2013 Member News

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won third place in the Single Title contemporary romance category of the Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie awards for unpublished manuscripts.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.