft

March 25 to April 1ALLEGIANCE SWORN Countdown begins with snippets of scenes from the book

March 26 – WORLD-BUILDING: The Characters of the Light Blade world – a run through the characters in the series.

We’ve got a change in pace on ‘Cooking The Books’ this week. No Nigella recipes, no chocolate, not even a whisper from me about gorging on luscious food and drink. Destiny author Madeline Ash is talking about her heroine who has a heartbreaking reason to watch what she eats. It’s a gorgeous book. I hope you can drop by.

This week’s MRWG contribution to the world of blogs is Emmie Dark. She talks bout how long it takes to write a book and the importance of backing yourself by finishing your stories.  A lovely blog to coincide with this week’s release of Emmie’s SPELLBOUND published by Destiny romance.

THE VISCOUNT’S PLEASURE HOUSE and EMBRACING SCANDAL will be touring the virtual book world until 29th March. I’d really appreciate it if you would visit some of the stops, support the book bloggers and authors, and leave a comment. There’s a $20 Gift Card up for grabs. Embrace the Pleasure…

An interview with me and a chance to win a copy of HEAVENLY REVENGE is on that amazing new Blog from the U.K. – Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains. 


Enrico’s Pick Six

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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


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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