Long Island Romance Writers Have a Smashing Luncheon

IMG_0900The Long Island Chapter of Romance Writers of American held their annual luncheon on Friday, May 9th, at the one of the loveliest venues in Nassau County, Fox Hollow. This was the place to be for romance authors, editors, and agents.



Reminiscent of an estate of old with picturesque gardens and winding paths.



The grounds, tucked into eight acres of woodland, were especially glorious with spring blooms showing their colors.




My dear friend, author Jenna Victoria, is the Chair of the Long Island Chapter of the luncheon. I’m sure that means she’s the chief cook and bottle washer. At any event, she did a terrific job at bottle washing this time.



The affair opened with a white gloved, champagne welcome.




I understand the event started seventeen years ago as a Victorian tea in a member’s back yard and has grown to a gala event.


The room is impressive. The meal was delish, with the most incredible chocolate mouse cake for dessert. And then after that…they had a ice-cream sundae bar. I swore to my table I would NOT have a sundae…but you know, of course, I did. Good too.


Bette Lee FoxThis year’s keynote speaker was Bette Lee Fox, Managing Director of Library Journal and the recipient of the 2013 RWA Stephens Industry Award. She spoke on the value of libraries to writers. Many times writers think when their book goes into a library and it’s borrowed, they are losing sales. Bette assured the group this is not so. Armed with stats, she pointed out that library goers out paced other readers in the purchase of books and ebooks. In fact they often bought books they’d previously borrowed.


IMG_0889At the end of the event, winners from the raffle of baskets upon baskets of wonderful romance novels and other goodies were announced.IMG_0888

Me and Jenna…






About NikeChillemi

Nike Chillemi has a passion for crime fiction, particularly detective stories, police procedurals, and hilarious cozies. She writes literature that reads like pulp fiction, almost a journalistic style. She likes her bad guys really bad, and her good guys smarter and better. She is the founder and chair of the Grace Awards, a member of ACFW. She has judged numerous literary awards including the Grace Awards, Carol Awards, Inspy Awards, and the Eric Hoffer Awards. View all posts by NikeChillemi

2 responses to “Long Island Romance Writers Have a Smashing Luncheon

  • gpcox

    Being as I was born on Broad Channel and grew up in East Meadow – give my best to the “Island.”
    Also – I wish you the very best MOTHER’S DAY!! ❤


    • NikeChillemi

      GP, Thx so much. This was a wonderful event that shows what can be accomplished with hard work. Seventeen years ago they were serving tea in a member’s back yard and this past Friday they had a gala event.


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