Not only Fast Draft, how about Formatting?


I’m in the middle of two major—-make that 3, major things. Yes, we’ve talked about Fast Draft. Sadly, I’m way behind. I’m also teaching a month long formatting (ebook, print, and covers) for the Celtic Hearts RWA Group.

I’m getting lots of great questions. It’s different from anything I’ve done before. There are 28 people in the class. And if it wasn’t for the questions, it would feel like I’m doing all this work with nobody any the wiser.

After this class is completed, I’ve decided I’m going to put all my posts and illustrations in a book. I’ll show you a couple of examples and then I’m going to get back to my Fast Draft… Oh, and the 3rd major thing? The National Readers’ Choice Awards are all in, tallied, finalists notified, trophies, plaques and pins ordered and completed. Now I’m printing out certificates (178) and wrapping up the final details for the food in San Diego for July 14th!

Here you go:

Week 1 of 4 for Formatting: ebook


Creating a Style for Headings

Week 1 of 4 for Formatting: Using Calibre to strip out MS Word’s extra nonsense


Week 2 of 4 for Formatting: Print


Using Sections instead of Page Breaks for special purpose suppression of Headers and Footers

Sadly, that’s all I have time to share right now.

But look for a new book on formatting in the month or two. This sucker was a lot of work…

Happy, er…uh…oh, yeah, brain freeze there…Reading (or formatting)!

Kathy L Wheeler









Getting ready for The 1940s… are you?


Well, the MC4 girls are working hard on their Martini Club 4 – The 1940s stories. I have about 3 more scenes to complete. I am very excited about this story. You see, Lady Margaret and her only child, Audra, are not so close. Why is that, you ask?

Well, she overheard an argument between her mother and father when she was only ten and it skewed her whole perspective.

In any event, I suppose that is all I should say. I can tell you that most of the stories have titles…


“Provoked” (hmm, I don’t believe Alicia Dean has completely decided yet)



I’m also playing around with covers. What do you think of this?

Beautiful young woman retro style studio portrait

Or this?Fashion in retro style. WW2 reenacting

Still just mulling thing over. Anyway, there should be a pre-order link up before long. In the meantime, if you haven’t read the Martini Club 4 – The 1920s, you might start with these:

Rebellious ~ Ruined ~ Reckless ~ Runaway

Or you can have all four in a print copy.


Happy Reading! ~Kathy L Wheeler

A New LITTLE Hobby ~ Kathy L Wheeler


Like I have time for anything else. After all, there was Halloween, two trips to Seattle for a family emergency, an arts festival, an author signing, coordinating the NRCA, the Regency Reader and Novel Notes newsletters—-and what do I decide to add?

Painting. Yes, art. And it is fun!

Here are some of my efforts:


A pathetic attempt of the Eiffel Tower

Another sad try, but hey, I'm new at this.

Another sad try, but hey, I’m new at this.



better. I do like this.

better. I do like this.

One of my favs so far.

One of my favs so far.

Yes, this I like.

Yes, this I like.

So, this is my new hobby. My husband thinks I’m painting to avoid writing. I think I’m painting to clear my mind…

I certainly won’t quit writing. After all, KOCO’s morning anchor said she loves reading so I sent her a copy of The Price of Scorn: Cinderella’s Evil Stepmother. She posted a great picture on her Facebook page.


And!!!! The Mapmaker’s Wife – my little civil war novella, won 1st place in the Historical Short of the International Digital Awards. I’m so happy, that I joined NaNo this year.

First up, is Pampered – Martini Club 4 – The 1940s.

Have a good Sunday, all.

Kathy L Wheeler

The NRCA Contest that is strictly for Readers! Are YOU in?


This post will be a little different. And while I’m directing this to readers, primarily, I will also include the author information too.

This year (2016) marks the official beginning in my career as the

 Winner - 2013 Contemporary Single Title

Winner – 2013 Contemporary Single Title

“complete” coordinator (last year I was the figurehead!) for the Annual National Readers’ Choice Awards. In other words, I’m in charge of the whole chi-bang!

This is a huge undertaking, but an exciting opportunity. I will be gathering contest coordinators and readers for the different categories of which there are 12.

What is truly exciting about this year, is that it is the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America’s 25th year to host this prestigious contest.


Winner – 2013 Historical

The NRCA is the only RWA contest where, not just the author is celebrated, but their editor and agent as well. Also, I would like to point out (for authors) our contests still includes a category for Romantic Elements.

If you love to read, consider signing up. You, as a judge, are mailed 4 books that you read and rank within approximately a 3 month time period. The books from well-recognized romance authors are yours to keep. Your only obligation is to return your scores to your assigned category coordinator within the specified time frame.

As you can imagine after 24 years, this process is streamlined pretty flawlessly, thanks to the previous overseers: Terri Schaefer and Silver James.

