Category Archives: Member News

New Release from Anna DePalo

Congratulations to LSF Writers Member Anna DePalo Author on her new release from Harlequin Desire. Hollywood Baby Affair will be available as an e-book on June 1 and in print on June 6. For more information, please visit

Vicki Weisfeld Short Stories in the News!

Vicki Weisfeld’s short story “Breadcrumbs” was published in Issue 3 of Betty Fedora, a journal whose tagline is “Crime Fiction for Kickass Women”!; her story “A Slaying Song Tonight” was published in the January/February issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine; and “Burning Bright” will be published by Level Best Books in the anthology “Busted: Arresting Stories from the Beat” in April. Reprints of two of other stories appeared in Kings River Life (10/16) and a John Greenleaf Whittier foundation anthology (forthcoming: April 2017).

Eileen Watkins signs 3 Book Deal!

LSF Writers member Eileen Watkins has signed a three-book contract with Kensington Books to launch a new series, the Cat Groomer Mysteries. Her stories will feature 27-year-old Cassie McGlone, who owns and operates a cat grooming and boarding business in the fictional small town of Chadwick, N.J….and ends up solving murders on the side. The first in this series, The Persian Always Meows Twice, has already been accepted and is due out in October 2017. For more information on Eileen, please visit

2009 July August Member News

Congratulations to our Mayke It Happen Finalists!
We are pleased to announce the seven finalists who completed 60,000
words during the Mayke-it-Happen Challenge:

    Deborah Blake Jamie Banta
    Monica Liming-Hu Deanna Cassidy
    Carolyn Coles Diane Gerber
    Stacey Wilk

The following finalists won critiques of their partial manuscripts from either an agent or editor:

    Deborah Blake—Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
    Deanna Cassidy—Stephany Evans, FinePrint Literary Management
    Carolyn Coles—Patience Smith, Harlequin

Congratulations to all for their incredible accomplishments.

LSF Writers held its first off-site get together at the 2009 RWA Conference in Washington, D.C. Here are some photos from the first, but not last, LSF Writers dinner.

LSF Members at RWA National Conference
LSF Members at RWA National Conference

Mitzi Flyte has won two awards from the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group:
Essay: “Love Pats” in The Ultimate Cat Lover Book
Short Story: “Deadly Inked” in the Deadly Ink Anthology 2008

Mary Kennedy is pleased to report that she will start writing reviews for Book Page this Fall. Book Page is available free in libraries all over the US and has over half a million paid subscribers. She continues to write crime fiction reviews for the Examiner at

Cris Anson is thrilled to report that DANCE OF THE ROGUE, the fourth book in her DANCE series, was released by Ellora’s Cave on September 2. This is particularly gratifying to her because after her husband’s death, she had been unable for several years to concentrate on writing. In ROGUE, Bad-Boy Rolf finally finds his own (older, plus-sized) heroine. Read an excerpt at

Melinda Leigh is pleased to have made the final round in the From The Heart Romance Writers Golden Gateway contest as well as the Heart of the West contest.

Jamie Banta’s DEEPER THAN BONE placed with an Honorable Mention in the paranormal category of the Put Your Heart in a Book contest.

E.F. Watkins gave talks on fiction this summer at the Pequannock Public Library and at Barnes & Noble in Ramsey. In September, she will be taking part in the Red Bank and Jamesburg street fairs with LSFW and SinC/CJ, respectively. On October 17, she will be doing a panel at the Barnes & Noble in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and will have a signing on October 25 for DANU’S CHILDREN, at Practical Magick in Pompton Lakes, NJ.

Marsha Browne, Zita Christian, Paula Scardamalia, and Anne Frazier Walradt taped a pair of Page 1 TV shows recently, which will be seen on Connecticut and Massachusetts public television. The shows are interviews telling how a group of six women (including the four above) completed the book of a dying friend. The book, 101 WAYS YOU CAN HELP: HOW TO OFFER COMFORT AND SUPPORT TO THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING by Liz Aleshire, was published in May 2009 by Sourcebooks.

Caridad Piñeiro will be appearing at the DragonCon Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, from September 4 to September 7. Look for her at booth 707.

Shobhan Bantwal will be appearing at the Edison Public Library on September 11 at 6 P.M. to discuss her latest release, THE SARI SHOP WIDOW.

June Member News

Debra Mullins was featured on the Borders True Romance Blog.

Judi Fennell’s Wild Blue Under is a finalist in the Prism Awards, Light Paranormal. Winners will be announced at The Gathering at the FFP celebration at the RWA National Conference.

Kathy Kulig’s Damned and Desired received 4.5 cherries and was Book of the Week at The Long and Short Reviews

Patt Mihailoff will be doing a talk at the Clarendon Library (near Brooklyn College) on June 8th at 6 p.m.

Caridad Piñeiro just received the cover for her November 2010 release STRONGER THAN SIN. Caridad is also pleased to announce that she has accepted an offer from Carina Press for two Aztec-themed paranormal romances and an offer from Grand Central Publishing for two more books in the SINS paranormal romance series.

Anne Elizabeth was Author Reporter at the BEA for PW’s Barbara Vey. Here’s a link to the news:
Anne also signed her graphic novel—PULSE OF POWER—and over five hundred promo pieces with LA Banks (for her Vampire Huntress comics). Both Anne and LA Banks debut in July with Dynamite Entertainment.

Autumn Jordon’s OBSESSED BY WILDFIRE received 4.5 stars at The Romance Studio.

Penelope Marzec’s FIEND OF WHITE BUCK HALL received a great review at Hot Gossip Hot Reviews.

January-February Member News

Cris Anson is pleased to announce the sale of PUNISHMENT AND MERCY to Ellora’s Cave. PUNISHMENT is wildly different from her contemporary DANCE books—it’s a ménage set in 1694 Massachusetts Bay Colony. Cris’s editor said, “I don’t know where this story came from in your mind, but I can only say that it reads as inspired. The way you’ve done the voice of the characters, the absolute ‘feel’ of the piece—it’s amazing!” Oh, yeah, she also says “And, boy oh boy, is this a hot one!”

Anne Frazier Walradt will present a workshop “Secrets of the Ha-Ha Sisterhood: The Community of Women’s Humor” at Maumee Bay Resort (Oregon, OH) for “A Writing Retreat: In the Company of Women” on April 16-18, 2010. Registration is limited: general info.htm
Joanna Aislinn received her first review at Amazon and it was 5 stars.

Autumn Jordon’s OBSESSED BY WILDFIRE was released on January 27th by Wild Rose Press.

Blaise Kilgallen’s TIMELESS was released on January 15 by Class Act Books. The sequel to “TIMELESS” — “CADY’S STORY” — will be released on March 15th.

Judi Fennell’s third Mer story, CATCH OF A LIFETIME, is up for Best Book on Long and Short Reviews.

Jenni Holbrook is teaching an on-line class about Pitching and Synopsis writing at HCRW in February. Registration is still open. I’m really looking forward to teaching. This is my favorite topic. For more information, please visit
Mary Kennedy was interviewed by Jean Henry Meade.

Kat Henry Doran was recently interviewed by the Rochester Romance Novel Examiner.

Lori Varallo has released her first article at the Examiner.