Join us Saturday, March 1, 2014 for Paranormal Author/Editor Jacquelynn Gagne

559910_10151637009608083_2068634096_n Make plans now to join us Saturday, March 1, 2014, with guest speaker Paranormal Author/Editor Jacquelynn Gagne. Her book, “Blood Rose,” was released April 1, 2013. Jacquelynn F. Gagne is an obsessive compulsive author of all things paranormal. When she cannot be found in the real world she is usually found covered in paint, pastels, or most usually words. Among writing, photography and art, Jacquelynn is also an editor for publishing houses Midnight Hour Publishing. As well she free lances her editorial services.

Jacquelynn began working on her first novel in January of 2008, while still working full time. Though Jacquelynn has been writing most of her life, it was never her intention to become a professional writer. But when obsession grabs you, it doesn’t tend to let go. In addition to writing, Jacquelynn enjoys reading everything she can get her greedy little hands on. Currently she lives in Rogersville, Missouri with her husband James and their two sons, though she has declared to one day build a library that will substitute as her house.

She is also a co-owner of Ambrosia Arts, offering editorial services and critiquing to authors. The firm also offers graphic design.

Find Jacquelynn online at:

YA Author Cecily White Saturday, February 1

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Frisco Room at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

Critique group at 10:00 a. m. followed by lunch at Panera and our speaker at 1:00 p. m

Author Cecily white

Fiction writers and aspiring fiction writers are invited to join us at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 1, 2014, as author Cecily White presents “Developing Conflict and Finding Your Voice.”

Cecily is the author of “Prophecy Girl,” part of the Angel Academy series. You can find “Prophecy Girl” in book stores and at Amazon here:

Visit Cecily online:
TWITTER: @CecilyWhite

You may also know her as the tireless warrior who has led the ORAcon planning committee for the last 3 years, resulting in our annual conference being a big hit each year and attracting fabulous speakers and attendees from all over the USA.


Cecily White, Psy.D., makes a habit of avoiding boredom whenever possible. She has enjoyed careers as a hand model, GAP salesgirl, movie projectionist, psychotherapist, yoga instructor, university professor, artist, dance choreographer, eating disorders specialist, psych diagnostician, book reviewer and copy editor. None of which are as much fun as writing novels.

She currently lives in Springfield, MO with two FABULOUS kids and a schizophrenic yet well-mannered cat. She can swear in Klingon, take down an alien aggressor using only her mind (or a pair of chopsticks), and kill giant spiders without getting schmutz on her shirt.

When not singing to herself, she spends time creating new worlds and thinking up ways to make this one better…

2014 Mega Critique Group & Write-In

2014 Mega Critique Group and Write-In

Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.- 4 p.m. at The Creamery Arts Center, 411 North Sherman Parkway, Springfield, MO.

Instead of our regular monthly meeting, we are holding this special event for the third year in a row!

Spend your Saturday with members of two area non-profit writers’ groups to get your writing year off to a great start.

You may choose to spend this day in:
A.) The Mega Critique Group
B.) The Write-In
C.) Spend some time in each

Critique Group involves bringing about 5 pages of your writing, double-spaced to share with the group in an informal, helpful setting. Bring at least a dozen copies. We’ll let you know if you need more copies after people have registered. Get feedback and offer feedback. It’s a great way to learn, even if your work is not the piece being critiqued.

For the Write-In, plan on bringing your laptop and setting up at one of the tables that will be provided. Concentrate on your work in progress. It’s great to feed off the energy of a room full of writers!


Lunch is provided for a $5 contribution.

You DO NOT need to be a member of either writers’ group to attend. Writers of all genres are welcome.

Promotional Mega Critique & Write-In Flyer available here for download.
Write-In Flyer 2013

For more information:

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411 N Sherman Pkwy, Springfield, Missouri 65802-3652



Q&A with Published Author Panel

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Frisco Room at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

Critique group at 10:00 a. m. followed by lunch at Panera and our speaker at 1:00 p. m.

Q&A with Published Author Panel: Ask Us Anything!

Join us at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 2013, for an informal afternoon with a panel made up of several of our group’s published authors. Ask them anything!We all have questions about the writing process, how to get published, how to find an agent, why a writer might choose traditional/epublishing/print-on-demand, where to find cover artists for your ebooks, how to conduct a blog book tour, topics for your own blog, marketing, what it means to be within a certain sub-genre, whether contests/conferences help you get published…Jot down your questions between now and then, and we’ll ask them anything and everything.


