Event Announcements

*Ed’s Note: The Cruisin Crew will be taking a break for the week of the Romance Rocks Conference but we’ll be back on August 14 on Cruisin’ with RWA to bring you up to date on all the good news and announcements. In the meanwhile, keep the good news and events coming to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com*

Claytons Conference 2014

Registration is now open! Registrations close midday 7th August.

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  • Shona Husk

Three time ARRA finalist Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she writes contemporary, paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi romance.

Shona’s presentation will be about using Tarot Cards for characterisation, plotting and inspiration.  A lot of it will be hands on and interpreting the cards to make sense for a story. By the end the participants should have two characters and an outline. All you need to bring is your imagination, a genre or a spark of an idea to work on and a set of cards.

  • Zana Bell

Zana grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe and studied English Literature at the University of Cape Town. After traveling for several years doing a wide range of jobs, she immigrated to New Zealand where she now lives with her family and cats in a small harbourside community.

She began writing, just for the fun of seeing whether she could actually complete a novel and immediately became hooked. Research is her primary love and writing gives her an excellent excuse to be obsessive or just plain nosy. She enjoys writing in a variety of genre but has a particular fondness for all things historical.

Zana will be exploring World Building at The Claytons.

  • Jamie Meadows

As a child, Jamie Meadows escaped small town life through a vivid imagination. While having actually escaped the small town as an adult, Jamie’s imagination still loves to dream up other lives and other worlds with fabulous adventures.

Jamie’s love of writing and is matched by her love of marketing. Twenty years of marketing experience have made the marketing side of self-publishing a unique challenge that she’s still finding exciting strategies for.

When not off traveling to find new exciting locations for stories, Jamie lives in Washington, DC.  She has just published her first novel, Against All Odds, a gay romance on Amazon.

She will be sharing her marketing and Amazon self-publishing experiences with The Claytons delegates.

  • Gwenna Sebastian

Gwenna lives in Upstate New York with her husband and three cats. She has been writing since she was a teenager and over the last ten years has developed a keen interest in all things related to the Vietnam War.

Gwenna’s true love is creating complicated characters who are active or former military and writing about the relationships they form under the duress of war. More specifically, about military men who are gay, be it back in Vietnam or in the present.

When Gwenna isn’t writing or researching the time period for her next novel, she’s busy helping support our troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan by raising awareness and helping to organize both care packages and Christmas card events. She supports both the NY State marriage equality act and gays in the military, including the abolition of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Gwenna writes in a very niche market.  Her historical gay romances are generally set in the Vietnam era, and are also e-published.  She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge with you.

  • Louise Carter

With an imagination that knows no limits, Louise Carter is an emerging writer who spends her days toiling with her other passion, education.  Her visionary tales are romance entwined with mythology that is heavily influenced by her love of nature and travel.  Whilst she is not yet published there is no doubt that she will find her own niche in the published world sooner rather than later.

Louise is a wiz with social media and is eager to share that knowledge with you.

  • Lexi Bryant

Lexie lives in rural Queensland and has always dreamt of being a writer.  After seventeen years in government servitude she’s finally getting her chance.  She’s currently studying a Bachelor of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast and working diligently on her first manuscript.

She will be giving everyone a refresher on what the RWA can do for you.

We’d love to have you with us.  Please register as soon as you can.

See you there.

The New Romantics @ Mansfield

What makes romance the most popular, best selling genre on the planet?

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The New Romantics are four popular local authors who each write different kinds of love stories, from the comic, to rural and environmental, to the dark and sensual. They will share their experiences of writing and reading in this diverse and popular genre and explore the changing ways women and love are represented in modern romantic storytelling. What makes a good love/sex scene? What defines a happy ever after ending? And where do they draw the inspiration for their diverse work?
During this interactive discussion they will encourage you to explore the important place love holds in our hearts and in the literary landscape.

  • Kath Ledson – suspense/thriller romance; author of the Erica Jewell series Rough Diamond and recently released Monkey Business (Penguin)
  • Margareta Osborn –rural romance; author Bella’s Run, Hope’s Road and Mountain Ash (Random House)
  • Jennifer Scoullar – environmental romance; author Brumby’s Run, Currawong Creek, and Billabong Bend (Penguin)
  • Kate Belle – dark, sensual (even erotic) love stories; author The Yearning and Being Jade (Simon & Schuster)

When: Friday 29th August
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Where: Mansfield Library
Cost: FREE
Includes drinks and nibbles, door prizes, and book signing and sales.

Beijing International Book Fair

Take your book to Beijing!Beijing Book Fair

When: 27 – 31 August 2014

The Australian Self-Publishing Group simply shares the costs of the stand with as many authors as possible, making it economical for all authors to send their book along.
The more authors who give us their books, the cheaper will be the cost to individual authors.
At the end of the fair, your book will be given to our Chinese literary agent partner, who will promote it for you if that is what you decide to do.
English books are booming in China. Books that sold last year were novels, romance, historical fiction, kids, business, teaching and self-help.
Contact: William Webster
Phone: 02 62912904
Mobile: 0414467500
Email: publish@publishaspg.com

Book Expo Australia

Where Books Come Alive – Books for everyone and all genres.

When: 30 – 31 August 2014

Where: Exhibition Hall 5, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127

FMI: www.bookexpoaustralia.com

From 9:00am for Teachers and librarians
From 10:00am for General Public
Close at 5:30 pm Saturday and Sunday

Tickets are Now On Sale!

$5.00 – Teachers and Librarians (proof of employment may be requested)
$20 – Family ticket (2 adults and 2 YA)
$8.50 – Adult
$5.00 – Children(YA) over 12 to 18
Free – Children 12 and under (proof of age may be requested)

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Contrary to popular belief, a good romance is not as simple as falling in love. Writing good quality romance requires creativity, innovation, skill and well-formed characters embroiled in believable conflict.
Explore the diversity of the genre, get tips on convincing emotional connection and sex scenes, discover what readers and publishers want, develop a winning story synopsis and killer pitch, and learn about the earning opportunities the romance genre offers.
For beginners, early & emerging writers.

