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HAPPY TENTH BIRTHDAY TO THE RUBIES!!!!

IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY!!!

AND WE’VE BEEN BLOGGING FOR A DECADE!!!

The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood was born in 2009 when we were all nominated for the Romance Writers’ of America’s Golden Heart Award.

That crazy, giddy, exhilarating (and often confusing and scary) experience forged a powerful friendship which has seen us through ten years of creative work, as we’ve brought hundreds of books into the world, and experienced some wild publishing (and personal) ups and downs. We’ve cheered each other on, given each other wise advice, and sometimes picked each other up when we’ve stumbled on our yellow brick roads. 

During our very first summer as finalists, we recognized the power of that sisterhood, and decided we wanted to share it outwards–in the form of the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Blog, which debuted in September 2009. Many other blogs have come and gone since then, but we’ve kept going, with 2,829 posts to date,  93,491 reader comments, a decade’s-worth of raucous Cyber Parties on RITA / Golden Heart announcement day, and lots of regular special events, including our interview series with each new class of Golden Heart Finalists, our annual MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST (which opens on Thursday for the 2019 event!), Ruby Blog Hops, and of course our turbo-charged Ruby Winter Writing Festival (which starts again January 10, 2020!).    

We’re so grateful for everyone who’s come on this journey with us, and for the new folks who find us week after week! We’ve just begun an exciting new format, with a more interactive approach, and we’re looking forward to getting creative with you all!

As always, we’re going to celebrate our birthday by giving away presents to our readers!!

Leave a birthday greeting in the comments today, and we’ll enter you in random drawings for the following prizes. (Physical prizes are U.S. only.):

Lara Archer:  to two winners: a print copy of THE DEVIL MAY CARE (US only), plus $15 Amazon gift card

Katie Graykowski: a $25 gift card to each of two winners, to each winner’s choice of online store!

Elizabeth Essex: a book bundle of the HIGHLAND BRIDES books!

Darynda Jones: $10 Amazon gift cards to five different winners!

Bev Pettersen: a $10 Amazon gift card

Heather McCollum: two prizes for two different winners: 1) a Ruby slipper journal and a red sparkly ruby slipper key chain, and 2) a Prize Bundle of a $10 gift card and the first two books in her HIGHLAND ISLES series – The Beast of Aros Castle and The Rogue of Islay Isle. Signed print version for US winner or digital for International winner.

Hope Ramsay: A Book Bundle: THE COTTAGE ON ROSE LANE and SUMMER ON MOONLIGHT BAY.

Autumn Jordon: Three gift packages to three different winners, each with an autographed book and SURPRISES!! (USA only)

Thanks so much, everybody, for helping us make this blog a fruitful place for writers for TEN WHOLE YEARS!!! We hope to see here LOTS MORE for fun, inspiration, and celebration all year long!

130 responses to “HAPPY TENTH BIRTHDAY TO THE RUBIES!!!!”

  1. Elisa Beatty says:

    Hurray, my lovely wonderful awesome super-talented Ruby sisters!!!

    So glad we’ve been on this journey together. Here’s to the NEXT FABULOUS DECADE of Ruby Power!!!

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  2. Gwyn says:

    Happy Blog Birthday to all the Rubies. Raising a glass to (at least) ten more years of helping others along the yellow brick road and into the Emerald City of their dreams.

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  3. Amy Fendley says:

    Happy Birthday! Here’s to many more years!

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  4. 10 years. How much has changed. But, one thing hasn’t. The love this group shares. I love you all, my Ruby Sisters. Happy birthday!

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  5. Elizabeth Langston says:

    Happy 10th to my Ruby Sisters! So glad you’re in my life.

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  6. Becke Turner says:

    Love the model you’ve created to sustain the GH relationship.

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  7. Heather McCollum says:

    Woot! Happy Birthday to us! Clicking my ruby slippers today in celebration of 10 years. Love you, Rubies! I’m thrilled to still be on this journey with you.

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  8. Kate Parker says:

    Wow! 10 years with my Ruby sisters on this crazy journey. Love you all. I just thought of how old I’ll be in 10 years and nearly lost my breakfast.

    Keep writing. Can’t wait for hundreds more Ruby books.

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  9. Elizabeth Essex says:

    Happy Birthday to all! And a special HUZZAH and thank you to all who keep the blog fresh and running!!!!

    A deep Regency curtsey to you all!

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  10. Happy Blog-O-Versary! I’m always so thrilled to be part of this group and here’s to another ten years of writerly camaraderie!

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  11. Tamara Hogan says:

    Happy birthday to us! And countless thanks to our readers, who’ve hung with us through the decade.

    Thanks so much for being part of the Ruby community!

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  12. Happy Birthday!!!

    You ladies are amazeballs, and have paid it forward and helped set so many new romance writers on their journey.

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    • One of the perks of being a Ruby is that we got to meet ladies like yourself. (((HUGS))) Thanks for being a part of our journey.

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      • Janet Walden-West says:

        I will be forever grateful for finding this blog, and you ladies. You’ve been the best cheerleaders, and the most positive introduction to romancelandia.

