March 29, 2018

Forwarding requested and very much appreciated.
Permission to forward granted.

Contemporary Category
Home to Stay by Kate James
Mustang Summer by Marie Johnston
The Color of Truth by Stacy Monson
Bad For Her by Christi Barth
Her Texas Rebel by LeAnne Bristow

Erotic Category
The Master Will Appear by L.A. Witt
Rank & File by L.A. Witt
At His Mercy by Shelly Bell
Unmistaken Identity by Marie Johnston
Keeping His Siren by Kiersten Fay

Historical Category
The Nobleman’s Daughter by Jen Geigle Johnson
Raven’s Rise by Elizabeth Cole
Never Kiss A Highlander by Michele Sinclair
Highlander Entangled by Vonda Sinclair
The Highlander’s Princess Bride ny Vanessa Kelly

Romantic Suspense Category
Missing My Heart by Tina Susedik
Shadows of the Mountain by Bev Petterson
Secret Stalker by Lena Diaz
Mountain Witness by Lena Diaz
Main Street by Dianna Wilkes

Specialized Category
Recklessly Yours by Lark Brennan
Stone-Cold Heart by Jami Gold
The Mortician’s Daughter by C.C. Hunter
Keep Me Close by Elizabeth Cole
To Enthrall the Demon Lord by Nadine Mutas

Winners to be announced May 4, 2017.
Good luck one and all.

March 20, 2018

The Book Map, designed by Candace Havens, is an easy way to organize your book thoughts into a cohesive synopsis that shows character development as well as story beats. The Book Map will also help you write your blurb as well as figure out that high concept twist of your book. That information makes it easier to pitch and submit your manuscript.

Lone Star Love Anthology
March 13, 2018

Welcome to Dew Drop, Texas, the iced tea capital of Texas.

This year’s Iced Tea Festival is chock full of love.

To celebrate the chapter’s 35th anniversary, NT authors came together to write a Continuity — all stories take place in fictional Dew Drop, Texas, during the annual Iced Tea Festival. While each story focuses on different main characters, you might see familiar faces and places show up in each!

Founded in 1867 by Virginia settlers and originally called New Hampton, the town changed its name to Dew Drop in 1947 although it didn’t celebrate its first Iced Tea Festival until 1983. The festival was held as a way to raise funds to build a Vietnam Veterans memorial. A high number of Dew Drop men and a handful of women served their country during the conflict.

The festival was so successful, the town opted to continue the tradition and now donates 90% of all profits during the four-day festival to a military charity. This year’s charity is the Wounded Warrior Project.

Each year, during the second weekend in August, Thursday through Saturday, the town welcomes close to 10,000 visitors. We hope you’ll join them.

Dew Drop is located in the southeast quadrant of Palo Pinto County, Texas, in the southeast corner of the I-20 and FM 4.

March 7, 2018

2018 Finalists

The North Texas Romance Writers of America Chapter is proud to announce the Great Expectations 2018 Finalists


Final Round Editor:  Brittany Lavery ~ Assistant Editor, HQN

  • Fallen Comrade by Jillian David
  • Just for Kicks by Keri Kelly
  • Stealing Her Heart by Tanya Agler
  • Second Time Around by Danielle Haas*

FANTASY, FUTURISTIC & PARANORMAL (Alternate Earth, Dystopian, Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal, Time Travel)

Final Round Editor:  Kristine Swartz ~ Associate Editor, Berkley Publishing Group

  • A Moment After Dark by Janet Raye Stevens*
  • An Enchanted Superhero by Melanie McCarthy
  • Breathtaking: Resurrection by Olivia Ryder
  • Fated Bond by Meagan Watts


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

  • Appetites and Vices by Felicia Grossman
  • The Arrangement by CK MacKenzie
  • Captain of My Heart by Karla Kratovil
  • To Steal a Highland Heart by Pamela Labud


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

  • Remember Not by Barbara Ellin Fox
  • Secondhand Wife by Kaylene Greenig
  • The Memory of Blue by Emily Blackwood
  • Final Call by Connie Queen


Final Round Editor:  Marla Daniels ~ Assistant Editor, Simon and Schuster

  • The Baby Between Us by Nicole Hohmann
  • The Map with No Names by Judy Kristin
  • Ruin of Souls by Hunter Skye
  • True Courage by Kathryn Barrett


Final Round Editor:   Lexi Smail ~ Assistant Editor, Grand Central Publishing

  • Grounded by Danger by Danielle Haas*
  • Matched with Murder by Danielle Haas*
  • Prime Maple by Chess Kendle
  • Trouble on Her Trail by Janalyn Knight

SINGLE TITLE            

Final Round Editor:   Madeleine Colavita ~ Associate Editor, Hachette Book Group

  • The Billionaire’s Prince by Angelina M. Lopez
  • Cole for Christmas by Janet Raye Stevens*
  • The Courtship of Valentina by Rebecca Smith
  • On the Rocks by Kayla Brite


Final Round Editor: Alice Jerman, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins

  • All the Stars in the Ocean by Jennifer Camiccia
  • Below the Surface by Arel Jansen
  • Our Red String by Kimberly MacCarron
  • Unseen by Rachel Scott


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



Amanda Byrd
2017 Great Expectations Co-chairperson

Get Published! with NTRWA this year
February 16, 2018

If you’re a member of NT, chances are your professional goals are to be published, and our 2018 flagship program, Get Published!, aims to help you get there.

Starting in February, each meeting will begin with a half-hour “mini-class” intended to share some of the basics of writing, editing, and the romance publishing business. Speakers will be our own published authors. Here’s a preview of the next few month’s discussions.

  • April 21 – Angi Morgan, making scenery a character
  • March 17 – Chrissy Szarek, self editing
  • Feb 17 – Cindy Dees, story structure and how to drop in the “big” story points

The mini-classes are open to everyone, but if you’d like to join the Get Published! program to work with a mentor (and more), contact NT president Audra to sign up.

Email Marketing
January 1, 2018

Happy Anniversary!

Join us on March 17 as we celebrate 35  years of serving the romance authors of North Texas!

We will meet at our regular time and place. (La Hacienda Ranch restaurant on Hwy 121 between Hall-Johnson and Glade Road in Grapevine/Colleyville. Doors open at 10 am.) But we have some special surprises and treats!

Effective Email Marketing with Andra Dunn

Writers have to be media machines, query conquerors, and storytelling experts. We have to rub elbows and write hundreds of thousands of words a year. As the demands asked of the average writer grow, so does our frustration with the industry.

There are rumors going around that email is dead. But that is far from the truth. Effective Email Marketing is alive and well. There is a fine line to being effective and staying engaged with your audience and being considered spam. Let’s discuss how you can use email to maintain a connection with your fans and continue to drive web traffic and sales through an effective email marketing strategy.

About Andra

Andra Dunn has long held a passion for utilizing technology to drive marketing and communications efforts. In the ever-changing world of digital marketing, Andra has spent the past fifteen years refining her industry knowledge and applying her expertise in helping small businesses and non-profits tell their stories and effectively engage their audiences. With her comprehensive understanding of what works best for reaching the intended market, Andra is committed to making sure her clients have a thorough understanding of the process. She is equally instrumental in working alongside each client so that they acquire the knowledge to independently manage their electronic and social media platforms.

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