Monday, August 15, 2011

LERA Announces Rebecca Contest Finalists


To the finalists of the 2011 Rebecca Contest!

Contemporary Romance
Final Judge: Natalie Fischer, Bradford Literary Agency

Katherine Lowry Logan - The Last Macklenna

Kate Meader - Better than Pasta

Michele Zaytoun writing as Micha Summers - Bid On Me

Young Adult
Final Judge: Laurie McLean, Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents

Char Chaffin - Promises to Keep

Cecily Cornelius-White - Snatchers

Sarah Shade - Oasis

Stephanie Winkelhake - The Matter of Souls

Paranormal/Science-Fiction Romance/Urban Fantasy
Final Judge: Becca Stumpf, Fine Print Literary Management

Donna S. Frelick - Trouble In Mind

Laurie A. Green writing as Calla Knight - Project Pyramid

Helen H. Pilz - A Rip in Time

Historical Romance
Deb Nemeth, Acquiring Editor, Carina Press

Valerie Bowman - Secrets of a Wedding Night

Clarissa Southwick - The Patriarch

Bronwyn Stuart - Behind the Courtesan

Erotic Romance
Angela James, Executive Editor, Carina Press

Karla Doyle – Game Plan

Belle Sloane - Cara’s Choice

Sheley Wimmer - The Devil’s Pride

Good luck in the final round!

Starting today, I have an interview up at Deep In The Heart Of Romance, a fantastic authors' site. I've read a lot of author interviews over the years, because I want to know more about the persons behind the prose. I’m intrigued with how other writers see things, do things.

Take a few minutes and go check it out.

Have a wonderful rest of the summer and Read On!



Sunday, May 22, 2011

Upcoming Release from Lydia Parks in a Fire Fighters Anthology

Lydia Parks announces the upcoming release of SMOLDERING LUST -- one of a three-book anthology about fire fighters titled FEEL THE HEAT -- from Kensington Aphrodisia.

FEEL THE HEAT will be released on May 31st, and is available on pre-order from Amazon.  [Click here to read more.]

Local girl Hannah Hayward has made a name for herself in the mayor's office. But when her town's new fire chief turns out to be bad boy Lee Evans, back after fourteen years and looking even sexier than she remembers, she's got more to worry about than his budget requests. He's too good to believe...and too hot to deny.

Other stories in the FEEL THE HEAT anthology include Lorie O'Clare's FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE and P.J. Mellor's HEAT WAVE.  (Paperback, 304 pages.)

Monday, May 16, 2011

2011 Rebecca Contest Light on Entries

The Land of Enchantment Romance Authors (LERA -- NM RWA Chapter) announces the 2011 Rebecca Contest is light on entries. Here's an excellent chance to final in a RWA chapter sponsored contest. The deadline is still two weeks away, so don't delay.
  • May 31st deadline
  • Entry fee is $25 for non-LERA members (By check, MO, or Paypal button on LERA site)
  • Up to opening 5,000 words
  • Gift Certificates for top three finalists in each category ($50, $30, $20)
  • Published or unpublished authors welcome to enter, but entry may not be contracted for publishing prior to contest deadline
Categories and Final Judges:

Contemporary Romance -- Natalie Fischer of Laura Bradford Agency  
Historical Romance -- Deb Nemeth, Acquiring Editor, Carina Press
Paranormal / SFR / UF -- Becca Stumpf, Prospect Literary Agency
Young Adult (YA) -- Angela James, Executive Editor, Carina Press*
Erotic Romance -- Laurie McLean, Larsen Pomada Literary Agency

For more information, click the following links:

2011 Rebecca Contest Announcement on LERA web site


Monday, May 2, 2011

Good news

This past Saturday I was notified that my novel THE WISH LIST is a finalist in the Reader's Crown Contest, the contest associated with RomCon.

First Sale for Author Barrett!

This announcement from Affinity eBooks celebrates an upcoming release written by New Mexico romance writer and LERA member, Barrett.

Affinity eBooks

News Roundup

We are proud and excited to announce that the author Barrett along with her brand new novel, Damaged in Service, has joined Affinity.  The novel will be available in the summer of 2011.

Next month, we will provide the synopsis and  more information about this up and coming new author’s book.

Here's the link to the Affinity eBook site:

Congratulations, Barrett!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

LERA Announces RITA and Golden Heart Finalists

Land of Enchantment Romance Authors, the local New Mexico chapter of Romance Writers of America®  announces four RITA® and Golden Heart® finalists for 2011!

Laurel McKee is a RITA® finalist for her Historical Romance, Countess of Scandal.

Robin Lynn Perini is a Golden Heart® double finalist in Contemporary Series Romance--Suspense/Adventure with two manuscripts, Stolen Lullaby and In Her Sights.