When: Saturdays 6, 13, 30 and 27 September, 10am–1pm
Where: Writers Victoria, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Tutor: Kate Belle (author The Yearning & Being Jade)

For more information and bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/romancing-the-page/

Online Events


owlRWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List (OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s). We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar. Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Affordable forum-style writing classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers. To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Seeking expressions of interest from established authors in the romance genre to assist with writing course material and tutoring student assessments.
Rebecca Timmis is the Creative Manager of a new online education business, ASPIRE Online Courses. We are seeking expressions of interest from established authors in the romance genre to assist with writing course material and tutoring student assessments.
This is real, paid work and a great opportunity to build a profile name and get exposure as an author. We are offering flat fee or royalty-based payments for course material, and a per-assessment fee for tutors.
Our online team is creating a dynamic website and we will be investing heavily in online and offline marketing strategies.
I am a writer for children and young adults and have seen so many aspiring writers try and take on the world of self-publishing without first learning the craft of writing. I am passionate about education and want to establish a team that will bring the best out of our students.
If you would like to apply or wish to share this opportunity with a qualified colleague, please visit ASPIRE online courses and complete an application form.

Writers Festivals 2014

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is Melbourne’s annual, two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. Each year in August, the Festival celebrates the talent and ideas of hundreds of writers from Australia and around the world, through a vibrant program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art events. The Festival includes events for people of all ages and more than a quarter of the program is free. Their highly regarded Schools’ Program attracts more than 15,000 students.

When: August 21–31

Details to be provided as soon as they become available.

When: September 3–7


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


Have a great week,

from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs

Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight ~ Shona Husk & Nicola E. Sheridan

Welcome to a conference spotlight from the Riding the Waves conference!

Today we have Shona Husk and Nicola E. Sheridan who will be presenting the workshop

BEATING THE TSUNAMI: Getting ahead on Paranormal  trends.



shonaShona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back. Drawing on history and myth, she weaves new worlds and writes heroes who aren’t afraid to get hurt while falling in love.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she is published with Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing and Sourcebooks. You can find out more at www.shonahusk.com

Nicola profile picNicola E. Sheridan is a West Australian author. Gifted with a wild imagination and love of mythology, she writes paranormal / fantasy romance. Qualified as an Archaeologist, she lives with her husband, two children, two cats and an elderly black dog . Nicola also enjoys 4x4ing, travel, art, music and a really good coffee. You can find out more at www.nicolasheridan.com


Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

Nicola: Writer, artist, Mum, fan of all things random

Shona: Chocolate lover, author, mother, cross-stitcher, reader

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

Participants will get an insight into the paranormal market and what makes paranormal worlds work, as well as a greater knowledge of the variety of paranormal creatures and mythology to draw on.

Which members will benefit most from this session?

Anyone with an interest in writing sci-fi, fantasy or paranormal fiction will enjoy the session and discovering more about the less commonly explored side the paranormal.

What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?

Conference is always a great place to meet other writers and catch up with on line friends face to face. It’s a real buzz at the time and I always leave feeling charged up to write even though I’m really tired 🙂

Any advice for conference first-timers?

Enjoy! Remember to relax as well as going to as many sessions as possible and if you pitch and get a request send it in! So many people don’t.

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

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image21172144Magical Redemption by Nicola E Sheridan (www.nicolasheridan.com)

When magic is heavily taxed and traceable, a Genie can’t expect good working conditions. So when Jinx finds herself the Genie of the coldly handsome Lucian she knows she’s in for a rough time…

Lucian is being hunted by the Magical Mafia, otherwise known as the “Family”. Years ago he pledged himself to serve, but in a moment of weakness betrayed them. Now unable to love or live freely, Lucian finds himself falling for Jinx, but knows a future between them is impossible. As they hide from incredible and malevolent magical beings, they search for a way to be together, before fate and the Family separate them forever…

outcastprincesmThe Outcast Prince (Court of Annwyn #1) by Shona Husk (www.shonahusk.com).

Caspian Mort can feel the history in anything he touches, a gift he inherited from his father, the Crown Prince of Annwyn. Devastated over his ex-wife’s infidelity, Caspian has withdrawn from human contact except when working as an antiques dealer.

While assessing the contents of the historic Callaway House he encounters the beautiful Lydia Callaway and senses that her home is haunted by a banished fairy. But what does the dangerous exile want? Unbeknownst to Lydia, she’s the owner of the last remaining portal to Annwyn—a mirror hidden somewhere in the house. To keep Lydia safe, Caspian will have to divulge the secrets of his heritage, and risk losing his heart again.

What makes you qualified to present Beating The Tsunami: Getting ahead on paranormal trends?

We’re both multi published in paranormal and fantasy romance with a longstanding love of all things make believe. Plus Nicola has a double major in Anthropology and Archeology with a focus on Mythology.



Thank you ladies!

RWA and the ARRA Awards

Yesterday the wonderful Australian Romance Readers Association published the list of finalists in their 2012 awards.

We are thrilled to see so many Romance Writers of Australia members among the finalists.  In some categories it’s ALL RWA members!  There are many well-loved authors here and quite a few appearing for the first time with their first book.  We’d like to congratulate all of them.

We’d also like to offer a big fat thank you to ARRA for supporting our Australian writers and readers of Romance.  Long may you flourish!

The list of finalists is below, but if you want to see the full post, including closing dates for voting and the covers in the cover competition, the post is HERE.

Here are the finalists. Congratulations everyone!

