Book I of Miriam Newman's series about the Vikings in Ireland, The Eagle's Woman, released August 2.

Find out more about Miriam Newman here.

Lois Winston has recently entered the world of indie publishing with romances and chick lit books under the name Emma Carlyle. HOOKING MR. RIGHT, FINDING HOPE, and FOUR UNCLES AND A WEDDING are now available as ebooks on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. More books will follow. Check out her Emma Carlyle  website at
Beth Szabo's Novelaa, NEVER LET GO, was released by Wild Rose Press on June 20, 2012. Congrats!

Beth Szabo writing as Selena Fulton
Because it's all about the journey...

"Move Up To The Majors"
with Alfie Thompson

July 14, 2012 9:00 AM Central Time Cost: $10

Enrollment Information at

Course Description
Best selling authors hit it out of the park using a secret formula that’s easy to incorporate into your writing. In this time-focused seminar you’ll benefit from instantaneous feedback you’d expect in a conference workshop, without leaving your home.   In our 90-minute online workshop you'll discover:
  • ·      What a F.U.N. index is and what to check to be sure your writing incorporates it
  • ·      How to address Readers’ four basic emotional needs, which will turn them into loyal fans

  • ·     The one secret best selling authors use to keep their readers turning pages and buying their books…that they might not even realize they know 

If you have specific questions, email


Alfie Thompson
, writing as Val Daniels, has sold 10 books to Harlequin/Silhouette, including 8 Romances, 1 Shadows (romantic suspense) and 1 Special Edition. Her books have been published in 22 languages and 32 countries and more than 5 million copies of her books are in print.   Running Press (a division of Perseus) published her non-fiction book on learning to write fiction by watching movies.  Lights! Camera! Fiction! A Movie Lovers Guide to Writing a Novel by Alfie Thompson is available from the usual online booksellers. Alfie has given writing workshops from New York City to Hawaii and served for five years on RWA's Board of Directors. As national conference chair in 1990, she initiated the first ever "Readers For Life" literacy book signing which has raised nearly three quarters of a million dollars for Literacy since its inception.

Enrollment Information at

COST: $10


Pamela Turner's poem, “Ophelia Lies Dreaming” was published in Indigo Rising UK (Issue 2).

The short horror story “Family Heirloom” was published in the  digital anthology Scared – Ten Tales of Horror. I received a contract for my short horror story “Family Tradition” from MuseItUp Publishing. 

Find out more about Pamela Turner here:

Emerald City Writers Conference Welcomes Goodie Bag Items & Raffle Baskets:

Here’s a great chance to share your
brand  with 300 avid conference attendees!

You’re invited to participate in  a promotional opportunity at the Emerald City Writers Conference, sponsored by  the Greater Seattle Chapter of RWA, which takes place at the Bellevue Westin on  October 26-28, 2012.

Our conference includes more than 60 workshops  and averages 300 attendees, ranging from new writers to New York Times  bestsellers as well as numerous editors and agents. The conference regularly  sells out, with a substantial waiting list.

This year’s keynote speakers are NYT  bestselling authors Susan Wiggs and Victoria Alexander, and Hollywood story  consultant Michael Hauge.

Goodie Bags:

We’re collecting  books, pens, and other fun items for Goodie Bags to be given to conference  attendees. One important change from last year is that the conference is “going  green.” To help protect the environment, we’re no longer able to accept paper  promotional items such as postcards, bookmarks, flyers, and excerpts. All other  contributions, however, will be gratefully accepted!

You may share as  many items as you wish, but we are expecting 300 attendees.

We can  offer you three options to deliver
your items: For local chapters,  we’ll happily stop by a chapter meeting to collect your items (and meet  you!)

You can mail your items to:
Laura Navarre
11320  Lakeside Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98125

You can attend one of our  monthly GSRWA meetings (posted online at and deliver your items  in person.

For more info:

Materials due by October 5, 2012

Door Prizes & Raffle Baskets

The ECWC Raffle is one of the hottest tickets in town! We typically have up to 60 exciting baskets which attendees vie to win. Because the competition is fierce, our attendees carefully study each basket—creating a great opportunity to expand your brand with our attendees.

Authors and groups are invited to send in promotional baskets for our raffle or special items & books to be included either in raffle baskets or used as door prizes. Please label your items so we  are clear on your intention for your donation.

For local chapters, we’ll happily stop by a chapter meeting to collect your items (and meet you!)

You can mail your items to:

Jennifer DeCuir
10039 NE 201st ST
Bothell, WA 98011

You can attend one of our monthly GSRWA meetings (posted online at and deliver your items in person.

Contact: Jenn DeCuir at

Materials due by October 5, 2012

For more information, please visit the Emerald City Writer’s Conference website at or email Shelly Shellabarger, Conference Chair  at

Registration opens June 1.
My novella, NEVER LET GO is coming out on June 20 with   It is my first book.

Beth Szabo writing asSelena Fulton
When I read a book I salivate over the romantic parts. I smile, feel my cheeks blush, and usually let out a weighty sigh. Think about the most romantic line you have ever read or written. Didn't you just experience all of the above?

My favorite moments are the ones we least expect, as do the characters. Lengthy glances, light touching of skin upon skin, stuttering or complete loss of speech, and the utter beauty of hesitation. That breath before a kiss, the pause before an embrace, that stare before...well you know.

All of what I have described above I've found in books of varying genre; literary, mystery, women's fiction, commercial, historical and paranormal.

Love is in every story.

The stories we've read and have yet to read.

The stories we've written and have yet to write.

Here we can share the journey together, celebrating love, one novel at a time.

One of my favorite romantic lines in all of literature comes from Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook.

"I am no one special, just a common man with common thoughts. I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me, and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect, I've succeeded as gloriously as anyone who ever lived. I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and for me, that has always been enough."

Sigh and swoon my friends. Sigh. And. Swoon.

Please, share your favorite lines from a book you've read or written.

Happy writing,