October 25, 2014: Kristi Jenkins & Jess Michaels

NOTE: We will be meeting in ballrooms ABC (around back) this month.

Morning Session: NaNoWriMo Bootcamp

Bring a notebook and pen, and come prepared to write! Kristi Jenkins, one of our fabulous new members, will walk you through a pre-National Novel Writing Month bootcamp so that you– and your novel– will be whipped into shape before the big event. Kristi has 10 NaNo “wins” under her belt, and served as Tucson’s official NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison for six years. She’ll share her best tips and tricks for not only surviving, but thriving during your most challenging month of writing yet. Whether you’re doing our chapter’s 25,000 word challenge, or the full 50k NaNo, Kristi will help you reach the finish line with a solid first draft and your sanity intact.

Afternoon Session: Book Bub and the Writing Life

Jesse Petersen (writing as Jess Michaels) will cover the infamous Book Bub– what it is, what it does, and what happens when you get the chance to use it. She will open the floor up to questions about the process and share her insights about the experience. Jesse will also tackle a discussion about what the schedule of a full-time writer
looks like, including a schedule of how she balances her time between writing and social media/marketing. You won’t want to miss it!

Jess Michaels began writing full-time in 1999 after being encouraged by her husband to follow her dream. In 2003, she sold her first novella to Red Sage Press, an erotic historical romance about an Egyptian tomb and a very sexy curse. Since then she has published (or has contracted to publish) nearly 50 novels and novellas under three different pen names with several major publishers, small presses and via self-publishing. Her erotic historical romances have been national bestsellers and won awards from booksellers and readers.

She and her awesome husband live in Tucson where she enjoys playing video games, exploring the beautiful desert, spending time with her nephews, reading and spending petting her two old lady cats.

October Fundraising Raffle

Once again it’s time for our special Annual Raffle – the time when we ask members who are able to bring in something special to donate to our chapter fundraiser. In the past we’ve had Alpha Smarts, Gift Certificates, Weekends on Mt. Lemmon,  Manuscript Critiques, and Luxurious Gift Baskets Galore!

So mark your calendars, make a reservation, and get ready to have fun!

Meeting fee of $25 members, $30 guests and walk-ins applies. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Please specify your lunch on our PAYMENTS PAGE, or email membership@tucsonrwa.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting to make a reservation.

Anyone who does not reserve by 8 am the Wednesday before the meeting will receive this month’s DEFAULT meal.

Menu for October 25, 2014

Option A: Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger
Angus Burger (cooked medium to medium well) w/smoked bacon and cheddar cheese. French fries. DoubleTree  Cookie Plate. Choice of coffee/decaf, iced tea, lemonade or soda.

Option B: Grilled Plain Turkey Burger
Grilled Turkey Burger. French fries. DoubleTree  Cookie Plate. Choice of coffee/decaf, iced tea, lemonade or soda.

Option C: Chef’s Choice: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian
(Item subject to change. Chef will provide a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian meal)  Grilled Vegetables with Pomidono Sauce and Gluten Free Pasta.  DoubleTree cookie plate (contains gluten). Choice of coffee/decaf, iced tea, lemonade or soda.

Option D: TAMARIND BBQ CHICKEN  *  Walk-in DEFAULT
Tamarind BBQ chicken breast served over field greens, citrus segments, granny smith apples, and blue cheese served with honey mustard dressing. Fresh rolls and butter. DoubleTree cookie plate. Choice of coffee/decaf, iced tea, lemonade or soda.

November 15, 2014: Delilah Dawson

Please Note November’s early meeting date.

Morning Session –  How to Write a Novella

What’s longer than a short story and shorter than a novel? It’s a novella, and with the recent growth of e-books, it’s a viable art form in 17,500 to 40,000 words. You need all the world building, all the character growth, and all the action, but in only half the words. Here are some tips on how to write a bite-size book and still hook the reader from start to finish.

