Summer is nearly here! Or, if you’re like me and your kids are ALREADY out of school, it has officially started. This means it won’t be long before thousands of romance writers descend upon New York City for RWA’s national convention.
Last time it was held in NYC was the first year I attended. I didn’t belong to a chapter and didn’t know a soul—my editor had convinced me to go. The first day I met Cristin Harber, an author I love, in an elevator. The next night I struck up a conversation at the bar with Lynda Aicher, who was a RITA finalist in erotic romance that year.
Flash forward to today. I’ve written in Cristin’s Kindle World and organized an anthology Lynda participated in. Going alone to NYC was scary and outrageously expensive, but worth it. The connections I made were invaluable.
Since Passionate Ink is an online chapter, face-to-face isn’t easy for us to get to know each other. And if NYC in July isn’t in your plans, I encourage you to find a local or budget friendly convention, a book signing, or a writer’s retreat. Networking online is great, but why not try it in person too? You never know who you’re going to meet or have fantastic discussions with!
In This Issue:
2019 Passionate Plume Finalists Announced
2019 Member Registration — We're Operational Again!!
Member New Releases
10 Questions: Author Interviews
Note: Only BDSM had enough novella entries to have their own category. Novellas for other categories were judged with the longer works with authors’ permission.
BDSM (six finalists from tie scores)
- Catering to His Demands by Rose C. Carole
- Finders Keepers by Jessica Collins
- The Gypsy and the Rogue by Claire Thompson
- Highland Dom by Marie Tuhart
- River of Harmony by Lena Moore
- Third Time Lucky by Jennie Kew
BDSM Novella Finalists
- All Thorns Eve by Diana Rose Wilson
- Bastard’s New Baby by Raisa Greywood
- Looking After Lindy by Pepper North
Contemporary (six finalists from tie scores)
- Rough and Ready by Cathleen Ross
- Spice Island by Saharra K. Sandhu
- Still Waters by Jayne Rylon
- Tempting Secrets by Michelle Windsor
- Top and Tails by Clare London
- Unlawful Seduction by Sassy Sinclair
- Chastely Bitten by Lexi C. Foss
- Loving Phoenix by Trinity Blacio
- The Mistwalker by Regine Abel
- Resonance by Jennifer Greenhall
Science Fiction, Historical or Time Travel
- Better to Marry Than to Burn by Michal Scott
- Legion by Regine Abel
- Operation Phoenix by Susan Hayes
Winners will be announced July 1st by Nikki Sloane on Facebook live (our public Passionate Ink page) and posted on our site.
Learn more about the Passionate Plume Contest here.
Passionate Ink has been granted a waiver to handle dues charges until they are able to fix their system.
NEXT STEPS - New Members
New members have been able to register starting March 16, 2019, at the reduced rate of $25 by going to our website - www.passionateink.org/join. Memberships will be active through December 31, 2019.
**It’s important to note that this is a two-step process.**
- One - you have to pay your dues through PayPal.
- Two - you have to submit the membership form so we can register you properly across our member services.
NEXT STEPS - Existing Members
If you signed up in 2018, your membership will extend until December 31, 2019. You will get a reminder email to renew from RWA around December 1, 2019 prompting you to renew for 2020 at the normal rate.
- Unlike prior years, we are moving into a calendar year format where memberships run from January to December.
- January 2020 all dues will be $35.
Thank you again for your continued support and patience while we work diligently with RWA to get this process sorted out as soon as possible!
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 email@example.com.
Congratulations to the following Passionate Ink authors on their new releases!
By Ashley Bostock
Billionaire CEO Zander Morgan hates to lose. To anyone. He also hates the fact that he is well-known for the architectural design app he created years ago and not for his more meaningful skills as an architect. This year, he is going to up the ante. The Architectural Award only comes out every three years and this year nothing is going to stop him from putting his name on it. With the designs he has for The Rink, he’s sure the award will be his… So long as he can keep his sexy little poker-playing opponent to stop her petition.
By Nikki Sloane
Release Date: May 28, 2019
No one knows how new members are selected to the board of Hale Banking and Holding. But there are rumors of a sordid rite of initiation.
Whispers how one woman and nine men disappear into a boardroom.
This time, that woman will be me.
The Hale family owns everything—the eighth largest bank in the world, everyone in our town, even the mortgage on my parents’ mansion. And now Royce Hale wants to own me.
He is charming. Seductive. Ruthless. But above all, he’s the prince of lies. My body may tighten with white-hot desire under his penetrating gaze, but I refuse to enjoy it.
I’ll make a deal with the devil to save my family and sell myself to the Hales. But Royce will never own my heart.
Master Class (Book 3 Desire & Luxury Wine)
By Diana Sobolewski
Release Date: May 8, 2019
The school teacher becomes the pupil in Master Class...
Beautiful dark haired Isabel Vega is alone in the world and only weeks away from being completely broke. Isabel’s smoldering sexuality does not escape the practiced eye of a man named Xander. Incredibly wealthy and at the top of a list of only five people in the world with very specialized technical skills, Xander is driven by a family tragedy to take vulnerable young women under his wing and educate them. Love is not part of the arrangement. But will Xander break his own cardinal rule when it comes to Isabel?
Revving Her Heart
By Cadence Vonn
Release Date: May 20, 2019
After the sudden death of Allison Lorde's father in a motorcycle accident, she vows never to love a man who rides the beastly machines. But when a memory from her past rides up on his bike, looking all bad-boy sexy, the sweet promise of a shared kiss long ago makes it difficult to deny his steamy seduction.
Nick Blacke's number one passion is motorcycles until the gangly girl he'd kissed as a teen shows up with womanly curves that beckon to be explored. She seems eager to let him and even embraces his penchant for kink, but when he wants more, he realizes revving her engines might be easier than revving her heart.
It could be you!
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. And it could be you! We’re assembling the roster for the rest of the year, so...
If you’d like to participate in 10 Questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com to learn how you can help.