Presented by: Brenda Clotildes
Date: February 6 – 19, 2021 – includes 2 live sessions!
Pricing: A2P Member fee: $10
Non-A2P Member fee: $20
Registration: Aged to Perfection Workshop
We’re all spending more time on screen these days. Whether it’s a Zoom meeting, Instagram interview or Facebook launch party, we all want to look our best. This workshop will provide a checklist of things to do—and NOT to do—to help you be prepared, no matter where you’re virtually appearing. No special equipment necessary!
Brenda Clotildes spent more than thirty years as a television writer/producer. She’s helped everyone from mechanics to politicians look natural yet professional on camera. As Brenda Margriet, she writes savvy, slow burn, contemporary romances with ordinarily amazing characters. Readers have called her stories “poignant,” “explicit and steamy,” “interesting, intriguing and entertaining,” and “unlike any romance you’ve read before” (she assumes the latter was meant in a good way).
Presented by: Lois Winston
Date: February 1 – 28, 2021
Pricing: A2P Member fee: $15
Non-A2P Member fee: $30
Registration: Aged 2 Perfection Workshops
What do you do when Maizy Muse takes off for parts unknown and leaves you staring at a blank computer screen? In this workshop, Lois Winston, a USA Today and Amazon bestselling and award-winning author and retired literary agent, will offer some unorthodox tips for recapturing that AWOL muse, banishing writer’s block and stimulating creativity. The workshop will employ everything from Madison Avenue advertising to Dear Abby, from Bruce Springsteen to standing in line at the supermarket checkout counter, and more. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in the various assignments (sometimes bizarre, always fun) that accompany each lesson. The workshop will end with the “Help, I’ve Lost My Muse Challenge” which, if completed, will result in the creation of captivating characters and a dynamic plot for your next manuscript.
USA Today and Amazon bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is a former literary agent and an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.
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Presented by: Jeannie Moon
Date: January 23, 2021, Saturday, 9AM PT
Pricing: A2P Member fee: No Charge
Non-A2P Member fee: $10
Registration: Aged to Perfection Workshops
Romance readers are growing older and so are the heroes and heroines in the genre they love. This workshop will take you through the ins and outs of writing a seasoned romance from the physical realities of age to the subtleties of the older mindset. See how publishers are starting to embrace romances with more mature characters.
Topics covered will include both craft and marketing, so authors can explore issues surrounding age, including:
USA Today bestselling author Jeannie Moon has always been a romantic. When she’s not spinning tales of her own, Jeannie works as a school librarian, thankful she has a job that allows her to immerse herself in books and call it work. The author of sixteen contemporary romances for Tule Publishing and Penguin Random House, Jeannie is married to her high school sweetheart, has three grown kids, three lovable dogs and is a lifelong resident of Long Island. If she’s more than ten miles away from salt water for any longer than a week she gets twitchy.
Book 4 in the Shadow Tales Series
Date Published: 11/17/2020
In a small Austrian town, Krampus Night turns real.
The yearly celebration of Krampusnacht is one of Bad Gastein’s most cherished traditions. Rachel Chochopi arrives right in the middle of the festivities to investigate an unexplained atmospheric disturbance and soon realizes that something else supernatural has arrived in town as well.
Children are going missing.
The recently turned vampire puts her own dilemmas aside and sets her mind
to rescuing the kidnapped kids. Her first faceoff with the kidnapper leaves no question that she’s outmatched. The rest of the European Huntsman’s Network can’t reach her due to a once-in-a-lifetime storm, so Rachel must team with some new acquaintances to defeat a Christmastime monster.
About the Author
James Drummond is the author of chilling supernatural action-adventure. A lifelong fan of scary stories and hero’s journeys, he’s put his own spin on familiar folklore with his Shadow Tales series.
He lives in Chicago with his wife Angela and two former shelter cats named Snowball and Suzette. In
between early morning and late-night writing sessions he works as a Senior
Instructional Designer at an e-learning development company where he often employs storytelling techniques to convey new concepts to different learning audiences.
You can visit website to learn more about James and his four-book (one day to be seven-book) series.
The OCC/RWA is running its annual Book Buyers Best Contest for any RWA author who has published a work of fiction with romance themes any time during 2020 (traditional or self-published).
The contest is open now and closes on April 30, 2021.
We invite you to submit to our contest.
Thanks, Nancy Brashear and Cathleen Armstrong, BBB Coordinators
Orange County Chapter/Romance Writers of America®
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