Monthly Archives: April 2013

SFR Brigade Presents #7

Banner by Linnea Sinclair

I’m guilty of a gap in postings. *sigh* But I’m back again with another excerpt of my science fiction romance. My hero Quinn discovers his new bodyguard Eve is not a happy camper when he disappears before she’s had her coffee.

I’d gone to the sideboard to pour a second cup when the door swung open and slammed the wall. Helmet in hand, Eve strode in, fury boiling from every inch of her tall black figure.

“You left without notifying me,” she snapped.

Her armor was fully hardened, accenting every curve. I lowered my cup to the counter, keeping my eyes on her face. It was a struggle. Between that and coming up with a response that was both authoritative and not off-putting, I didn’t have a chance.

“If I am to guard you, Minister Quinn, you cannot wander willy-nilly. Communication is key to safety. Not just telling me what to do, but including me in your plans.”

Evard rose and came to fill his cup. He elbowed me. “Best course of action is to say you’re sorry. And ‘It won’t happen again.’”

Eve shot him a look of pure disgust, but I parroted, “Sorry. It won’t happen again.”

The disgust shifted to me. “Have you nothing to say for yourself?”

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Upcoming Long Island Luncheon

An invitation landed in my email this last week for The Long Island Luncheon. For unagented writers within the northeast US, I would highly recommend this networking function–it’s a manuscript pitching function. I attended last year and had success and fun.

My words of advice? Do your homework ahead of time. Know who represents what, and what the editor or agent looks like. And don’t arrive hungry! Sounds ironic, I know, but you can’t pitch while eating. I missed the entire champagne and hors d’oeurves spread, but garnered a number of requests in that mingle time.

Here are the details and contacts. Good luck everyone!

The Long Island Romance Writers announce their
16th Annual “Shining the Light on Romance”
Agent/Editor Luncheon

Friday, June 7, 2013
Noon to 4 p.m.
In the beautiful new Somerley Room
The Inn at Fox Hollow, Woodbury, New York

We’re pleased to host this year’s luncheon speaker
Lou Aronica
Best-selling author and editor
Publisher of The Story Plant and Fiction Studio Books
Former publisher at Avon and Berkley

Please join the members of the LIRW, other editors and agents, and writer guest of all different genres from all over the Northeast for a delicious and elegant afternoon full of mingling and networking.

The following agents will attend:
Becky Vinter (Fine Print Literary)
Stephany Evans (Fine Print Literary)
Alexandra Machinist (Janklow & Nesbit)
Stephanie Lieberman (Janklow & Nesbit)
Kathy Green (Katherine Green Agency)
Jennifer Mischler (Literary Counsel)
Frances Black (Literary Counsel)
Julia Bannon (L Perkins Agency)
Shira Hoffman (McIntosh & Otis, Inc.)
Jita Fumich (Folio Literary)
Lyndsay Hemphill (ICM Partners)

The following editors will attend:
Lori Perkins (Riverdale Avenue Press)
Deb Werksman (Sourcebooks)
Treva Harte (Loose Id)
Stacy Abrams (Entangled Publishing)
Pat Brigandi (Entangled Publishing)
Erin Molta (Entangled Publishing)
Guillian Helm (Entangled Publishing)
Julia Mianecki (Penguin Group)
Katherine Pelz (Berkley)
Kristine Swartz (Berkley)
Marlene Castricato (Crescent Moon Press)
Chelsea Emmelhainz (Avon/Harper)
Latoya Smith (Grand Central Publishing)
Mercedes Fernandez (Kensington)

Please see our website for more information, to register, and for ongoing updates as the event draws near. Or if you have questions, you may contact us at

For those who’ve attended in the past, we look forward to seeing you again – and if you’re new, we hope to meet you!

2013 Long Island Romance Writers Luncheon Co-Chairs: LynneRose Cannon and Gwen Petrarch

Long Island Romance Writers, Inc.
RWA Chapter 160
“Shining the Light on Romance”

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