Events

Upcoming Meetings for the Sacramento Valley Rose

Please note, unless otherwise indicated, all of our meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of the month at:

White Rock Community Center

10488 White Rock Road 
Rancho Cordova, CA 96741 

Cost is $21 for current Sacramento Valley Rose members and $31 for guests.

Meeting cost includes program and a light breakfast/morning snack, coffee (Keurig—feel free to bring your own pods!), water, and tea.

Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.

Program begins at 10:00 a.m. and typically ends by 12:30 PM

September 28th 2019

Facebook, Amazon, and BookBub Ads- Oh My! 

Have you ever wanted to set up a Facebook, Amazon, or BookBub Featured Ad campaign for your book but the thought of slogging your way through the set-up process scared you silly? Help is on the way. This presentation uses screen shots, examples, and step-by-step instructions to guide you through each of these advertising options. The step-by-step instructions will be available for download for you to use as a handy reference tool. There will be plenty of time for questions. This workshop will tell you:

  • What you need to get started
  • How to create a target audience for each option
  • How to manage your campaign after you've pushed the 'publish' button
  • Share results and what I've learned along the way.

About Bonnie Phelps

Bonnie used her writing skills throughout her 20-year professional life as a fundraising and communication executive for several nonprofits.  She enjoyed the chance to tell and share the story of worthy organizations. In the late 1980s, Bonnie authored a syndicated column in several California newspapers in which she shared the experiences and misadventures of life as a wife and mother. The jury is out on whether or not her children always appreciated her candor. Because Bonnie has romance in her soul, she also worked as a Wedding Planner for several years. Absolutely loved it!! She published her first contemporary romance novel in 2014. Bonnie craves anything sweet, revels in any chance to travel, and is addicted to tracing her family's roots. A native Californian, the author lives in Northern California with her husband.


When
9/28/2019 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Where
White Rock Community Clubhouse 10488 White Rock Road Rancho Cordova, CA 96741 UNITED STATES

Cost: $21.00 for Sacramento Valley Rose members and $31.00 for non-members.

10488 White Rock Road 
Rancho Cordova, CA 96741 

Cost is $21 for current Sacramento Valley Rose members and $31 for non-members.

Meeting cost includes program and a light breakfast/morning snack, coffee (Keurig—feel free to bring your own pods!), water, and tea.

Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.

Program begins at 10:00 a.m. and typically ends by 12:30 PM

October 26, 2019

Woodall's Self Defense

 
Real-Life Self Defense for Heroines and Heroes
 
So...your heroine (or hero) just got attacked, and isn't a quick-draw Western legend or a muscle-morphing superhero. What does your character really need to know in order to defend against a powerful attacker?
 
Theo Schubert, Head Instructor at Woodall's Self Defense, will demonstrate and teach practical techniques you and your characters can use to defend yourselves in those heart-pounding, life-or-death situations. 
 
Worth noting: SVR President Anna Stewart attributes a previous Woodall's presentation with inspiring a whole new series!
 
Speaker's Bio
 
Theo Schubert, and his wife, Krystal, are head instructors at Woodall's. They have over a decade of teaching and training experience working directly with Mr. Woodall. WSD in Loomis, CA specializes in training children and adults in practical self-defense skills for real-world situations. 
 
The WSD system, called Won Yuen Fa, began with the idea that no individual martial art provided the realistic self-defense needed for the violence in today's society. As a seasoned martial artist and police officer serving the city of Sacramento, Conrad Woodall created a system to blend the best aspects of martial arts with ground fighting and military combat techniques. Students learn physical skills for varying levels of confrontation; mental skills like focus, awareness, and boundary setting; and knowledge in areas of avoidance, de-escalation, and legal and appropriate use of force. 
 
Because of the scope of Woodall's training, its realistic approach, and the depth of knowledge of its instructors, Woodall's has worked with some truly wonderful organizations such as W.E.A.V.E., Courage to Be You, The Child Abuse Council, Peace for Families, UC Davis Pain Management Clinic, the State of California, and various churches, businesses, and other organizations.
 
When:
10/26/2019 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Where:
White Rock Community Clubhouse 10488 White Rock Road Rancho Cordova, CA 96741 UNITED STATES

Cost: 
$21.00 for Sacramento Valley Rose members and $31.00 for non-members.
10488 White Rock Road 
Rancho Cordova, CA 96741 


Meeting cost includes program and a light breakfast/morning snack, coffee (Keurig—feel free to bring your own pods!), water, and tea.
Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.
Program begins at 10:00 a.m. and typically ends by 12:30 pm.

