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Packing for Nationals? A Few Tips on What to Take

Many eager authors are already gathering in Denver for the annual Romance Writers of America National Conference, but for those of us who are still frantically throwing things into suitcases and doing the early online check-in for our flights, I thought I’d toss out a few conference veteran tips on what to chuck into that suitcase.  I’ve been to six or seven of these babies (which makes me a conference newbie by some standards) and I’ve definitely refined my packing since year one, coming up with my seven handy-dandy must-brings – but please chime in and add your own tips in the comments!

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Anna Murray!

Today we’re welcoming our final Persister guest (before we get to meet most of them in person at Nationals next week!!), 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Anna Murray, whose manuscript BIRDS OF A FEATHER is nominated for Best Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance. Anna Murray’s creative essays have appeared in Vox, The Reject Pile, Role Reboot, […]

Save the Golden Heart!!!

During our rather rollicking interview yesterday, 2018 Golden Heart Finalists D. Murphy Ryan and Eileen Emerson and I got into a conversation about the Golden Heart. That discussion got so long, I decided to split it into a separate post for today, which would help us get a larger discussion going about the future of […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalists Eileen Emerson and D. Murphy Ryan!

What a treat here for our second-to-last interview with the Golden Heart class of 2018: today we’re welcoming TWO Persisters, D. Murphy Ryan and Eileen Emerson! D. Murphy Ryan, also known as Dawn, is a finalist in Contemporary Romance Short with OUT OF THE SHADOWS, and Eileen is a finalist in Historical Romance with AN […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Janet Raye Stevens!

Please welcome the lovely, and talented, Persister, Janet Raye Stevens.    Janet writes YA, mystery, and paranormal and contemporary romance, all with a dash of humor. Her first novel was rejected an impressive 99 times, nevertheless she persists. Janet is a two-time Golden Heart finalist, in 2017 (BERYL BLUE, TIME COP) and 2018 (COLE FOR CHRISTMAS). […]

Surviving RWA National: Sound Sensitivities Edition

This blog post is a follow-up to one I wrote a number of years ago, in the early days of the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood. While the content of Behold My P-ness! Writers, Myers-Briggs, and an Introvert’s Guide to RWA National is self-explanatory and the advice still holds, soon after its publication the post came to […]

Golden Heart Finalist Gwynne Jackson: “Yet She Persisted!”

Today I’m delighted to introduce 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Gwynne Jackson, another of the fabulous Persisters. She’s been nominated in the Best Contemporary Romance Category for her manuscript DUET. I was first ‘introduced’ to Gwynne when I was named as her GH mentor through THE GOLDEN NETWORK, an RWA chapter of past Golden Heart finalists. […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Leslie Marshman!

Join me in welcoming to the blog the 2018 Golden Heart Finalist, Leslie Marshman. One of 2018’s Persisters, Leslie is nominated for her Romantic Suspense manuscript, Goode Over Evil. Here’s the blurb for Goode Over Evil: Samantha Goode escaped Crystal Creek and a past she’d left behind years ago, vowing never to return. Now a […]

Meet Golden Heart Finalist Alexia Chantel!

Today we’re welcoming Alexia Chantel, another Persister, to the blog. Her manuscript, AWAKENING THE BLADES, is a finalist in the Paranormal category of the 2018 Golden Heart Award.    Alexia Chantel has a degree in Medical Laboratory Science and a penchant for vivid dreams. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, three children, and Siberian […]

From Florida with Love!

How many states have you lived in? I’ve lived in five different states. In the first four (Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, and Ohio) my feet were firmly planted in the Midwest. The Midwest has many admirable qualities. It is vastly misunderstood by many and underrated by most, but one thing you can honestly say about it […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Megan Starks!

  HOUSE OF ASH AND BRIMSTONE has been nominated for Best Paranormal Romance, and today we’re welcoming its author, Persister, 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Megan Starks, who is sharing ways to make sure your fight scene is worth reading.  After conversing with Megan this week, I can imagine her acting out her heroine’s moves.  It’s […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Denny S. Bryce!

Today we’re excited to welcome 2018 Golden Heart finalist Denny S Bryce to the blog. One of the 2018 Persisters, Denny’s manuscript WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES, is nominated in the Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance category.

