Good News from November!

We had an awesome Literacy event meeting and had the wonderful Brenda Novak speak all day long! There were baskets and items for just about any taste ranging from Kindles (two) and Four Day Comic Con passes to baskets with books, chocolate and booze (and much more) :).  It was a great meeting and raised a lot of money for San Diego Literacy programs.  Make sure to mark it on your new calendars to join us next year!

And we had some member GREAT news!

RWASD November 2014 Good News

 Jackie Allen received a request for The Rogue’s Revenge which must be turned in by December 1st.

Terry Blain’s contemporary cowboy romance has been sold to Desert Breeze.

Melissa Cutler was named Member Of The Year for 2014.

Jeanne M. Dickson is a finalist in The Molly for her Contemporary Single Title Eire Ever After.

Carlene Love Flores’ second book in the Sin Pointe series, knowns as Sins Flower is going to print!

Mary Galusha participated in Local Author Day at the Ramona Library, where she was signing Sapphire Skies.

Ruthie Henrick released Twice In a Lifetime in January 2014. She is also a finalist in the I © Indie Contest.

Lisa Kessler’s Blood Moon will release on December 1st.

Georgie Lee won the OKRWA International Digital Award for Historical Short with Hero’s Redemption.

Mary Leo’s Christmas with the Rancher will release on December 1st.

Dara Young was awarded the Barbara Faith 2014 Award for her service to the chapter.

Sorcha Mowbry released A Cowboy’s Christmas Wish as part of the Hot Holiday Treats boxed set on November 3rd. It is currently on the Amazon Best Seller list for Anthologies & Holiday Books.

Sally Orr’s The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide has been nominated for the RT Book Review Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best First Historical.

Members of the month Dara Young and Tameri Etherton with President elect Janet Tait


Member of the Year- Melissa Cutler with former chapter president Sylvia Mendoza


Barbara Faith Award winner Dara Young with former chapter president Sylvia Mendoza

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“When Ducky Sang”- Carlene Love Flores

Carlene Love FloresHi everyone! It’s my first time blogging for my new chapter’s blog and I’m very excited to be here.

So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about gentlemen. You know, the ones who open doors, suffer in silence and yes, even blush. Because sometimes, we fall for the non-alpha male. In a world full of Spartans, Cowboys and the occasional Salvatore brother, they’re a little harder to spot, but they’re there. And they’re adorable as heck. The Ducky’s of the world are just waiting to be the star hero of your next romance novel.

For me, it started the minute I watched Ducky serenading Andie in the record shop. Rewind. For anyone who doesn’t know, Ducky is the Jon Cryer character from the 1986 John Hughes film “Pretty in Pink”. His dark hair was so cool; he may as well have been Elvis. I loved his style of clothes and his shoes, oh man, pure funky coolness. But when he sang, I fell in love. Even though Ducky wasn’t the wanted man in the film, I only ever saw him as this strong, determined, brave soul. He knew what he wanted and he went after it. In my eyes, he was the prize no one wanted and I’ve never understood that.

Does a man’s hard muscle definition trump a tender heart?

As a woman, I do want someone who is strong. But even if lacking insanely sculpted biceps and testosterone of steel, a guy like Ducky is going to stand up for his lady. I have full confidence in that. His machismo is coming from his heart. The heart—it’s a muscle too. At the end of a long day, a Ducky does it for me just as easily as a Navy Seal. To quote Sheryl Crow, all I want to know is are you strong enough to be my man? I think, no, I know, a Ducky would say yes.

I’d love for you to meet my modern-day Ducky. His name is Ben and he’s a giant, quirky webmaster for a rock band. In my book series, The Sin Pointe Novels, he’s a major behind the scenes player and can usually be found brightening the days of everyone around him. I was so proud to give Ben his own story in Sin’s Haven. I hope you’ll check in on Ben and root for him as he struggles to prove why finishing first isn’t always the most important thing for a nice guy.

But now I want to hear from you.

Who are some of your favorite fictional beta heroes and why? For the writers out there, if you were going to cast a non-alpha male as the lead in your story, what qualities would you give him to keep him competitive with his more macho counterparts?

Thanks so much for letting me guest blog today. Love stories rock!

sinshaven1mFind out more about big, gentle Ben in his story here:

A Bit About Carlene:

Carlene Love Flores is a big fan of the stars (especially Orion), honest music (especially Depeche Mode), and her traveling family (no favorites there-she loves them all). These things inspire her intimate style of romance writing. She feels honored to be a member of Washington DC Romance Writers (WRWDC) and RWA San Diego (RWASD). Carlene currently lives in the San Diego area where she can often be found listening to live music and looking up at the sky on clear nights.  If she could touch someone’s heart with her writing the way others have done for her, she’d say truly there never lived a luckier girl.

Carlene would love to hear from you, find her here: