March 2018 News & Events

Book Birthdays

San Antonio Romance Authors are celebrating the release of these books this month:

  • Sweet Siren by Cerise DeLand
  • Resisting the Doctor by Patricia Walters Fischer:
  • Shamrocks, Shillelaghs & Shenanigans: A Sexy St. Patrick’s Day Collection by Maida Malby

RWA Annual Convention

Registration is now open.

Kharities 1 March

On-line critique group. Instructions are on SARA BIZ Facebook page

1st Saturday Write-In on 03 March

9:00 AM Panera’s 1604 and Blanco

SARA Face to Face on 11 March

In person critique/plot discussion group, hosted at Willa Blair’s highland keep.

Details on SARA BIZ Facebook page

Kharities on 15 March

On-line critique group. Instructions are on SARA BIZ Facebook page

SARA Meeting on 17 March

1030 at the John Igo Library. Your Best Face Forward: How to face your public with the real you! Cerise DeLand. The finest tools of public relations can be yours for the investment of time and an analysis of who you are, how you present yourself and what you say to your readers in person and on radio, tv and online.

Jo-Ann Power, who has worked with dozens of PR professionals in Washington D.C., owned her own PR firm for 20 years. In this workshop, she presents the tricks of the PR trade that pros use every day to meet their publics and keep them enchanted.

PROPulsion on 24 March

2:00 PM at C.A. Speakman’s house. For PROs, those working towards PRO, and PANs who miss being PRO.

March and Early April Contests

Coming in April

The Blackshop / Writerstactical.com present Writing Real SEALs Kendra Middleton Williams and one of the instructors from WritersTactical.com will present on getting important details right when writing about the military special forces and police.

Extra Events

SARA’s Fiesta Anthology is getting organized, watch Facebook/Twitter for information.

SARA Fiesta Medals will be ready by the April Meeting if not sooner.

On Wednesdays Cerise DeLand has Tea Time with Cerise on Facebook

On Thursday is Patricia W Fischer’s Reader’s Entertainment Radio

Igo Library hosts the Romance Readers Book Club. 13 March 2:00 PM If you want to know what readers are thinking, this is the place. March’s book is Mercury Striking by Rebekah Zanetti.

In June: West Texas Writer’s Academy

July: RWA Convention

February 2018 News & Events

Book Birthdays

San Antonio Romance Authors are celebrating the release of these books in February:

  • Violet, The Smokey Blues-Book 7 by Emily Mills
  • Playboy Boss by Roe Valentine
  • Purse Dog Rescue by Erin J. Ljundahl
  • Trending Troubles, Book 6 of Lockets and Lace, (Dorado, Tx) by Linda Carroll-Bradd

RWA Convention Registration Opens 6 February

SARA Face to Face 11 February
In person critique/plot discussion group, hosted at Willa Blair’s highland keep. Details on SARA BIZ Facebook page.

San Antonio Living 14 February
SARA’s Patricia W Fischer will be on the show.

Kharities 15 February
On-line critique group. Instructions are on SARA BIZ Facebook page.

Fiesta Medal Design 15 February!
Design the SARA Fiesta Medal: limited to 6 colors and must be SARA focused. Send your entry to Madame President Teri Wilson by the 15th of February. No late entries will be accepted.

SARA MEETNG 17 February
1030 at the John Igo Library. After a quick business meeting we’ll have award winning Damon Suede teaching two workshops. Due to the limited space this is ONLY for paid members. We have reached the max number of attendees but have a waiting list. Please email: sanantonioromanceauthors@yahoo.com to be on stand-by.

PROPulsion 24 February
2:00 PM at CA Speakman’s home For PROs, those working towards PRO, and PANs who miss being PRO.

2018 SARA Synopsis Slayer Contest
Meghan Farrell, Managing Editor of Tule Publishing, has provided her rankings of the three finalist synopses. The rankings are:

  1. The Arrangement by C.K. MacKenzie
  2. To Love and Protect by Lori Radulovich
  3. Heart on Hold by Makenna Lee [REQUEST]

Coming in March

1st Saturday Write In 3 March
9:00 AM Local Coffee Shavano Park 1604 and NW Military

March SARA Meeting 17 March
Jo-Ann Power / Cerise DeLand presents Personal PR for Authors

Igo Library hosts the Romance Readers Book Club. 10 February
2:00 PM If you want to know what readers are thinking-we have it. February’s book: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs Come discuss books and there will be chocolate.

