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June 3, 2019
    Congratulations to all who entered and put your work in the hands of strangers.     CONTEMPORARY SERIES Final Round Editor: Brittany Lavery ~ Assistant Editor, HQN FIRST ~ Debauchery by Kristine Charles SECOND ~ Love on the Books by Betsy Gray THIRD ~ Love by the Numbers by Lucy Lanier HONORABLE MENTION ~ Teach Me by Kat Turner     FANTASY, FUTURISTIC & PARANORMAL (Alternate Earth, Dystopian, Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal, Time Travel) Final Round Editor: Kristine Swartz ~ Associate Editor, Berkley Publishing Group FIRST ~ Deal With The Devil by Melissa Shirley SECOND ~ Suspended in Silk by Kyra Dusk THIRD ~ Tremors by Anastasia Abboud HONORABLE MENTION ~ 2033: Ancestor Resurrection by Deborah DeHaemer     HISTORICAL Final Round Editor: Elle Keck ~ Assistant Editor, Avon Books FIRST ~ How to Steal a Kilt by Gina Conkle SECOND ~ Fallen For The Earl by Amy Mackey THIRD ~ The King’s Secret by Blake Ferre HONORABLE MENTION ~ The Sapphire by Courtney Scalo HONORABLE MENTION ~ A Wild and Wooly Texan by Katie Barrett     INSPIRATIONAL Final Round Editor: Raela Schoenherr ~ Acquisitions Editor, Bethany House Publishers FIRST ~ Remember Not by Barbara Ellin Fox SECOND ~ Abounding Hope by Cindy Stewart THIRD ~ A Singular Truth by Loraine Nunley HONORABLE MENTION ~ Upon a Hearth of Steel by Amy Grochowski     MAINSTREAM with ROMANTIC ELEMENTS Final Round Editor: Cat Clyne ~ Editor, Sourcebooks FIRST ~ Stand-Up Guy by Miranda Darrow SECOND ~ The Guardian’s Mark by Victoria Mencio THIRD ~ False News by Joan Koster HONORABLE MENTION ~ Crocodile Tears by Kilby Blades*     ROMANTIC SUSPENSE Final Round Editor: Lexi Smail ~ Associate Editor, Grand Central Publishing FIRST ~ Spy Vs. Spy by P.A. DePaul SECOND ~ Deadly Aim by Tracy Brody THIRD ~ Hardwired by R.R. Taylor HONORABLE MENTION ~ We Can’t Be Friends by Eliza Fyre     SINGLE TITLE Final Round Editor: Cristina Lupo ~ Editorial Assistant, Forever and Forever Yours / Grand Central Publishing FIRST ~ Love In An Elevator by Kilby Blades* SECOND ~ Played by Melanie Bruce THIRD ~ Under the Ice by Katherine A. Olson HONORABLE MENTION ~ Opposites Attract by Jacqueline Lee     YOUNG ADULT Final Round Editor: Alice Jerman ~ Associate Editor, Forever / Grand Central Publishing FIRST ~ Attractive Forces by Jackie Rutherford* SECOND ~ When I Found Her by Allison Marlo Hay THIRD ~ Periodic Attraction by Lana Pattinson HONORABLE MENTION ~ The Other Brother by Jackie Rutherford* HONORABLE MENTION ~ Types of Triangles by Jackie Rutherford*     CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL GREAT EXPECTATIONS FINALISTS!     ~Angi Morgan & Fenley Grant 2019 Great Expectations Co-coordinators GECoordinator@NTRWA.org NTRWAGreatExpectations.blogspot.com www.NTRWA.org http://ntrwagreatexpectations.blogspot.com/ OR www.NTRWA.org
May 20, 2019

Kristen Lamb

Branding for Creatives:

Sell Books Not Your Soul

 

All authors need a brand, so this session will cover how to locate and then cultivate your audience into passionate fans who BUY YOUR BOOKS!

 

How can you grow your platform and turn your name alone into a bankable asset? Not as hard as you might have been led to believe.

 

You DO NOT need to be a tech guru/mega-high-pressure-sales person to excel at this. In fact, best you aren’t.

 

Yet, the reality is that in the digital age of commerce, consumers rely on brands more than ever in human history. They’re overwhelmed and we can help them out….by finding US.

 

Consumers (which is code for readers) buy from who they know, like and trust. In a sea of infinite choices a powerful NAME is a tremendous asset.

 

Can you say “J.K. Rowling”?

 

The single largest challenge all writers face in the digital age is discoverability and connecting with our audience is a challenge but nothing we can’t handle.

 

This class will address:

– What is a brand? How to make one uniquely your own.
– How to BE YOU! You’re a writer, not an insurance salesman!
– Harness your imagination & creativity for better results (No one likes SPAM, so don’t serve it!).
– How to use this information to locate, engage and cultivate an audience.
– Myths about exposure.
– Common scams that will wreck your brand and earning ability.
– Why most promotion is a waste of money.