November 16th 2019

From Sweet To Sizzle: Writing Memorable Sex Scenes

 

Don't Just 'Hit It & Quit It' when writing your sex scenes — emotion is the lotion that makes the scene resonate with readers. Sex is all about emotional vulnerability. What better way to give readers a glimpse into your characters' psyche other than when they are stripped bare with nowhere to hide?

 

Join longtime Harlequin author Kimberly Van Meter, who also writes as USA TODAY bestselling author Alexx Andria, as she shares how to reach into your scene and draw out the emotional gold that will propel your sex scene beyond the "Tab A goes into Slot B" mechanics to hit that Big O with readers.

 

 

About Kimberly Van Meter

Blessed with a filthy mind and a mouth to match, USA TODAY bestselling romance author Alexx Andria splits her time between writing scorching-hot stories, making brilliant book covers, and eating salty treats. With her traffic-stopping curves and a knack for flaunting them, she gets into--and out of--more than her fair share of trouble. If you want to find your newest reader obsession, check out Alexx on any of her social media platforms.

 

When

11/16/2019 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Holiday Tea to follow presentation after 12:30 PM

Where

White Rock Community Clubhouse 10488 White Rock Road Rancho Cordova, CA 96741 UNITED STATES


Cost: $21.00 for Sacramento Valley Rose members and $31.00 for non-members.


Scheduled for 2019 (subject to change)

January 26th, 2019

ReVision and Your Story: Reconnecting to the magic on the page with Elisabeth Kauffman

Need a new perspective on revising to bring the life back into your Work-In-Progress? Come rediscover your writer’s intuition, recognize and appreciate your unique revision style, retool so you can revise more efficiently, and recommit to the story you set out to write. This workshop uses tarot and journaling to help you reconnect to the magic on the page and bring your best story to life.

About Elisabeth:

Elisabeth Kauffman is an independent editor, a believer in magic, and a lover of stories. She has helped writers of all levels craft and polish their manuscripts for publication. She writes fantasy fiction, paints, and gardens when she’s not editing or reading tarot. To learn more about her, please visit her websites: www.elisabethkauffman.com and www.writingrefinery.com.

 

February 23rd, 2019

He Said, She Said: Sparkling Dialogue with Sheryl Lister

Dialogue tags are the most important tools a writer has to convey character and build plot, but can sometimes fall flat. In He Said, She Said, you'll learn tips and techniques to bring your dialogue to life and write stronger, more believable scenes. This workshop will cover the basics of using dialogue tags, discuss action beats and include hands-on exercises and examples where you will deconstruct scenes to create natural, realistic conversations.

About Sheryl:

Sheryl Lister is a multi-award winning author and has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She is a former pediatric occupational therapist with over twenty years of experience and resides in California. Sheryl is a wife, mother of three daughters and a son-in-love, and grandmother to two special little boys. When she’s not writing, Sheryl can be found on a date with her husband or in the kitchen creating appetizers. For more information, visit her website at www.sheryllister.com.

  

March 23rd, 2019

Peopling Fiction with Comedy with Gail Carriger

Ms Carriger lectures on how to bring depth of characterization and social subversion to writing using humor. From protagonists to sidekicks to three sentence walk ons, she'll discuss what makes a character funny, and how to give readers the fictional people they adore. She also addresses the many different ways to inject comedy into fiction, and why you might want to.

About Gail:

Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance (and the sexy San Andreas Shifter series as G L Carriger). Her books include the Parasol ProtectorateCustard Protocol, and Supernatural Society series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in many languages and has over a dozen NYT bestsellers. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea.

April 27th, 2019

Contracts, Copyright, and Author's Rights with attorney Jackie Loyd

This presentation will cover several legal topics of importance to authors, including basic contracts they might encounter (and terms that should raise red flags), the basics of copyright protection, and how to enforce their rights, particularly in the face of rampant plagiarism and pirating websites that plague the internet.  The presentation will include a tutorial on how to file DMCA takedown notices and guidance on when authors should seek out the assistance of an attorney.  If time permits and the audience desires, the presentation will also cover how to register a copyright and obtain an ISBN for self-published works.  

There will be plenty of time for questions, but keep in mind that Jackie cannot offer specific legal advice to individual authors as part of the Q&A session, so please keep questions general or hypothetical, or focused on commonly known public issues or properties (e.g., Harry Potter fanfic or #CockyGate).

About Jackie:


Jacquelyn ("Jackie") Loyd is a practicing attorney and works for the Buchalter law firm in Sacramento, CA.  She handles all types of civil litigation cases, but about half of her practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including cases involving copyright infringement.  When she isn't assisting clients, she sometimes manages to find time to write.  Her stories can be found in several anthologies and online magazines, including Daily Science Fiction. 