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Lana Pattinson!

Today we’re excited to welcome 2018 Golden Heart finalist Lana Pattinson to the blog. One of the 2018 Persisters, Lana’s manuscript ENGINEERING KIT SINCLAIR, is nominated in the Young Adult category.

MEN!

Men just don’t understand, but we can’t live without them and if we’re honest with ourselves, we wouldn’t want to, right?  What am I talking about? Recently, I lost the diamond from my engagement ring. Every woman whose ever been in love and has received one knows how special the ring is. It symbolizes the […]

2018 Golden Heart Finalist Katherine Olson on Self-Care for Writers!

Today we’re welcoming another Persister, 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Katherine Olson, whose manuscript NORTH STAR has been nominated for Best Contemporary Romance! Katherine lives in south Texas with the rest of Team Olson—her Air Force pilot husband, daughter, two cats, and two dogs. Excellent margaritas notwithstanding, she wishes she was back in Alaska, but settles […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Brenda Lowder!

Today we’re welcoming another Persister from the 2018 class of Golden Heart Finalists. Brenda Lowder has been nominated for Best Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance for her manuscript KEEPING THE PIECE. Brenda lives in Atlanta and writes romantic comedy novels. She loves international travel, fine dining, and air conditioning. She’s obsessed with fiction in […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Barbra Campbell!

Today we’re welcoming 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Barbra Campbell, another of the fabulous Persisters, who has been nominated for Best Short Contemporary Romance for her manuscript WATCHING. Barbra grew up in the suburbs of Houston but feels much more at home in the mountains of Colorado with few people and an abundance of wildlife. Other […]

What is a summer read?

There are loads of summer reading lists out there. A quick search came up with a list for every taste, including romance, mysteries, classics that you’ve never read, and must-reads-releasing-this-summer. But what I couldn’t find was: what is the definition of a summer read?

Taking Control of Your Marketing

I love podcasts.  I know. That’s probably not how you thought a blog talking about marketing would begin, but I am a podcast nerd. Now you know.  The thing is, I’m not a marketing person.  I don’t excel at predicting or creating trends.  I’m not good at selling myself.  The business side of this business […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Elizabeth Chatsworth!

Today we’re welcoming Elizabeth Chatsworth, another of the amazing Persisters, the 2018 class of Golden Heart Finalists. Her manuscript THE BRASS QUEEN (fabulous title!!) is nominated for Best Mainstream Fiction. Elizabeth Chatsworth was born and raised in Yorkshire, England. After earning a Masters in Business Management, she left a career in corporate marketing to become a […]

2018 Golden Heart Finalist Kate Belli on Overcoming Imposter Syndrome!

We’ve got another Persister with us today: 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Kate Belli, whose manuscript A FEATURED AFFAIR is nominated for Best Historical Romance! Kate Belli writes women’s fiction and historical fiction, including historical romance. A longtime Brooklynite, she recently relocated to the Deep South where she has learned to embrace football and biscuits, and […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Suzanne Turner

Today we’re welcoming another Persister, 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Suzanne Turner, whose manuscript THE ART OF THE SCANDAL is nominated for Best Historical Romance. Suzanne grew up in Oregon (Go Ducks!) but has found herself living in Jacksonville with three too-energetic boys, an equally too-energetic husband, and a lot of mosquitoes. She’s a lawyer by […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Alicia Anthony!

Today we’re welcoming another Persister, 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Alicia Anthony, whose manuscript INHERENT LIES is nominated for Best Paranormal Romance. Alicia Anthony is a wanna-be full-time writer who splits her time between writing and teaching. She is ecstatic to have recently handed the baton back to her students’ parents for the summer. Now, it’s […]

To Be A Writer or Not?

I officially started on this publishing journey twenty years ago last month. I’ve written millions of words before, just not for the public, but at some point (It was a sunny day), I pulled on my big girl panties and walked into a writers group meeting where there were other people who talked to the […]

Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Melanie Edmonds

Today we’re welcoming another Persister, 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Melanie Edmonds, whose manuscript PLAYED is nominated for Best Contemporary Romance. Melanie lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her Cardinals-loving husband and the three lovely daughters he’s ruined into being the same. When she’s not rooting for the Cubs alone*, she’s thinking about working her […]

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