June Meeting and Birthday Bash

June 6th, 1944
The Allied Invasion of Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.

June 6th, 1984
Tetris, one of the most addictive video games ever, is released in the former USSR.

June 6th, 2008
East Valley Authors chapter of Romance Writers of America is founded.

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Along with our usual monthly writing meeting,  today we had our Birthday Bash! Birthday Bash is a time for EVA members to celebrate all our accomplishments over the past year including the usual milestones and Book in A Year.

This year we had six members complete BIAY for a grand total of TEN manuscripts completed – yes, we have a couple of over achievers – and each of these completed works are either published or soon-to-be published! Congratulations to the following EVA members for completing Book In A Year!

Danube Adele
Diane Benefiel
Alina K. Field
Alanna Lucas
Debra Mullins
Libby Waterford

We also got to celebrate the milestones for the past month including two members who finaled in contests! Congratulations are in order for:

Alina K. Field
Alina’s full-length historical novel Bella’s Band is a RONE finalist.

Debra Mullins
Debra’s full-length paranormal romance novel Heart of Stone is a finalist for the Holt Medallion award and nominated for the National Reader’s Choice award.

Congratulations to all on your accomplishments this year!

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President Debra Mullins and guest speaker Linfa McLaughlin aka Lindy Lamont

President Debra Mullins and guest speaker Linfa McLaughlin aka Lindy Lamont

We also had a wonderful guest speaker join us today. Linda McLaughlin’s naughty alter ego, Lindy Lamont, came to talk to use about writing steamy sex scenes and erotic romance. Going over the history of erotica from Ancient Rome through current times, and touching on such topics as “go words” and banned books such as “Fanny Hill”. A truly fun and eye opening morning!

Celebrating EVA's Birthday.

Celebrating EVA’s Birthday.