Afternoon Session –  How to Throw an Amazing Launch Party (and Keep the Party Going Online)

This is the party you’ve always dreamed of, so aim for the stars. Here’s how to select a venue, approach booksellers, wine and possibly dine your guests, get the word out, and make sure that everyone has a fantastic time. And for your readers who can’t make it to the party, there are plenty of ways to get folks involved online to spread the joy.

Delilah Dawson

Delilah DawsonDelilah S. Dawson writes whimsical and dark Fantasy for adults and teens. Her Blud series for Pocket includes Wicked as They Come, Wicked After Midnight, and Wicked as She Wants, winner of the RT Book Reviews Steampunk Book of the Year and May Seal of Excellence for 2013. Her YA debut, Servants of the Storm, is out in August 2014, with another YA from Simon Pulse in April 2015, a pre-dystopian called HIT. Her Geekrotica series under pseudonym Ava Lovelace includes The Lumberfox and The Superfox with The Dapperfox on the way.

She is also an Associate Editor at www.CoolMomPicks.com and www.CoolMomTech.com, where she is given the more eccentric and geeky products to cover. Delilah lives with her husband, two small children, a horse, a dog, and two cats in Atlanta.

Meeting fee of $25 members, $30 guests and walk-ins applies. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Please specify your lunch on our PAYMENTS PAGE, or email membership@tucsonrwa.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting to make a reservation.

Anyone who does not reserve by 8 am the Wednesday before the meeting will receive this month’s DEFAULT meal.

Menu for November 15, 2014

Check back soon for our November menu.

November 1, 2014 – Special Event with Laurie Schnebly Campbell

How to Create Compelling Characters

Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves speaking to writers about issues that draw on her background as a therapist and in advertising. Having published half a dozen award-winning novels plus non-fiction, she teaches classes on creating plots & characters, and marketing books.

On November 1, Laurie will present a special workshop open to both RWA members and anyone else who wants to improve their understanding of characterization.

How to Create Compelling Characters Will Cover

  • Shaping a character’s journey
  • Choosing their psychological type
  • Making conflict come naturally
  • Blending plausible personalities
  • Finding (and fixing) the fatal flaw

Along with the presentation there will be some hands-on exercises as well as extensive handouts, and — for every 25 people who attend — a door-prize gift of free registration to one of Laurie’s online classes.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014
  • Place: Viscount Hotel: 4855 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ
  • Time: 9am to 3pm. Includes lunch
  • Price: $45 – RWA members (any chapter), $55 nonmembers. (includes a deli lunch buffet with salad, cookies, coffee, and tea)

Register early! Space is limited and we expect this event to fill up.

About Laurie

Laurie Schnebly Campbell photo
Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves giving workshops for writer groups about “Psychology for Creating Characters,” “Making Rejection WORK For You,” “Building A Happy Relationship For Your Characters (And Yourself)” and other issues that draw on her background as a counseling therapist and romance writer.

In fact, she chose her website (www.BookLaurie.com) so people would find it easy to Book Laurie for programs.

But giving workshops — for students from London and Los Angeles to New Zealand and New York — is just one of her interests. During weekdays, she writes and produces videos, brochures and commercials (some of which feature her voice) for a Phoenix advertising agency. For several years she would turn off her computer every day at five o’clock, wait thirty seconds, turn it on again and start writing romance.

It finally paid off. Her first novel was nominated by Romantic Times as the year’s “Best First Series Romance,” and her second beat out Nora Roberts for “Best Special Edition of the Year.” But between those two successes came a three-year dry spell, during which Laurie discovered that selling a first book doesn’t guarantee ongoing success.

“What got me through that period,” she says, “was realizing that the real fun of writing a romance is the actual writing. Selling is wonderful, sure, but nothing compares to the absolute, primal joy of sitting at the computer and making a scene unfold and thinking ‘Wow! Yes! This is great!'”

