Houston Bay Area chapter #30 of Romance Writers of America meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Kirkmont MUD Building, 10102 Blackhawk Rd., Houston, TX 77089. See map.
Meetings begin at 6:30 PM, with social time starting at 6:00 PM.
Join us for dinner first at 9ers Grill, at the intersection of Blackhawk Rd. and Beltway 8.
was held on Saturday, September 17, 2016
JABBIC – Judge A Book By Its Cover Contest
winners have been announced.
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.)
Congratulations to all our wonderful winners!
2017 CHAPTER SPEAKERS
January 17, 2017 — Julie Glover (Using Grammar to Enhance Your Voice)
Have you ever considered how grammar impacts your writing voice? Grammar isn’t merely parts of speech, where the commas go, or which words get capitalized. It’s a whole system of language to convey the meaning you want to give. While we have societal rules to facilitate communication, you can use those rules in different ways—or even break the rules—to leave the desired impression on your readers. Discover specific ways to wield the tools of grammar to empower your voice.
Bio: Julie Glover grew up reading Laura Ingalls Wilder, Judy Blume, and every Nancy Drew book she could get her hands on. Although she’d always dreamed of writing a novel, she didn’t write her first book until Hurricane Ike pummeled the Houston Gulf Coast and made her house off limits. Sitting at the in-laws’ house with her laptop, she set her mind to achieving her dream and began to write.
These days, she pens teen fiction—indulging her desires to create interesting characters, express deep emotions, and add snark wherever possible. She lives with her heartthrob husband, two teenage sons, and a diva cat in Friendswood, Texas.
Her young adult contemporary novel, SHARING HUNTER, is a 2015 RWA® Golden Heart® finalist, placed first in the 2014 Utah RWA Great Beginnings Contest, and received second in the 2014 New Jersey RWA Put Your Heart in a Book Contest, YA categories. Visit her at www.julieglover.com.
February 21, 2017 — Entangled editor Robin Haseltine (The Secret to Writing Romance that Sells)
Senior Editor of Entangled Publishing, Robin Haseltine, is going to walk writers through the construction of a category romance with a combination of story beat pacing, characterization, and conflict (including a checklist handout). There will also be a Q&A period—don’t miss this opportunity.
Bio: Robin Haseltine is an award-winning columnist whose articles on gifted children were featured on Moms Online, Oprah.com, and in parenting newsletters.. Her articles on the craft of writing have appeared in Romance Writers of America chapter newsletters and on spec fiction websites. Though she started writing at age 5, Robin found she enjoyed editing even more. began interning with Liz Pelletier shortly after Entangled Publishing opened their doors in 2011. She’s seen her authors reach the top of Amazon and Nook charts, receive rave reviews on Kirkus, Romantic Times, nominated for a RITA, earn Galaxy Awards, and hit the USA Today Bestselling lists. Robin is a development and structure editor who believes in working with an author to enhance voice and deepen their story. Follow Robin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robin.haseltine and Twitter: www.twitter.com/robinhaseltine.
March 21, 2017 — Tracy Goodwin (Indie Publishing – be bold, be brave, and realize your potential)
In this workshop, international bestselling author Tracy Goodwin will discuss Indie publishing. Topics will include the pros and cons of indie versus traditional, the importance of story, editing, cover art, branding, and targeting your audience in the most concise way possible. Also covered will be the importance of hiring the best editors, designers, etc., the pros and cons of KDP (Kindle Unlimited), BookBub, other ads, and reviews. Most importantly, return on investment (ROI) will be covered.
Whether you’re Indie or traditionally published, this workshop will help provide you with the understanding of how to publish, market your work and brand yourself so you can hook readers and realize your unlimited author potential.
Bio: Tracy Goodwin is an international bestselling and award winning author. Throughout a career spanning a decade, she has achieved both traditional and Indie publishing success. Her works include a series of sweeping historical romances fraught with passion, hope, danger, and redemption. In addition, she has penned page turning young adult urban fantasy and paranormal novels. Though the genres may be different, each story delivers her unique blend of poignant emotion, suspense, action, humor, and unforgettable characters that steal readers’ hearts.
To receive the latest news and information about upcoming releases, please sign up for Tracy’s newsletter at tracygoodwin.com or join Tracy’s Lantern Ladies Facebook group where you can chat with her and have the opportunity to win exclusive swag.
Social Media Links:
- Website: www.tracygoodwin.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tracygoodwin.author
- Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1266385510072943
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/author.tracygoodwin/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/tracy_goodwin
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/tracygoodwinaut/
April 18, 2017 — Jennifer Bray Weber (Creating Alpha Men and Women)
Details to come.
Bio: Jennifer Bray-Weber is a proud native Texan. She is a married domestic goddess and stay-at-home mom to two beautiful daughters. Holding two degrees, one in Music and Video Business, the other in Liberal Arts, she has been able to express her creative thinking through a multitude of experiences.
She finds it easy to long for a time and place filled with adventure, danger, grit, strong women and sizzling hot heroes. She asks – doesn’t everyone do this?
