January Spotlight: Tracey Devlyn

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January – February

 

A writer–and, I believe, generally all persons–must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource… All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.
                                                              -Jorge Luis Borges

 

Our February Dare to SOAR participants!

Casmela
Vanessa M. Knight
Denise DiLeo
A. Lynne Wall
j. leigh bailey
Stephanie Scott
Cheryl Lynn Neumann
Sherry Weddle
Katrina Bauer
R.Q. Bell
Nicole Leiren
Regena Bryant

 

Author Spotlight

Tracey Devlyn

 

USA Today bestselling author Tracey Devlyn wanted to be the next Dian Fossey and explore the wilds of Africa, but that was before she met chemistry and calculus and realized a business major, rather than a scientific degree, might be more up her alley. With a creative mind capable of bringing the nineteenth century to life and an enthusiasm for research that borders on disturbing, it was no surprise when she started penning romantic historical thrillers that have been met with high critical acclaim.  On top of all that, Tracey is a closet entrepreneur who co-founded the popular Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, Chicagoland’s exciting new reading salon devoted to romantic fiction. Tracey spends her evenings with her sexy practical-joke-playing husband who she has yet to pay back for the sneaky underwear trick and her weekends torturing her Regency-era characters. For more information on Tracey, please visit www.TraceyDevlyn.com.
 
 
Tracey’s latest release:

LOVING DEEP

Steele Ridge, Book 4

When passions of the heart and soul collide, these lovers are forced to make dangerous choices.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A DANGEROUS DARLING?

DANGEROUS DARLINGS is an exclusive reader group of authors Tracey Devlyn, Adrienne Giordano & Kelsey Browning.

If you enjoy ROMANCE, then come join us! Our DARLINGS are passionate and enthusiastic readers who love to spread the word about our books. As a DARLING, you’ll be the first to see our covers, read our excerpts, and vie for our giveaways! Oh, and we have a lot of fun.

Interested in becoming part of our exclusive Dangerous Darlings reader club? Are you on Facebook? Love Tracey, Kelsey and/or Adrienne’s books? Sign up HERE!

Questions? Contact Lisa at DangerousDarlingsStreetTeam@gmail.com
 
 
Dangerous Darlings Rules:

If you have any questions email DangerousDarlingsStreetTeam@gmail.com. You must be 18 years old to join. Dangerous Darlings is sponsored by authors Tracey Devlyn, Adrienne Giordano and Kelsey Browning. No purchase necessary. The authors and virtual assistant are not responsible for transmission failures, computer glitches or lost, late, damaged or returned mail.

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October Spotlight: Stephanie Scott

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October – November

A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. – Franz Kalka

 

Our October Dare to SOAR participants!

Robin Skylar
Cindy Maday
Lynne Wall
j. leigh bailey
Stephanie Scott
Chris Foutris
Sherry Weddle
Katrina Bauer
R.Q. Bell
Savannah Reynard
P.E. Calhoun

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Stephanie Scott

Almost six years ago, I started my first National Novel Writing Month. I’d always wanted to write a book but never quite knew how to start. I discovered this world-wide writing event with just enough time to dive in. I had no plan. It wasn’t pretty. (But I finished! Barely.)

 

Five years ago, I joined a local writing group that met at a public library. This was my first experience with critiquing and submitting my own work. Nervewracking! I was gravitating toward writing young adult stories and knew it would never be enough to simply trade pages in the library. I wanted to pursue publication!

 

Four and a half years ago, I attended Chicago North Romance Writers’ Spring Fling conference. I didn’t write romance, mind you, but RWA came highly recommended according to blogs and industry pros. A young adult author was on the list of published authors, so I read her book prior to the conference to prepare. I ended up meeting her in the elevator and she promptly took me around to all of her local RWA friends, insisting I visit the meeting closest to me, Windy City. (Thanks, Erica O’Rourke!)

 

It didn’t take long to realize I did in fact write romance, and this discovery helped me finish the manuscript I was working on. Once I knew the relationship was a core component of the story, I used advice I learned from attending Windy City meetings and reading about romance to stitch my story together.

 

This year I’m going into my sixth NaNoWriMo (I missed one year) and it’s planned as a romance. My first young adult book is set to be published in December. My critique group of three years, formed from Windy City, is cheering me on, along with my other chapter friends and writers across the US and beyond who I’ve met from conferences. I’m proud to be a member of such a giving group who has helped me in so many ways.

