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2013-2014 Windy City Good News!

2013-2014 Good News
Windy City Romance Writers

Librarian of the Year
Nancy McCully, adult/teen reference and readers’ advisory librarian at the Glenside Public Library in Glendale Heights.

Amy Alessio
Taking the High Ground, a YA , is out from 4RV Press.

Mary Jo Burke
“The Last Case” won the Washington DC Romance Writers Marlene contest in the romantic suspense contemporary category.

Paul Calhoun, Jr.
Paul had requests for “Chocolate Covered Potato Chips,” from Christa Desir, Samhain; Avon Impulse; Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency; Margo Lipschultz, Harlequin; Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency; Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates; and Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press.

Dyanne Davis
Dyanne had an article in the RWR, “If you’re self publishing, do you still need RWA?” In 2013, she released The Gift, a paranormal romance, in The Undying Love Trilogy, WD Publishing. She published in 2013 a contemporary romance, Giving It Up, and a women’s fiction, An Imperfect Life, and in 2014, the paranormal last book in The Undying Love Trilogy, Full Circle.

Kristin Daniels
Two books by Kristin from Ellora’s Cave: Sunset Tryst in March 2014 and My Tye in April 2013.

Sonali Dev
Sonali has a short story in Scribbling Women and the Real-Life Romance Heroes Who Love Them, an anthology with 27 other romance authors telling their real life love stories. All proceeds go to WIN NYC. A Bollywood Affair comes out in October from Kensington.

Tracey Devlyn
From Sourcebooks Casablanca, Checkmate, My Lord came out in 2013 and received a Publishers Weekly Starred Review. A Lady’s Secret Weapon followed and was an RT Booklovers Top Pick and also a Night Owl Romance Top Pick. Latymer, a novella, came out in January 2014 from TDC Creations, Inc.

Karen Doornebos
Undressing Mr. Darcy, Karen’s women’s fiction/contemporary romance with Berkely, Penguin Random House, received 4 Stars from RT Book Reviews and 5 Stars from Austenprose.com.

Christine Foutris w/a Sophie Foster
Chris has a request from Amanda Bergeron of Avon Impulse for her contemporary romance, “Never Closer Together.”

Savannah Reynard
Savannah had a full request for Stolen Child from Christa Soule from Samhain and synopses for the following books in the fantasy romance trilogy. She also had a partial request from Margo Lipshultz of HQN.

Kelly Garcia w/a k.d. Atkins
Her YA manuscript, “Late Night Reflections on the Zombie Apocalypse,” took first place in the Emerald City Opener (Seattle RWA), YA Category; first place in the Heartland Romance Authors Show Me the Spark Contest; and third place in The Catherine (Toronto Chapter). It also got her an agent, Beth Phelan of The Bent Agency.

Blythe Gifford
Blythe has published The Witch Finder, a historical romance set on the Scottish Borders, in print and ebook. From Harlequin Historical, the third in her Brunson Trilogy, Taken by the Border Rebel came out last year. Secrets at Court, A Royal Wedding Story, the beginning of another Harlequin Historical series, is out now.

Nancy Hurst w/a Raven Quinn Bell
Nancy received a request from agent Nicole Resciniti for her historical novel, “The Master of Thornfield Hall.”

Vanessa M. Knight
Vanessa’s first book, Second Time’s the Charm, was released by MuseItUp in April 2014. The story is a contemporary romance with suspense elements.

Robin Kuss
Alex Logan from Grand Central Publishing requested her women’s fiction manuscript “Outrage,” and the story also received requests from Cori Deyoe, 3 Seas Literary Agency and Jita Fumich, Folio Literary Agency, and at RWA National, from Audrey LaFehr at Kensington.

DL Larson
Promises My Love came out May 2013. It was a Final
Fifteen in the 2014 Illinois Library Association, “Soon To
be Famous Illinois Author” Contest.

Nicole Leiren
Amanda Bergeron at Avon Impulse requested her
contemporary romance, “More than One Night.”

