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!

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And the Winners are…

The Bookseller judges spoke. The Readers spoke.

Now say a big congratulations to the Grand Prize First Place winner of each category, and look for the covers in the April issue of the Romance Writers Of America RWR!

(And be sure to check out the Second and Third Place winners selected by our Bookseller Judges, too.)

The Judges’ Choice winner of each category are featured on this website and in an ad in the Romance Writer’s Report. The Readers’ Choice winners are featured on this web site.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

 


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Payment can be made at the January meeting (January 19) or through the PayPal link below. Note: Your RWA member ID is required, either way.


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MEETING ON april 19, 2016 —

DONNA MALOY — The Short of It: Synopsis, High Concept, Query, and Blurb

Donna Maloy cropped darkFitting a 400-page manuscript into one page, one paragraph, one sentence… It can be done!

And everybody needs to know how to do it, even self-publishers. These teasingly short versions of your book are used everywhere — on the back cover of your book; on Amazon and other sales sites; on book and book review sites like Goodreads; and in social media posts. Learn tricks from the pros to easily distill the essence of your manuscript and make it irresistible to potential readers.

Bio:  Donna Maloy lives on the Texas Gulf Coast. CELIA AND THE WOLF is her first book for teens. She’s also written more than twenty-five plays for elementary and middle schools. Every weekday, Donna 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). 

Donna’s website (donnamaloy.com) and her blog (tangledwords.com) contain resources for new writers, with a focus on contests, workshops, publications and advice for teen authors. You can also follow Donna on social media: www.facebook.com/donnamaloy, www.twitter.com/donnamaloy, Goodreads, LibraryThing, and Pinterest.


MEETING ON May 17, 2016 —

LYNN LORENZ — Your Core Story

Lynn LorenzEach of us has one story theme that resonates with us deep inside.

Many writers don’t figure it out, and often struggle against it. You know, the story just isn’t working until you change one thing and it falls into place. By looking at the themes in your writing, you can discover your Core Story, make your writing more personal and remove those stumbling blocks.

Bio:  Lynn Lorenz lives in Texas, where she’s a fan of all things Texan, like Longhorns, big hair, and cowboys in tight jeans. She’s never met a comma she didn’t like, and enjoys editing and brainstorming with other writers. Lynn spends most of her time writing about hot sex with even hotter heroes, plot twists, werewolves, and medieval swashbucklers. She’s currently at work on her latest book, making herself giggle and blush, and avoiding all the housework.

Her pen name: Theodora Lane was born in the south, raised by her grandmother who taught her the art of the backhanded compliment, how to make sweet tea, and that you can never have too many husbands, just not at the same time. By day Theodora lives an unassuming life, having lunch with the ladies, attending baby showers and playing refined card games. By night, she writes wickedly sexy and funny stories, hangs out in bars, and gathers ideas for her next book. She can be reached at theodoralane@live.com


 

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