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Hi Passionate Inkers,

Happy February!


I hope this newsletter finds you well. This one is jam-packed with information about entering the Passionate Plume, as well as judging the Plume, along with a piece about writing a series—just read on to learn more! And don’t forget that we love getting to know our members; the newsletter includes a link to the interview form. Fill it out to be included in an upcoming newsletter.

Do you have a new release? We take submissions to feature in our newsletter as part of your member benefit, so please, give us the details to see your book announcement here. Look for the little drawing of the reader in glasses for submission info. New releases are featured in next month's newsletter, as well as the month following. Please have your materials to us by the 8th of the month.

Are you enjoying the new design and format? Leslie, our marketing liaison is doing an awesome job on the graphics and content so if you see her in the FB group, give her a shoutout.

Lastly, I don’t know where on this planet you are located, but Mother Nature needs a cookie…it’s -13° in the heartland and thank goodness the sun is out because it offers the illusion that the temperature is warmer than it is! On the plus side, this deep freeze is a good time to stay indoors and read books or write them.
 
Stay warm!


President, Passionate Ink


Here are the members of your 2021 board with their emails in case you need to contact us:

President: Ashley Bostock, president@passionateink.org
Vice President: Jordyn Kross, vp@passionateink.org
Marketing Liaison: Leslie Noyes, communications@passionateink.org
Secretary: Raisa Greywood, secretary@passionateink.org
Treasurer: Mira Noire, treasurer@passionateink.org
Workshop Director: Barbra Campbell, workshops@passionateink.org
Webmistress/Admin: Mira Noire, webmistress@passionateink.org
Membership Engagement: Ryan Osborn
Social Media: Cadence Vonn




Critical Lens
LIVE WORKSHOP WITH LAQUETTE
 
Writing outside of your personal, generational, or cultural experience can be a treacherous road to travel for today's author.  Even with the best intentions, it's easy to create problematic or harmful content when you're unaware of what you don't know. Learn how to use literary criticism to view your work through an alternative lens.  By using literary frameworks, you can gain insight into alternative perspectives that can help you identify and eliminate problematic and harmful content before you publish.
 
Thursday, March 4, 2021, 5-8 pm Eastern
Live only, there will not be a recording — watch the website for more information
 
LaQuette is the president of RWANYC, and writes unapologetically sexy & diverse characters for Sourcebooks Casablanca, Harlequin Desire, & St. Martin's Press Romance. She is the 2016 Author of the Year Golden Apple Award winner & the 2016 Write Touch Readers Award winner.  

M O N T H L Y    M O M E N T U M

When readers are asked what makes them buy a book, they cite many different reasons: the author, the cover, the blurb... So while the fabulous thousands of words you've written, revised, and edited may entice a reader to buy another one of your books, new readers are using other criteria. And let's face it, who doesn't need new readers?!?!
 
This month, Passionate Ink's Monthly Momentum covers BOOK BLURBS!

You're not alone if you have a fear-hate relationship with writing book blurbs. But as with the rest of our craft, it's a skill we'd be wise to hone. Join us as we look at blurb writing tips, share blurbs we'd like help with, and support each other as we learn to put our best foot forward.
 




WRITING A SERIES

BY BERNADETTE JONES
 
So, you want to write a series or a continuity series—buckle down and roll up your sleeves. It takes lots of planning and hard work! Why? Because readers remember everything.

I’m one of seven authors in the Aspen Gold Continuity Series. I also have my own four book series scheduled for late this year. I thought you might like to know what it’s like writing in a multi-author continuity series. It’s a blast! 

There are many templates for starting such a series.  Some series are set up on a thread, sometimes referred to as a “Stolen Artifacts” theme. In this type of series, the first author starts the story line, then hands it off to the next author who pulls the idea a little farther, and then hands it off again. Another popular premise is a baby series where every book has a baby, finds a baby or adopts a baby. Or maybe the binding factor is that all the books feature a ranch, or have characters in the secret service together. You get the idea.

We chose to build our series around a family and a town. The nucleus of The Aspen Gold Series is the founding family of Spencer, Colorado. Jakob Spencer is the patriarch of the Spencer family and owner of Aspen Gold Lodge, an exclusive retreat. Each of the first six books were based on Jakob Spencer, one of his children or a grandchild. Each author was (and still is) tasked with having a tie back to the main family or the town where cousins and friends still live. In our books, many of the key characters are coming home to their roots.

My first book started with Hunter Jakob Lawe, one of the grandsons. He made friends which are now featured in most of my books.  Hunter is like my minor nucleus. Cheryl St John started with the Cavanaugh cousins. Each of the authors is gradually forming their own entourage of characters, but we all meet up in the town of Spencer at the bank, grocery store or coffee shop. 