West Texas Writers Academy. 10 4-8 June
SARA’s Jolene Navarro will be teaching: Expanding Your Creativity: Writing Deeper

RWA Convention in Denver. 18-21 July

Congratulations to all those who wrote a book!

January 2018 News & Events

Book Birthdays

San Antonio Romance Authors are celebrating the release of three books in January:

  • Jolene Navarro: The Texan’s Twins (Lone Star Legacy (Love Inspired)
  • Sasha Summers: Cowboy Lullaby (The Boones of Texas)
  • Laurie LeClair: Princess in Hiding (Once Upon A Romance)

Kharities 4 January
On-line critique group. Instructions are on SARA BIZ Facebook page

1st Saturday Write In 6 January
9:00 AM at Local Coffee Shavano Park 1604 and NW Military

SARA Face to Face 7 January
In person critique/plot discussion group, hosted at Willa Blair highland keep. Details on SARA BIZ Facebook page

Kharities 18 January
On-line critique group. Instructions are on SARA BIZ Facebook page

SARA MEETING: 20 January
10:30 AM at the John Igo Library. After a quick business meeting we’ll have synopsis training by NYT Bestselling author Tracy Wolff presents How to Write a Synopsis that Sells. New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff shares her expertise with writing the dreaded synopsis. No writers enjoys boiling down their beautiful, poignant, touching manuscript into three pages, but Tracy will teach us how to do it with flair.

PROPulsion 27 January
2:00 PM at Revoluccion Coffee (Sunset and Broadway) for PROs, those working towards PRO, and PANs who miss being PRO.

Contest
SARA Synopsis Slayer
We can help you slay that synopsis! Get feedback from three fellow writers and the chance to get in front of Meghan Farrell, Managing Editor at Tule Publishing Group!

RWA Golden Heart: Go to www.rwa.com
Golden Heart is still open, but entries must be in by Jan 11, 2018. Each entry must be an original work of Romance Fiction, which means the work must contain a central love story, and the resolution of the romance must be emotionally satisfying and optimistic. The work must be at least 40,000 words, determined by computer word count.

Coming in February
All Day Workshop with Damon Suede
The Damon Suede will be leading an all-day workshop. We will provide more details to come but he is an excellent instructor for all writers. This is the place to be.

Extra Events
Igo Library hosts the Romance Readers Book Club. 13 January
2:00 PM If you want to know what readers are thinking-we have it. January’s book is Straight Up by Diedre Martin. Come discuss books and there will be chocolate.

Congratulations to all those who wrote a book!

March: Joe McKinney – Unlocking Narrative Structure

Unlocking Narrative Structure

Presented by Joe McKinney

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Unlocking Narrative Structure: author Joe McKinney will focus on the shared narrative structures of the romance, detective, and horror genres. The presentation will include a free-range discussion that covers hot button issues from all of these genres, but in tying it all together, we will see how romance/relationships is the key to any story.

About Joe McKinney

joemckinneyJoe McKinney is the San Antonio-based author of several horror, crime and science fiction novels. His longer works include the four part Dead World series, made up of Dead City, Apocalypse of the Dead, Flesh Eaters and The Zombie King; the science fiction disaster tale, Quarantined, which was nominated for the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in a novel, 2009; and the crime novel, Dodging Bullets. His upcoming releases include the horror novels Lost Girl of the Lake, The Red Empire, The Charge and St. Rage. Joe has also worked as an editor, along with Michelle McCrary, on the zombie-themed anthology Dead Set, and with Mark Onspaugh on the abandoned building-themed anthology The Forsaken. His short stories and novellas have been published in more than thirty publications and anthologies.

In his day job, Joe McKinney is a sergeant with the San Antonio Police Department, where he helps to run the city’s 911 Dispatch Center. Before promoting to sergeant, Joe worked as a homicide detective and as a disaster mitigation specialist. Many of his stories, regardless of genre, feature a strong police procedural element based on his fifteen years of law enforcement experience.

A regular guest at regional writing conventions, Joe currently lives and works in a small town north of San Antonio with his wife and children.

