June Meeting Round Up + Good News

We had a wonderful June meeting filled with fabulous news and inspiring talks!

Last month, Angie Fox spoke about How to Quietly Make Six Figures in Indie Publishing which brought out a ton of RWASD members, hungry for knowledge.

In her talk, Angie discussed how to make a good living and spend time doing what we love to do – writing.  Being a “slower writer” she gave the low down on how you can be successful even if you’re not releasing a new book every 90 days.

She discussed:

  • Writing Smart- Write what you love. Series books sell each other, and how novellas and boxed sets can drive up your sales.
  • Marketing Smart – You don’t have to be everywhere or spend every dime on marketing. All you need is 20 minutes a day on Facebook or Twitter. And Newsletters will help drive your sales
  • Career Structure – Decide who your are, don’t follow trends, and put a good team in place.
  • And Future Planning – Indie publishing is always changing. Even if you don’t follow trends, you can use them to get noticed.

Angie lives by the 80/20 Rule: you get eighty percent of your results from about twenty percent of your effort. Make every effort count! Be smart about your time and energy behind your management strategies.

Next up was Lori James and Cassi Carver from All Romance eBooks giving us Tips From a Booksellers Perspective and How to Make Your Listing Sparkle. These ladies discussed  ARe’s robust search engine and how important metadata is.

A few tips they left us with:

  • Think hard about your key words
  • Don’t undervalue your work. (an average 50k novel sells for about 4.99!)
  • Test your book covers
  • Think about the heat level of your story

Also instead of one, we named FOUR members of the month!

Tameri Etherton, Lisa Kessler, Cynthia Diamond, and Rick Ochocki were honored for all their hard work on May’s Love at the Library event.


Tameri Etherton, Lisa, Kessler, Rick Ochocki, and Cynthia Diamond with president Elect, Tami Vahalik

And the best part of the meeting, Good News!

  • Lisa Kessler’s Harvest Moon is a Finalist in the PRISM Dark Paranormal category. her new book Blue Moon came out on 6/27.
  • Aleigha Siron was in the top 100 of Kindle’s Time Travel romances for an entire month.
  • Rick Ochock won 4th place in WisRWA’s 25th annual FabFive’s contest with his book Out of the Fire.
  • Cynthia Diamond is releasing her 3rd book in the Wyrd Love Series, Dyrad’s Vine on 7/7.

Remember, our next RWA meeting won’t be until August where we will have our after nationals potluck. Until then, have a great RWA Nationals conference and a fantastic month!



Two Fantastic Classes from RWASD!

Feburary is fast approaching and so are some new classes to help you stretch your writing muscles. Be sure take advantage of your RWASD membership and get that discounted rate. Classes are open to non-members as well so even if you’re not a member yet, you can still participate.

Take a look at what we have to offer!

To register for any of our classes, head on over to  http://rwasd.com/training/index.html


Self-Publishing 101 for the Confused and Terrified

Date: February 128th, 2016

Instructor: Kitty Bucholtz

Cost: RWA San Diego Chapter members: $20 Non-members: $25

Interested in self-publishing but terrified you won’t be able to learn all the steps? Willing to learn new things but confused about where to begin? If your answer is a resounding “Yes!” then Self-Publishing 101 for the Confused and Terrified is the class for you.

Kitty will walk you through the process, from how to start your business to how to get your book up for sale to how to promote yourself and your work. You’ll learn about the business side including tax issues, how to find a cover designer or how to create a cover yourself, how to double- and triple-check your work for errors before publishing, and the least complicated way to create an ebook and upload it to the most retailers. By the end of the class, you will know if this is the path you want to take and, if so, how to make it happen in 2016!

Bio: Kitty Bucholtz writes superhero urban fantasy and romantic comedy, often with an inspirational element woven in. After she earned her MA in Creative Writing, she decided to become a writer-turned-independent-publisher, forming Daydreamer Entertainment and self-publishing her first novel in late 2011. She loves to teach writing workshops online and in person, and she’s the founder of Writer Entrepreneur Guides and the WRITE NOW! Workshop.


