November Meeting

Just a quick reminder to our members that we will be meeting the 3rd Saturday this month. So mark your calendars for November 15th instead of the 8th. We will be having a special online voting on a matter of chapter business and the results will be discussed during the monthly meeting. Please be watching your emails for a message from our President about this vote, ballots have to be cast by November 14th to count.


September — Members Retreat & Booksigning

If you plan on visiting SMRW the second Saturday of this month you may want to reconsider. We will not be holding our regular monthly meeting because we are having a members retreat. It’s a time for our members to come together to plot, to write, to plan, to network.

On Saturday, September 20th from 2 until 5 many of our published members can be found at Hastings bookstore in Maryville, TN. We hope you will come out to meet and support us. We know it will be a fun time.


Call Me Poseidon — August Meeting

Join SMRW for a Cozy Workshop with Trish Milburn at Puleo’s Grille, 110 Cedar Lane, Knoxville, TN  37912 at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 9.  Cost: only your lunch, however, seating is limited so please email Donna Wright

to reserve your spot.

Trish will be doing her Call Me Poseidon: Three-Prong Approach to Publishing. This workshop covers the economic reasons for having multiple streams of writing income. She talks about the pros, cons, and cautions related to large publishers, small publishers, and self-publishing.

The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. for an informal meet and greet. Lunch will be served at 11:30 followed by door prizes and the workshop should begin around Noon.

Readers are welcome. Please join us and get to meet a very prolific and fabulous writer.

More about Trish Milburn: During her journey to publication, she finaled in RWA’s top award for unpublished manuscripts, the Golden Heart, eight times. She was fortunate enough to Trish_Milburnwin the Golden Heart twice — in 2004 in Romantic Suspense and in 2007 for Young Adult. On July 24, 2007, she finally got “The Call” and sold her first two books, young adult titles, to Razorbill, a part of Penguin Young Readers Group. On October 26, 2007, she was thrilled to sell two romances to Harlequin American.

Laurie Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the 2014 Laurie Winners!

The First Word –  Isley Robson
Trust No One – Annette Keuning
Mistletoe Misgivings – Tanya Agler

Seducing Death – Ellery McKay
Damned If She Do – Janet Walden
Embracing Betrayal – Rachel Rivers

Game of Charades – Samantha Moon*
The Laird’s Woman – Lisa Dawn*
Impulsive – Nicole Locke*

Young Adult
The Geek’s Best Kept Secret – Miguella T. Twosias*
My So-Called Bollywood Life – Nisha Sharma
Intaglio – Katie Grant


2014 Laurie Finalists!

Congratulations to the 2014 Laurie Finalists!

Mistletoe Misgivings – Tanya Agler
The First Word –  Isley Robson
Trust No One – Annette Keuning

Damned If She Do – Janet Walden
Embracing Betrayal – Rachel Rivers
Seducing Death – Ellery McKay

Game of Charades – Samantha Moon
Impulsive – Nicole Locke
The Laird’s Woman – Lisa Dawn

Young Adult
Intaglio – Katie Grant
My So-Called Bollywood Life – Nisha Sharma
The Geek’s Best Kept Secret – Miguella T. Twosias

Winners will be announced at the 2014 Laurie Banquet on June 14, 2014.

Laurie Banquet


You are Cordially Invited ….
WHAT:  The Laurie Luncheon, celebrating outstanding romance writing
WHO:  Sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Romance Writers
WHEN: June 14, 2004, 11 am
COST: $20    btn_buynowCC_LG
WHERE: Rothschild’s Catering, Knoxville, TN
8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN  37923
Appetizers and drinks start at 11am
Keynote Speaker: Former Laurie Winner Missy Tippens, Steeple Hill Author
Laurie Awards Ceremony
Also: give away’s, swag and surprises!

Laurie Results!

2013 Laurie Contest Results.

Young Adult
Winner:           Awakening By Lori Freeland — Requested By Deb Dixon
2nd Place:       It Happened On Thunder Road By Susan Antony
3rd Place:        Discovery By Jessica Ruddick

Romantic Suspense
Winner:           Dangerous Dreams  By Abbie Rhoades
2nd Place:       Wicked Dante Quinn By Lisa Mckinney
3rd Place:        Cerulean Eyes, Sapphire Hearts By Veronica Forand

Winner:           Deliver Us From Evil By Mary Curry
2nd Place:       Learning To Lean By April Jatindranath
3rd Place:        Auschwitz Dawn By Kristy Cambron

Winner:           Not Quite Legal By Christina Elle — Requested By Allison Carroll
2nd Place:       Only Till Midnight By Celeste Deveney
3rd Place:        Her Favorite Mistake By Barbara Lohr

Winner:           A Dangerous Desire By Rebecca Lamb
2nd Place:       The Wilderness Campaign By Eden Carson
3rd Place:        Wicked Things By Laura Trentham

Winner:           So Caught Up In You By Tracy Mecca
2nd Place:       Treasured Claim By Jami Gold
3rd Place:        Heart Of Atlantis By Amerlin Holland


Laurie Finalists!

It took a little longer than expected, but here is the list of our 2013 Laurie Finalists!

Congratulations to:

Heart of Atlantis   Amberlyn Holland
Treasured Claim   Jami Gold
So Caught Up In You  Tracy Mecca

It Happened on Thunder Road, by Susan Antony
Awakening, by Lori Freeland
Discovery: A Carriers Novel, by Jessica Ruddick

Learning to Lean  by April Jatindranath
Deliver Us from Evil by Mary Curry
Auschwitz Dawn by Kristy Cambron

Romantic Suspense
Dangerous Dreams by Abbie Rhoades
Cerulean Eyes, Sapphire Hearts by Veronica Forand
Wicked Dante Quinn by Lisa McKinney

A Dangerous Desire by Rebecca Lamb
Wicked Things by Laura Trentham
The Wilderness Campaign by Eden Carson

Her Favorite Mistake – Barbara Lohr
Not Quite Legal – Christina Elle
Only Till Midnight – Celeste Deveney

Thanks to everyone who entered. The coordinators are working on getting your score sheets and entries back to you as quickly as possible.

The winners will be announced at Trista Michael’s Romfest in June.