Join EVA Members on Oct. 7, 2017 for a Workshop on Writing Description

 

October Workshop

East Valley Author’s October 7, 2017 meeting workshop is Making Description Work Hard for You, presented by award-winning author Beth Yarnall.

Description in a novel can be as dry as bone dust or treated like a laundry list. But done tight, description can draw the reader deeper into a character’s point of view and deeper into the story. Using description to achieve deep point of view is one of the most powerful tools’ in an author’s toolbox.

Learn how to use description to achieve deep point of view and to create stories and characters readers will remember long after the last page is turned.

About our Presenter

Best selling author, Beth Yarnall, writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and the occasional hilarious tweet. A storyteller since her playground days, Beth remembers her friends asking her to make up stories of how the person ‘died’ in the slumber party game Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, so it’s little wonder she prefers writing stories in which people meet unfortunate ends. In middle school she discovered romance novels, which inspired her to write a spoof of soap operas for the school’s newspaper. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

For a number of years, Beth made her living as a hairstylist and makeup artist and even owned a salon. Somehow hairstylists and salons seem to find their way into her stories. Beth lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dog where she is hard at work on her next novel. For more information about Beth and her novels please visit her website- http://www.bethyarnall.com.

Come Join Us!
Our regular meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at the Azusa Public Library beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following. Come join us for a meeting, visitors are welcome! The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.

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EVA’s Sep. 2, 2017 Meeting Workshop is all about Contracts

East Valley Authors’ September 2017 Workshop is What Every Author Needs to Know about Contracts with Agents and Publishers, presented by author and attorney Maggie Marr.

Even with indie publishing taking the world by storm, authors both hybrid and traditional sign contracts every day. What clauses are deal breakers? Which will tie up your career for years? Maggie Marr will discuss contracts with agents, agreements with publishers, and what every author needs to know to protect their intellectual property.

About our Presenter

Many PathsMaggie Marr is the author of hot contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She writes smart, sexy, women and the men they love. Still working in Hollywood, she got her start pushing the mail cart at ICM where she became a motion picture literary agent.

She is a member of RWA and Past President of her local chapter the Los Angeles Romance Authors (LARA) and legal counsel for Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA).

Maggie maintains a boutique literary practice dedicated to the needs of entrepreneurs and creatives. She loves all things pop culture and when she isn’t writing she can be found reading or exercising her rescue pup.

Come Join Us!
Our regular meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at the Azusa Public Library beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following. Come join us for a meeting, visitors are welcome! The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.

 

Meet East Valley Authors’ Member, Author Libby Waterford

Former East Valley Authors’ Vice President, Communications, joins us today to talk about EVA.

Why I joined

I joined East Valley Authors in 2012, right after I made a pledge to myself to buckle down and get published, already. I remember my first EVA meeting well—I was pregnant with my first child, had never attended an RWA chapter meeting before, and the women I met were the warmest, most welcoming group of writers.

Though my spirit was willing when it came to romance writing, I soon learned my craft was weak. EVA’s monthly meeting topics helped jump-start my education. My path to publication was heavily influenced by my participation in RWA, EVA, and the California Dreamin’ Writers Conference. I pitched for the first time, and eventually sold my first book based on that pitch at the very first California Dreamin’ conference in 2013. Through EVA I’ve found beta readers, critique partners, and lifelong friends. My two sons have grown up with a whole gaggle of satellite aunts.

I’ve since moved across the country, so I don’t get to see the Evettes every month, but the wonders of social media keep us connected. My love for the group can withstand thousands of miles of distance. I’m a former EVA board member and strongly urge all EVA members to volunteer—it’s the best way to give back. You get much more than you give in terms of relationship building, networking, and satisfaction in a well-run chapter. Thanks to EVA, I presented a workshop on newsletter marketing at the 2017 California Dreamin’ conference.

I treasure my EVA milestones, and always look forward to hearing about my fellow members’ accomplishments. We’re a small chapter, but a strong one. If you live in SoCal, what are you waiting for? Join EVA today!

About Libby:

Libby Waterford writes steamy contemporary romances where lust always leads to happily ever after. She recently transplanted from Southern California to Southern Connecticut with her husband and two small sons. She has adjusted to the weather, but still misses In-N-Out. Libby is a member of Romance Writers of America, CTRWA, and East Valley Authors. Sign up for her newsletter to hear about appearances, new releases, and the occasional jam recipe at libbywaterford.com. Follow me on Twitter @libbywaterford and on Instagram @libbywritesromance.