Favourite Paranormal Romance – proudly sponsored by Galaxy Bookshop

  • Archangel of Mercy – Christina Ashcroft
  • Archangel’s Storm – Nalini Singh
  • Blind Lust – Annie Seaton
  • Dead, Actually – Kaz Delaney
  • Kiss of the Goblin Prince – Shona Husk
  • Lothaire – Kresley Cole
  • Lover Reborn – JR Ward
  • Tangle of Need – Nalini Singh
  • The Danger with Sinners – Charity Parkerson
  • The Final Wish – Tracey O’Hara

Favourite Sci Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance – proudly sponsored by Choc Lit

  • Alliance Forged – Kylie Griffin
  • Blood Kin – MJ Scott
  • Chaos Born – Rebekah Turner
  • Dragonfly – Erica Hayes
  • Fair Game – Patricia Briggs
  • Gunmetal Magic – Ilona Andrews
  • Lord’s Fall – Thea Harrison
  • Night Forbidden – Joss Ware
  • Shadow Bound – Rachel Vincent
  • Sin’s Dark Caress – Tracey O’Hara

Favourite Short Category Romance – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

  • A Precious Inheritance – Paula Roe
  • Bed of Lies – Paula Roe
  • Cracking the Dating Code – Kelly Hunter
  • Defying Her Desert Duty – Annie West
  • Deserving of Her Diamonds – Melanie Milburne
  • Her Best Worst Mistake – Sarah Mayberry
  • Innocent Til Proven Otherwise – Amy Andrews
  • Suddenly You – Sarah Mayberry
  • The Cattleman’s Special Delivery – Barbara Hannay
  • Undone By His Touch – Annie West

Favourite Historical Romance – proudly sponsored by Carina Press

  • A Duchess to Remember – Christine Brooke
  • A Rogue By Any Other Name – Sarah MacLean
  • Bride By Mistake – Anne Gracie
  • Deadly Affair – Lucinda Brant
  • Gather the Bones – Alison Stuart
  • Keeper of the King’s Secrets – Michelle Diener
  • Mad About the Earl – Christina Brooke
  • Rake’s Honour – Beverley Oakley
  • Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed – Anna Campbell
  • The Ugly Duchess – Eloisa James

Favourite Contemporary Romance

  • Bella’s Run – Margareta Osborn
  • Heart of the Valley – Cathryn Hein
  • Hot for Fireman – Jennifer Bernard
  • Jilted – Rachael Johns
  • Rules are for Breaking – Imelda Evans
  • Sister Pact – Ali Ahearn and Ros Baxter
  • Somebody to Love – Kristan Higgins
  • Taming the Outback- Ann B Harrison
  • The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots – Loretta Hill
  • Zoe’s Muster – Barbara Hannay

Favourite Erotic Romance – proudly sponsored by eXtasy Books

  • A Touch of Confidence – Jess Dee
  • Ample Attraction – Melissa Craig
  • Bared to You – Sylvia Day
  • Chains of Revenge – Keziah Hill
  • Galactic Inferno – Mel Teshco
  • Love’s Rhythm – Lexxie Couper
  • Office Affair – Jess Dee
  • Red Hot – Ann B Harrison
  • The Dark Rose – Denise Rossetti
  • The Siren – Tiffany Reisz

Favourite Romantic Suspense – proudly sponsored by Love Books

  • Burning Lies – Helene Young
  • Celebrity in Death – JD Robb
  • Dead Heat – Bronwyn Parry
  • Delusion in Death – JD Robb
  • Drive Me to Distraction – Caitlyn Nicholas
  • Guarding Jess – Shannon Curtis
  • Hell on Wheels – Julie Ann Walker
  • Suspicious Ways – Lexxie Couper
  • The Witness – Nora Roberts
  • Wild Encounter – Nikki Logan

Favourite Continuing Romance Series – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

  • Affair series – Annie Seaton
  • Black Knights Inc – Julie Ann Walker
  • Guild Hunters – Nalini Singh
  • In Death series – JD Robb
  • London Steampunk – Bec McMaster
  • McCormack Security series – Shannon Curtis
  • Ministry of Marriage – Christina Brooke
  • Party Games – Lexxie Couper and Rhian Cahill
  • Psy-Changelings – Nalini Singh
  • Speed series – Jess Dee

Favourite Australian Romance Author 2012 – proudly sponsored by Booktopia

  • Anna Campbell
  • Anne Gracie
  • Bec McMaster
  • Christina Brooke
  • Fiona Lowe
  • Kelly Hunter
  • Lexxi Couper
  • Margaret Osborn
  • Sarah Mayberry
  • Shona Husk

And for the Members’ Choice categories …

Best First Meeting Between Couple in a romance published in 2012

  • Bear Meets Girl – Shelly Laurenston
  • Crazy Love – Nicola Marsh
  • Defying Her Desert Duty – Annie West
  • Kiss of Steel – Bec McMaster
  • Portrait of A Scandal – Danielle Lisle
  • Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed – Anna Campbell
  • Taming the Tycoon – Amy Andrews
  • Undone by His Touch – Annie West

Best Love Scene from a romance published in 2012

  • A Touch of Confidence – Jess Dee
  • Bride by Mistake – Anne Gracie
  • Defying Her Desert Duty – Annie West
  • Kiss of Steel – Bec McMaster
  • Portrait of a Scandal – Danielle Lisle
  • Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed – Anna Campbell
  • Suddenly You – Sarah Mayberry

Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2012

  • Blood Kin – MJ Scott
  • Firelight – Kristen Callihan
  • Kiss of Steel – Bec McMaster
  • Lusting the Enemy by Mel Teshco
  • Office Affair – Jess Dee
  • Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed – Anna Campbell

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break. Enrico, Clint and I are back to entertain you with good news, great blogs and upcoming events. Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

Riding the Waves

Riding the Waves

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 here 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!


