Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Tea Cooper…

Hi Tea and welcome to the RWA Author Spotlight! You have been an exceptionally busy woman lately – with five new releases coming up in the last couple of months. Congratulations!

Thank you! It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride in the last couple of months. I didn’t really plan on them all being released in one big lump it was more a case of all my chickens coming home to roost at the same time.

You write contemporary, historical and rural romance, which is quite a diverse collection. Where does your inspiration come from? Do you have a favourite?

I’ve come to the conclusion that my inspiration comes initially from the setting. My first novel Tree Change started on my favourite beach – Pearl Beach, on the Central Coast and sort of grew from there. The Protea Boys and Passionfruit & Poetry are very much modern day Wollombi and the local town. Lily and Matilda were both born in the museum in Wollombi. I’ve been lucky enough to have access to a lot of the original documents in the museum and some fantastic help from the local historian, Carl Hoipo.

Matilda'sFreedom 300    P & P 300

Do you write an entire book prior to moving on to the next, or do you have numerous stories on the go at the same time?

I always write the first draft of a story before I move on to the next one and I have to choose between my historical hat and my contemporary hat otherwise I get in a muddle, although with so many releases all at once the editing did get a bit complicated!

What’s your writing schedule like?

As an ex-teacher whose life revolved around timetables I am happy to say my writing schedule is nonexistent! I am lucky to be able to organise my life around my writing and not the other way around.

Do you have a writing room? If so, can you describe it for us? Do you find that having a distinct space for writing helps in the creative process?

I do have a writing room, a ‘study’ overlooking my hundred acre bush block (apologies to Winnie the Pooh) but I write all over the place, inside and outside, in delicious notebooks that my daughter buys me or on my trusty Mac book. I recently turned the garage into a library and in the winter it is a wonderful place because the sun comes streaming in the old arched doors. In the summer it is cooler outside under the vines and I’m quite partial to the museum or café in Wollombi if I need inspiration.

Of all the characters you’ve created, which one is your favourite?

That’s a bit difficult. Currently I think my favourite is my latest hero he’s such a mass of contradictions, a bit like a cryptic crossword! And picking my favourite heroine is just too hard although I do admire their determination – all of them! I’ve got a couple of favourite secondary characters – there’s Jem the aboriginal stockman who appears in Lily’s Leap and Matilda’s Freedom and I love Jeanie’s grandmother in Passionfruit & Poetry.

Plotter or panster? Character driven or situation?

I started out as a panster but last November I signed up for NaNo and Smackdown and had to produce a synopsis before I started writing. I was horrified but it made it so much easier, even though the plot changed a bit along the way. Since then I’ve been a dedicated plotter. I think you need to be a bit more of a plotter if you are writing historical romance because of the research. It’s a bit difficult to have your hero and heroine driving off into the sunset only to discover they hadn’t invented motor cars!!

And my stories are a combination of character driven and situation….

Author_Photo_TéaCooper_smaller_still

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given about writing?

Definitely Liz Fielding’s advice in her Little Book of Writing Romance “Begin your story at a moment of crisis, a point in time where your character’s life is about to change forever.

Can you tell your readers something about you they would never guess?

I have an irrational fear of speaking on the telephone and a scar through my right eyebrow from falling through a shop window!

Can you tell us about your new release, Matilda’s Freedom? Perhaps give us a sneak peek?

Matilda’s Freedom is an Australian historical romance set in The Hunter Valley in the mid nineteenth century.

Your list of 2013 releases include: The Protea Boys, Passionfruit & Poetry, Lily’s Leap and A Winning Streak. Can you tell us a little about each one?

The Protea Boys is a rural romance, an inverted falling for the boss story! Georgie turns her back on her sophisticated Sydney life to renovate her parent’s old flower farm and she and her friend Hillary hatch a madcap scheme and so The Protea Boys are born.

Passionfruit & Poetry is the classic Cinderella story. Jeanie is a small town girl happily running a café with her grandmother until her life takes an unexpected turn and she finds herself unwillingly thrown into the limelight.

Lily’s Leap was my first historical romance. Like Matilda’s Freedom it is set in eighteenth century Wollombi and Sydney but it is a bit more of a romantic romp, lots of horses and bushrangers and odd characters.

A Winning Streak is a historical novella – my take on the story of Atalantê, the virgin huntress.

Web links

Website

Blog: A Téa Time Treat

Facebook

Twitter  

Goodreads

Tea is giving away three ebooks from either her historical romances collection (Lily’s Leap, Matilda’s  Freedom and A Winning Streak), or her contemporary romances (Tree Change,      The Protea Boys and Passionfruit & Poetry).

To be in the running, simply leave a comment here for Tea.

This competition is open worldwide and will be drawn on the 23rd of July. The winner will be notified.

