Fabulous #OCCRWA Birthday Bash — Done!

Hi all — We had an amazing Birthday Bash for our Orange County chapter of RWA. I just got home from 3 incredibly busy days, so i’m just going to post some photos and then take a nap. LOL! First, here is the setup  of the ballroom for the Bash Can you see how pretty it’s going to be?






This is me opening the Bash dressed in my Peter Pan costume!





This is one of the 3 birthday cakes made to celebrate out chapter birthday!






We had a fabulous Cover contest and i was one of the winners. Sexiest Hero for Spell Cat! 








And here are some of the members of out board of directors including me, plus our great keynote speaker, Damon Suede who set the bar so high on Birthday Bash fun it may never be equaled!

Help Literacy Worldwide! #OCCRWA #Pleasehelp


Will you help teach people to read?  A member of my RWA chapter who used to teach English as a second language said this. “If one thinks about this only superficially, supporting literacy could be thought of as merely creating new customers for your books, but it’s much more than that. One of our longtime tutors said ‘When you teach somebody to read, you’re not just teaching them to read: you’re fighting poverty, ignorance, and disease’, and I cannot recount this without getting choked up with the memories of the people whose lives have been lifted by literacy.Please be as generous as your circumstances allow.”

Our RWA chapter, OCCRWA, has a team going to raise money for the National Book Fund! Would you contribute? Even if it’s just a few dollars, it could help immensely. Here’s the Link —


Your help is so appreciated by me, my chapter, by romance writers worldwide and by all the people who will benefit from your assistance. Thank you in advance! Let’s teach the world to read. : )



OCCRWA Birthday Bash

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I hope you’re having a fun weekend! I had a blast yesterday at the Birthday Bash of my RWA chapter in Orange County California. We’re a big, thriving chapter with around 200 members i think and yesterday, people were falling out the door at the Embassy Suites where the event was held. NYT bestselling author, Victoria Dahl was our morning speaker and she spoke quite passionately about unsympathetic heroines who are very much like us and how the world needs to read about these women.

After a fun lunch, Heather Bennett of Decadent Press, a great friend of OCCRWA, spoke in the afternoon on how to create a romantic success and advised us to market, market, market.

Mardis Gras was the theme and lots of masks and feather, bustiers and finery were on tap. LouisaHere is our chapter President, Louisa Bacio, in her fantastic outfit made for her by DawnVacosa of Daydrmz Blog! We’re all lucky and honored to have such a progressive president who works so hard for the chapter while still managing to turn out fabulously hot books!

The generosity of the chapter members produced a huge table of baskets, all for raffle. People won laptops, tablets, spa trips and gift certificates plus piles of great books.

In the evening, we had the Pajama Party Workshops where members visited their choice of talks on all kinds of subjects from preparing your book for submission to writing the interracial romance. I did a chat on Putting the Mmmmmm in Marketing and had a big group of enthusiastic participants joining in. Was it me or the champagne and strawberries?

I would never have dreamed a few years ago how valuable and delightful being a member of my RWA chapter could be. I look forward to the meetings once a month and, like many of our members, travel a fair distance to be there. I’ve made great friends in the chapter and hope to celebrate many birthdays to come.  : )