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Friday, May 30, 2008

The Gathering

The Gathering: Mystic Orient, hosted by the
Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter
of RWA.

Come join us as we celebrate excellence in our genre and honor the finalists of the PRISM contest!
Wednesday, July 30 ~ 8:00 to 11:00 PM ~ San Francisco Marriott ~ Golden Gate Hall A1, A2
DEADLINE: July 10, 2008

Admission is for FF&P members only with up to one guest.

FF&P Members: $25.00
Guests: $35.00

Admission includes Chinese themed buffet and desserts, social hour, editor & agent panel, the Prism award ceremony, and commemorative pin

Register online at www.romance-ffp.com

8:00 to 9:00 ~ Social hour
9:00 to 10:00 ~ Editor & agent panel
10:00 to 11:00 ~ Prism Award Ceremony

Questions? email committee head gathering@romance-ffp.com

*Due to the high cost of catering in San Francisco, we will not be accepting registrations at the door.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Reviews for Rowena Cherry

Rowena Cherry is pleased to announce that new reviews have been posted for Insufficient Mating Material and also for Forced Mate.

WRDF Reviews's Page - Writers and Readers of Distinctive Fiction

Not just anyone could write this type of book and have it come across as believable. Rowena’s has accomplished that and much more. A great read. A fun book. I’d highly recommend IMM to my friends. ~LuAnn Morgan WRDF REVIEWS

Not only are the characters wonderfully drawn but the passion sizzles. Combine this with Ms. Cherry’s lovely writing voice, Forced Mate will have you entertained for hours. ~ T.J. Killian WRDF REVIEWS

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tale of the Order - Satyr

Candace Sams announces the release of the sixth Tale of the Order - Satyr. This title is a brand new edition to the fantasy romance series; it's published by Cerridwen Press and is available at bookstores and at the following link: http://www.cerridwenpress.com/productpage.asp?ISBN=9781419915987

Candace Sams will also be releasing Electra Galaxy's Mr. Interstellar Feller (Love Spell) in July. This brand new light futuristic title will be available at the upcoming the RWA National Convention, via Dorchester Publishing.

OTFS Time Travel judge finalized

Update for the On The Far Side Contest.
The Time Travel final judge has been finalized. We're pleased to announce that Margo Lipschultz (Harlequin, Luna) will be the final judge for that category. More info at http://www.romance-ffp.com/OTFS.htm

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Woodsman, OTFS 2007 winner released

2007 Erotica/Romantica OTFS winner The Woodsman by Belle Scarlett has been released this month. Sold on request from OTFS, this novella is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.

Sir Marrok Ulfang, a.k.a. The Biggest, Baddest Wolf in the Enchanted Forest, has been impatiently awaiting the arrival of the comely maiden in the red cloak for over a millennium. After he captures Lady Lily Rouge's carriage, Marrok has only one day to win her heart and claim her first sexual surrender, even if it means giving the nosey pixies fluttering outside his cottage window an eyeful. Otherwise, a wolf shapeshifter he'll stay, damned to remain in the lonely Enchanted Forest forever. But while he can arouse her virginal body to fever pitch, he quickly learns that his spirited, saucy Lily has a mind and will of her own. And the daylight is fading fast.

Meanwhile, the one who cursed Marrok lurks in the forest and will fight to keep the couple from leaving together alive...

Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Magic Knot wins American Title IV

Helen Scott Taylor's paranormal romance THE MAGIC KNOT won the American Title IV contest and will be a February 2009 release from Dorchester. This book is also a Golden Heart Finalist this year. The book cover and first two chapters can be found at www.helenscotttaylor.com

Friday, May 9, 2008

World Building for Writers. Or, Why Everyone in the Galaxy shouldn't Speak English

Linnea Sinclair WILL PRESENT RWAOnline's June 2008 WORKSHOP



***** Permission to Forward Granted *****

RWAR Online Chapter presents:

Class: World Building for Writers. Or, Why Everyone in the Galaxy shouldn't Speak English

Instructor: Linnea Sinclair

Dates: June 2 - 13
Registration Deadline: June 1
Fee: $15 Non-Chapter members. RWAOL Chapter #136 members; free.
Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended!
It's safe and fast! Check and money orders also accepted.