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      So glad you’ve been with us for so much of our journey, Janet!!!

      And you’re the winner of the $10 Amazon gift card from Bev Pettersen!!

      I’ll put Bev in touch with you.

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  13. sue ellen turnbull says:

    Happy Birthday Rubies!

    I’m new to the site (found you through one of Darynda’s posts) and loving all the blogs. I look forward to another ten years.

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  14. Anissa C says:

    Happy Birthday!!! I will admit when I heard about the blog and started following, I had NO idea what a blog was. Thanks for always posting fun articles and intimates journeys (Heather)…Many blessings on continued success!

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  15. Darynda Jones says:

    Happy Birthday to us!!! xoxox

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  16. Brenda Ellis says:

    Happy Birthday to y’all!

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  17. Libby says:

    Happy Happy Birthday! So exciting! I have only read or know of one author on this list, but still super exciting for everyone! Happy happy happy birthday! 🙂

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  18. Melodie Luckett says:

    Happy Birthday!!!! Enjoy…

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  19. Chastity Jackson says:

    Happy Birthday to a talented group of ladies! I hope the coming years see each of you with even greater success.

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  20. Rhonda Clark says:

    What an awesome accomplishment! Keep up the good work!

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  21. Anna McGuire says:

    Happy birthday!! Here’s to many more❤️❤️

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  22. Rachel Hartmann says:

    Happy 10th! 🎈📖🎂😊

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  23. Alice says:

    Happy Birthday ladies!! Thank you for all the awsome sexy confident and badass characters you brought to life! Mine would have not been the same without them. I’m looking forward to all the new stories you have to offer this year \(^o^)/

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  24. Dawn M Pitts says:

    Happy 10th Birthday! Happy blogging.

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  25. Sonja says:

    Happy Birthday to some talented writers!

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  26. Corrine Starkey says:

    Happy Birthday!! How exciting!!

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  27. Angie robertson says:

    Happy birthday!! That’s so amazing!

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  28. Lenora Shoemaker says:

    Happiest of Birthdays! Double digits-wow! Enjoy!!!

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  29. Happy Birthday!!! Wishing you many more years !!!

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  30. Cindy Dickerson says:

    I just got to read everyday.love mysterys.keep up the good work.

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  31. Mahina says:

    Hau’oli lā hānau! Thank you for letting us in and sharing your worlds with us!

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  32. Jessica Levin says:

    Here’s to another 10 and beyond! Celebrate sisters!!!

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  33. Kelsey says:

    Happy birthday!! Y’all are great!

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  34. Candace says:

    Thank you all for whetting our imaginations and making us crave more! Happiest of birthdays to this group!!!

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  35. Leslie says:

    Happy birthday and thanks for all the gifts you give US throughout the year!

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  36. Jessica Herrera says:

    Happy 10th! It’s amazing what can be accomplished when people come together! 💗

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  37. Monique Gallegos says:

    Happy 10th birthday!! Heres to many many more years.

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  38. Kari says:

    Happy Birthday!!! My life wouldn’t be complete without you ladies and the great books you create!!

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  39. Sandra Heard says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Looking forward to many more.

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  40. Lisa Norvell says:

    Congratulations on 10 years!

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  41. Christy says:

    Happy Birthday 🎉🎁 🎈

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  42. Timitra says:

    Happy Birthday!!! May there be many more!!!

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  43. Melissa Conley says:

    Happy birthday!! Wait, shouldn’t YOU guys be getting the gifts? Nahhh lol

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  44. Jacque says:

    Happy Ruby Sisterhood Blog Birthday!

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  45. Anne Golden says:

    Happy Birthday 🎉🎁🎊🎈🎂
    A Decade Looks Good On All Y’all 😉😉

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  46. June says:

    Happy Birthday to us! So thankful for the 2009 GH that brought us together!

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  47. Tracy Wickman says:

    Happy Birthday!! Wishing you many more to come!

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  48. Shari Bartholomew says:

    Happy birthday!! Love so many of these authors!!

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  49. Sandra says:

    Happy birthday! I just found out about this blog. I hope it lasts another 10 years!

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  50. Felicia Ruiz-Coon says:

    Happy 10th Birthday to an amazing blog and the talented writers who create it! Here’s to many more❤🎉🍷

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  51. Margaret Buckley says:

    Congratulations 🎊 on your happy 10th birthday! Cheers and celebrations! Best wishes for even happier days to come.

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  52. Laura Geesy says:

    Happy birthday

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  53. Ten years!? That’s fantastic! Congratulations Rubies on your great blog, awesome books and a decade of friendship! Rock on!

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  54. Congratulations on ten years of books, blogging and friendship! That’s fantastic! Whoop whoop!

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  55. Nicholette Gislason says:

    Congratulations on 10 wonderful Birthdays, I hope they were all brilliant and bright, and to many many more!

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  56. Dominy cooper says:

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

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  57. Tobyann Aparisi says:

    Happy happy birthday to all if you wonderful ladies. You make our world so much richer, romanceful, mysterious and just livelier! I hope you all continue for another 10.