May 18th, 2019

*Full-Day Workshop* 

Fast Drafting, Critiques, and More with Jillian David

In this interactive course, participants will learn Fastdrafting 101, a technique to get that first draft written in four days – perfect for authors with “no time” to write! Attendees will discuss how to create realistic fictional medical situations, and time will be allotted to discuss scenarios from participants’ works-in-progress. All attendees will also have the opportunity to deliver babies (!) and experience emergency obstetrics situations. 

Registration is open March 1st, and is limited to 40 participants. Cost of the course is $75 for members of Sacramento Valley Rose and $85 for non-members. A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided. Sign up by clicking on our chapter events.

About Jillian:

Award-winning author Jillian David lives near the end of the Earth with her nut of a husband and her bossy cats. To escape the sometimes-stressful world of the rural physician, she edits while oncalland writes books in her free time. She enjoys taking realistic settings and adding a twist of “what if.” Running or hiking on local trails often promotes plot development as well.

Her book credits include a paranormal romance series, Hell to Pay, which involves characters selling their souls to Satan and then having a devil of a steamy time getting out of the contracts. Her second series, Hell’s Valley, is a paranormal western. Basically it involves frigid Wyoming nights, a rising evil force in the valley, and hot psychic ranchers. She’s currently working on a romantic suspense series of virally enhanced super soldiers, a Chicago mafia suspense, and a little story with a working tagline of “The Zodiac Killer meets The Love Boat.”

June 22nd:

The Book Marketing Audit with Kilby Blades


Does it feel like you’ve tried everything to market your book and you’re not getting the sales you want? Have you read countless advice articles and purchased expensive courses promising the keys to help step up your game and you’re just not seeing the results? "The Book Marketing Audit" will teach you to stop copying marketing approaches that may have worked for other authors but that just aren’t right for you. The most successful marketers don’t blindly follow broad advice—they leverage their own data to solve problems from within. This presentation will discuss:

• Identifying your author brand’s strengths and weaknesses

• Choosing tactics based on the size and structure of your library

• Technical infrastructure to support robust reporting

• Using the right lenses to analyze, and optimize, your results

• How to do targeting like an advertising pro

• Prioritizing and staying on the critical path

Bio
 
Kilby Blades is a fresh new voice in smart contemporary romantic fiction. A business executive by day, by night she writes dynamic characters in to (and out of) tantalizingly complex predicaments. Critics laud her “feminist romance”, noting empowered heroines and multi-dimensional heroes who are staunch advocates for their partners, stepping back from their own spotlights in order to let their women shine. From dry wit in her angstier books, to blatant humor in her lighter ones, her characters are resplendent in their witty repartee. All her stories, regardless of genre, serve up delicious dilemmas and never-before-seen plots.

Her debut novel, Snapdragon (2017) was a ten-time finalist and a three-time winner for honors including the IPPYs, the Publisher's Weekly BookLife Prize For Fiction, the Foreword Indie Award, the HOLT Medallion, the New England Reader's Choice Award and the OKRWA National Reader's Choice award. Its sequel, Chrysalis was a finalist in the Emma Awards. Her novella, The Art of Worship, was an IndieReader winner, a HOLT Medallion finalist, and a Passionate Plume finalist. Two of her three soon-to-be-released titles were 2018 Stiletto Contest finalists and the third was a finalist in the CIMRWA awards. She is also the 2018 recipient of Best Debut Author in RSJ’s Emma Awards.July: No meeting due to RWA in NYC

August 24th, 2019

 

Ranch Life with Richard Ross 

 

What is ranch life really like? What does it mean to be a modern-day cowboy (or cattleman)? Join us as Richard Ross, a veteran rancher and cattleman, shares stories and pictures of ranch life. Bring your questions! Rich plans to bring images of “cattle being roped and dragged to the fire, and cattle branded in a squeeze; pulling a calf and gathering in the snow, and a million other things that are easier to show with a picture than to describe orally.

Topics will include: 

·      A typical day on a ranch

·      Dangers of the job

·      Why water rights are important 

·      What kind of knowledge/experience a good rancher needs to be successful

·      Cowboy culture

·      Some of the tools a rancher uses

 

About Richard Ross

 

Rich lives on and operates a small Angus cow-calf ranch between Wheatland and Lincoln and raises walnuts at Live Oak.  He rode the national cutting horse circuit in the 1990s with decent success including two NCHA Top Ten buckles. He has served as an officer and director of the Tahoe Cattlemen’s Association for over 20 years, and was its Top Hand of the year in 2008 and its Cattleman of the Year in 2009. He was honored as the Tehama County Cattlemen’s Association Man of the Year in January 2019.  He has served on the California Cattlemen’s Association board of directors for about 20 years and represents cattlemen on multiple state and county boards and committees.  