ALLISON MERRITT (Becky Cummings) — Author of “The Treasure Hunter’s Lady,” “The Sky Pirate’s Wife,” The Turncoat’s Temptress,” all part of the Legends & Lovers series; and the short ebooks “Return” and “One Day in D.C.” (Romance / Steam Punk / Epublishing / Kindle / Series / Blog Book Tours / Blogging / Online Critique Groups / Contests)

BETH CARTER — Six-word memoirist and author of the children’s books “Who Do You Want to Be?” and “The Missing Key” (Romance / Mystery / Children’s / Marketing / Blogging / Contests)

CECILY WHITE — Author of the soon-to-be-released “Angel Academy” series. (Young Adult / Paranormal / Series / Critique Groups / Contests / Conferences / Agents)

CINDY DAGNAN — Author of “Hot Chocolate for Couples: Practical Ways to Sweeten Your Love Life,” “Scribbles – Sketches for Stressed-Out Moms,” “The Lights of Home – Scenes of Home & Heaven,” “The Chocolate Side of Life,” and “Who Got Peanut Butter on My Daily Planner? Organizing and Loving Your Days as a Mom.” (Creative Nonfiction / Blogging / Public Speaking)

KAYE CALKINS — Author of “Deverell’s Dilemma” (Historical Romance / Traditional Publishing / Agents / Critique Groups) and

LISA WELLS — Author of “Dibs.” (Contemporary Romance / Series)

SARA KAY JORDAN — Author of “Snatching Genius,” “Love & Genius,” Prodigy,” and “I’m Ready,” all part of the Moore Family series. (Romance / Series / Kindle)

SHIRLEY McCANN — Author of MANY short mysteries and the book, “The Necklace.” Founder of Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers, a regional, non-profit group for writers. (Myster / Romance / Epublishing)

T. SUE VER STEEG (Toni Nichols) — Author of “Secrets of the Sapphires,” “Another Time, Another Place,” “Click!” and “One Wild Weekend.” (Romance / Paranormal / Time Travel / Epublishing)

Jeff Houghton

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Frisco Room at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

Critique group at 10:00 a. m. followed by lunch at Panera and our speaker at 1:00 p. m.

Actor/Comedian/Writer Jeff Houghton

Jeff HoughtonActor/Comedian/Writer Jeff Houghton is scheduled to speak at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2013, in the Frisco Room at The Library Station in Springfield, Missouri.

Houghton will share his experiences in taking a leap of faith to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry and the unexpected turns that led to creating the popular local show, “The Mystery Hour.”


Jeff Houghton is a dynamic actor, writer, comedian, and host, based in Springfield, MO. Jeff was raised in Iowa City, IA. Soon after college, Jeff moved to New York City to work for the Late Show with David Letterman appearing in numerous sketches for the show. After that, Jeff began performing for Young Life camps. From there, Jeff moved to Springfield, Missouri chasing love, only to catch her and join the award winning Skinny Improv Mainstage Cast. Performing twice every weekend at the Skinny Improv Comedy Theatre, along with countless traveling shows across the country for seven years, Jeff is no stranger to the improv stage. In 2011, Jeff moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time. After an amazing experience working in TV, film, and comedy, Jeff has now moved back to Springfield.

In 2006, Jeff began The Mystery Hour, a late night talk show performed live in the Skinny Improv Comedy Theatre that would last over five years. Acknowledging the work Jeff put in writing and hosting the sold out show, 417 Magazine named Jeff “Entertainer of the Year” in 2009. In 2010, he was named 40 under 40 for Springfield Business Journal.

Jeff has been in numerous commercials and films. He was three times nominated for Best Male Actor for the SATO-48 Film Challenge., and was named an Actor of the Year for 2011 in TAG Magazine.

Jeff is also a freelance writer, writing for Fair City News, a satirical newspaper, and for international aid organization, Convoy of Hope, as well as a monthly featured article in 417 Magazine. He also has a daily blog on his acting experiences.

Jeff has performed stand up across the country, and was selected as Bright New Faces Comedian in Washington D.C. Recently, he has performed at the legendary Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

Visit Jeff online at:

On Twitter: @themysteryhour

On Facebook:

ORAcon 2013

ORAcon 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013.

You are invited to Ozarks Romance Authors’ Annual Fiction Writers’ Conference!This event is not just for romance writers. The fundamentals of good writing are universal, and you will learn vital information about the publishing industry, no matter the genre you write.Stay tuned for more details as plans are confirmed. We will also announce the deadline for the 2013 Weta Nichols Fiction Writing Contest, named in honor of the woman who founded our group in 1987, the late novelist Weta Nichols.

Once again, 1-on-1 pitch sessions will be available with agents/editors, we’ll have a Meet The Authors/Booksigning event the night before the conference, workshops, panels, headshots, Q&A, networking, and prizes.

Karen Nelson on Blogging

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Frisco Room at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

Critique group at 10:00 a. m. followed by lunch at Panera and our speaker at 1:00 p. m.

Author Karen Nelson to speak about blogging.

