January 2017 meeting

Join us this Saturday, January 14, 2017, for our first meeting of the year. Our very own Marie Lark will lead an interactive plotting workshop to help you get your writing year off to a great start:

Plotter or Pantser, 8 elements every novel plot needs.
Whether you’re a detailed outliner or prefer to fly by the seat of your pants when planning and writing your novel, everyone needs a few guidelines to make sure their book hangs together in a coherent way and isn’t a collection of random, unrelated events and characters. This workshop will take you through the eight elements every story needs, from the big, over-arching story goal or the problem your main characters want to solve, to the background, contextual elements that will flesh out your world with compelling, plot- and character-relevant details. Be ready to work with your current WIP or to brainstorm your next project!

We hope to see you there!

June 2016 Member News

Capital Region Romance members had another outstanding month! Congratulations to everyone on their accomplishments.

  • Marie Lark’s fourth book, The First Morning After, released from LooseID on June 7.
  • Kelli Newby’s book won the Fire And Ice competition in the Contemporary Romance category.
  • Debby Nolan’s sweet romance Starting Over is coming out in January 2017 through Desert Breeze Press.
  • Sue Ann Porter will have a flash fiction story published in the next issue of Machinery Mag, a publication based in India.
  • The fifth book in Lucinda Race’s Loudon Series, Ready To Soar, will be out in four weeks.
  • Glen Ebisch’s book about a television meteorologist entitled Stormy Weather will be coming out next year from The Wild Rose Press.
  • Rachael Miles’ second book, Chasing The Heiress, released on May 31st from Kensington.

April Member News

Congratulations to our members for continuing to make progress in their publishing careers!

  • Jeanette Grey’s latest book, Eight Ways to Ecstasy, released on April 5 from Forever.
  • Marie Lark signed a contract with Loose Id for her new book The First Morning After for a summer release.
  • Jean C. Gordon’s novel Mandy and the Mayor releases in ebook on May 3.
  • Kari Cole’s Constant Craving is a Golden Heart finalist in the paranormal category.
  • Anna Bowling sold three articles to Heroes and Heartbreakers.

Fall 2015 Member News

Congrats to our members for their accomplishments in September and October!

  • Ann Bowling’s article “I Cleaned Up My Dad’s Hoarder House” was published in XOJane.com
  • Carol Storm’s book Burning Captivity (Book 2 of the Charity Chronicles) is coming soon from Blushing Books.
  • K.A. Mitchell’s 20th book Put a Ring on It came out September 9, 2015.
  • Jenna Kendrick’s Make Me Believe hit #1 in LGBT short reads on Amazon. Her book Stuck with You will be released October 2016. Home for the Holidays, a Male/male anthology releases November 2015.
  • Kari Cole’s Constant Craving is a finalist in NJRW’s Put Your Heart in a Book Contest.
  • Nona Raines’ novella Write to Me released on September 16, 2015.  She received a contract from Loose Id for her trans-romance Her Kind of Man.
  • Marie Lark’s third book, Third Take is the Charm, was released the last week of August with Loose Id.
  • Jeanette Grey’s novel When The Stars Align was released on September 1, 2015. Her print debut, Seven Nights to Surrender will be released November 3!
  • Rachael Miles’ Jilting the Duke is coming out February 2016 from Kensington, Zebra.
  • Jean Gordon’s “Holiday Homecoming” is being released November 17.
  • Autumn Jones Lake has a short story in the anthology “Pink:  Hot n’ Sexy For a Cure” which became an Amazon international best seller in October.

August 2015 Member News

Congrats to our members on their continued successes in their writing endeavors:

  • Autumn Jones Lake released Tattered On My Sleeve (Lost Kings MC #4) on July 28, 2015.
  • Jenna Kendrick released Make Me Believe (Hawaiian Haven #1) on July 21, 2015.
  • Glen Ebisch released The Bad Actor from Five Star on July 22, 2015.
  • Anna Bowling sold an article entitled “I Cleaned Out My Hoarder Dad’s House” to XOJane.com. Her post, “Best YA Book Boyfriends” is live on HeroesAndHeartbreakers.com.
  • Frankie Y. Bailey’s second book in her near-future police procedural series set in Albany, What The Fly Saw, came out in March 2015.
  • Carol Storm has published six titles with Blushing Books since January 2014.
  • Marie Lark’s third book, Third Take Is The Charm, comes out with LooseID on August 25, 2015.
  • Jeanette Grey’s new adult romance, When The Stars Align, releases from Grand Central’s Forever Yours line on September 1, 2015.
  • The first book in K.A. Mitchell’s Ready Or Knot series, Put A Ring On It, releases September 9, 2015.

