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.

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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!

 

EVA’s Annual Writers’ Retreat: There’s Still Time To Sign Up!

There’s still time to sign up for East Valley Authors’ Annual Writers’ Retreat!

This year we’ll hold the annual EVA Retreat on June 3, 2017, at the historic La Casita del Arroyo in Pasadena, California. Put this date on your calendar, because our presenter will be the fabulous Chris Marie Green, who’ll lead two workshops:
 
“Pied Piping the Muse: An Interactive Music Brainstorming Session”
Do you ever find yourself at a creative standstill, needing to “fill the well,” but lacking the inspiration to do so?  By using music as a tool for creation, Chris Marie Green (AKA Crystal Green) will help you to conjure up a story premise or enliven a scene that’s dead on arrival.   You’ll be going into deep brainstorming territory, using a serious focus on music to stimulate your neurons and shake up that creativity, so get ready to roll!
 
and
 
“From Small Town, Texas, To A Colony On Mars: World Building For Whatever You’re Writing”
Whether you’re constructing a paranormal setting full of were-creatures, bringing to life a fictional, quirky, small-Texas contemporary town, or pulling together the details of a historical, world building is a skill that will make your story come alive.  In fact, Chris Marie Green has found that piecing together the environment that your characters inhabit is her favorite part of writing a book; it’s an ongoing, flexible, “living” process that reaches beyond brainstorming and can shape the story and characterization going forward.
By the end of the day, you should have the framework and inspiration for a new story!
Doors will open at 8 a.m. and the first workshop begins at 9 a.m.
Chris Marie Green and her alter ego Crystal Green have written eighty works in total. “Chris Marie Green” writes everything from hot contemporary romance to new adult to thrillers to paranormals. Some of her series include Rough and Tumble, Aidan Falls, Final Girls, and Vampire Babylon. RITA nominated “Crystal Green” writes “sweet” romance, namely the Heroes of the West historical Western series for Debra’s Holland’s Montana Sky Kindle Worlds series.
Registration for the retreat is $50 and includes a boxed lunch from Corner Bakery. Here’s how to register:
RWA members, log in to myRWA and go to https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=621
Here are the lunch choices:
 1) Corner Bakery Cafe Signature Salad – Spinach Sweet Crisp
Baby spinach tossed with freshly slices strawberries, oranges, red grapes, dried cranberries, green onions, creamy goat cheese and raisin pecan sweet crisps, drizzled with our homemade pomegranate vinaigrette. Includes freshly baked focaccia bread.
2) Corner Bakery Boxed Lunch – D.C. Chicken Salad Sandwich*
All natural chicken, green apples, currants, red onions, celery, mayo and toasted almonds with lettuce and tomatoes on steakhouse rye.
3) Corner Bakery Boxed Lunch – Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich*
Roast Beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and cracked pepper balsamic mayo on sesame bread.
*Sandwiches include: Corner Bakery chips, fresh seasonal fruit and freshly baked cookie
After registering, please email your lunch choice to eastvalleyauthors@gmail.com 
Here’s that registration link again: https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=621

If you are not a member of RWA and would like to attend:

You are most welcome! Email us at eastvalleyauthors@gmail.com and a board member will contact you with instructions.

Let us know if you have questions!
Mary Kozlowski
VP Communications

Sign up for East Valley Authors’ Annual Writing Retreat

This year we’ll hold the annual EVA Retreat on June 3, 2017, at the historic La Casita del Arroyo in Pasadena, California. Put this date on your calendar, because our presenter will be the fabulous Chris Marie Green, who’ll lead two workshops:
 
“Pied Piping the Muse: An Interactive Music Brainstorming Session”
 
Do you ever find yourself at a creative standstill, needing to “fill the well,” but lacking the inspiration to do so?  By using music as a tool for creation, Chris Marie Green (AKA Crystal Green) will help you to conjure up a story premise or enliven a scene that’s dead on arrival.   You’ll be going into deep brainstorming territory, using a serious focus on music to stimulate your neurons and shake up that creativity, so get ready to roll!
 
and
 
“From Small Town, Texas, To A Colony On Mars: World Building For Whatever You’re Writing”
 
Whether you’re constructing a paranormal setting full of were-creatures, bringing to life a fictional, quirky, small-Texas contemporary town, or pulling together the details of a historical, world building is a skill that will make your story come alive.  In fact, Chris Marie Green has found that piecing together the environment that your characters inhabit is her favorite part of writing a book; it’s an ongoing, flexible, “living” process that reaches beyond brainstorming and can shape the story and characterization going forward.
 
