Authors at Art Walk during Springfield’s First Friday Art Walk – March 6, 2015

Authors at Art Walk during Springfield’s First Friday Art Walk – March 6, 2015

ORA is participating in yet another First Friday Art Walk with our signature event, Authors At Art Walk! It’s Friday, March 6, 2015, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., at BookMarx (325 E. Walnut St., Ste 101, Springfield, MO 65806, 417-501-1062).

Please show up, support our members, and make sure it’s a fun night.

Participating authors:




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There is no charge to attend First Friday Art Walk. You will have the chance to meet these authors, purchase their books, and have them signed. We look forward to seeing you!

Authors at Art Walk during Springfield’s First Friday Art Walk – December 5, 2014

ORA is participating in yet another First Friday Art Walk with our signature event, Authors At Art Walk! It’s Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m., at BookMarx (325 E. Walnut St., Ste 101, Springfield, MO 65806, 417-501-1062).

Please show up, support our members, and make sure it’s a fun night.

Dec 5 AAWParticipating authors:

* BARBARA BETTIS, author of “Silverhawk” and “The Heart of the Phoenix” —

* TERRI LEE, author of “The Bootlegger’s Wife” and “Back to Austen” —

* S.J. MCMILLAN, author of The City of the Gods series, “City of the Gods: The Descendant” and “City of the Gods: The Betrayal”, “Dark Light 3 Anthology”, “Lillian’s Christmas Surprise” and “An Author’s Assistant” —

* BRANDY NACOLE, author of “Uniquely Unwelcome”, “Broken Faith”, “Blood Burdens” and “Sacrifice: A New Dawn” —

There is no charge to attend First Friday Art Walk. You will have the chance to meet these authors, purchase their books, and have them signed. We look forward to seeing you!

Authors at Art Walk during Springfield’s First Friday Art Walk – November 7, 2014

ORA is participating in yet another First Friday Art Walk with our signature event, Authors At Art Walk! It’s this Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., at the Park Central Branch Library (128 Park Central Square, Springfield, MO 65806, 417-831-1342).

Please show up, support our members, and make sure it’s a fun night.

Nov 7 2014 Authors at Art Walk

Participating authors:

* LISA MEDLEY, author of The Reaper Series, “Reap & Repent” and “Reap & Redeem” —

* ELIZABETH OBREY, co-author of “Stars in Her Eyes”

* ROSALIE STANTON, author of “Lost Wages of Sin”, “Know Thine Enemy”, “Ripples Through Time”, and “Moving Target” —

* T. SUE VERSTEEG, author of “My Ex-Boyfriend’s Wedding”, “Twisted Fate”, “Secrets of the Sapphires”, “Another Time, Another Place”, and co-author of “Luck Be A Lady” –

There is no charge to attend First Friday Art Walk. You will have the chance to meet these authors, purchase their books, and have them signed. We look forward to seeing you!

Authors at Art Walk during Springfield’s First Friday Art Walk – October 3, 2014

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ORA is participating in yet another First Friday Art Walk with our signature event, Authors At Art Walk! It’s this Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m., at BookMarx (325 E. Walnut St., Ste 101, Springfield, MO 65806, 417-501-1062).

Please show up, support our members, and make sure it’s a fun night.

Participating authors:

* BETH CARTER, author of “Tuesdays at Coconuts” and the children’s books “What Do You Want to Be?” and “The Missing Key” —

* VJ SCHULTZ, author of “Death of Bigfoot,” “Truth or Dare,” and “Undercover Love” —

* ELLEN HARGER, author of “The Anonymous Blog of Mrs. Jones” and “Strong Enough” —

There is no charge to attend First Friday Art Walk. You will have the chance to meet these authors, purchase their books, and have them signed. We look forward to seeing you!

Meet The Authors of ORAcon Friday, Sept. 19 at Barnes & Noble 4-6 p.m.

