Friday, August 9, 2019


The 2019 Permian Basin Writers Workshop will happen on October 13 -14, 2019 in Midland, Texas. We are excited to have many generous, talented, and exceptional speakers and agents. Although I live in Humble, Texas, I still belong to the Bookies and will schedule all of the agents with writers. Please check out our workshop at:


Sharon Belcastro is co-founder of Belcastro Agency. A full-service boutique literary agency, Belcastro Agency specializes in adult genre fiction (mystery, suspense, thriller, etc.) and is actively building their young adult list across all genres. Regardless of genre, Sharon is looking for novels that are unusual, dramatic and meaningful featuring realistic characters that are larger than life and settings that whisk her away.  Some of Sharon’s favorite YA authors include Lani Taylor, Nova Ren Suma, April Genevieve Tucholke, Mindy McGinnis, A.S. King, Robin Benway, Rainbow Rowell, Tomi Adeyemi and Jeff Zentner, to name a few.

Marlene Stringer founded The Stringer Literary Agency LLC in 2008, following almost eight years with Barbara Bova Literary agency. As a full-service agency based in Naples, Florida, Stringerlit represents a wide range of commercial fiction, from YA through adult, including thrillers, suspense, women’s fiction, romance, fantasy, and grounded science fiction. For details, visit stringerlit dot com. Mother of four and grandmother of two, Marlene lives in Naples with her husband. In her spare time she enjoys beach-walking, birdwatching, and reading non-fiction.

Marlo Berliner is an award-winning young adult author, freelance editor, and bookseller. She joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in March 2018 as an editorial intern after having completed a previous internship with The Bent Agency. Now, she is actively building her list as an associate agent. She is a member of SCBWI, RWA, NJ-RWA, and YA-RWA. Prior to her career in the publishing world, Marlo was an accounting manager for a Fortune 500 company. She holds B.S. degrees in Economics and Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University.


Happy to be connecting after so long! I've been moving!

Moved to Humble, TX (suburb of Houston) to be closer to family after my husband's passing. I am so  happy to be here, other than the heat and humidity. What a killer! And it actually rains here, unlike Midland.

I'm working on my new novel after my agent sold my manuscript, GLORY LOST, Black Opal Books. It's a historical fiction based on the experiences of a 16 year-old girl who loses her parents and joins the Union Army to fight as a Sharpshooter attached to Sherman's Army. It has romance, empathy, and how a girl grows up to be a fine adult. There were over four hundred documented females who fought in the Civil War. This book is dedicated to their courage.

Thanks, guys for being patient with me. I promise to connect much more often!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Joyce Shaughnessy, author: 2019 Bookies Manuscript Contest

Joyce Shaughnessy, author: 2019 Bookies Manuscript Contest: I'm proud to be chairman of the Manuscript Contest this year. Entries are accepted from March 1 until May 1, 2019.  First 30,000 words o...

2019 Bookies Manuscript Contest

I'm proud to be chairman of the Manuscript Contest this year. Entries are accepted from March 1 until May 1, 2019.  First 30,000 words of unpublished manuscript plus synopsis. Six fiction and nofiction  genres plus Youth Authors (under 18)!

To enter and find more information go to:

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Black Opal Books takes on GLORY LOST by Joyce Shaughnessy!

Not much thought is given as to how devastating the Civil War was on the home front, especially to the females who had to do the men’s work when they went off to war. But what of the children who were orphaned?
Sixteen-year-old Sadie Penwell witnesses her parents’ murders at the hands of Confederate Bushwhackers in rural Missouri in 1863. Driven by revenge, she cuts her hair, puts on her Pa’s clothes, and joins the Union Army. Having blessedly been taught how to handle a gun, Sadie is immediately assigned to General Sherman as a sharpshooter. After being stalked by an obsessed neighbor, losing friend after friend, the psychological torture of kill or be killed, and experiencing the battle of Resaca, she realizes no one truly wins in war.
A story of courage, determination, patriotism… and glory lost.
Joyce Shaughnessy has published five books in the last seventeen years. The first three — A Healing Place, Blessed Are the Merciful, and The Unsurrendered — are romantic historical fiction based upon the Dust Bowl in the Great Depression and WWII in the Pacific. They reflect her love of history and historical fiction. A children’s book, Mr. Grumpy Lizard Meets the Giggling Girls, is based on her four granddaughters, which her husband illustrated. And most recently, she participated in a round-robin fantasy novel, Gryffon Master. She is represented by Jeanie Loiacono. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

"WHO'S ON THE SHELF" by Nonnie Jules 07/19/18

"Who's On the Shelf" Interview with Nonnie Jules

     An interview that asks the questions no one else dare ask. This is the introduction to her interview with me as part of my "Spotlight Author" for July. It is featured on the RRBC site.
     Thank you, Nonnie, for making me feel very comfortable. Although my answers may sometimes be generic, your questions are not.
     I hope that some RRBC members will stop by the site today
     Thank you again, RRBC, for making me "Spotlight Author" for July!

                                         Joyce Shaughnessy

Sunday, July 15, 2018


I am happy to announce that I am now represented by Jeanie Loiacono, Loiacono Literary Agency.
She is going to represent me for my book, GLORY LOST.