By the end of the day, you should have the framework and inspiration for a new story!
 
Chris Marie Green and her alter ego Crystal Green have written eighty works in total. “Chris Marie Green” writes everything from hot contemporary romance to new adult to thrillers to paranormals. Some of her series include Rough and Tumble, Aidan Falls, Final Girls, and Vampire Babylon. RITA nominated “Crystal Green” writes “sweet” romance, namely the Heroes of the West historical Western series for Debra’s Holland’s Montana Sky Kindle Worlds series. 
Registration for the retreat is $50 and includes a boxed lunch from Corner Bakery. Here’s how to register:
 
RWA members, log in to myRWA and go to https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=621
 
Here are the lunch choices: 
 

1) Corner Bakery Cafe Signature Salad – Spinach Sweet Crisp

Baby spinach tossed with freshly slices strawberries, oranges, red grapes, dried cranberries, green onions, creamy goat cheese and raisin pecan sweet crisps, drizzled with our homemade pomegranate vinaigrette. Includes freshly baked focaccia bread.
 
2) Corner Bakery Boxed Lunch – D.C. Chicken Salad Sandwich*
 
All natural chicken, green apples, currants, red onions, celery, mayo and toasted almonds with lettuce and tomatoes on steakhouse rye. 
 
3) Corner Bakery Boxed Lunch – Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich*
 
Roast Beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and cracked pepper balsamic mayo on sesame bread.
 
*Sandwiches include: Corner Bakery chips, fresh seasonal fruit and freshly baked cookie
 
After registering, please email your lunch choice to eastvalleyauthors@gmail.com 
 
Here’s that registration link again: https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=621

If you are not a member of RWA and would like to attend:

You are most welcome! Email us at eastvalleyauthors@gmail.com and a board member will contact you with instructions.

Let us know if you have questions!
 
Mary Kozlowski
VP Communications

EVA’s May 6, 2017 Meeting Workshop is Websites for Authors

 

Websites for Authors

Having a professional website is important for any author who is serious about her career. But the technology can be daunting, and at every turn there are articles about new trends or goals. And website design is not cheap. So what are the essentials, and how quickly can we can get back to the thing we really care about–writing? We’ll discuss a few simple rules of thumb for having a successful author website, and some tips to make it as painless as possible.

About our Workshop Presenter

Cami Brite grew up with a camera in one hand. In her other hand, there was usually a book. So it makes sense that her road led to the marriage of her two favorite things: images and books. At Brite Designs, she uses her photography background and visual structure training to create eye-catching book covers and graphics for authors. She most recently branded the California Dreamin’ conference as well as the California Readin’ event for readers, and maintains more websites than she wants to think about.

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.

From “Okay” to “Wow!” —How to Make Your Story Irresistible

East Valley Authors’ next meeting is April 1, 2017 and will feature a workshop by New York Times bestselling author Susan Squires.

Whether you are trying to get an agent, to sell your book to a New York publisher or a small press, or garner readers for a work you’ve published yourself, you have one chance to prove to readers that any story with your name on it is worth their effort and attention, and more importantly, to make them want more. This talk will focus on specific techniques you can use to make a lasting impression and give your reader a good, satisfying ride that will have them clamoring for your next book.

About Susan Squires

NYT Bestselling author Susan Squires published seventeen novels and novellas with Dorchester Publishing and St. Martin’s Press, a division of McMillan, as well as self-publishing six books in her new Magic Series. She’s won the Golden Heart and the Holt Medallion as well as many regional contests, been a finalist in the Rita contest, and garnered several Reviewer’s Choice awards from Romantic Times BookReviews. Publisher’s Weekly named Body Electric and One with the Shadows Best Books of Year. She lives at the beach in Southern California with her husband, who is also a writer, and two Belgian Sheepdogs who help her by laying their chins on the keyboardddddddd. Find her at http://www.susansquires.com/.

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.