February Meeting Reminder Featuring Stella Barcelona, Tina Callais, & Colleen Mooney

 

Please join SOLA for our monthly meeting on Saturday, February 21st, at 10am. This month, we feature Stella Barcelona, Tina Callais and Colleen Mooney.

Indie Publishing has come of age making it a great time to be an author!

 Debut authors Stella Barcelona, Tina DeSalvo, and Colleen Mooney have taken charge and fearlessly plunged in to publish their books. Join these three SOLA authors in a lively discussion as they share what they’ve learned about the process of polishing their manuscripts and delivering a complete product to the marketplace.


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Stella Barcelona has always had an active imagination, a tendency to daydream, and a passion for reading romance, mysteries, and thrillers. Stella writes romantic suspense. Her first novel, DECEIVED, was released in May of 2014. DECEIVED was inspired by New Orleans, its unique citizens, and the city’s World War II-era history. Her second novel, SHADOWS, features Sebastian Connelly of Black Raven Private Security Contractors as he searches for escaped prisoner Richard Barrows, a notoriously brilliant, but equally delusional, computer software genius. SHADOWS will be released in early 2015. In her day-to-day life, Stella is a lawyer and works for a court in New Orleans. She lives minutes from the French Quarter, with her husband of seventeen years and two adorable papillons who believe they are princesses. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Southern Louisiana Chapter of the Romance Writers of America.

2013 Author photos no 39 black croppedTina DeSalvo is a fresh, humorous voice in women’s fiction and romance. Her debut book, Elli, a Second Chance Novel, has received five star reviews and such praise as “It’s so wonderfully written and it made me laugh out loud and cry. There are not many authors out there who can do that and with such a sensitive subject.” And, “*big happy reader sigh* From the moment I picked up this book until I read the last sentence I didn’t want to put this book down.”

Tina was inspired to write Elli’s story while battling stage-three breast cancer. She weaves her fears, emotions, and triumphs as well as those of the people fighting cancer alongside of her into the story. She also brings her love and passion for the rich culture, unique traditions and interesting people of Cajun Country and New Orleans where she has lived and worked. Before becoming a fiction writer, Tina was a television sports broadcaster where she is said to be the first woman football play-by-play announcer in Louisiana. She also was a news and feature reporter, wrote and produced documentaries, commercials and industrial videos.  All of Tina’s proceeds from Elli are donated to help women and men fighting breast cancer with their unmet needs. Her second book, Jewell, in the Second Chance Novel series, will be out in 2015. Tina is a proud, long-time SOLA member. To learn more about her, visit her website at tinadesalvo.com

clm.photo-.jpeg-copyColleen Mooney has owned and driven motorcycles, raced her sailboat in long distance competition across the Gulf of Mexico, crewed on super yachts racing in Key West and has been scuba diving from Florida’s panhandle to the Maldives. Her love of snow skiing has taken her to slopes in New York to Colorado and the Alps.  She loves to relive and write about these adventures, people she meets and her beloved hometown of New Orleans. Colleen’s love of dogs and her keen observations of her fellow New Orleanians, much of it through her Schnauzer Rescue organization,  inspired her to write her first book, ‘Rescued By A Kiss.’ (2014)

When Colleen isn’t scuba diving or writing, she likes to spend time with friends and family enjoying favorite local restaurants and food.

You can take the girl out of New Orleans, but you can’t take the New Orleans out of the girl!

Prospective members may attend two meetings of SOLA before deciding to join. Our meetings are held from 10 am-noon on the third Saturday of every month, except December, at the Jefferson Parish Library Eastbank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Avenue in Metairie, LA. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early*.

*Capacity for the Napoleon Room at the library is 45 in the tables-with-chairs seating arrangement. In order to comply with fire safety regulations, members and guests will be turned away when capacity is reached.

January Meeting Reminder featuring Collette Auclair

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Join SOLA on Saturday, January 17th, 2015 at 10am for our monthly meeting featuring Collette Auclair.

This is the story of my unconventional and completely unplanned route to publication. I’ll share how what started out as a screenplay outline led to a Golden Heart nomination (the call came early one morning, and let’s just say I’m lucky it wasn’t Skype), and an offer of publication from a Big Five New York publishing house…thanks to Twitter. I will also share the trials of suddenly having to write on a deadline, developing a series from a stand-alone book, coping with a crushing revision letter from your editor, how to handle a soul-deep tendency to procrastinate, and more about my experiences as a debut romance novelist.

Prospective members may attend two meetings of SOLA before deciding to join. Our meetings are held from 10 am-noon on the third Saturday of every month, except December, at the Jefferson Parish Library Eastbank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Avenue in Metairie, LA. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early*.

*Capacity for the Napoleon Room at the library is 45 in the tables-with-chairs seating arrangement. In order to comply with fire safety regulations, members and guests will be turned away when capacity is reached.

The Southern Louisiana Chapter of the RWA Is proud to announce the winners in the 2014 9th Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Contest

Overall Winner in all Categories

Cross Roads by Alisha Vincent

Historical Romance

First Place    Every Duke Has A Silver Lining by Phoebe Kent

Second Place (Tie)    The Cruel Romance by Marina Osipova

Scattered Seeds by Julie Doherty

Third Place  A Time for Everything by Mysti Parker

Honorable Mention  Queen of Diamonds by Karen Aragon

Romantic Suspense

First Place     The Ruby-Throated Corpse by Judy Creekmore

Second Place     D is for Dimples by Julie Roach

Third place     Running the Cobblestone by Kathryn MacDonald Schneeman

Honorable Mention     Love in the Fall Semester: Colleen and Tim by Lawrence G. Hill

Inspirational Romance

First Place     Healing Grace by Anna Taylor Sweringen

Second Place     A Pearl of Great Price by Anna Taylor Sweringen

Third Place     Rosemary’s Awakening by Donan Berg

Honorable Mention     A Treasure and a Pirate Redeemed by Debby Lee

Paranormal

First Place     Cherub’s Play by Steven Moores

Second Place     The Golden Horn by Megan Bates

Third Place     Intaglio by Steven Moores

Honorable Mention     Voodoo Vows by Diana Dubois

Short/Long Series Contemporary

First Place     Cross Roads by Alisha Vincent

Second Place (Tie)     Twice Tempted by Donan Berg

The Dead and Breakfast by Colleen Mooney

Third Place     Ashley, A Lake Series Romance by Donan Berg

Honorable Mention (Tie)     Love in Lilac by Donan Berg

Cooking With Riley by Brenda Moguez

Erotic Romance

First Place (Tie)     Armageddon by Michal Scott

A Woman Who Ain’t Been Asked by Michal Scott

Second Place     Alone On Earth by Michal Scott

Third Place     Small Town Religion by Krista Jenkins

Honorable Mention     A Plus Sized Woman by Valerie Bonnaire

Single Title Contemporary

First Place (Tie)     Pie Girls by Lauren Clark

A Convict in My Coffee Shop by Bonnie Rehage

Second Place     15 Days by Rebekah Millet

Third Place     The Dead and Breakfast by Colleen Mooney

Honorable Mention    Amanda’s Promise by Barbara Hussey

Novel With Strong Romantic Elements

First Place     The Sugar Prince by Teresa L. McElroy

Second Place      Hot Pursuit by Joann Greer

Third Place     The Beauty of a Tender Heart by Cheryl Rogers

Honorable Mention     Kitty’s Tale by Frances Gibbs Servello