Series Romance Workshop

I’m giving a workshop  on September 14th for Tampa Area Romance Authors all about series romance. Learn the tropes and take a walk through the category romance world. No matter what you write, getting reacquainted with the hooks that series readers love can give your creativity a boost! You don’t have to be a TARA member to register for the workshop, but you do need to register ahead of time. More information can be found at the TARA website.

FYI, I enjoy presenting writing workshops and sharing what I’ve worked hard to learn as an author. This is when my Master’s degree comes out to play, along with my teaching experience at universities in KY, UT and NY. You won’t leave a workshop of mine without learning something new, finding new resources or getting inspired– that’s my promise to you! See more of my articles on writing here.

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Dancer Larissa Martine is ready to start over and Las Vegas seems like the perfect city for a shiny new beginning. But first, to honor her pact with her girlfriends, she wants to make a quick stop in Cheyenne, WY to make amends with her first love, the guy she left to chase her dreams of Broadway fame. Except rancher Matt Briggs isn’t nearly as interested in her regrets as he is in keeping her in town for his sister’s wedding. It’s a request she can’t deny when his family takes up the cause to make her stay for just one more week, but it’s difficult to maintain her friends-only boundaries with a man who attracts her as much as ever.

After losing his father and inheriting the family ranch in addition to the one he’d bought on his own, Matt’s life is all about obligations. But Larissa’s unexpected arrival during the wedding mayhem is a bright spot he won’t ignore, even if that means tempting her into far more than just a dance. He figures one night with her will bring them both some peace with their past, which is all she said she wanted. But one night leaves Matt wanting a whole lot more and this time, he’s willing to gamble everything to make her stay.


“Rock hits all the right spots… Readers who gravitate toward second chance romances will be rewarded with richly layered characters with whom they won’t want to part.”Library Journal 

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Release Day – GAME ON

Today is the release day for GAME ON, book #2 in my Texas Playmakers series, following The Perfect Catch. Game On is Nate Ramsey’s story, featuring a wildflower farmer heroine and set in Last Stand, Texas. All the Ramsey men play baseball, and book #3 will be Wes’s story, out in Spring 2020.

“Game On pulls at all your heart-strings…It’s a sweet and sexy read that makes you all warm and fuzzy inside!” – Melinda, NetGalley 


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* Take a tour of Last Stand on Pinterest
* Enter a special giveaway at my Facebook page

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Submission 101 Workshop – RWA 2019

Joanne is presenting a workshop at RWA 2019 in New York City with her critique partner, Catherine Mann, onSubmission 101 to help authors polish a submission package. Writers will learn how to follow up their pitches with substantive, thoroughly polished pieces that demonstrate a knowledge of the industry expectations for a selling proposal. The workshop discusses pitching, smart use of hooks, writing a query letter and synopsis, and gives an overview of what to include in your proposal package. Submission 101 offers clear, constructive advice for a stronger final product.

Here’s a sneak peek of links referenced in the workshop to help writers learn more about putting together their submissions.

Links to Learn More

Harlequin Submission Guidelines


Carina Press Blog – search by “submission” tag

Kristen Nelson Literary Agency Submission Guidelines

Bookends Literary Agency – sample of agent wish lists

The Rosenberg Group advice on submitting fiction

What It’s Really Like to Go Out on Submission by Diana Urban

Roundup of romance publishers that accept submissions from unagented authors

Writer’s Digest -search for “Submitting Your Work”

10 Ways to Make Your Submission Stand Out

Twitter search #MSWL for posts about Manuscript Wish Lists


For more information about Submitting Your Work, check out these articles-

Submission 101

Synopsis Writing

Slides from the Workshop Presentation 

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Cover Reveal – GAME ON

Available August 8th

I’m having a Cover Reveal today for GAME ON, book #2 in the Texas Playmakers series featuring the Ramsey family from Last Stand, Texas. If you haven’t read The Perfect Catch yet, download that one first. I love the gorgeous covers for this series.

Check out the cover of Game On available 8/8/19. ⚾️
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He’s home to recover …and rekindle a romance with his first love

After a hitting streak propels him onto a major league roster, Nate Ramsey lands on the injured list. The one bright spot in a frustrating summer is returning home to Last Stand, Texas – until he’s tasked with confronting Keely Harper, an old flame whose business is running roughshod over his grandfather’s farm. Nate accepted it when she ended things five years ago, but he won’t overlook a slight to the rest of the Ramseys. What game is she playing?

Enter the Giveaway!

Keely has always carried the weight of responsibility for her dysfunctional family, so she can’t regret the way she ended things with Nate. Cutting him loose to pursue his dreams was the kindest thing she could have done for a man with talent to take him far beyond Last Stand. Except now he’s back, and the fireworks between them haven’t faded a bit. If she gives into the temptation of a kiss, will she be able to let him go again once his injury heals and baseball wants him back?

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