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

In This Issue:

Election Update: Voting Ends 11/15

PI Election UpdateVoting is now underway for Passionate Ink’s 2019 Board of Directors! The poll closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018. We'll announce the new Board on December 1.

Find the 2018-19 ballot here. Don't forget to add your RWA membership number and PI membership email address for verification.

Questions? Please contact Amy Alessio at


The 2018 Sexy Scribbles Contest is Open!

Submit up to 3,000 words of a scene that shows great sexual tension. You can enter your scene in one of five genres: Contemporary, BDSM, Speculative, Historical or Suspense. LEARN MORE.  

Entry deadline: December 15, 2018
Category finalists announced: January 15, 2019
Winners announced: February 14, 2019

The highest overall score will be designated “Sexy Scribbler,” and the author will be awarded a year’s membership in Passionate Ink!

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. 


Write Touch Readers' Award

2019 Write Touch Readers’ Award Contest

The 2019 Write Touch Readers Award contest for romance novels published in 2018 is now open for entries!  This annual contest from the Wisconsin RWA chapter is judged entirely by romance readers, and the winner of each of the 10 categories wins a plaque for their accomplishment.

Contest opens: November 15, 2018
Entry deadline: 11:59 p.m. CST, January 25, 2019
Finalists and winners notified: April 1, 2019

To learn more, contact Kayla Bain-Vrba at or visit the contest website.

The Carolyn Readers Choice Award

The North Texas Romance Writers of America’s Carolyn Readers Choice Award contest is open to all authors of traditional, e-published, and self-published books with an original copyright or first printing in 2018. The prize is a shared ad for the winners of each category along with digital medallions for all finalists and winners.

Contest opens: November 14, 2018
Entry deadline: February 14, 2019
Winners announced: May 4, 2019

For more information and to enter, visit the contest website.

Passionate Ink and NaNoWriMo!

Passionate Ink members are writing fast and furiously this month for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! If you’re participating, we hope you’ll join us!

In an informal competition against the Windy City RWA chapter organized by Amy Alessio (who is a member of both), team members are totalling their word counts each week. PI is holding a healthy lead in the categories of total word count and average words per author.

The percentage of team members who complete 50,000 words will be determined at the end of the month.

Join us on our Passionate Ink Facebook Group for NaNoWriMo writing sprints, encouragement, and camaraderie!

Passionate Ink Anthology Due Out in January

Update! The Passionate Ink anthology, Passionate Hearts, is in the editing stage, and we’ll have a cover reveal in December.

We’re planning on a January launch of these hot Valentine's stories.

Sales will benefit ProLiteracy and the American Heart Association.

Stay tuned!

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 October 2018! For links to their websites, please visit our Members page.  

Mercy Carlile
Shannon Yvonne Moreau
Tamara Nikolai
Sassy Sinclair

Join Us at Passionate Ink!

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Get support, inspiration, and great professional opportunities by joining our chapter of Romance Writers of America!
Click here to learn more and sign up.


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!


Wedding at Poker Flat

By Lexi Post
Release Date: October 12, 2018

Wedding at Poker FlatWade Johnson wants to make their wedding perfect for his bride-to-be. The problem is, "perfect" doesn't exist at Poker Flat.

Gun-shy after her first beautiful wedding ended in a demoralizing marriage and harsh divorce, Kendra's hoping this one will be anything but perfect.

As hard as it is for her to accept, some things are simply out of her control. It's very clear that this wedding will depend more on her family, friends, and if love truly can conquer all.

If it can, it's even stronger than she is.

Her Two Men in Sonoma

Total Indulgence Book 3

By Kristine Cayne and Dana Delamar
Release Date: November 10, 2018

Her Two Men in SonomaWhen the past crashes into the present...

My heart has always been split between two men: my childhood friend and my ex-husband.

They've been my everything, and we run a successful travel company together, but our love lives are a shambles.

As the one-year anniversary of my divorce looms, can a couples' retreat in Sonoma fix everything that's gone wrong between the three of us?



Saving Christmas

Text Me, Cupid Episode 4

By M. Jane Colette
Release Date: November 15, 2018

Saving ChristmasMeet Will and Florence. He's freshly divorced and in denial. She's twice-burnt and prickly. They're a terrible idea. They know this. But every time their eyes meet, their clothes come off.

Experience their unique, hilarious, and heart-wrenching love story in the four episodes of Text Me, Cupid: a (slightly dirty) love story for 21st century adults.

In this final episode Text me, Cupid, Will wants commitment. Florence wants... freedom. Is anybody going to get what they want for Christmas?

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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