I hope many of you are considering meeting Eli's challenge. I'm in a holding pattern for my own new beginning right now, but I'm still filled with the same giddiness that September always brings. (Apologies for my bloggy absences--I've been in & out of labor since Thursday, and all the false starts are wearing me down. Any advice or experience on that is welcome, and your concerns and emails were much appreciated!). If you're not taking her challenge, think about what other fresh starts you might like to make this fall. Is there a habit you want to start? Something you want to learn more about? A research trip you'd like to make? Conferences to attend? Contests to enter?
Luckily, I've got a few suggestions on that front, and good news from chapter members to help motivate you along the way! And of course, I've got a question of the day for you too!
Alice Sharpe Finishes Six Weeks of Hard Work!
Alice Sharpe just emailed me with late-breaking news: She's sent off TWO proposals to her editor. This includes over 100 pages of text, and two full synopses. Alice has really wrestled with these two for the last few weeks, so let's all cross everything and hope that they both sell & go on to bestseller status! Congrats Alice!
Loop Round-up: Good News Abounds
Our chapter has been blessed with a bevy of good news this past week. In case you've missed the loop emails, here's a round up of all the good things brewing:
- Paty Jager gets Five Angel Review! Paty Jager's latest release, Perfectly Good Nanny is getting perfectly stunning reviews. She got Five Angels from Fallen Angel Reviews, and coveted "recommended read" status. Click here to read the review! Congrats Paty on crafting such memorable characters!
- Karen Duvall Hits #1! Karen Duvall's latest, For Love or Money, part of the Legacy of the Celtic Broach continuity series, is the #1 best seller on The Wild Rose Press's website. This is particularly impressive since the book was just released, and this is Karen's second offering for TWRP--she's already gathered a large fan base. Way to go Karen! Click here to read an excerpt, and order the book (at $3.00 it's a steal!).
- Christine Young launches new book trailer. Check out Christine Young's trailer for Highland Honor!
- Elisabeth Naughton going strong with challenge! Check out Eli's awesome progress on her 100 days challenge!
- Do you have good news? Would you like me to do a spotlight on you or your latest release? Remember to keep sending me your news and updates!
Paty Jager Guest Blogs at Romance Party
Mark your calendars for September 12! Paty Jager will be guest blogging at Romance Party all day. Make sure that Paty doesn't party alone, and join this entertaining loop.
Paty (and a few other chapter members, I think) will be attending the Mary Buckham workshop in Portland on September 8th. If you'd like to join Paty and hook up with the Rose City Romance Writers, click here for more information about the workshop. Registration closes TOMORROW!
Question of the Day: Great Moments in Romance
What inspiring experiences have you had lately? An Aha moment in your WIP? A fan letter? A productive week? An epiphany? Or have you simply read a great book?
I read Portland author Shirley Karr's What an Earl Wants at the height of my frustration this weekend. Instantly, I was transported, and reminded of everything I love about romance and the genre. The book is pure Jane Austen and Audrey Hepburn magic. I really hope that some Hollywood producer already has the film rights to this one, because it plays like a wonderful Jane Austen comedy, and these are characters who deserve the silver screen treatment. What I found most inspiring though is how the book illustrates the basics of writing good romance: it uses sexual tension, not an abundance of graphic scenes to show passion, POV is clear and well-established, back story is used judiciously, and the plot is well-paced. Especially while my WIP(s) keep spinning in the mud, I live for such inspiring stories and for the moments that make me go, "THIS is why I wanted to be a writer."
What inspiring moments have you had lately? And what does September mean to YOU?
Enjoy your week and keep sending me your news and announcements!