So, if you want more information on judging, check the OKRWA website.

And if you are ready to dive straight in and register as a reader/judge, click here.

Now for you fabulous authors, I think you know this is a well-received and well-renowned award. Just ask past winners like Brenda Novak, Tracy Ann Warren, Susan Mallory, Margaret Mallory, Roxanne St. Clair, Julie James, Candice Hern, Jodi Thomas…well, the list goes on and on and on…I mean, really, there are 24 years worth of winners. Just saying.

So, check the rules regarding the publishing copyright date of your book here and enter your book!

I want this 25th year to be spectacular, and I aim to make it so.kathylwheeler

Your humble Contest Coordinator for the 25th annual NRCA and Martini Club 4 member, Kathy L Wheeler

The Big Apple and not a Mac – Kathy L Wheeler


Back Home with my MC4 minus 1 Buds!

I returned just this past Thursday night from the Romance Writers of America National Conference in New York City. I was lucky enough to spend ten days—six of which, were running around the city, pretending I was a native. But how can that be when there is so much to see and do. And anyone who knows me, knows how much I love the theater…and not just theater, but in particular The Phantom of the Opera. So here is what I did laid out Day-by-Day.


Outside the Empire State Building w/Sourav Pati

Monday July 20th – 12:30p. World Rogers Airport for 3:30p TSA PRE flight! (That’s always nice. You don’t have to take off your flip-flop sandals.) Layover in Houston. Not so bad only about an hour.

11:14p. LaGuardia, New York City. My plane landed early! Unfortunately, the shuttle was REALLY late. And gas fumes were coming in. It seemed as if the driver didn’t quite know where he was going…but I landed at the Marriott Marquis Times Square by 1:20a Tuesday morning.

Tuesday July 21st – New York City. I ran into Cindy Kirk first thing in passing. She is a friend and also the current president of RWA.  After which, I bought my metro pass (subway card) and hit The Metropolitan Museum of Art and activated my “City Pass.” (Great value, by the way). I took some fabulous pictures!


Walter Kerr Theater A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

5:30p. Marriott Marquis Times Square. Though I braved the MET, I wasn’t feeling so hot. I think it was from the fumes in the shuttle van. Anyway, I decided to take a short nap. I had tickets to see Aladdin at 7p.

6:20p. Marriott Marquis Times Square. I shot straight up and out the door. I couldn’t miss my show! It was pretty cute. I especially loved it when the Genie broke out into other Disney songs from Beauty and the Beast.

Wednesday July 22nd – 7:30a. The Beau Monde Mini Conference. The conference was different from the last time I’d attended a couple of years before. It was still great and the workshops were most informative. (Which reminds me, I need to send Cheryl Bolen an email regarding the “Great Houses of London” floor plans.)

7:00p. The Majestic Theater. Phantom of the Opera. Yes, I blew off The Beau Monde Soirée to see Phantom for the 11th time. And, yes, it was worth it. Oh, and a drink at Sardi’s just before the show.


The Plaza Hotel Ballroom

Thursday July 23rd – Marriott Marquis Times Square. I started off the day with a good breakfast then made my way to the ballroom for the opening talk by Barbara Freethy. Sadly, I was unable to stay because I was obligated in assisting set up for the National Reader’s Choice Awards (NRCA) Ceremony that was to begin at 10a.

10:00a. NRCA. This was the first year I made the announcements. It was great fun. I will be taking over the running of the contest in the coming year from Silver James. Next year is our 25th!

2:00p. Indie Book Signing. Not quite as successful as the previous time I participated, but in the end everything worked out.


Statue of Liberty…duh!

6:00p. Broadway Times Square. My phone is pickpocketed on the way to the subway.

7:00p. Little Italy. Dinner was fab…then we had gelato.

Friday July 24th – 7:45a. Marriott Marquis Times Square. Breakfast of course! Then I was off to my assignment at Agent/Editor Appointments where I was a runner. Looking for agent and editors whose appointments were either cancelled/forgotten or some poor author freaking out deciding they could go through with it. This was an enlightening position that I hope to volunteer at again.


Guggenheim Museum

2:00p. My first actual workshop: Seven Deadly Sins of Self-Publishing that should have been titled Etiquette Lessons for the Author…What Not to Say and Do… truly….

3:15p. Back in my room getting dressed for dinner with Sharon Sala and her Harlequin editor Leslie Wainger for a 4:30p meet up.

4:30p. Meet up.

6:30p. Drinks and appetizers with Heather Graham, husband Dennis, Sharon and Leslie just before the Harlequin VIP Party.

8:00p. Harlequin Black & White Ball where my dress had the time of its life!

Saturday July 25th – 8:30a. Made the early morning keynote with Nalini Singh. So inspirational…

9:00a – 4:30p. More workshops. Oh, and a late lunch with Jade Lee.


