And really, who *doesn’t* love romance? But Washington Loves Romance is the latest brainchild of the Washington Romance Writers. I think it’s a *great* idea, so I’m sharing the official press release here. Feel free to spread the word!
For Immediate Release
Washington Romance Writers
Contact: Avery Flynn
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Washington Loves Romance Book Club
Washington Loves Romance brings together Washington-area romance authors and readers to discuss all things romance and raise money for local literacy efforts.
WASHINGTON, D.C. / OCTOBER 23, 2012 – There are those who would argue that Washington D.C. isn’t a city of romance. They would be wrong.
Readers spent more than $1.36 billion on romance novels in 2011, according to the Romance Writers of America. Many of the books they bought were written by Washington Romance Writers’ members, including bestsellers Nora Roberts, Cathy Maxwell, Anita Clenney, Grace Burrowes and Rebecca York. To celebrate the special connection between local romance authors and readers, Washington Romance Writers (a Romance Writers of America chapter) started Washington Loves Romance.
Washington Loves Romance (www.facebook.com/WashingtonLovesRomance) is a book club for the many readers of romance fiction in all its forms with a special focus on the romance authors and readers in the Washington metro area.
Not only will romance authors and readers get a chance to connect on a more personal level through Washington Loves Romance, they’ll be helping to fight illiteracy. All profits from Washington Loves Romance branded items will be given to the Washington Literacy Center (www.washingtonliteracycenter.org).
“The students, volunteers, board and staff at the Washington Literacy Center are so grateful for this critical support from the Washington Romance Writers. Our two groups recognize the written word’s compelling impact in our lives. It can educate, entertain, inform and motivate,” said Washington Literacy Center Executive Director Mary ‘Terry’ Algire.
Romance authors and readers, as well as others who want to help end illiteracy, should visit Washington Loves Romance’s CafePress shop (www.cafepress.com/washingtonlovesromance) to order T-shirts, bags, coffee mugs and other goodies today.
Each month readers will gather on Facebook to read and discuss two Washington Romance Writers authors’ books. Baltimore-based book blogger Mandi Schreiner with Smexy Books (www.smexybooks.com) will moderate the discussion. At the end of each month, two lucky Washington Loves Romance readers will win a gift pack.
In addition, Washington Loves Romance will hold local get-togethers to give Washington Romance Writers’ authors and readers a chance to chat about their books and all things romance. One get-together attendee will win a Washington Romance Writers (www.wrwdc.com) member swag bag given away during the event.
The first Washington Loves Romance read-along will begin Nov. 1, 2012, with Dark Powers by Rebecca York and Pointe of No Return by Amanda Brice.
York is an award-winning, best-selling novelist and the author of more than 140 books. Her many awards include two Rita finalist books; two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times for series romantic suspense and series romantic mystery; and Affaire de Coeur’s Critics Choice Award for best contemporary novel. She is is one of only 14 romance novelists to have received the Romance Writers of America Centennial Award for having written more than 100 romance novels. You can learn more about York at www.rebeccayork.com.
Brice is the president of Washington Romance Writers, and is a two-time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® Award. She blogs every other Friday with Killer Fiction. She is also a popular conference presenter, speaking on basic copyright and trademark law for writers. You can learn more about Brice at www.amandabrice.net.
Other authors who will be featured on Washington Loves Romance in the next few months include:
Hope Tarr, Romantic Times Book Reviewers Award nominated author of Operation Cinderella
Pamela Palmer, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Desire Untamed, A Feral Warriors novel
Sally MacKenzie, USA Today best-selling author of Bedding Lord Ned
Michelle Willingham, Romance Writers of America RITA® Award finalist and author of Undone by the Duke
Grace Burrowes, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Darius
Darlene Gardner, prolific author of 30 books including The Truth About Tara
Candice Poarch, prolific author of more than 20 books including Deadly Intentions
Meredith Bond, multiple award winning author of Magic in the Storm
Alexa Egan, Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist and author of Demon’s Curse.
Avery Flynn, All Romance Ebooks best-selling author of Temptation Creek
Anne Barton, Romance Writers of America Golden Heart winner and author of When She Was Wicked
Nicky Penttila, All Romance best-selling author of Note of a Scandal
Nancy Naigle, award-winning author of Sweet Tea and Secrets
Diana Cosby, best-selling author of His Destiny, MacGruder Brothers series
About Dark Powers by Rebecca York
Can his dark powers locate a kidnap victim?
Desperate to find her sister, Sage Arnold turns to Decorah Security agent Ben Walker. They’re in a race against time to rescue her sister from a serial killer. And their uneasy working relationship flares into hot passion as they navigate the dangerous waters of a beach town where nothing is as it seems.
About Pointe of No Return by Amanda Brice
Aspiring ballerina Dani Spevak’s visions of sugar plums are dashed when she’s assigned to understudy her nemesis, Hadley Taylor, in the Nutcracker. Pretty, popular, and rich, that girl has all the luck. Or so she thought.
When Hadley mysteriously disappears with opening night just around the corner, Dani can’t sit idly by, even if it means losing the part. Now she’s running all over Phoenix in a race against the clock. From reality TV trophy wives to sleazy real estate developers to a possible drug ring, the cast of suspects begins to add up. Will she find Hadley before the curtain rises?
About Washington Literacy Center
The mission of the Washington Literacy Center, Inc., is to raise the literacy level of adults in Washington, D.C., such that they may function on the job, in the family and in society. WLC is committed to innovation and excellence for its students through:
Finding and implementing best practices for teaching basic literacy to adults.
Recruiting, motivating and retaining the staff and volunteers who carry out this work.
Enabling its students to enhance their life experiences and reach personal development goals.
Educating decision-makers and raising public awareness of literacy efforts to benefit adult learners and their families.
About Washington Romance Writers
Founded in 1982, Washington Romance Writers (WRW), has become one of the leading women’s fiction organizations, as well as one of the most prolific groups of romance writers, in the United States. It is also one of the largest and most active affiliates of Romance Writers of America, a national non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting excellence in romantic fiction.
With more than 240 members, WRW includes writers at all stages of development, from beginners to best-selling authors. WRW’s published authors comprise approximately one-third of the membership and have a collective bibliography of more than 1,000 titles in book-length, hard and soft cover fiction. Find out more about WRW at www.wrwdc.com.