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Hello, writers! Welcome to the June 2018 newsletter of Passionate Ink, the erotic romance chapter of Romance Writers of America. We've got tons of fun stuff happening this month. Read on!

In This Issue:

A Message from Our President

Nikki PrinceWe’re already halfway through June! I hope you all are doing well and writing like mad. I'm all packed and ready to go to Summer Institute in Dallas, Texas, with Urban Teachers.

While I’m excited about Summer Institute, I’m sad that it means I won't be at RWA this year. But I know a lot of you will go and represent PI well! I hope that you’ll take plenty of pictures--please share them in the Facebook group. I want to live vicariously through you. Happy June!
 
Best,
Nikki Prince
PIRWA President 2018

Announcing the 2019 Passionate Ink Anthology!

 
Passionate Ink AnthologyTheme: Valentine's Day
Word Count: 7,500 words
Contract Deadline: August 1, 2018
Story Submission Deadline: September 1, 2018

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re now seeking story submissions of up to 7,500 words for the first Passionate Ink anthology, with proceeds to benefit ProLiteracy and the American Heart Association. We welcome new and experienced writers to submit sizzling stories of erotic romance. READ MORE >>

Congrats to the 2018 Passionate Plume Finalists!


The quality of the stories submitted this year was incredible! We’re pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 Passionate Plume Content. See the list of finalists here.

The winners will be announced at the Passionate Ink Annual Party on July 20, 2018, at the RWA National Conference in Denver. READ MORE >>

Enter the 2018 Carla - Crown Jewel of Books Contest

 
The Carla ContestDo you have an award-winning story?

Mid-America Romance Authors (MARA) is now accepting entries for our published romance contest. The Carla - Crown Jewel of Books 2018 is open to both traditional and self-published authors.

This contest just may earn you an impressive badge for your published novel! READ MORE >>

 Buy Tickets For the Passionate Ink Party at RWA!

Friday, July 20, 2018 / 8–10 pm

 
After a full day of conference fun, come relax and chill with your friends and colleagues at Passionate Ink’s annual party at the RWA18 Conference! Buy your tickets now.

If you’d like to volunteer to help onsite, please email Trinity Blacio, PI Special Events Director at events@passionateink.org.

Member New Releases


Want to see your new release here? Send your title, release date, cover image (350 x 500 pixels, .JPG), a description of up to 100 words, and your author website URL to communications@passionateink.org.

Congratulations to the following Passionate Ink authors who have released books in the past month!
 

Better to Marry Than To Burn

By Michal Scott
Release Date: April 25, 2018

Better to Marry Than to BurnFreed man seeks wife. Marital relations as necessary. Love neither required nor sought.

Caesar King's ad for a mail-order bride is an answer to Queen Esther Payne's prayer. She needs a husband who won't make her a submissive wife and mother. Grateful that love is neither required nor sought, she accepts the ex-slave's offer and heads West for marriage on her terms.

However, once she meets Caesar, his unexpected allure and intriguing wit makes it hard to keep love at bay. How can she hope to remain her own woman when victory may be synonymous with surrender?

www.michalscott.webs.com  


Special Forces: Operation Alpha

Cheating the Devil: 
A Deimos / Trident Security / Delta Team Crossover

By Samantha A. Cole
Release Date: May 22, 2018

Cheating the DevilWhile on vacation, Delta Force Colonel Bradley "Tank" Barton thought his only worry was introducing his adult daughter, Lori, to the woman who'd captured his heart. But revenge is on someone's agenda.

When Lori and Avery disappear, Brad needs operatives from Deimos, Delta Force, and Trident Security to help find them before it's too late.

He wouldn't survive if he lost the two women he loves more than life itself.


www.samanthacoleauthor.com


Catering to His Demands

Kitchen Confessions (Book 3)

By Rose C. Carole
Release Date: May 29, 2018

Catering to His DemandsSam is a leader in the Catered Affairs kitchen. But as her friends find Doms—and love—Sam keeps Doms at arm’s length. Mike, a P.I., is intrigued by the beautiful yet haughty sub, but he doesn’t want a superficial relationship.

One night, Mike entices Sam into a scene. Through absolute control and perfectly delivered pain, he brings the staunch masochist to new heights. Each time they meet, Mike pushes her further. Yet Sam keeps pushing back.

As Mike discovers why Sam can't trust, he is determined to show her what surrender to the right Dom can provide. But a dangerous job threatens to sidetrack his efforts. Can their tenuous relationship survive his need to protect the daughter of a friend?

roseccarole.com
 

Blood Dragon

By Amber Anthony
Release Date: June 3, 2018

What can you say about a dragon shifter who must save his clan from certain discovery? When the going gets tough, they meet their adversaries with fangs and flames.

Not all the flames are literal. Master Dom Adam Lachlan builds a fire within Pegasus shifter, Willow Greer. Can they overcome the problems of romance between different shifter species? 

When Adam's fire meets Willow's short fuse, flirtation is on! At the onset, secrets are guarded, but once their true selves are revealed, the complications begin. Will they drop their emotional baggage and risk love's bondage?

www.AmberAnthonyWrites.com

10 Questions: Addison Saxy


Welcome to 10 Questions! Each month, we’re going to talk to a different member of Passionate Ink and ask them 10 questions about their writing and interests.

Today we’re talking with Addison Saxy, a recent convert to the wonderful world of erotic romance writing! READ MORE >>

If you’d like to participate in 10 Questions, please email communications@passionateink.org.

Welcome New Members!


A warm welcome to the following writers who joined Passionate Ink in May 2018:
  • Elly Hendricks
  • Donetta Marie
  • Anne Mercier
  • Colleen Myers
  • Dani René
  • Diana Rose Wilson 
For links to their websites, please visit our Members page!  

Workshops Update: Director Needed

 
In order to offer more courses like April’s Developing Social Media Skills and Live Programming, we need one or more PI members to volunteer to fill the Workshops Director role. Interested? Training is available! Please reach out with any questions about this important role.

Pitch Your Work to Agents and Editors

We’ve got a great lineup for more pitches later this year to Changeling Press, Dreamspinner Press, Entangled Publishing and more, so there’s no time to waste. Grab this chance to bypass the general “submissions@” line.

Get in front of eager and relevant industry-leading agents and editors for your chance on the digital (or print) bookshelves! READ MORE >>

Member Resources


PI is only as strong as its members, so please don’t hesitate to make the most of your Chapter. Here are just a few of the 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 directors@passionateink.org to learn how you can help.

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