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Cynthia Johnson, writing as Evelyn Richardson, fell in love with the Regency period when she first discovered “Pride and Prejudice” stuck at home on a snow day in junior high school. She has followed that interest through college (where she wrote her honors thesis on Fanny Burney) and graduate school, and continues to indulge herself with membership in the American Society for Eighteenth Century studies and writing Regency set historical novels.

Cynthia has also been a librarian and library administrator for many years, which is reflected in her meticulous period bibliography and lists of reference resources. Living in the Boston area, she has access to, and haunts (electronically or in person) several of the country’s major research libraries.

Find her at evenlynrichardson.net


 

We will also take part of this meeting to discuss what to expect at the conference.

Winners will be announced at the Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference Awards Breakfast

EROTIC                                                             

Christina James – Desire Me

VL Locey – Clean Sweep

Renea Mason – Cursing Doctor Vincent

Lauren Smith – The Gilded Cage

Lauren Smith – The Gilded Cuff

 

SHORT CONTEMPORARY

Heidi Hormel – The Surgeon and the Cowgirl

Tanya Michaels – Falling for the Sheriff

Kathy Lyons – The Player Next Door

 

1st BOOK

Brooke Newton – Letting Myself Go

Joanna Shupe – The Courtesan Duchess

Nancy Raven Smith – Land Sharks: a Swindle in Sumatra

Katrina Snow – Forbidden

 

LONG CONTEMPORARY

Lauren Gallagher – The Saint’s Wife

Nancy Herkness – The CEO Buys In

Holly Jacobs – Carry Her Heart

Cathryn Parry – The Secret Garden

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Cate Beauman – Reagan’s Redemption

Leslie Jones – Night Hush

Marta Perry – Where Secrets Sleep

 

NOVELLA

Tanya Michaels – New Year’s Resolution: Just a Fling

Crista McHugh – Tell Me True

Karen Rock – Winter Wedding Bells: The Kiss

Marie Tuhart – Red Club Temptation

 

HISTORICAL

Anna Campbell – A Scoundrel by Moonlight

Meg Hennessy – A Pirate’s Command

LR Olson – A Dangerous Temptation

Joanna Shupe – The Lady Hellion

 

PARANORMAL

Allie Marie – Teardrops of the Innocent: The White Diamond Story

Angela Quarles – Steam Me Up, Rawley

Angela Quarles – Must Love Chainmail

Katrina Snow – Forbidden

Each year at the Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference, we present the Goldrick Service Award to a deserving New England Chapter member.

The Goldrick, first awarded in 1996, is given in honor of the late Bob Goldrick who, along with his wife Emma, wrote as Emma Goldrick for Harlequin. They were longtime chapter members who generously volunteered their time, knowledge, and help to the chapter and their fellow members. Upon his death, it was decided to create a service award that would annually celebrate a member whose contribution to the chapter exemplified the service and cooperation among fellow writers that so characterized Bob’s legacy.

The Board encourages the membership to nominate any member they feel promotes the best of what the chapter is about, in particular those who have given their time, energy, and emotional/mental stamina to the chapter, especially those unsung members who so quietly give of themselves. Current Board members are not eligible.

The Board will review all the nominations and choose a recipient. The award will be presented to the winner in a special presentation during the conference.. There is no formal nomination submission process for the award. You can simply email or mail your nominations to any member of the board. However, please include a detailed statement as to why you have nominated a particular member since this will help the Board during the selection process.

If you have any questions, contact president@necrwa.org.

The board is looking forward to  receiving your nominations.

Past award recipients are:

1996: Neringa Bryant and Jo Ann Ferguson (joint recipients)
1997: Terri Pino
1998: Blanche Marriott
1999: Betsy Eliot
2000: Michelle Drosos
2001: Lori Lotti
2002: Katy Cooper and Cindy Jachrimo (joint recipients)
2003: Barbara Wallace
2004: Lesley Mathews
2005: Jessica Andersen
2006: Liana Dalton
2007: Cathryn Parry
2008: Barbara Keiler
2009: Jessica Smith
2010: Tara Holt
2011: Hannah Howell
2012: Myretta Robens
2013: Valerie Harris
2014: Mary Reiber
2015: Sandy Tabor

If POV is the camera lens through which we experience a story, then Deep POV is the extreme close up. In other words, the reader is just reading about your characters, she is experiencing the story’s events along with themas they unfold. When used correctly, this tool can bring added depth and emotion to your writing. But it’s not as easy as it sounds.