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Come mix and mingle with a lot of published authors, including:

* Leigh Michaels | author of how-to-write books, highly sought-after writing instructor, and author romance fiction —

* Angie Fox | New York Times Bestselling author of urban fantasy —

* Mia Marlowe | bestselling author of historical romance fiction —

* Rosalie Stanton | author of paranormal erotic romance —

The event is free to attend and will be at Barnes & Noble Booksellers
3055 S Glenstone Ave, Springfield, Missouri 65804 (Map). We’ll be toward the back of the store. Grab some coffee or tea at Starbucks and then follow the noise to find us.

These fabulous authors have traveled to Springfield to speak at a fiction writers conference the next day.

If you are a writer (or hope to become a writer), please stop by to visit, and think about coming to the all-day conference on Saturday, September 20, at University Plaza Hotel. Cost to attend this fabulous, jam-packed event is just $75. Details are available here:

Topics that our guest speakers will cover at the conference are vital for writers of all fiction genres, not just romance.

Fiction Writers Conference Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Southwest Missouri

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Whether aspiring or multi-published, authors will gather in southwest Missouri to learn from industry professionals Saturday, September 20, 2014, in Springfield. ORAcon2014, which is open to authors and readers of all genres, is sponsored by Ozarks Romance Authors, and will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center.

In addition, Barnes & Noble in Springfield is hosting a Meet The Authors event from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 19, 2014.

Workshops and presentations scheduled for Saturday include traditional and self-publishing, how to capture the attention of editors and readers, plotting, what makes a manuscript appealing to an acquiring agent or editor, and manuscript editing. Speakers include:

“ORAcon 2014 will be my third year in attendance,” said Lisa Medley, multi-published author with Harlequin. “ORAcon provided me with networking contacts, motivation and great workshops that not only educated me but inspired me. The atmosphere of this workshop is nurturing and friendly. No one, author, editor or agent, is unapproachable.”

Published and aspiring authors will have the opportunity to pitch their manuscripts to industry professionals who have traveled to our area to discover new talent. The agents and editors who are accepting pitches are:

  • Liz Pelletier (Entangled Publishing)
  • Nicole Resciniti (Seymour Agency)
  • Tish Beaty (L. Perkins Agency)
  • Holly Atkinson (Samhain Publishing)

“ORAcon offers a fantastic opportunity to learn about the craft and business of fiction writing from bestselling authors, editors and agents,” said Sharon Davis, President of Ozarks Romance Authors. “With a variety of programs and opportunities to pitch your finished novel, we have something for writers of all genres, from beginner to pro.”

Attendees will receive goody bags and have the chance to win prizes. Authors, local and nonlocal alike, will be signing and selling books. In attendance will be authors Mary Caelsto Lenker, Dawna Kreis, Elizabeth Obrey, Barbara Bettis, Lynda Frazier, Ellen Harger, Terri Lee, Heather Snow, Cecily White, Kathleen Garnsey, Sharon Kizziah-Holmes, T. Sue VerSteeg, Lisa Medley, V. J. Schultz, Judy Nickles, William A. Spradley, Willy Robbins, Shirley McCann, Brandy Nacole, Tierney James, Beth Carter, Susan Keene, and Rosalie Stanton.

The conference agenda is available online here:

To register for ORAcon 2014, visit

Members of Ozarks Romance Authors – $60.00
Non-members of Ozarks Romance Authors – $75.00
Join ORA now + conference registration – $85.00


For more information about the event, contact 417-827-7800 or email

Ozarks Romance Authors, founded in 1987, is a registered nonprofit group in the state of Missouri, and a member of Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Meet the 2012 Weta Nichols Writing Contest Finalists

2012 Weta Nichols Writing Contest Finalists


Sherry Hedden

Sherry Hedden is a lifelong resident of Springfield, Missouri and has been anavid reader of romance novels since her teens. She wrote her first romancemanuscript at age 20. In an effort to improve her skills, she joined Ozark Romance Authors. There shemet founder, Weta Nichols. She was inspired by Weta and other ORA memberswho shared her love of romance novels. While working on her second manuscript she became more active in ORA. Sherryheld the position of ORA secretary and then treasurer. She is currently workingon her next manuscript. On a personal note, Sherry enjoys traveling, photography, graphic art andgenealogy.


