writerWe meet at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the community center at Brian Bachmann Park. First-time visitors are invited to attend for free. Others are asked to become members ($36 per calendar year, prorated) or pay $5 to attend an individual meeting. You can keep up with the latest news by liking our Facebook fan page. Questions? Contact President George Latimer at latimerstx(at)suddenlink.net. We are generously supported by the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.

What’s Next

bobi-andrews21April Monthly Meeting
7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9
Community Center at Bachmann Park, Rock Prairie Road, College Station

“Grandma Did WHAT? Mining Family History for Historical Novels”
Writer and history enthusiast Barbara “Bobi” Andrews of Houston creates fictional stories inspired by historical events in America in the 1700s and 1800s, telling the lives of exceptional men and women who were actually there, but may not appear in history books. Topics included: Where do you start? What do you need? What are techniques to bring dead people alive through language, style and voice?

May Monthly Meeting
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14
Community Center at Bachmann Park, Rock Prairie Road, College Station

Open Readings: Bring seven minutes’ worth of your work to read and get a gentle critique, if desired. Address the theme of Budding Romance in your work, and you’ll be eligible for a door prize.

Rhonda Brinkmann tours for “Load the Boat”

1661062_696053313748250_626733463_nRhonda Brinkmann has been busy with book signings across Texas, most recently in her hometown of Beeville. “Load the Boat,” the latest in the Darla King cozy mystery series (co-written with a friend), is available through Amazon and other merchants.

From the blurb: “Darla King left her position as a Florida investigator hoping to avoid any further involvement with law enforcement—but her curiosity keeps getting in her way. Darla is beginning to realize that what she envisioned as the simple life of a square dance caller is not so simple after all. When Darla agrees to serve as a square dance caller on a cruise, she plans on a little work and a lot of fun, sun, and romance. Instead, she and her friends encounter black market porn, a dead crew member, and a mysterious man with a satchel. She lands in danger, escaping with on-the-spot ingenuity.”

Molly Blaisdell announces “Plumb Crazy”

538109_10200684578658784_255488194_nCongratulations to Molly Blaisdell for “Plumb Crazy,” to be published in June by Swoon Romance.

From the blurb: “Small town country girl Elva Presley Hicks is about to attend her five-year class reunion with her best friends, Shay and Margarett.

The discovery of an old fanfic manuscript stirs up memories of her summer job as a plumber’s helper in Houston the summer before senior year. She earned a lot of money that year, but was lonely as heck.

It’s not like there weren’t any suitors back then. Elva could have chosen between Chase, the obese pig farmer, and Wyatt, the plumber with wandering hands. But Elva yearned for something more, and found it that fateful summer, with electrician, Mitch McCall.”

Want more? Go to GoodReads (and add it to your to-be-read list while you’re at it)!

Pamela Fagan Hutchins shares tips on indie publishing

Many thanks to Pamela Fagan Hutchins! Main takeaway from her presentation at our November monthly meeting?

Chase your dreams and have an attitude of gratitude, but be realistic and prepared, and work hard!

She details the tactics and strategies that shot her to Amazon best-sellerdom in “What Kind of Loser Indie Publishes, And How Can I Be One, Too?” available in paperback (and for Kindle for just $2.99).