June 2014 RWASD Good News


–          Dawn Boese (guest) has started writing again after a very long hiatus. She is working on a YA. Way to go, Dawn!

–          Susan Burns has finaled in the Celtic Hearts Chapter contest with her contemporary, A Perfect Match. And while at the RT’s Pitch-a-palooza, Susan received requests for her tennis contemporary, an erotic romance, and a steampunk novel. Awesome news, Susan. Good luck!

–          Teresa Carpenter and Jill Limber will have a July release with Project:Dream Girl. Congrats Teresa and Jill!

–          Jeanne M. Dickson won 1st place in the Inspiration category of the Central Florida RWA’s contest Touch of Magic with her fantastically named Bring Yer Wellies to the Wedding. Congratulations, Jeanne!

–     Judy Duarte sold 3 books to Harlequin Special Edition. Wow. Great job, Judy!

–     Lisa Kessler’s Moonlight is doing all kinds of crazy. It won the Holt Medallion Paranormal Award of Merit, and is a finalist in the Reader’s Crown as well as the San Diego Book Awards. *News Flash* Just hours before this went to press, Moonlight won the San Diego Book Award in the Romance category. Woohoo!!! Way to go, Lisa!

–          Toni Noel recently found out that every single one of her Desert Breeze e-books is going to print. That’s amazing. Congratulations, Toni!

–          Indy Quillen finished her third book and is now in edit mode. Great job, Indy!

–         Cassi Carver’s newest book, “If You Want Me” hit the shelves June 24, 2014! Congratulations, Cassi!

June Atta Girl Demi Hungerford (also June Atta Girl given to Tami Vahalik- no photo yet) And Member of the month Laura Connor- both with President-elect Janet Tait!

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We love bragging about your good news and can’t wait for August’s Edition. Between Nationals, the planned writing retreats and a month with no meeting, let’s hope August’s Good News list is at least two pages long. Our chapter rocks!



First Page Critique -#2

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Fantasy submission-

Chapter One


Clouds, dark as pewter, blocked the sunlight that only an hour ago warmed the tiny flat. Defiant rays struggled through the mass to touch those rushing through their errands to make it home before the inevitable summer storm released a torrent of rain. After a year in perpetually sun-soaked California, Taryn had forgotten how finicky London’s weather could be.

She leaned against the window sill, feeling the old wood cut into her thin T-shirt. Some said the pub, and the flat above it, were as ancient as their neighbor the Tower, but Taryn knew the building was even older. It’s stone fireplace, where a blaze crackled against the chill, gave away many of the building’s secrets. She’d spent too many hours in the past few months studying it and every inch of the flat, putting her archeological skills to use to stave off boredom. The flat wasn’t home in the traditional sense, more of a stopping place between their travels, but since Brandt’s unexpected retirement, it had become more of a prison than anything else.

No personal effects littered the rooms, nor were there any photos of her and her grandfather on the walls. Just a few odds and ends collected from the far reaches of the world. Even the kitchen lacked any sort of homey warmth and the dishes, Taryn shook her head as she tracked a raindrop down the length of the thick window pane, well they were almost as old as the beams that stretched across the ceiling. Chipped pieces of porcelain that she’d often thought of replacing, but could never bring herself to actually do. It was the one tangible part of her childhood she could recall. Sunday mornings sitting by the fireplace enjoying a cuppa with Brandt.