Happy Eighth Birthday to the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Blog!!!

Happy birthday to us!!

It’s hard to believe, but the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog is EIGHT YEARS OLD today!!

We’re proud to have created this blog as a supportive online community for Romance writers and readers, reaching out with inspiration, advice, and Sisterhood for all!!

Over those eight years, we’ve offered up regular blog posts (2,458 so far!!), plus annual special events including our Rita/Golden Heart Announcement Day Cyber-Party, an interview series with each new class of Golden Heart Finalists, fun Holiday Blog Hops, and our very own annual MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest (entry day is this coming Monday!!!…see the contest rules here).

We also love to provide get-your-fingers-on-the-danged-keyboard motivation with the September Hour-a-Day Challenge, our friendly Chat Room sprint sessions, and our ever-popular Winter Writing Festival (which starts again on January 10)!

Above all, we’re thrilled to host all sorts of lively conversations year-round with other writers and readers, with over 86,000 comments made, and well over a MILLION reads from visitors we love!!

(And don’t forget the many hundreds of Ruby books that have come out since we started in 2009!)

Thanks to you, Loyal Readers, we’re here to CELEBRATE!!!

And, as we always do on our blog birthday, we’re going to enjoy our party by GIVING AWAY PRESENTS!! In honor of our eight years of blogging, we’ve assembled EIGHT PRIZE PACKAGES. Leave a birthday greeting in one of the comment boxes below, and you’re in the running!!

Remember, those of you who are Golden-Heart-eligible writers have MORE chances to win starting MONDAY, September 25, with our 8th Annual MAKE IT GOLDEN contest. Check out the rules here, then come back Monday to upload the opening of your romance manuscript (the first 50 words, maximum) for a shot at winning your Golden Heart entry fee, plus gift cards to Amazon and Starbucks!!

For today, though, grab a slice of virtual cake, put on your (Ruby) party shoes, and let’s have some fun!!!

Here’s a list of prizes random commenters* can win:

(*note: Sorry, due to shipping expenses, physical book prizes can be awarded to U.S. residents only unless otherwise noted. If you’re a resident elsewhere, please let us know in the comments so we can consider you for the INTERNATIONAL prize basket!)

Prize Package # 1

  • from Kate Parker: A print copy of DEADLY SCANDAL (USA ONLY)
  • from Tamara Hogan: A digital copy of TASTE ME, Underbelly Chronicles Book One.
  • from Diane Kelly: Print or Kindle/Nook copy of any of my books, winner’s choice. (Print USA ONLY)
  • from Katie Graykowski: Digital copies of PTO Murder Club Series: REST IN PIECES, BLOWN TO PIECES, JUST ONE PIECE.
  • from Addison Fox: a $20 gift card from Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner’s choice)


Prize Package #2

  • from Rita Henuber: a digital copy of UNDER FIRE: THE ADMIRAL
  • from Shelley Coriell: a PRINT copy of Strunk & White’s Elements of Style along with a PRINT copy of DET. LOTTIE KING MYSTERIES, Vol. II. (USA ONLY)
  • from Kim Law: A digital set of any of my series.
  • from Anna Bennett: 2 signed books–MY BROWN-EYED EARL and I DARED THE DUKE. (USA ONLY)


Prize Package #3

  • from Autumn Jordon: Print or digital copy of PERFECT FALL (winner’s choice) and a $10.00 Amazon Gift Certificate for a craft book. (USA ONLY)
  • from Jenn Bray-Weber: A digital copy of THE LAIRD’S RECKONING.
  • from Hope Ramsay: Print copy of A CHRISTMAS BRIDE. (USA only)
  • from Katie Graykowski: Digital copies of the Texas Rose Ranch series; TEXAS ROSE FOREVER, TEXAS ROSE ALWAYS, TEXAS ROSE EVERMORE


Prize Package #4

  • from Laurie Kellogg: a $10 Amazon gift card with a free DIGITAL copy of any one of my novels.
  • from Lizzie Shane: A print copy of ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID (USA only)
  • from Katie Graykowski: Digital copies of The Austin Lone Stars Series: PERFECT SUMMER, SAVING GRACE, CHANGING LANES, THE DEBRA DILEMMA, CHARMING COCO
  • from Lara Archer: print copy of HOLD ME CLOSE.


Prize Package #5

  • from Kate Parker: A digital copy of THE DETECTING DUCHESS.
  • from Bev Pettersen: A digital of THOROUGHBREDS & TRAILER TRASH.
  • from Lady Gwynlyn: A pair of Ruby Slipper slipper socks and a copy of THE SWORD AND THE STARSHIP. (USA only)
  • from Katie Graykowski: Digital copies of The Marilyns: PLACE YOUR BETTS, GETTING LUCKY, SORRY CHARLIE.


