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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Readers Get Racy At An Explicit Game Of Purple Prose Taboo Game

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

Some romances are sweet, some are spicy, and a few authors walk the fine line between the two. But in today's Purple Prose Taboo game the focus was on the graphic language that takes a steamy relationship to the next level. Authors Victoria Dahl, Tessa Dare and Courtney Milan are all known for their titillating sex scenes in their romance novels. But today they were put on the spot as they led readers in an explicit version of the popular board game Taboo. The room was filled with laughter as authors challenged readers to "guess that purple prose!"


While the fun was going on, we got a chance to chat with the authors about what inspired them to host this workshop and what exactly qualifies as 'purple prose'. 

*READER WARNING* some of their answers are NSFW (not safe for work) and include graphic sexual language.

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Victoria Dahl got us started ...


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Tags: Convention, Erotica, Romance
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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Agents Talk About The Publishing Industry And Answer Authors' Questions

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

Writing may be a solitary business, but getting your book published certainly isn't. This morning aspiring authors heard from some of the top editors in the publishing industry in an intensely focused writer session. And then it was onto the packed agents panel, after lunch. Agents including Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency, Jessica Faust of the BookEnds Literary Agency, and Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary agency were among those on the panel giving their advice and answering questions. (For a complete list of the agents at the panel, check at the bottom of this blog!) Author Mia Marlowe moderated as agents talked about their role in the publishing industry. 


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Convention
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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Get The Insider Details From The Editors At The Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today writers got to spend an hour-long focused sessions with representatives from some of the best publishing houses in the nation. Attendees heard from editors such as Alicia Condon of Kensington, Heather Osborn of Samhain and Angela James of Carina Press. There were also representatives from Grand Central, St. Martins, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Tor and more. The panel was moderated by author Judi McCoy, for a complete list of as agents at the panel giving advice and answered questions, check the bottom of this special guest post by RT's Stacey Agdern.


One of the great things about the RT conference is that an attendee could be at a western party one minute and at a business panel the next. This afternoon’s editor’s panel was upbeat and excited as the group of editors who were willing to talk, listen and explain to attendees who had questions.

The news in historical is that the field is wide open. St Martins Press Editor Monique Patterson pointed out that historical fiction is a better fit when dealing with more international settings and more recent time periods. But Decadent’s Heather Bennet was among the group of editors who assured the audience that they would be open to historical romance set in a typical places and time periods.


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Convention
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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Wooing The Masses With E-Book Marketing

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

At this morning’s E-Book Marketing Panel “Wooing the Masses" e-book authors from across the genres shared their tips on effective e-marketing. The authors offering advice were Eden Bradley, Mari Carr, Kristen Painter and Jayne Rylon.


During the panel, each author discussed the different things they have done to market themselves and what they found most effective. Mari Carr, who recently co-authored the erotic e-book Northern Exposure with Jane Rylon, said that she felt that she was lucky to find another writer whose voice worked so well with hers. By having a co-author, the writers were able to split both the costs of promotion as well as the workload. Mari shared that they chose to focus their recent marketing efforts on connecting to readers using social media. For example they used Twitter to promote 140 character book quotes and hosted an excerpt party on Facebook.


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Convention, E-Book
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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Start Your Morning With A Cup Of Mystery

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

There's nothing like starting out the day with a bit of intrigue. And at the Mystery Chix & Private Dix Morning Mystery there were mystery-minded folks out in force! Fans of the genre got to spend some time with some of the top names in mystery over a light breakfast and refreshments. Authors came out from all corners of the mystery genre. From suspense author Rick Mofina to Carole Nelson Douglas who writes the cat detective Midnight Louie, historical mystery author Rhys Bowen to romantic suspense's Allison Brennan, and even television writers William Link and Lee Goldberg got in on the action.

A few of the morning's mystery chix and private dix

We got into the spirit of this morning mixer by asking some of the famous mischief makers in attendance who they turn to when they want to get a mystery chix or private dix reading fix. Here's what they had to say:


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Ellora's Cave Fantasy Party Goes Bollywood

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

What do you get when you add spice to Hollywood? Bollywood! And this year at the Ellora's Cave Fantasy Party convention attendees embraced all the aspects of the type of Indian cinema with colorful glamour and the sound, sights and tastes of this exotic entertainment! At the party...

Dancers performed traditional Indian dances - with a modern twist!

Even the crowd got in on the fun

Ellora's Cave authors walked the stage

Groups of friends dressed for the festivities


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Keeping Your Historical Romances Fresh

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

This afternoon historical romance writers (and a sprinkling of readers, too) got a treat with the workshop "Tackling Historical Realities in Today's Historicals". Captained by Renee Bernard, the panel was also made up of Victoria Alexander, Cheryl Holt, Julianne MacLean and Sophia Nash. From the glittering ball rooms of the ton to the harsh beauty of the highlands, all five of these authors are renowned for bringing their historical romances to life with detailed settings and characters who act according to the social norms of the time. 

We were thrilled to be able to catch up with Captain Renee Bernard for a quick chat about what inspired her (and her band of merry authors) to create this workshop:


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Mixing It Up At The Intergalactic Bar & Grille

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

Tonight science fiction fans, readers and authors all gathered at the Intergalactic Bar & Grille! Hosts Linnea Sinclair, Jade Lee, Janet Miller (aka Cricket Starr), Karen Miller, Marcella Burnard and Nathalie Gray embraced all things science fiction as the inspiration for some out-of-this-world treats and games for all that attended. 

During the party, the hosts gave us some sneak peeks on what we can expect from them in the future.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, Science Fiction
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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Being Un-Human In Paranormal Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

When it comes to the world of paranormal romance, readers know that they can will be able to find anything and everything that could go bump in the night within the pages of these books. But how do authors keep these characters fresh? At today’s paranormal panel readers got an insider look at how genre experts Angela Knight, Shana Abe, Kate Douglas, Jacquelyn Frank and Erin Quinn make their magical beings seem so real. 

We got a chance to chat with the authors about which otherworldly characters are their top creature choice and how each author makes their special characters come to life:

Angela Knight shares that her choice was easy to make. “My favorite otherworld creature to write is the vampire. I've been fascinated by vamps since I was a teenager in the late 1970s, when I read Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice. Which was a very sensual book, if disturbing in a lot of ways.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Creating Dark And Dangerous Urban Fantasy Worlds

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

From demons to vampires, kick-butt heroines and dark alliances, the worlds of the Urban Fantasy genre are a dark re-imagining of our own. But what sources do authors mine for inspiration and how do they keep readers coming back for more? Earlier today Jackie Kessler moderated a discussion with Kelley Armstrong, Diana RowlandRachel Vincent and Jaye Wells about the ways that they create the creatures they feature, the directions that the genre is moving in and what fans can expect from them next. 

We got a chance to chat with Jackie Kessler about the characters readers can find in Urban Fantasy today and she said one of the best things about the genre is that "when you write urban fantasy, you aren’t limited to the human race."

While we are all familiar with the ever-popular vampire tales, Jackie was quick to point out that Urban Fantasy is not limited to just vampires. She then went on to give us a 'cheat sheet' to the creatures found in the panelists' books: 


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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