 

Advertisements

Cruisin’ with RWA

A reminder that there will not be a Cruisin post or Events blog for the next two weeks. Enrico and Clint will be back behind the wheel of the limo on July 25. In the meanwhile, please keep all the good news coming to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.au

~

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

This week Claire celebrated the release of her Random Romance, ANYBODY BUT HIM.

Rachael is ‘seriously stoked’ to have a bloke on the cover of her upcoming rural romance, OUTBACK DREAMS.

VENGEANCE BORN is a Salt Lake County Library System nominee for their semi-annual Reader’s Choice Award. It’s one of twenty six titles chosen by their readers across 18 libraries. Voting continues until November 1st, 2013.

~

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

  • RWA Blog

July 6 – Hearts Talk Wrap

July 7 – Spotlight on Sarah Belle

July 9 – Conference Spotlight

July 15 – Claytons Post

July 16 – Spotlight on Tea Cooper

July 17 – Conference Spotlight

Heather Garside drops in to  answer 10 teaser questions and talk about her new rural BREAKAWAY CREEK.

July 7 – Dana Mitchell comes to visit and talk about her Venetian Affair this weekend.

July 14 – SE Gilchrist takes a star turn with her LEGENDS.

Then All the World’s a Page will be having a break for a month. Hope you miss us while we’re away! If you would like to visit and share your sources of inspiration or new release between August and December, email me at susannebellamy at gmail dot com.

Not eating enough greens? On the hunt for a natural native health food that’s not only delicious but super easy to grow? Then you need this week’s Friday Feast, featuring Australian author Jennifer Scoullar whose second rural set romance CURRAWONG CREEK just hit the shelves. As Jennifer says, Why eat spinach when you can eat Aussie? We taste better!

July 4 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Eleni Konstantine

July 5 – REAL LIKFE PARANORMAL with Mel Teshco

July 6 – DARKLIGHT ON…Sandra Harris

July 9 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

July 3 – Writing Buddy Wednesday: Carolyn Wren

July 2 – Tuesday Tales – Authors write a weekly story to a prompt. This week’s prompt: Sun

July 4 – This week’s Book Choice – Amy Mullen A STORMY NIGHT

July 11 – May I introduce – Jeff Salter

Oh by-jingo. Jenn is back! Jenn has the Great HOUSE Giveaway starting at Nicole Alexander’s place. A signed copy to one lucky commenter.

Jenn J McLeod’s Author Harvest – It’s Jennifer Scoullar and Sheba being ‘baled up’ with a signed copy of CURRAWONG CREEK to give away. Be quick!

Nicole Flockton answers Ten Awkward Questions and is giving away a copy of her romance, RESCUING DAWN

I’m holding a multi-blog event on 2nd September to celebrate my new release and help authors and bloggers get more visitors to their blog and more exposure for their books. It’s going to be lots of fun, with interesting posts under the theme of ‘wishes’ and lots of prizes for everyone. If you have a blog and wish (ha!) to take part, here are all the details and the sign up form. So far, 23 blogs have signed up. Hope to see you there!

Juliet will be a guest at the Harlequin Junkie HEA Book Club on July 25 and 26 to chat with readers about FAST FORWARD.

July 6 – CAT-URDAY! – Don’t mess with a cat!

July 9 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Nina Blake – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

July 13 – SATURDAY SEVEN (Iron Kin – M.J.Scott) – Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves.

July 16 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Jennifer St.George – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

July 20 – CAT-URDAY! – Sad Cats…

July 23 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Alison Butler – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

Many of you know Leisl as the long-time manager of the Emerald Category contest. Her first book, KILLING ME SOFTLY has hit the e-shelves this month and she’s visiting me at ’Cooking The Books’ to chat. Hope you can drop by and say hello.

has a contest going on over at the Contemporary Romance Cafe where you can win a pre-ordered print copy of the new Bridget Jones book – MAD ABOUT THE BOY. Leave a comment to win  to go in the draw.

July 4 – In the Armchair with Sandra Harris

July 1 – SARA News with Emmeline Lock

July 5 – Up Close with Claire Baxter

Seanna Smythe makes her debut in the Edible Delights Anthology Volume 2 from Secret Cravings with NEVER ON A SUNDAE. Join the release party with a nibble from each of the authors in the approach to release day.

July 12FLAVOR OF THE MONTH with Bianca Sarble

July 13 – A Tasty Morsel at THE BANQUET with Kate Belle

July 14 – Bringing it to MY LORD’S TABLE – Alysha Ellis

July 15 – An invitation to THE CHOCOLATE AFFAIR with Imogene Nix

July 16 – Delights you’ve dreamed of but NEVER ON A SUNDAE with Seanna Smythe

July 7 – guest post with Tea Cooper

July 14 – guest post with Heather Massey

Flash Fiction over at Sultry Scribes – Another meeting, another quick story. This time, the lucky dip was…a fire truck.

