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 […]

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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 […]

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Happy Fourth of July 2014!

  Have a wonderful day with friends and family! ~ Jillian  

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Gone Writing Summer 2014

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 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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AUSTIN RWA 2014 RITA/GOLDEN HEART FINALISTS

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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