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Houston Bay Area chapter #30 of Romance Writers of America meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the El Franco Lee Community Center, 9500 Hall 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.

will be held September 12-23, 2017

See conference tab above



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!


January 17, 2017 — Julie Glover (Using Grammar to Enhance Your Voice)

February 21, 2017 — Entangled editor Robin Haseltine (The Secret to Writing Romance that Sells)

March 21, 2017 — Tracy Goodwin (Indie Publishing – be bold, be brave, and realize your potential)

April 18, 2017 — Jennifer Bray Weber (Got Alpha?)

So what makes a male character Alpha? What makes the heroes we love to read about larger than life, someone to fantasize whisking us away? What makes the villains we love to hate someone we want to save?
This workshop is designed to identify what an Alpha male, female, and villain is, their traits, and how to incorporate them into fiction.
Bio: Award-winning author Jennifer Bray-Weber is a proud native Texan. She is a married domestic goddess/beach bum with two beautiful daughters. The type to take on dares, she has been able to express her creative thinking through countless questionable, often hilarious, life experiences. Her interests include writing, reading, traveling (what she likes to call “research”), horseback riding, scrapbooking, shopping, and relaxing at the beach.
The 8th book in her Romancing the Pirate series, The Laird’s Reckoning, is scheduled to release this May.
Join Jennifer’s mailing list for sneak peeks, excerpts, and free giveaways.
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May 16, 2017 — Gerry Bartlett and Nina Bangs (First Impressions)

Details to come…

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.

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 for her latest releases and find her at:

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 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.)

Visit her websites at and

December 19, 2017 — Annual Christmas Party

Details to come.

January 16, 2018 —

To be announced.