2015 Put Your Heart In A Book Conference – Registration Now OPEN!

 

October 16-17, 2015

Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ

http://www.njromancewriters.org/conference.html

The Early Bird gets the worm….or in this case…the Early Bird Pricing.

Don’t delay – sign up today!

 

Early Bird Prices – (June 1st thru July 31st)

NJRW Member $215; Non-member $240

 

Prices go up August 1st – so get in early.

NJRW Member $240; Non-member $265

 

Pre-Conference Workshop Fee – $45

 

Don’t miss this opportunity to take your writing to the next level. This year’s Put Your Heart in a Book Conference is shaping up to be the best ever!

Kerrelyn Sparks – Keynote Speaker

Beth Ciotta – Luncheon Speaker

Julia Quinn – Special Presentation*

Margie Lawson – 3-hour Pre-Conference Workshop ($45) – Deep Editing Tools Rule!

* For first 100 registrants

Some things to expect:

  • Workshops for writers of all levels
  • Editor/Agent Appointments
  • Book Fair/Author Signings (a voluntary donation will be accepted at checkout which will go to Literacy Volunteers of NJ)
  • Opportunities for Networking

Here is a partial list of agents and editors scheduled to attend…

Agents:

  • Eric Ruben, The Ruben Agency
  • Marisa Corvisiero, Corvisiero Agency
  • Lisa Rodgers, JABberwocky Literary Agency
  • Sharon Pelletier, Dystel & Goderich

Editors:

  • Kerri Buckley, Carina Press
  • Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press
  • Esi Sogah, Kensington Publishing
  • Amy Stapp, Tor/Forge
  • Harlequin Editors, TBA

… and more to come

Spectacular lineup of workshop presenters:

  • Sarah MacLean, PAN/PUB Retreat Kickoff Speaker
  • Kerrelyn Sparks, World Building – Stop the World, I want to Make a New one!
  • Beth Ciotta, Shutting Out the News: Letting in the Muse
  • Margie Lawson, Not Your Mama’s Character Descriptions
  • Christine Bush, First-Timer’s Workshop
  • Jean C Gordon, Gone in 60 Minutes: A Hands-On Synopsis Writing Exercise That Can Turn Your Idea Into a Fully Developed Story
  • Maria Connor, The Three Stages of Book Promotion: What You Should Be Doing When
  • Mary Behre, Writing Contests: How to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck
  • Victoria Pinder, Kristin Wallace and Rossie Cortes: Plot Your Way to Your Best Seller
  • Paula Scardamalla: Using Myths, Fairytales, and Dreams for Stories That Sell
  • Susan Meier: Building Blocks for a Great Book
  • Judi Fennell: The In-The-Know Guide to Indie Publishing
  • RoseAnn DeFranco: Using Humor to Add Emotional Depth
  • Laurie Cooper: What the EYE Sees – A Visual Approach to Book Marketing
  • DC Stone: Understanding Motives and Building Suspense from an Investigator’s Perspective
  • Nisha Sharma: Bollywood Basics: Romance Tips from the world’s largest film industry to help turn your book into a blockbuster
  • Eileen Dreyer: His Brain/Her Brain & Trauma or For Heaven’s Sake, Don’t Shoot Him in the Shoulder
  • Marlo Berliner and Brynn Chapman: Beating the Odds: Writing a YA That Sells
  • A. DePaul: His Eyes Are Blue Not Green? How to Keep Organized
  • Joanna Shupe: The In’s and Out’s of Facebook For Authors
  • Eliza Knight and Laura Kaye: S.E.X. – Writing the Sensual Evocative eXperience
  • Alice Orr: WE’VE GOT THE POWER!! How Choice Changes Everything About Publishing Today
  • Cyn Balog: The Evolving Face of YA: How the YA Market Keeps Changing
  • Diana Cosby: How to Research and Write Historical
  • Carol VanDenHende: Apply Professional Branding Frameworks to Your Brand as an Author
  • Terri Brisbin: Pretzels at 2am: Dealing with Life as a Glamorous Romance Author
  • Jim and Nikoo McGoldrick: 50 Shades of Literary Representation: The Tie That Binds
  • Dee Davis: From Desolate Moors to Dark Alleys: The Art of Writing Romantic Suspense
  • Nancy Herkness and Miriam Allenson: Critique Groups Rock! Build Your Writing Support Team
  • Eliza Knight: How to Be a Successful Self-Published Author
  • Ella Quinn: Regency Customs, Titles, and Manners
  • Laura Kaye: Lessons Learned from a Hybrid Romance Career…So Far
  • Sarah MacLean: Mastering the Art of Great Conflict
  • Kathleen Long: Fire Up Your Process with Creative Storytelling Techniques
  • Sally Mackenzie: Writing Series-Connected Books
  • Geri Krotow: Resistance: Defined, Identified, Beaten!