Developing Stronger Characters through Journaling

Date: February 821st, 2016

Instructor: Catherine Chant

Cost: RWA San Diego Chapter members: $15 Non-members: $20

While exciting events in a book may entertain you, it’s really the characters that grab the your attention and hold it on the page. Strong characters pull you in and keep you invested in the story, turning those pages. Creating a strong character comes from understanding who this imaginary person is inside and out, not just on the surface, and conveying that to the reader. Journaling is a fun way to dig deep enough below the surface to unlock your character’s hidden secrets and bring that character alive on the page.

At the end of this workshop, you will have a better understanding of what makes your main character tick, what drives your character through the story, and how conflict affects character growth and change. You’ll get inside your character’s deepest thoughts and fears to discover what’s missing from his/her life and how to use this to drive your story’s plot to a satisfying conclusion.

The workshop includes exercises with every lesson designed to strengthen the concepts discussed, including several short writing exercises.


Bio: Catherine Chant is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She worked for fifteen years at Boston College as a computing & communications consultant before becoming a full-time writer and online educator. She is the author of a rock ‘n’ roll time travel series, available at Amazon and other online retailers. She has also written two Vampire Diaries novellas for Amazon’s Kindle Worlds program, and is working on the next young adult novel in her Soul Mates series. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year. You can learn more athttp://www.CatherineChant.com.


June Meeting Roundup + Good News

We had a fantastic June meeting with guest speaker, Sara Megibow. Sara is a literary agent at KT Literary where specializes in working with authors in middle grade, young adult, new adult, romance, erotica, science fiction and fantasy. In her inspiring and hilarious talk she told us all about what her job entails. Ten percent of that job involves networking, reading queries, and asking authors for representation. The other ninety percent is all about getting deals for her authors, negotiating those deals, and strategizing for her clients.  Sarah emphasised the importance of format (what  format you release your novel in), distribution (what markets will carry your novel), and subsidiary rights (beyond the novel in audio books and film) in getting a good deal with a publisher.

Awesome swag from some RWASD authors!

Awesome swag from some RWASD authors!

After lunch and a quick Q and A with Sara, it was on to a round of “Speed Dating” with members of our chapter. Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, Cassie Carver, Georgie Lee, Jillian Stone, Lisa Kessler, HelenKay Dimon, and Kitty Bucholtz gave us ten minutes of their expertise on various topics such as, how to be a healthy writer, how to write like a po et, making memorable characters, creating chapter hooks,staying persistent, plotting, and restarting yourself.

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom demonstrates uses for a foam roller.

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom demonstrates uses for a foam roller.

Kitty Bucholtz speaks on restarting yourself.

Kitty Bucholtz speaks on restarting yourself.

Our Atta Girl award went to Jackie Allen for writing through her grief over losing her writing partner and friend, Terry Blain.

The Member of the Month is Jillian Stone for working hard to keep our PALs program entertaining.
Member of the month Jillian Stone (right) with RWASD Vice-President Tameri Etherton.

Member of the month Jillian Stone (right) with RWASD Vice-President Tameri Etherton.

 On to my favorite part of our meeting, our Good News!
  • Laura Connors published The Feast, an erotic short story.
  • Tameri Etherton won the San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy for The Stones of Kaldaar. She is also a finalist in the FF&P’s PRISMs contest with The Stones of Kaldaar.
  • Lisa Kessler is a finalist on the FF&P PRISMs award for Best Novella with Night Angel. She’s also a finalist in the Award of Excellence Co. Romance Writers contest in the Best Paranormal category for Blood Moon.
  • Rick Ochocki earned his RWA Pro pin.
  •  Deborah Reed was a finalist in the Best Published General Fiction category of the San Diego Book Awards, along with her co-author Lisa Shapiro, for their novel, The Chamber and The Cross.
  •  Bob Richard (RW Richard) was a finalist in the Best Published Romance category of the San Diego Book Awards for his novel, A More Perfect Union.
  •  Janet Tait was a finalist in the Best Published Fantasy category of the San Diego Book Awards for her novel, Cast Into Darkness.
  •  Karri Thompson won the San Diego Book Award for Best Published YA novel with Mirror X.

