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Dear Readers,

I hope you join us on Saturday, November 15th to celebrate Romance Fiction. Check out our line-up of talented Guest Romance Authors reading from their latest releases.

…Sincerely,

Miguelina

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Ms. Emelle Gamble, Author of Dating Cary Grant

8 x 10 1-A-black_and_whiteMs. Emelle Gamble has been writing fiction her whole life…she wrote her first story at five, about a lost bunny asking all his fellow creatures if they could tell
him what kind of animal he was…From there she dabbled in teen poetry, stab-in-the-dark attempts at ‘real’ literature and then college, marriage, blessed motherhood, several moves throughout the United States, while she wrote, studied and submitted. She was first published by Harlequin Intrigue’s line of romantic suspense as ‘M. L. Gamble’ and wrote seven books for them.

After a five year hiatus due to something called LIFE, she started sitting at the computer again and Secret Sister was born. Her books are always relationship stories about women and the men they love and the friends they hold dearest, but they’ve also always had a little touch of something else, a mystery here, a ghost there, something extraordinary that gave the folks in my imagined world a little extra to deal with.

These ideas were not the easiest to sell to the New York publishers who wanted books to be one thing, and one thing only… ‘Romance’ or ‘Horror’ or ‘Vampire’ or ‘50 Shades of May’

But she wasn’t good at that “one-thing, and one-thing only” thing, so she submitted Secret Sister, a suspenseful tale about two best friends, one husband, and an extraordinary twist of fate, in a writing contest and won leading to a contract with Soul Mate Publishing, a company that embraces books that do not fall in the ‘one thing’ category.

Ms. Gamble will be reading from her recent release, Dating Cary Grant.

 Dating Cary Grant

dating_cary_grantA career woman in Manhattan. Her small-town husband. The ghost of a hunky screen icon…Welcome to the comic romantic novel, Dating Cary Grant.

Tracy Connor is mulling over what to do about her marriage, her career and her life.

While she’s mulling, she moves out of her family home in quiet Cukor, Connecticut and sublets a small apartment in a brownstone in Turtle Bay, Manhattan.

There she meets – and becomes great friends with –the ghost of her film idol, Cary Grant. He’s the best kind of friend to her, a man who appeals to her on every level, and man she’s always regarded as “Mr. Perfect”.

Cary proves a very charming and pragmatic ghost who only she can see, and he has a co-conspirator on page, a certain red-haired screen legend named Kate, who spars with him as she opines and helps show Tracy the errors of her views on men, marriage, and just what real love is all about.

Ms. Heather Heyford, Author of A Taste of Chardonnay

BorCampbell crop lo (1)n in the Northeast, Ms. Heather Heyford learned to walk and talk in Texas, and then moved to England. (“Ya’ll want some scones?”)

While in Europe, Ms. Heyford was forced by her cruel parents to spend Saturdays in the leopard vinyl back seat of their Peugeot, motoring from one medieval pile to the next for the lame purpose of ‘learning something.’

What she soon learned was how to allay the boredom by stashing a Cosmo under the seat.

Now a recovering teacher, Heather writes love stories, feeds hardboiled eggs to suburban foxes, and makes art in the Mid-Atlantic. See more at HeatherHeyford.com.

Ms. Heyford will be reading from her recent release, A Taste of Chardonnay.

Get “A Taste of Chardonnay” in print or for kindle at http://amzn.to/1tX3sep  For Nook at http://bit.ly/1u3zIKq or go to HeatherHeyford.com.

A Taste of Chardonnay

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Join author Heather Heyford as she uncorks a sparkling new series following the St. Pierre sisters, heiresses to a Napa wine fortune who are toasting the good life and are thirsty for love…

Chardonnay St. Pierre’s father is as infamous for his scandals as he is for his wine, and it’s up to Char to restore the family name. The Challenge, an elite charity competition held in Napa, seems like the perfect opportunity for the socialite to cement her image as a philanthropist. But all eyes–including Char’s–are on the Hollywood heartthrob who’s also entered the race…

Long before his face was splashed across the gossip magazines, Ryder McBride grew up in a working-class family in Napa.

He knows all about the St. Pierre sisters and their notorious father, and when he learns he’ll be up against Char in The Challenge, he assumes the grape doesn’t fall far from the vine.

