2014 Golden Heart® Finalists Update: T’was the Week Before RWA®14 (abbreviated version)

T’was the week before nationals when all through the loop,
E-mails were stirring with the latest news for the group.

The nervous excitement hung in each heart and the air,
In the hopes that July 23rd soon would be there.

When what to each overflowing inbox did appear,
But a photo of the Dream Weavers pin for this year.

©2014 Dream Weavers  (Photo courtesy Asa Maria Bradley) Pin arrangements by 2014 Golden Heart finalists Denny S. Bryce (design search) and Asa Maria Bradley (pin maker search and orders)

Dream Weavers Pin ©2014 Asa Maria Bradley

More rapid than nanoseconds the messages came,
And we replied, commented, tweeted, and shared each name.

Now, requests! Now, contracts! Now, congrats and celebrations!
On interviews! On, posts! On, dresses and alterations!

To bringing new business cards! To downloading apps!
Now schedule events! Reservations! Maybe short naps?

Jillian Lark business card (front) @2014 Jillian Lark

Jillian Lark business card (front) @2014 Jillian Lark

But you’ll hear us exclaim, as we head on our way,
“We can’t wait to see each other and you in SA.”

©2014 Jillian Lark (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)



Dream Weavers pin design by author Xio Axelrod www.xioAxelrod.com Twitter @xioaxelrod

Dream Weavers pin made by Kingpin www.show-pins.com

Final Dream Weavers pin designer search by 2014 Golden Heart finalist Denny S. Bryce

Final Dream Weavers pin maker search/ orders by 2014 Golden Heart finalist Asa Maria Bradley

“A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore


2014 Golden Heart® Finalists Update: Dresses, Pins, and Photos! Oh, My!

Some finalists bought WOW! dresses for the awards ceremony. Sorry. I won’t reveal any sneak peeks. You’ll have to wait until Sat., July 26th. We ordered pins for our group, the Dream Weavers, and will wear them on our badges at the Romance Writers of America® ( RWA® ) conference later this month. Since the Dream Weaver pins haven’t arrived yet, I can’t show them to you either. However, I can share this photo of the Golden Heart® pin and reception invitation each of us received in the mail.


©2014 RWA® Photo by Jillian Lark

©2014 RWA® Photo by Jillian Lark

RWA® posted our photos right below the 2014 RITA® finalists’ photos on the awards section of the organization’s website. Absolutely thrilling! We can’t believe we’re on the same page with our favorite published romance authors. You can see their photos and ours by clicking here.

Happy Fourth of July 2014!

Opening of the Great New York and Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Display of Fireworks  (American School)

  Have a wonderful day with friends and family! ~ Jillian  

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Gone Writing Summer 2014

Writing space in the Emily Carr House (Victoria BC)

Return Gone writing until July 4th! Meanwhile enjoy exploring my site. ~Jillian  

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Father’s Day Wishes

A Summer’s Day in Hyde Park by John Ritchie 1858

A Summer’s Day in Hyde Park by John Ritchie 1858 Retur Best wishes to fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers everywhere!  ~Jillian

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2014 Golden Heart Update: The Young Adult (YA) Finalists


  This week the trending topic among the Golden Heart nominees is the final vote for the group pin design. The pin is used to decorate finalists’ badges and reflect the spirit of the group. Our decisions involve Dreamweavers or Dream Weavers, woven wire or solid, puffy or flat, etc. While we’re choosing what we […]

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Social Media for Writers Simplified*


TWITTER: I am writing.   FACEBOOK: I like writing.   INSTAGRAM: Here’s a photo of my writing.   YOUTUBE: Watch me writing.   LINKEDIN: My skills include writing.   PINTEREST: Here’s a recipe for my favorite writing snack.   4-SQUARE: This is where I write.   GOOGLE+: I am a Google employee who writes.   […]

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2014 Golden Heart Update: The Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Finalists


The GH nominees voted for a group name, which is not as easy as you might think. Previous finalist groups have chosen terrific ones like the Lucky 13s (2013), Firebirds (2012), Starcatchers (2011), Unsinkables (2010), Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood (2009), Pixie Chicks (2008), 007s (007), and Romance Bandits (2006). What fabulous group name did the 2014 Golden […]

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the toast

Recently my fabulous Austin RWA chapter held a champagne party for the 2014 RITA/Golden Heart finalists at the beautiful home of urban fantasy author, Sloane Calder. (Thanks, everyone!) About 25 chapter mates enjoyed conversations and refreshments. Some ARWA members eluded the camera, so you won’t see them in the party album below. President Emily McKay […]

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2014 Golden Heart Update: The Contemporary, Short Contemporary, and Inspirational Finalists


Last week most of the nominees focused on deadlines for the1 agent / 1 editor pitch sign up for RWA14, the Golden Network Retreat registration, and voting for our 5 favorite group names. Best of all, we celebrated LOTS of multiple contest finals and wins plus first sales. Congratulations, everyone! In April I introduced the […]

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