For any series of book, an extension of the premise is the voice or type of books that will be written. For instance, in some series all the stories are sweet romance or romantic suspense, perhaps paranormal. Going back to our town concept, we decided that towns are a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll. Our authors and town are sweet, homey, dangerous, sexy, diverse, and even a touch paranormal. Basically, real life. 

Fun! Yes, but this is also where the work comes in, because it’s not just about family or our own individual books. Now we have hair dressers, doctors, policemen, firemen, bartenders, waitresses, school kids, that crossover from story to story. Did I mention we have two grocery stores, a cupcake shop, an ice cream shop, two diners, a donut shop, three art studios… 

 
 
Bernadette Jones has been making up stories since she learned to read on her daddy’s lap. She has imagined casts of characters everywhere she's called home: Texas, Oregon, Washington, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, Massachusetts, and now New York. After a career in corporate writing, she decided to settle down and put pen to paper doing what she loves. Living the dream in her NYC apartment with her canine companion, she’s bringing her stories and characters to life. Currently writing for the Aspen Gold Series, she is very proud to announce her very-own series of books.  www.bernadettejones.com
 

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Monthly Milestones

THIS MONTH'S GOOD NEWS

  • Nicki Sloan shares that her book, The Redemption won third place in the erotic romance category of the Swoon Awards.

HAVE GOOD NEWS TO SHARE? Did you make PAN status? Hit a publishing milestone? Place in a contest? Email news@passionateink.org to be featured inFebruary's newsletter.

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR MEMBERS

We love to hear from our members! 

Please help us get to know you. Just answer a few questions and we'll do the rest. Our interview form makes the process easy. Your interview will be featured in future newsletters. Click the button below to get started.
 
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The Redemption book cover

 

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Member New & Upcoming Releases


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

Rock Star

By Leigh Court
Release Date: January 2, 2021


The Redemption book coverHe's a rock star with stage fright. She's a therapist with a dangerous secret...

Sebastian Roe was shot during a concert five years ago, sending him into a creative tailspin and leaving him with a deep fear of performing. But his love of music is too strong to keep him off a stage forever, despite the fact the police never caught the gunman.

New York City therapist Mia Merrill is brought in to help Sebastian deal with his PTSD and get back onstage for a new US. tour, but there's another reason she's determined to take him on as a patient:  Mia is the reason Sebastian was shot.

Forbidden romantic sparks fly as they work together, but just as they start to make progress on Sebastian's stage fright, the gunman announces he's back to finish the job.

 

For more information go to:
www.leighcourt.com

 

Hidden Things (Swords of Charlemagne, Book 1)

By Elizabeth Schechter
Release Date: January 26, 2021


The Redemption book coverThe discovery of an ancient sword beneath the floor Aachen cathedral leads to a magical massacre that leaves Margaret Prentice the only survivor.

To save herself and the people she loves, she must take up her own magic, and rejoin a fight a thousand years old.

 

 

For more information go to:
elizabethschechterwrites.com










 

Disputed Boundaries (Stories from the San Juan Islands)

By Regina Kammer
Release Date: January 26, 2021


The Redemption book coverSan Juan Island, 1869  |  An international border dispute with no battles or skirmishes? The occupation of San Juan Island was proving to be Lieutenant Braxton Thorne’s most uneventful assignment as a Royal Marine. Which meant plenty of time to fool around with his fiancée Tilda.

American adventurer Gideon Roberts was just passing through San Juan Island on his way to his next job – and his next guy. He could stay, work on a farm, but why? A free spirit craved new experiences, new places, new men.

A chance encounter unleashes unfamiliar desires. Braxton has never been with a man. Gideon has never wanted to be with just one man. Now they find themselves in a war over the boundaries of their hearts.

Disputed Boundaries is set during the Pig War—the final conflict between the United States and Great Britain, a bloodless standoff over the boundary between Washington Territory and British Columbia. The historical romance novelette is part of Regina Kammer’s /Stories from the San Juan Islands/ collection.

For more information go to: reginakammer.com

Seduce: A Wicked Sanctuary Novel

By Regina Kammer
Release Date: January 26, 2021


The Redemption book coverA hot tub, an island, a stranger. A steamy vacation to remember...

Sigh.

Too many years of litigation and my lawyer self desperately needed a vacation. Somehow I ended up on a ferry boat at the edge of the Pacific Northwest on my way to Orcas Island. With my romance novel and a glass  of wine, I was ready to relax in a soothing hot tub.

Until I saw him.

A cyclist, gorgeous and honed, and causing quite a tumult to my 
sensibilities – if you know what I mean. *wink*

So glad I finally took a vacation.