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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

New Releases

  • Bronwen Evans is excited to announce the release of THE RELUCTANT WIFE from Entangled publishing (Indulgence)
  • Susanne Bellamy‘s debut contemporary novel, WHITE GINGER, released through Lyrical Press on January 7
  • Paula Roe and Deborah Tait have a novella out in an anthology published by the author-led co-op, TWC Press. MOONLIT ENCOUNTERS is their debut book.
  • Madeline Ash is thrilled to announce the debut release of UNCOVERED BY LOVE from Destiny Romance
  • Anne E Summers has her first fantasy book THE SINGING MOUNTAIN released by Solstice Publishing
  • Shona Husk’s FOR THE LOVE OF A GOBLIN WARRIOR, the last of the Shadowlands books, is out now
  • Rachael Johns has two new releases in January. MAN DROUGHT released on New Years Day from Harlequin Australia. They currently have a contest going to win a $500 Red Balloon package simply by reading the first chapter and answering a question. STAND-IN STAR released from Carina Press.
  • Alissa Callen’s WHAT LOVE SOUNDS LIKE is out with Escape PublishingBoundByLove3
  • S E Gilchrist has e-published a novella set in Dark Ages Britain called BOUND BY LOVE available from Smashwords and Amazon. S E is running a contest to celebrate the release on her site with a free giveaway to one commenter during the month of January. S E also has LEGEND BEYOND THE STARS scheduled for release from Escape Publishing on January 10

New Contracts

  • Allison Butler is thrilled to announce her Scottish medieval,  is to be published by Destiny Romance and is due for release mid-February 2013.
  • Janet Woods has signed contracts for two more books with Severn House.Magna has offered for large print rights to her Belgrave House ebook BENEDICT’S BRIDE. Audio Rights  to her February hardcover release with Severn House, I’LL GET BY, have been picked up by Soundings
  • Juanita Kees has signed a contract with Escape Publishing for the March release of TAMING THE TIGER


Cruisin’ Member BlogsClint

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 details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

For anyone who thinks they know their historical romance heroes, Anne hosted a quiz on Word Wenches

will be back soon!

January 10 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Shona Husk with giveaway of FOR THE LOVE OF THE GOBLIN WARRIOR

January 11 – REAL LIFE PARANORMAL compiled by Mel Teshco

January 12 – DARKLIGHT ON…with Kathrine Leannan

January 14 – Winner of Shona’s giveaway announced

January 15 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

January 16 – A BITE OF… FISHERPRIEST with CM Simpson

January 17 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Jenny Schwartz

Super Sunday

Musa Monday – Clarissa Johal

Writing Buddy Wednesday – DarkSider, Mel Teshco

While you were snoozin’, missing out on Cruisin’, Author Harvest ‘baled up’ Karly Lane and Rachael Johns

Jenn wrote an open letter to Tony Park – “I am NOT reading this book, Mr Park”

January 10 Author Harvest presents Juanita Kees with a giveaway of a signed copy of FLY AWAY PETA and

Jenn recently baled up the whacky, witty Lisa Walker to talk Sex, Lies & Bonsai.

January 2 – Cat-urday: Funnies – more madcap mayhem with LOL cats
January 8 – INDUSTRY: Interview with…Riverina Romantics – new series on book bloggers!
January 12 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – KISS OF STEEL Bec McMaster
January 15 – INDUSTRY: Interview with…My Book Chatter – New Zealand book blogger

Serena is pleased to announce her special guest blogger, Valerie Parv. This is Valerie’s first stop on her Blog Tour for her wonderful book, BIRTHRIGHT. It continues her series set on the fictional island kingdom of Carramer. Valerie will be blogging about using holidays in your writing and offers suggestions.

January 8 – Review of IN FALLING SNOW  by Mary-Rose MacColl

January 10 – Review of QUEEN OF THE ROAD by Tricia Stringer

January 11 – Celebrating two new releases  with Rachael Johns and a post on titles and how they come to life for her.

In order to give our wonderful home grown and unique rural fiction a global voice a face book page called Books for Country Girls and Guys has been created. Such a page will promote and celebrate rural as well as small town fiction. Would love people to drop by:)

Just a shout-out about my new blog series called Fan Girl Friday, where me and a bunch of author guests will be raving about stuff we love every Friday. I took the first spot, and Keziah Hill will be up on the 11th, so mark Friday in your diary to drop by and check it out. Love to see you there!

To celebrate the release of BOUND BY LOVE I’m posting a blog on January 10 (US time)  and I will be running a giveaway for the remainder of January. Anyone who subscribes to my blog and leaves a comment will go in the draw for a $10 Amazon gift voucher.

Is over at the Book Junkie celebrating the release of WHITE GINGER with a give away and here is the line up for her new blog, ALL THE WORLD’S A PAGE every Sunday:

January 23 – First guest this week is Annie Seaton who offers some insights into what inspires her writing across multiple genres

January 30 – Visit with Efthalia Pegios talking about her paranormal WIP

February 6 – Hosting Jenn J McLeod on the blog


Enrico’s Pick SixPortrait of a handsome male chauffeur sitting in a car saluting a passanger

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. Annie Seaton
  2. Coleen Kwan
  3. Jenn J McLeod
  4. Magical Gains
  5. Neomi Quinn
  6. Jenna Anastasi


RWA Contests

Closing dates for the 2012-13 RWA contest season

Little Gems 1 February 2013
First Kiss 15 February 2013
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2013


Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

mistletoeHeaps of good news doing the rounds this week. What an exciting time it is in the publishing world at the moment. So many talented new authors, so many exciting new reads. My Christmas list is growing so I hope Santa will remember I’ve been a very good girl this year. What’s on your Christmas list? Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.


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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

New Contracts

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  • Alissa Callen – has sold 2 books: a rural fiction novel BENEATH OUTBACK SKIES to Random House as a launch title in February for digital first Random Romance, and a shorter rural story to Escape Publishing WHAT LOVE SOUNDS LIKE out in January.
  • S E Gilchrist is thrilled to announce her sci-fi / futuristic hot single title, LEGEND BEYOND THE STARS has been contracted to Escape Publishing.
  • Janet Woods has received and offer for large print rights from Magna (UK)  for her historical novel, BENEDICT’S BRIDE.

