Friday, October 10, 2014


Every week we bring you an exciting hot book cover from one of
New York's Leading Romance Authors. Enjoy!
by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae
Torquere Press

Friday, October 3, 2014

BOOK COVER FRIDAYS: Manhattan Dinner Club Series by Jean Joachim

Every week we bring you an exciting hot book cover from one of
New York's Leading Romance Authors. Enjoy!
Rescue My Heart
Seducing His Heart
Shine Your Love on Me
To Love or Not to Love
by Jean Joachim

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


by Ursula Renée


Last year at the Brooklyn Book Festival, a man approached the RWA/NYC table and announced he did not believe in love as it is portrayed in romance novels. He believed real love had three stages.

The first was Romantic Love. During this period the couple meets and does not see each other’s faults. The second was Realistic Love. At that stage, each party in the relationship begins to notice the other’s faults. The final stage was Mature Love. At this time, the couple decides to loves each other despite their faults.

Once the monologue was over, the author sitting next to me asked the gentleman if he ever read a romance. His answer was, “No.”

This year, another man approached the RWA/NYC table and rolled his eyes when asked if he read or wrote romance. For a second I thought I was going to have the displeasure of listening to another monologue. However, instead of bursting into a lecture he asked, “aside from the obvious eroticism, what is in a romance?”

I explainedthat romances involve two (or more) people overcoming internal and external conflicts to have a happily-ever-after or happy-for-now. I also mentioned that a novel does not have to have sex in it to be a romance.

The conversation evolved into a discussion about research, the publishing industry and critique groups. Approximately fifteen minutes after he stopped by the table, the gentleman shook my hand and wished me well.

Though neither man read romance novels, the second was more pleasant to deal with. Instead of approaching the table and expressing a narrow-minded view, he asked questions.

It is easy to make assumptions about works we do not read or write.  Authors unfamiliar with erotic romance may not realize that character growth is essential to the plot. Others may believe that characters must act a certain way (i.e. an African-American character must listen to R&B or Jazz music) in order to stay true to their culture.

When exposed to a sub-genre you’re not familiar, don’t simply turn your nose up and make assumptions. Keep an open mind and ask questions.  By doing so, you may develop an interest in reading or writing something new.  Even if you cannot be convinced to try a new sub-genre, by approaching it with an open mind you will have earned the other person's respect.♥


Ursula Renée is the President of RWA/NYC. She is the author of SWEET JAZZ, a historical, interracial romance. When she is not writing, she enjoys photography, drawing and stone carving. Visit her at


Friday, September 26, 2014

BOOK COVER FRIDAYS: Seduction in the Snow by Julia Kelly

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"Seduction in the Snow"
by Julia Kelly


Monday, September 22, 2014


by Jean Joachim

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Dear Mr. Dickens,
So who has great expectations? Is this Miss Havisham chick expecting a roll in the hay with Pip or what? Cougar stories are hot right now but this kid is underage…don’t want to bring the feds down on us. So make him older and add a few hot scenes and resubmit.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Dear Mr. Dickens,
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”? Really? Make up your mind, Mr. Dickens. Which was it, the best or the worst of times. Geez. When you decide which it was, revise and resubmit.

Stuart Little by E.B. White

Dear Mr. White,
A woman gives birth to a mouse? She’s cheating on her human husband with a giant mouse? Honestly…that may be original but is totally inappropriate for a kid’s book, Mr. White. Besides, it has creeped out the entire editorial staff. Don’t bother rewriting and resubmitting this one, I’m afraid.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Dear Mr. Cervantes,
A novel about a crazy old guy who fights a windmill and his chubby sidekick who goes along because he has no life? Honestly, this story has been done to death, Mr. Cervantes. While we loved the chivalry, the plot was ho hum and the characters too far-fetched. Please send us your next manuscript, we have not filled out quota of rejections yet this month.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Dear Ms. Shelley,
Your hero is made out of dead body parts sewn together? Yuck! Three of our editors threw up reading about that. Then you jump start him like a dead car battery with lightning from the sky. Yeah, like that’s ever gonna happen. What nice girl writes about something so grisly? Thanks but no thanks. Do send us your next attempt, we’re always looking for a good laugh.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Dear Mr. Carroll,
A girl disappears and this is funny? Down a rabbit hole? She eats pills that make her bigger and smaller then meets a floating grin that’s a cat? We suggest, Mr. Carroll, that the next time you take psycho-tropic recreational drugs, you remove pencil and paper from the room. Please, we know an acid trip when we see one. Good luck with your drug habit but don’t send us your next “trip”.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Dear Ms. Alcott,
We were disappointed to see from the title of your book that it wasn’t about a bordello. These girls are innocent to the point of totally boring. Four editors fell asleep skimming your book for sex scenes. Besides, there was too much telling and not enough showing in this book. We couldn’t feel the emotions of your characters. What a bunch of spoiled brats! Please, spice up this book, like one of them gets it on with the rich kid next door, rewrite and resubmit. Oh and make the girls all over sixteen. We like ‘em legal.#

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Jean Joachim, wife and mother of two sons, is owned by a rescued pug, named Homer. She’d been writing non-fiction for what seemed like forever until she got up the nerve to try fiction. It was love. Now she spends her days in New York City in the company of her characters, with a cup of tea and a secret stash of black licorice. She has 20 romance books published and seven non-fiction books. Her series include, Hollywood Hearts; Now and Forever; New York Nights; and Moonlight Series, Lost & Found. Visit Jean at

Friday, September 19, 2014


Every week we bring you an exciting hot book cover from one of
New York's Leading Romance Authors. Enjoy!
by Ursula Renee


Monday, September 15, 2014

2014 Golden Apple Awards Honorees!

RWA/NYC congratulates its
2014 Golden Apple Awards Honorees
Lifetime Achievement Award
Alice Orr

Publisher of the Year
Entangled Publishing

Agent of the Year
Jill Marsal
Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Author of the Year
K.M. Jackson

Editor of the Year
Megha Parekh
Forever Romance (Grand Central Publishing)

Media Source of the Year
Heroes and Heartbreakers

Librarian of the Year
Frank Collerius
Jefferson Market Library (NYPL)

Bookseller of the Year
Barnes & Noble
Winners will be presented with their “golden apples” on September 18, 2014 during RWA/NYC’s annual Golden Apples Awards Reception. 
For more information, visit♥