 

For more information go to:
reginakammer.com

The Stories from the San Juan Islands Collection

By Regina Kammer
Release Date: January 26, 2021


The Redemption book coverThree romance stories set in the San Juan Islands. The Stories from the San Juan Islands Collection includes three romances — contemporary and historical, steamy to erotic — set in the stunning and gorgeous San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. This collection includes:

Undamaged
A contemporary firefighter novella set on San Juan Island. An island brings together two damaged souls seeking respite and recovery. Will they discover love as well?

Disputed Boundaries
A historical novelette set on San Juan Island  during the Pig War. A British soldier and an American adventurer test the borders of desire.

Orcas
A contemporary erotica short story set on Orcas Island. A lawyer on vacation finds stress relief in a hot tub and fantasies of a honed cyclist.

Each story has been previously published. These three short works are available as a collection for the first time. 
For more information go to: reginakammer.com
 

Be My Burly Bartender

By Barbra Campbell
Release Date: February 4, 2021


The Redemption book coverWhen the marketing manager of my bar effectively turned me into a piece of meat by having women pay to pose with me, I went along with it. Turning the profits into a charity fundraiser calendar was the way I consoled myself that I was more than eye candy.

Then Alena walked in the door and her curves were the only ones I wanted tucked against my body ever again. Could I convince her I wasn't an arrogant jerk who wanted nothing more than to feed my ego?
 

For more information go to:

The War Within: A Wounded Warrior Romance

By Barb Simmons
Release Date: February 5, 2021

The Redemption book coverFormer Marine Raider, Mike Ramos lost his leg and himself during his last deployment to Afghanistan.

At the gym, his sanctuary, he meets and falls hard for Vivian--his perfect other half. Her presence in his life can only make him a better man. 

But to become that better self, he will have to face the horrors of his war-time past.

 

For more information CLICK HERE:










 

A Suboptimal Set of Circumstances

By Scarlett Salvatore
Release Date: February 12, 2021


The Redemption book coverAudrey has been searching her entire life for a dominant alpha male to take control. She never thinks she'll find him, until one day a passionate Dominican lawyer pops up on her fetish app.

They arrange to meet and sparks fly. Audrey's wildest fantasies are about to come true — but is this the beginning of a magical romance or just a night to remember?

 

For more information go to:
www.scarlettsalvatore.com

Seduce: A Wicked Sanctuary Novel

By Marie Tuhart
Release Date: February 19, 2021


The Redemption book coverWicked Sanctuary...surrender your inhibitions

Weird. That one word buried the bold, explorative side of librarian Tessa Ruthledge until she visits Wicked Sanctuary on masquerade night and runs into Damon. The persistent man refuses to let her hide and pushes all the right buttons, fanning the cravings she’s suppressed for so long, including her submission. But when her political family starts making noise, Tessa fears her father’s reach could ruin Damon and her friends.

Industrial designer Damon Kline wants Tessa in his arms, his bed, and at his mercy. Her spirit, her sense of humor, and everything about her claims his attention. She’s the one and getting past her defenses is a challenge he’s up for.

When Tessa’s influential father takes on Damon and the club, Tessa must choose between protecting her new family or following her own heart’s desire.

 

For more information go to:
marietuhart.com
 

The Architect

By Nikki Sloane 
Release Date: February 23, 2021

The Redemption book coverOn the surface, my new boyfriend is a stiff, buttoned-up architect. He plans every detail of his life while carefully maintaining the walls he’s built around his heart. But when the biggest project of his career pulls him away, Clay’s solution is both temporary and unconventional. It even comes with a name—Travis.

This handsome stranger is sweet and thoughtful. He’s only meant to be a stand-in, to fulfill my needs under Clay’s watchful direction, yet these two men couldn’t be more different. The one thing they share? Well, I guess that would be me.

One gets off on my pain, the other on my pleasure, and it awakens a desire none of us knew existed. But it can’t last.

Eventually I’ll have to choose.

And it’s going to destroy us all.


For more information go to:
nikkisloane.com
 

Virgin Ride

By Barbra Campbell 
Release Date: March 24, 2021

The Redemption book coverI'd risen above my past while holding on to exactly two pieces of it: my love of music and my lack of trust in people.

The small, mountain town I'd settled in served as a sanctuary when I wasn't on the road performing. Its isolation let me focus on the thing that kept me sane, gave me purpose, and provided a paycheck-my viola. The rest of my needs were met with a stockpile of batteries and a healthy arsenal of fantasies.

Then the Men of Valor rode into town, and I seized the opportunity to fulfill a fantasy and trade in my V-card with no-strings-attached, no questions, and no icky trust and love complications. But life wasn't a piece of music that could be orchestrated. Fate had its own plan, and the single night I let my guard down left me with a decision I shouldn't make alone. A decision that could bring my carefully crafted world to ruins. A decision that was going to challenge me to trust.

 
 

For more information go to:
BarbraCampbell.com
 

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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. 
 

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