RT Booklovers Convention 2013: Calling All Contemporary Romance Fans

The 2013 RT Booklovers Convention is officially less than one month away! Taking place in Kansas City, MO from May 1 - 5, this year we are celebrating 30 years of great RT conventions. With a huge list of panels, parties and other great happenings, this week on the RT Daily Blog we are going genre-by-genre to spotlight authors you will want to meet and events you won’t want to miss. 

Earlier this week we took a look at the Paranormal/Urban Fantasy and Erotic Romance programs. Today Contemporary Romance is our focus. But remember, this is just a taste, a complete list of events can be found at the full convention schedule.  

And if you are interested in what you see, registration is still open! Go here for the FULL CONVENTION REGISTRATION, which gives you access to events taking place Wednesday, May 1 through Sunday, May 5. Also available on the registration page are DAY PASSES and WEEKEND PASSES, to fit any schedule and budget. 



If hundreds of authors and piles and piles of books is your idea of a great time, then you will definitely want to join us at RT Booklovers Giant Book Fair. Convention goers get in free and the public is welcome to attend for just $5 a ticket at the door. The signing will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Kansas City, MO on Saturday, May 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., but make sure to come early to get a good place in line! 

Who will contemporary romance lovers get to meet at the signing? Here are just a few of the bestselling authors that will be attending:

Jill ShalvisVictoria DahlJulie James


Cherry AdairBrenda JacksonJennifer Probst


For more information about the Giant Book Fair and a full list of authors signing, go here


If you are looking for a more intimate setting to meet and greet your favorite contemporary romance authors, then we suggest checking out the following panels and workshops. 


From small town sweethearts to big city hook ups, contemporary romance is one of the most diverse of all the genres. If you are interested in learning more about all types of stories, then The Many Flavors of Contemporary Romance (Thurs, May 2 - 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.) is the panel for you. Join Louisa Edwards, Julie James, Ruthie Knox, Brenda Novak, Jill Shalvis and Roxanne St. Clare to discuss contemps that sizzle. Find out more here.


Why We Love Contemporary Romance — Hint: The Men! (Fri, May 3 - 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.) is all about the swoonworthy heroes found in contemp settings. HelenKay Dimon and Jill Shavis will bring giveaways, goodies and food as well as some saucy talk about heart melting characters. Get a complete description of the event here.  

Can't get enough sexy heroes? Make sure to check out the panel all about Reinventing the Modern-Day Romeo (Wed, May 1 - 2:30 - 3:30). Beth Ciotta, Victoria Dahl, Shannon Stacey, Sarah Franz, Erin McCarthy and Louisa Edwards share some inside secrets they have on turning an ordinary guy into an unforgettable hero. Learn more here


Are you craving a little less conversation and a little more action? Then get down to crafting your own perfect male in Hot, Hot Heroes: Creating The Contemporary Heartthrob (Fri, May 3 - 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.) and learn from authors Jennifer Bernard, Lizbeth Selving and Candis Terry how to make all of your dreams (and your readers' dreams) come true. More info on this workshop is available here

Interested in learning more about the RT Booklovers Convention? Use the following links:

RT Booklovers Convention Website >> 

Full Convention Schedule >>

Authors Attending >>

The 2013 Book Fairs >>