Posted by crocodesigns Jul 31 2010, 4:49 am in Aunty Cindy explains it all for you, Awards, Golden Heart, RITA
posted by Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy
Tonight’s the night! Saturday night of RWA’s National Conference is the BIG awards ceremony! This is the ceremony where romance writers honor their own with the Rita and Golden Heart awards, our industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, Emmys, or Grammys.
As you know, the Banditas were all finalists in the 2006 Golden Heart contest. That is where we “found” each other, and so this award has a very special place in all our hearts! In case you didn’t know, the Golden Heart contest recognizes outstanding unpublished romance manuscripts in ten different categories. Up to 1200 entries are judged by members of RWA and are narrowed down to around 100 finalists. Editors from acquiring romance publishers judge the final round, and winners receive a beautiful pendant.
This year, our Bandita KJ Howe is a finalist in the Contemporary Series Suspense/Adventure category. KJ is a fantastic writer and we are all pulling for her to be the BIG WINNER in her category tonight!
Did you know the Rita award was named for RWA’s first president Rita Clay Estrada? (Be sure to file that away for future trivia contests.) This award is for outstanding published romance novels and novellas and the contest has twelve categories. Once again, approximately 1200 entries are narrowed by judges to about 100 finalists. Winners receive a beautiful statuette much like an Oscar or Emmy.
This year A Not-So-Perfect Past by our Bandita Beth Andrews is a Rita finalist in the Contemporary Series Romance category. So many of us Banditas and BBs LOVED Nina and Dillon’s story and we will all be hoping that our Wonder-Beth will be the first Bandita to bring home the lovely Rita statue!
There are many wonderful writers and books up for Golden Heart and Rita awards this year. By this time tomorrow, it will all be over and the winners will be announced. We’ll get to see all the fabulous pictures and share the triumphs. But they are ALL WINNERS just to have been finalists!
Awards are so much fun! We all deserve to win one once in awhile. For instance, Posh, Jo-Mama, and I, along with Lars, Marcus, Zach, and Paolo all deserve a “Holding-Down-The -Fort” award! What about you? What kind of award would you create and who would win it?
Posted by Jo Robertson Jul 30 2010, 4:01 am in Campouts, Jo Beverley, Jo Robertson
by Jo Robertson My daughter emailed me the other weekend with this note: Hey, do you wanna know what my kids are doing? Sleeping on the trampoline!! I remember how FUN that was as a kid. At OTHER people’s houses of course, since we never had one. It was so exciting! Their cousins are spending the night, for a total of five children, but kids these days have NO idea how to have a sleepover. Corinna, eleven, said, “Hey Mom. Did you charge the DVD player so we could watch movies?” I said, “Hell no!” Actually I didn’t say Hell
Posted by crocodesigns Jul 29 2010, 4:12 am in Aunty Cindy explains it all for you, Caren Crane, Jo Robertson, RWA conference
posted by Aunty Cindy, Jo-Mama, and Posh ‘Twas the week of RWA National conference and the Lair felt eerily empty with that preternatural quiet that could mean nefarious plots were afoot… Or NOT. A lone figure descended a back staircase, headed for the kitchen, a full tray in his hands and a look of consternation on his handsome face. “Sorry, Lars,” Paolo said, as he slid the tray of food onto the counter behind a beefy, Scandinavian hunk who was washing pots and pans, “Aunty Cindy turned thumbs down. She said your Swedish surprise is more of a shock, and
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Jul 28 2010, 4:22 am in Jo Beverley, romances, Suzanne Ferrell, websites
by Suzanne As many of you know I recently sold my book The Surrender Of Lacy Morgan to Ellora’s Cave. While waiting for the release date, I’m busy doing things like working on the next book and trying to form a web presence so people will have a place to find out about the book. (My yelling it from the mountain tops aside!) So I’ve hired a young IT web designer to develop a webpage for me. She’s smart and has a background in both art and design, so I’m looking forward to collaborating with her on this. One of
Posted by Susan Sey Jul 27 2010, 4:32 am in disney, Jo Beverley, sneaky, Susan Sey
by Susan Sey Like many of you, I’m in Orlando this week at the RWA convention. Which means, of course, that I’m really at Disney. Without my kids. Or, heck, without my husband. The last time we were here, my husband spent the days attending a conference while I schlepped a 10 month old and a 4 yo around the parks with my parents. It was wonderful, honestly. My youngest actually learned to walk here. She took her first steps across the hotel room to my dad. You can’t buy moments like that, people. It was a great trip. However,
Posted by Anna Sugden Jul 26 2010, 5:47 am in Anna Sugden, Greenwich, Jo Beverley, RNA conference
by Anna Sugden Most of you know about the Romance Writers of America and the Romance Writers of Australia, but did you know there is a romance writers organisation in England too? It’s called the Romance Novelists Association. This year, is the 50th anniversary of the RNA and their annual conference was held in the gorgeous surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College. This is the same Greenwich as in G.M.T. (Greenwich Mean Time) and you can see the clock at the nearby Greenwich Observatory. It’s also home to the National Maritime Museum – a must for all you historical
Posted by Kate Carlisle Jul 25 2010, 4:38 am in Jo Beverley, Kate Carlisle, Orlando, RWA conference
By Kate Who’s going to Orlando for the RWA conference next week? I am! I’ve heard it’s humid. And hot. Like, “I’M MELTING!” hot. I’m not sure I’m ready for that. Are you? For most of July, the rest of the country has been sweltering while here in Southern California it’s been in the low 70′s all month. So, as you can imagine, the thought of me spending all next week in sultry Florida (see? I’m being nice and not calling it oppressively stifling!) is … daunting. I’m scared. I admit it. Look at me! This hair doesn’t handle frizz
Posted by Christie Kelley Jul 25 2010, 3:57 am in Jo Beverley
Thank you to all for commenting while I was on my cruise! The internet connection on the ship was terrible so I couldn’t get on that day and interact with you! The winner of The Mammoth Book of Regency Romance is…. LOIS!! Lois, please send me an email with your address and I’ll get that in the mail as quickly as I can — christie @ christiekelley . com
Posted by Guest Jul 23 2010, 3:58 pm in Jo Beverley
by KJ Howe Looking for an intellectual and entertaining read this summer? Why not try Thrillers: 100 Must Reads, a collection of essays written by current bestselling thriller authors on the best reads of the thriller genre, spanning over 35 decades! The collection includes classics like James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice and Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. You’ll also find favorites by Frederick Forsyth, Peter Benchley, Clive Cussler, Robin Cook, and Ken Follett, to name a few. There are some fascinating and unusual essays, like Lee Child writing about the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, dating
Posted by Donna MacMeans Jul 23 2010, 5:00 am in Dark Embers, Dragons, Jo Beverley, Shapeshifters, Tessa Dare, Tracy Wolff
hosted by Donna MacMeans I have a real treat for you today! Tracy Wolff, writing as Tessa Adams, is joining us for the day. Tracy writes something for everyone, from Silhouette Superromance, to yummy single title paranormals to young adult novels. (whew!) Today, we’re featuring Dark Embers, her Dragon-shifting paranormal from NAL. Check out the fabulous cover and back cover blurb: King Dylan MacLeod is one of the last pure-bred dragon shapeshifters in existence—and ruler of a dying race, the Dragonstar clan. It falls to him to protect his people—and their ancient magic. He has one more duty: to provide