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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Super Powers At The E-Book Expo And Graphic Novel Book Fair

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

At today's E-Book Expo and Graphic Novel Fair we got a chance to chat with some of our favorite graphic novel authors and artists. With so much phenomenal artistic talent in the room, we wanted to know what (other) superpower these brilliant minds wished that that possessed. 

Kelley Armstrong: Shapeshifting

L.A. Banks: The ability to control thunder

Holly Black: Eternal life

Anne Elizabeth: Telekinesis


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Scenes From The E-Book Expo And Graphic Novel Book Fair

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today's E-Book Expo And Graphic Novel Book Fair featured over a hundred e-book authors and graphic novel writers and artists. Among the authors in attendance were such big names as L.A. Banks, Melissa de la Cruz, Jayne Rylon and Gennita Low. At the Expo, there were also publisher exhibits and representatives from Barnes & Noble's Nook, Circle of Seven Productions, Kobo and Savvy Media Services. It was a sight to behold as readers took advantage of the opportunity to get close to the authors they love!

 

 

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At RT, when we want author news we have lots of blog sites we visit. So we had to ask the authors when not writing where they go online.


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Author Chat With Coulter, Adair and Hurwitz

BY Whitney Sullivan, APRIL 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

There are millions of memorable moments at the RT Booklovers Convention every year, but one of the standout panels that I attended this year was the Author Chat with Catherine Coulter, Cherry Adair and Gregg Hurwitz. The three authors candidly spoke about their writing, books, careers and lives in this special hour-long session.

With Coulter's background as thriller and historical romance author, the contemporary and paranormal romantic suspense perspective from Cherry Adair and Gregg Hurwitz's experiences producing/screenwriting and writing mysteries, each author brought different ideas to the discussion. And that was even before they started taking questions from the audience!


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Tags: Romantic Suspense, RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romance
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RT BOOKLovers Convention 2011: Author Chat With Dean Koontz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

This morning readers were treated to a special author chat with the elusive author Dean Koontz. RT's Stacey Agdern shares her favorite moments of the chat.

Those who had the chance to listen to Dean Koontz speak at this years RT convention got a treat. Koontz is a charming man, who seemed to take the slings and arrows he’s faced as an author over the long years of his publishing career with good humor.

In fact, Koontz’s theme for his presentation was shattering the myths of the glorious things that are supposed to happen to an author once they are published. It’s a theme that has been discussed many times during different workshops at the conference, but Koontz’s descriptions of what can, and does, go wrong during an author’s career sounded much like a scene out of a National Lampoons’ or Mel Brooks' movie.

Koontz talked about the craziness of the first time he was sent out on a book tour with humor and grace, but the underlying idea was that they are hard work. It is gratifying to meet fans, but exhausting. And yet recalling an instance of finding a gem of a restaurant in an unexpected place in San Francisco brought a smile to his face all these years later.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Waking Up With The Kensington Morning Mixer

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

It was all about the authors at this morning's Kensington Mixer. Fans got to take pictures with some of their favorites, like Jacquelyn Frank, Victoria Alexander, Kate Douglas and Rebecca Zanetti (pictured below). Readers also got to mingle with the contestants for the annual Mr. Romance competition and were treated to pastries — including some special treats from Joanne Fluke! And then Kensington gave out tattoos of vampire bite marks to promote their new campaign, "Get Sucked Into Kensington!" and announced a few special Kensington contests that will run during the convention. They also raffled off gift baskets and gave everyone special goodie bags. And that was all before 10 A.M.!

There's a lot more convention to come, so check the RT Daily Blog all weekend long for more about the parties, workshops and book fair coverage!


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: The Faery Court's Venetian Masquerade

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

Costumed booklovers came out in throngs at tonight's convention party to enjoy dinner and then dancing — Venetian style! The members of the Faery Court, presided over by Amanda McIntyre and Sahara Kelly, inspired convention goers to dress up and let loose at tonight's ball. 

2011 RT Convention Faery Court


Goth Faeries


Faery Parade


Winner of the costume competition - Mr. RT 2010 Jamie Ungaro's 16-week old puppy


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: We Honor The Outstanding Books And Authors Of 2010

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

At tonight's annual awards ceremony RT awarded the coveted Career Achievement and Reviewers' Choice Awards to the outstanding authors and books of 2010. The ceremony also recognized some of the authors who have made fiction what it is today and those whose talents will be shaping the genres for years to come!

There was a beautiful tribute to this year's Pioneers of Genre Fiction. Awards were given out to Catherine Coulter, Rhys Bowen, Joanne Fluke, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Valerie Parv, Eileen Dreyer, Margaret Brownley, Christina Skye and P.N. Elrod. These authors were at the forefront of groundbreaking changes across the genres of fiction and each has written books that are beloved by readers and remain "keepers" to this day.


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: How To Plot Your Writing Career

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

One of the most appropriate panels for today’s changing Publishing Industry was Wednesday’s “Plotting Your Career.” This session was presented by agents Deirdre Knight and Elaine Spencer of the Knight Agency, and Knight Agency clients Shannon K. Butcher and Kristen Painter. And today RT’s Stacey Agdern shares her take on the panel:

Today’s panel stressed the importance of having a mentor or someone you trust to help you navigate the changes of the publishing world. Because anybody who’s been paying attention to the news recently is aware that publishing is changing and rapidly. And one of things these changes directly effect is how an author should “plot their career.” But what does this mean? 

Traditional methods of viewing long term goals no longer work in today’s publishing industry where advice given six months before could potentially no longer be effective. Answers to questions about whether to stay in print or go to e-book, foreign rights, whether to self publish or stay with a publisher change constantly. As a result, Deidre Knight reminded all of us that it’s important for people to decide “what represents the fulfillment of their dream or goal.”


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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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