 

About Stephanie:

Stephanie Scott writes Young Adult stories about teens who put their passions first. She enjoys dance fitness and cat memes, and Pinterest is driving her broke. Born and raised in Kalamazoo where there are no zoos, she’s a Midwest girl at heart. She now lives outside of Chicago with her tech-of-all-trades husband. You can find her chatting about all things books on twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA. ALTERATIONS is her first book.

 

If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they’d think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn’t know that all the plans she’s made for them are just dreams, and that she’s the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous alterations_fc_fnlfamily. 

When Amelia’s abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can’t imagine leaving Miami–and Ethan–for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan’s awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app. 

As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The “new and improved” Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she’d have to make.

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September Dare to SOAR – Spotlight: R.Q. Bell

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September – October

 

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.

Georgia O’Keeffe

 

Our SEPTEMBER Dare to SOAR participants!

 

Cheryl Huth
Cindy Maday
Katrina Bauer
J.C. DePaul
j. leigh bailey
Stephanie Scott
Robin Skylar

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R.Q. Bell

Every writer is a reader, and I have been one since I was a kid. I remember taking frequent trips to the public library and returning home with stacks of books in tow. Check-out limits even prompted me to hide books so they’d be there at my next visit!

I dabbled with writing, but competitive sports (softball and basketball) were my primary focus pretty much until I got married. Then business ownership and a growing family pushed writing off the table until early in the new millennium I began ruminating over an idea about my favorite novel, Jane Eyre.

It soon became an obsession, and I wrote disconnected scenes and dialog until one day I found myself tapping out the words, “Chapter 1.” 

That project, which eventually became my first novel Edward Rochester: The Master of Thornfield Hall, prompted me to find WindyCityRWA, a supportive place where I’ve learned so much more about craft and the real world of writing and publishing. Through WC’s help and encouragement, I’m about to set sail into the exciting world of indie publishing, hoping to have my book available late Fall /early Winter this year.

To find out when her first book, Edward Rochester: Master of Thornfield Hall is available for pre-order, add your name to her email list on her website, R.Q.Bell

 

Edward Rochester searches the world for love, but just when he believes he will never find it, an unexpected encounter with destiny in the shape of a young woman, Jane Eyre, upends his world.edward-rochester-web-medium-188x300

She is like no one he has ever met. Their acquaintance grows into friendship, and he finds her full of whimsical contrasts. Yet she listens without judgment, and in her eyes he fancies empathy, perhaps even a longing of her own? But he must resist, for the secret he harbors means nothing can ever come of his forbidden desire.

Then one night, Jane saves Edward’s life, snatching him from a horrible death. In the intimacy of the aftermath, his feelings will be denied no longer: he is desperately in love with her.

For a man whose youthful surrender to duty long ago was nearly his undoing, he is faced with a choice: will he again yield to the will of others, to the man-made laws which shackle him to one woman, while his body and spirit yearn for another? Will he defy society, the Law — and even God — to get what he wants?

 

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June Dare to SOAR – Spotlight: Pauline Gruber

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June – July

 

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Our JUNE Dare to SOAR participants!

 

Michelle Blackstone
Sherry Weddle
Stephanie Scott
R.Q. Bell
Savannah Reynard
Kelly Garcia
Chris F.
Cindy Mayday

 

Author Spotlight

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Pauline Gruber

Pauline Gruber is a self-professed music junkie, cat wrangler, and travel nut. She went to Paris in the 90’s where she discovered a love of three things: croissants, old cathedrals, and gargoyles. Deciding that the paranormal world could use a new kind of hero, Pauline translated her fascination with the protective gargoyle into a suspenseful love story. She is the author of the series: The Girl and the Raven, The Girl and the Gargoyle, and the forthcoming novel, The Girl and the Demon. By day, Pauline is a legal assistant for a Chicago law firm where she steals identities and incorporates them into her books. If you tell anyone, she’ll deny, deny, deny.

Pauline lives outside of Chicago with her precocious black cats and impressive gargoyle collection.

For more information about the author, her novels, and book signings please visit: www.paulinegruber.com.

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Why do I write paranormal fiction?