Tracy Garrett

Award-winning multi-published author Tracy Garrett has always loved to disappear into the pages of a book. An accomplished musician, Tracy merged her need for creativity, love of history, and passion for reading when she began writing western historical romance. Her first novel was published in 2007. A member of Romance Writers of America, Tracy is serving on the RWA Board of Directors as the Region 2 Director, and is a member of Missouri Romance Writers of America (MORWA), Ozarks Romance Authors (ORA), and Dallas Area Romance Authors (DARA). Tracy resides in Missouri with her husband and their fuzzy pal, Wrigley.





Louisa Cornell

Louisa Cornell is a retired opera singer living in the wilds of LA (Lower Alabama.) A three year stay in England as a child (Air Force Brat) began her lifelong addiction to all things British. An early introduction to the novels of Jane Austen during those same three years began an affair with the Regency which with time only seems to grow stronger. When not writing and researching her romance novels set in Regency England, she is forced to manage a bakery for the local Walmart. (It pays for little luxuries like food and living indoors.) What’s next? Published historical romance author, no matter how long it takes!


Woody P. Snow

After a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, Woody P. Snow returned to major in music at College of The Ozarks and went on to write a major pop hit song in the 70s. Known mostly asa radio show host, he has also appeared as an actor on national TV and in movies. A multi award winning screenplay writer, he is now working on his third novel andplanning a new radio show, which will debut some time in July. He is married to Jackie Johnson and lives with their three dogs and four cats.



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Amy DeLuca

Amy DeLuca

Amy DeLuca was born in Mississippi and has lived in six states including Rhode Island, where she now enjoys the beautiful beaches for two months a year and good “writing weather” during the rest of it. She has been a radio DJ and a lead vocalist in a house band on Memphis’ famed Beale Street, but mostly she’s been paid to write. Amy spent 13 years as a news anchor and reporter for television stations in Mississippi, Tennessee, California, and Rhode Island before retiring from writing true stories to focus on her  family and on making things up.



Cecily White

Cecily White, Psy.D. is a part-time university professor and full-time mom who loves messing with her characters’ lives. After surviving (barely) her childhood in New Orleans, she’s gone on to work as hand model, GAP salesgirl, movie projectionist, psychotherapist, yoga instructor, dance choreographer, psych diagnostician, rock n’ roll drummer/singer, book reviewer and copy editor. . . none of which are as cool as writing novels. At current, she is a 2012 Golden Heart Finalist, and her debut trilogy, ANGEL ACADEMY will hit the bookshelves via Entangled Publishing next Summer, 2013.

Special skills include swearing in Klingon, taking down alien aggressors with her mind (or chopsticks), and killing spiders without getting schmutz on her shirt. Cecily currently lives in Springfield, Missouri with one husband, two children, and a schizophrenic yet well-mannered cat. When not singing back-up for her kids, she spends time creating new worlds and thinking up ways to make this one better. You can visit her at or tweet her @CecilyWhite.


Fran Young

Fran Young is new to writing, although she has no viable excuse for taking so long to record the constant chatter in her head. Fran was on the move early & has, for example, been through the Panama Canal ten times. Against their will, she whisked her family from their newly purchased home to years of teaching around the world as an international educator while raising two fine children (they’ve since voiced appreciation). Inordinately thrilled to find her letter to the editor included in Writer’s Digest, Fran has also written non-fiction articles & is currently working as a Reader/Editor for Hippocampus Magazine online. Bomber Babe is her first YA novel.


Jeanmarie Anaya

Jeanmarie Anaya is a YA fiction writer, attorney, and obsessive book lover. Her books are treated like royalty—corners of pages are seldom turned down, hardcover jackets are firmly attached, and paperbacks with accidental creases are properly lamented. Each night she trades her law journals for The Chicago Manual of Style and The Synonym Finder in the pursuit of having her own novels sit on her bookshelf (and yours) one day. She also recently earned a spot as a finalist in the San Diego RWA’s 2012 Spring Into Romance Contest and the New Hampshire RWA’s 2012 Query Quandary Contest.