~

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. Annie Seaton
  2. Coleen Kwan
  3. Hunter Romance Writers
  4. Janet Woods
  5. Love Cats Down Under
  6. Madeline Ash

~

Au revoir! from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs

Cruisin’ with RWA

A reminder that Enrico, Clint and I will be taking a break from Cruisin’ between July 6 and 20, but we’ll be back behind the wheel of the limo on July 25. In the meanwhile, please keep all the good news coming to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.au

~

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

Novelists Inc. will be releasing their short story collection at the end of the month. The collection is themed as the title suggests – I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE YOU AGAIN. Details and cover art on Janet’s blog and the anthology has just gone up on Amazon.com for pre-order at a reduced price Janet’s prize winning short story, THE GREEK, THE DOG, SHANGRI-LA AND ME is one of the stories selected.

Elisabeth’s rural romantic comedy TROUBLE IN NIRVANA had its official release on June 21. Available in eBook or paperback from The Wild Rose Press.

Sandra is thrilled to be offered a second contract with Escape Publishing. Her upcoming September e-book release is titled FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.

Téa’s latest historical romance, MATILDA’S FREEDOM, releases on July 1 with Harlequin Escape. Pre-order available on iTunes.

Bronwen had a huge week with her second three book contract with Entangled Publishing for 3 Indulgence contemporaries and also finalled twice in this year’s RomCon Readers’ Crown for:

Best Historical –TO DARE THE DUKE OF DANGERFIELD

Best Category/Series –THE RELUCTANT WIFE

Adding to her joy was the exciting news that she won the RomCon Readers Crown 2013 in Category/Series for THE RELUCTANT WIFE.  Bronwen won the RomCon Readers Crown in 2012 for her historical –INVITATION TO RUIN.

This year’s batch is a wonderful microcosm of our membership, including some of our most established and loved author members and some who have entered the finalist list with their first book. Obviously, if you are a romance writer, RWA is the place to be!  So, without further ado, congratulations and best of luck to:

Long Romance:

AUS cover

Anne Gracie – BRIDE BY MISTAKE

Helen Lacey – MARRIAGE UNDER THE MISTLETOE

Sarah Mayberry – MORE THAN ONE NIGHT

Stephanie Laurens – THE LADY RISKS ALL

Romantic Elements: 

Elise K Ackers – SMALL TOWN STORM

Fiona McCallum – WATTLE CREEK

Helene Young – BURNING LIES

Tricia Stringer – QUEEN OF THE ROAD

Short Sexy:

Anne Oliver – THE MORNING AFTER THE WEDDING BEFORE

Melanie Milburne – ENEMIES AT THE ALTAR

Nicola Marsh – MARRYING THE ENEMY

Yvonne Lindsay – A FORBIDDEN AFFAIR

Short Sweet:Helen Lacey - Marriage Under the Misteltoe

Alison Roberts – SYDNEY HARBOUR HOSPITAL: ZOE’S BABY

Emily Forbes –  SYDNEY HARBOUR HOSPITAL: BELLA’S WISHLIST

Fiona Lowe – NEWBORN BABY FOR CHRISTMAS

Madeline Ash – UNCOVERED BY LOVE

Thanks go to our new RUBY coordinator, Dorothy Bramich and to Louise Reynolds, our erstwhile RUBY co-ordinator, for mentoring her through her first year in this role. We would be helpless without our stalwart volunteers! Thanks too, to our wonderful reader judges. ~ Imelda Evans, Blogmistress

~

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

  • RWA Blog

June 29 – June Releases

June 30 – Event Announcements

July 1 – Claytons 2013

July 3 – Conference Spotlight

July 4 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Jennie Jones reveals more about her HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE.

Fiona Georgiou stops by to tread the boards this week on All the World’s a Page.

The promotional tour for the release of ITALIAN AFFAIR has certainly kept me busy and has played havoc with my participation in 50k in 30 days. There is a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card on my blog page. It is drawn by a rafflecopter on July 16 when I am deep in the outback!  If you want to have a virtual holiday over the winter, [visit] our travel blog as we head to crocodile country on the 29th. I am totally a non-camper so our seven weeks camping sojourn may afford you some lighthearted amusement!

I have English romance author Louise Rose-Innes on the blog. She’s a social media guru and a fabulous contemporary romance author. She’s interviewing her latest hero and has a fresh contemporary romance to give away. We’d love you to drop by.

chatted to Jennifer St George about her latest release from Destiny Romance, THE LOVE DECEPTION.

Suffering from the winter woes? Then you need something to warm you up! And on Friday Feast, thanks to Ondine series author and curry pie aficionado, Ebony McKenna, we have just the dish. So come curry it up with Ebony, Ondine and her pet ferret Shambles. It’ll warm your heart and soul!

