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Giveaways, Celebrations and General Woohoo’s! Come find out why!

With a title like that, you’ve GOT to be wondering what we’re up to at RU, right? Well, let’s not hold you in suspense any longer.

Romance University was listed in Writer’s Digest as one of the Top 101 Best Websites for Writers! The 15th annual list is posted in the May/June issue. After combing through literally thousands of writer’s websites, WD selected RU as one of two romance writer’s websites.

Writer's Digest: 2013 Best Writing Websites (2013)
This website has been awarded a Best Writing Website.
Sponsored by Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Market,
Writer’s Digest University & Writer’s Digest Shop.

We’re tickled PINK!

But even more so, we’re grateful to YOU! Our loyal readers, our indefatigable commenters, and most especially our Visiting Professors, who give us outstanding lectures. YOU are the winners of this award – we’re happy to be along for the ride!

Add to that, just a week ago, RU boasted it’s 1000th post. Can you believe it? One thousand free lectures, brought to you by real people who have BEEN THERE and want to share their knowledge. We’re stunned with our good fortune to have such wonderful contributors and outstanding VP’s.

And finally, even though we’re celebrating a tad bit early – RU’s fourth anniversary is only two weeks away. Another milestone! We’d like to thank the founders, Kelsey Browning, Adrienne Giordano and Tracey Devlyn for having the concept of RU – free lectures for romance writers – and I’d personally like to thank Jennifer Tanner, Becke Martin Davis and Robin Covington for the hard work they do behind the scenes. All for one, one for all!

Prizes given away today include:


  • Bullet Earrings and a copy of The Chase by Adrienne Giordano
  • Wine charms by Kelsey Browning
  • A Lady’s Revenge or Checkmate, My Lord–print or digital by Tracey Devlyn
  • Romance Writer’s t-shirt by Carrie Spencer
  • $15 Amazon gift card by Jennifer Tanner
  • Barnes and Noble gift card by Becke Martin Davis
  • A copy of A Night of Southern Comfort and His Southern Temptation by Robin Covington
  • Choice of either High Seas Deception or His Reluctant Bodyguard either Kindle or Nook by Loucinda McGary
  • $10 Starbucks card from Donna Cummings
  • Kindle copy giveaways of 4 book eBundle:
    Memories Of Love by Jenny Scwartz
    Bound By Her Ring by Nicole Flockton
    Drawing Closer by Jenny Schwartz
    Mistaken Engagement by Jenny Scwartz
    from Nas Dean


PLEASE make sure you include your email address so we can get the prize to you! Come back tomorrow to find out the winners!



So tell us, what are YOUR (other) favorite writing websites?

Join us on Friday for Laurie Schnebly Campbell with Yakkity Yak – Blurbing your Book. She’ll be having a giveaway as well! =) Suhweet!


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126 Responses to “Giveaways, Celebrations and General Woohoo’s! Come find out why!”

  1. Congrats on the double celebration!

    I love Margie Lawson’s website:

    She offers amazing classes that have changed my writing.

    Posted by Katrina Kirkpatrick | April 24, 2013, 4:50 am
  2. Hey, gals –

    Congrats to all on this fabulous honor! This was one of our dreams when Tracey, Adrienne and I started RU in 2009.

    I’m so thankful for all the visiting professors and the RU faculty who took over when A, T & I retired to “faculty emeritus” – :-).

    It’s great knowing this site has made a difference for so many writers. It would be fascinating to find out how many of RU’s regular readers have gotten published or contracted over the past four years!

    Hugs to Carrie, Robin, Becke and Jennifer!

    Posted by Kelsey Browning | April 24, 2013, 6:35 am
  3. Congrats ladies! It’s a well-deserved honor. I always read the posts but only sometimes leave a comment. And Carrie, you rock 🙂

    Posted by Sandra Sookoo | April 24, 2013, 6:57 am
  4. SQUEEEEE!!! What a great honor. Congratulations to everyone!