Author Karen Nelson to Speak to Fiction Writers about Blogging

Join us Saturday, September 7, as author/educator Karen B. Nelson speaks to us about blogging at The Library Station (2535 North Kansas Expressway) in Springfield, Missouri.

Karen Nelson is a writer in southwest Missouri, homeschooling her children in the rural Ozark Mountains. She enjoys all genres of reading and writing, but her heart is firmly rooted in education.

Karen’s triple-certification allows her to teach a variety of age groups, in subjects ranging from literacy and creativity, to technical skills in the fiber arts. She has published numerous educational materials, including the Literature Theme Units for Goldminds’ Young Adult Division, and currently serves as Curriculum Coordinator for Goldminds Publishing.

Karen’s work has appeared as columns, book reviews, and articles in The Ozarks Mountaineer magazine, Mailbox magazine, DollCrafter Magazine, All Roads Lead to Branson, Branson/Lakes Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Travel Guide, Elmer Kelton News, The Old Schoolhouse magazine, Ecology & Conservation Daily News, and more.

She is also the author of the book, “Quotes for Creative Minds,” which is available for Amazon Kindle and Nook.

Her work as received many awards, including those from Ozarks Creative Writers, Ozarks Writers League, Springfield Writers’ Guild, Whispering Prairie Press Literary Awards, and more.

Visit Karen online at: or

Morgan Allen of ADsmith Marketing & Advertising

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Frisco Room at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

Critique group at 10:00 a. m. followed by lunch at Panera and our speaker at 1:00 p. m.

Morgan Allen of ADsmith Marketing & Advertising

MorganMorgan Allen, Digital Content Producer for Springfield-based ADsmith Marketing & Advertising, is our guest speaker Saturday, August 3, 2013.

Get ready for an introduction to the many ways we can use the power of online marketing to find, keep, and entertain readers.

When it comes to blogging, hashtags, and internet memes, Morgan is ADSmith’s in-house specialist. She helps clients keep up with their digital needs by producing quality content for their websites, newsletters, and social media posts.

We are scheduled to be in the Frisco Room at The Library Station this month. This is one of the meeting rooms along the front of the building, facing the big glass windows. (NOTE: If you peek into the Frisco Room and nobody looks familiar, it means we got bumped at the last minute and you’ll need to check Facebook and/or ask a library employee to see where they have moved us.)

Authors at Art Walk

Authors at Art Walk–First Friday Art Walk Featuring Four Local Authors

Friday, August 2, 2013     6:00-9:00 p.m.


For the first time ever, Ozarks Romance Authors is participating in First Friday Art Walk, a program of Springfield Regional Arts Council (ORA is a member of SRAC).

Stop by from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Friday, August 2, 2013, to show support for these local authors. We will be at the Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square.

Authors participating this evening are:

cecily white* CECILY WHITE, author of the young adult paranormal “Prophecy Girl” —

Rosenow_Jean (1)* JEAN ROSENOW, author of the novel “Blessed Are the Pure of Heart” —

kaye calkins* KAYE CALKINS, author of the historical romance “Deverell’s Dilemma” —

276726_431075926961235_49033174_n* BETH CARTER, author of the children’s books “What Do You Want to Be?” and “The Missing Key” —

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!

Holly Atkinson, Editor with Samhain Publishing

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Frisco Room at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

Critique group at 10:00 a. m. followed by lunch at Panera and our speaker at 1:00 p. m.

Holly Atkinson, Editor with Samhain Publishing

Join us at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, as Holly Atkinson, editor with Samhain Publishing, tells us what this popular publisher is looking for.Since she can remember, Holly Atkinson’s professional ambition has revolved around fiction editing.She was fortunate to receive her first taste in editing when she was thirteen and wrote copy for a local realtor show.In 2008, Holly graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, specializing in Creative Writing. Her first real job in the literary world came in the role of line editor for Lyrical Press.In 2011, she joined Mundania Press as a content editor and finally landed her dream job at Samhain Publishing in 2012.Holly describes herself as the quintessential book nerd. In her spare time, she writes erotic romance under a penname, though she hopes to produce more mainstream works in the future so the more conservative members of her family can read her work. She lives in Missouri with her husband, loves to travel, and goes a little crazy around the holidays.

Her largest writing influences include Pamela Smith Hill, Aaron Sorkin, JK Rowling, Stephen King, and Joss Whedon.

Visit her online at:

About Samhain Publishing:

Launched in 2005 with a vision of bringing extraordinary fiction to compulsive readers (who sometimes can’t wait for a book to actually be printed), Samhain Publishing® is an international publisher of e-book and traditional print fiction. One of the most prominent voices of original e-book fiction, Samhain represents some of today’s brightest authors of romance and horror fiction. To learn why at Samhain “it’s all about the story…”, visit Samhain Publishing online at htttp://