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****Please forward to your members****

The Maumee Valley Romance Writers of America (Toledo, Ohio) is preparing for our annual Spring Book Lover's Event to be held March 26, 2011.

This outreach to the community is set at a local library and shines a spotlight on the romance genre and our chapter by giving away free books and meeting with readers and writers alike.

We are asking RWA writers to donate books and promotional items for our give-away and the goodie bags. Autographed books are especially appreciated and always a big hit with those who attend.

Last year we greeted approximately 75 guests, but our event grows each year.

Thank you so much for any and all donations. Please forward them to our chairperson by March 20, 2011.

Lesly Blanton

929 North Perry St.

Napoleon, OH 43545

Thank you for your continued support.


The Sacramento Valley chapter of RWA is having a 3-Day retreat with Margie Lawson (The Deep Edits System), May 13-15, 2011. If you are interested in donating promotional items for our goodie bags, please contact us at www.SacramentoValleyRose.com for more information or send the items to SVR, 820 Alhambra Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95816. We are expecting 45 attendees.

Thank you.

Patricia L. Rickrode

w/a Jansen Schmidt

VP Programs, SVR


It's once again time to put out the word for donations for our annual book basket raffle and auction to be held on Saturday, April 30th, during Mid-Michigan RWA's Retreat from Harsh Reality. Our retreat has been an annual event for our chapter since 1985, and the auction has been the highlight of the retreat for 15 years. Since proceeds from the auction are donated to a local women's shelter, we have always had a great response to our request for autographed books and promo items.

Thanks for your help in making this year's book basket auction and raffle the best yet.

**Permission to forward granted and gratefully appreciated!**

Promotional Opportunity and Support for a Great Cause!!!

Conference: Mid-Michigan RWA Chapter’s renowned Retreat From Harsh Reality

When: April 29-May 1, 2011

Where: At the beautiful Yarrow Golf & Conference Resort

Keynote Speaker: The fabulous romance author, Cindy Dees!

A GREAT CAUSE ... For many years, the Mid-Michigan RWA Chapter has helped support the Kalamazoo YWCA's Domestic Violence Program through a BOOK BASKET RAFFLE & AUCTION held at Retreat with proceeds benefitting the shelter. The baskets can include books (romances, romantic suspense, women's fiction, mysteries, etc.) combined with lots of other "romantic goodies" such as bath oils, candy, candles, coffee and tea, gift certificates from various businesses and more.

I invite you to please support this worthy cause--and perhaps garner a new reader or two--by donating a book or two or three. If not a book, what about other fun items that women would love to have and which might just give us a wonderful bidding war on that basket? Whatever you wish to send, we'll gratefully accept. All donors will be listed in the Retreat Registration Packets, on our website and in our award-winning MMRWA Chapter eNewsletter, the Mirror. Please check out our website http://www.midmichiganrwa.org/retreat.html for more information about our event.

PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITY ... If you have any PR materials you would like to have distributed in our Retreat "Goodie Bags" which are given to each attendee, please feel free to send them. The Retreat is limited to 50 participants (to maintain an intimate retreat atmosphere), so we would ask for that quantity of whatever you send.

If you are interested in donating books or other items or want to send PR materials, please send these items to:

Lucy Kubash

Retreat From Harsh Reality

1444 S. Aurilla Dr.

St. Joseph, MI 49085

Many thanks to everyone in RWA for your continued support!

Lucy Kubash

MMRWA's Retreat From Harsh Reality

April 29-May1, 2011

At the beautiful Yarrow Golf & Conference Resort

Keynote Speaker: Cindy Dees



**Permission to Forward is Hereby Granted and Doing So is Much Appreciated**

It's not too late! Register today to attend! Spur of the moment decisions are often the BEST!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

*A full day of craft and career workshops

*Keynote luncheon with CL Wilson, New York Times and USA Today best-selling


*Q&A with Industry Professionals editor Tessa Woodward from Avon Publishing & agent Emmanuelle Morgen of Judith Ehrlich Literary Management

*Editor and Agent Appointments

*Critique Raffles with incredible prizes from:


Anita Mumm (Assistant to Kristen Nelson and Sara Megibow) Nelson Literary Agency, LLC

Andrea Somberg Harvey Klinger, Inc.