    Another of my favorite writing websites is which also won the Writer’s Digest award. 🙂

    Posted by Heather Webb | April 24, 2013, 6:58 am
  5. Congrats! *throws coffee beans like confetti* I love it here, and I’m thrilled you’ve received this award. I have no doubt there will be many more in the future. 🙂

    Posted by Donna Cummings | April 24, 2013, 7:01 am
  6. Hi RU,

    All awards and recognition are well deserved!!! I like too.


    Mary Jo

    Posted by Mary Jo Burke | April 24, 2013, 7:04 am
  7. Congrats guys! It is well deserved!

    Posted by Shelly Ellis | April 24, 2013, 7:13 am
  8. Congratulations! Keep up the great work!
    I am not a writer, just an avid reader. I peruse many sites learning more about amazing writers and getting ideas for books i want to read.

    Posted by karin | April 24, 2013, 7:26 am
  9. Yay ladies. I am so thrilled that you’re receiving recognition for creating such a fabulous tool for us writers and grateful to you for teaching me so much.

    You guys are the best.

    I also like Kristen Nelson’s blog.

    Congrats again. This honor is well deserved.

    Posted by Karen | April 24, 2013, 7:49 am
  10. Yay!! Congratulations!! This is so well deserved. I love to say, ‘everything I learned about writing romance I learned from romanceuniversity!” I read a lot of author blogs, but this is my mainstay go to site.



    Posted by Sonali Dev | April 24, 2013, 7:55 am
  11. Good morning everyone! How exciting to see that wonderful badge on RU’s home page. As Kels said, this was one of our dreams for RU when we first started RU and it’s a thrill to see it happen. It just proves the point of how generous the romance writing community is.

    I’m so thankful to Carrie, Jen, Becke and Robin for the amazing work they do on RU. We couldn’t have turned our “baby” over to a better team. You guys rock!

    Posted by Adrienne Giordano | April 24, 2013, 8:11 am
  12. Wow! Congratulations!
    Though I write YA adventure novels, I add a liberal sprinkling of romance. I love all I’ve learned here the past year. Thanks for such a wonderful site! <3

    Posted by Amelia | April 24, 2013, 8:41 am
  13. Congrats! What a great blog you have here. I’ve learned so much.

    I also read Jami Gold’s author blog.

    Posted by Laurie Evans | April 24, 2013, 9:09 am
  14. Congratulations! Well deserved too. I love the site.

    Posted by Kelly Garcia | April 24, 2013, 9:18 am
  15. Congratulations! Love this site, and the regular emails I get. I’m also a big fan of And I agree with Katrina, Margie Lawson’s site is great too, and her classes rock.

    Posted by Regina Kyle | April 24, 2013, 9:35 am
  16. Just found this website saw it on Robin Covingtons FB page enjoyed all the information shared!!

    Posted by Stephenie Philipsen | April 24, 2013, 10:21 am
  17. Okay everybody – my computer is being wonky and keeps kicking me off the site – so I’m going to post this and try to comment as much as I can.

    I am so grateful to be part of RU and this community of writers!

    Carrie, Becke and Jen – love you guys!

    Posted by Robin Covington | April 24, 2013, 10:23 am
  18. Congratulations, ladies! RU is a great idea well executed! I read several writer-focussed blogs, favourites including Writer Unboxed and Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood.


    Posted by Cia | April 24, 2013, 10:43 am
  19. It’s a fabulous blog and an award well deserved! Congrats!

    Posted by Rachel Simeone | April 24, 2013, 11:25 am
  20. Congrats on this great achievement. I started following RU from day one, but I kind of drifted away for a while when I wasn’t taking my writing seriously. I’m back in the swing now, and RU is a daily stop for me. Keep up the great work!

    Margie Lawson is awesome, but I also like Larry Brooks site, and KM Weiland as well.