Our winner for June’s Write for the Money is Kristin Rockaway. Congratulations, Kristin! Remember, if you signed up for our next Write for the Money, you have two months instead of one to complete your tasks.

That’s all for the meeting recap. We’ll see you all next time at the August potluck!





Upcoming Classes at RWASD!

We have some amazing classes coming up in the next two months through RWASD. It’s a perfect time to register and take advantage of the fantastic knowledge at your fingertips. I know I’ll be registering for a few.

Check out the four upcoming classes we are offering!

Medicine Before 1840: What you need to know to heal or kill your characters

Date: June 128, 2015

Instructor: Georgie Lee

Cost: RWA San Diego Chapter members: $20 Non-members: $25

Open to: All

Please register at http://rwasd.com/training/index.html

Radical changes in medicine in the mid 19th century changed the way people dealt with wounds and diseases and helped usher in the age of modern medicine. Before this time, centuries of habit, ancient texts, a lack of understanding about hygiene, germ theory, anatomy and illness dominated treatment and the training of doctors and surgeons.

This class will also offer insight into past medical practices as well as when certain medical techniques and ideas first emerged and could therefore be plausible in a story. We’ll also explore infectious disease, wounds and battlefield medicine using both firsthand accounts and contemporary sources.


A lifelong history buff, award winning author Georgie Lee hasn’t given up hope that she will one day inherit a title and a manor house. Until then, she fulfills her dreams of lords, ladies and a season in London through her stories. When not writing, she can be found reading non-fiction history or watching any movie with a costume and an accent. You can connect with her at www.georgie-lee.com.


Scrivener for Writers

Date: June 1-30, 2015

Instructor: Patrick Haggerty

Cost: RWA San Diego Chapter members: $20 Non-members: $25

Open to: All

Please register at http://rwasd.com/training/index.html

As writers, we’ve all spent time hunched over a keyboard trying to get our thoughts into some word processor. Word processors such as Word and Pages work ok when it comes to writing fiction but their focus is much more on processing your words (layout, font, headers, footers, etc) than on the creative process. Enter Scrivener.

Scrivener is the premier application for the creation of novels, novellas, and like works. It allows you to write your story the way you want and helps you integrate your research, planning, writing, etc. all into one tool. This course will teach you, the writer, how to best use Scrivener for everything from planning your scenes to generating output for your publisher.

Lectures will be presented using recorded videos so you can hear and see as your instructor explains and demonstrates everything you need to become effective with Scrivener. Each lecture will be announced through the email list and will be accompanied by a brief timeline. Students will then be able to use the same forms/list to ask questions, discuss lectures, etc.


After a failed attempt at college and four years in the USMC learning to be a better apex predator, Patrick Haggerty attended Georgia State University where he studied to be an Actuary. Not a very romantic or literary major, but a good paying one. He started consulting on software development and design in 1997 and has spent most of the time since developing and delivering technical training courses for Learning Tree International.

In 2004, while stuck reading a mediocre book in yet another hotel, Patrick decided to try his hand at writing fiction. He may not be published but these days you are much more likely to find him spending his evenings writing romance, than code. Patrick is an active member of RWAmerica, RWAustralia, RW New Zealand, and is President of the Outreach International chapter of the Romance Writers of America.


Self-Publish Your Way to PAN

Date: July 1-22, 2015

Instructor: Karen Ritter

Cost: RWA San Diego Chapter members: $20 Non-members: $25

Open to: All

Please register at http://rwasd.com/training/index.html

In this course you will learn:


Can you self publish your way to the NY Times Best Sellers List?


