I had a movie marathon weekend. Something I never do because it cuts into my reading time, but I needed a visual fix of some sort I guess. Started off with all the Harry Potter movies, Stargate, Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Unbreakable, Good Night and Good Luck, A Good Woman, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, A Knight’s Tale and Enchanted (yes, again). I think I got it out of my system because I’m picking out the Christmas books I plan to read now. Lots of news this week, so let’s get right to it.
From Edie Ramer: Therese Walsh from Writer Unboxed is starting a new Women’s Fiction chapter with RWA. Already, over one hundred writers have expressed an interest in the chapter, including Barbara Samuel, Susan Wiggs and me. Though the chapter has already been approved by RWA, it has yet to become incorporated, so it’s not too late to join while things are still at Ground Zero. If you’re interested in becoming a Charter Member, you can email Therese.
From Nicki Salcedo, Moonlight & Magnolias, Conference Committee: Want some Dark, Bad, Fun? Then join us at Georgia Romance Writers’ 2009 Moonlight & Magnolias Conference October 2-4, 2009. Registration ends September 15, 2009. Only a few spots left. No on-site registration! Don’t delay. Register today!
Featuring keynote speaker #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Sherrilyn Kenyon, extended workshops on Tami Cowden, Dianna Love and Mary Buckham, Friday Pitch workshop, The Maggie Award Dinner, Saturday craft workshops, and Editor and Agent Appointments. A multi-author book fair and autographing will be open to the public on Saturday, October 3, 2009 4:00 pm to 5:30 p.m.
**New in 2009: Thursday night movie night, intensive Sunday morning craft workshop with Mary Buckham and Dianna Love, Friday meals, genre themed mixers, and much more! Special Guest Barbara Vey from Publisher’s Weekly! (Hey…that’s me!) Check the conference schedule for updates**
Editors and Agents taking appointments
* Emmanuelle Alspaugh, Judith Ehrlich Literary Management
* Chelsea Gilmore, Avalon Books
* Raelene Gorlinsky, Ellora’s Cave
* Melissa Jeglinski, The Knight Agency
* Monique Patterson, St. Martin’s Press
* Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary Agency
* Becca Stumpf, Prospect Agency
* Denise Zaza, Harlequin Books
Register now. Do something for YOU in 2009!
|Janis Reams Hudson|
From author Silver James: Janis Reams Hudson is a long-time member of RWA and a founding member of OKRWA. As a member, she has served on both chapter and national level in many capacities, including president for both. Her accomplishments and leadership as an RWA and OKRWA member resulted in RWA making her its 1999 Emma Merritt National Service Award winner. Janis is also an award-winning author of over 35 titles. She brings her skills as a writer, knowledge as a published author, and savvy as a professional to each endeavor she is part of, and fellow romance authors can attest to the incredible mentoring Janis has provided over the years.
Now Janis needs our help. She has advanced, end-stage emphysema and is, at the present time, on a waiting list for a lung transplant. Recently, she was in the hospital concerning the lung transplant. The medicine she was prescribed caused a serious reaction, and Janis almost died. She spent many days in ICU, but she held on and was eventually allowed to return home. However, since then, she has been back in the hospital again, trying to get oxygen levels at a point where she can be home and back on the portable ventilator, or her liquid oxygen system. Her condition continues to worsen with each passing month. Because of her condition and these extended stays in the hospital, her medical bills are skyrocketing. This website is a conduit for getting donations to Janis’ medical expenses. Items have been generously donated by individuals and groups. People can place bids on the items on eBay.
We will add more as we receive them. For more information about donating, please contact Peggy Beaty
|Mayor of Port Orchard with Debbie Macomber & her dog, Bogie.|
From Katherine Orr, Harlequin: Debbie Macomber has based her #1 NYT bestselling Cedar Cove series of novels on her real hometown of Port Orchard. Now Port Orchard is honoring their favorite daughter by Cedar Cove for five days in August. Cedar Cove Days have drawn people from 37 states and three countries.
From TJ Bennett: Beginning September 2, TJ Bennett kicks off a month of giveaways at IMHO with guest authors Gerry Bartlett, Annette McCleave, Ann Macela, Heather MacAllister, and Vicki HInze discussing IMHO’s September theme: "Surprising Things I Learned from Reading/Writing Romance," and giving away signed books and a Barnes & Noble gift card.
From Cindy Proctor-King: Dark romantic thriller author, Cindy Proctor-King, will give away a copy of her September release, WAKING NIGHTMARE at on September 1st on her blog.
Bottom Line: Maybe I’ll have to think about writing a book based on South Milwaukee so I can meet my mayor and possibly get the key to the city.