MEET THE 2011-2020 BOARD


President: Helene Radjeski-Edwards

Vice-President: Robyn Bage

Secretary: Barbara Felgate

Treasurer: Linda Cook

Programs Co-Chairs: Helene Radjeski-Edwards and
Barbara Felgate

Past Presidents: Emily Dakota Black; Corrina Lawson and
Laurie Adams

Chapter Founder: Helene Radjeski-Edwards

Charter Oak Romance Writers
P.O. Box 9232
Bolton, CT  06043

We welcome new members.  Membership includes ten regular meetings (speakers, presentations, industry how-tos), Holiday Parties and Summer Picnic, private Yahoo loop, Facebook group.

Contact our Chapter President, Helene Radjeski-Edwards,
Helered1@juno.com for information, questions about membership or speakers.


Membership dues are due February 1, 2019.
Members can pay their annual dues of $25 by sending a check to the address listed above or by using the PAYPAL link below.

Chapter News—

Barbara Edwards contemporary, an e-book and in Audio  is available from The Wild Rose Press.

By Reservation Only is Book One in the Deerbourne Inn Series, an ongoing saga about the people who visit or live at the Inn. the stories vary from contemporary romance to historical romance, a ghost story and a mystery. and thats only the start. http://a.co/d/atQwzPx

Sandra Marton’s Contemporary Romance is nominated for a Rita by Romance Writers of America.

He’s a gorgeous hunk. She’s quiet and reserved. He’s also her boss–and when she needs a weekend date, he volunteers to help out.They’ll spend two nights together, pretending to be a couple. What could possibly go wrong???

The F-Word
by Sandra Marton
Link: http://a.co/erBHlrY

Congratulations, Sandra!!!



2019 Meeting Schedule for CORW

Some meeting times and locations are TBD.
Default is 10:45 am at:

The Red Onion
855 Sullivan Ave.,
South Windsor, CT


January 5, 2019 at 11:00am
Happy New Year. Our meeting will focus on critiquing the final five pages of your novel or novella.  Bring five copies of the final five pages plus a 3 paragraph synopsis. We’ll work on each others entries. We’ll discuss setting goals for the new year. Please note this meeting will be at the Red Onion in South Windsor, near the library. The time will be from 11:00 to 1:00 pm
Red Onion Restaurant,
855 Sullivan Ave, South Windsor


February 2, 2019
Peter Lerman – Audio Books
What’s been going on in that little soundproof booth of mine…
Just because I thought you might like to know!
The Revolution of ’28 explores the career of New York governor and 1928 Democratic presidential nominee Alfred E. Smith. Robert Chiles peers into Smith’s work and uncovers a distinctive strain of American progressivism that resonated among urban, ethnic, working-class Americans in the early 20th century. The New Deal before the New Deal. Building a Democratic coalition to elect FDR four years later.
(“May galvanize readers currently feeling cheated by a shortage of contemporary political heroes.” – The New York Times)
Available First Week of December on Audible, iTunes and Amazon
Available to audition for projects on your desk right now. Or, tomorrow.



• Sing Me Back Home – Southern Roots and Country Music

by Bill C Malone – University Press Audiobooks

• Time for Wonderlust: Planning Your Retirement Renaissance

by Forrest J. Wright – Real Leisure Press

• On the Jury Trial – Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy

by Thomas Melsheimer and Craig Smith – University Press Audiobooks

• A Deeper Blue – The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt

by Robert Earl Hardy – University Press Audiobooks

• American Dunkirk – The Waterborne Evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11

by James M Kendra, Tricia Wachtendorf – University Press Audiobook
• Screening Stephen King: Adaptation and the Horror Genre in Film and Television

by Simon Brown – University Press Audiobooks
• How We Won and Lost the War in Afghanistan: Two Years in the Pashtun Homeland

by Douglas Grindle – University Press Audiobooks
• The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights

by Hans Joas – University Press Audiobooks• Race?: Debunking a Scientific Myth

by Ian Tattersall and Rob DeSalle – University Press Audiobooks• An Unnatural Metropolis: Wrestling New Orleans from Nature

by Craig E. Colten – University Press Audiobooks
• Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter

by Ilya Somin – University Press Audiobooks
• Saving Our Cities: A Progressive Plan to Transform Urban America

by William W. Goldsmith – University Press Audiobooks


• The Secret Sharer
by Joseph Conrad – Spoken Realms

• The Golem of Hampstead and Other Stories

by Jacob J Potashnik – Penny-A-Page Press• Silent Source: A Medical Thriller


by James Marshall Smith – Stealth Books



• Time Management Skills: How to Increase Your Productivity

by Grace Bell – Published by Grace Bell

• Meditation for Beginners: An Extraordinary Guide to Inner Freedom

by Erik Tao

• Superhuman Memory: The Comprehensive Guide

by Keith Hope

• Manipulation: Emotional Manipulation Techniques to Influence People

by Lewis Fischer – CreateSpace Independent Publishing

• Tiger in the Office: How to Capitalize on Opportunity and Launch Your Career

by Mike Callahan – University Press Audiobooks

Audible Approved Narrator

Training: Sean Pratt – Audiobook Narration Technique and Practice
Johnny Heller – NYC Workshop 2018 & New England Narrator Workshop

