Greetings, writers! Welcome to the October 2018 newsletter of Passionate Ink, the erotic romance chapter of Romance Writers of America. 

In This Issue:

A Message from Our President

Nikki PrinceWow the time has flown, and we're already close to the end of year!  I hope that so far you've had a fruitful time in Romancelandia!

Please avail yourself of the Facebook group and all that PI offers its members.
Nikki Prince
PIRWA President 2018

PI Board of Directors Election Update

PI Election UpdateIt's that time of year again! Many thanks to the PI members who stepped up to run for a position on the Passionate Ink board of directors.

We’ll email a special notice to members on October 23 with a link to the ballot. Watch your email! We’ll also post the information on our Facebook pages and in the forums.

Members will be able to add themselves or others to the ballet as write-in candidates.

Questions? Please contact Amy Alessio at

2018 Sexy Scribbles Contest Opens November 1!


Read Hot Scenes: Sign Up to Judge!
Sign up here to read three steamy scenes of up to 3,000 words in the genre of your choice. All judges will be entered in a drawing for a free one-year membership in Passionate Ink. 

Contest Opens November 1
Submit up to 3,000 words of a scene that shows great sexual tension. Scenes must be excerpts from an unpublished work. You can enter your scene in one of five genres: Contemporary, BDSM, Speculative, Historical or Suspense. LEARN MORE.  

Contest dates: November 1–December 15, 2018
Entry deadline: December 15, 2018
Category finalists announced: January 15, 2019
Winners announced: February 14, 2019

The highest scoring scene in each category will earn its author an Amazon gift card. The highest overall score will be designated “Sexy Scribbler,” and the author will be awarded a year’s membership in Passionate Ink!

Pitch Your Work to Agents and Editors!

Great news—two of our authors have been asked to submit their work! Congrats, and crossed fingers that a mutually beneficial contract lands on your desks soon. Thanks to the rest of those who submitted—and TRY AGAIN. What works for one agency or publisher doesn’t mean you aren’t ready for the page, so DO pitch again.

For the rest of the year, we’re shuffling the calendar to turn a couple of pending publishers and agent pitch events into Facebook Events, like the open-to-all Sue Brown-Moore special chat we held with Dreamspinner Press! Stay tuned—we’ll host at least one more closed pitch this year (likely with an agency), so keep your eyes peeled.

Not a member of PI? Click here to join. Members, get all the details about the Pitch Program and see the full calendar in our member forums. You can also track the latest upcoming pitch events here in our newsletter or on our blog.

10 Questions: Heather Howland, Entangled

Heather HowlandWelcome to a very special edition of 10 Questions!

Today we’re talking with Heather Howland, senior editor and co-founder of Entangled Publishing, where she’s helped launch the careers of many NYT and USA TODAY bestselling authors, with books that have hit both lists several times over. READ MORE>>

If you're a PI member or an industry professional who would like to participate in 10 Questions, please email


Welcome New and Renewing Members!

A warm welcomeand an enthusiastic welcome backto the following writers who joined or renewed their memberships to Passionate Ink in September 2018! For links to their websites, please visit our Members page.  
Cameron Allie
Kim Allred
Kate Allure
Karaleigh Anders
Lyla Bellatas
Trinity Blacio
Talya Blaine
Aubrey Bondurant
Ashley Bostock
Cybill Cain
Barbra Campbell
Rose C. Carole
Kristine Cayne
Alicia Coleman
M. Jane Colette
Alexis R. Craig
Torden Dar
Olivia Dupree
Dena Garson
Raisa Greywood
Susan Hayes
Jenna Howard
Toni Jackson
Monica Jorgensen
Jennie Kew
P.F. Kozak
Jordyn Kross
Shae Lachlan
Sherrel Lee
Riley Long
Tia Louise
Tammy Dennings Maggy
Moxie Malone
Donetta Marie
Katherine McLellan
A.W. McQueen
Kari Night
Mira Noire
Joyce Palmer
Erin K. Parker
Lexi Post
Nikki Prince
Heather Scarlett
Amy Schaffer
EA Schechter
Gem Sivad
Nikki Sloane
Diana Sobolewski
Vivi Steele
Kestra Sutton
Bailey Thomas
Lia Violet
Sharla Wylde

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Member New Releases

Want to see your new release here? Send your title, release date, cover image (300 x 450 pixels, .JPG), a description of up to 100 words, and your author website URL to

Congratulations to the following Passionate Ink authors on their new releases!