I write what I like to read, watch on TV and at the movies!

As a kid I remember watching a Dracula movie on TV (my aunt was babysitting and fell asleep on the couch). It scared the bejeesus out of me, so I hid under the coffee table with my hands over my ears while I squeezed my eyes closed. Then I crawled out to watch a few more minutes, before diving to my “safe” place under the table again. This went on until the credits rolled. That’s when my fascination with scary stories began.

Over the years I would add more movies, such as: The Exorcist, The Omen, The Fog, and Poltergeist. And it wasn’t just about movies. I devoured scary books, too! The Shining by Stephen King? I couldn’t put it down—then proceeded to read Christine, The Stand, ‘Salem’s Lot, and Firestarter.

It wasn’t until I read Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice that I became enthralled with vampires (stoked, no doubt, from watching my first Dracula The Girl and the Gargoyle Cover copymovie so long ago). After Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, there was Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels, the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, and The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.

Vampires aren’t your thing? The paranormal world has so much more to offer. I’m a big fan of the mermaids in Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown, Cole Gibsen’s novel, Katana, about a teen girl harboring the spirit of a five-hundred-year-old samurai warrior, and the story of angels and monsters as depicted in Laini Taylor’s lush novel, Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

Confession time. I read realistic fiction, too. Have you heard of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell or Voyage of the Defiance by S.E. Smith? They’re very different books, but equally wonderful. Once I finish writing my current series, I’ll switch gears with my new YA series which—while chock full of drama, dysfunction, and wackiness—has no supernatural elements. Stay tuned!

2015 – 2016 Good News!

Good News From Windy City Romance Writers

 

Librarian of the year:  

Lynne Hall,  Aurora Public Library

Cathie Linz Award Mentors: 

Dyanne Davis, Tracey Devlyn, Fredericka Meiners

Windy City RWA published our first anthology, A Lovely Meal, with our own recipes!

Edited and coordinated by Amy Alessio, Savannah Reynard, Ann Macela, and Mary Welk.

 

Amy Alessio writing as Julia Curtin

Published Thankful for Pie in A Lovely Meal.

Leigh Bailey

Published three New Adult books with Carina Press: Nobody’s Hero, Reckless Hope, and Fight to Forgive.  She also sold two YA books to Dreamspinner Press: Do-Gooder and Guyliner.

Mary Jo Burke

Deadly Bubbles in the Wine will be out in November.

Wendy Byrne

Had two books out with Entangled Publishing in 2015, The Millionaire’s Deception in March and Bad to the Bone in September. The last book in the Hard Targets trilogy, Hard to Stop, came out in March.  She self-published Accused in August.

Dyanne Davis

Has a on-going seven-part series, Lunchtime QuickiesThe Bet, The Date, and The Do Over are available on Amazon and Smashwords. The fourth in the series will be available June 1st of 2016.  “Flight 22” was in A Lovely Meal.

Sonali Dev

Her second book, The Bollywood Bride came out and made Kirkus, Washington Post, Book Riot, and NPR’s best books of the year list. It received a Kirkus star and RT Reviewers Choice award nomination.  A Bollywood Affair was selected as their first Book Club read by the romance bookstore, The Ripped Bodice. Her next book, A Change of Heart, will be released on October 2016.

Tracey Devlyn

Collaborating with Adrienne Giordano and Kelsey Browning, Tracey will release her first contemporary romantic suspense in November 2016. Part of the Steele Ridge series, Loving Deep is the third book. The Beginning (a prequel), Going Hard (Kelsey), and Living Fast (Adrienne) will release October 2016.

Cici Edward

Her short story, “The Last Gift,” The Possession Series was included in A Lovely Meal.  Her first book, Possession of the Heart, will be out at the end if this year.

Kelly Garcia

Her YA contemporary romance, Acing Atherton, did well on the contest scene. It took second place in the Maggies, finaled in the Get Your Stiletto in the Door contest (RWA Contemporary Chapter), finaled in the Suzannah (NOLA Chapter RWA), finaled in the Cleveland Rocks contest, and was selected to participate in Pitch Wars.   She is now represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.

Susan Gibberman writing as Rachael Passan

Her short story for A Lovely Meal was “Thanksgiving Orphans.”