New Releases

  • Tamara Gill has published a Goddess/Druid novella, BANISHED – DAUGHTERS OF THE GODS, BOOK 1 through Amazon’s Digital Services.
  • Shona Husk has re-released her 2010 novella AN ELEMENTAL TAIL on Smashwords.
  • Ainslie Paton’s release GREASE MONKEY JIVE from Escape is rocketing up the charts and now has a mention in USA Today.download
  • Suzi Love’s THE VISCOUNT’S PLEASURE HOUSE from Crimson Romance launched on December 3.
  • Ann B Harrison is celebrating the release of her erotic romance RED HOT
  • Ari Harper has released her Young Adult book WITCHLING.
  • Keziah Hill has an erotic short BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE out with Momentum in January.

Contest Wins

  • Claire Boston is a finalist in the West Houston Emily competition with her entry WHAT GOES ON TOUR.The final judges are Katherine Pelz of Berkley and agent Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary agency.


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

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December 7 – A Day in the Writing Life of Peta Crake – Suzanne Hamilton

December 9 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

December 11 – Author Spotlight on Rhian Cahill – Juliet Madison

December 13 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

This week on Friday Feast:

Friday Feast is really getting seasonal this week, and a little bit fruity too! No, lovely Australian author Michelle Douglas isn’t swearing, she’s sharing. Yes, folks, it’s time to get into the spirit with Michelle’s gorgeous new release, THE NANNY WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS, and her luscious, brandy-soaked recipe for rich fruit cake. This is a recipe with twenty years experience behind it and a guaranteed winner for even novice cooks. So jolly-on over to Friday Feast and get festive!

December 6  – MAGIC THURSDAY -Anna Hackett with GALACTIC HOLIDAY (using Raffelcopter)

December 7 – REAL LIFE PARANORMAL with J.L Addicoat

December 9  – Weekly Overview

December 11 – GOOD NEWS DAY

December 13 – MAGIC THURSDAY – C.T. Green  with giveaway of DREAM LOVER

Musa Monday – Cover love with Wench, Lizzie T. Leaf

Tuesday Tunes – Guns ‘n’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle

Wonderfully Wacked Wednesday News – Musa Publishing set to release the next Roger Rabbit novel.

Poster Thursday – movie posters

You’ve read the call story, now meet the author when Jenn’s Author Harvest takes you home to the country to meet Alissa Callen

TOPIC: Reasons Why You Never Want to Make an Author Mad – I’m a regular reader of the Supernatural Underground blog and last year an article written by Karina Cooper caught my eye, and had me giggling uncontrollably because I could so relate to the post.

Just wanted to let you know I’ve done a new Inspirational Writing Quotes calendar for 2013 and it’s available on the Writing Resources section of my website.

The gorgeous Louise Reynolds is my guest on Write Bytes. Come over and say hello.

Many thanks to everyone who congratulated me about my sale, I’ve just posted my Call Story on my blog if anyone wants to read the details about getting my first publishing contract.

November 29 – Review of BRIDIE’S CHOICE by Karly Lane

December 3 – Review of CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH by Victoria Dahl

December 4 – In the Armchair with David C Smith and DARK MUSE

December 6 – In the Armchair with Anna Campbell and THE WINTER WIFE


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. Anita Joy
  2. Cathryn Hein
  3. Down Under Desirabelles
  4. Historical Belles and Beaus
  5. Imogene Nix
  6. Jane Quick


RWA Contests

HM&B High Five 14 September 2012
STALI 5 October 2012
Selling Synopsis 23 November 2012
Emerald Award 23 November 2012
Little Gems 1 February 2013
First Kiss 15 February 2013
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2013



AWG has launched their What’s Love Got To Do With It? 50th Anniversary Scriptwriting Competition. Applications must be received by 5.00pm Friday December 14.

The Australian Writers’ Guild presents an outstanding opportunity for writers of romantic fiction 

Have you tapped into your inner Bronte or Austen? How about a sweeping saga à la Tolstoy? Are you the next Warwick Thornton, Jane Campion or Jan Sardi with a heart-wrenching story of love conquering adversity?
If you have written a script for a feature film, tele-movie or television mini-series with a love story as the central theme, don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to receive a free day registration for the National Screenwriters’ Conference, a copy of Final Draft 8 scriptwriting software AND get your work read by industry experts.

Full info here: http://www.awg.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=490&Itemid=599


Riding the waves: Writing romance in tempestuous times

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!

For more information visit the RWA Website.


Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

Beyond the Literal – New Publishers Light the Flame

The heat is on for Australian authors

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The local scene for romance writers is heating up and set to sizzle this summer with the launch of three new direct-to–digital publishers, each acquiring local writers.

First with the factor fifteen was Destiny Romance which launched in August with four titles and is adding two per month.

Destiny authors include:  Jennifer St George, Kelly Hunter, Elsie K Ackers, Peta Crake, Charmaine Ross, Carla Caruso, Bernadette Rowley and Imelda Evans (and coming soon, Louise Reynolds and L.J. Young).

In mid November, Harlequin turns up the heat with the launch of their electronic first line, Escape, also with a line-up of newly discovered and established writers.  More on the Escape launch will follow in a Publisher Interview by Juliet Madison.

But currently upping the burn quotient to scorching is Pan McMillan’s, Momentum with the release of its Hot Down Under series.

Hot Down Under is a series of fourteen erotic short stories by new and established Australian authors being released over a three-month period beginning in November.

According to Momentum it aims to propel Australian erotic romance writing to the top of the bestseller charts.

The series includes straight and gay erotica, plus scenes involving multiple partners and fantasy elements.  Each of the stories has an Australian setting and a ‘flame’ rating out of five on the cover, which indicates how explicit the story is.  None of the stories is lower than a three-flame rating.

