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Saguaro Romance Writers- HEATING UP THE DESERT WITH ROMANCE

      SAGUARO ROMANCE WRITERS 

      Heating up the desert with romance

      Saguaro Romance Writers is the Tucson chapter of the national organization Romance Writers of America.  We strive to promote execellence in romantic fiction, help writers move from the hope of being published to the reality of a writing career, and provide continuing support to members. 

      We invite writers serious about establishing professional careers in romance writing to check us out!  You can attend two meetings before membership is required. 

      You’ll be exposed to authors in our own chapter who are mult-published as well as guest speakers including bestselling authors, editors and agents. 

      But there’s more! 

      .  Access the expertise of nationally renowned and mult-published authors through informative “table talks” where our published members facilitate discussions about the craft of writing in small, informal groups. 

      .  Be encouraged to finish your book with our Write for the Roses program, with the reward being an opportunity to pitch to an agent or editor. 

      .  Receive information about workshops, online classes, conferences and contests, many of which offer discounted pricess to RWA members. 

      More Benefits for Members!

      .  Utilize our Book in a Week program as incentive to sit and write as much as you can the week before each meeting.  It’s a great tie-in to Write for the Roses. 

      .  Receive recognition for sales and contest wins.  Get much-needed support when an editor or agent doesn’t like you book quite as well as you do. 

      .  Take advantage of our lending library with valuable resources including books, CDs and tapes on the craft of writing. 

      .  Participate in our annual writers’ retreats where we help each other brainstorm ideas.  Or you can use the weekend as a getaway to write. 

      .  Access active, local critique groups. 

      .  Get news about the publishing industry, chapter member’s activities and successes, and upcoming events. 

       We encourage you to attend a meeting to judge for yourself.  You’ll have an opportunity to hear some incredible speakers talk about writing, meet other writers and see the support we offer each other.  You’ll see how unique we are in that our chapter meetings are actually mini-conferences! 

      We generally meet the fourth Saturday of the month.  For more information please visit our website at http://tucsonrwa.org.  You can pay the meeting fee and your membership fee online through PayPal.  It’s fast, easy and secure. 

      Chapter membership; also requires joining National Romance Writers of America whose mission is to advance the professional interest of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy.  You can read more and join online at http://rwanational.org 

      Check This Out:

      Romance Fiction generated $1.37 billion in sales in 2008

      Compare that to:

      Religion/Inspirational- $800 million

      Mystery- $668 million

      Sci Fi/Fantasy- $551 million

      Classic Literary Fiction- $446 million

      SOME OF OUR SPEAKERS 

      New York Times bestselling author Vicki Lewis Thompson

      Multi-published Harlequin author Roz Denny Fox 

      USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Ashley 

      New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon

      New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak

      Literary agents Jessica Faust, Kristin Nelson, Natasha Kern, Susan Ginsburg and Nephele Tempest

      Topics have included 

      The W Plot (Karen Doctor)

      Story Boxing (Laura Baker)

      The Hero’s Journey (Christina Skye)

      Character, Conflict & Pacing (Brenda Joyce)

      The Publishing Industry (Jerry Simmons)

      Pitching Your Book (Laurie Schnebly Campbell)

      CONTACT US 

      President: president@tucsonrwa.org 

      Vice President Programs: programs@tucsonrwa.org

      Vice President Membership: membership@tucsonrwa.org 

      Secretary: secretary@tucsonrwa.org 

      Treasurer: payments@tucsonrwa.org

      SAGUARO ROMANCE WRITERS

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The Society of Southwestern Authors- Meet Faculty Members Ken Graun, Sam Henrie & Kirt Hickman at the 2010 Wrangling With Writing Conference

Meet Faculty Members Ken Graun, Sam Henrie & Kirt Hickman at the 2010 Wrangling With Writing Conference

     FACULTY MEMBERS:

      Ken Graun: childfren’s astonomy books, as well as two astronomy field guide for beginning adults

      Sam Henrie: president and founder of Wheatmark Inc

      Kirt Hickman: science-fiction thrillers and practical self-editing guide REVISING FICTION: MAKING SENSE OF THE MADNESS

                See you in Tucson, Arizona Saturday Sept. 24-26, 2010 at the Wrangling with Writing Conference 

       For more information go to www.ssa-az.org/WranglingWithWriting

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Anastasia Rabiyah Author- Romantic Speculative Fiction

       ANASTASIA RABIYAH

      Author of Romantic Speculative Fiction

      www.RabiyahBooks.com 

      Anastasia Rabiyah writes romantic speculative fiction in many heat levels from sweet to erotic.  Blending romance with spec fic (paranorma, horror, science fiction, or fantasy) is a mix she has always loved.  She tends to focus on the dark side of the paranormal and fantasy genres, her main theme being one of redemption through love.  In her works readers will often find demons in the physical and not so physical sense of the word. 