Blythe Gifford

Whispers at Court, the second of Blythe’s Royal Wedding stories, was released in June, 2015, by Harlequin Historical. The first book, Secrets at Court, was a finalist in the Historical Romance category of the 2014 National Readers’ Choice Awards.  The next book in the series, tentatively titled Rumors at Court, is in the works.

Bonnie Gill

Her debut book Tempting The Light: Legends and Myths Police Squad will be released April 20, 2016, by Soul Mate Publishing.

Livia Grant

Having it All, Book Three in the Passion Series in April and Psychology of Submission, Corben’s Bend Series in June with Blushing Books Publishing.

Self-published are: Blessed Betrayal, Twist Anthology in May ~ Single release in July (novella) ; Dangerous Professions, Sting of Lust Anthology in August (novella)

Six Hours, The More the Merrier Anthology in September (novella); “Finally a Family,” A LovelyMeal novella.

Lyndee Henderson

Won First Place in WisRWAsFabFive Contest for her contemporary story, “Return to Chestnut Ridge.”

Melonie Johnson

“Sometimes You Need a Sexy Scot” is a 2016 Golden Heart Finalist in the contemporary category.  It recently took first place, contemporary, in the Celtic Hearts Golden Claddagh contest, placed second in single title in MoRWA’s Gateway to the Best Contest, tied for second in the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood’s Make It Golden Contest, and was a finalist in the single title category for WisRWA’s Fab 5 Contest (under its original title, Sometimes You Need A Hot Highlander.)

Megan Kelly

Released a contemporary romance, The Wedding Rescue, Love in Little Tree, Book One.  Runaway Bride, Book Two, comes out this summer.

Vanessa Knight

Major Renovations, the first book in the Ritter University series, won first place Novella in International Digital Awards.  Rushing In in the Ritter University series was released in January. Stark Raving Mad in the Chicago’s Finest series was released August 2015 from MuseItUp.  Rushing In is self pubbed.

Nicole Leiren

Remember the Night, Book 2 in the Heroes of the Night series is being released on April 21, 2016.  More than One Night has been nominated for a RONE Award, Contemporary Steamy category.  The RONE Awards are sponsored by InD’Tale Magazine, and the next step is the public voting phase.

Cindy Maday

Published her short story, “A Thanksgiving Caper,” in A Lovely Meal.

Kate Meader

Published several books in the last year. Even the Score (July 2015) and Taking the Score (Feb 2016), both in the Tall, Dark, and Texan series from Entangled Publishing.  Melting Point (Aug 2015) and Playing with Fire (Sep 2015), both in the Hot in Chicago series from Pocket Books.

Playing with Fire received a Top Pick Gold from RT Magazine, a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and was named a Best Book of 2015 by Publishers Weekly and a Best Romance of 2015 by the Washington Post. It also won Best Contemporary, Love and Laughter for the Reviewers Choice Awards, at the RT Book Convention in April 2016.

Kate has also signed another contract with Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster for a series of hockey romances centered around a failing NHL franchise run by three estranged half-sisters.

Fredericka Meiners writing as Ann Macela

Had a short story, “No Pressure,” in A Lovely Meal.

Allie Pleiter

A Heart to Heal won the RT Reviewer’s Choice award in May for Best Love Inspired.  She celebrated the sale of her 1 millionth book world wide this June.  And she released her 25th novel with Harlequin/Love Inspired.  Books released since the last RAD:  A Ranger for the Holidays (Nov 2015),  The Texas Rancher’s Return (Jan 2016), and Coming Home to Texas (Apr 2016).  The Chunky Method Handbook is also available to purchase.

India Powers

India will release Book 1 of her Mageblood Chronicles series, Demon’s Bane, through Three Hats Publishing, LLC. This book was her Golden Heart Final contender in 2013. The historical paranormal romance is expected in the summer of 2016.

Savannah Renard

Published her first paranormal romance story, “Echoes of Time,” in A Lovely Meal.  Stolen Child, Book 1 in her fantasy romance trilogy will be released in 2016 through Storyvixen Press LTD.

Denise Swanson

Had four books and a novella published in the last year:

Murder of an Open Book, A Scumble River Mystery; Between a Book and a Hard Place, a Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery, both from Penguin Random House.  She indie-pubbed three Change of Heart Series romances:  Lucky Girl Hits the Jackpot, Smart Girl Swept Away, and Sweet Girl Undone.