Bachelor of Arts, Business Communication – Charter Oak State CollegeAssociate of Science, Respiratory Care – Naugatuck Valley Comm. Coll.

Certified AHA Instructor Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Certified COPD Educator
Certified Smoking Cessation Counsellor
Adjunct Faculty – Photography Department, BFA program, School of Visual Arts

Recording Studio Equipment:

Rode NT1-A Microphone
Scarlet Solo Audio Interface
Studio One DAW Artist Software
RX-6 Audio Editing/Mastering Software Dell XPS Desktop Computer w/ Windows 7Located in the Greater New York City Area

Stage/Theater Credits (principal roles): Kiss Me Kate (Gangster #2), Hello Dolly (Horace), Guys and Dolls (Big Julie), The Full Monty (Reggie), Anything Goes (Elisha), The Drowsy Chaperone (Feldzeig), On the Twentieth Century (Oliver), Arsenic and Old Lace (Jonathan), Speed-the-Plow (Bobby Gould), Rumors (Lenny), COMPANY! (Peter)



March 2, 2019
Helene Radjeski-Edwards , “Getting the most out of Writer’s Conferences.”
April 6, 2019
Deborah Davis –

Presenter and Author Deborah Ann Davis talks about her published works, and tricks she uses to add depth to her quirky characters.

This will be a hands-on interactive workshop, so bring 15-20 lines of dialogue from your current Work-In-Progress to practice and apply Deborah’s tips.

Here’s my bio:

Award winning author, Deborah Ann Davis, founder (and member) of The Awesome Mom Tribe, has helped countless families navigate the tumultuous teen years, despite inevitable adolescent angst. As a producer of her own successful teenage daughter, and a former teenager herself, this middle/high school teacher has distilled three decades in education into her exciting live events and insightful books. Even her fiction novels, Fairly Safeand Fairly Certain, from her Love of Fairs series, delve into teen relationships. Deborah’s timely information on effective communication, emotional health, and physical wellbeing provides guidance and encouragement for moms, helping them foster positive and healthy relationships within their families. B.S., M.Ed., W.I.T.S., Certified Personal Trainer.


May 4, 2019
Kathy Otten


June 1, 2019
Paula Chaffee Scardamalia

“Dealing the Cards for your Story: Using Tarot to Add Fun and Spice to Scenes and Characters”

Paula has agreed to come in early and do readings for members if they are interested. Her set fee would be split as a fundraiser for the chapter if we wish.

Paula Chaffee Scardamalia
Divining the Muse ~Decipher Your Dream, Discover Your Story, Deliver It to the World

Author of the award-winning, Weaving a Woman’s Life: Spiritual Lessons from the Loom
“Whatever your religious or spiritual background, there is usually a dreaming tradition found within it.”

July PICNIC (date and location to be decided)

August 3
Dazzling Dialogue (he said/she said)

September 7
Critique Session

October 5
A tentative speaker identified but not yet confirmed.
Novel Writing Month

A tentative Podcast but not yet confirmed.

December Holiday Party

Unless there is a dire emergency, this is our 2019 schedule.
We need everyone to help keep our chapter active.
First; we need speakers. Please help us find ‘good’ speakers.
Do you know someone we can ask? What writing area can you talk


Contact our Chapter President, Helene Radjeski-Edwards,
Helered1@juno.com for information, questions about membership
and prospective speakers.


Membership dues are due February 1, 2019. Membership includes ten regular meetings (speakers, presentations, industry how-tos), Holiday Party and Summer Picnic, private Yahoo loop and Facebook group.


Chapter Gathering Photos


Let’s get down to business.
Lunch after a business meeting

2018 picnic at Linda Cook’s home.

Picnic at Linda Cook’s home.

A prior picnic at Emily’s

Iris in NY

Jayne Krentz & Helene in NY

Sandra Marton,Linda Cook



IMG_1168 Learning can be fun.


We learn together and enjoy each other’s company! 🙂