I’ve also posted an update on my Australian Women Writers Challenge in which I reveal my favourite books and the discovery of a wonderful new Australian author.

For anyone who would like to stop by and say hello, I’m doing a guest blog on the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood on July 26 as a Golden Heart finalist. It would be great to welcome some fellow Aussie authors over there.

June 27 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with C.M. Simpson

July 2 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

July 3 – A BITE OF… With Eleanor Maine

June 24 – Musa Monday with Marci Boudreaux

June 25 – Release date for SNOOP

June 29 – Fantabulous Friday: Aussie Author Giveaway

June 27 – the wonderful Lily Malone

Tuesday Tales – every Tuesday when 15-20 authors write to a word prompt. I’ve currently got a nice AFL story going.

She’s days away from a seven week outback adventure without the internet. I’ve ‘baled’ Annie Seaton up on Author Harvest.Gnomes of Australia…? Watch out!

The Long And The Short Of It: Jan Ruth has a country manor and a horse whisperer!

July 4 – In the Armchair with Sandra Harris

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

July 1 – AUSSIE AUTHOR GIVEAWAY – 9 paranormal romance authors have books & swag to giveaway! Deets here.

July 2 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: S.E.Gilchrist – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

July 6 – CAT-URDAY! – Don’t mess with a cat!

Musings on the wild weather in Gippsland, Australia’s ‘Riviera’.

June 19 – Writer Wednesday with Mandy Magro

June 25 – Writer Wednesday with Jennifer Scoullar

June 21 – Southern Speak: Emotion in Romance Writing with Khloe Wren

June 24 – SARA News with Emmeline Lock

June 26 – What a Character: Tamara Gill’s Lelantos with Maggie Mundy

June 30 – Spotlight on Writers with Erin Moira O’Hara

This year, the members of the Hunter Romance Writers will post twice monthly on our blog re various topics from the craft of writing to donating blood to time management.

June 25 – The Art of On Line Pitching

June 13 – Branding your Name in the Writing World

May 13 – This Writing Life – Time Management

Comments by other writers are always welcome.

~

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. Anne Whitfield
  2. Christine Wells
  3. Hot Authors
  4. Janet Elizabeth Henderson
  5. Kylie Scott
  6. Louise Cusack

~

Have a great week,

from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome to another bumper issue of Cruisin’ with RWA. Follow our members’ good news and blog posts and stay up to date with all the new releases and events in the world of Romance. Sit back and let our chauffeurs, Enrico and Clint, take you Cruisin’…

~

Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members on their achievements this week. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

~

Good News

ITALIAN AFFAIR is up for pre-order on Amazon. ALL Pre-order royalties going to Breast cancer research.

TAILSPIN – winner of the Passionate Plume Award and the second book in the Phoenix Rising series – is on sale this week at Ellora’s Cave.

Congratulations to three of the Wordwrights critique group who have recently made their first sales.

THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE received a pre-release review

Was very excited to discover that her new release – THE LOVE DECEPTION – is now up for pre-order on Amazon

Win 1 of 10 copies of THE YEARNING through The Hoopla. What did you do when you were a teenager that you wouldn’t get away with now? Click on the link, answer the question and you’re in the running.

BLAME THE WINE out now. Cara and Dillon, two clueless lovers are on their last chance get a little a little help…of the supernatural kind. What will happen when two clueless, wannabe lovers get a little divine intervention?

A STRANGER’S ARMS, book two in this series, is due out soon from Total Ebound.

OUTBACK FEAR has received another five star review.

MATILDA’S FREEDOM – An unconventional woman clashes with colonial society in this spicy and sweet Australian-set historical romance. Matilda’s unorthodox ways and her convict heritage make her a second class citizen to the family. Christopher has responsibilities, and they include an advantageous match. A breeches-wearing, fish-pond-swimming, plain-talking convict’s daughter will never do. After all, romance is a luxury the upper classes cannot afford…

~

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

June 1 – Hearts Talk Wrap with Ainslie Paton

June 2 – Event Announcements with Juanita Kees

June 3RWA Claytons 2013 Registration

June 4 – Conference Spotlight on Ken Milling with Eleni Konstantine

June 6 – Cruisin’ the Blogs with Juanita Kees

Helene Young stops in to chat about her latest release, HALF MOON BAY, with Susanne Bellamy this Sunday 2nd June.

Hot news! On 9th June, Annie Seaton talks about her latest Affair!

We’re getting hot ‘n spicy on Friday Feast this week, and in the most delicious way! Australian author Mandy Magro is celebrating the release of her gorgeous rural romance FLAME TREE HILL with an Asian dipping sauce everyone will love. So come on over and fire up your life!