To register, click here!

If you have questions, please contact: Mo Boylan, NJRW’s 2015 Conference Chair, at confchair@njromancewriters.org or, Jenny Baskwell and Nichol Phillipoff, Assistant Chairs, at jenny.s.baskwell@gmail.com and ncphillipoff@gmail.com respectively.

For registration questions, please contact: Babette James, Registrar, at registrar@njromancewriters.org.

We will be adding to the list of agents and editors, so please check our web site www.njromancewriters.org frequently for updates!

2014 Golden Leaf Contest Winners!!

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New Jersey Romance Writers is proud to announce the winners in our 2014 Golden Leaf contest!!

* Denotes NJRW members

Novella

Anything You Ask by Lynn Kellan*

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Romantic Suspense

She Can Scream by Melinda Leigh

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Historical

Love and Other Scandals by Caroline Linden

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Short Contemporary

A Groom for Christmas by Cara Marsi

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Contemporary

A Valley Ridge Christmas by Holly Jacobs

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Paranormal

Taste of Darkness by Victoria M. Noxon

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Romantic Elements

Bounce by K.M. Jackson

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Young Adult

Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman (tie)

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Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup* (tie)

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Best First Book

A Perfect Distraction by Anna Sugden*

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Congratulations to all our winners!

 

Golden Leaf Spotlight on Best First Book: Anna Sugden

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference starts tomorrow!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists leading up until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 17, 2014.

Spotlight on Best First Book: “A Perfect Distraction,” by Anna Sugden (Harlequin)

A Perfect DistractionIn the large sitting area of the suite, by the floor-to-ceiling windows, a group of women fluttered around a tall, dark-haired man like a flock of brightly colored exotic birds. That must be Jake Badoletti.

Maggie’s mouth went dry.

None of the photos had done him justice. She’d known he was good-looking, but that didn’t begin to describe the man in person.

Heaven help her, he was gorgeous!

Square jawed and rugged, with piercing blue eyes and a crooked grin. He was clearly a warrior of the ice, but his bro­ken nose and scars somehow added to his appeal and made him more intriguing. Unlike the hulking bodies of the thick necks, Jake had the firm, solid lines of an athlete in peak condition. Lean, corded muscle shaped the snug-fitting black shirt and faded jeans. Exciting and enticing, he brimmed with charm and hints of danger.

No wonder he had that reputation—any woman would have a hard time resisting the pull of this particular bad boy. Once upon a time, she’d have been in that crowd, fighting for his attention. Not anymore. Never again.

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

Good luck to Anna and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

Golden Leaf Spotlight on Best First Book: Maria Imbalzano

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is days away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists leading up until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 17, 2014.

Spotlight on Best First Book: “Unchained Memories,” by Maria Imbalzano (The Wild Rose Press)

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Red. Hot. Sexy.

Like magnets, Clay’s eyes clicked on Charlotte, unable to repel the force holding them. Her chestnut hair was held up in a loose, sexy do that had him itching to pull the pins to release it. Her strapless dress showcased a long neck and creamy shoulders that called out to be kissed. His involuntary focus on her lovely traits throughout the evening had made him a rude dinner companion, unable to answer even the easiest of questions.

