Erica O’Rourke’s “Time of Death,” a Stillwater General Mystery written under her pen name Lucy Kerr, will be published by Crooked Lane Books on December 13, 2016.

Sarah Anderson has won a RITA award from Romance Writers of America for “The Nanny Plan.”

Kelly Duff placed second in the Kiss of Death RWA chapter’s Daphne du Maurier Awards for “Tame My Racing Heart.”

CJ Warrant’s debut novel, “Forgetting Jane,” comes out on June 29.

“Under Your Skin,” the first in Shannyn Schroeder’s “For Your Love” series, releases on June 28.

“Stranger in My House,” by Mari Manning, makes its debut on June 13.

Congratulations and good luck to the four Chicago-North members who have been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA and Golden Heart awards! They are:

  • Elizabeth Harmon, “Pairing Off,” RITA nomination for Best First Book
  • Sarah M. Anderson, “The Nanny Plan,” RITA nomination for Contemporary Romance: Short
  • Melonie Johnson, “Sometimes You Need a Sexy Scott,” Golden Heart nomination for Contemporary Romance
  • Nicole Hohmann, “Field Guide to a Girl,” Golden Heart Nomination for Young Adult Romance

Melonie Johnson’s “Sometimes You Need a Sexy Scot” took first place in the Golden Claddagh Contest’s Contemporary category.

Congratulations to Sonali Dev and Kate Meader, who’ve made Sarah McLean’s best romance novels of 2015 list for the Washington Post!

Deborah Rittle’sOne Great Night” took first place in the 2015 International Digital Awards (IDA) contest in the short contemporary category.

The Book Stall in Winnetka will host a release party for “Resonance,” the second book in Erica O’Rourke’s “Dissonance” series, August 2 at 3 p.m.

Congratulations and good luck to the Chicago-North members who are finalists in Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart and RITA contests! Sonali Dev, author of the contemporary romance “A Bollywood Affair,” and Clara Kensie, author of the young adult romance “Run to You,” both have been nominated for a RITA for Best First Book. Kensie also is nominated in the Young Adult Romance category. And Kelly Farmer is a Golden Heart finalist for her contemporary romance manuscript, “Puppy Love.

Four Chicago-North RWA members have been nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Awards. The nominees and their categories are:

Congratulations and good luck to our nominees!

Harlequin Blaze has released Sarah M. Anderson’s Beaumont Heirs series, including “Not the Boss’s Baby,” “Tempted By a Cowboy,” and “A Beaumont Christmas Wedding.”
Marilyn Brant has released a novella, “All About Us,” and “The Road and Beyond,” an expanded book club edition of her romantic mystery “The Road to You.”
Sonali Dev’s debut novel, “A Bollywood Affair,” has been released by Kensington Publishing.
“Her Best Shot” and “Her Winning Game,” books 1 and 2 in Shannyn Schroeder’s Hot and Nerdy trilogy, have been released, and the third book, “Her Winning Formula,” is scheduled for release on November 24.
“Morningstar,” the second book in Robyn Bachar’s space opera romance trilogy, has been released by Samhain Publishing.
Heating It Up, One Hero at a Time, an anthology of seven sensual historical romance novels to be released November 14, includes “The Captain’s Temptress” by Averil Reisman.
Emma Gates, award-winning author of Praying for Rain and three other novels, will read from her books and discuss the writing craft at 7 p.m. on September 30 at the Oak Park Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Morgan Mandel has released the novella “A Perfect Angel,” a sequel to “Her Handyman.”
Elizabeth Harmon has sold Falling Hard, a romance featuring figure skating champions, to Carina Press in a three-book deal. Falling Hard is slated for release in February, 2015.
Gretchen Friel has been shortlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize.
Emma Gates has published four books this spring through independent publisher Wells Street Press: Detours, Private Lines, Walking to Israel and Praying for Rain. Her romances feature Americans interacting with people from different countries.
Three Chicago-North members are finalists in Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest for published authors:

Congratulations, and good luck!