Hot Down Under authors include:  Rhyll Biest, Rhian Cahill, Kasey Channing, Cate Ellink, C.T. Green, S.E. Gilchrist, Keziah Hill, Shona Husk, Beverley Oakley, Kylie Scott, Tracey O’Hara, Mel Teshco and Marianne Theresa.

Five of the authors are previously unpublished and were mentored by the established authors during the writing process. The resulting stories combine a fresh approach with years of experience.

Announced just ahead of the RWA Conference in August, the project was the brainchild of Tracey O’Hara.

“The Hot Down Under project originally started out as a way to help mentor new writers and soon became much more. We were all extremely thrilled when Momentum came on board,”  said Tracey.

“Erotic fiction has been huge long before Fifty Shades of Grey came along.  It has been selling like hotcakes in the US for many years now. It is great to see an Australian publishing company supporting great genre fiction,” she said.”

‘We always planned to publish extensively in genres like romance and erotic romance when we first launched Momentum. However, we weren’t expecting such a gifted collection of new and established authors to approach us with such an accomplished project,” said Joel Naoum, publisher at Momentum.

“More than anything, this proves that there is a vibrant and talented community of genre writers in this country who are looking for support from their local publishers.”

Due to the nature of digital publishing, Momentum was able to publish the stories within a few months of first receiving the pitch – an amazing turnaround time in today’s publishing environment.

‘Digital publishers are more able to take risks.  It would be impossible to print these short stories individually, the costs would be prohibitive and shelf space in bookshops is extremely competitive,” said Joel.

For more information:

Destiny Romance

Momentum Books

Escape Publishing

Cruisin’ with RWA

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


50K in 30 Days Challenge

It’s week two  of the challenge with writers wearing out their keyboards as they surge towards their writing goal for the month. Those registered have been trialling the new forum chat room with sprints nightly from 7pm EST. Participants are welcome to drop in and join us.


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

June 15 – Blog Bites with Zaide Bishop – Kerri Williams

June 16 – Bestsellers List – Tamara Gill

June 17 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

June 21 – 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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

  • New releases

June 12 – PANDORA’S GIRL by Janet Woods

The e book version has just gone on sale at BELGRAVE HOUSE.

Pandora’s life changes when an inheritance forces her to confront her past. She is shocked to discover a daughter born in her teens and believed dead, is very much alive. Aided by her new love, the confronting Welsh psychiatrist Bryn Llewellyn, Pandora is consumed by her need to find the girl—only to be rejected. Tragedy reunites the pair in a painful and uneasy relationship.

June 15 – A MARRIAGE MADE IN MAYFAIR by Tamara Gill

Miss Suzanna March wished for one thing, the elusive, rakish charmer, Lord Danning. But after a frightful first season sees her flee to Paris, such dreams seem impossible. That is until she returns to London, a new woman, and one who will not let the ton’s dislike of her stand in her way of gaining what she wants. Revenge on the Lord who gave her the cut direct and perhaps a little flirtation to show the mighty Viscount what he’ll never have.

June 2012 – SENSUOUS STORIES by Keziah Hill

Keziah has self published a few of her novellas, DESIRE’S DREAM and FAMILIAR STRANGERS.  She has also published a free collection of short stories called SENSUOUS STORIES. Details are on her web page.

  • Good News

Kylie Griffin was excited to find out that Berkley are going to be releasing VENGEANCE BORN (Bk#1 in the Light Blade series) as a mass market paperback in April 2013.

  • New Contracts
Carolyn Wren has signed a contract with Secret Cravings Publishing for her Romantic Suspense novella THE DIPLOMAT’S DAUGHTER, expected release date November 2012.
Tamara Gill just signed a second contract with Crimson Romance for her Medieval time travel romance DEFIANT SURRENDER. It will be available later this year.
  • Great Reviews

Kylie Griffin’s ALLIANCE FORGED received 4 stars in the July issue of the Romantic Times magazine.

  • Contest Finalists

Passionate Ink 7th Annual Passionate Plume and Stroke of Midnight Finalists

BOUND BY LOVE by S E Gilchrist

FINAL GIRL by Kylie Scott

Paranormal/Time Travel

Halo Book 1: THE ANGEL LORD by C.T. Green

THE BECKONING BLOOD by Daniel de Lorne


GUILTY AS SIN by Denise Rossetti


C T Green’s Halo Book 1: THE ANGEL LORD has also finalled in the following contests:

San Diego RWA Chapter’s 2012 Spring into Romance Contest.
Central Florida Romance Writer’s 2012 Touch of Magic Contest.
The Emerald ST section.


Keeping up Appearances

 Rachael Johns 

When: Saturday June 23

Time: 10.30am

Where: Dymocks, 171 York St, Albany, WA


Shona Husk

When: June 16

Time: 1pm

Where: Dymocks, High Street, Fremantle


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

  • Barbara DeLeo

The water wings have been tossed aside, the trainer wheels stowed away – I’m blogging for the very first time at Lovecats Downunder. I’m talking about why I write category romance and I’d LOVE to see you there.

June 15 – This week on Friday Feast:

It’s an Asian extravaganza on Friday Feast this week! SuperRomance and Carina Press author Joan Kilby will have your tastebuds dancing and feet itching with her wonderful Malaysian, Balinese and Cambodian food experiences.

There are stunning photos to admire and two gorgeous recipes to try out, plus share a favourite dish from your own travels, and any success (or failure) you had in recreating it at home, and you could win a copy of Joan’s latest release, Protecting Her Son. Not to be missed!

June 14 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Amanda Ashby with giveaway of Wishful Thinking (book 1 of Sophie’s Mixed Up Magic)

June 17 – Weekly Overview

June 18 – Winner of Amanda’s giveaway announced.


June 21 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Fiona Gregory talks lunar eclipse

Cathleen Ross will be on Life Bytes on Wednesday.

June 16 – ALLIANCE FORGED Buzz: Countdown to Release Day – snippets from the book, character profiles and more!

