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Jun
5
Mon
ONLINE: What to Do When a Horse Shows Up with Kathryn Jane @ Online class
Jun 5 – Jun 30 all-day

What to Do When a Horse Shows Up with Kathryn Jane

June 5-30, 2017

Do you panic? Hit the brakes? Inform your heroine she can’t have a horse?  Not if you take this course filled with basic horsemanship, in-depth equine knowledge, critical terminology and a bonus list of don’ts to save you from looking like a rooky and making readers toss your book at a wall.

Presenter Kathryn Jane has extensive experience riding in the show ring, on the racetrack, over jumps, cross-country chasing cattle, training horses and assisting veterinarians.

The fee for this class is $20 for LVRW members and $25 for nonmembers.

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Jul
15
Sat
Fallen Heroes–the Sixteen Villain Archetypes @ Windmill Library
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please note that the meeting location has changed. Our regular monthly meetings will be held at the Windmill Library, starting this month. The Library is easily accessible and not far from the Rainbow exit off 215. From 215, head south on Rainbow, then turn west on Windmill. The library will be on your right.

Fallen Heroes – the Sixteen Villain Archetypes

with Tami Cowden

A villain is the hero of his own story – and is every bit as important as the heroic characters.  This workshop examines the motivations of the 16 literary villain archetypes and shows what happens when heroes and heroines turn to the dark side.

Please join us for this informative workshop. Everyone is welcome!

About Tami Cowden:

I’m one of those people who always wanted to be a writer but did a lot of other things instead. After practicing law for many years, I finally started writing fiction, while keeping the day job.  Since then I have published more than a dozen short stories and two books for writers.  My first novel won the Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and was published by Avalon.  That publisher was later purchased by Amazon, so Cruising for Love is now available from Montlake Romance.  Most recently, I contributed to an anthology of romance stories set in Las Vegas entitled Decades of Love.

Aug
1
Tue
ONLINE: Self-Publishing: “Where the Heck Do I Start?” @ Online Class
Aug 1 – Aug 29 all-day

SELF-PUBLISHING  “WHERE THE HECK DO I START?”

 

You’ve written the book. You’ve decided to jump into the pond and self-publish. But you have no idea what to do next, how to send your baby off into the world alone. Relax. That’s what this class is here to share with you. Four weeks of lessons that will set you up to take the next steps.

Lessons will include: definitions of terms you’re going to hear; explanations of subjects such as branding and distribution; how to use social media, loops, signature lines and peripherals; what to expect from the industry professionals you decide to hire; covers and copyright pages explained; series vs serial vs stand alone; and much, much more.

Give yourself a step up and sign up for this informative class!

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The cost is $20 for LVRW members; $25 for non-members


 

Award winning author, Kathryn Jane is known for rising to a challenge, whether it’s training for a pilot’s license, facing down cancer, training cantankerous horses or writing that first novel.
Her personal tales of adventure include momentarily misplacing a thoroughbred filly inside a 747 at thirty thousand feet, planning the evacuation of over fifty horses in the path of an approaching wildfire, and being volunteered to represent her peers in a public speaking venue.
In the novels she writes, Kathryn keeps her heroines busy surviving life threatening adventures, or soul searching personal journeys, while they are doggedly determined to not fall in love with men they really don’t need. Think modern-day white knights, and reluctant, self-sufficient damsels.
In spite of ridiculous odds, every story has a happy ending, with both halves of a couple coming to terms with love and all its complications.
Kathryn lives in a cozy cottage in the Pacific Northwest with a pair of tuxedo cats, and a faithful dog to keep the man of her dreams company as she writes page turning, steamy tales of love, mystery, and adventure.

Aug
19
Sat
Editing and Publishing with Tara Taylor Quinn @ Windmill Library
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

As a traditional author with over 80 books in print, Tara Taylor Quinn offers insight into the world of editing and publishing.

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Having written over eighty novels, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA TODAY bestselling author with more than seven million copies sold. She is known for delivering intense, emotional fiction. Tara is a past president of Romance Writers of America. She has won a Readers’ Choice Award and is a five-time finalist for an RWA RITA® Award, a finalist for a Reviewers’ Choice Award and a Booksellers’ Best Award. She has also appeared on TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning. She supports the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

Sep
4
Mon
ONLINE: Emergency Preparedness with Kathryn Jane @ Online Class
Sep 4 – Sep 29 all-day

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

For you and for your writing

 

There’s nothing quite as sexy as a woman who knows what to do next. Don’t let an unexpected emergency stop you or your heroine in your tracks. Information and practical exercises will help you be prepared, even if your emergency is between the pages of the book you’re writing.

Presenter Kathryn Jane, is a certified Public Safety Communicator, trained in Emergency Preparedness, as well as Police, Fire, Ambulance, and Airport dispatch.

Join us for this fun and informative class!

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The cost is $20 for LVRW members; $25 for non-members


 

Award winning author, Kathryn Jane is known for rising to a challenge, whether it’s training for a pilot’s license, facing down cancer, training cantankerous horses or writing that first novel.
Her personal tales of adventure include momentarily misplacing a thoroughbred filly inside a 747 at thirty thousand feet, planning the evacuation of over fifty horses in the path of an approaching wildfire, and being volunteered to represent her peers in a public speaking venue.
In the novels she writes, Kathryn keeps her heroines busy surviving life threatening adventures, or soul searching personal journeys, while they are doggedly determined to not fall in love with men they really don’t need. Think modern-day white knights, and reluctant, self-sufficient damsels.
In spite of ridiculous odds, every story has a happy ending, with both halves of a couple coming to terms with love and all its complications.
Kathryn lives in a cozy cottage in the Pacific Northwest with a pair of tuxedo cats, and a faithful dog to keep the man of her dreams company as she writes page turning, steamy tales of love, mystery, and adventure.