Barbara Valentin

False Start, Book 1 in the Assignment: Romance series, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly; in August, PW named her an “Indie Star of 2015.”Help Wanted, Book 2, was published in May and Key Change, Book 3, was published in December, both by Gemma Halliday Publishing.

Lynne Wall

Her story in A Lovely Meal  was “Measuring Excellence.”

CJ Warrant

Her debut novel, Forgetting Jane, a paranormal romantic thriller, is coming out in June of 2016 from Solstice Publishing.  “Sweet Cupids” is in A Lovely Meal.

Margaret Watson

 After writing thirty books for Harlequin, she has been working on a romantic suspense series about a family of siblings in law enforcement, The Donovan Family.  She published three more Donovan Family books in the past year – Cover Me, Protect Me and Save Me – bringing the total for the series to seven titles.  The eighth book will be released this summer.  The first Donovan Family book,  Love Me, was a finalist last year in the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence contest

Sherry Weddle, writing as Sherrill Lee

Published “Christmas Comes Early,” in A Lovely Meal.

 

May Dare to SOAR – Spotlight – CJ Warrant

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May – June

 

I want to be surrounded by women who cheer on the successes of other women.

Our MAY Dare to SOAR participants!

 

Michelle Blackstone
J.C. DePaul
Cindy Maday
Cheryl Huth
Robin Skylar
Katrina Bauer
R.Q. Bell
Savannah Reynard
Nicole Leiren
j. leigh bailey

 

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CJ Warrant

CJ Warrant is an Award Winning Author for dark romantic suspense and thrillers that pulls at your heart, makes you shiver, and hope for a happy ending. A lover of coffee, baking and family, but not in that order–She’s a wife, a loving mother of three and a cosmetologist by trade. Drawing her experiences from her Korean Italian heritage and growing up as an Army brat, her stories stir in dark plots with addictive flawed characters you will fall in love with.

FORGETTING JANE, which is coming out June 29th, 2016, is set in a small rural town in Wisconsin in current times.

Amnesia and an unspeakable crime have stolen everything from Jane Doe but the haunting image of a girl in a yellow dress, which replays itself over and over in her mind.Forgetting Jane-002-2

Small town cop Elias McAvoy is haunted as well, by the crushing guilt he feels over the deaths of two women, one by his own hand. He can’t—he won’t let Jane down too.

Together they delve deeper into Jane’s case, battling against her memory loss, and an increasingly tangled web of lies and murder that span forty years-and ties Elias and Jane together in ways they never imagined. As the mystery of the girl in the yellow dress unfold, so does Elias and Jane’s love for each other. But when the killer reappears, intent on finishing what he started, Elias must face his demons in order to save the woman he loves-or lose her forever.

 

April Dare to SOAR – Spotlight: Adrienne Giordano

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April – May

Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself. The stronger factor for Success is Self-esteem: Believing you can do it. Believing you deserve it. Believing you will get it.

Our APRIL Dare to SOAR participants!

Michelle Blackstone
Sherry Weddle
Katrina Bauer
R.Q. Bell
Savannah Reynard
Nicole Leiren
P.E. Calhoun

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Adrienne

Adrienne Giordano

USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction. 

March Dare to SOAR – Spotlight: Vanessa M. Knight

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March – April

Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.

Our March Dare to SOAR participants!

Kelly Garcia
Cindy Maday
Sherry Weddle
Katrina Bauer
R.Q. Bell
Savannah Reynard
j. leigh bailey
Stephanie Scott

Author Spotlight

Vanessa

Vanessa M. Knight

Who is Vanessa M. Knight?  Well, I’m an author.  Wow.  After years and years of wanting to use those words, that is fun to say.  It’s almost as fun as supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.  Did I spell that right?  

I write Contemporary Suspense and New Adult Romantic Fiction. I’m currently working on the fifth book in my New Adult series Sophomore Slump.rushing in

I live in Chicagoland with my husband, son and menagerie of four-legged friends.  In my mind, these lovely animals do everything as they should.  I’m the alpha, keeping peace and harmony amongst my humble servants.  In real life, they own me.  I’m the maid, here for their feeding pleasure.  Well, that and to clean up their messes.