June 19 – TOPIC: Being a Published Author…Promotion & Marketing – third part of my series with helpful hints and what to avoid in your journey.

June 15 – Getting to Know Dina Rae and HALO OF THE DAMNED

Is holding a release party blog hop from the 18th.

Is on part 2 of her crime writers discussions on her blog. This week it’s police procedurals and general crime fiction including private investigators.


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. Monique Wood
  2. Monya Mary Clayton
  3. Novel Adventurers
  4. Writing up a Storm
  5. Imelda Evans
  6. Whitney K-E


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

Self-Publishing and Writerly Etiquette

The Tale of Two Publishing Roads

No Longer a BEA Virgin and Seven Lessons


Enrico’s quote of the week

“Don’t cry for a man who’s left you–the next one may fall for your smile.”
― Mae West

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

There’s a huge buzz in the back room about 50K in 30 Days as preparations go underway. Change the batteries in your wireless keyboard, sharpen your pencils, warm up your red editing pen or turn on Track Changes, and get ready to join the race. Over the next two weeks, look out for posts, invitations and information on where and  how to register. For more information see the 50K in 30 Days Challenge write-up below.

Don’t forget to send your good news and blogs to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com – we love to hear from our members and share in celebrating their success.


50K in 30 Days Challenge

50K in 30 Days starts June 1 and runs until June 30. This is your opportunity to write, write, write. Our motto this year is Participate to Motivate, so let’s have a writing party. Whether you want to write, edit or both, we’ll help you reach your Word Goal together.

Can’t manage 50k? No problem! Set a goal you can manage, then add another 10K – we all have to start somewhere. We’ll be there with you, participating, cheering you on and to carry you across the finish line.

This year the challenge will take place on the RWA Forum. Would you like to join us? Look out for news and information on the RWA Forum, our Facebook Group PageFacebook Page and in Cruisin’ with RWA on how to join up for this amazing race. Ready? Set. GO! (PS: You must be a financial member of RWAustralia to participate.)


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

May 18 – Blog Bites with Cathryn Hein – Kerri Williams

May 19 – Best Sellers List – Tamara Gill

May 20 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

May 21 – Author Spotlight on Ali Ahearn & Ros Baxter – Juliet Madison

May 22 – Little Gems 2012 Author Juanita Kees – Jenn J McLeod

May 23 – Conference Spotlight – Charity Auction: Heart Foundation – Eleni Konstantine

May 24 – 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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

  • New releases

May 8Eyes of a Stranger by Suzanne Brandyn (Eternal Press)

How can you deny the truth when it looks you in the eyes?

When Tegan Ryan fears her secure world is about to be shattered, her nervous system takes her on a ride of a lifetime. Not only had she babbled office gossip to a stranger, she is hiding with her six-year-old son from her abusive husband.

Embarrassment floors her when she meets the new boss, sexy suited Mathew King. He is the stranger. Now she has to work for a man who chokes up all her breathing space, until she gives in to desire, just once.

Tegan always thought her son Robert had the bluest eyes ever, but Mathew presents a serious rival. As the past hurtles toward the present Tegan tries to overcome inevitable doubts and fears, but will she risk everything for the sake of true love?

  • New Cover
August 1 – Fly Away Peta by Juanita Kees (Eternal Press)

The time has come to face her worst fear…and the clock is ticking. Peta Johnson will go to extreme lengths to protect her daughter
Bella. When Bella is kidnapped, the search for her takes Peta back to the small country town of Williams, a place she’d vowed never to return to. The town where her dreams were shattered and her nightmare began. Back to the place she’d been destined to meet two very powerful, yet very different men. One would break her heart, the other would destroy her soul.
Both would change her life forever.
  • Contest Finalists

There was a familiar face amongst the winners of the Published Division in the Contemporary series section of the Winter Rose contest run by the Yellow Rose RWA (America) chapter

First Place: COWBOY UNDER SIEGE by Gail Barrett
Second Place: FLASHBACK by Gayle Wilson
Third Place: THE MAN BEHIND THE BADGE by Sharon Archer

  • Bright Lights and Camera Action
Maree Anderson’s self-published young adult novel, FREAKS OF GREENFIELD HIGH, about a teenage cyborg who’s struggling to cope with human emotions, has been optioned for TV by Cream Drama, Inc.
  • Keeping up Appearances

Rachael Johns
Pop in and see Rachael at the following events:

When: Saturday May 26, 2012


Where: Books Plus Armadale, shop 21A Armadale Shopping Centre, Armadale, WA


When: Wednesday June 6

Time: 6.30pm

Where: Ballajura Library, cnr Kingfisher & Illawarra Cres, BALLAJURA, WA

FMI and RSVP to 9249 1488.


When: Saturday June 23

Time: 10.30am

Where: Dymocks, 171 York St, Albany, WA


Shona Husk and Michelle Diener
Perth-based paranormal romance writer Shona Husk and historical fiction writer Michelle Diener will be doing a joint signing

When: Saturday May 19

Time: 10.30am to 1pm

Where: Temptation the Romance Bookstore, Lot 13 Crossways Shopping Centre, 184 Rokeby Rd. Subiaco WA

Contact: (08) 9388 8535 or e-mail temptationbooks@iinet.net.au


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

May 18– This week’s Friday Feast features Australian romantic suspense author Bronwyn Parry, who is celebrating the much-anticipated release of DEAD HEAT.

Bronwyn is talking about her characters hasty eating habits and sharing a beautiful fruit sourdough recipe. An easy one too. You can even knead it in your bread machine! Plus share your favourite bread or bread topping, or simply a bready memory and you could win a copy of the book everyone’s raving about, Dead Heat.

May 17 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Nicole Murphy with giveaway of The Right Connection

May 20 – Weekly Overview

May 21 – Winner of Nicole’s giveaway announced.