After six books for Special Edition, she turned her attention to writing non-fiction — using her research into the nine personality types to help writers create plausible, likable people with realistic flaws. Her other favorite activities include playing with her husband and son, recording for the blind, counseling at a mental health center, traveling to Sedona (the Arizona red-rock town named for her great-grandmother, Sedona Schnebly) and working with other writers.

“People ask how I find time to do all that,” Laurie says, “and I tell them it’s easy. I never clean my house!”

 

 

September 27, 2014: Jenn LeBlanc – Illustrated Romance

Jenn LeBlanc

Jenn will present on all things cover art from design to branding as well as licensing and legal issues to protect yourself. With two degrees in photography as well as many years actively working in the business, Jenn is able to speak about licensing and legal issues covering stock art, custom images, usage rights and what to ask when purchasing images or design for your project whether it’s for your international bestselling novel or your personal website.

We’ll go through the process of design and creation, what to look for in licensing and design, how to brand for yourself, and how to protect your product as well as the rights of everyone involved. We’ll discuss how to plan a cover in a world of ever-changing rules with regards to censorship as well as chat about the actual photo shoot, what happens and how it all comes together seamlessly… or so it seems.

Bring your questions about rights, design, Amazon rules, stock searches, custom photography, legal aspects, and whatever else you want to know about a job wherein I work with half-nekked people, vaseline, and weapons as a profession (I know you have these questions, this is your chance to ask them).

Bio

Jen LeBlanc photo
Jenn LeBlanc

Colorado. Canon. Curls. CJs. Chuck Norris.
Born and raised in this beautiful state —very nearly with a camera in hand— I never left. I started my own family, got used to the curls, went to college, built a CJ, started a business, and totally beat the daylights out of Chuck Norris, all with a camera in hand.

Spending my days in parenting chat rooms I got highly adept with one-handed typing and I can still type just about as fast with one hand as I can with two. It’s a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine. Once I finished my first novel I quickly realized: I was born a photographer.

From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of MY book my control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this completely new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers. The Illustrated Romance.

I live and thrive off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. I wear shorts and flip-flops year-round—much to the chagrin of my friends and family.

The images from my book started a ruckus, and from there, #StudioSmexy was born, I’ve since shot over 15,000 images for covers, have over 300 designed romance novel covers from major to self-published, and currently shoot custom images for very special clients.

My second novel ABSOLUTE SURRENDER  did its own Chuck Norris impersonation with the charts on Amazon. You can find me on Twitter and Facebook sharing eye candy (NSFW) and being a total rock star.


Meeting fee of $25 members, $30 guests and walk-ins applies. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Please specify your lunch on our  PAYMENTS PAGE, or email membership@tucsonrwa.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting to make a reservation.

Anyone who does not reserve by 8 am the Wednesday before the meeting will receive this month’s DEFAULT meal.

Menu for September 27, 2014

Option A: Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger
Angus Burger (cooked medium to medium well) w/smoked bacon and cheddar cheese. French fries. Family style brownies, lemon and raspberry bars. Choice of coffee/decaf, iced tea, lemonade or soda.

Option B: Grilled Plain Turkey Burger
Grilled Turkey Burger. French fries. Family style brownies, lemon and raspberry bars. Choice of coffee/decaf, iced tea, lemonade or soda.

Option C: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian

Grilled Vegetables with Pomidono Sauce and Gluten Free Pasta. Family style brownies, lemon and raspberry bars. Choice of coffee/decaf, iced tea, lemonade or soda.