Sep
16
Sat
Editing with Angela James @ TBD
Sep 16 all-day

Angela James, the guru of editing, will present an all day workshop based on her popular Before You Hit Send class.  We’ll post all the details here as soon as we know them.

Angela James, the executive editor of Carina Press, Harlequin’s digital-first imprint, and veteran of the digital publishing industry, is a well-known advocate for digital publishing. James has enjoyed a long and varied career in digital publishing, including launching and serving as executive editor for Samhain Publishing. James frequently travels to regional, national and international writing conferences to meet with authors and readers, and present workshops on digital publishing for both authors and readers of all genres of fiction. You can follow Angela on Twitter @angelajames, visit her Facebook page or her website.

Oct
2
Mon
ONLINE: Dream Up An Answer @ Online class.
Oct 2 – Oct 25 all-day

Dream Up An Answer

with Kristina Mull

 

Are you stuck like a fly on flypaper? Like gum on your shoe? Like a bad song jingle in your head? Or worse? Is your editor breathing down your neck waiting for you to finish your next bestseller? Or, are you your own worst enemy, and expect everything that flows out of your fingertips to be perfectly brilliant from the start?

Don’t you wish you could just…sleep on it?

You can, and you should. Your dreams are the key to unlocking all the creativity that’s bottled up inside you. You just need to figure out where you hid the lock.

In this 4 week course, you will get an overview of what dreams are, how to keep a dream journal, how to use your dreams to enhance your creativity and suggestions on implementing your dreams into your writing.  There will be some fun dream projects to work on, and a couple of prizes.

So, get in your jammies, grab a blanket and dream up a solution to that plot dilemma!

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The cost is $15 for LVRW members; $20 for non-members


 

 

So, what makes me an expert on dreams or art?

I’m not! I’m just like you–a seeker of knowledge, truth and experiences. I believe we are constantly evolving, and knowledge is not stagnant. If we think we know it all–we don’t!

I worked in the corporate world for almost twenty years, but am now a stay-at-home mom and published romance author (I write under Kay Phoenix). I have degrees in Graphic Arts and Psychology.

I hope that sharing my personal journey and methods helps you along your path inward.

Kristina Mull

www.XanaduDreamTherapy.com

 

Oct
21
Sat
Join the LVRW at the Vegas Valley Book Festival! @ Historic Fifth Street School
Oct 21 all-day

The Vegas Valley Book Festival is an annual event that brings together readers and authors in all genres and age groups. It’s lots of fun and there’s something for everyone in the family. Mark the date on your calendar and plan to make a day of it!

The Las Vegas Romance Writers will have a booth at the festival, so keep an eye out for us. We’ll be spotlighting our many authors throughout the day, signing books, and giving away lots of fun stuff. We’re a friendly group who love to geek out about anything romance. Have a favorite book boyfriend? Come share him with us! Want to know what it takes to write a romance? Come ask! We’d love to meet you.  🙂

The VVBF is also where the LVRWs will announce the winners of the 2017 I Heart Indie Contest. The IHI contest is an international contest of book covers and back cover blurbs that is judged by book clubs all over the world. Stop by and check out the winners!

For more information about the Vegas Valley Book Festival, including the schedule of events (and there are a bunch!), you can find out more here.

Nov
4
Sat
Join us for NaNoWriMo! @ Sundance Grill in the Silverton Casino
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Celebrate National Novel Writing Month with the Las Vegas Romance Writers!

We’ll gather at the Sundance Grill in the Silverton Casino. There will be prizes, sprints, camaraderie, and the shared goal of getting words on the page. Everyone is welcome! It’s a free event, but food and drinks will be available for purchase.

So put this event on your calendar now and plan to join us!  We don’t bite and we’d love to meet you. If you happen to be an introvert, no worries! We get you, we really do. In fact, many of us are introverts, too. Don’t let that stop you. Suck it up and come join us. It’ll be good for you and we promise not to bite. 😉

Nov
18
Sat
Marketing Madness with Beth and Kristina @ Windmill Library
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This meeting promises to be fun and interesting with two such terrific presenters! Check back for more details. We’ll post them as soon as we have them.

Elizabeth Spaur’s Bio:

When her physics teacher gave her detention for reading a romance novel during class, Elizabeth Spaur knew she was destined to be a romance writer. Her journey from physics class to published author has gone from coast to coast and led her through multiple industries, including film and television, banking, and the law. Every step along the way has enriched her life and helped her tell stories that always come with a happily ever after and, usually, a side of snark. Elizabeth writes contemporary, historical and paranormal romance. She lives with the love of her life and two pairs of cats and dogs, all of whom are named after television crime fighters. She enjoys hearing from her readers at elizabeth@elizabethspaur.com

 

Kay Phoenix’s Bio:

Ms. Phoenix is a rare bird herself…a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. She belongs to Las Vegas Romance Writers and has served on the board for several years. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America with PAN status. Prior to writing, Kay was a Graphic Artist for fifteen years in the casino industry and holds degrees in both Graphic Arts and Psychology. In her spare

Prior to writing, Kay was a Graphic Artist for fifteen years in the casino industry and holds degrees in both Graphic Arts and Psychology. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, traveling, and photography. She is also involved in several Las Vegas non-profits and is the current Chairman of a popular, long-running, local art show.

Kay has been blessed to be able to travel many places, which inspired her to host a weekly author spotlight called “Midweek Escapes” on her blog. It features guest author’s favorite vacation destinations, their travel tips, and, of course, information about their book releases and occasional giveaways.