May 16 – A mouthwatering moment with Alli Sinclair

May 23 – Next week on Life Bites – Debbie Phillips, President of ARRA

May 19 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…The Aristocrat & the Single Mom (Michelle Douglas)- looking for a new book to read or a new-to-you author? Check out what’s on the bookshelf!

May 22 – GUEST AUTHOR: Natalie Anderson – Natalie shares the low down her on her book, FIRST TIME LUCKY? and a little about herself.

May 18 – This week is about feeling the magic of home in your heart with the release of HEART OF THE VALLEY, a story about the meaning of home:  is it a place or is it where your heart lies? Find out with Cathryn Hein.

May 15 – ‘My Secret Life’ with Cathryn Hein

May 13-18 – This week Imelda tackles Show, Don’t Tell, winter warming soup, accessories for the writing life, a special wish for the Mums and shares a warning to unwary writers.


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

A tongue-in-cheek look at how to look after the writer in your home.
Sharp and pointed observations about good writing
Pick up the average book on writing style or editing, and you’ll see that “-ing” phrases have a bad reputation.


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. Juanita Kees
  2. Sara Hantz
  3. The Pink Heart Society
  4. Sue Moorcroft
  5. The Roses of Prose
  6. Word Wenches


Cruisin’ for Contests

The RWA Contest season is now closed. Watch this space for information when the season re-opens around mid-August with HM&B High Five.


Enrico’s quote of the week

I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

What a great week it’s been. 2012 has started off with loads of good news and new contracts to celebrate. Drop us an email at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share your good news.


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

January 20 – A Day in the Writer’s Life of Rhian Cahill – Suz Hamilton

January 21 – Best Sellers List – Tamara Gill

January 22 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

January 24 – Guest Blog with Anne Gracie

January 26 – 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.

  • New releases

Members share their new releases with us every week. Keep your TBR list up to date or share a new release with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

  • New contract

With 2011 now a happy memory, we look forward to sharing breaking news on new contracts for 2012.

Iris Leach has signed with Musa Publishing for the first book in the Sebastian Hawk Mysteries Series IF I SHOULD DIE.

Alison Stuart is thrilled to announce that GATHER THE BONES has been accepted by Lyrical Press. The release date will be announced soon.

  • New covers

There’s nothing we like more than a good cover. Share yours with us to advertise your latest release.

Suzanne Brandyn is sharing her new cover with us this week. FORGOTTEN MEMORIES, a Romantic Suspense, is due for release on March 7 through Eternal Press.

  • Reviews

Kylie Griffin’s VENGEANCE BORN received a 5 star Reviewer Top Pick from Night Owl Reviews.

  • New blog site or web page

If you’ve recently started a blog or designed a new author website, we’d like to share it.

  •  Contest Finalists

The finalists have been announced in the annual Australian Romance Readers Award.


 Keeping up Appearances

Do you have a guest appearance, launch or blog tour coming up? We’d like to share your celebration here. Simply email us the details and we’ll help you keep up appearances.

  • January 24 – Loretta Hill is scheduled to do a book signing of her second book THE GIRL IN STEEL-CAPPED BOOTS at Dymocks in Hay Street, Perth at 12.30pm
  • February 11 – Paula Roe will be the Australian Romance Readers’ Association’s guest speaker at their 4th Annual Romance Readers awards. 

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

January 20 – Paranormal and fantasy romance author Shona Husk celebrates the January 31 release of her paranormal romance novella BRIGHTWATERBLOOD in style on this week’s Friday Feast with a brownie recipe to die for.

January 19 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Mel Teshco with SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES giveaway

January 20 – What We Are Reading compiled by Shona Husk

January 21 – New column: Enchanted Orb ~ Rowena Cory Daniells

January 22 – Weekly Overview

January 23 – Winner of Mel’s giveaway announced

January 24 – GOOD NEWS DAY

January 25 – New column: A Bite of…The Ice Princess by Cathleen Ross

January 26 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Nicole Murphy on Australia Day

January 23 – Everyday Life in the Georgian Era – Maggi Andersen

January 30 – Wool Crafts from Eras Gone By – Mary deHaas

January 19 – VENGEANCE BORN Countdown … a quote from the novel.

January 21 – Cast of characters: Annika – the heroine of VENGEANCE BORN

January 24 – Topic: An Author’s Life…with Maree Anderson – sharing the wealth of knowledge and experience of some well-known authors.

January 24 – Guest blogging over at Helene Young’s blog – VENGEANCE BORN blog tour begins and there’s a copy of the book up for grabs

January 26 – VENGEANCE BORN Countdown … a quote from the novel.



Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

Clint’s been looking at romantic movies to watch this week in the lead up to Valentine’s Day. Here’s what he found:

What was your favourite romantic movie of all time? Leave Clint a comment below.


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. Wink Girls
  2. Annie Seaton
  3. Christina Phillips
  4. Historical Saga Novels
  5. Janet Woods
  6. Mel Teshco


Cruisin’ for Contests

Improve your writing and publishing opportunities by entering the RWA contests.

RBY 2012 is now open for entries. Entries close February 3.

Little Gems 6 January – 27 January 2012 now open for entries. Less than a week left for submissions, so hurry!

First Kiss 20 January – 17 February 2012

Valerie Parv Award 23 April – 4 May 2012 (or until contest fills)


Other Contests

If you know of another writing contest for aspiring authors, please share it with us here.

  • Fantasy Faction is launching a fantasy writing contest on February 1, 2012.
  • The First Annual Lyrical Press How Lyrical is Your Romance? Entries will be accepted from January 16 through February 5, 2012. This contest is open to both published and unpublished authors. (Forwarding permission granted)


Cruisin’ the Learning Highway

Discover new roads to success with in-person and on-line events announced every Sunday. For venue, date and cost information, please also visit our Events page.


RWA Events and Conferences

Follow the link to the RWA Events and Conference Page for more news on the Gold Coast Conference 2012.


Enrico’s quote of the week

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.  ~Mother Teresa

Until next week,

Regards Juanita

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