LVRWA-WRITER’S RETREAT

Headed up to Mt Charleston this weekend for my chapter’s 1st writer’s retreat.

Our featured speaker is Rebecca Zanetti, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

I know I’m going to learn a lot.  Meet other romance writers-share war stories, and hopefully make new friends in the romance writing community.

If it snows maybe we’ll have a team building snowman making event. As we create our snowmen we can create a love story to go with them.

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Debut Authors

Today I received my January 2018 Romance Writers Report, and my name is the fourth one down on the list of debut authors.

What a thrill.

Going to frame page 32 of the RWR and whenever I think I can’t do this I will look at that framed picture and believe YES I CAN.

Very proud moment for me.

 

Things I hope to accomplish in 2018

Some people say write down your goals, some people say just do it.  (I’m not much of an athlete, the Nike-just do it, is not for me)

What I hope to do in 2018.

1-Edit my 65,000 word contemporary and find it a home.

2-Finish the 2nd contemporary I’ve been hashing around in my head for a couple of years.

3-Take for classes on craft, marketing, and network.

4-Most of all…keep my butt in the chair. 🙂

 

 

Vegas Valley Book Festival

LVRWA- Las Vegas Romance Writers of America. An organization which I’m a proud member. We had a booth at the book festival last Saturday, October 21st 2017.  Our chapter gave away FREE romance books by several authors including authors from our own chapter.

I got to autograph some advance copies of ‘Love for the Holidays’ which is releasing November 3rd 2017. Let me say it was an amazing experience for me. This is my first published work, and the feeling of accomplishment is hard to describe.

If you’re a local, or even an out-of-towner that loves books – it is a must to attend. They  schedule as an all day event on a Saturday during the month of October each year.  There are author panels, food, drinks, and books books, books in every genre .

See you there next year.

A Sad Day for the City of Las Vegas

This morning we woke up to the tragic news of a mass shooting on the Vegas Strip.

Most of us worked today in shock.  It will take days, weeks, and in some cases months to find some answers for this senseless act.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those having friends and loved ones affected by this tragedy.

Thanks to the unknown hero’s who had no regard for their own safety while they rescued so many people they did not even know.

America Strong.

Las Vegas Strong.

Cruising the Gulf and Beyond

It’s Bon Voyage to me!!!   Carnival and Royal Caribbean will be my home for the next few weeks.

Got my laptop, sunblock, and ten pairs of shoes (a gal can never have too many shoes when traveling)  I’m off to explore Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Nassau, and  Freeport…OH MY!!

Hurricane Irma has changed our itinerary, but she hasn’t dampened our spirits. In fact, that feisty storm whipped up a plot idea for a paranormal romance.

Crystal blue ocean waters, amazing sunsets and sunrises await.

 

 

Romance is Hotter in Vegas – quote from LVRWA

Las Vegas Romance Writers meet every 3rd Saturday, and yesterday was a fabulous get-together and amazing program.

Tara Taylor Quinn – USA Today bestselling author was the speaker. She talked at editing and publishing. I learned a lot, and some of what she said I knew from trail and error.   This made me feel as if I am on the right track with my writing career.

As a writer, whether you choose to go with a traditional publisher, or self-publish Tara gave all that attended a great overview on do’s, don’ts, and most of all do what feels right for you.

Stop and think. What do you want as a writer? A career? Publish that one book from your heart? Money? Fame? Know before going in…have a game plan that fits you, and your needs.

Again, a great day.  Thank you Tara Taylor Quinn!