Oklahoman’s at the Harlequin’s VIP Party Jill Monroe, Sharon Sala, Merline Lovelace, Kathy L Wheeler, Gena Showalter, Deb Cowan

6:15p. The Annual Ritas and Golden Heart Ceremony. Where Jodi Thomas invited me to sit at her table and meet Berkley editor, Katherine Pelz. It was fabulous (I’ll be sending her my historical once I’ve completed the edits. Yay!)

Sunday July 26th – Once everyone vacated the room, I slept in. Then my friend Sourav Pati whom I worked with at Devon, now located in New Jersey, came in on the train and we hit the Empire State Building. (Now I need to rewatch An Affair To Remember.)


Outside Fish In The Dark with my M&Ms.

7:00p. Something Rotten! A hysterical musical featuring William Shakespeare as a rock star.

10:00p. The pizza place next door to the theater where I met a guy whose friend got misplaced somewhere. He is apparently Andrew Bynum’s nephew, David. Poor thing was shitfaced doing shots all night and had decided to take a nap upstairs of the restaurant. (They got kicked out).

Monday July 27th – 10:00a. Sprint store to contact the insurance company about my phone. Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island. Lunch at Les Halles near Wall Street where I met Nelson Ospina and his friends Igor and Emily.

Tuesday July 28th – 10:30a. Checked out of the Marriott Marquis (No more excellent conference room rate…) and checked into The Gregory Hotel in Herald Square. The person checking in before me went to the bathroom and a room became available which went to ME! I’m the luckiest person in the world.

11:00a. Walking down the street where I found the Plaza Hotel. I snuck upstairs to the ballroom and snapped some pictures. The hotel played a part in the 1920s MC4 Series. Also, did the Guggenheim Museum and a fun bus trip.

7:00p. Fish in the Dark. A play written by Larry David (Seinfield) and played by Jason Alexander. Very funny show that was like a 90 minute Seinfeld episode. Still…who doesn’t love Seinfeld…

Wednesday July 29th – 10:00a. Back to the Sprint Store. The

The dress that had its own great time along side me.

The dress that had its own great time along side me.

insurance never sent out my phone. So…got a new one.

2:30p. Tea/Coffee with Charles Greimsman. Just catching up.

Thursday July 30th – 8:20a. Bought tea at a Starbucks that had no tables then walked down the street and sat in a small park at Herald Square and enjoyed the birds and reflecting on my 10 days from home and living it up in The Big Apple.

9:30a. Called Uber and hightailed it to the airport. <*>sigh<*> Back to the grind….

Well! I’m an airhead….The Pellman Family would not believe it1



It’s true. I used to recall the strangest details. Facts, that have my two sisters, two brothers, mother and dad, cringing to this day. You know, details that include an argument between my youngest brother and youngest sister in a huge row in the kitchen one year. Oh, that’s a funny story.


Our house was similar to The Brady Bunch. My stepfather married my mother when I was eight-years-old. He had two boys, and my mother three girls. I was the oldest and, er…the bossiest. I was not the smartest but I was always reading, as I happened to be that one afternoon leaning against the kitchen sink when things went to “hell in a hand basket” or whatever. And of course, I was minding my own business. (All of my siblings would attest to that!)

The next thing I know, is that a piece of chili landed on the page of my (Harlequin, I can promise you) book. I do not remember the title. I do not remember what those two juveniles were fighting about either. But I do remember looking up and Sandy, who is six months Brad’s senior, had dumped a bowl of chili on his head. My brother Mark  was standing there too, laughing. Then my dad walked in!

Our lives were in turmoil during that particular time in our lives. I had just graduated from high school, had left home and had come back. My sister Terry and Mark were in high school, Sandy and Brad still in Junior High. (Not middle school).

Sadly, our dad had just adopted us girls, and within the year our parents had divorced. Still, you can’t just throw away ten years of your life growing up with the man who raised you. In any event, the girls moved to Texas (with my mom, of course), and the boys stayed in Colorado.

While I regret the dissolution of their marriage, I am happy to say that every three years (for about 12 years) the five kids, Me, Terry, Mark, Sandy and Brad…oh, and our dad have had a family reunion with all the kids and their kids. And our mom made the last one as well. So all’s well that ends well.

Oh, and the airhead thing? (I almost forgot!) My post was due yesterday! But, at the risk of redundancy…All’s well that ends well…Well, you know what I mean.


Happy Reading! ~Kathy L Wheeler

Absent – Amanda McCabe


Amanda regrets that’s she was unable to post this month due to travel. She’s in the midst of moving from OK to NM. However, she will be back with a great post next month.

In the meantime, she will give away one copy of the Martini Club 4 – the 1920s to one commenter who posts on why they love the 1920s!


~~Kathy L Wheeler for Amanda McCabe