May 15, 2019

Contemporary Romance:

Must Be Crazy by Deborah Garland

Erotic Romance:

No Going Back by Christie Adams

Historical Romance:

Gift of Honor by Alexa Aston

Romantic Suspense:

Federal Agent Under Fire by Julie Anne Lindsey

LGBTQ:

The Husband Gambit by L.A. Witt

Specialized Romance:

Bewitching Breeze by K. M. Daughters

May 1, 2019

Join us May 18th for

Juice Box Hero: Squeezing Plot From Character

a presentation by

Tex Thompson

They say there are only six plots. Maybe seven. But there are a million characters – and a great one can make an author’s career. If you have an AMAZING character (or ten), but are struggling to sustain their storylines – or if your intricate, masterfully-crafted plot feels a bit flat on personality – have no fear. Come on out and discover how to distill a story that readers will remember from characters they’ll never forget. Bring your enthusiasm and all your burning questions!

About Tex: Arianne “Tex” Thompson was once described as “an explosion of 52 enthusiastic kittens latching onto everything at once.” In addition to writing the ‘Children of the Drought’ epic fantasy Western series, Tex is the founder and ‘chief instigator’ for WORD – Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas. When she’s not leading the charge at home in Dallas, Tex brings her particular brand of ‘red-penthusiasm’ to conferences, conventions, and workshops all over the country – as an egregiously enthusiastic, endlessly energetic one-woman stampede. Find her online at www.TheTexFiles.com!

 

 

April 16, 2019

Conferences, SWAG, and writing, oh my!!

Programming starts at 10am with our super fun prez, C.A. Szarek, aka Chrissy, sharing her wisdom on attending conferences. As a follow on, our short, but sweet main program will be on SWAG. Love it or hate it, you have to have it.

After that, there will be writing! Because of everything going this month, our write-in for April will happen at La Hacienda the day of the meeting, so bring a laptop, a tablet, or good old fashioned pen/pencil and paper.

Our tentative schedule looks like this:

10:00-10:30 — GetPublished! Speaker, Chrissy on conferences
10:30-11:00 — SWAG Panel
11:00-11:15 — potty break and lunch ordering
11:15-12:00 — writing
12:00-1:00/1:30 — eating and writing

Hope to see you there!

 

March 14, 2019

North Texas Romance Writers of America
is proud to announce the
2019 Great Expectations Finalists

Congratulations to all who entered and put your work in the hands of strangers. Best of Luck to the finalists as they submit their work to our final round editors.
*denotes double finalist ~~ Listed in alphabetical order by title

CONTEMPORARY SERIES
Final Round Editor: Brittany Lavery ~ Assistant Editor, HQN

Debauchery by Kristine Charles
Love by the Numbers by Lucy Lanier
Love on the Books by Betsy Gray
Teach Me by Kat Turner

FANTASY, FUTURISTIC & PARANORMAL
(Alternate Earth, Dystopian, Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal, Time Travel)
Final Round Editor: Kristine Swartz ~ Associate Editor, Berkley Publishing Group

2033: Ancestor Resurrection by Deborah DeHaemer
Deal With The Devil by Melissa Shirley
Suspended in Silk by Kyra Dusk
Tremors by Anastasia Abboud

HISTORICAL
Final Round Editor: Elle Keck ~ Assistant Editor, Avon Books

A Wild and Wooly Texan by Katie Barrett
Fallen For The Earl by Amy Mackey
How to Steal a Kilt by Gina Conkle
The King’s Secret by Blake Ferre
The Sapphire by Courtney Scalo

INSPIRATIONAL
Final Round Editor: Raela Schoenherr ~ Acquisitions Editor, Bethany House Publishers

A Singular Truth by Loraine Nunley
Abounding Hope by Cindy Stewart
Remember Not by Barbara Ellin Fox
Upon a Hearth of Steel by Amy Grochowski

MAINSTREAM with ROMANTIC ELEMENTS
Final Round Editor: Cat Clyne ~ Editor, Sourcebooks

Crocodile Tears by Kilby Blades*
False News by Zara West
The Guardian’s Mark by Victoria Mencio
Stand-Up Guy by Miranda Darrow

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Final Round Editor: Lexi Smail ~ Associate Editor, Grand Central Publishing

Deadly Aim by Tracy Brody
Hardwired by R.R. Taylor
Spy Vs. Spy by P.A. DePaul
We Can’t Be Friends by Eliza Fyre

SINGLE TITLE
Final Round Editor: Gabi Kelly ~ Editorial Assistant, Forever and Forever Yours / Grand Central Publishing

Love In An Elevator by Kilby Blades*
Opposites Attract by Jacqueline Lee*
Played by Melanie Bruce
Under the Ice by Katherine A. Olson

YOUNG ADULT
Final Round Editor: Alice Jerman ~ Associate Editor, Forever / Grand Central Publishing

Attractive Forces by Jackie Rutherford*
The Other Brother by Jackie Rutherford*
Periodic Attraction by Lana Pattinson
Types of Triangles by Jackie Rutherford*
When I Found Her by Allison Marlo Hay

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL GREAT EXPECTATIONS FINALISTS!

~Angi Morgan & Fenley Grant
2019 Great Expectations Co-Chairs
GECoordinator@NTRWA.org