Cathie Linz
Cathie’s first three vampire romances with heat and humor
written as Cat Devon: Sleeping with the Entity (June
2013), The Entity Within (July 2013), and Love Your Entity
(January 2014). She will be doing three more vampire
romances for St.Martin’s Press, to be released beginning in
mid 2015. Writing as Cathie Linz, two of her reissues are
out in ebook format: Lover and Deceiver and A Glimpse of
Paradise, both in November 2013.

Ann Macela
Ann published a two-book contemporary romance series,
Wolves in Business, not shapeshifters, but alpha business
men. Book 1 is Wolf in Jester’s Clothing. Book 2 is Wolf
on Thin Ice. Both are available as ebooks and in print from
Amazon and CreateSpace.

Cindy Maday
Cindy had a request for “Just Like a Woman,” a humorous
contemporary romance, from Margo Lipschultz at
Harlequin and Amanda Bergeron at Avon Impulse.

Teresa McCarthy
Teresa has Books 3 and 4 of the Colorado Clearbrooks
series, Almost Daybreak and The Mischievous Bride, out
as ebooks. Book 1, The Clearbrooks, has also been
published in audio.

Kate Meader
Out in the Hot in the Kitchen series with Grand Central
are: Feel The Heat (2013), All Fired Up (2013), Hot and
Bothered (2014). Kate has a contract for three books about
Texan tycoons with Entangled Publishing, and another
contract with Pocket/Simon & Schuster for three books
and a novella in a new Chicago firefighters series. The first
story will be a novella in the Baby, It’s Cold Outside
anthology with four other authors, to be released October
2014. The first full length book will release March 2015.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Susan has a new hardback coming out on August 26,
Heroes Are My Weakness. She’s also giving two
workshops at RWA National, one with Jayne Ann Krentz.

India Powers
Over the past 12 months, she has received requests for
“Demon’s Bane,” a paranormal historical romance, from
Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency; Alex Logan,
Grand Central Publishing; Tracy Montoya, Entangled
Publishing; and Rose Hilliard, St. Martin’s Press.

Kelle Z. Riley
Kelle sold a story, “Always A Mother” to Chicken Soup
for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias
(April 2014), Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing
LLC. The book entered its second printing after only one
week of sales. It is garnering praise such as “Now I don’t
feel so alone,” and “I laughed and cried and I feel so
much better now.”

Stephanie Scott
Stephanie had a request for her YA Sabrina-retelling
from Margo Lipschultz from Harlequin Teen.

Denise Swanson
Denise has books from two series of romantic smalltown
mysteries with a touch of humor out now: Nickeled
-and-Dimed to Death (March 2013), Murder of a Stacked
Librarian (September 2014), and Dead Between the
Lines (March 2014).

Barb Valentine
Barb has requests for manuscripts of “Fatty Mattie and
the Comeback Kid” from Laura Bradford, Bradford
Agency; Melissa Jeglinski, The Knight Agency; Nicole
Resciniti, Seymour Agency; Amanda Bergeron, Avon;
Margo Lipshultz, Harlequin; and Elisabeth Poteet, St.
Martin’s Press.

Julie Ann Walker
Julie contracted with Sourcebooks for books 9-12 of her
current romantic suspense series, Black Knights Inc. and
for books 1-3 of her new romantic suspense series, Six
Leagues Salvage. She also won the 2013 Book Buyers
Best Award for In Rides Trouble, was nominated for
National Readers Choice Award for Born Wild, and
nominated for a RITA for Thrill Ride. Thrill Ride, April
2013, and Born Wild, November 2013, made the USA
Today and New York Times lists. Hell For Leather was
chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month for
May 2014.

Margaret Watson
Margaret has published as ebooks Personal Best, and
The Donovan Family series, Love Me, Watch Me, and
Find Me.

Paula White
Paula received a request for a full manuscript for her
romantic suspense/thriller “Sweet Home Chicago” from
both Grand Central Publishing and St. Martin’s Press.

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Northern Librarian of the Year

This year’s Northern Librarian of the Year is Amy Alessio of the Schaumburg Township District Library, for her work in the young adult and romance genres.

 Golden Heart Finalists

Sonali Dev’s “The Bollywood Bad Boy” and India Powers’ “Demon’s Bane” are finalists in the Golden Heart Contest of the Romance Writers of America.