    Posted by Callene Rapp | April 24, 2013, 12:44 pm
  21. Callene, so glad you’re back to writing and using RU as a resource!

    Posted by Tracey Devlyn | April 24, 2013, 1:20 pm
  22. Jen, Becke, Robin and Carrie–

    Thanks so much for all the hard work you’ve put into RU. What an accomplishment to win the coveted WD award! So incredibly proud of all of you.

    And HUGE thanks to RU’s Visiting Professors and dedicated readers–we appreciate your generosity, enthusiasm, and continued support!


    Posted by Tracey Devlyn | April 24, 2013, 1:25 pm
  23. I’m not sure who nominated us for the W-D award, but thanks! It’s great to be among esteemed writing blogs such as Writer Unboxed and Jane Friedman.

    Thanks to Kelsey, Adrienne & Tracey for their initial vision, to my current RU cohorts and their mastery of the behind-the-scenes-last-minute-scramble, and to our fabulous contributors and readers.

    My favorite blogs include Anne R. Allen’s blog (with RU contributor Ruth Harris), and Writer Unboxed, both of whom made the W-D list. Also, I’d be lost without Grammar Girl.

    It’s almost been four years since the inception of RU, and it’s rewarding and encouraging to see many of our readers become published authors.

    Thanks everyone for dropping by to comment!

    Posted by Jennifer Tanner | April 24, 2013, 1:54 pm
  24. Thank you all for giving back so graciously to the writing community. It is greatly appreciated!!!

    One of my “other” favorite writer sites is Savvy Authors. They provide a great deal of information and networking opportunities as well.

    Again, thank you for all each and everyone of you do to support the most challenging and rewarding career paths I’ve ever known! 🙂

    Posted by Nicole Leiren | April 24, 2013, 2:05 pm
  25. Wow, congrats, RU folks!!! This site has been a wealth of knowledge for me, and the community here is welcoming and encouraging. It really doesn’t surprise me that you guys got this award because you’ve been my go-to writing site…since its inception, I must say. 🙂

    Let’s see…other writing blogs. I do like Jami Gold’s blog too. Her posts are thoughtful and well-researched, and I love the discussions she has in the comments.

    Thanks, RU folks, for the great work you do here!!!

    Posted by Laurie London | April 24, 2013, 2:16 pm
  26. RU,

    Just as I was a late to the party with joining RU as a contributor, I’m late here as well.

    Firstly, I am SO glad that those confirmations came through for you after what was apparently my early issue of WD. You had me sweating thinking I was punked some how. 🙂

    Secondly, I can’t think of, not only a website, but of a group of people who deserve it more than you do. Don’t think that as an empathetic writer your intial startup woes are lost on me, they’re not.

    While you may not have intended (initially) to be in this position today, your intentions, your fortitude, your drive and…well…just your love for the craft has much deservadly gotten you recognized.

    I am thankful you have brought me into your fold and intend to (somewhat subtly) rub it in the face of my 40K+ Twitter followers. 🙂

    Of course I jest…

    Carrie… You have been there with me from about as close to my start as you can get. Thank you for all you have done. In this day and age of distance, Social Media, and gut instinct… we still clicked and I am so thankful for that.

    To Tracey, Kelsey, Adrienne, Jennifer, Becke (Love your pic), and Robin…Thank you for trusting in me and for all the eencouragement you’ve lent me. You are ALL doing a great thing here and, because of it, it has been picked up on the National Radar of Writer’s Digest!



    Posted by HH | April 24, 2013, 2:27 pm
  27. I discovered RU earlier this year, and I’m so glad I did.

    Congratulations! I’m an unpublished writer and trying to learn as much as I can.

    I’m excited for you getting this great honor.


    Posted by Jackie Layton | April 24, 2013, 2:56 pm

    You guys deserve all the great kudos! I’m grateful for being allowed to post occasionally on such a fun and helpful blog. Keep up the GREAT work!


