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And the 2017 Winners Are…

Congratulations to the 2017 California Dreamin’ Hooker Contest Winners! First Place: The Everlast Spring by D.K. Dailey Second Place: Kate’s Hero by Susan B James Third Place: Miss Bryson Heads for a Fall by Celeste de Sales Honorable Mentions: Dark of Night by Frances Amati Emerald Drone by Alan Chaput   Now let’s meet our …

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It’s Saturday Night & You Are Invited


Two of the events have a tea party theme, A Regency Chat with Sarah MacLean and Tessa Dare, and Through the Looking Glass with Deb Dixon. Traditionally, tea parties have served as a way to bring old friends together or entertain new guests in a delightful, elegant setting. These tea parties each have an added …

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Brea, What’s There to Do in Brea?


Welcome to our conference in Brea, California. Brea is a city in Orange County with a population of approximately of 39,282 people (as of the 2010 census.) It’s fairly small even for Orange County, and if population statistics is your thing, here’s a link that gives general estimated populations for the County by City for …

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Readers, Authors, Book Covers & BINGO!


This conference we’re hosting a Readers’ Event, Book Bingo. The cards are beautiful, and have required the dedication of one volunteer and oodles of hours of hard work. Why? Because to make sure that there aren’t several winners, the cards have to be “different,” from each other in a mathematical way. Think about that for …

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Location, Location, Location

It’s hard to believe that two years has gone by and the 2017 California Dreamin’ Writers Conference is just a few weeks away. Your committee members are working on all the final details to make this a great conference experience for everyone attending, and many of those details involve the location of the conference. I can tell you that the Embassy …

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Beauty, Glamour & Period Images


One exciting new feature of the 2017 California Dreamin’ Writers’ Conference is the opportunity to schedule a photo session with one of the premier stock photo sites, Period Images, for a glamorous new headshot. But, if you’re like me, glamour doesn’t come naturally. Some of us had questions about how to get the most out …

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The British are Coming! Lock up your sons!

Well, maybe not all of the British. Just one middle-aged English writer. Sorry to disappoint you. But I’d still suggest you lock up your sons and husbands. I have a roaming eye and appreciate sexy blokes. Especially if they have a nice bum. I think this was how my British Invasion workshop bit was sold …

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Yes, You Should Join a Critique Group


The opportunity to purchase a critique session with an editor or agent ends on February 15th. For just $25 you get to participate in an intimate group of 5 writers and an industry professional who have their fingers on the pulse of the publishing world. It’s their job to know what the reader wants. To …

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Conference Do’s & Don’ts

I love attending conferences, going to workshops, meeting new authors, and reconnecting with friends, but my attitude is not the majority. Many find conferences intimidating, far too crowded, and full of angst. I asked a few California Dreamin’ authors to share some words of wisdom and tips, the do’s and don’t s of conference attending! …

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Meet Keynote Speaker – Robyn Carr

Robyn Carr

Now that Robyn Carr has earned the #1 slot on the New York Times list many times, the creator of the wildly popular Virgin River and Thunder Point series laughs when someone refers to her as an overnight success. “The truth is, I was first published in 1978, and it took me thirty years to …

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