Congratulations to all the Washington Romance Writers members who celebrated writing-related accomplishments in September. You ladies are an inspiration. Keep up the great work!

Jill Archer released her debut novel, Dark Light of Day, an urban fantasy with elements of mystery and romance, on Sept. 25. Dark Light of Day is the first book in her new Noon Onyx series, which features a 21 year-old post grad magic user who must choose between death or training to become a demon peacekeeper.

Karna Small Bodman has been on the road again this month promoting her political thriller Castle Bravo (which won an award at the Paris Book Festival) with speeches in Carlsbad, Calif., Wisconsin, Virginia, South Dakota, New York and Crystal City, Va.

Amanda Brice released a two-book boxed set of her Dani Spevak young adult mysteries.

Kerri Carpenter had an article published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sept. 26. From the Pittsburgh area originally, she wrote about finding a Steelers support system here in Arlington.

Jessica Darago finaled in the romantic suspense category of the Golden Pen with her manuscript, Scandal.

Carlene Love Flores submitted the request for her full manuscript this month for Sidewalk Flower, Book One of the Sin Pointe Series.

Cristin Harber, a new WRW member, just finished writing Run Baby Run. It’s a contemporary romance with strong action elements.

Helen Hester-Ossa took on the role of the copyright pirate for the Copyright Office and had a great time at the National Book Festival in the Library of Congress Pavilion Sep. 22 – 23. “Our theme was Creative Characters of Copyright and we put on a skit that explained the copyright law using characters from books that shaped America, such as Noah Webster, James Madison, Mark Twain, Dorothy and the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz.”

Alethea Kontis’s young adult fairytale novel Enchanted was the recipient of the 2012 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award. (She just completed the first draft of the sequel, Hero, to be released in Fall of 2013.) Also, her picture book Alphaoops: The Day Z Went First was spotted on screen in The Smurfs movie with Neil Patrick Harris.

Diana Quincy’s manuscript, The Parachutist, is a finalist in the 2012 Molly contest in the historical category. Her heroine is also a finalist in the 2012 Unsinkable Molly category.

Rebecca York was a featured author in the Maryland Romance Writers’ tent at the Baltimore Book Festival at the end of September where she participated in five panels and was featured in a Baltimore Sun article about the book festival. Also, her Harlequin Intrigue, Her Baby’s Father, came out in September. about a woman who dies in a car accident. Instead of escorting her to heaven, angels send her back in time to try and save the life of the man she loves.