Registration: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

NOTE: -Use your real First and Last Name & Choose Pay Option.
ONLY Chapter #136 members choose the Chapter Member option button.
For more information: workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Commercial fiction today has become more texturally-rich with the melding and combing of genres, from romantic suspense to urban fantasy to science fiction romance.and beyond. Yet too often, writers ignore the depths available and present the reader only with shades of well-known, present day locales with a magician, vampire or rocket ship added. Or else writers go to such depths that the novel ceases to be enjoyable fiction and
instead becomes a dry, intergalactic travelogue or magical species encyclopedic entry.

Multi-award winning science fiction and fantasy romance author Linnea Sinclair's workshop will teach you how to get the most out of your multi-genre novel and explore the importance of world building. You'll learn how to use your 'strangeness budget'; how to create customs, religions, histories, politics and languages; how to maintain reader interest in things known and unknown, and have fun at the same time.

BIO: Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair has become a name synonymous for high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair's novels "have the wow-factor in spades," earning her accolades from both the science fiction and romance communities. Sinclair's
current releases are GAMES OF COMMAND (PEARL Award winner and RITA finalist) and THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES (PEARL Award Honorable Mention), with SHADES OF DARK scheduled for July 2008.

A former news reporter and retired private detective, Sinclair resides in Naples, Florida (winters) and Columbus, Ohio (summers) along with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their two thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at www.linneasinclair.com.

FORMAT: Course is conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWAR Online website. Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access. Instructions for login are presented after the registration pages (or to return to the login instructions, go to http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/WorkshopAppTY.html. The workshop is available for up to one week after the end date and a downloadable archive of the workshop will be available the week following the workshop.

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Using Mythology in Romance

Everything Old Is New Again – Using Mythology in Romance

May 16, 17, and 18 at Romance Divas


P.C. Cast

Robin D. Owens

Gena Showalter

Nancy Madore

Lori Handeland

Alyssa Day

Want to know how to use mythology, culture, fairy tales, or folklore in romance? Romance Divas is hosting a 3-day workshop with some of the hottest names in the genre. It will take place at the Romance Diva Forum. All are welcome. To get access to the forum you will need to register.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Karen McCullough, finalist in the Lories

Karen McCullough is a finalist in both halves of the Lories competitions for published authors.

"Vampire's Christmas Carol," in the BENEATH A CHRISTMAS MOON anthology from Cerridwen, took third place in the Best Published contest, Novella category. A proposal for an unpublished romantic suspense novel was one of six finalists in the Best Proposal from a Published Author contest.

Racing the Moon

Michele Hauf announce the release of RACING THE MOON, the debut title in Silhouette's new Nocturne Bites line.

Find it at: www.nocturnebites.com.

She also sold 3 more Nocturnes and a Nocturne Bites, and two days after that, sold 2 more titles to the Rogue Angel series.

Dar-otter, pearl otter, can’t find me

Shona Husk's fantasy short story ‘Dar-otter, pearl otter, can’t find me’ was published in issue 10 (March 08) of Wet Ink Magazine.

Soul of the Sea

Alison Paige announces her June release from Ellora's Cave, SOUL OF THE SEA , an erotic paranormal romance mermaid tale.

The perfect pearl, a sea’s soul, given by her true mate, can bind a mermaid to the man and the sea forever. Marina never wanted to be bound to anything. But then she meets Michael Sandbar, a human she can’t resist and can only have if she gives up everything she never thought she wanted.

There’s no place Michael Sandbar would rather be than the open water hoping his childhood fantasy love, a mermaid he saw years ago, isn’t a fantasy at all. But when he meets Marina, he’ll have to risk everything, body and soul, to have her.

Dark Nest

Leanna Renee Hieber is pleased to announce her first book release, DARK NEST a futuristic/psychic/fantasy from Crescent Moon Press.

Chief Counsel Ariadne Corinth has just found out her long-time lover, the powerfully gifted Chief Counsel Kristov Haydn, has died. Newly evolved psychically gifted humans have been sent by the Homeworld on a space mission aboard two distinct “Nests”. Relationships between the Light Nest and the Dark Nest have faltered and Ariadne is sure there’s something insidious behind it. In a matter of hours, Ariadne must find out what really happened to Kristov, unite her people to discover vast new powers the Homeworld denied them, or else submit to genocide.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

2008 On the Far Side Contest


2008 On the Far Side Contest

Got fantasy, futuristic, or paranormal? Then the On the Far Side contest is for you!!

