Sunday, April 27, 2014

Support a Worthy Cause

Brenda, her son, Thad, and "furry" friend

Starting May 1st, and running throughout the entire month, author Brenda Novak (Whiskey Creek Series) will hold her 10th annual online auction with proceeds benefiting The Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami. Over the years, the event has raised over $2 million dollars to help battle this dreadful disease.

Auction items, too numerous to list here, include an 11” MacBook Air, Kindle 8.9, trip to 2015 RT Booklovers Convention in Dallas, Texas, fabulous lunches and delightful conversation with many authors including Brenda herself, Lee Child, and Debbie Macomber…plus books, books, and more books. 

Crimson Romance has also donated items including a FULL manuscript critique from Crimson Executive Editor, Tara Gelsomino. Plus, members of my RWA chapter, From the Heart Romance Writers, have donated an ebook bundle featuring a variety of romance sub-genres.

For more information, to check out all the great auction items, and to register as a shopper now, visit,

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For more information on the Diabetes Research Institute, visit,

Thank you, and good luck with your bidding!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Holidays!

No, I'm not talking those holidays...I'm talking Spring Holidays.

This week we mark two very special holidays on the Jewish and Christian calendars -- Passover, which begins at sundown tomorrow... 

...and, Easter on Sunday, April 20th...

My WIP and "family time" will keep me from posting next week. I'll be back on Sunday, April 27th. Until then, I wish everyone a wonderful, blessed, peaceful week...

...and "Happy Holidays!"

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Writing Conference Update

It's writing conference season, the time to network with our writing colleagues, pick the brains of workshop leaders, and introduce industry professionals to our work. Below is a list of conferences currently open for enrollment.

17th Annual “Shining the Light on Romance” Networking Luncheon sponsored by Long Island Romance Writers, Inc., May 9, 2014; Inn at Fox Hollow, Woodbury, NY; FMI,

“Playing with Words,” 27th Pennwriters Annual Conference, May 16-18, 2014; Eden Resort, Lancaster, PA. For more details on workshops, speakers, editors, and agents, visit,

66th Annual Philadelphia Writers Conference, June 6-8, Wyndham Hotel, Philadelphia, PA; FMI,

2014 Southeastern Writers Workshop, June 13-17; Epworth by the Sea, St.
Simons, Island, Georgia; all genres represented, FMI,

2014 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, August 1-3; Roosevelt Hotel, New York City; For list of speakers and hotel information, 

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