February 2, 2013 Monthly Meeting Speaker Tish Beaty, Editor of “Fifty Shades of Grey

Tish Beaty is making a name for herself not only as an author, but as an editor of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

She is represented by Louise Fury, who spoke at Ozarks Romance Authors’ 2011 conference. She is a contributor to the book “Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Join us at The Library Station (2535 North Kansas Expressway) in Springfield, Missouri, to hear about the phenomenon of “Fifty Shades of Grey” from someone who was there when it all began.

What can we learn from the success of this book that began as fan fiction and grew to become a best-seller? Visit Tish online at: http://www.TishBeaty.com/ https://www.facebook.com/beaty.graham.infopage?ref=ts&fref=ts

Ozarks Romance Authors was founded in 1987. The regional writers’ group holds its meetings the first Saturday of each month (usually at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway) in Springfield, Missouri. Originally a group for writers of romance fiction, we are now considered a multi-genre group, with members writing all types of fiction and nonfiction. Join us for critique group at 10:00 a.m., lunch at Panera at noon, and a speaker at 1:00 p.m. We are a registered nonprofit in the state of Missouri, and we are a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Visitors are welcome! Your first 3 visits are free. Annual dues are $25. If you have questions about the group, please email us at OzarksRomanceAuthors@gmail.com, or call (417) 597-4716.

February 5, 2011: Amanda Barke on Supplementing Income Through Journalistic Writing

Based in the rural Ozarks, Amanda J. Barke is a freelance journalist, author, editor, singer, and songwriter. She splits her time between writing Christian romance novels and children’s picture books, editing newsletters, and writing articles for five regional publications, including Missouri Life Magazine, The Ozarks Mountaineer Magazine, and Ozarks Senior Living Magazine.

Her work can also be seen online at ehow.com, livestrong.com/lifestyle, and amykitchenerfdn.org.

When she is not writing, she enjoys traveling with her family’s Bluegrass/Gospel band, The Clarke St. Strings.

For more information on Amanda’s many projects, visit her online at: http://www.AmandaBarke.com.
From “A Distant Rumble” by Amanda J. Barke:

When an underground cave in Kauai collapses, Dezarae Collins, a young archaeologist, is trapped beneath the surface and fights for her life. From above ground her Hawaiian assistant, Derek Makoa, and hundreds of volunteers frantically search for her. Dezarae’s widowed mother, Sydney, wonders why God would allow such a tragedy. Hope wanes as the search continues well into the third day.

Meanwhile, Dezarae struggles to maintain consciousness with a life-threatening head injury. Desperate to stay awake, Dezarae finds the missing journals of the late, great cave explorer, Elizabeth Rochester. The historical documents relate Elizabeth’s discovery of a missing English cruise liner rumored to have carried half of the Queen’s fortune.

Will Dezarae survive her injury? Will Derek ever confess his love for her? What happened to the treasure? Why would God allow such tragedy? Could God really have a plan in all of this chaos?