Welcome dragons, witches, ghosties, vampires, shape shifters, unicorns, and any creature your imagination can conjure up in a galaxy far far away, in a time long past, or in your very own backyard.

2007 Contest: 3 manuscripts requested! Two sold so far!


  • Must be unpublished in full length fiction (40,000+) for the genre entering/or not published in genre entering for past 5 years
  • First 20 pages of manuscript
  • OPTIONAL synopsis (New)
  • Entry received by DEADLINE: August 8, 2008

Final round judges are acquiring editors and agents of all genres of paranormal romance. Take this opportunity to get your best work in front of:

  • Erotic: Caren Johnson, Caren Johnson Literary Agency
  • Romantic Elements: Lois Winston, Ashley Grayson
  • Futuristic: Stacy Boyd, Harlequin
  • General Paranormal: Erika Tsang, Avon
  • Time Travel: Margo Lipschultz Harlequin, Luna
  • Fantasy: Deborah Werksman, Sourcebooks
  • (New) Young Adult: Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency


All finalists receive a certificate and an OTFS finalist website banner (New).

  • Winners of each category receive a check for $20, a pin, an OTFS winner website banner (New), and a certificate.
  • 2nd Place receives a check for $15 and a certificate
  • 3rd place receives a check for $10 and a certificate

For details and entry forms, go to http://www.romance-ffp.com/contests.htm.

Amber Wentworth
2008 On the Far Side Coordinator

Between Light and Dark

Elissa Wilds announces the sale of her first book as part of a 2 book deal with Dorchester Publishing. Elissa sold as a result of her 2007 On the Far Side Contest win! Between Light and Dark, a very sexy story about a god and a witch who must save Earth from the evil beings trying to destroy it, will be a November 2008 release.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Out of the Storm

Allie Harrison is pleased to announce Out of the Storm, a time travel novel from New Concepts Publishing

Liz Kreger on Blog Talk Radio

Liz Kreger announces her radio interview from Saturday (April 26th) with Blog Talk Radio out of Boston. Set up by Sheila Clover of COS Productions and hosted by David Ewen, the interview may be accessed via the Circle of Seven.

Eternity Waits

Susan Macatee's short vampire romance story, Eternity Waits, is a new release from The Wild Rose Press and currently the #1 bestseller in the Black Rose line and #2 in the overall paranormal line.

Hotter After Midnight

HOTTER AFTER MIDNIGHT, Cynthia Eden's first single-title paranormal romance from Kensington Brava, is available in stores now! HOTTER AFTER MIDNIGHT is the story of Dr. Emily Drake, a psychologist who only treats paranormal patients, and the wolf-shifter detective who challenges her careful control.
Cynthia Eden has been offered another 3-book contract with Kensington Brava.

Insufficient Mating Material

Rowena Cherry is thrilled to announce that INSUFFICIENT MATING MATERIAL is a finalist in the 2008 Golden Quill awards. This well received novel also won the 2008 FANTASM Award for Best Futuristic of 2007 and won the CAPA Award for Best Fantasy of 2007. Review: (SNIP) "...someone wants to kill the Princess. Of course, Djetth's grandmother and Marsh's mother have something to say about that. They set out to prove just how dangerous little old ladies can be."~ Allie Jones

Forced Mate & Mating Net

Review announcements for member Rowena Cherry: FORCED MATE (SNIP) "Political intrigue, culture clashes, gender issues, and romance collide to create a fun and breezy story that made one think just a little." ~ Allie Jones
MATING NET "an escape scene that cries out to be put on the big screen." ~ Allie Jones

2008 Prism Contest

2008 Prism Contest has begun, winners to be announced at the Gathering in San Francisco at the RWA National Conference.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

FF&P chapter of Romance Writers of America Welcomes You

Welcome to the Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal (FF&P) Special Interest Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. The mission of FF&P SIC is to promote excellence in romantic, futuristic, fantasy, time travel and paranormal fiction, to help writers become published in the genre, to provide current information and continuing support to the writers in the romantic, futuristic, fantasy, time travel and paranormal industry.

To both the published and aspiring author in our field, the FF&P is an invaluable group. We have a great newsletter filled with informative articles and market updates, and a website to keep you posted on the latest news in the industry including: author links, new book releases, and FF&P contest info. As serious writers in our field, we have a critiquing group, and an on-line e-group loop. The members of this RWA chapter are a great group of people always there to support their fellow writers.