I’m attending Rose City Romance Writers wRomance February 20 & 21!

And what is wRomance? Let me tell you…
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Writers Workshop
Feb. 20, 9am – Full Day Writers Workshop
University Place Hotel  – 311 SW Lincoln St., Portland
$60 for RCRW members (full day)
$75 for non-RCRW members (full day)
Lunch and snacks included with registration

$20 for Cocktails with Readers & Authors Reception (5-8pm) (I’ll be attending!)
Cocktail reception included with workshop registration

Morning Session
Forensics for Fiction: make your crime pay with Geoff Symon

Afternoon Session
Half-day Brand Plan with Damon Suede

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About the Speakers

Geoff Symon is a 20-year Federal Forensic Investigator and Polygraph Examiner.  His participation in high-profile cases includes the attacks on September 11, 2001, the War in Iraq, the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion, the 2002 bombings in Bali and the Chandra Levy investigation, among countless other cases. He has specified and certified training in the collection and preservation of evidence, blood-spatter analysis, autopsies and laboratory techniques.

Agent Symon has direct, first-hand experience investigating cases including murder (of all types), suicide, arson, kidnapping, bombings, sexual assault, child exploitation, theft and financial crimes, and is highly skilled in the psychophysiological detection of deception. He has taught undergraduate and graduate-level college courses in forensics at the George Washington University (DC) and Marymount University (MD).

Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. Though new to romance fiction, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades. He’s won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com

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I will be attending along with the awesome group of authors listed above.

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Join RCRW for a Love Between the Covers Showing – Feb. 21, 3pm
Venetian Theatre & Bistro, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
$6 per person online
$10 at the door
The first 100 attendees to arrive at the theatre will receive a special event goodie bag.

Love stories are universal. Love stories are powerful. And so are the women who write them. For three years, we follow the lives of five published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love—while empowering others to do the same. Romance is the behemoth of the publishing industry; it outsells mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet no filmmaker has ever taken an honest look at the amazing global community that romance writers and readers have built. Until now.

Presented by:
Rose City Romance Writers
Sponsored by:
Delilah Marvelle Productions, LLC

Save the date for wRomance: A weekend of writing and love, February 20-21, 2016

wRomance

Writers Workshop
Feb. 20, 9am – Full Day Writers Workshop
University Place Hotel  – 311 SW Lincoln St., Portland
$60 for RCRW members (full day)
$75 for non-RCRW members (full day)
Lunch and snacks included with registration

$20 for Cocktails with Readers & Authors Reception (5-8pm)
Cocktail reception included with workshop registration

Morning Session
Forensics for Fiction: make your crime pay with Geoff Symon

Afternoon Session
Half-day Brand Plan with Damon Suede

Damon-Suede

About the Speakers

Geoff Symon is a 20-year Federal Forensic Investigator and Polygraph Examiner.  His participation in high-profile cases includes the attacks on September 11, 2001, the War in Iraq, the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion, the 2002 bombings in Bali and the Chandra Levy investigation, among countless other cases. He has specified and certified training in the collection and preservation of evidence, blood-spatter analysis, autopsies and laboratory techniques.

Agent Symon has direct, first-hand experience investigating cases including murder (of all types), suicide, arson, kidnapping, bombings, sexual assault, child exploitation, theft and financial crimes, and is highly skilled in the psychophysiological detection of deception. He has taught undergraduate and graduate-level college courses in forensics at the George Washington University (DC) and Marymount University (MD).

Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. Though new to romance fiction, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades. He’s won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com

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Join RCRW for a Love Between the Covers Showing – Feb. 21, 3pm
Venetian Theatre & Bistro, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
$6 per person online
$10 at the door
The first 100 attendees to arrive at the theatre will receive a special event goodie bag.

Love stories are universal. Love stories are powerful. And so are the women who write them. For three years, we follow the lives of five published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love—while empowering others to do the same. Romance is the behemoth of the publishing industry; it outsells mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet no filmmaker has ever taken an honest look at the amazing global community that romance writers and readers have built. Until now.

Presented by:
Rose City Romance Writers
Sponsored by:
Delilah Marvelle Productions, LLC

Kiru Taye’s Riding Rebel is on sale for 99 cents for a limited time

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Title: Riding Rebel
Author: Kiru Taye
Series: The Essien Trilogy #3
Genre: Erotic, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: January 26, 2015

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Blurb – Riding Rebel:

Seen as the rebel Essien, Tony has always felt like an outsider. With a daredevil lifestyle, he’s more at home in leathers than in a suit, and more likely to be seen gracing the red carpets at a movie premiere with a starlet draped on his arms than in a boardroom. Still, he’s determined to prove himself to his family and build a successful movie business. Spotting Rita Dike at an event, he sees the potential star of his new movie and his next pleasure conquest.

