Sunday Submissions-Southern Heat Writing Contest

The East Texas Chapter of Romance Writers of America is proud to announce that Southern Heat Writing Contest is back. One of the best contests to enter has returned. We have secured some of the best final round judges possible and kept entry fees low. Southern Heat Writing Contest has always had numerous entries requested full or partial ms’s from the judges. Don’t miss this one.
The contest opened on Feb. 14 with the entry deadline March 31, 2012. For complete contest rules, score sheet, paypal and/or address information visit our website at or contact
Entries include the FIRST 15 PAGES plus a 5-page max double-spaced SYNOPSIS.
Entry Fee:
Members of RWA-ETC $20
Members of RWA $25
Non-Members $30
Final Round Judges
Paranormal – Ethan Ellenberg  –  Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
Ann Leslie Tuttle – Senior Editor, Harlequin Paranormal
Historical- Courtney Miller-Callihan – Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
Laura Bradford – Bradford Literary Agency
Contemporary Single Title – Rebecca Strause – McIntosh & Otis, Inc.
Rhonda Penders – The Wild Rose Press
Inspirational – Mary Sue Seymour – The Seymour Agency
Melissa Endlich – Senior Editor, Harlequin Inspirational
Contemporary Series – Nicole Resciniti– The Seymour Agency
Alicia Condon – Kensington Books
Romantic Suspense – Aubrey Poole – Sourcebook
Maria Carvainis – Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc.
Young Adult – Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency
Leticia Gomez, Sawy Literary Services
Contact Carol Braswell, Contest Coordinator:

Double Trouble Tuesday!

Dr. Jordan Scott is banking everything, including her life, that she can simply disappear into thin air, forget the nightmare she left behind in New York, and never be found again by her ex- fiance Caesar Santiago or his powerful family.

Detective Riley Donavan believes the pretty doctor knows more than she’s telling him. Can they work together to solve the murder of her brother, or will they end up the next victims of the crime lord?

Welcome to the future! The year is 3025, and humans are fast becoming extinct. Nizhoni of Mojave Earth Clan knows her spirit guide will protect by giving her the power of the wolf. When she unwittingly bites another human, she flees.

Michael of the Air Clan has searched for the woman he calls Beauty; the one who turned him into a creature of the moon. When he finds her living among the Mojave, he believes he can finally claim her. There’s only one problem. She’s already married.

Together Nizhoni and Michael must battle her former lover, the Yee Naaldlooshi, or feared skin-walker. The fate of their love and humankind hang in the balance. If Beauty can’t have her mate and save the world, she’s going to be a real Beast.

Do you have a Double Trouble?  Comment below and I’ll track you down for the Details


Saturday Sexcerpt – Leap of Faith by JL Wilson

Leap of Faith by JL Wilson

Dru Delaney, a planetary Leader on Delmorna, has her work cut out for her: save a hidden race of humans from a deadly virus, stabilize her shaky government, thwart a merciless woman’s scheme to take over the leadership, and avoid Jak Exo–her lover, her enemy, and a man-machine “blend.” Along the way she may have to fight a war, adopt a small child, be kidnapped, and escape…and discover her own humanity among the cloned humans she’s vowed to help.

Here’s a snippet where Dru decides she might forgive Jak.

 “I haven’t slept with anyone,” she whispered. When she raised her eyes and met his, he saw tears making her eyes glisten. “Not since the night we slept together.”

“Neither have I.” He lowered his head. “I was afraid if I did…”

Their lips touched. I was afraid to lose the memory, she whispered in his mind.

The touch of her lips ignited something in him. Jak tightened his hold, her body melding against his. He was consumed by her nearness, her taste, her scent. Everything about Dru seemed to fill him until he was drowning in her.

“I can’t.” She drew back with a gasp. “Jak, I can’t. You lied to me. I don’t know—”

Jak pulled her gently toward the bed. “Please, Dru. Please.” He moved his hand under her shirt and touched her breast, so warm and soft in his palm. She moaned with pleasure and Jak remembered the feeling of his hands on her body. He leaned back and she went with him, falling back on the bed and staring at him with a look that reflected his own hunger and desire

Jak, she murmured, her voice like a whisper touch on his psyche.

He stared into her eyes and for a heartbeat he felt as if he’d lost track of himself. Something was happening to him as he touched her. He knew with a certainty that if they made love, his life would be forever changed. Her mind, her body, and her spirit would be meshed with his and his with hers. This would change them forever. Jak started to pull away then he saw the love and wanting in her eyes.

All rational thought flew out the window as a burning heat ignited in his belly. Hands fumbled with clothing and soon Dru was lying next to him on the bed, his hands caressing her now naked body, her hands caressing him. The need to experience her was overwhelming. He’d thought about this all during the long, cold season past. Jak started to prop himself up on his elbows to cover her when she moved down his body, tasting his chest, his stomach, his thighs. Her soft hair brushed against his chest then his stomach as her tongue and lips nipped at him.