      Born in Almagordo, New Mexico, in 1973 she is a native of the desert southwestern United States.  She has lived in Arizona since she was four.  Her first publication in the romance genre was ROPE, an erotic novella included in the anthology COWBOYS, loveyoudivine 2007.  ROPE is set on a rural guest ranch in Tucson. 

      Wife, mother, and entrepreneur, she is ever full of creativity and struggles to rein in that side of her mind.  To find out more about her and her books, please visit her web site listed above. 

      Titles Available in E-Book Formats 

      Amira Press

      www.amirapress.com 

      A WALK BETWEEN WORLDS

      BLOOD ANGEL

      BLOOD ANGEL BOOK TWO 

      BOUND BY NIGHT

      GOBLIN’S BRIDE 

      SEVENTH NIGHT 

      THE NOONDAY DEMON 

      THE WOODS 

      loveyoudivine 

      www.loveyoudivine.com

      NIMMET, GODDESS OF LOVE

      URDEN, GOD OF DESIRE 

      OIKONI STONE

      MY GUY

      ROPE 

      SEDUCING MY HUSBAND

      THE BLINDFOLD 

      THE ENVELOPE ROOM 

      HIRAM’S SECRET 

      Purple Sword Publications 

      www.purplesword.com 

      DEMON IN THE BASEMENT 

      DEMON’S REDEMPTION

      FIRE AND MOON

      GOD IN THE STONE

      IN THE MOON’S LIGHT

      LAST KISS OF THE CLAN DANCER 

      MERCER’S REBELLION: DERRICK 7744

      SHAHZAR

      THE SKELETON’S SHADOW 

      WOLF’S GIFT 

      Sugar and Spice Press

      www.sugarnspicepress.com

      THE FIRST KILL

      THE HIGHEST BIDDER 

      THE STOLEN WARRIOR

      Titles Available in Print 

      Amira Press

      www.amirapress.com 

      DEMONIC OBSESSIONS 

      loveyoudivine

      www.loveyoudivine.com 

      NIMMET, GODDESS OF LOVE

      URDEN, GOD OF DESIRE 

      NAUGHTY NINE 

      OIKONI STONE 

      MEN

      GREMLINS 

      COWBOYS 

      Purple Sword Publications 

      www.purplesword.com

      SHAHZAR

      DEMON’S REDEMPTION 

      Audio Book

      www.Audible.com 

      DEMON’S REDEMPTION 

      Anastasia Rabiyah’s books are also available at these distributors: Barnes and Noble, Borders, Amazon.com, Fictionwise.com, BooksonBoard.com, Bookstrand.com and 1RomanceEbooks.com 

       Reviews

      “A strangely compelling tale, DEMON IN THE BASEMENT captures you and pulls you in as the past and its effect on the present and the future is revealed.  Emme is an intriguing heroine as she strive to right past wrongs.  Nazan is reminiscent of the ugly duckling as he comes back into his own.  A delightfully satisfying tale, DEMON IN THE BASEMENT is sure to touch your heart and engage your emotions.  Pick this one, sit back, relax and be prepared to be surprised and entertained.  Anastasia Rabiyah knows how to satisfy her readers.” – Elise Lyn, EcataRomance.com

      “This is a very erotic story of a woman and the demon who wants her.  The setting of a lonely farmhouse is perfect for this tale and the author’s descriptions of the two characters and their relationship is very vivid.  Abra is a very strong willed woman and she resists Val pretty successfully, finding out his name and getting what she wants without giving up herself to him.  I also liked the descriptions of the angel and demon paintings and the hints of Val’s self before the Fall.  The sex scenes are very descriptive and very, very hot; making me glad Abra did not lock her gate after all.”- Maura, Coffee Time Romance 

      E-BOOKS

      E-Books are a relatively new way to read.  They can be purchased instantly online or through an e-reading device such as the Nook, Kindle, Sony Reader, and many others.  The benefits of e-books are many: often half the price of print books, less cost to produce, instant gratification, extremely portable (you can keep a whole library on your reader or PC’s memory card), don’t collect dust, and they have opened up the door to many new authors by allowing small publishers to produce and distribute alongside large publishers.  also, you can buy an e-book from the privacy of your own home dressed in your pajamas if you wish! 

     Anastasia has many books available in e-formats from short stories to novellas and even novel length works.  Here is a Booklist of titles she currently has available and where you can find them.  If you’ve never tried an e-book, there are many free reads available at Ana’s publishers: PurpleSword.com and AmiralPress.com which will give you the opportunity to see how e-books work.

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TUCSONSENTINEL.COM- Tucson’s Independent Online News

      TUCSONSENTINEL.COM

      Tucson’s Independent Online News

      Reports News

      Encourages Interaction

     Enlightens Readers

     Provides Context

     Reinvests Revenue 

           WHO WE ARE

      TucsonSentinel.com is a local independent nonprofit news organization that offers professional unbiased reporting and engaging community conversation on issues that affect Tucson. 

      We operate a website that offers honest, accessible news on local and national events and provides a platform for community conversation. 

