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9:00-9:50 am:

Doors Open

Ask-an-AuthorSusan Squires and Brenna Aubrey
Do you have a question that a published author can answer? Then plan to come to the meeting a little bit early. Each month one or two published authors host an informal round table discussion group and you are welcome to sit in.

Critique of the Month1st Chapter Critique: Tara Lain and Shauna Roberts
Free for OCC Members Attending the Meeting--Monthly Critique Drawings!  Print out your FIRST chapter and bring it to the monthly meeting! Then add your name to the list of critique hopefuls, located at the membership table.


10:00 a.m.

10:25 a.m.

Meeting begins; Announcements

P.A.W. (Classroom B)

10:30 a.m.

Morning Workshop: Linda McLaughlin

“Herstory: Researching and Writing Historical Romance”

Thinking of writing a historical novel, but daunted by the research? 

Linda McLaughlin will discuss the pleasures and pitfalls of historical research and why historical romance still matters in the 21st century.


Linda McLaughlin grew up with a love of history fostered by her paternal grandmother and an incurable case of wanderlust inherited from her father. A native of Pittsburgh, she now lives in Southern California with her husband.

She has traveled extensively within the United States and has visited Mexico, Canada, & Australia. A lifelong dream came true with a trip to England where she was able to combine sightseeing and theater with research for her novels. One of the highlights of the trip was a chance to dress up in Regency gown and dance at the Bath Assembly Rooms.

A long-time member of OCCRWA, Linda writes historical and Regency romance. She loves transporting her readers into the past where her characters learn that, in the journey of life, love is the sweetest reward.

She also pens steamy and erotic romance under the name Lyndi Lamont, and her first published novel was Worth The Risk, contemporary romance written in collaboration with Anne Farrell under the name Lyn O'Farrell.

11:30 a.m.

Lunch Break

To order a delicious box lunch from the Corner Bakery in Brea, click here.

12:00 p.m.


Booksigning - TBD

12:15 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

Meeting resumes: Chapter Business, etc.

Afternoon Speaker: Naima Simone

“Loosing Your Inner Vixen: Writing Those Scenes”

I once heard NY Times Bestselling author Angela Knight say the hardest scenes for her to write were the fight and love scenes. Both involve detailed choreography, intense emotion and capturing the reader’s imagination with all the senses. This is very true, and it’s why some writers can find those scenes—the love scenes—intimidating to get from their heads to the book. The scare factor can originate from embarrassment and the “Oh no, I can’t write that!” voices inside their heads. Or not believing they can let loose enough to actually write a man and woman having sex on paper—or on the computer… Or maybe they just don’t believe they can write a passionate, believable love scene. Whether the bedroom door is closed, cracked or thrown wide open, love scenes are important to not only the story and romance, but the relationship between the hero and heroine, and sometimes the character’s personal growth and arc.

“Loosing Your Inner Vixen: Writing Those Scenes” will cover the following topics:

  • Writing Sexy vs. An Animal Jerk (Sexy/Erotic vs. Pornography)
  • What’s My Motivation? (Why are your hero and heroine having sex?)
  • Good Girls Don’t Talk About This! (What heat level should you write and what do the different heat levels include?)
  • The Sex Sense (Engaging your senses)
  • Why Can’t We Just Cuddle? (Sex and intimacy—the two are not mutually exclusive)
  • Will You Respect Me in the Morning? (How your love scene affects your characters and your plot)

Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown and Linda Howard many years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen…ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—and nights— creating stories of unique men and women who experience the first bites of desire, the dizzying heights of passion, and the tender, healing heat of love.

She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States. Come visit Naima at

1:45 p.m.

Meeting Concludes


Next month’s meeting will be on Saturday, September 13, 2014

Morning Speaker: Kitty Bucholtz – “Your How-to Guide to Self-Publishing”

Afternoon Speaker: Jennifer Dornbush – “TBA”

August Online Class: “Writing a Short Story for Anthology Call-Out” with Louisa Bacio
August 11 – September 7, 2014

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