AuThursday – Cindy Spencer Pape

Hello Naughty Boys and Girls!   Please welcome fellow Resplendence Author Cindy Spencer Pape.  Speaking of Authors…Cindy – Who is your favorite author and why?

I can’t claim to have any one favorite. Early influences would include Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels, then later Jayne Ann Krentz, Elizabeth Lowell, and Linda Howard. More recently I’ve discovered Lora Leigh, Christine Warren, and Christine Feehan. Plus, outside of romance, I adore humorous SF/fantasy writers like Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, and more recently, Jim Butcher, and the occasional mystery.

Q: How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?

No, Every book unfolds a little differently. Some of it is plotting, some of it is waiting to see how

Q: Are you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us? (We’ d love to hear all about them!) 

Well, I just sent a book off to my Ellora’s Cave editor, and I have projects under consideration with a few different houses. My current WIP’s include a trilogy with the fabulous Desiree Holt and Regina Carlysle, and my new love, a steampunk romance.

Q: Any recent appearances that you would like to share with us about/any upcoming ones?

I was at Romanticon in October and plan to be at the RT convention in April. Anything in between is still unknown.

Q: Do you have a favorite hero in all your books? For any particular reason? 

You know, I love them all, or I don’t think I could write them. A few favorites include Fitz from Crazy for the Cowboy (Wild Rose Press) David from Djinni and the Geek (Ellora’s Cave) and Will from Wings of the Raven (Total-E-Bound). Why? They’re all imperfect, but come through in the clutch.

Q: How hard is it to keep sex/love scenes fresh and interesting?

Always a challenge!

Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?



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Join me on Saturday when Cindy shares a steamy excerpt from her latest book, “Nailed.”



AuThursday – JL Wilson

by JL Wilson

by JL Wilson

Please welcome fellow Resplendence Author JL Wilson.  Let’s get started.


Q: What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

Be disciplined. Writing is a job, more creative than some, but a job nonetheless. You can’t wait for inspiration to strike or the Muse to come visiting. You have to sit down and work at it, making sure to continue to learn as you write.

Q:  What were your feelings when your first novel was accepted/when you first saw the cover of the finished product?

My first acceptance was a real soul-searcher for me. I wasn’t sure I wanted to be with an e-publisher, but a fellow author whom I respected had a good experience with that publisher, so I signed with them. Suffice it to say, the experience was NOT a good one; the publisher went out of business but I got my rights back unscathed and later sold that book to another publisher. So my first contract was a bit of a mess and my first covers were awful – I can say that because they were changed, but the one that I finally got was still not what I wanted (it’s not one of my mystery books but a romantic suspense book; I’ll leave you to figure it out ::grin::J. ) So the whole ‘ooh, look at my cover’ experience was not a good one.

 Since then, though, I’ve had great editors, covers, and publishers, so I guess I got all my bad experiences out of the way early.

Q: Are you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us? (We’ d love to hear all about them!)

I’ve got a new series starting in September with The Wild Rose Press called “The New Human Intercession”. Human Touch is the first book, followed by Living Proof then Leap of Faith.

It’s set on another planet and features telepathy, shape shifting, and the overthrow of a government. I had a LOT of fun writing it. The first book comes out this year, the second next year, and the third in late 2010 or early 2011. They’re all written & submitted & almost done with editing.

I also have 6 mysteries I’m waiting to submit then I’m moving on to a new phase in my career: I plan to work on an alternate America, a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy. I’ve got 8 books planned in that ‘world’.

Q: What is the hottest love scene you’ve written to date and why?

The hottest scene hasn’t been published – I deleted it from the book because I think it was just too over the top. Most of my books are only moderately steamy and my first-person mysteries are “closed door” sex books (they close the door so you don’t get the details).

When I had that sex scene in one book, I was toying with the idea of delving into erotica. Then I realized it just didn’t really fit with that book or those characters, so I deleted it. It might appear in a later book, though. You just never know.

Q: How anatomical are you when describing sex organs?

I’m not at all detailed. I like to leave some things up to a reader’s imagination.

Q: What are the best reviews you’ve received so far?

I’ve gotten quite a few good reviews, but one of the ones that pleased me a LOT is from a totally unexpected source, a mystery review site ( It was for the digital edition of If Not For You, which just came out in print. The reviewer totally got what my heroine was all about. That heroine (Layla Whitford) is a favorite of my critique partners (one person said, “I want to be Layla when I grow up.” I totally agree).

It’s always fun to get reviews you don’t expect!

Q: Have you ever encountered “negative” feed back on your work?

Oh, sure. My very first review was sort of negative. The reviewer thought it was odd that I had a car chase in Iowa, like car chases don’t happen in the Midwest or something (believe me, there’s crime in the Midwest. Oh yeah, there’s crime). It was an odd review because I got the feeling the person didn’t like reading about older heroes and heroines, but that’s what I write, so … I didn’t get too discouraged by it, not when later reviews all said how refreshing it was to have the over-40s main characters.

