First Coast Romance Writers, an affiliate of Romance Writers of America®, is an organization for both published and unpublished writers, as well as any individuals involved in the writing/publishing industry. The membership includes writers of all levels, from those working on their first manuscripts to award-winning authors. The chapter is dedicated to promoting excellence in romantic fiction through monthly meetings and workshops in a comfortable forum where published and unpublished writers share knowledge about the constantly evolving publishing industry. FCRW strives to help writers become published and establish careers with innovative programs, networking opportunities and pertinent information on effective marketing techniques for members’ novels.




What have your secondary characters done for you lately? Join International Bestseller Karen Rose as she shares ways to use your sidekicks to enrich your story and enhance your main characters.


Join RITA winner Karen Rose as she reveals the secrets to creating chilling villains. What makes villains bad? What kinds of behaviors can be associated with the different types of villains? What are the characteristics of the truly believable – and scary – villains that will keep your readers turning the pages from beginning to end? If you’re looking to create unforgettable bad guys, this is the workshop for you!

Karen RoseInternationally bestselling, RITA-award winning, author Karen Rose was born and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. She met her husband, Martin, on a blind date when they were seventeen and after they both graduated from the University of Maryland, (Karen with a degree in Chemical Engineering) they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. Karen worked as an engineer for a large consumer goods company, earning two patents, but as Karen says, “scenes were roiling in my head and I couldn’t concentrate on my job so I started writing them down. I started out writing for fun, and soon found I was hooked.”

Her debut suspense novel, DON’T TELL, was released in July, 2003. Since then, she has published fifteen more novels and two novellas. Her sixteenth novel, CLOSER THAN YOU THINK, will be released in 2015.

Karen’s books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, London’s Sunday Times, and Germany’s der Spiegel (#1), and the Irish Times, as well as lists in South Africa (#1) and Australia!

Her novels, I’M WATCHING YOU and SILENT SCREAM, received the Romance Writers of America’s RITA award for Best Romantic Suspense for 2005 and 2011. Five of her other books have been RITA finalists. To date, her books have been translated into twenty-four languages.
A former high school teacher of chemistry and physics, Karen lives in Florida with her husband of more than twenty years, her two daughters, two dogs, and a cat.

You can learn more about Karen on her website.

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 Congratulations to the 2015 NERFA Winners!

Contemporary Series

Winner: A League of Her Own by Karen Rock

Finalists: Primal Instinct by Janie Crouch

Stalked by Beverly Long

Single Title

Winner: Just One Thing by Holly Jacobs

Finalists: Abstract Love by Samantha Christy

Unleashed by Rachel Lacey


Winner: The Gift by Margaret Mallory

Finalists: Night Angel by Lisa Kessler

A Pony for Christmas by Bev Petterson

Erotic Romance

Winner: Hers to Own by Anne Lange

Finalists: Tempting Meredith by Samantha Ann King

Cowboys Never Fold by Lexi Post

Romantic Suspense

Winner: Cold Pursuit by Toni Anderson

Finalists: A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson

Saving Sophie by Cate Beauman


Winner: What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell

Finalists: The Unexpected Duchess by Valerie Bowman

Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michels

Romantic Elements

Winner: Fair Play by Deeanne Gist

Finalists: A Tide Too High by Carole Brungar

Amber Light by Virginia McCullough


Winner: Spark Rising by Kate Corcino

Finalists:  Wicked Flames by Sharon Kay

Overload Flux by Carol Van Natta

Young Adult

Winner: Innocent by Callie James

Finalists: This Is Your Afterlife by Vanessa Barneveld

Student Bodyguard for Hire by Callie James

Best First Book

Winner: Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michels

Finalists: A Tide Too High by Carole Brungar

Unleashed by Rachel Lacey

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