J. Leigh Bailey has sold her novel “Guyliner” to Spencer Hill Contemporary. It will be released in 2015.
This Feels Like Home, by Debra St. John, has been released by The Wild Rose Press. It’s the third title in her The Corral series.
Patricia Rosemoor’s Dangerous Attraction made the New York Times bestseller list.

Tracie Ingersoll Loy’s Deep Into the Night, the second in her Hartz Island romantic suspense series, has been released by Musa Publishing.

Clara Kensie will debut as the first Harlequin Teen author to release her book as a serial. Book 1 of “Run to You,” a romantic paranormal thriller, will run as a three-part serial with weekly releases starting February 1, 2014, and Book Two, also in three parts, will start in June, 2014.

Averil Reisman’s Gilded Age historical, “To Cuba With Love,” is now available in both ebook and print format.  This is her first published book.

Blythe Gifford has sold “Whispers at Court” to Harlequin. It’s the second in her Royal Wedding series, set in the court of King Edward III of England in the 14th century. The first in the series, “Secrets at Court,” is set for March, 2014 release.

Melonie Johnson’s “To Catch a Fetch” has captured first place in the paranormal category of the Indiana Golden Opportunity contest, sponsored by the Indiana Romance Writers of America. Elizabeth Harmon came in second in the contemporary romance category with “Falling Hard.”


Jennifer Ann Coffeen’s A Deal With Lord Devlin has been released by Wild Rose Press.

Sherrill Bodine and Patricia Rosemoor will hold a digital launch party for their new romance, “Written in the Stars,” on September 10.

Geneva Rand’s “Bittersweet” won third place in the Single Title contemporary romance category of the Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie awards for unpublished manuscripts.

Carrie Lofty has three books being released under two pen names. Caged Warrior and Blood Warrior, both written under her pen name of Lindsey Piper, have release dates of June 28 and July 30, respectively. Chains and Canes, written under the name of Katie Porter, was released on July 9.

Barbara Weitz’s contemporary romance, Cutter Mountain Rendezvous, is a Maggie Awards finalist. The Maggies are sponsored by the Georgia Romance Writers.

Margaret Watson won two contests and finaled in a third. The Woman He Knows won the Golden Quill Award, and A Safe Place won the Award of Excellence and was an Award of Merit winner in the Holt Medallion.

Ryann Murphy’s contemporary romance, Resist Me, has finaled in the Connecticut RWA chapter’s “Write Stuff” contest and in the Northeast Ohio Romance Writers of America “Cleveland Rocks” contest.

Sonali Dev has sold two books to Kensington for November 2015 release.

The May Romance Writers Report includes an article by Elizabeth Harmon on world building. It features several Chicago-North members.

Mari Manning’s contemporary romance Angel Without Wings was released as an ebook on April 1 by Crimson Romance Press.

Erica O’Rourke sold UK rights for Dissonance to Simon & Schuster UK. The title will be changed to Echoes and published in March of 2014.

Debra St. John has sold a Halloween/vampire-themed short novella to Wild Rose Press.

Barbara Weitz’s novella, Wings of an Angel, will come out Christmas 2013 with Wild Rose Press.

Wild Rose Press has set an August 14, 2013 release date for Jennifer Ann Coffeen’s novella, A Deal With Lord Devlin.

Three Chicago-North RWA members have finaled in Romance Writers of America’s RITA and Golden Heart contests. Erica O’Rourke’s Bound is a RITA finalist in the Young Adult category. India Powers is a Golden Heart finalist in the Paranormal category for Demon’s Bane. And Sonali Dev’s Bollywood’s Bad Boy has finaled in the Golden Heart’s Contemporary Single Title Romance category. Congratulations and best of luck!

Hanna Martine has a story in the Unbound anthology, coming out March 5, 2013 from Berkley Sensation.

CJ Warrant won the West Houston RWA’s Emily Contest in the romantic suspense category with her entry, Forgetting JaneIndia Powers won the Emily Contest in the paranormal category with her entry, Demon’s Bane.

Shannyn Schroeder’s For a Good Time has a release date of July 4, 2013.  She also has a contract for the O’Leary Series with eKensington.

CataNetwork honored Cutter Mountain Rendezvous by Barbara Weitz with a 2012 Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award.

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