J. Leigh Bailey

“Guyliner” ranked first in the young adult category in the Golden Rose contest of the Rose City Romance Writers. It also finalled in the Golden Acorn Contest from the Charter Oak Romance Writers of Connecticut. Leigh has signed with agent Sartiza Hernandez at the Corvisiero Agency.

 Regena Bryant

Was selected as Debut Author of the Year in the Shades of Romance Readers Choice Awards.

 Mary Jo Burke

Her Private Collection is coming out from Musa Publishing in June.

Mother Nature’s Man from the Wild Rose Press came out in January.

 Lori Burrell

“Flirting with Fire” was a finalist of the 2013 Yosemite Romance Writers The Smooch contest.

 Wendy Byrne

Mama Said . . . was a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest, Southern Magic RWA.

 Kristin Daniels

My Tye was released April 10th through Ellora’s Cave. It will come out in e-book first, and later in trade paperback.

 Dyanne Davis

Has republished Another Man’s Baby from her backlist and has a new book, An Imperfect Life, out in both eformat and POD.

 Sonali Dev

In addition to her Golden Heart final, Sonali has sold two books to Kensington Publishing. The Bollywood Bride comes out in November 2014. The Bollywood Bad Boy will come out later. “The Bride” finalled in both the Molly Contest of the Heart of Denver Romance Writers and the Finally a Bride Contest of the Oklahoma RWA in 2011.

 Tracey Devlyn

The Romance Reviews nominated her debut novel, A Lady’s Revenge, for Best Historical Romance of 2012. The book was a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest of Southern Magic RWA. Her latest, Checkmate, My Lord, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

 Karen Doornebos

Was a finalist in the traditional fiction category of the Chicago Writers Association’s 2nd Annual Book of the Year Awards for Definitely Not Mr. Darcy. Her next book, Undressing Mr. Darcy, comes out in Fall 2013.

 Kelly Garcia

“The Magic of Matchmaking,” a time-travel story, finalled in the young adult category in the Golden Rose contest of the Rose City Romance Writers.

 Blythe Gifford

The Brunson Clan trilogy was released from Harlequin Historical this winter. The books are November 2012, Return Of The Border Warrior; January 2013, Captive Of The Border Lord; March 2013, Taken By The Border Rebel. A related free serial, Tempted By The Border Captain, was published on the Harlequin website in February.

Blythe has signed a new, two-book contract with Harlequin.

 Bonnie Gill

Won first place in Western Pennsylvania Romance Writer’s Flash Fiction Bump in the Night Short Story Contest 2012 with her entry “The Spelling Contest.”

 Adrienne Giordano

Her romantic suspense Risking Trust, the first book in the Private Protectors series, was a finalist in the 2013 EPIC eBook Awards. Her romantic suspense novella Negotiating Point was a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest.

 Lyndee Henderson

Has signed with Mary Sue Seymour of The Seymour Agency.

 Nancy Hurst

“Edward Rochester: The Master of Thornfield” is a finalist in the historical and inspirational categories of the Northwest Texas Great Expectations Contest.

 Vanessa M. Knight

“Second Time’s The Charm” won the Single Title category of the Great Expectations contest, North Texas RWA.

 DL Larson

Her historical novel, Promises My Love, is available at the end of April in hardback and e-book format.

 Nicole Leiren

For her manuscript “Unfinished Business,” Nicole accepted representation by Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency.

 Cathie Linz writing as Cat Devon

Her new paranormal series, writing as Cat Devon for St. Martin’s Press, kicks off with back-to-back releases of Sleeping with the Entity (June 4th) and The Entity Within (July 2nd). Love Your Entity is tentatively scheduled for a Dec. 31 release. Find Cat at catdevon.com and as catdevonauthor on Facebook and Twitter.

 Ann Macela

Has a new two-ebook series, Wolves in Business, out on all the usual ebook sites. The two are Wolf in Jester’s Clothing and Wolf on Thin Ice. No, they’re not shapeshifters, just alpha businessmen!

 Kate Meader

Sold her 3-book foodie romance series called “Hot in the Kitchen” to Lauren Plude at Grand Central in September 2012. The first book, Feel The Heat will be released May 7, 2013, with the second in the series, All Fired Up, releasing August 6, 2013.