This week we welcome Elise K. Ackers to talk about how food is used to facilitate social situations, both good and awkward. And as a perfect antidote to this miserable weather she has a great chicken soup recipe.

The new blog from SARA – ‘SARA – Sassy In the South’ is starting on June 1st. Check it out!

May 29 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Eleni Konstantine

June 4 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

June 5 – A BITE OF – TBA

500 word challenge stories live for Hotter Than Hades – always free! and always fun!

On Gabrielle Lord’s warning: Throwing the baby out with the book!

This week’s Author Harvest tells Mandy Magro to ‘hold her horses!

The MRWG retreat ladies are returning home this evening. Our member blogging today, Josie Caporetto, has also posted some retreat photos on her Facebook page. There’s a couple of famous faces in the bunch. Here’s the link to her contribution to this week’s blog post on approaching publication called Selling – Buying – Sold!

has a blog post up this week discussing that most important of topics..shoes –  A Regency Gentleman and his boot.

Spotlight on Writers with Suzanne Brandyn who has recently released her new novel, OUTBACK FEAR. She is also running a fab contest / giveaway on her blog to celebrate.

June 1 – SATURDAY SEVEN (MASTER OF THE MOUNTAIN – Cherise Sinclair) – Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves.

June 4 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Lena Dowling – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

is over at Tote Bags n’ Blogs chatting about fear and how it can be more friend than foe.  You also have a chance to win a paperback copy of HARBINGER (for those who like adventures featuring gods, demigods and an Aussie girl who deserves a break).

Sam Cheever is on the blog discussing cozies.

A delicious feast awaits you from the authors of the EDIBLE DELIGHTS Volume 1 anthology from Secret Cravings Publishing

June 1 – In the Armchair with Jennie Jones and THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE

June 10 – In the Armchair with Nicole Flockton and RESCUING DAWN

~

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

~

Keeping up Appearances

Kate Belle writes contemporary adult women’s fiction with strong erotic themes. Belle will discuss her book, her writing experience and the reputation and diversity of erotic fiction.

When: Thursday 20 June, 7pm-8.30pm, Oakleigh Library

Cost: FREE

Bookings contact Oakleigh Library on (03) 9563 4138

Hosted by erotica author Kyoko Church, Sex In Words is a fun and exciting new event which will showcase three established or emerging authors to an audience.

When: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 @ 7 p.m.

Where: Dymocks Adelaide, Rundle Mall

Cost: FREE

Bookings and more information at the blogsite.

Have a great week,

from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs

Cruisin’ with RWA

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

We hope you enjoy our line up this week. Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@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.

Good News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RITA

Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists

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

Historical Romance Finalists

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

Romantic Suspense Finalists

Dead Heat by Bronwyn Parry
Hachette Australia
Bernadette Foley, editor

Short Contemporary Series Romance Finalists

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

GOLDEN HEART

Historical Romance Finalists

The Last Light of Dusk by Joanne Lockyer

Romantic Suspense Finalists

The Predator by Chris Taylor

~

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint had another busy week cruisin’ the web and inbox. Hope you enjoy his scoop. Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the Clintdetails to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

  • RWA Blog

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

March 30 – New Releases

March 31 – Event Announcements

April 2 – Conference Spotlight on Annie West

April 4 – Cruisin’ with RWA

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

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

All your favourites over at DSDU this week

Visit Eleni Konstantine in the Taverna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

S E Gilchrist is Cooking the Books this Wednesday.

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

March 25Total Book Nerd

March 26Romance Bookworm

March 27Tattooed Book Reviews

March 28Lacey Wolfe

March 29Reading Renee

~

Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:Enrico

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

~

Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

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

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

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

Take advantage of the Early Bird Savings and register today!

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

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@romanceaustralia.com.

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!

~

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

Good News

  • Little Gems Results

First: Jean VersaceLittle Gems Sapphire Cover

Second: Emmeline Lock

Third: Patsy Poppenbeek

And our other successful contributors:

Cheryl Baker
Gabrielle Battistel
Harriet Jarvis
Delwyn Jenkins
Cathryn Jones
C.A. Main
Dorothy Martin
Jennifer Rae
Ute Rozenbilds
Shayne Sands
Jacquie Underdown
Vanda Vadas

Thanks, as always to Lis Hoorweg, our volunteer judges and everyone who
makes our contests possible.

is thrilled to announce the book cover for THE ACTRESS, book 3 in The Protector series. The scheduled release is April 2013.

A famous television actress trying to balance her fictional character and her real life. And an obsessed fan who cannot tell the difference.

Has signed her first contract with Secret Cravings Publishing for her debut novel. WHAT HAPPENS IN IRELAND will release in eBook in April and paperback in October.