But the more they get to know one another, the more they begin to realize that nothing pairs better with a heated rivalry than a healthy pour of flirtation…

Ms. Afton Locke, Author of Jamaican Temptation

Ms. Afton Locke is a USA Today Bestselling Author who prefers romantic fantasies to everyday reality. Fantasies take her to different times, races, places, and beyond.

She lives with her husband, dog, several unnamed dust bunnies, and a black cat that can be scary or cuddly, depending on the current book. When she’s not writing, Afton enjoys hiking, cooking, crafts, and reading.

She will be reading from her latest release, Jamaican Temptation.

Jamaican Temptation

JamaicanTemptation432x648Shopaholic Kyra Mays decides to shop for a rich man on her Jamaican vacation. Instead, she meets Justin Lance, a white reggae singer who’s nearly as poor as the orphans he devotes his life to helping. Overwhelmed by his magnetism, she decides to have a fling with him.

All that matters to Justin is being a perfect Rastafarian. He vows to avoid succumbing to temptation with the dark beauty at all costs.

Unable to keep their hands off each other, they forge a bond that is just as emotional as physical as they explore their differences on the lush island of Jamaica.

But Justin’s secret will put their ability to compromise through an impossible test.

Ms. Erin McRae and Ms. Racheline Maltese,  Authors of Starling

RachelineMaltese (1)ErinMcRae2Ms. Erin McRae and Ms. Racheline Maltese are authors of the gay romance series Love in Los Angeles, set in the film and television industry (Starling (September 10, 2014), Doves (January 21, 2015), and Phoenix (TBD)), all from Torquere Press.

Their gay romance novella Midsummer (Summer 2015), about a summerstock Shakespeare company, is from Dreamspinner Press.

Ms. Maltese is a NYC-based performer and storyteller. Ms. McRae is a writer and blogger based in Washington, D.C. They write stories and scripts about the intersection of private lives, fame, and desire.

The ladies will be reading from their latest release, Starling.

Starling

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When J. Alex Cook, a production assistant on The Fourth Estate (one of network TV’s hottest shows), is accidentally catapulted to stardom, he finds himself struggling to navigate both fame and a relationship with Paul, one of Fourth’s key writers.

Despite their incendiary chemistry, Alex’s inexperience and the baggage they’re both carrying quickly lead to an ugly break-up.

Reeling from their broken hearts, Alex has an affair with a polyamorous co-star and Paul has an ill-advised reunion with an old flame.

Meanwhile, the meddling of their colleagues, friends — and even the paparazzi! — quickly make Alex and Paul’s real life romance troubles the soap opera of the television season.

But while the entertainment value may be high, no one knows better than Alex and Paul that there are no guarantees when it comes to love in Los Angeles.

Dear Readers,

emily-greenwood-photo-200x300The October 18, 2014 was unique in that it was small and intimate. Guest Author Ms. Emily Greenwood, read from her latest release, Mischief by Moonlight, and Ms. Lavinia Kent read from her release Mastering the Marquess.

We were joined by Ms. Mackenzie Lucas, Ms. Yvonne Pinney and Ms. Deborah Barnhardt for an intimate evening of what I termed “Authors on Romance”.

After the readings by Ms. Greenwood and Ms. Kent, the table disclaviniaussion ranged from indie publishing, Romance writing to industry news.

Special thanks to our Guest Authors for taking time from their busy schedule to share their stories of struggles and Love and the attendees who also took time from their schedules to support our guests.

I hope you join us on November 15, 2014 when Lady Jane’s Salon Silver Spring welcomes Ms. Emelle Gamble, Author of Dating Cary Grant, Ms. Heather Heyford, Author of A Taste of Chardonnay, Ms. Afton Locke, Author of Jamaican Temptation, and Ms. Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese Authors of Starling.

These ladies will be reading from their recent releases.

(I apologize for I accidentally deleted the pictures for that evening…)

 

Dear Readers,

I hope  you join us on October 11, 2014 for WRWDC’s Readers and Bloggers Luncheon in celebration of Romance with our readers and bloggers.

Washington Romance Writers invites you to join us for lunch!