Tif Johnson

Tif Johnson is a registered nurse by education, but a Jill of all trades out of pure necessity. When not writing, you will find her running, reading, and crafting, all the while chasing after her four wonderfully curious children. As a proud Army wife, this displaced Californian has found inspiration in every place she’s lived in, and in all of the adventures this nomadic life has brought her.  She currently lives in Northern Virginia with her clan along with their extraordinarily sweet Boxer-dog, Sugar.



Christine Canada

Christine Canada is a speech language therapist by day and an aspiring author by night. She lives in IL with her wonderful husband, a twenty-five pound shih tzu, and a beagle/German shepherd who thinks shoes make the best chew toys. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, playing Angry Birds, or shopping for replacement shoes.




Ginny Lynn


Ginny Lynn is Georgia born with Alabama roots, so in essence, she’s related to herself. She specializes in edgy, quirky tales of southern vampires, wraiths, trolls, werewolves, witches, sirens and more. She loves making fully boned lacing corsets, eating cinnamon rolls, dancing to Nine Inch Nails, and wenching at the Renaissance fair in between work, writing, school, and family. No matter how many personas she has, she’s always a writer. She’s a firm believer in laughter being the best medicine and always carries a double dose with her. She loves books by Laurell K. Hamilton, Katie Macalister and anything by her Laptops and Lingerie blog site friends Maggie Montgomery and C.E. Hart.

Hometown of Ozarks Romance Authors Voted 3rd-Most Romantic City in USA by

Springfield, Missouri — where Ozarks Romance Authors is based — was just ranked by as the third-most romantic city in the USA!

Jill Slack, 2010-2012 President of Ozarks Romance Authors, a nonprofit Missouri writers' group

Jill Slack, 2010-2012 President of Ozarks Romance Authors

Our local newspaper, the Springfield News-Leader, called to interview ORA President Jill Slack to see what we think of this honor. Jill is quoted in a story on the front page of the Saturday, February 11, 2012 edition.

We saved a screenshot of the story to share with you.

Click here to open the PDF and read: SNL ORA quote 3rd Most Romantic City 2-11-2012

What did Jill have to say?

Jill Slack, president of Ozarks Romance Authors, said she thinks the rating isn’t necessarily because Springfield is a romantic place all on its own.

“I think it’s more that it’s the people,” Slack said. “It’s more of a traditional area.”

Slack also said there are quite a few writers in the Ozarks, which might be why romance book sales are higher — purchased for inspiration.

“When you’re a writer, you’re also a voracious reader,” Slack said.

Here is a link to a press release from

Excerpt from the original press release:

SEATTLE–Love is in the air. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced its list of the Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in America. After compiling sales data of romance novels and relationship books (Kindle Books and print books), romantic comedy movies (digital movies and DVDs), Barry White albums (CDs and MP3s), along with sexual wellness products, since Jan. 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with over 100,000 residents, the Top 20 most romantic cities in the U.S. are:’s Top 20 romantic cities
1. Knoxville, Tenn.
2. Alexandria, Va.
3. Springfield, Mo.
4. Orlando, Fla.
5. Cincinnati, Ohio
6. Vancouver, Wash.
7. Miami, Fla.
8. Murfreesboro, Tenn.
9. Dayton, Ohio
10. Columbia, S.C.
11. Pittsburgh, Penn.
12. Clearwater, Fla.
13. St. Louis
14. Erie, Pa.
15. Clarksville, Tenn.
16. Everett, Wash.
17. Gainesville, Fla.
18. Las Vegas, Nev.
19. Rochester, N.Y.
20. Tallahassee, Fla.

It’s Release Day for “The Treasuer Hunter’s Lady” by ORA Vice President Allison Merritt!

Novelist Allison Merritt and The Treasure Hunter's Lady

Novelist Allison Merritt, Vice President of Ozarks Romance Authors, released "The Treasure Hunter's Lady" February 10, 2012.

Congratulations to our very own Allison Merritt on today’s release of “The Treasuer Hunter’s Lady”!

Allison shared her excited on her blog. Are you following her blog? You really should. She’s a hoot! Click HERE to see today’s post about “Release Day.”

While you’re at it, “like” her on Facebook by clicking HERE, and follow her on Twitter by clicking HERE.