THE PROTEA BOYS will be released by Breathless Press on May 3rd

Fun and chaos in rural NSW when Primrose arrives at her brother’s commune hoping to regroup in a peaceful environment, and discovers the communalists are more dysfunctional than she is. TROUBLE IN NIRVANA available from Amazon Kindle Store.

Jupiter Gardens Press has just contracted Nicole’s medieval paranormal novel, RAIN.

is thrilled that her debut novel RIDING ON AIR from Escape Publishing, has been moved forward to an April 1 release.

~

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: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

  • RWA Blog

March 15 – Day in the Writing Life of Nina D’Angelo

March 16 – Conference Spotlight on Isolde Martyn & Christine Stinson

March 17 – Event Announcements

March 18 – Conference Spotlight

March 19 – Author Spotlight on Jenn J McLeod

March 20 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Great line up of guests on All the World’s a Page. Imogene Nix is my guest this Sunday 17th and on the 24th I’m hosting the effervescent Anna Campbell talking about her newest novella. Don’t miss hearing their latest news!

It would be smashing if some of my fellow Australasian could pop by my blog and meet Angi Morgan, my friend and Harlequin Intrigue author. She’s celebrating the Australasian release of her latest book, DANGEROUS MEMORIES. RT Book Reviews gave her book 4.5 stars and it’s one of my MUST READS for 2013… he’s giving away a copy of her book to one lucky commenter. Come say hello and give her a fabulous downunder greeting…

We’re getting clever this week on Friday Feast. Kitchen clever. Rules Are For Breaking author Imelda Evans shows us how to save time and energy in the kitchen while still maintaining our kitchen goddess impressiveness. Plus, channel your inner goddess and reveal your favourite flash-meal-in-a-hurry, and you’ll go into the draw to win your own ebook copy of RULES ARE FOR BREAKING. Worshipful!

March 14 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Eleni Konstantine & giveaway code for Sealed With a Kiss

March 15 – What We Are Reading – compiled by Shona Husk

March 16 – Darklight On with Khloe Wren

March 17 – Weekly Overview

March 19 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

March 21 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Christina Phillips

Musa Monday – Wench and RWAus member, Vonnie Hughes’ Lethal Refuge

Spectrum of Speculative Fiction Blog Hop winner

Writing Buddy Wednesday – SARA buddy, Claire Baxter

Jenn J McLeod’s ‘Meet the Author Moment’ was such a sweet encounter. See why
A cheeky Margareta Osborn shares her fridge contents on Author Harvest.

Whitney K-E interviews Jenn J McLeod

March 16 – CAT-URDAY: Games Cats Play

March 19 – WORLD-BUILDING: Na’Reish territory – the use of maps to show the world of ALLEGIANCE SWORN

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

I posted my call story on my web site – its long so thought I’d spare everyone on digest… and I wasn’t sure what day was okay to post good news etc – so thought I’d just pop it off line if you want to read how I sold to Mira, Australia with the worst elevator pitch in the world.

Just a quick drop by to let you know the lovely Yvonne Lindsay is on my blog talking about the joys of anticipation – comment and you could win a book from her backlist

~

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:Enrico

  1. Juliet Madison
  2. Mel Teshco
  3. Rhian Cahill
  4. Sandie Hudson
  5. Tamara Gill
  6. Valerie Parv

~

RWA Contests

Closing dates for the 2012-13 RWA contest season

April 2013 – Valerie Parv Award

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back to Cruisin’. Only one more sleep to 50K in 30 Days. Have you registered? Read more on where you can register 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

Registration opens midday Thursday May 24 on the RWA Forum. Participate to Motivate!

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 Page, Facebook 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.)

Register your participation on the forum by June 1.

~

RWA Merry Webber Blogs

June 1 – Blog Bites with Juliet Madison – Kerri Williams

June 2  – Hearts Talk Wrap – Kristin Meagher

June 3 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

June 4 – Choc-Lit Interview and competition – Imelda Evans

June 5 – Little Gems 2012 Author Kerrie Starbuck – Jenn J McLeod

June 7 – 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

July 23 – ELIZA’S AWAKENING by Zaide Bishop

It is the eve of the Longest Night. Eliza Baker and the rest of Lord Kempsly’s servants excitedly prepare for the lavish festival as their masters enjoy a head start on the debauchery that awaits. Eliza’s madly in love with Kell, a sweet, deliciously sexy guard. Kell returns her feelings, but is striving to make himself a worthy man before he asks Eliza’s father for permission to court her.

May 2012 – ELOPING WITH EMMY by Liz Fielding

Hot shot legal eagle, Tom Brodie, has been landed with an assignment to test any man to his limits – do whatever it takes to prevent headstrong heiress Emerald Carlisle from marrying a fortune-hunter. He is not happy about it, and when Emmy stows away in his car, his day goes from bad to worse, but since she’s the only one who knows where to find the man in question he has no choice but take her along for the ride.

