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Ruby Duchess

Bay Area, CA

old enough

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as a babe

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write, of course!

Blog Posts from Elisa

Meet 2016 Golden Heart Finalist Brooke Salesky!

Today we’re welcoming another of the Mermaids, a 2016 finalist in Contemporary Romance with her manuscript AN EDUCATION. Brooke Salesky is a native Kentucky girl who grew up with an authentic love of horses, bourbon, and bluegrass. She now resides in Austin, Texas where she lives with her husband and dog. While she has a […]

Meet Golden Heart Finalist Diana Belchase!

Diana Belchase grew up dreaming of castles, damsels in distress, and the gallant princes who rescued them—except sometimes it was the damsels who did the rescuing. 😉 She loves action, women who take charge, and the men who tame them. In her spare time, Diana blogs about her life in Washington, D.C. and interviews authors for […]

Get to Know Your RWA PRO Liaison, Priscilla Oliveras!!

Since we’re in our annual season of welcoming Golden Heart Finalists, I wanted to ask another special guest to join us: Priscilla Oliveras, RWA’s wonderful Pro Liaison (not to mention four-time Golden Heart nominee and soon-to-be-published Kensington author!!) The PRO Liaison represents all those RWA members (like our Golden Heart nominees) who aren’t published quite […]

Meet 2016 Golden Heart Finalist Rayn Ellis!!

It’s been so much fun meeting the Mermaids so far! Today we’re welcoming Rayn Ellis, a 2016 finalist in Contemporary Romance with her manuscript SOUL SONG. After surviving 25 years as a CPA in the Corporate World, a dare to complete The 3-day Novel Contest had Rayn packing up her calculator and accounting briefs (think legal briefs, not […]

Welcome, 2016 Golden Heart Finalist Arianna James!!!

Yay!! I always love this time of year, when we welcome the new class of Golden Heart Finalists. I love all the excitement and energy of super-talented writers in the process of launching their careers. And this group has pulled off one impressive feat already: they’ve chosen their name, and it’s only May!! What’s the […]

Welcome New Golden Heart Finalists, Class of 2016!!!

CONGRATULATIONS, FINALISTS!!! Finalist call day has so much wild, crackling energy, you’re probably still levitating three or four feet above the ground (possibly with a glass of bubbly in your hand). Making that list, for either Golden Heart or RITA, is a huge accomplishment—with so many excellent writers out there, you truly have to pass […]

Lessons From This Year’s Contest Judging: What Stood Out for You?

**A big caveat here before I start: PLEASE PLEASE remember that all judging for the RITAs and Golden Heart Contest is confidential, so absolutely DO NOT mention anything specific in your comments that could be tied to any actual, individual entries.** *************** That said, here goes: RITA scores were due this past Monday–so I hope […]

Closing Ceremonies, 2016 Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival

I never know whether to cheer or heave a melancholy sigh…but once again, we’ve reached the end: DAY FIFTY of the Winter Writing Festival has arrived! This is our Final Check-In Monday and Closing Ceremonies for this year rolled into one. You still have ALL DAY today to work towards your goals–nothing ends until midnight your […]

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