 Allie Pleiter

Has three books out in 2013: Family Lessons in April, The Fireman’s Homecoming in June, and The Firefighter’s Match in November, all Harlequin.

 India Powers

In addition to the Golden Heart final, “Demon’s Bane” won the Emily from West Houston RWA and finalled in The Gateway to the Best contest of Missouri RWA and Launching a Star from Florida’s SpacecoasT Authors of Romance.

Kelle Z. Riley

“Read My Lips” came in third in the The 2012 Golden Gateway Contest’s Published Division from From The Heart RWA. Her contemporary single title, “Royally Screwed,” finalled in the Catherine Contest of the Toronto Romance Writers. In the MARA Fiction from the Heartland contest, four of her manuscripts finalled: “Read My Lips,” “Royally Screwed,” “Counterfeit Commoner,” and “The Second Chance Club: A Diva’s Do-Over.”

 Stephanie Scott

“The Astronaut’s Daughter,” a 1960s-set YA romance, won first place in Northwest Houston RWA’s Lonestar Contest, Young Adult category. She has also accepted representation with Sarah LaPolla at Curtis Brown.

 Denise Swanson

The Mystery Guild has selected her next Dime Store book, Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death, as their alternate selection. This is the first of her books that they’ve optioned. Also, Murder of the Cat’s Meow was #20 on the New York Times Bestselling List.

 Julie Ann Walker

Hell on Wheels made iBookstore’s 10-Best Romances of 2012 List. Hell on Wheels and In Rides Trouble received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, and Julie Ann made the New York Times with her Sourcebook stories. The latest, Thrill Ride, came out this month.

Blowing Kisses To: Margie, Leah, and the Retreat Committee

578441_10200779686805248_2137738873_nWindy City hosted an intimate writing retreat where friends and writers alike came together to get power writing tips from the fabulous Margie Lawson. Margie shared her insights and editing tools to improve each participant’s skills, no matter their level, by digging into their own WIP.


She helped each writer fight off their own “Mind Monster” and find out just what might be an obstacle to their success. A huge thank you to Margie for her positive energy and wonderful expertise!

625595_10200779686205233_1193931280_nLeah Hultenschmidt of Sourcebooks joined us for the weekend as well. She took pitches, answered all of our burning questions, and offered one-page critiques for everyone who was willing to seize an opportunity. A good secondary lesson, always be prepared! Leah was warm and friendly, and made the terrifying experience of speaking to a real editor comfortable and easy. Many, many thanks to Leah!

Danielle Egan-Miller of the Browne and Miller Literary Agency joined us for our “Ask an Agent” booth at the Happy Endings reception. She happily chatted with anyone who approached her booth. A big thank you to Danielle for joining us for the evening!



We were all delighted and touched by The Windy City Blessing crafted by our own Allie Pleiter and enthusiastically recited by her and her Thespian Crew: Julie, Susan, Chris and Haley.




Lastly, a big Thank you to Kathy Thigpen, our tireless Retreat Coordinator, and Sherry Weddle, our fabulous “Food Fairy.” The weekend went off without a hitch because of the planning and care of these two lovely ladies.

Extra thanks to the following members who assisted in the planning and implementation of the retreat events: Lyndee Henderson – Registration, Sonali Dev – Graphic Design, Savannah Fox – On-Site Support and Photography,  Tracey Devlyn –  Advise and Counseling, Kristen Young – Agent 007 for the Purse Game, Adrienne Giordano – Talent Representation and Care, Chris Foutris – Happy Ending Reception, Nancy Hurst – Registration and Finance, Deb Pfeiffer – Evaluation, Robin Kuss – Leadership.

Thanks to all for a great weekend!

Windy City Welcomes – Sara Megibow

Sara Megibow

Our Prez Robin with Sara Megibow

Earlier this year, Windy City welcomed agent Sara Megibow from the Nelson Literary Agency for an in depth look into the world of literary agents and what they can do for authors in this rapidly changing market. She led a very frank and informative discussion on traditional print options versus self publishing and the electronic market. Sara’s sparkle and charm made an already interesting topic fabulous!

A great big Windy City thank you to Sara!