Rita is a journalist looking for her big break. When she inherits the journal of her late best friend who claims Tony is not an Essien, she spots the perfect scoop. Her acting classes come in handy when she has to pose as an actress to get closer to Tony. Succumbing to the charms of dark and brooding Tony might just be the only way to get through the close ranks of the Essien family.

But as she gets closer to the truth, Rita risks losing the riding rebel who’s raided her heart. Can love heal hearts or will deceit break them?

Tagline: Love. Lust. Deceit

Book Links
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SJ16QDW/hubp0a34-20
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/riding-rebel-kiru-taye/1121100886?ean=2940046525588
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/riding-rebel-essien-trilogy/id961035636?mt=11
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/riding-rebel-the-essien-trilogy-3
All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-ridingrebel-1732740-178.html
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/512264
Web link: http://kirutaye.com/booklist/riding-rebel
Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24152386-riding-rebel

Excerpt from Riding Rebel

His grip on her arm tightened and he increased his pace as they headed across the polished marbled floor of the lobby to the lifts. She stumbled. He swivelled, grasped her shoulder, and pulled her into him to save her from falling over. He’d forgotten she was tottering on sky-high-heeled shoes. He really shouldn’t be such a bastard no matter how pissed off he was at the situation.

His panting breath mingled with hers, their faces only an inch apart. “I’m sorry.”

“It’s okay,” she whispered in a breathy voice, surprisingly subdued.

The urge to kiss her rose, watering his mouth. They stood in the middle of a busy lobby with prying eyes and mobile phone cameras. Tomorrow, their pictures would be splashed all over the Internet. It never bothered him when that happened. However Rita’s artless demeanour indicated she wasn’t used to the limelight. Something in him wanted to shield her from the exposure.

So he tamped down his desire and tilted her head up so she had to look into his eyes. Her soft, smooth skin felt warm and beautiful brown irises met his hesitantly. “I’m going to call the lift and go up to my room. It’s your choice if you want to come up or not.”

“What…” She sucked in a breath as if gathering strength to say what she needed. “What do you want from me?”

“I want to fuck you,” he said in low voice meant for her ears only.

Her lips parted, her breath hitched. The pulse on her neck thundered and her throat rippled as she swallowed. But she didn’t back away and her saucer-wide eyes turned molten brown with lust.

There. He had his answer. She wanted him. Would she let him fuck her? Because that’s what it would be. In his world, sex was about fucking. Wild, animalistic, unrestrained rutting. He would see to her pleasure again and again.

Still, it wouldn’t be sweet and it wouldn’t be loving.

A lift opened and a man stepped out. Tony released her and walked into the lift.

Turning, he faced her. Enough game playing. She had to come to him of her own volition.

She stood there looking sexy as sin as she bit her bottom lip and her forehead puckered in a frown as if she wondered why he’d left her in the lobby.

“I’m not going to drag you into the lift, if that’s what you were expecting.” His fingers itched to do it, though. He didn’t want to contemplate that she would turn around and walk away. Yet he had to give her the opportunity. “You have to walk into this lift yourself if you want me.”

She glanced behind her and took a hesitant step backward.

His heart thundered. She was going to run. He held his breath and counted to ten to stop from stepping out and grabbing her arm. Instead, he jammed his finger into the door hold button and waited. Seconds ticked by that felt like hours. Sweat beaded his forehead.

She looked up and met his gaze. “Can you make the pain go away?”

Connect with Kiru on Social Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKiruTaye
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KiruTaye or @KiruTaye
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5242699.Kiru_Taye
Blog: http://kirutayewrites.blogspot.co.uk/
Website: http://kirutaye.com/

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Becky Condit from USA Today’s Happily Ever After gave In the Distance a Love and Lust Rec

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Ms. Condit said about In the Distance, “My favorite books are those that show growth in the main characters, and this book does that in spades. I love the way Ms. Griffin and Ms. Michaels write characters. I don’t know if one character belongs to one writer and the other character belongs to the other or if they share them, but whatever they are doing works beautifully. The fact that this third book in the series takes on a new couple and a completely different plotline shows just how robust their writing skills are and how far they can take a story.”

To read the rest of the review, click here.

Take a look at the In the Kitchen series, a delicious recipe that will make your mouth water and enter a giveaway!

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Today Eileen and I have the honor of visiting Meredith King at her blog, Diverse Reader.

Stop by, get hungry and enter to win the giveaway. 🙂