Prize Package #6

  • from Hope Ramsay: A print ARC of HERE COMES THE BRIDE. (USA only)
  • from Lara Archer: A print copy of THE DEVIL MAY CARE, plus a $10 Amazon gift card.
  • from Liz Talley: A digital copy of any of the Morning Glory books.
  • from Katie Graykowski: Digital copies of The Fort Worth Wranglers Series: LYRIC AND LINGERIE, HARMONY AND HIGH HEELS.



  • from Darynda Jones: A $25 Amazon gift card and a physical copy Michael Hauge’s new book, Storytelling Made Easy. Also a copy of FIRST GRAVE. (USA or international.)
  • from Julia Day: A hardcover of THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE. (International Winner)
  • from Vanessa Barneveld: A paperback copy of my novella LIVE FAST, DIE YOUNG and a Kindle e-copy of THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE to one winner. International entrants welcome.


Prize Package #8

  • Hope Ramsay: Print copy of A SMALL-TOWN BRIDE. (USA ONLY)
  • Heather McCollum: A signed print copy of CAPTURED HEART and some Scottish swag. (USA Only)
  • Jacie Floyd: Signed print copies of WINNING WYATT and EVERYBODY KNOWS, and a $20 gift card for Amazon. (US only.)
  • Lara Archer, print copy of WILD AT HEART.


Thanks so much, everybody, for stopping by for our birthday bash!!! We hope to see you on Monday for the MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest Entry Day!!! And for lots of other fun, inspiration, and celebration all year long!


80 responses to “Happy Eighth Birthday to the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Blog!!!”

  1. C.R. Grissom says:

    Happy Blog Birthday, Rubies!

    I’m a 2017 Golden Heart Finalist. I want to thank The Rubies for inviting all Golden Heart Finalists to guest blog here. It’s a perk and a highlight of the “call.”

    May you all continue to be successful in all your endeavors.

  2. lori says:

    Happy birthday!

  3. I can’t believe its been eight years. They’ve been absolutely wonderful. It’s been such fun working with my sisters behind the scenes and our readers-writers friends in the WWF chat-room, Here’s to the coming years.

    Happy Birthday, sisters!

  4. Helena says:

    Happy Happy Birthday! Congrats!

  5. Happy birthday, dear sisters! It’s been an amazing eight years. Here’s to many more years of great advice and support!

  6. Julia Day says:

    Happy birthday to the Rubies! I’m so lucky to be part of this sisterhood!

  7. Penny H says:

    Happy Birthday Rubies!

    I have so enjoyed hanging out and receiving the wisdom and encouragement of strong and crazy-fun women. I’ve also loved participating in the Winter Fest for the last 3 years. May all of your rubies glisten and continue to be wrapped in gold.

  8. Here’s to another eight years! Happy Ruby Birthday, everyone! 🙂

  9. Teresa Fordice says:

    HAPPY Birthday!! US Resident

  10. Cynthia Huscroft says:

    I am so glad that a cyber pal pointed me in the direction of the WWF! And thankful for my chatroom sessions every weekday morning. That sure makes it easy to meet the “hour a day” challenge:)

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Rubies! & here’s to many more! Cheers!

  11. Janet Walden-WestT8GN says:

    You ladies are the best of what the writing community is about–support, encouragement, generosity and teaching. Thank you all so much.

    Happy Birthday Rubies!!

  12. Happy birthday!! As a 2016 Golden Heart Finalist, I want to thank you for the opportunity to post as a guest blogger.

  13. Liz Talley says:

    Happy Birthday to my Rubies! I’ve loved this journey with y’all and the new friends we’ve made on the yellow brick road to publication! Cheers!

  14. Elisa Beatty says:

    Birthday love and hugs to all my Rubies, and the fabulous Friends of Rubies!!!

    It’s inspiring and often hilarious here on the Ruby blog, and it’s kept me going through even the toughest times!

    Here’s to Year Nine!!

  15. Jacie Floyd says:

    Happy Ruby birthday, everyone! It’s one of the great joys of my life to be a part of the sisterhood. We’re Ruby strong! Here’s to another 8 years–or eighty.

  16. Liz Antee says:

    Happy Happy Birthday!!!

  17. Gwyn says:

    Eight years. I may be the only one, but I find it hard to believe it hasn’t been longer–like decades longer. To me, the sisterhood has become so integral, it seems you have always been there. Thank you, sisters, for your wisdom, your humor, your strength, and your support. I can’t imagine life without you.

  18. Tamara Hogan says:

    Happy Birthday to us! Look at all those books. 🙂

    Thank you, Rubies, for the cheers, the pep talks, and for always having my back. And to our readers and commenters: You’re the other half of this equation. THANK YOU for being part of our community!

  19. Darynda Jones says:

    WOOOOT!!!! Happy Birthday to us!