Come for an intimate meet and greet and dine with more than 40 of your favorite romance authors. Authors will be giving out swag, books and much more! Featured authors include:

Alexa Egan Kieran Kramer PA DePaul
Anne Barton Kim Headlee Rachel Rawling
Avery Flynn Kimberly Kincaid Robin Covington
Caryn Moya Block Krista Hall Sally MacKenzie
Christi Barth Lavinia Kent Shari Slade
Cristin Harber Liz Everly Solara Gordon
Debra Dunbar Lynne Silver Sonali Dev
Delancey Stewart Mackenzie Lucas Tamra Lassiter
Elizabeth Staab Madeline Iva Terri Brisbin
Geri Krotow Mary Behre Tracey Livesay
Hope Ramsay Meredith Bond Tracy Brogan
Jamie Farrell Mia Kerick
Karna Small-Bodman Miguelina Perez
Kelly Maher Nicole Pouchet

To register, please visit wrwdc.com.

Sincerely,

…Miguelina

Dear Readers,

 

Jen2Ms. J.T. Bock is the author of stories filled with action, adventure, horror, supernatural beings, romance, and crap like that. After recovering from pop culture overload (and too much wine) at the geek-fest known as the San Diego Comic-Con, J.T. will be adding more excerpts and free downloads of short stories for your reading pleasure—or maybe displeasure—depending if you like silly, creepy things. But they’re free, so get over it.

Also, Ms. Bock blogs periodically. Although she should be blogging more often (according to her PR friends), she’d rather be working on her next story, since her characters are bugging the hell out of her. For more on Ms. Block visit her at her website.

Here is a great article written by Ms. Bock about whether as a writer should you or shouldn’t you attend a writer’s conference at http://jtbock007.blogspot.com/.

Enjoy!

Sincerely,

…Miguelina

profile pictureNancy Weeks, Author of In the Shadow of Pride

I hope you join us as we celebrate and congratulate, Ms. Weeks, on her latest release In the Shadow of Pride, book four  of the “In the Shadow” series. Now available via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and ITunes.

 

in the shadow of pride In the Shadow of Pride

Lexie Trevena buried her murdered husband, discovered he had cheated on her, and signed to adopt his newborn son—all before noon. Now she just wants to raise her child in the loving, supportive home she never had. The last thing she needs is another man to complicate her life, but her best friends feel differently. Their matchmaking meddling accidentally places Lexie smack in the path of a terrorist who intends to use her as his pawn.

The only person who can help her is the FBI agent she holds responsible for her husband’s death.

Special-Agent-In-Charge Luke “Mac” McNeil watched his best friend and partner marry a woman he knew was too good for him, but he did nothing to stop the wedding. He stood by as Lexie adopted the cheating jerk’s son. But when someone goes to great lengths to make it appear that Lexie is responsible for launching a drone into the home of a prominent Texas senator, Mac’s conscience finally speaks up, and he fights for Lexie’s freedom … even though all the evidence leads to her door, and she has never given him a reason to trust her.

Can Lexie and Mac find the courage to forgive and trust, or will their pride stand in the way of love, allowing terrorists to bring another devastating attack onto United States soil?

Excerpt

Lexie leaned her back against the cool stone and made herself release Mac’s hand. She then took a breath of fresh, clean air and tried to hide the shakiness in her voice. “Now what?”

“I’m going to drop down to the roof. You will kneel on the ledge and, using the window to balance, turn so your legs hang over the edge. Let go of the ledge, and I’ll catch you.”

“Are you crazy? I can’t—”

“Lexie, look behind you.”

She turned her head slowly toward the open window. Flames appeared under the door and the small office was completely filled with smoke. One word escaped her lips. “Trapped.”

“Once we get down onto the roof, there’s a fire escape ladder to the street.” He reached for her hand. “Gabriel needs you. We can do this together.”

Finding her voice, she whispered, “Not fair using Gabriel.” She bit down on her lower lip and dredged up an ounce of courage. “Mac, do what you have to do.”

With the grace of a trained athlete, he lowered himself over the side until only the tips of his fingers were on the ledge. An instant later, he dropped, landing on his feet.

“Tag, you’re it, Lexie. Just drop and I’ll catch you. Trust me.”

Lexie’s heart pounded like she had just run the 100-yard dash. After a quick glance into the office, she knelt, and holding onto the window, rolled onto her stomach.

“That’s it. Now just ease your legs over the ledge.”