He had come here tonight to socialize with the powers that be at the hospital, to talk up the ER, to lay the groundwork for future requests. But his concentration had been directed elsewhere. Since he’d squandered his opportunity to network, he should leave. But here he was at the bar at ten-thirty, waiting for a scotch and soda. The band was heavily into their Motown set and many of the revelers packed the dance floor.

Across the room, Clay zeroed in on Charlotte talking to a group of men, her red gown like a flame in a sea of black. He smiled. She sure knew how to turn heads. His included.

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

Good luck to Maria and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

Golden Leaf Spotlight on Best First Book: Tanya Holmes

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is days away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists leading up until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 17, 2014.

Spotlight on Best First Book: “Within Temptation,” by Tanya Holmes (Virtual Acquisitions)

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Trace gave my hand a reassuring squeeze. “Remember, you’re the plane, but I’m the pilot. Stop steering and let me lead. When we’re out here, your body belongs to me.” His confident gaze captured mine. “This is about trust, okay?”

I nodded, trying to ignore my pounding heart. Trust wasn’t an issue when I was young and naïve, but now? To surrender control, even for something as trivial as a dance, was against my nature. Yet if I wanted to gain his trust, I had to give mine unreservedly. So I yielded, surrendering to him little by little, and once he’d taken full control, the change was extraordinary.

We began to move as one.

Where he led, I followed, easily reading his body language—be it a look, the angle of his shoulders, or the pressure of his touch. All these and many other nonverbal prompts conveyed where and how he wanted me.

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

Good luck to Tanya and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

Golden Leaf Spotlight on Best First Book: Maria K. Alexander

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is days away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists leading up until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 17, 2014.

Spotlight on Best First Book: “Untangle My Heart,” by Maria K. Alexander (The Wild Rose Press)

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“Privacy is a hard thing to find around here, so you may want to lock the door. Especially when you’re wearing only a towel and my sister is on the prowl.”

“I’ll have to remember that,” Edward said, taking a step toward her.

“I’m sure you’re not accustomed to asking a woman to leave your room.”

He gave her an unapologetic grin. “No, usually not.”

“I guess it’s partly my fault. I told her I don’t have any claims to you. Apparently she took that to mean it was open season to pursue you.”

“Yet you stopped by. Why?”

“I wanted to thank you again for your help today. You dropped everything to come and help my family and that means a lot to me.”

He took another step toward her until he stood directly in front of her. “You mean a lot to me. I’d do anything I could to help you.”

She nodded in acknowledgement, not sure she could trust her voice to speak with him all but touching her.

“And you’re wrong about not having a claim on me.”

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

Good luck to Maria and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

Golden Leaf Spotlight on Young Adult: Jennifer Walkup

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a week away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists leading up until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 17, 2014.

Spotlight on Young Adult: “Second Verse,” by Jennifer Walkup (Luminis Books)

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For hours, nightmares wake me. But each time my eyes open, I see our clasped hands. Sometimes he’s awake, ready to calm me with the brush of his lips or the pure, simple look in his eyes. Sometimes he’s slumped over in his chair, snoring. But his hand never leaves mine.

After a particularly violent dream I wake with a start. When the cold air sneaks beneath the gauze to chill my fingers, I realize he’s gone. I half sit, the pain ricocheting in my bones. It skates across every exposed surface of me. But worse than the pain, is the fear of losing him again.

“Shhh,” Vaughn says from behind me. His arm curls around my stomach. He’s crawled into my bed.

It hurts so bad to turn toward him, but I do. I wrap my leg around his and his arms circle me like all the stars in the universe.

He mumbles sleepy words against my lips. I mumble some too. And then the hospital bed is filled with half-asleep kisses and the taste of him is the best medicine I could ask for.

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

Good luck to Jennifer and all our Golden Leaf finalists!