**Option D: TURKEY SANDWICH **Walk-in Default Meal **
Turkey, bacon, and havarti on wheat berry bread with lettuce, tomato, and cranberry mayonnaise. French fries. Family style brownies, lemon and raspberry bars. Choice of coffee/decaf, iced tea, lemonade or soda

July 19, 2014: Teleconference with Ellora’s Cave

Doubletree Hilton Reid Park
445 S. Alvernon Way 

520 881-4200 

(between Broadway and 22nd, across from Reid Park)

10:00 am – 2:00 pm (doors open 9:15 am)


Question and Answers with Ellora’s Cave

July 19, Raelene Gorlinski (publisher) and Whitney Mihalik (managing editor) from Ellora’s Cave will be joining us via Skype to discuss erotic and romance publishing and answer questions about working with this prestigious small press.

Don’t miss this chance to get in the romance grove with fellow chapter members and look at where erotic publishing is going.


SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Reservations (by 8 am Wednesday before the meeting) and advance payment are strongly recommended. Walk-in guests are welcome. However, walk-ins and reservations received after 5pm Friday must pay the visitor meeting fee and enjoy the default meal.

PLEASE SPECIFY one of the following lunch selections (and any special requirements, like “gluten-free”) with your advance reservation.

This Month’s Lunch Selection:

  • Bacon Cheeseburger
  • Grilled Turkey Burger
  • Deli Sub Turkey, Salami, and Swiss sandwich
  • Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Vegetarian: Chef’s choice (TBD) [Default]

Click HERE to see a more complete menu and/or pay via PayPal

Anyone who hasn’t specified a lunch choice by 8.00 a.m. the Wednesday before the meeting will enjoy the DEFAULT dish.

 

June 28, 2014: NaNoWriMo’s Chris Baty

Doubletree Hilton Reid Park
445 S. Alvernon Way 

520 881-4200 

(between Broadway and 22nd, across from Reid Park)

10:00 am – 2:00 pm (doors open 9:00 am)


In June, Saguaro Romance Writers welcomes Chris Baty, founder of the infamous National Novel Writing Month.

Morning Session:
A Quick History of NaNoWriMo

Chris will discuss the history of NaNoWriMo, how it changed his life, and some of the surprising lessons it has taught him about writing and writers.

Afternoon Session: Why Write Fast?

In the afternoon, Chris will present a deeper look at why cranking out abysmal prose in a terrifyingly short amount of time unlocks such wonderful things.

About Chris

Chris Baty accidentally founded National Novel Writing Month in 1999, and oversaw the event’s growth from 21 friends to more than 300,000 writers in 90 countries. Chris now serves as aChris Baty Board Member Emeritus for NaNoWriMo, and spends his days helping great Bay Area companies with content strategy, teaching classes on writing and creativity through Stanford University’s Writer’s Studio, making posters, and endlessly revising his own novels. He’s the author of No Plot? No Problem!and the co-author of Ready, Set, Novel. His quest for the perfect cup of coffee is ongoing, and will likely kill him someday. chrisbaty@gmail.com

Learn more about Chris at www.ChrisBaty.com.


SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Reservations (by 8 am Wednesday before the meeting) and advance payment are strongly recommended. Walk-in guests are welcome. However, walk-ins and reservations received after 5pm Friday must pay the visitor meeting fee and enjoy the default meal.

PLEASE SPECIFY one of the following lunch selections (and any special requirements, like “gluten-free”) with your advance reservation.

This Month’s Lunch Selection:

  • Bacon Cheese Burger
  • Grilled Turkey Burger
  • Portobello Napoleon with Polenta and Red-Pepper Coulis [Default]
  • Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Vegetarian: Roasted Beefsteak Tomato w/Mushroom Hash, Red-Pepper Coulis, & Asparagus

Click HERE to see a more complete menu and/or pay via PayPal

Anyone who hasn’t specified a lunch choice by 8.00 a.m. the Wednesday before the meeting will enjoy the DEFAULT dish.

 

May 24, 2014: Cathy McDavid

Doubletree Hilton Reid Park
445 S. Alvernon Way 

520 881-4200 

(between Broadway and 22nd, across from Reid Park)

10:00 am – 2:00 pm (doors open 9:00 am)


This month, Saguaro Romance Writers welcomes Cathy McDavid, whose workshops have earned her a reputation as a top RWA speaker.