  • New Contract

Téa Cooper has signed a contract for her second book, an Australian Historical Romance called LILY’S LEAP with Lyrical Press, Publication date TBA.

  • Keeping up Appearances

Pop in and see Rachael Johns at the following events:

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

~

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

  Discover a new world of romance, one kiss at a time and what inspired Barbara DeLeo in ‘Dr Phil and Me’

June 1 – This week on Friday Feast:

This week on Friday Feast I’m very excited. Not only is my good buddy Rachael Johns discussing ideal heroes and sharing a super scrumptious breakfast recipe, it’s the official release day for her fabulous rural-set romance, JILTED!

Jilted is a wonderful, page-turner of a book and one readers are going to love. So come and help Rachael party. You could score your own signed copy by revealing your favourite breakfast dish. Or maybe you’d prefer to tell us about your ideal hero. We’re not fussy here at Friday Feast. We just love talking food and celebrating great books!

June 3 – Weekly Overview

June 4 – Winner of Nicole’s giveaway announced.

June 5 – GOOD NEWS DAY

June 7 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Lilliana Rose with giveaway of Christmas Wings

Juliet Madison’s Mouthwatering May blog special event – last chance to win! Come and check out the mouthwatering posts from the past month about food, writing, and books, and leave a comment to go in the draw to win yummy prizes 🙂

June 2 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…Coins of Power (Jennifer Brassel) – looking for a new book to read or a new-to-you author? Check out what’s on the bookshelf!

June 5 – TOPIC: Author Branding (courtesy of Nikki Logan) – the second installment in my “Becoming a Published Author…” series. Find out what author branding is and how to go about it.

June 1 – Adrienne de Wolfe is back with a great post on how Writing Romance with Law of Attraction Equals Success

This week, delightful books to hook little kids; more on showing, not telling; more on what makes a man (or hero!) sexy (with bonus coats); recipes and random silliness for all!

~

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. Authorness – Vanessa Barneveld
  2. Christine Wells
  3.  Jenn J McLeod
  4. Michelle Diener
  5. Suzanne Brandyn
  6. Tracey O’Hara

~

Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

~

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

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home.  ~Author Unknown

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

It’s been hectic in the newsroom this week! Enrico and Clint have been running themselves ragged to the inbox and back with exciting titbits for  Cruisin’.  Congratulations to all our members on their wonderful news. Now, let’s curl up next to the fire with chocolate, champagne and our line up of great blogs to read.

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 and in Cruisin’ with RWA from May 15 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 11 – A Day in the Writing Life of Sharon Sherry – Suzanne Hamilton

May 13 – Events Announcements – Juanita Kees

May 15 – Little Gems 2012 Author Donna Woodhouse – Jenn J McLeod

May 16 – HT Archives – Sandra Harris

May 17 – 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

July 30 – THE ROSE’S BLOOM is the first installment in Danielle Lisle’s ROGUES OF DECEPTION series by Total E Bound Publishing.

Likened by her family to a carriage horse, Lady Claire knew gentlemen only considered her a possible match due to the rich dowry her father dangled in their faces. She had accepted this, until a mysterious man introduces her to a world of passion and pleasure.

September 2012THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT (Entangled Publishing) by Barbara DeLeo

 Visit Barbara’s website for more information closer to release day.

November 30 – TREE CHANGE (Breathless Press) by Téa Cooper.

When Cassia’s first sculpture exhibition – Coastal Renaissance – is a runaway success she is forced to leave her idyllic beach side life with Jake and move to Sydney to further her career. What she doesn’t expect is that Jake will immediately replace her with his brother’s wife, Madeleine.

December 2012 – LAST CHANCE PROPOSAL (Entangled Publishing) by Barbara DeLeo

Visit Barbara’s website for more information closer to release day.

  • New Contracts

Have you had your manuscript accepted for publishing? Share the details with us and we’ll help you celebrate.

Severn House UK has offered Janet Woods a contract for her ‘work in progress’ I’LL GET BY, the third book in the TALL POPPIES trilogy.
The trilogy covers the first and second world wars, and the depression in between. The second book in the trilogy SECRETS AND LIES has been released early. Severn House has also requested the electronic rights to eleven of Janet’s early books with them.

Erin Grace  has signed a five book contract with Knox Robinson Publishing, UK. Within these five, there is a book and sequel, plus her first ever Trilogy (title yet to be confirmed). They are all historical romance. Erin is cheduled to be published in 2013, however Knox Robinson has requested a sixth book – a Christmas orientated historical for release this Christmas.

Tamara Gill received ‘the call’ this week from Crimson Romance (Adams media) who have accepted her single title Time Travel Regency Romance,  A STOLEN SEASON for publication. 