Q:  What makes a book a page turner?

You’ve got to have a hook. Remember in Gypsy – ‘you’ve got to have a gimmick?’ In writing, you’ve got to have a hook. You’ve got to have a reason why someone wants to keep going. You need unique characters, unusual plots, or an unusual setting. My books all feature regular people like you & me who get caught in unusual situations (someone is murdered at work; they’re present when someone is killed in front of them, etc.)

I think if a reader can identify with a character then that reader will keep turning those pages.

Q:  Does a hero always have to be good looking and why or why not?

I’d rather have a hero who is unique. Handsome is fine but it’s more important that they have good character and be just good people. That said, in Endurance the hero is drop-dead gorgeous, but he’s in love with a woman who’s not a stunning beauty. I love that about him!

Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

I’ve got a web site (of course): The best place to find me is Twitter (@JLwriter) or just check here: It lists my hang-outs

Join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from “Human Touch.”



Saturday Sexcerpt – Trouble with the Law by Tatiana March

Hey Naughty Boys and Girls Tatiana is sharing the Saturday Sexcerpt with uss!!! This is from Trouble with the Law.

 “No,” he told her. “I want to watch you watching me.”

His gaze locked with hers as he methodically unfastened the buckle on his belt. Rather than reach for the zip on his jeans, he slowly pulled the worn leather band out of the loops and folded it in his hands before stepping aside to set it down on the desk by the window.

Then he scraped out the chair and settled on it, lifting one foot over the opposite knee. Justine felt her mouth go dry. She hadn’t looked at his feet before, hadn’t realized that instead of shoes or sneakers he wore hiking boots. She listened to the sounds as he yanked the laces loose, and one by one removed the boots and the socks underneath.

Still looking at her, he stood up and raised his hands to his waist. “Sorry,” he said, and a quick smile quirked his lips. “Commando. I was in too much of a hurry to look for underwear when I got dressed.”

The metal zip rustled as his hands edged down, and then with a sweeping motion he shoved the jeans down his powerful legs. His erection swung free, pointing at the ceiling. Justine couldn’t help but stare, her mouth ajar. Her breath ran in swift gasps as she tore her attention back to his face.

She caught the flash of pure male satisfaction in his eyes, and then he moved to the bed and crouched down beside her. “Happy birthday,” he murmured, brushing a chaste kiss on her lips.

Justine laid the flat of her palm over his chest. She could feel the warmth of his skin, the slight moisture the steamy night had drawn on it, and the steady pounding of his heart. She slid her hand along the smooth muscles, following the downward taper of the dark line of hairs.

“Not yet,” he murmured. Gently but firmly he placed his hands against her shoulders and pushed, until she fell back to lie down on the bed. “I want to kiss every inch of your body. I don’t care how long it takes, but I’m going to make you mine like no man has ever made you his. I’m going to find nerve endings on your body you didn’t know existed.” A crooked smile played around his mouth. “And I’ll do my best to have you begging before I finally slip inside you.”

Justine closed her eyes. A soft moan rose deep within her as she felt the wet heat of his mouth over her collarbone. Her back arched, exposing her throat. His kisses trailed along her neck. His breath brushed over her breast as he edged down her side, and she realized he had meant it literally when he told her that he’d kiss her everywhere.

The drag of his lips in the sensitive dip of her waist sent her shivering. Her arms flew up from her sides, and she buried her fingers into his dark curls, attempting to guide him to her breasts.

“No,” he said, capturing her wrists and pressing her hands down against the bedspread. “Not yet.”

He roamed her body, found the tender spots inside her elbows and at the back of her knees. In between kisses, he smoothed his palms over her skin, feeling her contours–the curve of her hips, the swell of her buttocks, the long line of her legs–as he slowly removed the few scraps of clothing she wore.

“Please,” she whispered as he worked his way up along the inside of her thigh. He raised his head to look at her, and then he laid his hand against her abdomen, heavy and warm. Slowly, he inched his touch over her belly, finally reaching the valley between her breasts, and halting there.

Justine closed her eyes against the barrage of sensations. She wriggled in a desperate search, until his hand met her breast. She cried as a wave of tension gripped her, making her feel as if her body was a knot he’d suddenly yanked unbearably tight.

“Please,” she murmured. When his thumbs brushed over her nipples, she jerked up on the bed, a sharp cry escaping her throat.

He hushed her, but she couldn’t control her voice. A keening sound filled the dimly lit room. She felt the mattress dip as he climbed up beside her, and then his mouth closed over hers, in a slow kiss that dulled her cries to a muffled whimper.

And just when she thought she could bear it no more, he leaned on his elbows and covered her body with his, fitting his legs between hers. “Are you sure?” he asked, his words low and husky.

“Yes,” she told him, and shifted beneath him to welcome him.

Such a shame we have to wait until November for more.  Meanwhile you can beg Tatiana for more at her website.

See you there,