Hard Trigger

By S.L. Hannay
Release Date: August 28, 2018

Hard Trigger"Your mother's opiates are coming from Jose Herrera's distribution network." My pulse races as my stepfather speaks these words. Because taking on the Herreras also means taking on Diego.

Reckless, and hardened by a volatile past, Victoria does not see a future with Diego Herrera as a realistic option. As their childhood friendship ignites, they find themselves on opposite sides of a bloody feud between the two most powerful families in Mexico City. And she's a Moreno now—brought up to be the secret weapon nobody suspected.

But Victoria can't deny the attraction. Diego's commanding muscles, the coarse, dark hair of his solid chest, that rugged scar above his lips…

This Rose Has Thorns

By Alexis R. Craig
Release Date: September 15, 2018

This Rose Has ThornsAfter leaving the East Coast and moving to New Orleans, Rose Adaire was ready to start over. She'd left a good job, a bad ex-fiance, and Rose wanted nothing more to do with men, at least for now. 

After meeting a young lady in New Orleans, Rose found a place to stay, a job, and a new best friend. 

Rose found herself caught up in a local scandal that cost her everything. She'd broken the golden rule and had fallen in love with a client... a married client at that!

Or does she stick it out and have her revenge?


Spooky Hearts

By Lia Violet
Release Date: October 9, 2018

Spooky HeartsWerewolves, faeries and more appear in "Spooky Hearts" by Lia Violet, where a mysterious ghost can't stop the sizzling romance between a tattoo artist and a baker.

This story appears in A Wicked Appetite, an anthology whose proceeds benefit breast cancer research.


Her Desert Doctor

Desert Destiny Series 2

By Marie Tuhart
Release Date: October 15, 2018

Her Desert DoctorSara Fairchild arrives in Bashir to visit her best friend. But she's met at the airport by a handsome, sexy man maybe this trip will bring more than relaxation. When she learns he's part of the royal family, sparks fly.

Hassan al-Hakim is intrigued by Sara from the moment he sees her. Sara challenges him on every level. When he finds out she enjoys a little kinky play. Together they explore their attraction in and out of the bedroom.

While external forces threaten to pry them apart, together they can weather the storms and find their way to love.

Her Gentleman Dom

By Kate Allure
Release Date: October 15, 2018

Her Gentleman DomWould you kneel before a dominant man?

Lilli is thrown together with a sexy British architect on a San Francisco building project, but her paralyzing attraction to the man could ruin her career. An experienced Dom, Finn never initiates unsuspecting women into his dungeon, but hints of her sexual subservience along with her can-do spirit are irresistible.

After a passionate night, Lilli discovers his true nature and runs, only to return later and offer her submission, but Finn doubts she'll have the moxie to survive his training. It's up to Lilli to prove she can flourish under his loving bondage.

Member Resources

PI is only as strong as its members, so please make the most of your Chapter. Here are a few ways to get involved.

Network with published authors in your genre

Take advantage of a special PI, members-only benefit and join us on the Passionate Ink Forum. Share your news, meet with the movers and shakers of the genre, pitch your work directly to editors and agents, view special chats with experts in the field, and help us keep our community vibrant. 

Join our Facebook group

Join PI's members-only Facebook group, Passionate Inkers. Hang out and chat with us, share your successes, frustrations, tips, and tricks, and get to know your chapter!

Volunteer for our chapter!

There are several ways to volunteer, whether assisting with the Passionate Plume contest or helping us out at the PI Party at RWA’s annual conference. Please email to learn how you can help.
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