Editor, formatter, cover designer, etc.


Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, ARe, Kobo, Apple, /Googleplay, D2D, etc.


What is it and will it get my book in bookstores and libraries?


Tags, Description, Categories, Distribution, Royalties and much more.


How Do I Get My Book Noticed?

Why would I want to give your book away for Free?

Is 99 cents the new free

BONUS: Should you turn your books into Audible books?

Bio: Karen J. Ritter supports herself as an indie author. She has published five books to date; SANDMAN, NIGHTSCREAM, LAST SCREAM, SPIRITS IN THE TREES, SPIRITS AMONG US. All her books are on bestsellers lists for their genre. She writes under the pen name of Morgan Hannah MacDonald. Her titles are available in ebook and trade paperback as well as audio book. You can find Karen at http://www.morganhannahmacdonald.com.


Geeks and Gamers’ Guide to Worldbuilding

Date: July 6–19th, 2015

Instructor: Eilis Flynn

Cost: RWA San Diego Chapter members: $15 Non-members: $20

Open to: All

Please register at http://rwasd.com/training/index.html

No matter what you’re writing, you have to make your readers believe in the world you’re writing about. Comic books and video games (and games in general, for that matter) have been particularly successful in doing this. We’ll examine the worlds and universes that comics and games have built, why they work so well (sometimes even across media to film), and how we can use those concepts in our own writing.


Eilis Flynn has worked at a comic book company, a couple of Wall Street brokerage firms, a wire news service, and a magazine for futurists. She’s also dined with a former British prime minister and a famous economist, can claim family ties to the emperor of Japan and the president of a major telecommunications company, and met her husband when he asked her to sign a comic book. She’s written romantic fantasies and futuristics and comic books, as well as articles on finance, mortgage-backed securities, and precious metals. Her most recent book, Wear Black, was cowritten with historical romance author Heather Hiestand and is available at most online retailers. She’s also a professional editor with nearly 40 years of experience. She can be reached ateilisflynn@aol.com.

Why I Love RWASD Meetings.

My first RWASD meeting was only a year ago. I was brand new to the writing world, completely clueless and utterly terrified. I only showed up because a professional romance writer I chatted with on Facebook encouraged me to attend.

“Trust me,” she said. “This is one of the best things you can do if you want to become a pro.”

So I sucked it up, put down my money, and went. The drive there was nerve-wracking. I was convinced that I’d be laughed at or worse, ignored. I mean, why would all these veteran authors even acknowledge me? I barely had a manuscript finished!

So many nightmare scenarios ran through my head:

“Oh the newb is here. Ugh. I hate newbs. I bet she doesn’t even have a manuscript.”

“How DARE she invade our space!”

“She was probably born in a barn and raised by goats! We don’t allow goat children at our meetings!”

Alright so, my fear was completely irrational. But my heart was in my throat none the less when I walked through that door.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The warmth I was greeted with was overwhelming. So many welcomes! So many fantastic people introducing themselves! They asked for my name, what I write, and where I’m from…

“Oh you write paranormal? So do I! We need to chat!”

“You should sit here. This is a great place to see the speakers. Do you need a pen and paper for notes?”

“Seriously, you’re going to love these meetings. We’re happy to have you!”

These authors were genuinely interest me? A nobody? Yes, yes they were. Some were beginners like me, some were season vets, some were NY Time best sellers but all of them had a passion for telling stories. That passion was contagious. And all of them remembered their first meeting and how it felt to walk through that door, wanting to soothe that terror.

I dove in head first and never looked back.

RWASD meetings are a wonderful place for support an encouragement. Every time I attend I am reminded on why I chose this career and leave feeling inspired. The camaraderie combined with the excellent speakers and opportunities to talk with agents, best selling authors, and publishing pros give budding romance writers a unique and valuable opportunity to learn not only the craft but the industry.

If you are reading this, and are currently debating attending your first RWA meeting, I will be that encouraging voice on the internet.


Go to the meetings.