Bria Quinlan is a Golden Heart® finalist in Young Adult Romance with her manuscript Secret Life.

Laurie A. Green is a Golden Heart® double finalist in Paranormal Romance with her manuscripts, P2PC and The Outer Planets.

The 2011 RITA honors romance fiction published in 2010. More than 1,100 novels and novellas were judged in 12 categories. The 2011 Golden Heart® Award honors unpublished romance manuscripts in 2010.

Winners of the awards will be announced July 1, 2011 at the RITA® and Golden Heart® Awards Ceremony to be held at RWA’s 31st Annual National Conference in New York, New York.

Congratulations to all the finalists!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Darynda Jones Debuts!

Congratulations on Debut Day, Darynda!

Don't miss the interview with New Mexico author Darynda Jones on the debut of FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT.  Visit any (or better yet, all three!) of these blogs to read the interview and comment for a chance to win a signed hardcover copy and congratulate Darynda on the stellar launch of the Charley Davidson series.

SFR Brigade

Spacefreighters Lounge


Thursday, December 16, 2010

As You Wish

I have a cover (squee!)
As You Wish, April 2011, Tor Books.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Getting In Touch With Your Inner Pirate

Getting In Touch With Your Inner Pirate

by Brenda Schetnan/Molly Evans

Who doesn't love a good pirate story? Unfortunately, they've been pretty scarce until the Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3 sailed across the big screen in recent years. These movies have been very successful. Though fun to watch, there are things to be learned from each of these movies that can help improve your writing, things that will help bring out the inner pirate hiding inside of you.

Lately, I've been watching the movies while wearing a pirate medallion, skeleton earrings, and saying "arrr" a lot. I've even made myself a purse from pirate fabrics. So what, right? What this has done has enabled me to get in touch with my inner pirate and this hopefully translates to my writing.

What can we learn from watching POTC over and over? Aside from the obvious-Johnny and Orlando are totally hot-writers and pirates have many things in common. I've listed a few of them below. See if you can discover others hiding within you.

--Be passionate about everything.

--There must be something worth dying for, worth claiming as your own, and worth giving up your old life/habits for.

--There must be action, there must be sweat, and even a few tears.

--If you're afraid, you can't show it. Never let the enemy see fear in your eyes.

--Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. If none are coming, you need to make something happen to change your current situation.

--Honor and integrity do not come without a price.

These are values not often taught in the film industry, but are embraced by the outlaws of society-the pirates.

As writers, how can we use these teachings of pirate characters?

For one, dress the part. I find when I wear my pirate attire, minimal though it is, I take on an entirely different attitude than my usual charming self. I'm bolder, more daring, and take more risks in my writing than usual.

Adventure and discovery: A pirate captain is always on the lookout for some new, undiscovered artifact, treasure, jewel or booty. Discover a new layer in your story that has been hidden. Is there an adventure for your characters to be had that deviates from the original plan you had mapped out for them? Can you take them through waters previously uncharted in your synopsis? (And don't forget about some unplanned booty!)

--Permit yourself to be wild and uncharted, fierce and deadly, in your writing.

--Learn to sail foreign waters. You may find success outside your comfort zone.

--Take no prisoners.

--Throw your hat in the air!

--Laugh, even when you're fighting the bad guys, enjoy it.

--Drink lots of rum. (Well, in moderation anyway)

--Lie on a beach once in a while and soak up the sun. (We all need more Vitamin D, anyway)

--Curse a lot when things go wrong

--Raise a ruckus when there are things to celebrate-even the small stuff.

--Never, ever make a deal with a sea monster.

Being a pirate is mostly about attitude and making other people believe you're a pirate. Didn't Jack Sparrow introduce himself as Captain Jack Sparrow each and every time? He always corrected those who didn't address him properly, and other characters started to do it as well. Even without a ship we believe he is Captain Jack because he makes us believe it with every breath he takes. Even without a contract you are a writer. It is your job to make us believe it. Not that you have to go to the lengths Sparrow does to get what he wants, but get used to thinking of yourself as a writer.

I just really wish I had his compass.

Other things to learn from pirates:

The art of negotiation is truly an art and it's never the same twice.

There are very few rules to being a pirate. Forget the rules and write.

Evolution of Character. Will Turner changed the most in these stories, but he still always maintained his honor and his integrity. Even though he became an undead creature enslaved to the sea for an undetermined period of time, he was still totally hot and totally true to his cause.

May the trade winds always keep you on the right course. May there always be enough rum, and may there always be enough booty (whatever kind you like) to satisfy you.

So put on your pirate hat, crank up the POTC soundtrack, and get in touch with your inner pirate.