Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
Fans got a chance to mix and mingle with the stars of romance during tonight’s Harlequin Dance Party. Readers and authors filled the dance floor and let loose after a day of exciting events. It was all about the glitz, glam and bling. And at tonight’s party there were dance moves like you wouldn’t believe as fans took the opportunity to get their party on for our last evening of dancing and fun.
Readers and authors talked at tables with rose centerpieces while nibbling delicious finger foods
iPads, Nooks and Harlequin books were given away
Earlier this week fans turned out in true Western style for the Samhain Stampede. There was boot-scooting music, games and cowboy costumes galore. And as booklovers enjoyed delicious bar-b-que food and got a taste of life in the wild wild West, we were treated to some fantastic giveaways.
Editorial Director Heather Osborn seemed like a natural as she emceed the event!
Fans enjoyed a series of themed games that really got us all feeling like cowboys.
And everyone got to take home a cowboy boot beer mug.
But a few lucky readers went home particularly happy because they won Kindle Fires!
Be sure to check back later tonight when we bring you more coverage from the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention!
Series author Leann Harris is known for writing shorter romances that pack a punch, and writing incredibly strong heroes who readers can't help but fall for. Her latest story, Redemption Ranch, features timid army soldier, Tyler. Today, we hear from the author about where she finds the inspiration to craft such wonderful and heartwarming characters.
People often ask how do I get story ideas? They are everywhere. The idea for Redemption Ranch came from the Military Channel program entitled Dogs of War, about dogs the US Army used during WWII. Americans volunteered their dogs and they were trained and used in the Pacific. That show was followed by another entitled No Dog Left Behind about dogs American soldiers found in Iraq.
With over 300 authors in attendance, today’s annual book fair was a buffet of writers and the thousands of readers who came out to celebrate them. Convention attendees mixed with the general public, and everyone had something to say — and a laundry list of authors to see.
Francine Pascal, Sue Grafton, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and James Rollins were among the headlining authors and the lines to get your books signed by one of these big names snaked around the room. But mixed among the crowd were other reader favorites like J.R. Ward, BJ Daniels and JA Konrath. And this year the “YA Alley” housed over 60 young adult authors all looking forward to meeting fans. Authors of world renown, such as Alyson Noel, Ally Carter and Melissa de la Cruz and Kelly Armstrong, joined new-school writers like Veronica Roth, Amy Plum and Colleen Houck.
For everyone who couldn't make it to the event, we wanted to share some inside tidbits from some of our favorite authors. So we asked a group of writers to tell us something about themselves that readers might not know, and then something about their heroine that they have not shared before.
At yesterday's annual awards ceremony RT recognized the authors and books of 2011, which stood out from the rest of genre fiction. The ceremony also celebrated some of the authors who have made a huge impact on the booklover community as pioneers.
Bestselling author Sue Grafton opened the ceremony with her keynote speech (after we surprised her with a room full of people singing Happy Birthday). She chatted a bit about the path that she took to success, and gave aspiring authors (and readers) some rules to live by — including find a good enemy whose misfortunes you can be glad about when you're having a bad day.
Sue Grafton addresses the crowd
Up Close And Personal With Contemporary Authors Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Francine Pascal And Jodi ThomasBY Whitney Sullivan, APRIL 14, 2012 | PERMALINK
It’s no secret that I love contemporary romance. The Chicago Stars and Thomas’ Texan heroes are some of my very favorite men of fiction. And I'm pretty sure that you can trace my love of contemporary romance back to the Sweet Valley High books by Francine Pascal that I devoured as a tween. So when I was asked to moderate yesterday's author chat with three of the biggest names in the genre, Francine Pascal, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jodi Thomas, I was positively over the moon!
It was a treat to hear the three authors chat about crafting their stories, get an insider's look at their favorite characters, and talk about how they keep their contemporary tales timeless.
Romance has been a booming genre since it took off in the early 1970s, however, how do authors who have been writing for most of their careers keep the spark of creativity alive? Yesterday, authors Rosanne Bittner, Jennifer Blake and RT’s own Kathryn Falk sat down for a discussion about how writing is as much a business as it is a passion. With a collective (and incredibly impressive) 95 years in the industry, these pioneers of the genre shared essential tips and tricks for not just surviving in publishing, but conquering the business side of romance writing!
Passion is a big part of romance novels, sure, but according to publishing pioneer Rosanne Bittner, it's also the fuel that will power your career. "Passion can help our careers by bringing us new perspective and keeping us at the computer," says Bittner. It was that drive that kept Bittner and her panel mate Jennifer Blake, writing — on manual typewriters, with carbon paper and whiteout, no less — with full-time jobs and children and husbands to feed and clothe.
At tonight's nighttime convention party, the Gangster Cafe Talent Quest, we did it up Prohibition style! Feathers, crystals and pearls adorned the necks of guests, but it wouldn’t be a party hosted by author Heather Graham if there wasn’t a paranormal twist. Flappers, flyboys, tycoons (and even some teetotalers) with a supernatural spin were all in attendance so there was a great mix of fangs and fur along with fringe and glitz.
Host Heather Graham and cohorts entertained the crowd with a musical play inspired by the Jazz Age
This morning we started the day singing the praises of all that is excellent in the world of series romance. These short format stories capture our imagination (and are quick reads, perfect for fitting into our already-busy lives) and today we got to hang out with some of the readers that supply us with these fantastic tales. At the “Celebrate the Passion and Power of Series Romance” reader event, we met authors from several of Harlequin’s series romance lines. These popular writers included Zuri Day, Caitlin Crews, Lynn Raye Harris, Jade Lee (aka Kathy Lyons), Kimberly Lang, Lisa Renee Jones and Maisey Yates.
Before the event started each of them introduced themselves and gave readers a bit of an insider's look at their new covers.
Zuri Day revealed that it is actually actor Christian Keyes who is on the cover of her new book, Diamond Dreams.