The instant her feet hit empty space, panic ripped through her and she swung a leg back onto the ledge as her fingers dug into the window frame. God, she couldn’t do this. It was freaking crazy.

“You have to let go of the window frame. I’m right under you.”

“This isn’t the time to be nice to me, Mac.”

“Okay, then how’s this? I’m loving the view of the sexiest red panties I have ever seen that barely cover an ass that will live in my dreams for years to―”

Lexie dropped. Before she could get out the ear-piercing, girly scream that roared in her head, she landed in Mac’s arms. The impact crushed the air from her lungs.

“You’re okay,” he whispered. “I’ve got you.”

Wrapping her arms around his neck, she allowed his strength and his herbal all-male scent to soothe her. He eased her legs back on solid ground, but she didn’t let go. She couldn’t remember a time in her life when she felt so safe, protected.

She raised her chin and met his amused stare. Of all stupid days to wear a skirt to work. As soon as she got out of this mess, it was going to Goodwill.

Heat spread up her neck and her chest tightened. “This one time, I’m going to let that go.”

“Let what go, Lexie?” Mac’s hand moved slowly down her back to her waist and pressed her tightly against him.

His touch sent a flash of need that had been dormant for too long into her gut. Lexie swallowed but couldn’t look him in the face. “That wasn’t my best moment on that ledge. You shouldn’t have looked.”

“You told me not to be nice. I was saving your life.”

Mindy KlaskyMindy Klasky, Author of THIRD DEGREE

Ms. Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her she could travel anywhere in the world through stories. She never forgot that advice.

Her travels has taken her through multiple careers. After graduating from Princeton University, Ms. Klasky considered becoming a professional stage manager or a rabbi. Ultimately, she settled on being a lawyer, working as a litigator at a large Washington firm. When she realized that lawyering kept her from writing (and dating and sleeping and otherwise living a normal life), she became a librarian, managing large law firm libraries. Ms. Klasky now writes full-time.

For years, her dating life was a travel extravaganza as well. She balanced twenty-eight first dates in one year, selecting eligible gentlemen from sources as varied as Washingtonian magazine ads, Single Volunteers of D.C., and supposedly-certain recommendations from best friends. Ultimately, she swore off the dating scene entirely. After two years of carefully-enforced datelessness, she made one last foray onto Match.com, where she met her husband on her first match.

Her travels have also taken her through various literary genres. In addition to her light paranormal romances and category romances, Mindy has written traditional fantasy novels (including the award-winning, best-selling The Glasswrights’ Apprentice), short stories, and nonfiction essays. As Morgan Keyes, Ms. Klasky writes for middle grade readers.

In her spare time, she quilts, knits, and tries to tame her endless to-be-read shelf. Her husband and cats do their best to fill the left-over minutes.

Third Degree

Klasky-ThirdDegree200x300There are a few things that make a book a Mindy Klasky book — most notably, fun descriptions of food.  And THIRD DEGREE is no exception!

if you can’t take the heat…

Chef Ashley Harris wants to own a restaurant – that’s why she attended culinary school, and that’s why she’s working for the world’s most lecherous restaurateur.

Raleigh Rockets third baseman Josh Cantor wants to launch his investment restaurant with the family recipes he loved growing up. Josh has been promised that treasure trove – but only if he can convince his grandmother that he’s dating again, after a traumatic divorce.

When a cooking reality show comes to Raleigh, Ashley and Josh must compete against each other to achieve their dreams – even when the flames in the bedroom roar higher than the ones in their kitchens.  In the end, only one of them can win Who Wears the Apron.  Will their relationship survive this trial by fire?

So?  What are you waiting for?  THIRD DEGREE is a perfect summer read — fun and sexy!  For a copy of  THIRD DEGREE by @MindyKlasky please visit amazon http://bit.ly/AmazonThirdDegree . Enjoy!

We wait for the day of the DSCF5409Washington Romance Writers’ retreat to arrive with great hope, joy and excitement. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones as we share stories of our struggles and achievements with our writing.

We come dreamy-eyed in the hopes of acquiring an agent or publishing house, attend the workshops for knowledge, and participate in the wonderful raffle baskets prepared by our members―the funds collected from the raffles go to charity. This year WRW had two.DSCF5271

The Retreat Committee, composing of committed WRW members, this year was Chaired by Ms. Yvette Bazzell, and they gave it their all (110%) in making sure that this year’s retreat is the best one yet and I say they have succeeded.

