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Hi Passionate Inkers,

Happy January!


Is there warm weather where you're at? We're currently in the middle of a blizzard here in the Heartland. I can’t wait for summer.

How are you? Are you optimistic and planning for the year—travels, book signings, conferences—or do you feel a little gun-shy about the continuing Covid-19 situation? 

The board is working on some fun stuff to brighten this year. We are putting together the Passionate Plume contest, some great workshops, and monthly Happy Hour meetings to talk with fellow PI members. I highly encourage you to attend Happy Hour via Zoom. These get-togethers will give all of us introverts a chance to meet other introverts and you extroverts, too! Plus, you can imbibe any adult beverage you want! #winning

A new year is a great opportunity to ask you what kinds of classes or speakers you are interested in. Maybe you recently took a class that you think would benefit your fellow PI members—if so, please let us know and we can look into having them teach a workshop. And if you haven't taken a class about a particular subject that interests you, please make a suggestion! Contact us HERE.

As always, happy writing and I hope you are selling lots of books!

Thank you for keeping the naughty in romance alive.

Ashley Bostock
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



If you have judged in the past, we hope you will judge again.
If you haven't ever judged a contest, consider doing so.
For more information about judging the contest, click HERE.


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 PI website and Facebook for more information
 
LaQuette is currently serving as RWA President-Elect. She is the former 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.  

NEW! Mark Your Calendar



We can't wait to meet you!


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TENSION-TAMER TAG WRITING FOR MEMBERS 
The IRS is after our heroine for taxes owed by her family's business. The agent handling her case is way too attractive trouble. At present, our heroine is in the shower contemplating whether she is desperate enough to start pole dancing to earn the money the family diner isn't making.

What happens next? Please get Suzie out of the shower.
Sign into our Forum and continue the story.  
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Member Milestones and Good News

 

THIS MONTH'S GOOD NEWS

  • Barbra Cambell has her first international #1 Best Seller Short Story!
  • Winter's List by Jordyn Kross won the New Jersey RWA 2020 Golden Leaf Award in the Erotic category.

HAVE GOOD NEWS TO SHARE? Did you make PAN status? Hit a publishing milestone? Place in a contest? Email communications@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.
 
Interview Form

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Passionate Ink members, want to see your new release here?

We need your title, release date, cover image (300 x 450 pixels, .JPG), a description of up to 175 words, and your author website URL


SEND YOR MATERIALS TO:
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Congratulations to the following Passionate Ink authors on their new releases!
 

Let's Kiss

By Barbra Campbell
Release Date: February 12, 2021


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I had a knack for getting people to open up during photo shoots. But when Bronwyn stepped in front of my camera, I felt like an amateur. 

Her essence was a collage of beauty, power, and femininity.

Convinced I could make her mine, I pushed for more, but got shot down. The blow struck my ego but destroyed my heart.

Then, I took another look at her proofs. It was unmistakable. We had something.

If it was the last thing I ever did, I would capture a lot more than her photograph. I was going to capture her heart.

For more information go to:

Be My Burly Bartender

By Barbra Campbell
Release Date: February 4, 2021


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When 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:

My BFD

By Barbra Campbell
Release Date: January 29, 2021


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People say you can tell a lot about a person by their name. My name is Chastity. Their assumptions about me would only be partially correct.

A shy nature and lack of experience played into my name perfectly. My thoughts and who they were directed at were a different story.

My best friend and I had been inseparable through our childhood and teens. We did everything together, celebrated triumphs, consoled failures, and shared our deepest secrets, except for one.

Stupid Cupid struck me with an arrow for the worst possible person on the planet… her dad!

 

For more information go to:

Sacrifice and Seduction (Book 2 in The Brisbane Bachelors Series)

By Jennie Kew
Release Date: December 8, 2020

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Being born on the wrong side of the tracks
won’t hold her back…

When her friend and boss asks her to step in and take over Novelteas, the trendiest bookstore in Brisbane, Karen Walker jumps at the chance to prove she’s got what it takes to do the job. She’s worked damn hard to get where she is and nothing and no one is going to stop her from achieving her goals. Certainly not the insane attraction she has to a man she shouldn’t want. Because Edward is the worst kind of kryptonite: a bad boy with a heart of gold.

Being born with a silver spoon in his mouth won’t help him now…
Being the chauffeur for one of Australia’s wealthiest men is exactly as boring as it sounds, but Edward Berringer is a man with a plan and an unshakable will to succeed. But success comes in many forms, including the burgeoning romance with the sexy, sassy manager from his favourite bookstore. He knows he should walk away and leave Karen alone, but when he discovers that her tragic past rivals his own, there’s nothing he won’t do to protect the good girl who’s stolen his heart.

 

For more information go to:

HARLOW: A Choice & Consequence Novel

By Cadence Vonn
Release Date: December 4, 2020

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Harlow Blackwood never imagines that losing her virginity could lead to an attempted kidnapping and death. Searching to uncover a newsworthy story, she tangles with Marco Agassi. Refusing his advances leaves her embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
 
Driven by revenge, Xander Royce agrees to help the FBI put away Marco. Discovering Harlow, the woman of his dreams, among his enemies wasn’t on his agenda. But sex with her is heart-stopping. Using her as bait is unthinkable, but a botched plan thrusts her into his enemy’s grasp.
 
Now the difference between life and death depends on instinct…
 

For more information go to:

We'd Like to Help


Readers, are you looking for your next favorite author?

Authors, are you looking to connect with more readers?

The following sites are beneficial to everyone and sponsor books with all levels of heat!

Book+Main
Pillow Talk Books 
Red Feather Romance 
Bargain Books
Choosy Bookworm
Romance Lives Forever Blog
Eden Books
Love Romance Reads


 

Most of these sites are free to readers, however some do charge the authors.  To learn more about these different venues go to our blog located here.  

https://passionateink.org/blog/

Do you know of other sites that might be beneficial?  Shoot us an email at:
http://communications@passionateink.org

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 directors@passionateink.org to learn how you can help.
 

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