    The Rubies have become family and I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful, supportive group.

    And, dear readers, thank you for joining us, for stopping by when you can, for commenting on posts that inspired or moved you… we appreciate it more than you can know.

  20. Happy birthday Dear Ruby Sisters! I’m grateful to be walking the “yellow brick road to success” with you all. And I celebrate all of the many different shades that mark our successes. Onward!

  21. Rachel Kolodziej says:

    Happy Birthday! The Winter Writing Festival has helped me immensely and I look forward to it every year! Here’s to 8 more years!!

  22. Julie Guan says:

    Happy blog birthday! Thank you all for the excellent content, and best wishes for the longevity of the blog.

  23. Nan Dixon says:

    Happy Birthday! Congratulations on 8 successful years!

  24. Happy Birthday, Rubies! You’ve created a great community for writers and readers. Take a bow.

  25. Kimber says:

    Happy Birthday from Kansas, home of the original ruby slippers!

  26. sarah andre says:

    LOVING your stats, congratulations, ladies! I know the hard work it takes to keep a blog fresh and interesting and you guys rock.
    Happy birthday!!

  27. Dominy says:

    Happy Birthday!
    If you were Jesus, today would be Christmas!

  28. Shelly Chalmers says:

    Happy Birthday, Rubies, from a 2014 finalist. 🙂 Your blog is so inspirational and fun – keep up the great work!!

    Wishing you many more years ahead!!

    And re: contest: International entry here. I’m up in Canada. 🙂

  29. Happy Birthday Rubies. Time has given everyone an opportunity for her talent to blossom. It’s great to see such wonderful blooms.

  30. Rita Henuber says:

    Happy Birthday to my amazing Ruby Sisters. Love ya.

  31. Bonnie Staring says:

    Happy Blogaversary, sisterhood! Thank you for being there to cheer unpublished writers on and providing new Golden Heart finalists a welcome place to brag a little. (And the contests are really cool too!). Thank you all for keeping my TBR shelf well populated!

    Oh, and put this Canadian down for the International Basket please. 😉

  32. Hywela Lyn says:

    Happsy Birthda Rubies! S A Uk AUTHOR, published with a US publisher, it’s great to have another connection to US authors and I love the Winter Writing Festival. Here’s to your next 8 years and beyond!

  33. jbrayweber says:

    I’m looking forward to another 8 years! Happy birthday, sistas!


  34. Jeanine Englert says:

    Happy Birthday, Rubies! And thank you for all of your posts that encourage those of us still working towards publication to keep going. Such support and sisterhood is priceless.:)

    Happy writing,


  35. Happy 9th birthday, Ruby Slippered Sisters! 8 years of blogging is such an achievement – and you always do such interesting things. Here’s to many more!

  36. Georgiana Harding says:

    Happy 8th Birthday Ruby-Slippered Sisters! You’ve helped me get a word count up in the past. Thanks for the great blog site.

  37. Kris says:

    Happy 8th birthday Rubies! The support you give each other and offer to the rest of the writing community is the best gift of all!

  38. Elisa Beatty says:

    Thanks so much to everybody who came by to wish us a happy birthday so far today!

    It’s still September 21 for a large part of our readership, so I’ll wait until tomorrow to choose the prize-winners to give everybody a chance to visit the party!

    Keep commenting!

  39. Happy Birthday! This is a great site and the group has produced some wonderful authors!

  40. Georgiana Harding says:

    Happy 8th Birthday Ruby sisters!

  41. Elise Hayes says:

    Lifting a glass of virtual bubbly to all the Rubies: it’s been a glorious 8 years!

  42. Kim says:

    Happy 8th Birthday!

  43. Debbie Boutilier says:

    Happy Birthday 🎉🍾🎂. This site is great. Canadian reader.

  44. Georgiana Harding says:

    Happy 8th Birthday Ruby sisters. This is a great site.

  45. Georgiana Harding says:

    Happy Birthday Ruby sisters from Virginia Beach

  46. Kelsey Dixon says:

    Happy Birthday! I have just found this thanks to Darynda Jones! It is wonderful!

  47. Elisa Beatty says:

    Sorry to be slow announcing prize winners…I got walloped by a flu this weekend and haven’t been able to drag myself back to the computer until now.

    Winners were chosen via

    I’ll be contacting all winners via email to make arrangements to get your prizes to you. Check your spam folder if you don’t see a message soon.

    Here we go:
    Prize Package #1 goes to Kimber
    Prize Package #2 goes to Hannah Meredith
    Prize Package #3 goes to Nancy Cassidy
    Prize Package #4 goes to Teresa Fordice
    Prize Package #5 goes to Liz Antee
    Prize Package #6 goes to Jeanine Englert
    Prize Package #7 goes to Debbie Boutillier
    Prize Package #8 goes to Julie Guan


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