Morning Session:
NO BONES ABOUT IT/ CREATING A STORY SKELETON

Whether you’re a plotter or a seat-of-the-pants writer, traditional or self-published, creating a short story skeleton before beginning to write your story can provide an invaluable tool. Discover weaknesses in characters’ motivations, plot holes, and pacing issues, all without wasting pages and precious hours of writing time. If you happen to write synopses before the book, a story skeleton provides a great starting point.

Afternoon Session:
BREAKING DOWN THE BLACK MOMENT

A Detailed Step-by-Step Analysis of the Black Moment. Setting up your story’s black moment actually starts in the first few pages of the book. This deep analysis of your story’s black moment–and detailed step-by-step process –is designed to help you wring the most emotion and conflict from your black moment and give the reader what they’re looking for: namely, a satisfying read.

About Cathy

Cathy McDavid had no idea when she opened that first Walter Farley book in third grade, it would be a defining moment in her life. After devouring every Black Stallion and Island Stallion book written at the time–the process took over a year–she decided she wanted her own horse. That dream was realized a few years later, and Cathy went on to own horses and ride most of her life. Bonanza and Big Valley reruns every day after school enforced her love of all things western as well as a fascination with “cowboy” history.

Always an avid reader, she first put fingers to keyboard in 1995 and penned her first novel. She enjoyed some success with smaller publishers, but it wasn’t until 2005 when she finally got to see her first mass market paperback on the shelves of Barnes and Noble bookstores. There was no going back after that. In 2006, she started writing contemporary westerns for Harlequin American couldn’t be happier. All those years of reading every horse book ever written and watching old western TV shows finally paid off!

These days, she is “mostly” retired from the corporate business world and writes full time from her home in Scottsdale, Arizona near the breath-taking McDowell Mountains, where javalina traipse across her yard, hawks fly overhead and bobcats hide in her trees. Her twenty-two year old twins have “mostly” left the house to live on their own, but return often, if only to use her washer and dryer and empty out her refrigerator– a situation that does not make her two spoiled dogs and two spoild-er cats happy. When time allows, she heads to her cabin in the mountains, always taking her laptop with her on the chance inspiration strikes.

Learn more about Cathy’s books at www.CathyMcDavid.com.


SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Reservations (by 8 am Wednesday before the meeting) and advance payment are strongly recommended. Walk-in guests are welcome. However, walk-ins and reservations received after 5pm Friday must pay the visitor meeting fee and enjoy the default meal.

PLEASE SPECIFY one of the following lunch selections (and any special requirements, like “gluten-free”) with your advance reservation.

This Month’s Lunch Selection:

  • Bacon Cheese Burger
  • Grilled Turkey Burger
  • Roast Beef Wrap Chicken [Default]
  • Chef’s Choice Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Vegetarian

Click HERE to see a more complete menu and/or pay via PayPal

Anyone who hasn’t specified a lunch choice by 8.00 a.m. the Wednesday before the meeting will enjoy the DEFAULT dish.

 

April 26, 2014: Dangerous Men!

Doubletree Hilton Reid Park
445 S. Alvernon Way 

520 881-4200 

(between Broadway and 22nd, across from Reid Park)

10:00 am – 2:00 pm (doors open 9:00 am)


This month marks our annual “Dangerous Jobs” meeting, where we bring in speakers who experience the sort of adventure we writers like to put in our stories.

Morning session: Firefighter Tony Cota

Tony Cota, firefighter for the Tucson Fire Department and 2014’s cover model for the Tucson Firefighter’s calendar will be heating things up with an discussion on the ins and outs of a firefighter’s job description. You’ll be front row to Fire Science 101 as Tony walks you through a typical fire scene and the responsibilities of each crew responding.

