First Coast Romance Writers, an affiliate of Romance Writers of America®, is an organization for both published and unpublished writers, as well as any individuals involved in the writing/publishing industry.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excellence in romantic fiction through monthly meetings and workshops in a comfortable forum where published and unpublished writers share knowledge about the constantly evolving publishing industry.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.




Being a Hybrid Author in Today’s Marketplace – Jennifer Ashley

The term “hybrid” was coined to denote authors who are publishing works both through traditional publishers and via self- (or indie) publishing. Publishing in both camps at once can be a challenge, but it can also be very rewarding. Learn from an author who has had both traditionally published books and indie-published books on the New York Times lists (within months of each other) the strengths each style offers as well as their drawbacks. Learn how to determine your goals and decide which publishing method (self-, trad., or hybrid) is for you.

Building a Series – Jennifer Ashley

These days, series, especially in romance, are incredibly popular. Most readers expect another book to follow the first, whether you are continuing the same story (a serial) or writing closed stories that are related (e.g., covering each member of a family). Learn how to build a series from the ground up, how to layer a world to invite the reader to explore, how to keep an ongoing series fresh, and how to market a series to your readers. Jennifer Ashley has written several successful series in romance as well as an ongoing mystery series, and will also discuss the differences and similarities in series across genres.

jennifer-ashleyNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling author JENNIFER ASHLEY has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; mysteries as Ashley Gardner; and paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James.

Jennifer’s/Allyson’s/Ashley’s more than 83 novels and novellas have won RWA’s RITA award, the Golden Quill, RT Reviewer’s Choice awards, and the Prism award, among others. Jennifer’s novels have been also been translated into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Italian, Thai, and other languages.

Jennifer enjoys writing and reading above all else, but her hobbies include cooking, hiking, playing flute and guitar, painting, and building miniature rooms and dollhouses.

(No fees or registration required for this meeting.)

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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

Please see the Contests tab for more details.



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