    Posted by Loucinda McGary | April 24, 2013, 4:25 pm
  29. Congratulations! That is a very high honor, indeed. I follow several writing blogs already mentioned: K.M. Weiland, Writer Unboxed, Savvy Authors, and more. I need all the help I can get! Thanks so much for supporting developing authors.

    Posted by Kellianne Stevens | April 24, 2013, 5:01 pm
  30. Thanks so much for making our celebration so much fun! I like the writing blogs others mentioned and others, too – I subscribe to so many, I need to double check that they’ve all been listed. Romance Bandits was the first one to hook me but I don’t get there as often as I’d like anymore.

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | April 24, 2013, 5:43 pm
  31. Wow, talk about a festive day — I wish I’d made it over earlier, but it’s fun seeing all the VERY well-deserved celebration!

    Congratulations to the founders and the next generation who’ve kept RU such a great site for more than a thousand posts…that’s truly impressive.

    Laurie, looking forward to a lot more years of RU

    Posted by Laurie Schnebly Campbell | April 24, 2013, 9:49 pm
  32. I like Savvy Authors and She Writes as well as RU, of course!

    Keep up the good work and congrats on 4 years!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

    Posted by Barrie | April 24, 2013, 10:04 pm
  33. I’m not sure if this is a duplication. I’m posting this on behalf of KATRINA BAUER, who notes that The Goddess blog is one of her go-to blogs.

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | April 24, 2013, 11:24 pm
  34. Three different “Lauries” commenting on the same post…! I noticed because I don’t see my name very often.

    Posted by Laurie Evans | April 25, 2013, 12:58 am
  35. Congratulations on your dual distinctions. I love RU and have to admit my fav here is Handsome Hansel who talks about what it is like writing romance as a man in a “woman’s” genre.
    As for other sites I like – Hope Clarks’s Funds for Writers. Tons of good information there.
    Congratulations again.

    Posted by Tracy Riva | April 25, 2013, 12:19 pm
    • Awww Tracy!

      I feel the need to channel Sally Field from the Oscars…”You like me. You really really like me!”

      Thanks for both your friendship and support as well. You are one in a million.


      Posted by HH | April 25, 2013, 12:59 pm
  36. Big Congratulations to RU! Other writing sites I love: Jane Friedman, the Passive Guy, and Alma Katsu (but only on Fridays) for publishing news… Susan Spann’s site for business lessons for writers… Tia Nevitt’s blog for her amazing writing infographics… and MuseTracks for their monthly agent/editor shop opportunities.
    And I am excited to be appearing here on RU next week!

    Posted by Pamela Mason | April 25, 2013, 9:13 pm
  37. Congratulations.

    Posted by Cynthia Davis | April 25, 2013, 11:07 pm
  38. Love all the classes from RU, especially Laurie Schnebly! She’s made such a big difference in my writing!

    Lynn thinking that her mother was going to name her Laurie, but when her cousin stole the name a month before she was born for her newboen daughter, she named me Lynn instead.

    Posted by Lynn Price | April 26, 2013, 8:18 am
  39. Congratulations on the award! I only just found you today through Laurie Schnebley’s newsletter, but I am bookmarking it as my “go-to” page!

    Posted by Renee Rose | April 26, 2013, 9:32 am
  40. Congrats on your award!

    As a writer, I always check every site that makes a Writer’s Digest list, they are usually so helpful!

    I love classes from Laurie Schnebly! I am also a Margie Lawson fan and Larry Brooks fan – (there’s no better help around than Larry for the structure essence of story)

    Posted by Chris | April 26, 2013, 10:30 am
  41. I’ll announce the winners of the prizes in a separate post tomorrow – please stay tuned!


    Posted by Carrie Spencer | April 26, 2013, 10:39 pm
  42. It is still Friday here.

    Posted by M. Rose | April 26, 2013, 11:18 pm

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