SARA Café Welcomes Teri Wilson!

by Mary Brand

Teri WilsonSC:  When did you join SARA and for what reason?

TW:  I first joined SARA in 2007 when I was in the process of writing my first novel, a horrible mess of a YA romance that involved chapters told from the point of view of a horse. I got my first rejection letter for this manuscript on Christmas Eve 2007. Bah Humbug. But really, it was so bad. It is somewhere on my old laptop and will never see the light of day.

SC:  What sub-genre of romance stories do you write?

TW:  I write sweet, inspirational romance as well as hotter, glamorous contemporary romance and modern retellings of classic books and movies. Also, all of my books have dogs in them. Right now I’m writing a book with my very first cat character—a white kitten named Tutu.

SC: What about the romance genre appeals to you?

TW: Everything. I love romance. I love all the floaty, wonderful feels that a good romance novel brings the reader. I adore the genre so much.

SC:  Do you consider yourself a romantic?

TW:  Yes, of the mushiest, girliest sort.

SC:  What are your ultimate goals as a writer?

TW:  As long as I can make a living writing things I love I will be delighted. I do have a dream, and that is to live in a country abroad for a few months and write a book there from start to finish.

SC:  If you could have any actor/actress cast as the hero/heroine of your latest work, who would you choose and why?

TW:  RYAN GOSLING. (I’m sorry…did I just scream that?) I don’t think I need to explain why.

SC:  Nope.  What is the best book you’ve ever read about the craft of writing?

TW:  There’s one book that I always consult when I’m plotting a new story—The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes & Heroines, Sixteen Master Archetypes. I heard about it at an RWA workshop in 2012. It helps me get a good solid sense of who my characters are before I get started writing.

SC:  Do you have a writing routine?  What does it involve?

TW:  I like to write at a cupcake bakery near my house. Bird Bakery on Broadway. Any writing routine usually involves flavored coffee.

SC:  I’m a Diet Coke girl myself. Do you have any writing superstitions?

TW:  I don’t think I have any superstitions, but I do have favorite pens. They are from a hotel where I stayed in Rome. I brought four of them home. Three have run out of ink, so I’ve only got one left. Clearly a trip to Rome is in order.

SC:  What do you do when you’re not writing?  Do you have any hidden talents?

TW:  I dance in a belly dancing company. Seriously.

SC:  Awesome! Sounds like a lot of fun. What is your favorite part of the writing process?

TW:  Seeing the finished book for the first time. Does that count as part of the process? As far as the actual writing part, I love the very beginning and writing the first kiss scene.

SC:  What would happen if you didn’t write?

TW: I would be bored out of my mind. I love a good, creative outlet. Also, writing is a way to experience all the different lives I wish I could lead.

SC:  How do you know when your research is done?

TW:  It’s never really done, but you can’t spend all your time doing research. Eventually, you just have to start the book. Questions will come up as you write and you can address those as they arise. I wrote a book set on a reindeer farm a while back. At the beginning of the project, I emailed a reindeer farm in Alaska and asked if they would be willing to answer my questions. They were so helpful! As I wrote the book, I compiled questions and sent them to the reindeer farm once a month or so. Right now I’m writing a book for Love Inspired that is set at a wolf sanctuary. A wolf sanctuary in Colorado has generously agreed to answer my questions much like the reindeer farm did.

SC:  Can’t wait to read that one! Name one thing you absolutely can’t write about.

TW:  I doubt I will ever kill off a dog in any of my books.

SC:  Could you name one of the challenges you had writing or as an author and how you met that challenge?

TW:  This past year has been a bit of a challenge. My single title book series for Harlequin’s HQN imprint was cancelled after the second book was released. Of course I was very upset at first. But I love writing. I just want to write the kind of books I love. I restructured the single title book I was working on so that it would fit one of Harlequin’s category lines instead. Any romance writer who has been around for a while will tell you that they’ve had to reinvent themselves a time or two. It’s so easy to get discouraged in this business. But if you believe in the stories you wish to tell and work hard at your craft, you can find your way. Know what you want. Don’t be afraid to go for it as many times as it takes. Every good writer has experienced rejection in some form or another.

SC:  Great advice, Teri! Thank you for your time. And Happy Holidays!