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.
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.
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.
Has a on-going seven-part series, Lunchtime Quickies. The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Her debut book Tempting The Light: Legends and Myths Police Squad will be released April 20, 2016, by Soul Mate Publishing.
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.
Won First Place in WisRWAsFabFive Contest for her contemporary story, “Return to Chestnut Ridge.”
“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.)
Released a contemporary romance, The Wedding Rescue, Love in Little Tree, Book One. Runaway Bride, Book Two, comes out this summer.
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.
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.
Published her short story, “A Thanksgiving Caper,” in A Lovely Meal.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Her story in A Lovely Meal was “Measuring Excellence.”
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.
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.