The retreatDSCF5278 started on a Friday with a Newcomer Orientation, a Welcome Reception, and a Dinner with a special guest speaker. This year we were honored by Ms. Liliana Hart, Author of Cade: Book 1 of the Mackenzie Family series – Cade – Liliana Hart. She shared her touching and funny story of her journey to fulfill her dreams of becoming an author. After dinner we were directed to one of the rooms for several hours of karaoke.

Saturday begins with “Early Bird” specials like “Improv for Writers” or “Legal Issues and the Digital World.” The day continues with many workshops and appointments arranged for us with visiting literary agents and/or editors.

This year WRW was pleased to host Ms. Jill Marsal, from Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; Ms. Patience Bloom, Senior Editor with Harlequin and Ms. Esi Sogah, Senior Editor with Kensington, to name a few. As you wait for your appointment well wishes are spread around―a sense of camaraderie, nervousness and anticipation fills the air. We are rewarded as we see our colleagues emerge from their interviews with smiles on their faces, as they are invited to submit their writings. A peer’s success is everyone’s success.

The day starts to wind down DSCF5437with cocktails and getting ready for dinner and another guest speaker, Ms. Robin Perini, Author of “The Cradle Conspiracy” – The Cradle Conspiracy – Robin Perini Whose touching story had some of us wiping our eyes in fear of the tears threatening to pour out as she spoke about her mother’s inspiration and commitment in making sure her daughter had a chance to follow her dream. Her story reignited in all of us our continued commitment to the passion of writing and our desire to be known as wonderful story tellers.DSCF5451

After dinner everyone gathered for a steam-punk-themed game of “Romance Jeopardy”. The competition was fierce, but filled with laughter, singing and cheering on.

Moonlight Madness, back on the Retreat’s agenda, was stationed in the back of the room, where romance jeopardy was taking place. Attendees got a chance to check out the many goodies they offered for sale―silk scarves, make-up, DSCF5473jewelry, hand-crocheted cowls, Writing Blocks Idea Dices and many other fantastic items.

By the end of the evening everyone is exhausted, but it is a great feeling of exhaustion because we had spent our time with friends who had us laughing, talking, dancing and singing.

Sunday, there was a sense of calmness, as folks attend either Ms. Kimberly DSCF5466Kincaid’s yoga class or another early bird special. Editors and Agents prepare for their journey home. Members’ passions are renewed with new energy and desires.

There is great anticipation, as there is an expectant of sad goodbyes, but with excitement as we prepare to spend another year of writing, connecting with our readers, and remembering to share our news and successes with our friends at the next WRW retreat. But before everyone goes home to write, the final event is the famous basket raffles. Glorious baskets prepared by our members DSCF5528with different themes.

On behalf of WRW members I would like to thank the following ladies for the love, the energy and commitment in which they went about to make this one weekend-a-year last a lifetime:

Ms. Yvette Bazzell – Retreat Chair & Programs and Retreat Folders, Flowers and Special Decor

Ms. Candy Lyons, President of WRW – WRW Board Liaison and Awards Booklet/Retreat Promo/Bios

Ms. Julie Halperson, Vice President – WRW Board Liaison

Ms. Terri Brisbin – VIP Liaison & Transportation Coordinator

Ms. Gwen Hernandez – Retreat Registrar and Retreat Name Badges

Ms. Denise McInery – American Author Coordinator

Ms. Deborah Barnhart – Rooming Coordinator

Ms. Christine Trent – Editor/Agent Appointment Coordinator

Ms. Robin Covington – Editor /Agent Appointment Coordinator

Ms. Binnie Braunstein – Awards Booklet/Retreat Promo/Bios

Ms. Helen Hester-Ossa – Awards Booklet/Retreat Promo/Bios

Ms. Kimberly Kincaid – Goody Bag Coordinator

Mr. Tim Bentler-Jungr – Retreat Room Setup

Ms. Lisa Dyson – Newcomer Orientation Coordinator

Ms. Keely Thrall – Romance Jeopardy

Ms. Tricia Wheeler – Retreat Recording Coordinator

Ms. Sandy Rangel – Book Swap

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 Making new friends and meeting with old ones.

 

 

 

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