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From Pumpkin Patches to Christmas Cookies: How to Write a Heartwarming, Hallmark-Sweet Romance

Join Hallmark author Teri Wilson in this discussion about the rising popularity of low-angst, Hallmark-style sweet romances and what specific elements set these stories apart. Participants will learn how to craft a Hallmark-style story, why these feel-good romances have such mass appeal and how to get them published.


Everyone is invited to join us on May 28 to hear Teri Wilson tell us about writing sweet Hallmark-type romances. Join us for a short social time at 9 am central time, followed by a brief business meeting at 9:30 am. Our speaker starts about 10 am.


DARA meetings are held the fourth Saturday of each month from January to October. We're currently meeting on Zoom -- to get an invite to the Zoom room, please contact our Membership Chair, Priya Ardis, at info@dallasarearomanceauthors.com.


Naima Simone

About Teri Wilson


USA Today Bestselling Author Teri Wilson writes heartwarming contemporary romance with a touch of whimsy. Three of Teri's books have been adapted into Hallmark Channel Original Movies by Crown Media, including UNLEASHING MR. DARCY (plus its sequel MARRYING MR. DARCY), THE ART OF US and NORTHERN LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS, based on her book SLEIGH BELL SWEETHEARTS. She is also a recipient of the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction and a 2022 inductee into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame. Teri loves pretty dresses, Audrey Hepburn films and following the British royal family. Visit her at www.teriwilson.net or on Instagram @TeriWilsonauthor where she posts way too many photos of her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.



Janet Leigh

Denim, Diamonds and Deep 6

Book 6 in the Jennifer Cloud Series

April 12, 2022

Self-Published

375 pages


Paris 1912 is only the beginning.


Relentless time traveler Jennifer Cloud wants a little one-on-one time with her man and possibly, if it’s not asking too much, a proposal. But when a mysterious brigand sabotages her fellow time travelers and disrupts her love life, Jen must embark on a very dangerous vacation.


As Jen searches for the brigand, she discovers a valuable gem has been stashed amongst the trunks of a wealthy socialite destined to board the Titanic. The problem is the socialite’s name is on the list of lost souls from that horrible night, April 14, 1912.


Jen must be brave enough to defy her boss, board the ship of dreams, and help her sexy defender capture the brigand whilst not jumping his bones before they hit the infamous iceberg.


Will she succeed in saving the gem, or will her conscience force her to save the lot, avoid mass mayhem, and change history?


AUTHOR NOTE: Book 6 in the Jennifer Cloud series may be read as a stand-alone, but is much more fun if read in order. If you love sexy, hunky heroes and courageous heroines with sass, you’ll love this time travel romance series. Join the adventure.



A.C. Cockerill

First Star, Evening Star Series Book 3

December 14, 2021

Self-Published

221 pages

Fourth Published Novel (Also published 4 short stories and 1 novella.)


FIRST STAR is a near-future romance and cozy mystery blend set on a ranch northwest of Dallas, Texas.


Intern Josey Morningstar teams up again with her sisters, Paige and Blair, and Nana to solve a new mystery at the Evening Star Ranch B&B. Police detective Ross Dunvegan joins the amateur detective team to solve the mystery of Ed Kingston's key. Can Josey solve this mystery, decide between becoming a police officer or a private investigator, and find love along the way?

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Rebecca Stevenson

Lonewild Winter

December 28, 2021

Self-published

212 pages

3rd in Wentworth Cove series


Watercolorist Reagan Hart and her twelve-year-old daughter Meredith have lived in New York City all their lives, but when Reagan hears that her ex-husband will be released from prison early, they change their last name, relocate to a small coastal town in Maine, and lease a house from a feisty octogenarian.


Brett Mason takes care of his aunt's estate, including Lonewild, now that she's moved to an assisted living facility, but he has trust issues of his own... and a tendency to butt in where he's not wanted.


Jared Loper will stop at nothing to find his wife and daughter. Even if it means violating parole and the possibility of being sent back to prison.


The lives of these five people are about to intersect on the scenic streets and shores of Wentworth Cove.

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Carolyn Rae

Romancing the Doctor

January 22, 2022

(received rights back, republished with new cover)


Despite being newly divorced, Heather McKinley is thrilled to discover she is finally pregnant. While he’d rather be pursuing Heather, brilliant CDC researcher, Daniel Whistler, is called back to investigate a mutated virus more deadly than the original Rift Valley Fever, which also causes sterility. Devastated by her miscarriage, Heather joins him in the search for the perpetrator who’s dispersing the virus in U.S. cities and even on a Caribbean cruise ship. Their love for each other deepens, but secrets each hold threaten to pull them apart.





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