Special Announcement

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the SMRW monthly meeting scheduled for Saturday, January 12th at 10:00 a.m. has been cancelled. If you were planning to attend, we apologize for the inconvenience. Also, be on the lookout for special announcements coming soon about the 2013 Laurie, and next month’s guest speaker,  Anna DeStefano.


Annual Retreat Roundup

Our annual retreat is now over, and our members had a wonderful time! Lots of writing accomplished, with Trista Michaels taking the award for most written with over 18,000 words! It’s a great way to start a new year.

Many thanks to all those who attended and helped make the retreat special. And also, we’d like to thank Cabins USA for their great service. The cabin was lovely, with all the amenities we could’ve asked for, responsive service, and a nice quiet place where we could write.

Our January meeting is next Saturday at the Ftn. City Branch Library. We start at 10:00 a.m. The program will be a judging workshop.

Laurie Contest Gearing Up

SMRW will not have a regular December meeting. We will have our annual Christmas party at the home of Leanne Tyler. There will be a white elephant gift exchange, great food, games, and good times.

And chocolate.

Lots of chocolate.

The Laurie Contest will begin accepting entries soon. For more information and the sample score sheet, please visit our Contest Page. The official rules and entry form will be available soon.

2012 Laurie Winners

The Smoky Mountain Romance Writers are pleased to announce the 2012 Laurie Winners announced at the Masquerade Ball, Friday, June 22, 2012.

Young Adult

  1. The Gift by S.A. Tudhope
  2. Dream Crafters by Kim Riordan
  3. The Agreement by Angela Blount


  1. Charmed Deception by Dianna Shuford
  2. Listen to the Wind by Jane Foard Thompson
  3. God Whisperer by Kimberly Troutte


  1. Tempting Bella by Diana Quincy
  2. The Angel Who Fell From the Sky by Diana Quincy
  3. Dealer’s Choice by Mayo Lucas

Romantic Suspense

  1. In Safe Hands by Lee Burgess
  2. Talons of Desire by Kalyn Rehrig
  3. Body of Evidence by Melanie Duncan
  4. Mesmerized in Madagascar by George Guthridge

Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal

  1. Mind Sweeper by Amy Jones
  2. Caller of Light by T.J. Shaw
  3. Witness to History by Becky Lower


  1. Back in the Saddle by Susan Breeden
  2. Yeehaw Paisano by Petrina Aubol
  3. Clear as Glass by Lynn Kellan