May 23, 2018

Sure, everyone knows how to edit a manuscript. But how do you revise one? We’re not talking mansy-pansy punching-up-your-verbs revisions. We’re talking my-book-is-flatlining-and-needs-a-heart-transplant revisions.

Maybe your critique group is harping on your convoluted plot and you’re getting rejections that say they just don’t feel connected to your characters. These are problems your spell checker and thesaurus can’t fix. It could be time for major surgery.

This workshop will unveil three levels of revisions that will take your book from an unhealthy, flabby mess, to a thing of beauty your editor will want to clutch to her chest while singing Etta James’s At Last.

About Emily:

Emily McKay is a four time Rita nominee. She’s published twenty-five books with Harlequin, Berkley, Walker Books, and Entangled. In 2013, she won the Rita award for Best Young Adult Romance. She has over 500,000 books in print in fourteen languages.

She is a life-long fan of books, pop-culture and anything geeky. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and baking cookies. When she’s not kicking-butt and scooping cookie dough, she’s watching videos on YouTube. Though her interests may appear broad, the common denominators are chilling suspense and snarky humor.

She lives in central Texas with her husband, kids, two mildly-psychotic dogs, two nervous cats, and nineteen chickens.

May 12, 2018

2018 Great Expectations Winners

North Texas Romance writers of America congratulates all who entered our contest and put their work in the hands of strangers.

*denotes multiple finalist

Final Round Editor:  Brittany Lavery ~ Assistant Editor, HQN

First Place: Fallen Comrade by Jillian David
Second Place: Stealing Her Heart by Tanya Agler
Third Place: Just for Kicks by Keri Kelly
Honorable Mention: Second Time Around by Danielle Haas*

(Alternate Earth, Dystopian, Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal, Time Travel)
Final Round Editor:  Kristine Swartz ~ Associate Editor, Berkley Publishing Group
First Place: An Enchanted Superhero by Melanie McCarthy
Second Place: Breathtaking: Resurrection by Olivia Ryder
Third Place: Fated Bond by Meagan Watts
Honorable Mention: A Moment After Dark by Janet Raye Stevens*
Final Round Editor:   Elle Keck ~ Assistant Editor, Avon Books
First Place: Appetites and Vices by Felicia Grossman
Second Place: Captain of My Heart by Karla Kratovil
Third Place: To Steal a Highland Heart by Pamela Labud
Honorable Mention: The Arrangement by CK MacKenzie

Final Round Editor:  Raela Schoenherr ~ Acquisitions Editor, Bethany House Publishers
First Place: Secondhand Wife by Kaylene Greenig
Second Place: Final Call by Connie Queen
Third Place: Remember Not by Barbara Ellin Fox
Honorable Mention: The Memory of Blue by Emily Blackwood

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

First Place: The Map with No Names by Kristin Judy (Full Request)
Second Place: True Courage by Kathryn Barrett
Third Place: The Baby Between Us by Nicole Hohmann
Honorable Mention: Ruin of Souls by Hunter Skye
Final Round Editor:   Lexi Smail ~ Assistant Editor, Grand Central Publishing
First Place: Grounded by Danger by Danielle M. Haas*
Second Place: Trouble on Her Trail by Janalyn Knight
Third Place: Matched with Murder by Danielle M. Haas*
Honorable Mention: Prime Maple by Chess Kendle

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Final Round Editor:   Gabrielle Kelly ~ Editorial Assistant, Grand Central Publishing
First Place: On the Rocks by Kayla Brite
Second Place: Cole for Christmas by Janet Raye Stevens*
Third Place: The Courtship of Valentina by Rebecca Smith
Honorable Mention: The Billionaire’s Prince by Angelina M. Lopez

Final Round Editor: Alice Jerman, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins
First Place: Unseen by Rachel Scott
Second Place: Below the Surface by Arel Jansen
Third Place: Our Red String by Kimberly MacCarron
Honorable Mention: All the Stars in the Ocean by Jennifer Camiccia


Fenley Grant, Amanda Byrd, Carolyn Rae & Susan Person
2017 Great Expectations Co-chairpersons

April 30, 2018


About the Workshop
Psychic medium Melanie Jade Rummel answers your questions about the paranormal, including angels, spirit guides, psychic abilities, after-death communication, and pet communication.
Learn how your character’s intuitive abilities can develop, ways they can receive insight, and how those abilities can lead to joy and conflict in their daily life and relationships.


About Melanie
Melanie Jade Rummel is a medium, spiritual teacher, and inspirational speaker who helps people tune into their inner guidance to create a life they love. She offers private readings to share positive, loving messages from angels, spirit guides, and loved ones who have passed. Melanie is also currently earning her bachelor’s of nursing degree and working in an emergency room and level 2 trauma center. Learn more at

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.