Join Barbara Wallace for a discussion about the various levels of POV and how deep Point of View can be used to enhance your stories. Be prepared to contribute as well, as everyone’s point of view is welcome.

Bestselling romance author Barbara Wallace started writing romance in 1993. She sold to Harlequin in 2010. Today she writes sweet romances for Harlequin Romance and Entangled Publishing. Her work has earned numerous awards including the Golden Heart, the Booksellers Best and New England Readers Choice Awards. When she’s not writing, you can find usually find her on Twitter @BarbaraTWallace talking about writing, her pets, the Boston Red Sox, evil butlers of Downton, her husband and/or her son Tattoo — not necessarily in that order.

Lisa Mondello spent fifteen years trying to get traction in traditional publishing, had some success writing for Avalon Books and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Romance line, but never fully getting there.  She self published her first Indie book in September 2011 and hasn’t looked back.  She will discuss how to get started in Indie, how to stay on track, how to avoid pitfalls, and how to navigate the ever changing Self Publishing world.

New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Lisa Mondello, has held many jobs in her life but being a published author is the last job she’ll ever have. She’s not retiring! She blames the creation of the personal computer for her leap into writing novels. Otherwise, she’d still be penning stories with paper and pen. Her book The Knight and Maggie’s Baby is a New York Times Bestseller. Her popular series includes TEXAS HEARTS, DAKOTA HEARTS, Fate with a Helping Hand and the new SUMMER HOUSE series. Writing as LA Mondello, her romantic suspense, MATERIAL WITNESS, book 1 of her Heroes of Providence series made the USA TODAY Bestsellers List and was named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2012. You can find more information about Lisa Mondello at lisamondello.blogspot.com

 

 

The New England Chapter of RWA invites you to submit workshop proposals for our next Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference, to be held April 29-30, 2016 at the Boston Marriott in Burlington, MA.

If you’d like to submit a proposal, please complete our Workshop Proposal Form. Our workshop chair, Cathryn Parry, will also accept proposals and questions at conference_workshops@necrwa.org until October 31, 2015.

You may also submit your workshop proposal using our printable form and mail it to:

NECRWA Workshops

1770 Massachusetts Ave., #189

Cambridge, MA 02140

 

The conference fee will be waived for one speaker per workshop. For more information, please visit our Conference Page.

 

Please bring five copies of the first five pages of your WIP or what the agent/ editor will be reading before the conference. We’ll break into groups, not necessarily the same groups as last month, and we’ll follow certain rules/ methods for critiquing.

THINK TANK
The Board is starting a THINK TANK, which should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes during each meeting. If any member wants advice on any aspect of writing, she (or he) can bring the question to the floor.

We will use January’s (and February’s) meetings to prepare our members for editor/agent conference appointments. In January, we will cover a specific format for query/ cover letters. This 4 paragraph format was provided by an agent. By far, the most difficult paragraph is pitching your novel in 5 sentences. Michael Hague has provided a format for that important paragraph. Step 1: Handouts provided and explained, Step 2: Members write their paragraphs, Step 3: Break into groups and critique those paragraphs.

Have you been hearing a lot about writing with Scrivener, but you’re overwhelmed by all its features? Are you a plotter and not sure where to put all your notes and set up your writing project? Are you a pantser and not sure if Scrivener fits into your writing process at all? Jennifer Kettell explains the basics of how to use Scrivener and adapt it to suit your personal approach to writing. Learn how to use the major features of this powerful application and how to create a template containing all of the tools you need to write novel after novel.

Jennifer Kettell has written and contributed to dozens of books about software applications, web design, and other technology. Her most recent titles are Scrivener Absolute Beginner’s Guide and My Kindle Fire HDX. She has worked at Microsoft and other top companies as well as doing freelance web design and online community management. Her first new adult romance novel, Relocated, will be released on January 13, 2015, if she doesn’t expire from stress first.

Our October meeting will be an extended business meeting to discuss the issue of Serious Pursuit with a Common Business Interest as described by Cindy Kirk in the October RWR. This is an issue that will affect our chapter in a number of ways. You are encouraged to read the article and the FAQ that was distributed to the NEC Loop and come prepared to talk about these proposed changes to membership classification.

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