Libby’s Weston University novella trio is now available from Decadent Publishing wherever eBooks are sold. Second chances abound during Weston University’s reunion weekend. In Passionate History, Bree reconnects with her favorite professor—and the best sex of her life. In Sweet Imperfection, Nate and Emma take their decade-old friendship to a brand new level. In Endless Devotion, Katya’s engagement to another professor won’t stop her ex from proving he’s the right man for her.

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The East Valley Authors’ Chapter of Romance Writers of America is made up of a wonderful group of writers who have a vast and varied knowledge of the writing world. So take some time and treat yourself  to the best kept secret in Southern California. Your first meeting is free.

Come Join Us!
Our regular meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at the Azusa Public Library beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following. Come join us for a meeting, visitors are welcome! The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.

EVA’s September 2, 2017 speaker will be U.S.A. Today Bestselling author and attorney Maggie Marr, talking about What Every Author Needs to Know about Contracts with Publishers and Agents.

EVA’s Diane Benefiel Wins the National Reader’s Choice Award!

Congratulations to East Valley Authors’ Treasurer Diane Benefiel, winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award for Romantic Suspense!

Diane won the NRCA for her latest release, Solitary Man, a contemporary romantic suspense.

Here’s the blurb for her award-winning story:

My wife is in danger, take care of her.

Caught in a Taliban ambush, Sgt. Ryder Bronson makes a promise to his dying friend. Ryder will keep an eye on Brenna McMurtrey, but he’ll do it from a distance. He’d lost his heart to her long before – just one more weight in his load of guilt. But the police shooting of an unarmed migrant, cars speeding dangerously toward Brenna, and repeated break-ins at her house force him to abandon his hands-off policy.

Brenna is reeling, blindsided by her strong attraction to Ryder. She’d loved her husband, so how can the emotions Ryder pulls from her be so intense? A rogue cop kidnaps Brenna, forcing her and Ryder to work together. They must come to terms with the past if there’s any hope of a future together.

Find Diane at:

http://www.dianebenefiel.com/

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The East Valley Authors’ Chapter of Romance Writers of America is made up of a wonderful group of writers who have a vast and varied knowledge of the writing world. So take some time and treat yourself  to the best kept secret in Southern California. Your first meeting is free.

Come Join Us!

Our regular meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at the Azusa Public Library beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following. Come join us for a meeting, visitors are welcome! The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.

Our next meeting is August 5, 2017 at 10:15 a.m. Instead of a workshop and speaker, we’re holding a Write-in, so bring your latest Work in Progress, your synopsis, your blurb, your query, and any other brain doodles for input from fellow authors. Guests are most welcome!

 

EVA’s August 5, 2017 Chapter Meeting

Has the hectic pace of beach trips, barbecues and summer vacation taken a toll on your writing time?

As we hit the Dog Days of summer, why not come and join East Valley Authors’ members and friends for a summer write-in, and reboot your muse! We’ll meet from 10:15 until 2 p.m. at the Azusa Public Library, but instead of a workshop speaker, we’ll have tables set up for brainstorming, mini-critiques, and just plain writing. And we’ll have power strips for your laptops and snacks!

Bring your synopsis, your blurb, your query, and any other braindoodles for input from fellow authors. Guests are most welcome!

Come Join Us!

Our regular meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at the Azusa Public Library beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following. Come join us for a meeting, visitors are welcome! The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.

Meet EVA Author, Alanna Lucas

Meet our Board and Members

This post  continues our monthly feature introducing the Board and members of East Valley Authors, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. This week we’re featuring one of our members, multi-published author Alanna Lucas.

The Best Little Chapter in Southern California

In 2012 after attending my first Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference in Anaheim, I decided I needed the support and guidance from a local chapter. Don’t get me wrong, attending the yearly national conference is an incredible experience, but it can also be a little intimidating, especially if you don’t know anyone. After wandering from book signing to signing at the conference, I met Charity Kuczynski and she told me all about the best little RWA chapter in Southern California, East Valley Authors (EVA). The following month, I went to my first EVA meeting and quickly joined. Although EVA is a small chapter, the support and guidance from experienced authors (many of whom belong to other Southern California chapters of RWA) was invaluable. Between the variety of speakers covering all sorts of topics from planning your novel to publishing to social media, critique sessions held after the monthly meetings, and sharing of knowledge, I became more confident in my writing. By 2013 I was entering contests and was offered my first publishing contract. Even after ten books, the support and encouragement from my chapter mates continues to be an important part of the journey. I highly recommend you give the best little chapter in So Cal a visit!