        OUR OBJECTIVE

      Our goal is to build a sustainable nonprofit business model that delivers evenhanded professionallly produced news.  Funding will come from local donors, corporate and foundation philanthropy, and advertising/sponsorship revenue streams.  We believe a free society needs free information as a foundation for debate. 

       WHY NOW?

      A metropolitan area of nearly 1 million deserves a vital and sustainable source of news.  In the past year, our sources of local news have been diminished. 

      No one asked you if you’d miss the Tucson Citizen when it stopped publication after 138 years. 

      No one asked whether it was a good idea for the Associated Press to close its local bureau. 

      No one asked if out-of-town corporation should lay off local journalists or quietly leave positions unfilled.  No one asked you if less local coverage was a good idea. 

      TUCSONSENTINEL.COM IS ASKING YOU

      We’re asking for your input, four your contributions as a community journalist, and yes, for your money. 

       As a locally-run nonprofit, we rely on your donations to provide comprehensive news and infomation about Southern Arizona.  We offer professional reporting while encouraging a meaningful conversation and debate. 

      TucsonSentinel.com provides context by allowing broad-based community input.  We strive to be an honest broker of civic engagement, to be evenhanded and develop quality journalism. 

      We believe, that just as an unexamined life is not worth living, an unexamined city is not worth living in. 

      But insightful reporting doesn’t come free.  Please make your tax-deductible conribution today. 

      Stand with the Sentinel and keep watching Tucson. 

      TucsonSentinel.com- We’re watching Tucson!

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The Society of Southwestern Authors- Meet Faculty Members Maxwell Alexander Drake, Jane Eppinga & Donna Clark Goodrich at the 2010 Wrangling With Writing Conference

Meet Faculty Members Maxwell Alexander Drake, Jane Eppinga & Donna Clark Goodrich at the 2010 Wrangling With Writing Conference

     FACULTY MEMBERS:

     Maxwell Alexander Drake: Science fiction & Fantasy author

      Jane Eppinga: children’s fiction, travel, personal profiles, biology, construction, food, and public relation articles

      Donna Clark Goodrich- free-lance writer, editor, and proofreader

      See you in Tucson, Arizona Saturday Sept. 24-26, 2010 at the Wrangling with Writing Conference 

       For more information go to www.ssa-az.org/WranglingWithWriting

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Arizona Daily Star- August 12, 2010 BOOK EVENTS

      BOOK EVENTS August 12, 2010

      TODAY  

      Mystery Book Group- Antigone Books, 411 Fourth Ave.  Group will discuss THE BLOND BABOON by Janwillen van de Wetering 12:30 p.m. Aug 22.  Free.  792-3715

      Buddhist Book Group- Antigone Books, 411 Fourth Ave.  Group will discuss THIS IS GETTING OLD: ZEN THOUGHTS ON AGING WITH HUMOR AND DIGNITY by Susan Moon.  2 p.m. Aug. 22.  Free.  792-3715

     TUESDAY  

      Science Fiction Book Club- Oro Valley Public Library.  1305 W. Naranja Drive.  Discussion of THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer.  7-8 p.m. Aug. 24.  Free.  229-5300

      WEDNESDAY

      Book Sale- Nanni Library.   7300 N. Shannon Road.  10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Aug. 25.  Free.  594-5363

      Sonoran Sleuths mystery book club- Oro Valley Public Library.  1305 W. Naranja Drive LAST LESSONS OF SUMMER by Margaret Maron.  11 a.m.- noon.  Aug. 25.  Free.  229-5300 

      Free writers workshop- Barnes & Noble.  5130 E. Broadway.  Tom Bird presents a free workshop based on his book THE CALL OF THE WRITER’S CRAFT.  Reservations requested.  7- 8 p.m. Aug 25.  Free. 512-1166. 

      THURSDAY

      I love Books group- TMC Senior Services El Dorado Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Road.  EAT PRAY LOVE: ONE WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND INDONESIA by Elizabeth Gilbert.  Reservations requested. 2-4 p.m. Aug 26.  Free.  324-1960

      SATURDAY 

      Gecko Gals ink book signing- Bookmans, 6230 E. Speedway.  Carol Costa, Mary Ann Hutchinson, Jude Johnson and Ashleen O’ Gaea will discuss and sign their books.  11 a.m.- 1 p.m.  Aug. 28.  Free.  748-9555

      Circle of Book Clubs Literary Salon- Windmill Inn 4250 N. Campbell Ave.  Meet and talk with Diana Gabaldon as she introduces her new book, THE EXILE: AN OUTLANDER GRAPHIC NOVEL.  4-6 p.m.   Aug. 28.  $35 ($25 tax-deductible).  615-8585. 

      Book-release party- Clues Unlimited Mystery Bookstore.  3146 E. Fort Lowell Road.  Local author Karen Dahood will sign SOPHIE REDESIGNED.  5-6:30 p.m.  Aug. 28.  Free.  326-8533

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