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  58. Carol Hird says:

    Happy birthday. Thanks for both demystifying the writing process and letting us see how much hard work and development is involved

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Thanks for being with us, Carol!

      And, congrats, you’re the winner of some Ruby-themed good-luck swag from Heather McCollum: a Ruby slipper journal and a red sparkly ruby slipper key chain!!

      I’ll put Heather in touch with you ASAP!

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  59. Susan Garrett says:

    Awesome news! Congratulations 🎉 and here 🥂 is to many more years of rubiness!!

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  60. Elizabeth says:

    Happy birthday! 10 years…that is awesome.

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  61. Michelle Dishner says:

    Happy Birthday 🎂🎉

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  62. Becky Layne says:

    Happy Happy Birthday to youuuuuuu!!

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  63. Jennifer Yates says:

    Happy Birthday! 🎁

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  64. Nan Williams says:

    I wanna read!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Fabulous, Nan!!

      You’re the winner of an autographed book from Autumn Jordon, which comes with some SURPRISES Autumn will include!! (Book is USA only.) Happy reading!

      You’ll be hearing from Autumn soon.

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  65. Racheal C. says:

    Ten years is amazing!! Congrats and Happy Birthday you guys!!! 🎉🎊🎂🍾

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  66. Kathy Legere says:

    Happy Birthday Bitches! Awesome group of ladies in this group!

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  67. Halla-Marie Eggleston says:

    Happy blog birthday!! Amazing books from all of you! Keep up the good work and awesome stories!!

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  68. Vera says:

    Happy Blog Birthday!

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  69. Happy Birthday, Blog. You look great!

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  70. Julie Smith says:

    🧚🏻‍♀️Wishing you a very happy 10th Anniversary❣️May this be just the beginning of a very long and profitable journey. 💃🏼

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  71. Joanne Gabler says:

    I raise my cup of coffee to you wonderful writers.Happy Birthday!

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  72. CHERIL VERNON says:

    Happy Birthday, sisterhood! I’ve always loved this blog. It’s pretty cool how it started and how the authors have blossomed over the years. Thank you for sharing your journey, triumphs and books with us! Congratulations!

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  73. Sheri says:

    Happy birthday! I just discovered this blog today for the first time and I just finished #13 of Charley Davidson books. I love Charley so much!

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  74. Tamara Hampton says:

    Happy blog birthday!

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  75. Love reading all these birthday wishes. Thanks for joining us and providing even more incentive!

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  76. Becky Dooley says:

    Happy Birthday Rubies!

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  77. Patricia Berger says:

    Happy Blog Birthday Authors!

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  78. Angi Hoagland says:

    Happy 10th!! And here’s to another decade!

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  79. Trayce Layne says:

    Happy 10th Anniversary!!
    Here’s to the next 10 Cheers! 🥂

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  80. Amy McDonnell says:

    Happy 10th Birthday 🎂… here’s to another great 10 years!!

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  81. Carol says:

    Happy 10th Birthday, Sisters!

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  82. Sandra says:

    Happy Birthday. Here’s to another great decade!!

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  83. Angie Chapman says:

    Happy Happy Blog Birthday!!🥰🎂🎉🎈Thank you for all your wonderful characters and stories!!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Thanks, Angie!!

      And you’re the winner of a great prize bundle from Heather McCollum: a $10 gift card and the first two books in her HIGHLAND ISLES series – The Beast of Aros Castle and The Rogue of Islay Isle. Signed print version for US winner or digital for International winner.

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  84. Lori says:

    Happy birthday to all!

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  85. Kelli Hulslander says:

    Happy Birthday Rubies! This is a cool blog…thank you Darynda Jones for passing along the info to find it. I hope to get more great recommendations on new books and authors to read. Best wishes…

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  86. Heather Jensen says:

    Happy Birthday!!!! Here’s to ten more years!

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  87. Cherri Teuber says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Tomorrow is my 50th birthday. Celebrations for all! I will toast a glass to all of you (a nice dry red of course). 🍷👠

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  88. Betul says:

    Happy birthday/10 year blogiversary!

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  89. Dawn says:

    Happy Birthday blogversery 🙂

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  90. Tricia Wood says:

    Happy Birthday and Congratulations to you all on your journey.

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  91. Happy Birthday! Congratulations on your success!

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  92. daniela ramos says:

    Happy birthday, lovely authors!!!

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  93. Dawn Roberto says:

    Happy birthday to you and may youhave many more!!!

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  94. Patty Fontenot Duplechin says:

    Happy birthday to y’all on y’all’s succes. Happy Ruby Slippered Sisterhood. Woohoo

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  95. Samantha Wallet says:

    Happy birthday!! Congrats on your awesomeness 🙂

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  96. Esther B Jones says:

    Happy birthday. Thanks for all that you do for your readers!

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  97. Nikki Hughes says:

    What a decade it has been!! 2009 was the year I became a mother! It’s a special year! Happy birthday!!

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