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Houston Bay Area chapter #30 of Romance Writers of America meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Kirkmont MUD Building, 10102 Blackhawk Rd., Houston, TX 77089. See map.

Meetings begin at 7:30 PM, with social time starting at 7:00 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? — what makes heroes larger than life)


May 16, 2017 — Gerry Bartlett and Nina Bangs (That Critical First Impression)

Whether it’s your book cover, title, back cover copy or the first few pages of your novel, you have only a few seconds to capture the interest of your audience. Some of us are pursuing an indie career and that means we have to try to engage a reader. Others want to find an agent or editor at a traditional publishing house. Learn tried and true methods for snagging that sale or getting that request.
Multi-published New York Times bestselling author Nina Bangs and bestselling author Gerry Bartlett have sold almost fifty books between them and know what it takes to get a reader, editor or agent to not only read their work but to pay money for it. So join us for a workshop that will help you make sure you are doing things right as you pursue your own writing career.
There will be door prizes.
Gerry Bartlett is the nationally bestselling author of nineteen books, including romantic suspense and a historical written as Lynn McKay and the long running Real Vampires series, featuring Glory St.Clair, a curvy vampire who was bloating when she was turned in 1604. Gerry is a native Texan and lives halfway between Houston and Galveston where she has an antiques business that lets her indulge her shopping addiction. You can see her purse collection on Pinterest. Her latest release is Texas Fire from Kensington’s Lyrical Shine. Sign up for her newsletter at or follow her on facebook, twitter or goodreads.

Nina Bangs is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five paranormal romances. Her twenty-sixth, Forever Wicked, will be released soon. She lives under the iron paw of her cat, Abby, in a condo with a water view. When not reading or writing, she dreams of investigating old castles in hopes of meeting a few resident ghosts. 


June 20, 2017 — Susan Muller (Digging deep–Enhancing your manuscript with deep POV)

The two main elements of a novel are plot and character. Plot drives a story forward, but deep point of view insures the reader is invested in a character. Discover several techniques for deepening POV and ways to avoid yanking readers out of your story.


Bio: Susan Muller lives in Spring, Texas with her rescue dog, Maggie. When not writing she can be found reading, traveling, snorkeling, playing with her grandkids, or volunteering at a local hospital.


July 18, 2017 — Shana Galen (How to Get the Most Out of Any Conference)

It’s conference season, and the most anticipated conference of the year is upon us. In just a few weeks, thousands of romance writers—your peers—will arrive in Orlando, FL for the RWA National Conference. The conference is four days of workshops, luncheons, publisher spotlights and open houses, pitching and networking opportunities. Find out how you can make the most of this or any conference, even if you’re an introvert or have attended dozens of conferences previously.

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 (on Dialogue)

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. MEMBERS ONLY.

January 16, 2018 —

To be announced.