How’s your writing going? We’re here to help, and we hope that you’re taking advantage of the resources available to you as a member of Passionate Ink.
To learn more and get involved, read on!

A Message from Our President

Wow!  It’s April!  Can you believe it? This year is going by fast, or at least it seems that way to me. Congratulations to those of you who strive daily to make your dreams come true.

We at Passionate Ink would love to hear about the good things happening to you in the publishing industry. If you have new releases coming out, please make sure to avail yourself of the free promotion that PI offers its members via this newsletter. This is a good way to get your stories out into the world.

For us to offer the workshops you've said you'd like to see, we need a Workshops Director or a  group of volunteers willing to take on the responsibilities for this position. There is training available. If you're interested, please email me at

As always, fellow authors, thank you for all that you have done and continue to do. Your commitment to excellence is what keeps PIRWA one of the best chapters in the nation. Our sincerest thanks for being a part of this great chapter where “Some Like it Hot.”

Nikki Prince

Passionate Plume Contest: Accepting Entries Through April 15!

(And We’re Still Seeking Judges!)


The deadline for submitting books to the 2018 Passionate Plume Contest is April 15, 2018! Visit our contest page to read the contest rules and definitions, and to find out how to participate in the HOTTEST romance contest in RWA.

Not entering this year? We could still use some judges! You can support our contest by helping us recruit judges or by volunteering to read and rate a panel of books. Please use or share this judging signup form.

Got questions about the Passionate Plume? Contact the contest coordinator at

Contest Rules

Eligibility: The contest is open to all high-heat romance books published in 2017. All entries must be previously unpublished in any format prior to 2017 and must possess an original copyright date of 2017. (If the paperback format was released in 2016 and the eBook was released in 2017, 2016 would be the date of first publication and the book would be ineligible for Passionate Plume entry.)

Entry Fees:
  • Passionate Ink members: $25
  • RWA members: $30
  • Non-members: $35
  • Contemporary
  • Speculative
  • Historical
  • Novella
Winners will be announced on July 20, 2018, at the Passionate Ink Party at 2018 RWA conference in Denver. Winners need not be present.

April 2018 Workshops

HOT MARKETING: Developing Social Media Skills and Live Programming
PRESENTER: Amy Alessio
TRACK: Marketing
DATES: April 23–May 4, 2018
LENGTH: Two weeks


FREE for Passionate Ink Members. This is a members-only workshop offered by our very own Vice President, Amy Alessio!

Passionate authors need to connect with fans as well as build a reader base in a rapidly changing market. This can be fun, but also time consuming! Developing a targeted social media presence for different audiences requires varied approaches. Authors should also develop live workshops for libraries or other book events. Often daunting to authors, these steps can rapidly build readers and fans. This workshop is designed for a fun and engaging class spread over two weeks.

For more details on this workshop, visit our Workshops page.

TO REGISTER: This workshop is for Passionate Ink members only. Click here to join Passionate Ink. PI members, please sign up for this workshop using the registration form.

Seeking Workshop Proposals

If you’d like to give a workshop on the craft or business of writing erotic romance, we’d love to hear from you! In addition, please feel free to refer other authors, specialists and educators you've met during your career or at conferences. We want to keep PI’s programming relevant and valuable, so send us ideas for workshops you’d like to see!

To submit your proposal, send an outline or syllabus and your credentials to

Pitch to Changeling Press April 13 and 27!

Changeling Press

Margaret Riley and Crystal Esau at Changeling Press are joining us in April to review pitches from Passionate Ink members! 

For full details and to participate, visit our member forums. If you’re not a PI member yet, you can learn more about this event in our blog post, or click here to join.

Pitch Dates: April 9–13

Margaret Riley, Owning Publisher and Editor, is seeking erotic romance novellas and shorts/flash fiction in the contemporary, futuristic/sci-fi, paranormal/fantasy, BDSM/Ds, LGBT, and ménage/poly subgenres.

Pitch Dates: April 23–27

Crystal Esau, Editor, will be joining us April 23–27. She's particularly interested in erotic romance novellas in the contemporary, futuristic/sci-fi, paranormal/fantasy, suspense/thriller/mystery, and ménage/poly subgenres.

Learn more about Changeling Press.

Save the Date!

Passionate Ink Party at the 2018 Annual Conference
Friday, July 20, 2018

Are you going to the 2018 RWA Annual Conference? Save Friday, July 20, for a fun and chill Passionate Ink Party. Watch this space—and your email—for event updates.

If you’d like to volunteer to help onsite, please email Trinity Blacio, PI Special Events Director, at

New Releases

Congratulations to the following Passionate Ink authors who released books in April 2018!

It’s Complicated

By Nikki Prince

Ashton Locke has had a thing for Keiko Jarrett since college. So when she proposes adding friends with benefits to the mix, he’s intrigued, but wary. Sure, he’s always wanted her, and is definitely not ready to settle down with anyone, but what happens if one of them crosses the line?

Keiko is ready to take her flirty friendship with Ashton to the next level of hot. But she never bargained for feelings to intrude and cause complications. She laughed at Ashton’s hesitation and promised she’d remain heart-whole.

Some promises are meant to be broken, and as Keiko and Ashton’s benefits bleed in all aspects of their lives, Keiko needs to convince Ashton that love is worth the risk. 


How to Steal the Pharaoh’s Jewels

By Cailin Briste

Cade’s fantasy is to seduce his best friend.
His comfortable routine as a member of Sebastian St. Croix’s cat burglar team is shattered the day he’s pinned in a crushed car. In a moment of clarity, before everything goes dark, he realizes he’s in love with his best friend, a woman who has sworn off intimate relationships for life.
Tamping down a case of nerves, Bassinae is ready to take on a larger role as a thief in Sebastian’s next caper, stealing a set of Egyptian revival jewelry. If only Cade would stop acting like a lovelorn idiot.


Sweet Hearts: Hot Hearts Cafe, Book 1

By Ginger Leone and Lia Violet

Enter the Hot Hearts Cafe with these two sexy stories, where love—and pastries—are magic.

In the first tale, werewolf and hottie-detective Jason falls in love with the beautiful Allayna, a mermaid land bound for one day only. Is their hot romance enough to convince her that life’s sweeter on land or will her choice to go back to the water douse the flames of their love forever?

In the second story, former FBI agent Belinda realizes that faery cafe owner Kellan charms her even more than the magical cinnamon rolls that he sells in My Cinnamon Roll.

FREE New Release Promotion

Help us help you—announce your new book releases in our newsletter!

Send your cover (350 x 500 pixels, .JPG), a description of up to 100 words, and the URL of your author website to Or post the information in our forums!

There's limited space in each newsletter, so be sure to send in your covers before the 10th of every month.

We’ll also add titles will to our Goodreads page, and we’ll share the covers and details on the PI blog over on the PI website.

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