Archive for April, 2013

Dear Readers,

Once again I was honored with the opportunity to attend the Washington Romance Writers’ retreat. I enjoyed seeing the ladies I got to meet last year and after multiple hugs we were able to catch up on what was  happening with them and me. The retreat has now taken place two years in a row at the Best Western, in Westminster, Maryland. The service and staff were exceptional and they truly pampered the members.

I got to see Leigh Duncan, author of Rodeo Daughter. Her fourth book, Rancher’s Son hit #1 in Kindle sales of all Harlequin Americans. She signed a contract for 4 more Harlequin Americans, including the one she just turned in, Major League Dad. The next three of her books will return to the Circle P, the setting for Rancher’s Son. All four of them are slated for release in 2014. She has a new grand-dog and was very proud to show pictures.

I happened upon Sally MacKenzie, author of Bedding Lord Ned, who had been enjoying a soda with Alix Rickloff, who writes as Alexa Egan, and is the author of Demon’s Curse, discussing the industry and was invited to join them.  Sally informed me that she turned in Loving Lord Ash, the last book in the Duchess of Love series. She is currently working on a new book. This was my first time meeting Alix Rickloff and it was a real pleasure. One of her books “Demon’s Curse” has been quoted by NYT bestselling author, Grace Burrowes as  “A luscious, well-told story.” Check it out.

Alison Leotta joined me for breakfast and it was really nice to see her again. She just turned in her third book, Speak of the Devil, due out August 6, 2013  and is now under contract for two more with Simon & Schuster.  Publisher’s Weekly announced: Former Washington, D.C. federal sex crimes prosecutor and author of Law of Attraction, Discretion, and the forthcoming Speak of the Devil, Allison Leotta’s fourth book in her “Anna Curtis” series follows the young prosecutor as she’s summoned to Michigan to defend her sister from the charge of murder.  The two books are due for summer 2014 and 2015.

Shiloh Walker, author of Stolen was a keynote speak and gave members a humorous, poignant and realistic outlook on the life of a writer.

There was yoga again for the ladies on Sunday morning, taught by Kimberly Kincaid, author of Love on Line, her latest book about an amnesiac detective and his partner’s culinary chef sister. I suspect things are about to get hot not only on the streets but in the kitchen as well.

The weekend sadly ended too quick, but happily with lots of raffle prizes wins, including me. The ladies who donate these baskets, each year, really go all out. I hope next year to donate one.

I highly recommend that if you are a member of the Romance Writers of America, that you find your local chapter. The local chapter is a great support group of other writers who help each other.

Last, but not least I want to thank the ladies of the “Retreat Committee” who give up their spare time to make the retreat a very fun loving and exciting experience for all of us at WRW.




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