Saturday, August 12, 2017
NYT Bestselling author, Tessa Dare
Morning: Break the Rules; Keep Your Promises
Writing advice is full of “rules” – and most of them are made to be broken. However, a romance novel makes promises to readers that should (almost) always be kept. In this session, we’ll talk about stupid rules, essential promises, and how to tell the difference between the two.
Afternoon: The Last First Kiss
If a romance ends in an HEA (Happily Ever After), that means the first kiss your characters share will be the last first kiss they ever have. So make it count! In this session, we’ll discuss how to use point of view, imagery, conflict, and emotion to make your characters’ first kisses unforgettable and uniquely theirs.
About the Speaker:
Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.
Mixing wit, sensuality, and emotion, Tessa writes Regency-set romance novels that feel relatable to modern readers. With her bestselling “Spindle Cove” and “Castles Ever After” series, she has had great fun creating heroines who defy the conventions of their time—engaging in “unladylike” pursuits that range from paleontology to beer-making—and dreaming up the strong-willed, sexy heroes who find their hearts ensnared by them.
A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.
1st Round Finalists in the Orange Rose Contest will be announced on August 12, 2017.
General Chapter Meeting Information
Our chapter meetings are usually the second Saturday of the month. Other than the October meeting, our meetings usually have the following agenda. Ask an Author is from 9 – 9:50 am and the meeting begins at 10 am with announcements. At 10:25 there is a break so that PAW/PAN can adjourn to the next room for their meeting. The morning speaker, usually geared toward general members and PRO members, runs from 10:30 to 11:30 when we break for lunch. You are welcome to bring your own, go out to one of the nearby restaurants or place an order for lunch with us!
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The meeting resumes at 12:15 with Chapter business. The afternoon speaker begins at 12:45 and the meeting adjourns at 1:45.
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Meetings are held, with the exception of the October Birthday Bash, at the Brea Community Center located at 695 E. Madison Way, on the corner of Randolph Ave. and Madison Way. It is easily accessible from the 57 freeway via Imperial Highway.
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