How Awesome Is My Chapter?

How Awesome is My Chapter?

At our January meeting, the members of CRRWA took the time to celebrate each other’s achievements for 2014. I was amazed and impressed by the sheer number of tasks, goals and writing that our authors completed in just 365 days. Our wonderful Hospitality Committee took up the task of compiling data on all our members. At the chapter meeting, KA Mitchell and Anna Bowling showed us just how accomplished our writers are.

Twenty members filled out a survey. KA crunched the numbers. Here are some quick stats:

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90%  Finished a work of fiction
70% Submitted a work to a publisher or agent
45% Pitched to an editor/agent
45% Contracted a work of fiction
10% Became a member of PRO
5% Became a member of PAN
5% Hit a Best Seller’s list
5% Were RITA Finalists

I know stats are a funny thing (especially for those of us who work mainly with words). It’s plain to see that Capital Region RWA is a working chapter. We have a total of about thirty-two members. With over 60% of the chapter answering the survey, I think these stats accurately represent this amazing chapter. Eighteen members surveyed finished a work of fiction. Fourteen submitted their work. And for the first time, we had a RITA finalist, Jeanette Grey.




Let me highlight a few of our members.

Jean C. Gordon, one of our founders published this year. Her book, Small-Town Midwife came out in March of 2014. This is her eleventh book. Her web page is http://www.jeancgordon.com/.

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One of our newer members, Marie Lark, published Stripped Down in May, 2014.


Deborah Nolan, another of our long time members, published Second Act for Carrie Armstrong in January of 2014.

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Tracey Lyons, another of our founders, published two books this year, The Spy who Learned to Love (a historical) and The Wedding Toast (a Kindle Worlds novella).


I cannot begin to tell you how proud and humble I am to know and work with these writers. I learn something new about writing at every meeting, whether it be craft, marketing or just dealing with juggling the writing life. CRRWA is not just a hardworking group of writers. They are friends, coworkers, confidants and mentors. I am so honored to be the president of this amazing group. Come visit us and join our family.

Thank you.

Christine Dreidel, CRRWA President


November Member News: Congratulations to K.A. Mitchell, Marie Lark, Lisa Lewis, Autumn Jones Lake, and Rebecca Grace Allen

Our members continue to amaze us. Here’s what they’ve accomplished this month:

  • K.A. Mitchell will be attending the Toronto Book Fair November 15 at the Toronto Convention Center.
  • Marie Lark finished her first full-length novel. It is a new adult contemporary romance.
  • Lisa Lewis has completed a seventeen thousand word novella, and it is ready to submit.
  • The cover reveal for Autumn Jones Lake’s Corrupting Cinderella (Lost Kings MC #2) will take place on November 12, 2014. The book releases December 2, 2014.
  • Rebecca Grace Allen’s debut, The Duality Principle, releases November 11, 2014. The novella received a 4½ star review from Romance Times, and was reviewed in Library Journal and Heroes and Heartbreakers.

We look forward to celebrating even more of their successes at our next meeting on December 13, 2014.

May Member News: Jean C. Gordon, Jeanette Grey and Marie Lark

Our members had another great month.

  • Jean C. Gordon signed a new three book contract with Love Inspired. The working title of the first book is Winning The Teacher’s Heart. Also, her book Small-Town Mom is being released in print in South Africa.
  • Jeanette Grey sold her fifth book to Samhain Publishing. Through The Static is a category-length futuristic novel, and it has a release date of January 2015.
  • Marie Lark‘s second book, Stripped Down, was released from Ellora’s Cave on May 9, 2014.

March Member News

Our authors had another great month in March!

  • Lisa Lewis finished the first draft of a new contemporary novella. 
  • Jean C. Gordon‘s books Bachelor Father and His Lady Viking are now available for free to Scribd members.
  • Marie Lark contracted her second book in a series, Stripped Down.
  • Tim Farley received a request from an agent for his manuscript, Loving Gabby Law.

Congrats to Lisa, Jean, Marie and Tim!