The Stiletto Awards Party, RWA 2018 in Denver

~ By Liza Keogh The best thing about holding an awards ceremony? Finally seeing many of the faces behind the email addresses and meeting the writers behind the submissions! The 2018 Stiletto Awards Ceremony started with Casey Clipper handing out the Chapter Service Awards. The three members in attendance—Stephanie Haefner, Mary Flournoy, and Teri Anne Stanley—are pictured here. The other members who received the award are Kimberley Ash, Laura Ashwood, and Jessie Scott. You will probably notice all of them were fearless, intrepid, and hard-working Category Coordinators for the 2018 contest. #TeamStiletto! There were eight awards given out, and...

CRWA Taking Over Nationals! A Photo Retrospective.

With the chapter retreat, the Stiletto Party, and everything in between, the Contemporary Romance Chapter of RWA was a huge presence at #RWA2018. Here are some highlights, sent in by chapter members just for you. Enjoy! First up, here’s Ginny Baird, one of our newest members, hanging out with fellow CRWA member Teri Wilson before a communal writing sprint. The world on the street is that the event was fabulous and they got a lot of writing done. Way to go! Speaking of Teri Wilson, look who the CRW Stiletto Award for Mid-Length Contemporary Romance! Another new member, Erin Kruger,...

RWA 2018 – Speed Pitch event and the Industry Marketplace

~ By Stephanie Haefner This year, more than others in the past, my main goal for the RWA National Conference was to make connections with agents and editors, and boy did I ever! The main sources for amazing networking this year were the Speed Pitch event and the Industry Marketplace. In past years, RWA members attending the conference had the opportunity to sign up for two ten-minute pitch sessions. One with an agent and one with an editor. Prime picks were often gobbled up quickly and attendees had to move on to their 2nd, 3rd, sometimes 4th picks, even if...

Let’s Party!

This year will be the second annual Contemporary Romance Writers Stiletto Party! If you’re going to Denver for RWA Nationals, we hope you’ll join CRW at the Stiletto Party! What is the Stiletto Party? The Stiletto Party is a celebration of contemporary romance and our chapter, Contemporary Romance Writers. It’s a chance to meet some of your fellow chapter members in person and get to know the board. For an online chapter like CRW, getting together in real life is always a fun time. The Stiletto Party is also where the winners of the Stiletto Contest will be announced....

2018 Stiletto Contest Published Finalists!

The Contemporary Romance Writers chapter of the RWA is pleased to announce and congratulate the finalists in the 2018 Stiletto Contest’s Published categories. Listed in alphabetical order, they are: PUBLISHED SUSPENSE NOVEL Mariah Ankenman, Love on the Forbidden Side Janie Crouch, Survival Instinct Peggy Jaeger, A Shot at Love Jordyn Redwood, Taken Hostage Kathleen Tailer, Quest for Justice PUBLISHED SHORT/NOVELLA Maria K. Alexander, Believe in My Heart Marie Johnston, Unmistaken Identity Claire Marti, Second Chance in Laguna Jennie Marts, Catching the Cowgirl Mellanie Szereto, Egging Her On PUBLISHED MID-LENGTH NOVEL Janie Crouch, Protector’s Instinct Teri Anne Stanley, A Taste...

How my Interior Design Degree Prepared me to be a Writer

~ By Christine Meram “Did you major in Creative Writing?” That was a question, at a family event, that had me recollect my writing journey. How I got into writing, starting from an unfamiliar place, yet with very familiar settings. I never sought a writing career, in fact, at times, I think it chose me, through my love of storytelling. I was in my mid-twenties, finding a way to creatively express myself, outside of the rigorous and grueling Interior Design program, I had found myself. I would spend hours, compiling research about different places, creating intricate backstories for my pretend...

My Story as a Playlist

~ By Melina Kantor When I tell people that I always, always, always create a soundtrack for my WIP, the response is often, “Oh. Well I can’t write to music.” You know what? I honestly can’t either. I get too distracted and too lost, especially by songs I feel connected to. Music can turn my brain into a sort of popcorn popper, causing all kinds of disorganized ideas to zing around my head. Which, actually is the point. Building and listening to a story soundtrack (a trick I learned from Lani Diane Rich) helps me discover my stories and create...

2018 Stiletto Contest Unpublished Finalists!

Please join Contemporary Romance Writers in congratulating the 2018 Stiletto Contest unpublished finalists! Contemporary – Long Final round judged by: Deb Werksman (Editor – Sourcebooks) and Nicole Payne (Agent – Golden Wheat Literary) Kilby Blades – Crocodile Tears Alyssa Henderson – Scottish Embrace Ellie Malouff – Be What Love Is Katherine Olson – North Star Lisa Wells – CEO For Hire Contemporary – Mid Final round judged by: Stephanie Doig (Editor – Carina Press) and Sara Megibow (Agent – KT Literary) Tanya Agler – Stealing Her Heart Kilby Blades – The Secret Ingredient Makenna Lee – Focused on a...

The Name Game — A Friday Writing Prompt

~ By Jeff Salter Happy Friday! Jeff is back with another writing prompt to get you warmed up for a weekend full of writing. We hope you have fun with this. Thank you, Jeff! — Through a social media promotional campaign, 31 people discover they have the same name —first, last, and middle initial. Several of them hook-up with each other – on a lark – so they can exchange information on who named them, who they were named for, where they are from, when they were born, etc. It’s cool and fun to see how they are so different,...

Emergency Medical Service Characters in Fiction

~ Chelle Cordero Having spent almost 30-years in Emergency Medical Services myself (certified EMT, volunteer) and having all of my immediate family involved as well in both volunteer and paid EMS roles, I’ve learned what a unique and interesting life the career creates. I used the “job” for a few of my main characters: Julie (paramedic, Final Sin), Matt (paramedic and flight medic, Final Sin and Hyphema), and an un-named paramedic (The Dead Guy in the Park, a short story in Touch of Love). Other books describe EMS responses in various scenes. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and Paramedics respond to...

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