Its one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Everyone needs a support system and the people in RWASD are there just for that. And trust me, once you want through that door, you’ll want to keep coming back again and again.

Information on our upcoming meeting can be found here.

Finding Focus

“Con-Cen-Tra-Tion! Can-You-Hear-Me? If-So-Lets-Go!”

-I’m probably the only one who remembers that little rhyme from grade school.

Like a lot of writers, I’m always on the search for an ideal setting to write in. We’ve all dreamt about a perfect place where the sun is shining, the perfect breeze drifts through your pristine lace curtains, and the sound of the cheerfully chirping birds serenade you as steam from your freshly brewed cup of tea wafts the delicate smell of roses into your nostrils. My ideal spot is both in a cosy coffee shop with a warm latte by my side, or cool towel on the beach with the waves of the ocean crashing against the rocks.

Just you, your writing, and peace. It’s the only place you can get any writing done whatsoever.

Yeah, we all know that’s bull.

If you’re anything like me, you write in pure chaos. I find my laptop time is spent crunched up on the corner of my couch with a fat, meowing cat on my head. The only serenades I get are the “pew pew pews!” coming from my husband’s Playstation as he destroys aliens. And lets not get started on the constant cell phone interruptions, bathroom breaks, stomach growls, and while I don’t have children, I’m sure that just adds even more to the mix for those who do.

Lets face it. We are busy, busy people! I’ve had a writer tell me that the only place she can get words in was at her son’s soccer games. I sneak words in while at work in between unruly customers. Another writer I know writes everything in a small journal she hangs around her neck while working at a daycare and transcribes it later. Through our chaotic lives, focus eludes us. You write with distractions, you write while multi-tasking, and when you go back to review your work, you cock your head to the side and think “What the hell did I just write?”

Focus can be eluding.

Everyone has their own ways of finding “The Zone.” A big factor for my focus is sound. Voices are a huge problem for me. I will listen in on the conversations around me instead of the conversations my characters are having inside my head. So instead of being a nosy busy body, I plug my headphones into various “white noise” websites to keep my focus steady.

Here are just a few I use:

  • Focus at Will is my favorite. It generates music that helps enhance concentration
  • MyNoise.net has everything. You want coffee shop murmurs? Ocean waves? Spooky ambient sounds? This one has it.
  • Rainy Mood is exactly what it sounds like. A lovely rainy day.

Once I can get my ears concentrated on something else I can hear the voices of my characters as clear as a bell. Then I can write with numerous cats on my head while the husband saves the galaxy… In high-definition stereo. Even when I can’t get to that perfect coffee shop, I still keep on writing. That makes the visits to my ideal spot all the more productive.

What are your favorite ways to find focus? Or are you someone who can concentrate in any situation? Do you have an ideal writing space to retreat to? Do you write with a cat on your head?

Share with us in the comments section! …Especially if you write with a cat on your head. I want to feel less alone in that respect.



Meet The Chapter Mates: Tameri Etherton

What better way to get to know our own chapter than with a good old-fashioned interview! Once a month we’ll be picking a chapter mate to find out a little more about them and their current projects.

Tameri Etherton Bio Pic web

This month we’re featuring Tameri Etherton, author of The Stones of Kaldaar.

Tameri is a fun-filled gal who has a passion for writing. She shares that passion with everyone she meets. Lets find out a little more about her!



Tell us a little about yourself! Who are you? What do you write?

I’m a glittery kind of gal who loves a good cup of tea, chatting with friends, and hanging out with my prince charming. My two kids also keep me busy, but I make the time to write every day.

I love writing in a variety of genres ~ fantasy, romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and erotic romance, mostly. Switching genres helps me keep energized and excited about the stories. Especially since I’m writing a series and being immersed in that world for too long makes me miss little details. Switching to erotic romance swings me right out of that funk!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’ve heard a writer is someone who writes. So, I’ve always considered myself a writer because I’ve been writing ever since I can remember. I didn’t consider myself an author until my first novel was published. It’s still a thrill to see my name on a finished book and realize, hey, I’m an author.

