Thursday, November 24, 2011

Speaker Tawny Weber - Courting the Muse...

Courting the Muse: Practical and Spiritual Tools for Writers

The art of recognizing, then making the most of your writing habits. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to custom create your own writing habit. One that will not only help you as you pursue your writing goals, but pull you through the frustrations you might encounter along the way. We’ll discuss setting as it applies to your writing, description as it applies to your visualization of success and conflict as it applies to the setbacks in pursuit of publishing greatness. In addition, this workshop will show you ways to use tools like aromatherapy, Feng Shui and the tarot to empower your writing, and yourself on the road to success.

The Care and Nurturing of the Critique Partner Relationship

Join Harlequin Blaze author Tawny Weber and RITA winning SuperRomance author Beth Andrews as they show how to start, nurture and maintain a critique partnership on the way to publishing success. Critique Partner relationships -- Finding what works for you. Agreeing on the CP relationship -- A test period, how will you work together, what do you expect from the relationship. Growing and maintaining your CP relationship -- Are you in it for the long haul? Career pace and jealousy. Plotting/Brainstorming and setting goals with a CP -- Two heads are better than one, how do you plot/brainstorm with a partner? Do you want to? How to use the CP relationship to help you achieve your goals. Nitty Gritty of critiquing -- Meshing voices, giving and getting feedback. Voice and how nurture your CP's style. What kind of feedback is useful, what's not. Ways to word your suggestions so they don't come across as orders, learning to read between the lines in emails and critiques (and when not to).

Tawny Weber has been writing sassy, sexy stories for Harlequin Blaze since her first book hit the shelves in 2007. In December 2011, she launched her Undercover Ops series with SEX, LIES AND MISTLETOE, followed by SEX, LIES AND MIDNIGHT in January and SEX, LIES AND VALENTINES in February. When not obsessing over deadlines, she’s shopping for cute shoes, homeschooling or hanging out on Facebook and Twitter chatting.

Come by and visit her on the web at

Posted by Vijaya Schartz
Desert Dreams Blogger and speaker
Award-winning Romantic Science Fiction with a Kick

Monday, November 21, 2011

Alexis Walker - Strategic Career Planning for Romance Writers

With more and more editors and agents wanting career plans, it is becoming very important for writers to know where they are headed. But in order to arrive at their destination, it is essential to develop a road map for getting there. While it’s easy to say “I want to be a New York Times Best Seller,” it is a little more realistic when there is a plan in place with short-term milestones and action steps delineated to accomplish such a prestigious status. This workshop is designed to help any level writer map out her own personal plan for success. Using the strategic planning tools employed by businesses and nonprofit organizations, each writer will develop an individual career plan she can start using immediately.

Alexis Walker is a faculty member of both Grand Canyon University and the University of the Virgin Islands. She spent 18 years directing nonprofits where strategic planning is essential to survival. In addition, she also taught at Arizona State University for their Nonprofit Management Bachelor Degree program where she taught future leaders the in’s and out’s of strategic planning. Alexis quit her nonprofit profession three years ago to pursue a career in writing romances. She has three completed manuscripts. She is a member of RWA’s PRO group as well as a member of three RWA chapters. Alexis has a Bachelors degree in English from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire, a Master's degree in American Literature from Iowa State University, and did doctoral work at the University of Notre Dame where she focused on 19th Century American Women's Literature. Alexis recently moved to St. Croix, one of the US Virgin Islands. She lives there with her better half, retired fire chief Bob and her 14 lb tuxedo cat "Gizmo." Alexis likes to live in different parts of the country, but always returns to the east coast to visit her family in Maryland, Delaware, and New York. A lover of change, she rarely stays in one place for more than six years, but always returns to visit Scotland, the place she calls her home away from home.

Visit Alexis online at 

Posted by Vijaya Schartz
Desert Dreams Blogger and speaker
Award-winning Romantic Science Fiction with a Kick

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Are you all aware that with your registration to the Desert Dreams Conference comes an opportunity to enter the coveted Desert Dream Contest?

It's time! We have 50 slots open for contest entries! For everyone who enters the Realizing the Dream contest, you are guaranteed a read by an editor/agent who's attending the 2012 Desert Dreams Conference. Remember, you MUST be registered for the conference first, then get over to the website and register for the contest. Here's the link to the information about the contest:

Also, keep in mind that the conference fees go up on January 1, so now is the time to register for conference. We will be announcing the names of the 10 lucky people who get to sit next to an editor/agent during the Saturday luncheon in the next couple of weeks. You need to register now so you can guarantee your place with the editor/agent of your choice!

If you have any questions, email me at and REGISTER TODAY!

Susan Lanier
2012 Desert Dreams Conference Coordinator
April 27 - 29, 2012 

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Becoming an Authorpreneur – Navigating a 21st-Century Career in Publishing

We will take a look at the four publishing options an author has, the pros and cons of each, and where to go from there. Topics include traditional print; traditional e-pub; independent print; independent e-pub; how to decide which book goes where; backlists are golden, so get creative; what falls on the author, no matter the route taken.

Kris Tualla, a dynamic award-winning author of historical romances, writes with a fast-paced and succinct style. Her plots are full of twists, passion, and very satisfying outcomes! Kris started in 2006 with nothing but a nugget of a character in mind, and has created a dynasty – The Hansen Series. Norway is the new Scotland! Kris is an active member of both Romance Writers of America and the Historical Novel Society. She is an enthusiastic speaker and teacher, and spearheaded Arizona Dreamin’ – Arizona’s first ever romance reader event.

Posted by Vijaya Schartz
Desert Dreams Blogger and Speaker
Award-winning Romantic Science Fiction with a Kick

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Make ‘Em Laugh, Make ‘Em Cry…No, Don’t!

The most powerful weapon in your arsenal of writing techniques is the skillful use of emotion. Knowing why, when and how to use it can take your story from good to great. Emotion is at the very core of your story from characterization and setting to conflict, pacing and tension. What is emotion? How do you find it, and how do you convey it subtly for just the right feel and balance right up until that emotional POW at the end?

Linda Style’s childhood dream to become a famous novelist and travel the world didn’t garner much encouragement, so instead, she studied behavioral science and journalism. But even after working in both fields, her dream persisted and, after years of writing novels in her spare time… and four RWA Golden Heart nominations later… Linda’s last GH entry was purchased by Harlequin Superromance in 2000. Fourteen novels later, Linda’s books of romantic adventure, mystery and suspense are best known for their emotional impact , complex plots and deep characterization. Her books have been described by reviewers as "emotional, fast-paced love stories that keep you riveted until the very end." The recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for best book of the year, Linda believes she has the best job in the world. “I get to make up stories and someone pays me to do it. It’s my fantasy come true.” Combining research with her passion for travel, Linda has traveled over a dozen countries from Australia to Turkey. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the co-founder of Bootcamp for Novelists Online where she teaches a series of writing classes.

Learn more about Linda at

Posted by Vijaya Schartz
Desert Dreams Blogger and Speaker
Award-winning Romantic Science Fiction with a Kick