We meet on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm in the meeting rooms on the fourth floor of the Palisades Mall
(1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack, NY), just outside the skating rink.
If you are not a member, you MUST RSVP on the form below so we know you are coming.
Our Meeting Rooms occasionally change and we will be unable to inform you if we don't have your information.
All meetings with speakers are open to the public at a charge of $5.00 by cash only at the door.
The payment will be credited toward your $25 membership dues if you choose to join.
All meetings are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Upcoming Meeting Schedule
March 7, 2020: How to Create and Promote a Romance Podcast, featuring Melody, co-founder of the popular Heaving Bosoms Podcast!
Heaving Bosoms is a weekly podcast where far-flung best friends - Erin in Alaska and Melody in New Jersey - gush, giggle, snark, and snort their way through a different romance novel each week! The podcast is constantly taking recommendations from all corners of the genre, which means that each week is a deep breakdown of your favorite, and occasionally not so favorite, romance novels. The show started as an excuse for Erin and Mel to call each other more, and has turned into this beautiful community of Romancelandia badasses who are passionate about reading, friendship, open-hearted feminism, and self-love!
In her talk, she will cover why and how she and Erin started Heaving Bosoms, how she went from zero experience to successful podcaster, and what she's learned along the way. Creating content within Romancelandia is a singular experience and it's been an amazing ride so far!
April 3-5, 2020: Members Only Writers Retreat and Book Signing in Saratoga Springs
May 2, 2020: Performer and storyteller Racheline Maltese will discuss Historical Weaponry in Combat and How it Relates to Writing Romance. Included will be discussions of swordsmanship traditions of different European countries from about 1000 to the current day and how that impacts the personalities, beliefs, and physical characteristics of anyone using historical weapons in books. She will also advise how to describe combat clearly and accurately and bring several blunted reproductions of various eras of weapons.
June 6, 2020: Video Game and other Digital Writing Opportunities for Romance Writers, featuring Rebecca Slitt, managing editor for Choice of Games, LLC., who is running their new division, Heart's Choice (followed by annual Chapter Lunch).
Rebecca Slitt is an editor and partner at Choice of Games, LLC, and the author of the interactive novels Psy High and First Year Demons. She has also contributed to the tabletop games Timewatch RPG, Noirlandia, and Geist; and is the author of the forthcoming Dark College Years. Before joining Choice of Games, she was a professor of medieval history, specializing in the aristocratic and military culture of twelfth-century England. She has presented on game design and interactive fiction at Worldcon, Arisia, the Villanova University Popular Culture Series, and the International Medieval Congress on Medieval Studies.
July 11th, 2020 (note it's the SECOND Saturday of the month: Getting the Legalities in Your Romance Right, featuring Amanda S.Trigg,
who recently joined Cohn Lifland’s Family Law practice as a partner. Amanda is recognized as a leader in the family law bar. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a Past President of its New Jersey Chapter. Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney, Amanda has served as Chair of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Amanda has also been trained by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as a Matrimonial Law Arbitrator. Amanda will speak on important family law issues like finding, valuing and dividing assets, alimony and child support, child custody, parenting time and other rights of husbands, wives, mothers, fathers and children so your novel can be as accurate as possible.
Past Events--Wish you could have been with us!
February 9, 2020: Romance Trivia Fundraiser at Growler and Gill, Nanuet. 3-5pm.
February 1, 2020: Penny Sansevieri streaming talk on Successfully Supercharge a Book Reading/Signing Event, New City LibraryJanuary 4, 2020: A Discussion on the Importance of Diversity
December 7, 2019: Members Only Holiday Brunch at Prohibition River Restaurant, Nyack.
November 2, 2019: A Day in the Life of Your Next Protagonist: Crime Investigator and Romantic Suspense Author Author D.C. Stone
What is daily life like for a criminal investigator? D.C. Stone knows it well and is willing to share. A romantic suspense author whose daily work revolves around organized crime and major case investigations, D.C. has also worked other aspects of internal affairs and criminal investigations, including murders and child abuse, conducted as a military member. Bring all your questions! Registration form below; don't forget to prepay your $5.00 entrance fee via PayPal to HudsonValleyRomance@yahoo.com.
October 5, 2019: Write Kink Right!
Dutchess Jealoquin (Domme) and Cassavini (switch) are two prominent members of the BDSM community for 8+ years and are also group leaders in the capital district and southern Vermont. They will discuss the dynamics of their 24/7 D/s relationship and other aspects of the bd/sm world as they have come to learn about them, plus answer any questions you may have.
September 7th, 2019: A Day in the Life of Your Next Protagonist--Dating Coach/Former Matchmaker Karenna Alexander Plus: An Introduction to BookTrib and its Opportunities for Author Publicity with Jim Alkon
Ever consider writing a novel featuring a dating coach or matchmaker? Here's a chance to get the facts straight from someone who's been there and done that. Our featured speaker, dating coach and former matchmaker Karenna Alexander, will discuss such topics as how differently men and women act in the dating arena, the differences between matchmaking and coaching, and an inside look inside the matchmaking process. Question and Answer period follows talk.