James Rollins is the bestselling author of the Sigma Force thrillers, a fast-paced series which will continue with this summer’s Bloodline. Rollins has also penned the Jake Ransom series for young readers and the novelized version of 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. We are thrilled that this fantastic talent will be joining us at the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention which will be held in Chicago from April 11 - 15.

Today, Rollins shared why he’s looking forward to convention: “Conventions are like people, each has their own unique personalities. And as much as I've heard about RT from my fellow authors and about how much FUN they've had, I knew I wanted to go. In addition, RT BOOK REVIEWS Magazine has always been a great supporter of my books, and I hope to be able to thank everyone in person. Plus I hear the Faerie Ball is featuring a Scottish Theme. Finally, an excuse to wear a kilt!”

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So where can you find the author while he’s in Chicago? If you’re not already registered for convention but you want to see Rollins in action, you can catch him at these two events on Saturday, April 14.

11:00 am - 2:00 pm: Meet the author when he takes part in RT’s Giant Book Fair, which is open to all convention attendees and the general public. Rollins will join hundreds of other authors signing books and meeting fans.

If you are not registered for the RT Booklovers Convention, a ticket to this event is $5.  Learn More >>

6:15 - 7:30 pm: Spend time with the author at the FAN-Tastic Day Party. Hang out with some of your favorite authors and fellow booklovers. After a day of fun events, you can meet Rollins among the hundred of authors who will be showing up every thirty minutes for this high-energy event. If you are one of the first 500 people to sign up for FAN-tastic day, you will also receive a goody bag full of free books and other promotional items!

If you are not registered for the RT Booklovers Convention, a ticket to this event is $50. You can register for the event today by clicking here and selecting the registration option FAN-tastic Day Pass.

Or register for the full RT Booklovers Convention and see him all week long as he leads discussions, takes part in parties and mingles with fellow booklovers.

Wednesday

2:15 - 3:15 pm: Mystery & Thriller Author Chat: Have you ever wondered what really goes on inside of author James Rollins’ head when he’s writing? And how about what happens as Gregg Hurwitz and Kevin O’Brien plan a story? Find out how these chilling and thrilling minds work and what’s next for these bestselling authors.

Guests: James Rollins, Gregg Hurwitz, Kevin O’Brien

Thursday

8:30-9:45 am: The Mystery Chix & Private Dix Event. This breakfast, book raffle and pitchfest is a popular morning party. Join fellow booklovers, James Rollins and several of your other favorite authors for free breakfast, free books and other giveaway goodies. The mystery and suspense writers, will unveil their latest thrill rides and whodunits as they raffle off individual gift bags.

Hosts: Lori Armstrong, Laura Caldwell, Carole Nelson Douglas, Alma Katsu, Julie Kramer, Bob Mayer, Rick Mofina, Andrew Peterson, James Rollins, F. Paul Wilson

1:30-2:30 pm: Great Thriller Villains. Authors and readers alike will appreciate this hour-long session that offers an in-depth look at the driving force behind a great thriller: its villain. How does the villain drive the story and why is he or she so essential to plotting, pace and character development? In this workshop, we’ll explore all the aspects of what makes a great thriller villain.

Moderator: Andrew Peterson

Panelists: Jamie Freveletti, Gregg Hurwitz, A. Scott Pearson, James Rollins, F. Paul Wilson

8:30 pm - Midnight: The Clan McFae Presents A Magical Scottish Fling! Come to the gathering where the skirl of the pipes and the sweet scent of heather lures ye through the mists to the mystery and magic of the Highlands! What 'ere your clan, be it legend or lore that brings ye to the misty moors, ye be welcome one and all, to join us as we party like it's 1622!

Hosted By the Clan McFae: Amanda McIntyre, Sahara Kelly, RG Alexander, Catherine Asaro, Eden Bradley (aka Eve Berlin), Kathleen Grieve, Kim Killion, Cathy Matuszak, Liddy Midnight, Janet Miller (aka Cricket Starr), Sharon Page, Andrew Peterson, James Rollins, Susanne Saville, Faith Smith

Friday

10:00 - 11:00 am: Creating Deliciously Dark Mystery Chills & Thrills . How dark can you go? Today’s cutting-edge mystery series sell, sell, sell with their black humor, dystopic settings and outrageously creative protagonists like serial killer Dexter and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” Learn how bestselling writers amp up the suspense by dealing with the darkest side of crime and punishment.

Captain: Carole Nelson Douglas  Panelists: Lori Armstrong (aka Lorelei James), Alma Katsu, Rick Mofina, James Rollins

(Registered convention attendees can also spend time with the author during Saturday’s Giant Book Fair and at the FAN-Tastic Day Party mentioned above.)

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