Monday, February 18, 2013

Brenda Jackson ~ Workshop Speaker February 23, 2013

Join us this Saturday for an exciting chat with author Brenda Jackson!

Brenda Jackson, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author was born in Jacksonville, Florida.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University and worked in management for State Farm Insurance where retired after thirty-seven years.  She married her high school sweetheart, Gerald, forty-one years ago and they have two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon, ages thirty-five and thirty-three, respectively.  

Her professional writing career began in 1995 with the release of her first book, Tonight and Forever.  Since then she has written over 95 titles, which includes a made-for-television movie by BET, One Special Moment.  She has received numerous national and literary awards and has made many trail-blazing accomplishments, which includes being the first African-American author to make the New York Times Bestseller’s List and the USA Today's Bestseller's List in the romance genre. 

She was a 2012 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Fiction for her book, A Silken Thread, and was recently named Romance Writers of America’s Nora Robert’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for 2012.

She has been featured in several magazines including Essence, Sister-2-Sister, Today’s Black Woman, Ebony, Romantic Times, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day and Cosmopolitan.

Inspired by her love of romance and dedication to her numerous readers, Brenda formed her own publishing company, the Madaris Publishing Company.  She is proud of her national book club – the Brenda Jackson Book Club – that has a membership of over 2,500 readers.  Brenda also joins her readers every two years for a Madaris/Westmoreland family reunion cruise to various destinations.

One of Brenda’s entities, Madaris Entertainment, has joined forces with her son Gerald’s production company, Five Alive Films, to bring viewers the best in romantic movies based on Brenda’s award winning books.  Brenda has started work on another movie based on her book, A Silken Thread.  Production will begin later this year.

She added a director’s hat to her list of accomplishment with her first movie titled, Truly Everlasting.  It was a huge success and has been picked up by Warner Brothers and was released to stores nationwide on May 15, 2012.  For more information visit, Truly Everlasting

She has received awards for her community service from the AKA Sorority, the Delta Sorority, the Zeta Sorority and the Clara White Mission.

A staunch supporter of higher education, she established the Josiephine Threatt Scholarship Foundation at Florida Memorial University in Miami, in honor of her grandmother.  She has given over a $150,000.00 to this scholarship foundation at FMU to grant college educations to students who might not be able to afford one.

A listing of her books can be found on her website – Brenda Jackson

 Visit her FaceBook Fan Page, and on Twitter.

ACRA meets on the 4th Saturday of each month at the Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL. Phone (904)-996-0325. Bring your lunch and socialize from noon-12:30, followed by a workshop.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


"The best little conference in North Florida"

This year St Augustine will soon be 450 years old, and the Ancient City Romance Authors are helping to celebrate by offering our conference attendees a pirate’s bounty to fill their creative writing coffers.  On October 25th and 26th, 2013, the “doubloons” will be plentiful and valuable. It’s our hope that when you leave our conference your writer’s treasure chest will be overflowing with goodies.


Our pirate ship will dock at Hampton Inn St. Augustine Beach, St Augustine, FL, on
Friday, October 25th, 2013 and will remain through Saturday, October 26th, 2013.

On board to help pass out those precious “doubloons” will be:

SHARON SALA – Bestselling Author
Sharon is a long-time member of RWA, as well as a member of OKRWA. She has 85 plus books in print, written as Sharon Sala and Dinah McCall. First published in 1991, she’s a seven-time RITA finalist, winner of the Janet Dailey Award, four-time Career Achievement winner from RT Magazine, National Reader’s Choice Award, and Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence winners five times each and has received the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America. Her books are New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and Waldenbooks’ mass market best-sellers. Writing changed her life, her world, and her fate.

Sharon’s Saturday workshops will be:
10 Things I wish I'd known Sooner About the Business of Publishing - motivational
Show Me The Money - a hands-on workshop about imagery and 'showing' not 'telling'
Learning the Ropes on Self-publishing - Info based


AMIE FLANAGAN – Agent, Sullivan-Maxx Literary Agency
Amie will be taking agent appointments and doing the keynote luncheon speech –
The Story and the Agent - She will lead our attendees through the process of getting an agent, while writing a salable story.

ElizabethSinclairBest-selling romance author and the best-selling The Dreaded Synopsis – Writing a Selling Synopsis
Kathryn Bain and Dolores J WilsonBest-selling humor authors – How to Write Funny
Nancy Quatrano – On-Target Words: Coaching, Editing, Media Kits and Press Releases that work!—Editing Your Book for the Big Sale

We also have some special things planned, the kind that makes our conference the best little conference in North Florida!

Friday afternoon: The director of The St Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum is planning a special “Pirate Adventure” just for us. Ahoy, matey!
Friday evening: Our resident unparalleled chef, Dolores Wilson, is cooking up a delicious reception for us, complete with lots of food that we promise you’ll be talking about for days to come.  Yum, yum!
Also, Friday evening: We’ll be ending the day with a Treasure Hunt with amazing prizes for the winning “bounty hunters.”

In addition to all the above (not including the Pirate Adventure which is $10.00 extra), registration includes lunch on Saturday, critique raffles by published authors, agents and editors, our famous theme baskets and a treasure chest filled with some fabulous goodies.

Special door prize: 
A complete CD set of
2012 RWA Conference Workshop Recordings.

Visit the Fiction Writers' Conference on the Beach page on our website.

Questions?  Contact Elizabeth Sinclair or Kathy Bain