Welcome

This is the home of the Houston Bay Area chapter #30 of Romance Writers of America. The chapter meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. See details at right.

Look around the site, get to know us. Then stop by one of our monthly meetings and join us!

The 2014 JABBIC Judge a Book by Its Cover Contest

WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED!!!!

Click HERE to see the JUDGES’ CHOICES

cLICK HERE TO SEE THE READERS’ CHOICES

Proving since 2005 that you CAN judge a book by its cover

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Meeting on april 21, 2015–

Donna Maloy cropped darkDonna Maloy

VOICE – Recognizing It. Figuring Out Yours and Enhancing It.

     Agents and editors always say they are looking for fresh, unique new voices. But what is VOICE? How is my voice different from the voices of my characters? And how can I make mine fresh or unique?

     This workshop will try to answer all three questions interactively. First, we’ll examine what makes an author’s voice unique. Then we’ll have a self-test to help you determine your own innate (perhaps unconscious) voice. And last, we’ll talk about changes we can make to freshen our author voices and help our characters develop their own separate voices.

     Donna Maloy is a member of the Houston Bay Area chapter of RWA Celia and the Wolf 72dpi THUMBNAIL(Romance Writers of America). CELIA AND THE WOLF (Book One in the Shapeshifter Journals series) is her first book for teens. She’s also written more than twenty-five plays for elementary and middle schools and taught writing classes for UH-Clear Lake and College of the Mainland. Every weekday, she spends between four and six hours writing with a group of Starbucks Irregulars.

     She loves ethnic foods, shopping, watching great movies, making jewelry, exploring new gadgets, playing with new software and computer graphics, and other geeky things (like watching The Big Bang Theory and trying out Google Glass). She drives a cool Mazda 6 she calls the Silver Shark.

     Follow her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

CELIA AND THE WOLF was just awarded the 2014 LYRA AWARD (Juvenile category) by Bookstore Without Borders.

www.donnamaloy.com   www.tangledwords.com (blog)   

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Meeting on may 19, 2015–

joy Preble author pic (2)Joy Preble

The Writer’s journey

 

From forming that first idea, to writing a book, to becoming a published author, to maintaining a career and all the crazy steps and missteps in between, Joy Preble will speak about both the ups and downs of her own author’s journey as well as what it takes to follow our dreams and write our hearts.

An English teacher and writing instructor for over 20 years, Joy Preble earned her degree in English and linguistics from Northwestern University.  Joy is a member of AWP, SCBWI and RWA and speaks and presents widely to both teens and adults on writing, books, and literacy, including teaching at Writespace Houston. Her first series, DREAMING ANASTASIA (Sourcebooks) combines paranormal romance with Russian folklore and historical fiction. The first book in the series, DREAMING ANASTASIA, was nominated for a Cybil Award in the Teen Sc-Fi/Fantasy Category in 2009. It was named ABC Best Book for Children, Teen Category in 2009, and was featured in Justine Magazine. Her SWEET DEAD LIFE series (THE SWEET DEAD LIFE and THE A-WORD, Soho Press) was hailed by Kirkus Review with “Hallelujah! A paranormal tale of angels that’s not a romance, making it a novel that breaks the mold.” Booklist observed, “…the unifying thread is Jenna’s clever, bitter, self-aware, and loving voice… Preble’s lively descriptions and unusually well-drawn, caring sibling relationship (a topic not usually explored in teen fiction) are especially noteworthy.” Her first contemporary mystery romance,FindingParis cover (2) FINDING PARIS, is forthcoming from Balzer and Bray/Harper Collins in April, 2015. School Library Journal has called it,“An intricate guessing game of sisterly devotion, romance, and quiet desperation.” Joy currently lives with her family in Houston where she writes, teaches, and gets paid for making up stuff. Want to know more? Go to www.joypreble.com

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This chapter complies with RWA’s bylaws and policies on chapters. All members of this chapter must be members in good standing of RWA during their membership in this chapter. Visitors may attend two chapter meetings prior to applying for membership in the chapter.