Want to read the first chapter absolutely free? Click HERE.

We’re so proud of her! Let’s take a look at the book’s blurb, shall we?

On the outside, Romy Farrington has the perfect life—a world-famous archaeologist father and upcoming marriage to a wealthy businessman. But to Romy, her new life among the elitists is like a punishment.

For years, she traveled the world at her father’s side, exploring new lands and uncovering ancient secrets. It was everything she ever wanted, until a near-fatal encounter with hostile natives forced her and her father into a life of retirement in Boston and an undesired advance into proper society.

Everything changes again when she’s saved from an accident by a brash Texan in a back alley. Abel Courte may act like a care-free cowboy, but he’s harboring a secret—he’s searching for the Diamond of Uktena, a legendary jewel that can cure any disease known to man. He needs information Romy’s father has in order to get to the jewel. When he traces the origin of the Diamond to Dakota Territory, he sets off to claim the treasure, only to find the archaeologist’s fiery redheaded daughter stuck to him like a bug in sap.

In a race against time, Romy and Abel must learn to trust each other as they undertake a cross-country journey that will expose them to lands uncharted by white men, a deadly battle against the fearsome creature in possession of the Diamond and a fight to return to civilization where they might make the greatest discovery of all—love.

New Book Trailer for ORA member Jennifer Jakes’ “Rafe’s Redemption”

Our very own Jennifer Jakes has a fabulous new book trailer for “Rafe’s Redemption”!

About “Rafe’s Redemption”:

Reviews of “Rafe’s Redemption” include:

“Rafe’s Redemption by Jennifer Jakes is a heart melting read. The tension and sexual passion grew with each passing scene . . . I’d recommend this story as a have to read.” – Cia, Siren Book Reviews

“Rafe’s Redemption sounds like a simple western historical with some suspense added on for the excitment element. Rafe’s Redemption is SO much more. . . .I read it straight through. I really did not expect to like and enjoy it to this extent!” – Vicky, Sizzling Hot Book Reviews – 5 Hearts

“This is a powerful book from beginning to end, with endless moments of supsense. I found myself with tears in my eyes and my stomach in knots. I just could not put this book down…..” – Monica, Happily Ever After Reviews – 5 Tea Cups

Artist Maggie Monroe wants to see the West. Her cousin wants to see her dead.
When an unplanned accident strands them in a rough outpost, Maggie becomes
collateral for her cousin’s gambling debt.

Rafe McBride is in town to buy supplies, not a woman. But when he sees a
courageous lady facing a future with a murderous trapper, Rafe shouts the
winning bid.

Determined to protect Maggie and return her home, Rafe and she trudge through
a blizzard, trailed by her cousin, the angry trapper Rafe outbid, and Rafe’s past.
Snowbound, Rafe and Maggie are forced to face their enemies — and their feelings
for each other.

About Jennifer Jakes:

A chronic insomniac, Jennifer says she got used to making up stories while waiting to fall asleep. It was a lot more interesting than counting sheep. Maybe too interesting, because she started staying awake so she could figure out “what happened” to her characters. For the sake of her health, she began writing the stories on paper – during the day. So far it’s working out pretty good:)

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, MORWA, and Ozarks Romance Authors. She also has two great critique partners who she can’t thank enough. They taught her a LOT!

Visit Jennifer Jakes’ web site by clicking HERE and her blog HERE.

About Ozarks Romance Authors:

Ozarks Romance Authors was established in Springfield, Missouri, in 1987 by a small group of writers interested in the romance fiction genre.

As the group began to grow, it evolved into a multi-genre group, with an eclectic mix of authors.

Today, the group is a non-profit registered in Missouri, and a member of Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Meetings are held the first Saturday of each month at The Library Station in Springfield, Missouri. A critique group begins at 10:00 a.m., lunch is at noon, and a guest speaker begins at 1:00 p.m.

For information about visiting the group to see how we can help you reach your writing goals, email us at or call (417) 597-4716.

Golden Heart Finalist
Gateway to the Best - Missouri RWA
Gateway to the Best - Missouri RWA