What does RWASD mean to you?

RWASD is full of wonderful, soul-enriching men and women who each month fill my creative well with their support, their achievements, and their friendship. I adore the members of our chapter and look forward to seeing everyone at the meetings. It’s humbling to be part of an organization with so many accomplished authors, all of whom are incredibly giving with their time, their advice, and their experience. It makes me want to pay it forward to the next generation of writers and that’s a beautiful thing.

Etherton - GrootWhat is the biggest challenge you have faced on your journey to becoming a writer?

Learning everything I didn’t know! Writing is the easy part ~ it’s discovering the minutiae of what it takes to publish a book. There’s always more to learn, more to figure out, more to frustrate the heck out of you, but you’ve got to persevere. This writing gig is the best job in the world. Not only that, it’s my passion. And when you have a true passion for something, you never stop challenging yourself to be better. For me, that’s being a better writer, mentor, and business person. It’s that last one that always trips me up, but to publish books, you have to understand the business of writing as well as the craft of putting words to paper.

What would you consider your ‘Magic Moment’ while writing? When you love what you are doing? When you feel most in the zone and the words just flow?

I love writing, so pretty much any time I sit down to write, it’s a magic moment. I tend to plot while napping, or walking, or cleaning the house, so I don’t often have trouble with the story and when I sit down to write, I write. My true magic moments come when I’m reading over my work—to edit, revise, or just to remind myself where I was at in the story—and a scene captures my heart. There are several scenes in both book one and two of the fantasy series that I’ll cry each and every time I read them. Those moments are magic. Every. Single. Time.

Where is the weirdest place or what is the weirdest thing that inspired an idea?

Well, just the other day I was lying on a nice heated table with acupuncture needles in my face, ears, arms, and legs. Which meant I couldn’t move. There I was, just relaxing when it occurred to me I had to kill off a character I love. I understood it with such clarity that it hit me hard. I might even have shed a few tears, which was awkward because I couldn’t move. Then I hoped the poor doctor didn’t come in because he’d freak and think I was in pain from the acupuncture. I’m still bummed I have to kill this character, but it’s what the story demands.

Steamy or sweet? Which do you prefer?


If you could go back 20 years ago, What advice would you give yourself?

 Stay awesome. Everything you’re doing, it’s going to work out in the end, just keep doing it! Oh, and I’d tell myself how much I think she’s super fabulous and to not listen to the haters. Then I’d give myself a kiss and whisper, ‘I love you’.

 Tell us about your latest novel!

Tameri's current book "The Stones of Kaldaar" is available now!

Tameri’s current book “The Stones of Kaldaar” is available now!

Sweet! I love chatting about books. My latest novel is book two in the Song of the Swords fantasy series. The Temple of Ardyn continues the story of a young woman who was raised on Earth and taken to another world. Half of her family is out to kill her, there’s an assassin stalking her, and her evil sister betrays her in the most vile way imaginable. All of this is happening to her while she’s learning to control magical powers. It’s crazy fun. Oh yeah, and in this book she gets to have sexy time with her betrothed. Readers were a little upset they didn’t hook up in book one. But the villains sure did! I think the readers will be quite pleased with Taryn and Rhoane’s relationship for a little while. Then it might break their heart. I know it does mine. But I’m a sappy kind of gal, and every book needs a little happily ever after. Until the next book…


To find out more about Tameri and her work, visit her website: A Cup of Tea and Sorcery.