Stephany Evans, President FinePrint Literary Management

Adrienne Rosado PMA Literary & Film Management

Lois Winston Ashley Grayson Literary Agency

Pattie Steele-Perkins Steele-Perkins Literary Agency

Michelle Grajkowski 3 Seas Literary Agency

Scott Eagan Greyhaus Literary Agency

Kevan Lyon, Marsal-Lyon Literary Agency


Jhanteigh Kuppihea, Editor, New American Library (NAL)

Raelene Gorlinksky, Publisher, Elloras Cave erotic romances; Cerridwen Press mainstream genre fiction: romance, mystery/suspense, futuristic/sci-fi, paranormal, womens fiction, historical fiction; The Lotus Circle metaphysical/psychic fiction and non-fiction

Rhonda Stapleton, Editor, Carina Press (E-publishing imprint of Harlequin)

Alissa Davis, Freelance Editor

Emily W. Carmain, Noteworthy Editing Services

Sherry's Sage Suggestions, Editing Service


Margie Lawson, the amazing author of Empowering Characters' Emotions, Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors, Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More, Digging Deep into the EDITS System, Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist, Powering Up Body Language in Real Life

Vanessa Kelly, Kensington Zebra author of Regency-set historical romance and author of contemporary romance for Carina Press

Sharon Page, USA Today best-selling author of Regency-set historical romance for Bantam Dell, and Regency erotica for Kensington

Karen Hawkins, USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author, Historical Romance, Pocket

Joanne Rock, 3-Time Rita Nominee, Historical Romance, Harlequin

Elizabeth Sinclair, author of The Dreaded Synopsis, Multi-published Romantic Suspense, Harlequin

Kasey Michaels, New York Times Bestselling Author, Historical Romance/Romantic Suspense, Harlequin/Warner/Kensington/Zebra, et.al.

Too many raffle baskets filled to the brim with awesome books and fun stuff to list!Registration- $110


4670 Salisbury Rd. - Jacksonville, FL


***Permission to forward***

MERWA (Maine RWA) is pleased to announce the Annual Writers Retreat.

Limited seating for an intimate experience and great networking – we have filled to capacity the last three years, so register early.

Friday, May 20– Saturday, May 21, 2011

Portland, Maine (off 295 about 2 hours north of Boston)

Embassy Suites Portland (off Portland Airport access road)

$70.00 (or join MERWA for $30 and save $5 on retreat registration)

Keynote Speaker: Hannah Howell, multi-published Harlequin Historical author.

Other presenters: KA Mitchell, multi-published Samhain and Ellora's Cave author.

Julia Spencer Fleming, St. Martin's Press author.

Agent Pitches: Diane Freed, Fine Print Literary.

Retreat Registration: visit http://mainerwa.com

For more info contact Luanna at mainerwa@mainerwa.com

Hotel registration: a room block under MERWA with special rates is available if registering by April 20, 2011. $109, double occupancy, plus tax per night, includes Friday evening manager's reception and full breakfast. Call 1-207-775-2200. Mention MERWA to get the special retreat rate.


Northeastern Ohio RWA presents

The Cleveland Rocks Romance Conference

May 13th and 14th, 2011

Holiday Inn Select, 15471 Royalton Road, Strongsville, Ohio


Keynote Speaker LORI FOSTER

Workshop Speakers:

Harlequin Desire author Jules Bennett will present “Deep POV”

Signet Eclipse author LuAnn McLane will present “Finding Your Voice”


Whitney Ross, Tor

Victoria Curran, Harlequin

Kelli Collins, Ellora's Cave



Join us Friday night for the Agent/Editor Query Letter Panel. Submit your anonymous query letters to Jamie Denton at jamie@jamiedenton.net for agent/editor review no later than May 1st. While we will make every effort to ensure that your query is read, please note that it may not be possible for all query letter submissions to be selected.

Friday night registration will begin at 6:30. The Agent/Editor Query Letter Panel will start at 7:00.

Saturday's events include:

Keynote Speaker

Workshops with Jules Bennett and LuAnn McLane

Q&A with Editors and Agent

Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Snack

Basket Raffle

Agent/Editor Appointments

Multi-Author Book Signing

Announcement of Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest Winners

Saturday morning registration will begin at 8:15.

Registration is open!

A registration form can be downloaded from our website at http://www.neorwa.com/index.php/Events/ClevelandRocksRomance

Deadline for authors who want to participate in book signing is April 15th. Payment Deadline: May 1st if paying by check. May 9th if using PayPal.

Holiday Inn Select, 15471 Royalton Road, Strongsville, OH 440-238-8800 http://www.histrongsville.com/. Rooms have been blocked under North East Ohio RWA.

For more information, contact NEORWA Conference Coordinator, Jamie Denton at jamie@jamiedenton.net


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