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Hi Passionate Inkers,
 

We are happy to say that the Passionate Plume is OPEN for submissions!

Published authors as well as unpublished authors are eligible to enter as long as your copyright is 2019 or 2020. And guess what? We have a new category — The Virgin Category. Intriguing, right? That’s for you...well, first time authors — the virgin writers. Contests are great for new authors because you receive feedback from our knowledgable judges.

For me, it's important to note that entering a new quarter is always fresh, exciting and sometimes can be overwhelming. I like to think ahead and create a loose plan for what I can expect over the next three months. How will I need to adjust my schedule for changes that are out of my control? What must happen, what would I like to happen, and what isn't a high priority but must get done?

Because for most of us, our sole job isn’t writing. I’m a mom, wife, dog mom, (fill in the blank here..to be anything that messes with my writing schedule). I’m betting you are wearing just as many hats! It’s at about this time that the business plan I wrote at the end of 2020, needs a look over to remind me of my goals.

Stay focused. Stay writing. I hope you are selling lots of books! 

Ashley

President, Passionate Ink


Here are the members of your 2021 board with their emails in case you would like 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

IT'S CONTEST TIME!  

We're so excited to bring the Passionate Plume Contest back this year and we're looking forward to seeing your entries! To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Please note that we still have judging positions open and would love your help. You can judge even if you are submitting your novel, because you would judge a separate category.  Learn more HERE.


SELF-EDITING

By Barbra Campbell
 
In all likelihood, you’ve read a book and noticed errors. It happens no matter how many spelling/grammar checkers and professional editors you use.

So what can you do to reduce the number of errors that end up in your final manuscript? First and foremost, hire a professional, and if they offer to go through your work twice, let them. Remember, there is only so much they can mark up in one readthrough.

But there are situations where a person isn’t going to hire an editor. If this is your case, it’s up to you to clean up your manuscript, which requires time and dedication.

Whether you’re tidying your manuscript to send to an editor or if you are your own editor, here are some tips for getting it in the best shape possible.
  • Learn the rules! It’s not too late to take an English class or follow a grammar blogger if you aren’t solid on the rules.
  • Turn the KEYSTROKE function on so you can see extra spaces and other unwanted strokes.
  • Use spelling/grammar checkers but remember they can only do so much. A friend sent me a manuscript that she had put through three correctional programs and it still had errors.
  • Read slowly and critically, making sure to look for a balance of ‘stimulus-reaction-thought’.
  • Check for periods of extended internals or talking heads. Once in a while, these can work, but if it’s happening frequently, you may be lacking interaction between characters.
  • Watch for double prepositions. Sometimes they’re completely normal, but other times they can bog the reader down by presenting lots of small words. That’s another idea…watch strings of small words. They can be tedious to read.
     
 
Author Barbra Campbell writes fast and hot contemporary romance/erotic romance as an escape from the regular world. She's finally escaped most of the rat race to dream up sexy fantasy worlds where the characters are guaranteed a Happily Ever After, or at least a Happy For Now! And since she's busy, she appreciates stories that get right to the point! www.BarbraCampbell.com

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We can't wait to meet you—see you there!

Monthly Milestones

THIS MONTH'S GOOD NEWS

  • Xmas Angel, by Jordyn Kross, is an Oklahoma Romance Writers Guild Heart Awards Finalist. —Congratulations, Jordyn!
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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.

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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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Member New & Upcoming Releases


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

HOUSTON: A Choice & Consequence Novel

By Cadence Vonn
Release Date: March 16, 2021

The Redemption book coverBodyguard Houston Templeton goes with his gut. Lucia Larrson believes in fate. Danger will test their skills—and trust—to stay alive.

It’s another dreary December day for Houston Templeton until a beautiful woman crashes into him on a busy New York City street. The kiss she steals ignites his desire for more. But the man chasing her threatens to kill them both, unless Houston intervenes. As their relationship intensifies, will it destroy his ability to keep her alive?

After surviving a sadistic Dominant, Lucia Larrson struggles to trust anyone. She panics when a stalker follows her to New York City from Chicago. Driven by fear, her chances of surviving alone are slim. Led by an inner voice, she discovers safety in the arms of a stranger. Now she’ll trust him with her life…and her heart.

If you love reading about a serial killer, a heartless Dominant, betrayal, and sex hot enough to sear your eyebrows, this book is for you.

 

For more information go to: 
Cadenevonn.com

 

Willing

By Leslie Noyes
Release Date: March 23, 2021

The Redemption book coverLiz Silver is a wedding photographer who's given up on love for herself, though not for everyone else. So, when her creative fire starts burning out she can’t figure what's wrong.

She distracts herself with a couple of short-term affairs. The men she sleeps with have enough “fatal flaws” to not tempt Liz into love. But her problem remains.

Given an opportunity to leave frosty New England for a winter in the South, Liz heads for Coastal Georgia with her standard poodle, hoping a change of scenery will help to rekindle her spark. The marshy landscape is a subject of photographic interest, but her attractive landlord Kit Couper is just as interesting.

Soon, the mystery of her creative slump and her issues with love intersect, forcing Liz to decide whether risking her heart is the only way to reclaim her joyful creative life—and maybe love, too. 

 

For more information go to: 
LeslieNoyesAuthor.com

 

Older, Wiser, & SexierOlder

By Barbra Campbell
Release Date: April 1, 2021

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The thing about pranking my kids every year for April Fool's Day was that the tradition was bound to come back and haunt me.

Never in a million years would I have imagined it would happen at the exact moment I crossed paths with the woman of my dreams. And that it would send her into a frantic rant about my immaturity.

But with age comes wisdom, and I was on a mission to prove to her that first impressions were sometimes wrong.

 

For more information go to: 
BarbraCampbell.com







 

Idle Hands

By Barbra Campbell
Release Date: April 18, 2021

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He thinks she doesn't work hard enough.

She thinks he doesn't play hard enough.

The only thing they have in common is the bar where they work.

And their attraction.

But well-intended comments aren't always welcome, and lazy isn't exactly a term of endearment.

 

For more information go to:
BarbraCampbell.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
 

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
 

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
 

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









 

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:










 

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











 

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
 

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
 

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

 

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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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