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WHEN: Monthly Meetings are held the second Saturday of every month

WHERE: See below for location and directions

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

MENU: Hot buffet breakfast (unless otherwise specified, please check details below!)

ALL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE BY E- MAILto Rossie Cortes at  AND RECEIVED BY THE WEDNESDAY PRIOR TO THE MEETING, but preferably before. Please be advised there is a $5.00 late fee for any reservations made after 4:30 on the Wednesday before the meeting. Non-members are welcome to attend up to two meetings per year and are required to make advance reservations as well.

If you pay by PayPal, please bring your receipt/confirmation # to the meeting!



DATE:  Saturday, March 14th, 2015:

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Hyatt Place

1851 SE 10th Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

COST: $22 for a member, $25 for a non-member. 

Price includes the breakfast and meeting.

DIRECTIONS: I-95 to 595 E. (Exit 24). Go east on 595 till US1 North.  Take US1 to SE 17th Street Causeway and turn right towards the beach. Then take the second right onto SE 10th Avenue. Location is one block in on your right. (Behind the Outback Steakhouse.)

PARKING: Opening parking on the property

PROGRAM:  Make your characters pop – how to make your characters memorable

Your characters don’t have to always be likable, but they have to be interesting enough for the reader to keep reading. In a romance, it’s so important that even if the character makes a bad choice, the readers stick to the pages because they enjoy the character. Cynthia Thomason will show us how to make sure your characters have that ‘it’ factor that makes your book a keeper.

Presenter Biography: Cynthia Thomason

After teaching and owning her own auction business, Cynthia Thomason published her first novel at age 50. She has since published 27 more and is still going strong. She has won the HOLT Medallion Award, the Golden Quill and the National Readers Choice. She writes historical and contemporary romances and the Jubilee Showboat Historical mysteries. After reading that her native Ohio plunged to 9 below, she is glad she lives in Florida with her adorable Sparky.


please RSVP by the Wednesday prior to the meeting by e-mail to Rossie Cortes at to make your reservation. Members may pay at the door, but if you make a reservation and then can’t attend, you will be billed for $25.00. Parking is now FREE. Please remember we are now accepting only CHECKS or PayPal. Please be advised there is a $5.00 late fee for any reservations made after 4:30pm on the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

NON-MEMBERS are welcome to attend two (2) meetings per year. Please contact Kristin Wallace at for more information. Checks for $25.00 payable to Florida Romance Writers, Inc. must be sent in advance to:

Florida Romance Writers

c/o FRW Treasurer
P. O. Box 823414
Pembroke Pines, FL 33082

or pay via PayPal (Please bring your receipt/confirmation # to the meeting!!):

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Future Meeting Topics of 2015

April 11, 2015 See Super Saturday announcement

May 9, 2015, Marketing, Book Publicity and Author Services, Sarah Nicolas, Library Specialist for Entangled Publishing, Book Publicist

June 13, 2015 Use Psychology to dig deep and know your characters, John L. Flynn, Ph.D

July No meeting because of RWA Nationals.

August 8, 2015 How to Work With Your Editor, JoSelle Vanderhooft

September 12, 2015 Book Bundles to USA Today best sellers share how their stories, Bonnie Vanek, Mona Risk, Patrice Wilton, Kristin Wallace and Traci Hall (the Moderator.)

October 10, 2015 18 Things I’d Wish I’d known about Marketing, Jennifer Fusco from Market or Die

November 14, 2015

December 12, 2015 Christmas Party