2012 Spring into Romance Contest Winners

RWA-SD is proud to announce the winners in the 2012 Spring into Romance contest: 

Contemporary Single Title Romance: Angela James (Executive Editor Carina Press) 

•1st Place: Clear As Glass – Lynn Kellan aka Lynn Wilson (full requested)
•2nd Place: Kiss Me Twice – Alexa Darin aka Alexis Hancock (full requested)
•3rd Place: Famous Complications – Carolyn Kurle
•Honorable Mention: Appointment with Danger – Judith A. Gallardo

Novel w/Strong Romantic Elements/Mainstream: Kevan Lyon (Marshal Lyon Literary Agency)

•1st Place: Wrestling with Alligators – Lateia Elam Sandifer (Full requested)
•2nd Place: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – Lila Gillard aka Lea Marie Taddonio
•3rd Place: Heaven and Earth – Rachael Davila***
•Honorable Mention: Boundaries – Christine Zilius Mason

Paranormal Romance: Sue Grimshaw (Category Specialist & Editor at Large Random House)
•1st Place: Tracked Through Time – Becky Lower
•2nd Place: Blood Sworn: The Shadow of Death – Trisza LeAnn Ray
•3rd Place: Halo Book 1: Arras – CT Green aka Cass Green 
•Honorable Mention: Shadowman – Linda Kelley

Historical Romance: Laura Bradford (Bradford Literary Agency) 

•1st Place: Sweet Surrender – Erin Satie aka Erin Bauer (Full and synopsis requested)
•2nd Place: Dealer’s Choice – Mayo M. Lucas (150 pages and synopsis requested)
•3rd Place: My Lady Untamed – Anna Cowan 
•Honorable Mention: The Telegraph Husband – Linda Gilman

Romantic Suspense: Leis Pederson (Associate Editor Berkley Publishing Group) 

•1st Place: Deadly Harvest – Judith A. Gallardo
•2nd Place: Night Hush – Leslie Jones
•3rd Place: Fill or Kill – K. McKinley aka Candace Lucas
•Honorable Mention: Mesmerized in Madagascar – GG Khaa aka Georgi Guthridge

Young Adult: Suzie Townsend (Nancy Coffey Literary & Media) 

•1st Place: Operation Breakup – Jeanmarie Anaya
•2nd Place: Retribution – Stephanie Baassler
•3rd Place: Keepers – Kelly Hayes*** 
•Honorable Mention: Malice in Wonderland – Maria Raylene aka Maria Bautista 

Category or Series Romance: Keyren Gerlach (Associate Editor Harlequin)

•1st Place: Inherited Family – Amanda Sumner (synopsis and three chapters requested)
•2nd Place: His Blackmailed Bride – Ella Audrey 
•3rd Place: An Unexpected Find – Elizabeth Hunter aka B.E. Beck
•Honorable Mention: Mandy’s Marine – Amy Lamont aka Amy Bender

*** Denotes RWASD Member

Multiple winners in the Honorable Mention category indicates a tie. 

We would like to thank all the entrants for their hard work and diligence, the SIRC Coordinators for their hard work and patience and perseverance, the 1st Round Judges for all their hard work and effort, and the Final Judges for taking time from their often killer schedules to help and support the chapter. We could not have done it without you!!! 

We look forward to seeing you next year and until then, keep writing!!!

The Write Stuff writer’s workshops

Are you a writer with a story that wants to be told?

A book that wants to be published?                        

The Friends of the Valley Center Library Present:
Three streamlined, information-packed fiction-writing workshops given by

 published author instructors.


May 5 – HelenKay Dimon & Linda Thomas-Sundstrom“Creating Great Dialogue – In Fiction”
May 12 – Chris Green – “From Small Town, Texas, to a colony on Mars: World building for whatever you’re writing”

Time:   10:00 – 12:00 (Please arrive 10 minutes early to assure a prompt start.)

Place:  Valley Center Library, 29200 Cole Grade Road, Valley Center, CA 92082

Cost:   $10.00 per session.  You can take one or two sessions.

Registration:   Pre-enrollment and payment are required at least one week prior to each session.  Register by April 25 for the May 5 session.  Class size will be limited.   No refunds.   No walk-ins.

Need more info?  Email: writer.workshop@yahoo.com  or visit the Friends of the Library Bookstore on Friday afternoons / ask for Linda.