February 10, 2018
Allison Brennan

Smart women, short skirts… and the men who love them

Strong women aren’t necessarily “kick-a$$” women with a military background–though they certainly can be! How can you create a compelling female character who your readers will love–or a compelling villain your readers will love to hate? Come find out.

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Allison Brennan believes life is too short to be bored, so she had five children and writes three books a year. A former consultant in the California State Legislature, Allison is now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen thrillers and numerous short stories. Reviewers have called her “a master of suspense” and RT Book Reviews said her books are “mesmerizing” and “complex.”

She’s been nominated for multiple awards, including the Thriller, RWA’s Best Romantic Suspense (five times), and twice won the Daphne du Maurier award. She currently writes two series—the Lucy Kincaid/Sean Rogan thrillers and the Maxine Revere cold case mysteries.

 

March 10, 2018
L.J. Shen

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

 

April 14, 2018
Sue Brown-Moore

Inside Book Blogging: The critical relationships you never knew mattered

Book bloggers: the digital revolution’s easy-access take on the traditional librarian. Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, if you’re a published author, chances are you’ve worked with—or been reviewed by—a book blogger. Join award-winning veteran romance reviewer and influencer Sue “DaVinciKittie” Brown-Moore for a peek inside the mind (and process!) of these powerhouse readers, and learn the DOs and DON’Ts of working with bloggers, as well as tips on how they can help you boost your next book launch (indie or traditional)!  
 
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Sue Brown-Moore is lifelong reader and passionate supporter of romantic fiction. So passionate, in fact, that she’s spent the past seven years working a “for fun” part time job simply for the pleasure of supporting the amazing authors who spin tales of high romance and love everlasting. Sue founded GraveTells Romance in 2010 and grew her love of—*ahem* addiction to—romance into a thriving social media presence thousands of followers strong. GraveTells is a blogging affiliate for several major romance publishers, and Sue’s reviews have been quoted in numerous books.  
 
Her insight into the behind-the-scenes world of publishing led Sue to her dream career, and she now works full time as a freelance developmental editor for indie authors and as the Acquisitions Editor for the gay category romance lines at Dreamspinner Press. 

 

Upcoming Speakers:

May 12, 2018: TBA

June 9, 2018: Christine Feehan

July, 2018: No meeting – National Conference in Denver

August 11, 2018: TBA

September 8, 2018: Cynthia Shannon, Goodreads for Authors 

October 13, 2018: David Corbett, The Art of Character

November 10, 2018: Marie Force, morning session: The Business of Writing + afternoon session: Marketing and Publicity

December 8, 2018: Holiday Party, members only

January 12, 2019: Rachael Herron and Sophie Littlefield, Finances for Authors

February 9, 2019: Bella Andre