 

Richard’s dad’s family was historically cavalry and moved from Montana to San Diego in 1905. His mom’s parents met in the Indian Service in Arizona Territory and bought a farm in Sutter County about 1910. Richard spent summers as a farm hand raising peaches, prunes, walnuts, almonds, beans, peas, tomatoes, etc., at the place in Sutter County and winters after age nine in San Marino as a banker’s son. 

 

Agricultural life always drew him, so he continued working for the family farm until he was out of high school. After graduating from UC Davis, he headed off to law school to study water rights. His long and varied legal career included serving as Deputy Attorney General under three Attorney Generals at the Department of Justice and eventually opening his own private practice. Now retired, he spends the bulk of his time as a rancher. 

 

September 28th, 2019 


Facebook, Amazon, and BookBub Ads – Oh My!

Have you ever wanted to set up a Facebook, Amazon, or BookBub Featured Ad campaign for your book but the thought of slogging your way through the set-up process scared you silly? Help is on the way. This presentation uses screen shots, examples, and step-by-step instructions to guide you through each of these advertising options. The step-by-step instructions will be available for download for you to use as a handy reference tool. There will be plenty of time for questions. This workshop will tell you:

  • What you need to get started
  • How to create a target audience for each option
  • How to manage your campaign after you've pushed the 'publish' button
  • Share results and what I've learned along the way.

 

About Bonnie Phelps

Bonnie used her writing skills throughout her 20-year professional life as a fundraising and communication executive for several nonprofits.  She enjoyed the chance to tell and share the story of worthy organizations. In the late 1980s, Bonnie authored a syndicated column in several California newspapers in which she shared the experiences and misadventures of life as a wife and mother. The jury is out on whether or not her children always appreciated her candor. Because Bonnie has romance in her soul, she also worked as a Wedding Planner for several years. Absolutely loved it!! She published her first contemporary romance novel in 2014. Bonnie craves anything sweet, revels in any chance to travel, and is addicted to tracing her family's roots. A native Californian, the author lives in Northern California with her husband.

 

October: 

Self-Defence Demonstration (for Your Characters and You)

Real-Life Self Defense for Heroines and Heroes
 
So...your heroine (or hero) just got attacked, and isn't a quick-draw Western legend or a muscle-morphing superhero. What does your character really need to know in order to defend against a powerful attacker?
 
Theo Schubert, Head Instructor at Woodall's Self Defense, will demonstrate and teach practical techniques you and your characters can use to defend yourselves in those heart-pounding, life-or-death situations. 
 
Worth noting: SVR President Anna Stewart attributes a previous Woodall's presentation with inspiring a whole new series!
 
Speaker's Bio
 
Theo Schubert, and his wife, Krystal, are head instructors at Woodall's. They have over a decade of teaching and training experience working directly with Mr. Woodall. WSD in Loomis, CA specializes in training children and adults in practical self-defense skills for real-world situations. 
 
The WSD system, called Won Yuen Fa , began with the idea that no individual martial art provided the realistic self-defense needed for the violence in today's society. As a seasoned martial artist and police officer serving the city of Sacramento, Conrad Woodall  created a system to blend the best aspects of martial arts with ground fighting and military combat techniques. Students learn physical skills for varying levels of confrontation; mental skills like focus, awareness, and boundary setting; and knowledge in areas of avoidance, de-escalation, and legal and appropriate use of force. 
 
Because of the scope of Woodall's training, its realistic approach, and the depth of knowledge of its instructors, Woodall's has worked with some truly wonderful organizations such as W.E.A.V.E., Courage to Be You, The Child Abuse Council, Peace for Families, UC Davis Pain Management Clinic, the State of California, and various churches, businesses, and other organizations.

November:

November 16th 2019

From Sweet To Sizzle: Writing Memorable Sex Scenes

Don't Just 'Hit It & Quit It' when writing your sex scenes - emotion is the lotion that makes the scene resonate with readers. Sex is all about emotional vulnerability. What better way to give readers a glimpse into your characters' psyche other than when they are stripped bare with nowhere to hide?

Join longtime Harlequin author Kimberly Van Meter, who also writes as USA TODAY bestselling author Alexx Andria, as she shares how to reach into your scene and draw out the emotional gold that will propel your sex scene beyond the "Tab A goes into Slot B" mechanics to hit that Big O with readers.

 

About Kimberly Van Meter: 

Blessed with a filthy mind and a mouth to match, USA TODAY bestselling romance author Alexx Andria splits her time between writing scorching-hot stories, making brilliant book covers, and eating salty treats. With her traffic-stopping curves and a knack for flaunting them, she gets into--and out of--more than her fair share of trouble. If you want to find your newest reader obsession, check out Alexx on any of her social media platforms.

December: No meeting. Happy holidays!


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