Only a Hero Will Do

Alanna’s latest book is a Regency romance, Only a Hero Will Do.

Defender of the realm…and his wary heart…

Captain Grant Alexander is an enigma in London society. Dashing and handsome, he coldly eschews marriage. But the ton knows nothing of his role in the Legion: to bring Typhon, the traitor who seeks to destroy the British monarchy, to justice.

When Grant is thrown together with fellow Legion member Elizabeth Atwell, he’s instantly beguiled yet exasperated by this beautiful viscount’s daughter. She has little interest in combing the marriage mart for a well-bred, well-heeled husband, but is adept at code-breaking and handling a bow and arrow. She also refuses to do as she is told, insisting she accompany Grant on his mission.

As Typhon continues to evade capture and dark forces are at work, Grant realizes he must act, not only to protect the realm but Elizabeth too…not to mention his heart, which is in danger of thawing every time she comes close…

About Alanna

Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California, but always dreamed of distant lands and bygone eras. From an early age she took interest in art, history, and travel, and enjoys incorporating those diversions into her writing. However, she believes that true love is the greatest source of inspiration and is always an adventure.

Alanna makes her home in California where she spends her time writing historical romances, dreaming of her next travel destination, spending time with family, and staying up too late indulging in her favorite past time, reading.

Find out more about Alanna and her books at AlannaLucas.com, or visit her on Facebook.

Come Join Us!

Our regular meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at the Azusa Public Library beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following. Come join us for a meeting, visitors are welcome! The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.

Our next regular meeting will be a write-in, held at 10 a.m. on August 5, 2017 at the Azusa Public Library. We’d love to have you stop by!

 

Meet EVA Vice President, Communications, Alina K. Field

Meet our Board and Members

This post  continues our monthly feature introducing the Board and members of East Valley Authors, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. This week we’re featuring our Vice President, Communications, Alina K. Field:

Finding Community

I’ve had a lifelong desire to write fiction, but I couldn’t seem to find my way until I discovered the community of romance writers and East Valley Authors (EVA). As it turned out, my arrival there coincided with a revolution in publishing, sometimes called the Kindle revolution.

EVA is a small, friendly chapter of Romance Writers of America where authors and aspiring authors get together once a month for educational programs, critique, and the occasional write-in.  It’s a great place to find the resources to learn craft, to network with fellow authors, and to navigate this rapidly changing industry.

Whether you’re just starting out, wondering how to go about writing those stories that pop into your head, or you’ve finished a manuscript and don’t know what to do next, or you’re already multi-published, you’ll find people who understand! And even if you don’t write romance, membership in EVA and RWA gives you access to affordable craft education and the latest news about business trends for both traditional and indie published authors.

First time visitors are free. Come check out an East Valley Authors meeting and see for yourself!

About Alina

Award winning author Alina K. Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but her true passion is the much happier world of romance fiction. Though her roots are in the Midwestern U.S., after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California and hasn’t looked back. She shares a midcentury home with her husband, her spunky, blonde, rescued terrier, and the blue-eyed cat who conned his way in for dinner one day and decided the food was too good to leave.

She is the author of several Regency romances, including the 2014 Book Buyer’s Best winner, Rosalyn’s Ring.

Her latest release is The Bastard’s Iberian Bride, a full-length Regency romantic adventure about a spy’s daughter who dodges an arranged marriage to an earl’s illegitimate son and seeks the fortune left by her inscrutable father. When her quest draws a villain’s threat, the only person she can trust is the war-weary soldier she doesn’t want to marry—but can’t seem to resist.

Visit Alina at AlinaKField.com  or on Facebook, where you can find out more about her books.

Come Join Us!

Our regular meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at the Azusa Public Library beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following. Come join us for a meeting, visitors are welcome! The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.

There will be no meeting in July, due to the proximity to the 4th of July holiday.

Our next regular meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on August 5, 2017 at the Azusa Public Library. We’d love to have you stop by!