When not catering to the needs of adorably-furry faces, I slug through the nine to five grind and head home so I can write.  Of course, that’s after I kiss my husband on the cheek and play mommy to my son.  So really, I work, cater to animals, raise my son, play wife… and then, if I don’t fall face first into bed, I write.  I love putting my characters into crazy situations and watching how they react.  

I love to hear from fans.  I can be found on Facebook at VanessaMKnight and at www.vanessamknight.com.  

 

Feb. Dare to SOAR – Author Spotlight: Savannah Reynard

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February – March

GO CONFIDENTLY in the direction of YOUR DREAMS live the life YOU’VE IMAGINED

Our February Dare to SOAR participants!

Nicole Leiren
Kelly Garcia
Cindy Maday
Sherry Weddle* (raffle winner)
Michelle Blackstone
Katrina Bauer
Robin Kuss
Vanessa M. Knight
Savannah Reynard
Chris Foutris
Lynne Wall
Cheryl Huth
j. leigh bailey
Stephanie Scott

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Savannah Reynard

 Savannah Reynard wanted to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and win an Oscar for best actress until she stumbled upon an abnormal psychology class and fell in love with the human psyche. She now combines her creative side with her experience working in the mental health field to write about characters who rise from their lowest points and achieve their undiscovered potential in her fantasy and paranormal romances. In these worlds, she makes sure everyone gets their happily ever afters. Savannah’s own storybook ending consists of living in the Chicagoland area with her two favorite men in the world, her husband and son, along with two quirky cats and one very lovable black lab.

Savannah just published her first story in the Windy City anthology, A Lovely Meal. As a newly published author she’d be happy to talk about her writing and publishing experiences as a newbie. She has a Bachelor’s in psychology and has worked for almost twenty years on an inpatient adolescent psych unit. She welcomes the chance to share some of her experiences.

January Dare to SOAR – Author Spotlight: Allie Pleiter

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January – February

When you commit to your dreams, it takes courage and perseverance. Windy City is committed to help and support you to make your dreams soar.

Our January Dare to SOAR participants!

Nicole Leiren
Kelly Garcia
Sonali Dev
Sherry Weddle
R. Q. Bell
Kelly Duff
Katrina Bauer
Jenna DePaul
Vanessa M. Knight
Savannah Reynard* (raffle winner)
Chris Foutris
Lynne Wall
Cheryl Huth
j. leigh bailey
Stephanie Scott

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Allie Pleiter

 Allie_BookCover_FINALSpend even five minutes with Allie Pleiter, and you’ll learn about knitting.  She’s passionate about the craft, will teach anyone who wants to learn, and includes knitting characters in many of her stories.  Outside of her books, Allie writes a knitting/travel blog called DestiKNITions which features the many yarn shops Allie finds on her frequent travels for book research, conference teaching, and promotion.  She also runs a “Prayer Shawl Ministry” at her church, where volunteers knit soft, fluffy shawls that receive prayers over them before they are sent to people in need of healing or comfort.  The group she started has given out over 250 shawls at last count.RANCHER BT1 cover

“To me, knitting is the perfect refreshment from writing.  It’s creative, tactile, and peaceful.  No words and no screens are involved.  I’ve made friends all over the country from knitting.  I don’t sit still very well, so knitting helps me stay focused if I’m in a lecture, traveling, in a long meeting, or waiting for an appointment.  I call it ‘my socially acceptable fidgeting’.”

Simply put, Allie Pleiter is a Windy City author who spins more than one kind of yarn!

Allie Pleiter is wonderful speaker and can give workshops on a variety of topics. Here are just a few examples. For a complete listing check out her website – http://alliepleiter.com/speaking.html

  • The Five Friends Every Writer Needs

    A touching, tickling look at the role of friends in every writer’s life

  • Aunt Allie’s Guide to Level-Headed Hysteria

    How not to let life’s roller-coaster take you for a ride

  • The Chunky Method of Time Management

    Learn how to get “chunky” about your time and watch your writing productivity rise and stress decrease

  • How to WRITE When Everything Goes WRONG

    How to muck through the mire without losing your muse

  • Dynamic Dialogue

    Strategies for getting the most out of what your characters say–and how they say it

  • Perfect Pairings

    How to build characters who capture the hearts of your readers, your editors, and each other

To contact Allie: allie@alliepleiter.com