Having a creative streak, Jennifer has never been satisfied with the mundane. Fortunately, she has a laundry list of mishaps to prove it. It has only been recently that she has put her imaginative (yeah – let’s go with that) escapes to pen and paper.
In her secret laboratory she fancies calling her “office,” Jennifer brews up stories of perilous quests and tainted love. Add a touch of dark intentions and a pinch of humor, stir in a happily-ever-after, and Shazam! She finds her inspiration in many forms–from as simple as a gesture or a quote, an interesting picture, a movie scene and even a historical fact. But mostly her inspiration is found in music. Just a string of melodic lyrics, the steady beat of a bass drum, or a desperate guitar riff can set the stage for a scene or character. For Jennifer, a song is like a prelude to an intriguing story.
Her interests include writing, reading, traveling (what she likes to call “research”), horseback riding, scrapbooking, shopping, relaxing at the beach, and playing games of darts.
Jennifer dreams in Technicolor fantasies, no matter if she is asleep or awake. Escaping to sail on the high seas, be chased by a treasure-hoarding dragon or play roulette with Confederate spies, Jennifer’s is a world of tempestuous tales and wicked fun. Won’t you join her?
Find Jennifer at http://www.jbrayweber.com/
May 16, 2017 —
To be announced
June 20, 2017 —
To be announced.
July 18, 2017 — Shana Galen
Details to come.
Bio: Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Booklist says, “Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion,” and RT Bookreviews calls her “a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre.” She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.
August 15, 2017 — Kristi Gold
Details to come.
September 19, 2017 — Cheryl Bolen (There’s Gold in Those Subsidiary Rights)
Cheryl Bolen, a publishing veteran who has sold to New York publishers and who has blazed a trail as a successful indie author, will offer tips on how authors can strike gold with the audio and translation rights to their books. Authors who hold onto those rights are in a position to make more money in audio and foreign editions than they’ve made with the English print and eBook editions.
Many authors are venturing into audio and translations in a big way — and without a penny’s investment on their part. Cheryl will explain the easy processes involved in expanding into audio and foreign translations at the September meeting.
Bio: Since being named Notable New Author for 1997, Cheryl Bolen has published more than 35 books with Kensington/Zebra, Harlequin, Love Inspired Historical, Montlake, and independently. She has broken into the top 5 on the New York Times and hit the USA Today bestseller list. Her 2005 One Golden Ring won Best Historical, Holt Medallion, and her 2011 My Lord Wicked was awarded Best Historical in the International Digital Awards, the same year her Christmas novella was chosen as Best Novella. Her books have been finalists for other awards, including the Daphne du Maurier, and have been translated into eight languages. She’s also been the number 1 bestselling historical romance author in Germany.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from the University of Texas and a master’s degree from the University of Houston. Her favorite pursuits are reading diaries of dead English women, traveling to England, and watching the Texas Longhorns play football and basketball. She and her recently retired professor husband are the parents of two sons. One is an attorney, the other a journalist.
- Website: www.CherylBolen.com
- Blog: www.cherylsregencyramblings.wordpress.co
- Facebook: http://fbl.ink/Facebook
October 17, 2017 — Julia Justiss (tba)
Details to come.
Bio: Award-winning historical romance author Julia Justiss has written more than twenty-five novels and novellas set in the English Regency. Her awards include the Golden Heart for Regency from Romance Writers of America, The Golden Quill, and finals in Romantic Times Magazine’s Best First Historical, the National Readers Choice, the Daphne du Maurier and All About Romance’s Favorite Book of the Year.
A voracious reader who began jotting down plot ideas for Nancy Drew novels in her third grade spiral, Julia has published poetry and worked as a business journalist. An avid fan of Georgette Heyer, while unable to work a regular job when her husband was posted at the U.S Embassy in Tunisia, she decided to write her own Regency novel. And never looked back.
She and her husband live in East Texas, where she continues to craft the stories she loves. Check her website www.juliajustiss.com for her latest releases and find her at:
- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JuliaJustissAuthor
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/juliajustiss
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/juliajustiss/
November 21, 2017 — Mary Lindsey/Marissa Clarke (on writing for young adults)
Details to come.
Bio: Mary’s writing is a natural expression of her love of reading and a fascination with the flexibility of the human imagination. Books make the impossible possible.
Prior to attending University of Houston Law School, Mary received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Drama from the University of Houston. She has taught drama and playwriting in a large public high school and English in a private school.
She is a member of RWA, WHRWA, and is a founding member of Houston YA/MG Writers and the QueryTracker.net Blog. Mary is represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency and also writes books for adults under the pen name, Marissa Clarke.
Mary lives in Houston with her husband, three kids, two dogs, her daughter’s pet rats, an Australian Bearded Dragon and dozens of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. (The roaches are a long story—don’t ask.)
December 19, 2017 — Annual Christmas Party
Details to come.
January 16, 2018 —
To be announced.