 

  • Contest Finalists

Elizabeth Rose’s THE WEDDING PARTY finalled in the Traditional section of the Golden Quill Contest. Results will be announced on June 1. 

Carolyn De Ridder finalled in the Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in MysterySuspense with her entry THE HOSTAGE.

RWAustralia is  pleased to announce the finalists in the 2012 Romantic Book of The Year Award. In alphabetical order within the individual sections they are:

Short Sweet
Molly Cooper’s Dream Date – Barbara Hannay
How To Save a Marriage In a Million – Leonie Knight
Abby and The Bachelor Cop – Marion Lennox
Single Dad’s Triple Trouble – Fiona Lowe

Short Sexy
The Fearless Maverick – Robyn Grady
The Man She Loves to Hate – Kelly Hunter
The Wedding Charade – Melanie Milburne
Her Not-So-Secret-Diary – Anne Oliver

Long Romance
Midnight’s Wild Passion – Anna Campbell
Boomerang Bride – Fiona Lowe
The Best Laid Plans – Sarah Mayberry
The Voyagers – Mardi McConnochie

Romantic Elements
The Trader’s Wife – Anna Jacobs
The Shelly Beach Writers’ Group – June Loves
Busted In Bollywood – Nicola Marsh
Shattered Sky – Helene Young

Congratulations to all. The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner at National Conference, Gold Coast, Saturday 18th August 2012.

RWA Emerald Award Single Title finalists:

Michelle De Rooy
CT Green
Christine Taylor

Congratulations! Their entries are heading to Erika Tsang of Avon for placing. Winners are announced at the conference in August. Many thanks to Deb Cox who not only stepped in at the last minute to manage the contest but also struggled with multiple postal delays.

Keeping up Appearances

Pop in and see Rachael at the following events:

When: Saturday May 26, 2012

Time:11am

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

 Anna was interviewed at Romantic Novelists’ Association Blog this week as she winged her way across the seas into the UK at the end of the coldest April on record.
This week on Friday Feast we’re celebrating Mother’s Day. I’m talking about mums and sharing a gorgeous savoury tart recipe, perfect for Sunday lunch. Much deliciousness to be had!
Drop in to the Darkside for a peek at the usual line up of good news and magic.
Over at Historical Hearts this week Maggi Andersen blogged about 19th Century English Food with a recipe for Pea Soup with Bacon and Herbs from 1811.

Juliet is hosting a special event, Mouthwatering May, where she’ll be combining her love of food and books. Every comment left on the blog goes into the draw for prizes at the end of the month. There will be authors sharing excerpts of their work, guest author interviews, craft articles, food-themed books, and more.

May 12 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…The Half-Light City series (M.J.Scott)- looking for a new book to read or a new-to-you author?
Check out what’s on the bookshelf!

May 14 – GUEST AUTHOR: Bronwen Evans – Bronwen’s latest release INVITATION TO SCANDAL is now out! Find out more about her Kensington Brava historical romance.

At Mission Romance this week we are talking Fantastical Creatures with Marsha A. Moore, author of  THE ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE Series.
Erin Grace is guest blogging over at Novel Adventurers and telling us about her escapades in period costume.

On Tuesday Paula was a guest at Tote Bags n Blogs about ‘serial lovers’ – do you love related/links books and if so, why?  This month sees the reissue of the DIAMONDS DOWN UNDER series, with the first three stories in one volume.

Paula has started a brand-new column called Midweek Technique which will be devoted to all things writerly. The first one kicked off with
Nine Points of Trust.

Rachael on the topic of What a Writer does when they’re Not Writing
Vonnie was a guest this week at Jean Drew’s Adventures in Authorland

 

~

Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

~

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. Anne Gracie
  2. Bronwyn Parry
  3. Cathryn Hein
  4. Down Under Desirabelles
  5. Historical Belles and Beaus
  6. Love Cats Down Under

~

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

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. ~Sylvia Plath

Regards Juanita

  • Subscribe by email

  • Subscribe by Feeder

  • Recent News

  • Blog Posts by Category

  • Archives

  • Our Team

    Blogmistress: Imelda Evans

    Blog Editor: Juanita Kees

    A Day in the Writing Life of... Keziah Hill

    Author Spotlights: Sarah Belle

    Cruisin' the Blogs: Juanita Kees

    New Releases: Laura Boon

    Blog Bites: Thea George

    Hearts Talk Wrap: Ainslie Paton

    Cover Contest: Eleni Konstantine

  • Your say:

    Consultoria Seo on February New Releases
    Marsha Atkins on 2017 Ruby finalists
    Alex on 2017 Ruby finalists
    Alex on 2017 Ruby finalists
    Melbourne Silver Cab… on RWA 2015 Conference – Transpor…
  • RWAus Tweets

  • Pages