Afternoon session: EMT Michael Bissey

Michael Bissey, who recently graduated as a Paramedic after 6 years at Southwest Ambulance working as an EMT, will make sure your heart doesn’t stop as he explains how working in emergency services is a lifestyle change and not a job. We will get to walk in Mike’s shoes as he describes how working in EMS has changed the way he looks at the world and how he interacts with his family.

Pull on your suspenders and hop on that big red RSVP truck because you won’t want to miss this meeting!


Space may be limited. Reservations (by 8 am Wednesday before the meeting) and advance payment are strongly recommended. Walk-in guests are welcome. However, walk-ins and reservations received after 5pm Friday must pay the visitor meeting fee.

PLEASE SPECIFY one of the following lunch selections (and any special requirements, like “gluten-free”) with your advance reservation.

This Month’s Lunch Selection:

  • Bacon Cheese Burger
  • Grilled Turkey Burger
  • Tamarind Barbeque Chicken [Default]
  • Chef’s Choice Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Vegetarian

Click HERE to see a more complete menu and/or pay via PayPal

Anyone who hasn’t specified a lunch choice by the 8.00 a.m. the Wednesday before the meeting will enjoy the DEFAULT dish.

March 22, 2014: Kara Lennox

Doubletree Hilton Reid Park
445 S. Alvernon Way 

520 881-4200 

(between Broadway and 22nd, across from Reid Park)

10:00 am – 2:00 pm (doors open 9:00 am)


In March, Saguaro Romance Writers welcomes bestselling Kara Lennox, who is working on her 66th romance novel, has been published by Silhouette and Bantam Books as Karen Leabo, and currently writes for the Harlequin American Romance, Silhouette Desire and Signature Select lines as Kara Lennox.

Prior to writing romance, Kara was a freelance writer with hundreds of magazine articles published, as well as brochures, press releases, advertisements and business plans. She has also earned a paycheck at various times as a magazine art director, a typesetter, an exercise instructor, a sales clerk for a boutique that was a front for laundering Mafia money (she found out later), a telephone survey-taker, and a blackjack dealer. But she’s happiest now, living her dream as an author.

Kara’s books are often cited for their groundbreaking, quirky or otherwise unusual subject matter. She has written about ostrich ranching, Mayan archeology, brain tumors, child abandonment, jewel theft, witchcraft and storm chasing–in addition to a full complement of cowboys, brides and babies.

Morning Session – Romance Novel Gestalt

The most satisfying novels are the ones written so tightly that every word, every description, every piece of dialogue is there for a specific reason, everything working in harmony. There are no loose plot threads, no extraneous scenes or pointless characters, no filler dialogue. But how do you achieve that seamless texture? We read books and attend workshops on plot, theme, voice, characters, setting, research etc., but how do you put it all together? This workshop will help you smooth over the rough spots and hide your craftsmanship so your reader gets pleasantly lost in the story rather than stumbling over the building blocks.

Afternoon session – Yes, You Can Quit Your Day Job

Do you dream of working at home every day, sitting at your computer in your sweats communing with your muse? It’s not an impossible dream no matter what your situation. With some careful planning and a lot of self-discipline, you, too, can look forward to Monday morning as a stay-at-home writer. In this workshop, we’ll discuss making the transition to self-employment while meeting financial and familial obligations, from both a published and unpublished perspective. We’ll talk about finances, time management, and how to compromise with dignity. Be prepared to think outside the box!

For more information, visit karalennox.wordpress.com.


SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Advanced reservation and payment are highly recommended.

SPECIFY one of the following lunch selections (and any special requirements, like “gluten free”) with your ADVANCE reservation.

February Lunch Selection:

  • Bacon Cheese Burger
  • Turkey Burger
  • Orange Poppyseed Salad with blue cheese and optional chicken
  • DEFAULT: Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Vegetarian dish tbd

Anyone who hasn’t specified a lunch choice by the reservation deadline will enjoy the DEFAULT dish. More details about the menu are available on our payments page.

 

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