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Cathie Linz Romance Appreciation Dinner

It’s Windy City’s Annual Romance Appreciation Dinner!

Join your fellow WC members, local librarians and booksellers as we gather to honor those who celebrate the romance genre.  Every year we honor one special librarian who goes above and beyond to support romance with the NI Librarian Of The Year Award.

***This is a catered event and we’d love to have an accurate count of our attendees. Please RSVP by 3/24/17***

Windy City members please sign up on the yahoo loop to bring a dish or beverage to share.

(If you have any questions please feel free to contact Susan Gibberman at: sgibberman@stdl.org)

NI Librarian Of The Year Award

  • Any librarian in Northern Illinois is eligible for nomination
  • Criteria for nomination should include going “above and beyond” in service to romance readers, writers, and the genre.
  • Any member in good standing of Windy City RWA can nominate a librarian.
Our RAD dinner is intended to foster good will, education, and communication between Chapter members, local area booksellers and librarians.

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.


Blowing Kisses To: Librarians and Booksellers

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Romance Appreciation Dinner100_3095 2013

Every year Windy City honors librarians and booksellers from the area who celebrate the romance genre.

We get to mix-n-mingle with those who share a common love of all things books, as well as, our beloved romances. We thank Sherry Weddle who hosted this event for us this year and served as our “food fairy” and Kelly Garcia who coordinated the swag baskets. 100_3084100_3098

One lucky librarian gets awarded the Northern Illinois Librarian of the Year Award. This year it was our very own Amy Alessio. Congratulations Amy! One last thanks to all of our Windy City members and our guests who braved the flooded streets to attend. A great evening was had by all! 100_3089