Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Help Jane Porter Name Her Next Book

My July ‘09 book about Tiana Tomlinson, the entertainment host of America Tonight, needs a great pithy title. Everyone at my publishing house still gushes over the title, Flirting with Forty. In their minds, its the perfect title and they’d name all my books Flirting with Forty except we’ve used it already and can’t use it again. So what we need is a great, punchy, catchy, commercial, fun, title for Tiana’s book and we need it soon.

To thank you for your help brainstorming, everyone who makes a suggestion gets entered to win the Title Me! prize of a plush tropical Pottery Barn beach towel, a signed copy of The Frog Prince, a $15 Starbucks drink card and my JP summer water bottle.

If my publishers actually pick your suggestion as the new title for my book, that contributor would win a signed copy of Mrs. Perfect, a handblown blue glass ornament from Murano, Venice, and a $50 B&N gift card, and a sneak peek at the book before it’s released.

So there’s two ways to win something fun, and most importantly, you’d have my eternal gratitude.

A little more on Tiana’s story which is set in Los Angeles: She’s a 38 year old beauty who has hosted America Tonight for seven years and has been single since being widowed as a newlywed. She’s dating a hot young actor in the beginning of the book but behind the tabloid pictures things aren’t going so well. Her show ratings are down and she’s losing her younger viewers. Management wants to overhaul her show and bring in a younger female anchor to co-host. Her agent is pressuring her into getting her face done. Her hot sexy boyfriend is behaving strangely. And things unravel from there

Not Attending the RWA Conference?

Keep up to date on everything happening at the San Francisco Conference. Bloggers are bringing it to life for those of us who couldn't attend!


Romance Novel TV will again probably at the end of the week have author interviews. Here's the link:

Romance Novel TV:

Last year BrightCove TV had many videos of the conference, including video of the Harlequin Party.

Here’s the link:

Thursday, July 24, 2008

SFO Romance Writer's of America, "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing


Roxanne St. Claire signing her latest Bullet Catcher!

Romance Writer's of America, "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 San Francisco, CA

San Francisco

4th Street
San Francisco, California 94103 USA
1-415-896-1600 phone
1-415-486-8101 fax

The "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing has become one of the most popular events at RWA's annual conference. Over 500 romance authors participate in this two-hour autographing event, and each year RWA raise thousands of dollars, which are donated to ProLiteracy Worldwide. Since 1991, RWA has donated over $600,000 to literacy charities. The 2008 "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing takes place on Wednesday, July 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the San Francisco Marriott, Yerba Buena Ballroom. (This event is open to the public.)

RWA solicits your support and asks you to purchase books at the autographing rather than bringing copies you already own.

Maureen Child and Susan Mallery at signing!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

AUTHORS: Want to Promote your latest release, have any extra bookmarks or promo items?

Info and Link to conference:

Every year The Greater Seattle Chapter sponsors a Writer's conference in October and a book signing. There is a table set up for authors and reader's to pick up promo items. If you're interested, please send them to:

Marilyn Shoemaker
4522 SW Hill Street
Seattle, WA 98116

If you would like to send an autographed book for the raffle I'll put together a basket. A portion from the author book signing on Saturday plus the proceeds from three day raffle will go to the organization DAWN.

Welcome to DAWN:

Domestic Abuse Women's Network
DAWN has a 28-year history of providing services to survivors of domestic violence in South King County. It is the voices of survivors, their struggles and experiences, which guide our work and give meaning to our mission.

DAWN's Core Purpose:

End domestic violence by empowering survivors and fostering communities where abuse is not tolerated.

Calling UK Authors:

Since it's Mills and Boon's 100th year, I thought it might be fun to put together something, especially those of you coming to the States for The Romance Writer's Conference in SFO. Please think about it!

Best-selling author Danielle Steel

"I'm driven from inside. A story will come to mind and it has to come out, like a frog with a bubble," she says. "I want to work forever. And try to get better forever."

Interesting article in the Canadian Press.



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