Sunday, May 25, 2008

We Have A Winnahhh!

I asked the randomizer droids to run a list of those who wanted to participate and...congratulations, SciFiBookCat, you won a copy of Linnea Sinclair’s FINDERS KEEPERS! Please email your address to (don’t forget to remove the NOSPAM).

Thanks to all who entered (and those who hung around just for the greatness that is SFR). Everyone had so many insightful comments that I can’t wait to chat with you more. Now, onto the news....


Susan Grant’s MOONSTRUCK is now available! Stay tuned because within the next two weeks, I’m giving away a copy to one lucky visitor. Plus, we’ll have ourselves a big fancy shindig to celebrate Susan Grant’s work as well as the release of another great science fiction romance.

In the meantime, I want to fill you in on all the super author events happening around the country (*and* in Canada, woot!).

If you’re going to the Book Expo in L.A. on June 1, be sure and look for Kage Baker.

Eve Kenin is appearing at Book Expo Canada. Details are at her Web site.

Connie Willis will emcee the Locus Awards Banquet June 20 & 21.

Pauline B. Jones will be at ApolloCon June 27-29; full details here.

And finally:

Linnea Sinclair will present RWAOnline’s June 2008 Workshop


Registration Period May 19 – June 1

***** Permission to Forward Granted *****
RWA® Online Chapter presents:

Class: World Building for Writers. Or, Why Everyone in the Galaxy shouldn't Speak English

Instructor: Linnea Sinclair
Dates: June 2 – 13
Registration Opens: May 19
Registration Deadline: June 1
Fee: $15 Non-Chapter members. RWAOL Chapter #136 members; free.
Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended!

It’s safe and fast! Check and money orders also accepted.

NOTE: -Use your real First and Last Name & Choose Pay Option.
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CLASS DESCRIPTION: Commercial fiction today has become more texturally-rich with the melding and combing of genres, from romantic suspense to urban fantasy to science fiction romance…and beyond. Yet too often, writers ignore the depths available and present the reader only with shades of well-known, present day locales with a magician, vampire or rocket ship added. Or else writers go to such depths that the novel ceases to be enjoyable fiction and instead becomes a dry, intergalactic travelogue or magical species encyclopedic entry.

Multi-award winning science fiction and fantasy romance author Linnea Sinclair's workshop will teach you how to get the most out of your multi-genre novel and explore the importance of world building. You'll learn how to use your 'strangeness budget'; how to create customs, religions, histories, politics and languages; how to maintain reader interest in things known and unknown, and have fun at the same time.

BIO: Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair has become a name synonymous for high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair's novels "have the wow-factor in spades," earning her accolades from both the science fiction and romance communities. Sinclair's current releases are GAMES OF COMMAND (PEARL Award winner and RITA finalist) and THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES (PEARL Award Honorable Mention), with SHADES OF DARK scheduled for July 2008.

A former news reporter and retired private detective, Sinclair resides in Naples, Florida (winters) and Columbus, Ohio (summers) along with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their two thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at

FORMAT: Course is conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website. Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access. Instructions for login are presented after the registration pages (or to return to the login instructions, go to The workshop is available for up to one week after the end date and a downloadable archive of the workshop will be available the week following the workshop.

Joyfully yours,