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2016 California Hooker Winner – Carole Brungar

The 2017 California Hooker Contest is open until January 31, 2017. Last summer, the winners for 2016 were announced during the RWA® National Conference in San Diego, CA. This year the winners will be announced in March at the California Dreamin’ Writers Conference. Carole Bungar was announced as the winner for her entry The Nam …

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California Readin’ with Barbara Vey

Barbara Vey will be swinging by Brea, California to our Reader Event, California Readin‘, for the Southern California writers. Barbara has been holding reader events in her home state of Wisconsin for years now. They are famous throughout Romancelandia. So the question is, are you going to attend and have fun with your favorite Romance …

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Resolutions Suck

Come on, admit it. Resolutions are useless. I’ve made the same resolution for the past 50 years in a row—that I’m going to lose X pounds (the number goes up every five years or so). Have I ever lost them? Have you seen photos of me lately? ‘Nuf said about that. Bottom line, resolutions almost …

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Embracing Your True Heart in 2017


What’s your sign? Yeah, we’ve all heard that line, either as a lame pick-up or as the butt of some tired joke. But, seriously, what’s your sign? That archetypal, maligned part of ourselves we either shrug off, embrace wholeheartedly, or deny with everything in us. “Okay, so I’m a Gemini. But I’m nothing like the …

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Holiday Gifts – Books!


“All I want for Christmas are my two front teeth…,” “I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus…,” and Christmas carols run through my head at this time of year, but really this is a time of numerous holidays beyond just the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Holidays can only mean one thing… …

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Surprises: A Critique Session Alumna Post


Surprises come when you least expect them. Back in 2013, California Dreamin’ was the first writers’ conference I attended. At that time I hadn’t joined RWA, much less any of my local chapters. I didn’t even know there were local chapters. However, a friend who knew of my love of romance and writing surprised me …

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Self Editing: The First Step

November has ended, and for many writers, we know what that means—National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo) is finally over! Congratulate yourself. You made it! If all went well, you have a finished first draft of a novel in front of you. Now what? You know it’s not ready to send out anywhere, …

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The Many Paths to The Top

Many Path

Once upon a time, the world of publishing was the staid, conservative, New York-centered world of the erudite and the elite. This was the only path. Literary Mavens, whether they be agent or editor, made decisions, based on their own personal and well-honed tastes, as to what books would or would not get a publication …

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A Meditation on Gratitude


Gratitude. I stare at the word and try to think of something to say about gratitude. I’m supposed to be grateful at this time of year – and always, but frankly, sometimes I feel like I’m grating on everyone around me and not truly grateful. So often, I have stress in my life, like everyone …

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Meet Debra Dixon of ImaJinn/Belle Books

Debra Dixon

Debra Dixon has published with major publishers, written ten books, contributed to twelve anthologies, and served as Vice President of RWA, and her popular GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict workshop spawned a book that has become a how-to bible for writers. These days, she’s the Publisher for BelleBooks and its imprint Bell Bridge Books, which …

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