Sunday, February 24, 2013

Keeping Romance Alive



I guess you could say I wanted to keep the romance of Valentine's alive. My husband and I walked along a street fair last night. On the way to the car, I decided to step into the street where it had been blocked off, yards away from the enclosed fair, and slow dance to the music. It reminded us of the night we danced on the porch of a restaurant when we were the only customers outside. Those romantic moments create memories we will always cherish. As romance writers, we need to include those moments in our novels, but we also need to include them in our daily lives.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

A New Thought on Valentine's Day




As romance writers you could call Valentine's Day our holiday. It's all about love. At least it should be. Some could argue it's about chocolates and flowers. For some, it is about one partner proving to the other how much they are loved. I have to admit, when I was in my twenties I was a member of that club. I was married to a macho Alpha male and I hoped on holidays he would take a moment to divert his attention away from ridding the world of crime to proving his love. Whether he did or didn't isn't the issue. I was expecting a lot because of commercials, societal expectations, and because I wasn't fulfilled as a person.

As we get older, some of us become more philosophical. Thirty years later, I am married to a wonderful man who asks me over and over what I want for holidays. He even picked up a gorgeous bouquet of carnations at the store a week before Valentine's while waiting for my answer. Sure, I could always come up with something if I gave it some thought, but the truth is, I have a new outlook on Valentine's and anniversaries. To me, they should be a celebration of your love as a couple and therefore, about you as a couple. My goal this Valentine's was to find a way to celebrate us by doing something romantic.

The Valley of the Sun Romance Writers hosts a huge booksigning every February at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire. They have chocolate-covered-everything. This year I picked up two chocolate-covered cheesecake slices and froze them. I spent the next few days trying to decide what to do about dinner. I knew restaurants would be crowded and I wasn't in the mood to spend half the evening waiting in line to get inside. On Monday, I attended a working dinner at Claim Jumper and decided to order an extra pasta dish to take home. They make an excellent pasta with artichoke hearts.

On Valentine's morning, my husband and I both hid to sign our cards. We met in the dining room, both grinning, holding up our cards at the same time. It was a touching moment that still makes me smile. When I came home from work, I turned off the lights and turned on the flame-less candles. Our evening was romantic and peaceful. I felt triumphant in the fact I had found a simple way to celebrate our love and it was perfect.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Introducing Anna Questerly


It is my pleasure to introduce my writing friend, Anna Questerly. Her books are for kids ten and older. Enjoy original fairy tales wrapped inside a story, as minstrel, Amos Questerly makes his way from France to England to rescue a young boy from certain death. A boy who unbeknownst to Amos is heir to the throne of England, the most powerful country in the world in 1376.
You can read more about Anna at
Her books are available at Dog-Eared Pages in Phoenix, AZ and on Amazon for print and Kindle versions.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Glendale Chocolate Affaire Booksigning




Today is the last day to meet local romance novelists and purchase an autographed book at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire. Bring your camera or cell phone to take a picture with our fake novel cover. It has been a huge hit! You might even catch a glimpse of the mayor handing out chocolate-covered strawberries to the authors again.

We are located in the street on the east side of Murphy Park near 59th Ave. and Glendale Ave. from noon to 5:00 PM. For more information go to http://www.glendaleaz.com/events/

See you there!
Tina Swayzee McCright

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Free Writing Workshops at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire




The Valley of the Sun Romance Writers will be hosting free writing workshops at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire Saturday, February 8th and Sunday, February 9th in downtown Glendale. The event site is between 59th Avenue and 57th Drive, north of Glendale Avenue. Check with the romance author booth on the east side of Murphy Park for the exact location of the workshops. For more information on the Glendale Chocolate Affaire visit glendaleaz.com


List of Free Workshops:



SATURDAY
10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.                  
Kris Neri
BECOME A CLUE MASTER – HOW TO PLANT CLUES

11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
Tara Taylor Quinn
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE STORY

12:00 p.m to 12:50 p.m.
LUNCH BREAK

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Kris Tualla, Morgan Kearns, Sandra Lee Smith
PROMOTION 101 FOR AUTHORS

2:40 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Don Kirchner
TURNING YOUR CREATIVE PASSION INTO CASH FLOW



SUNDAY

12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Betty Webb
GETTING FIVE STORY IDEAS A DAY

1:00 p.m to 1:50 p.m.
Jennifer Ashley
HOW TO BECOME A BESTSELLING FICTION AUTHOR

2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Dr. Lois Roma-Deeley
FINDING THE POET IN YOU

3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Laurie Schnebly Campbell
THE PERSONALITY LADDER

4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p,m.
Carol Webb
THE DO'S AND DON'TS OF E-BOOK PUBLISHING

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