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2014 RT Convention Preview: American "Idol" Writing Competition

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 26, 2014 | PERMALINK

Alright, RT Convention attendees, it’s time to kick your writing into gear and whip your manuscripts into shape because when we hit New Orleans in May we’ll be hosting the American “Idol” Writing Competition! The prize? One lucky writer will win a one-year contract/mentorship with two of the industry’s top literary agents. How’s that for a grand prize? Let’s take a look at the finer details, shall we? Ready, set, write!

What: American “Idol” Writing Competition

When: Friday, May 16, 2014 1:30 - 3:45 PM

Details: To enter the competition, writers must submit up to the first three chapters of their manuscript for review by May 1, 2014 (extended from the original April 15 deadline). Finalists will be chosen prior to the convention.

  • Aspiring and published writers of all genres are encouraged to enter, but the main categories are: Fiction (Romance, Mystery, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, New Adult, etc…), YA (all Young Adult and/or children’s literature) and Erotic Romance.


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Gallery's Romance Authors Are Hitting The Road

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 25, 2014 | PERMALINK

A map of the Gallery spring tour. View the full-sized version here.

If you live in the southern United States, several of Gallery's romance authors are headed your way this spring! Authors Alice Clayton, Kresley Cole, Katy Evans, Lisa Renee Jones, Christina Lauren, Jennifer Probst, Kristen Proby and more are touring the South tarting May 9th, finishing up at the RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans on May 14th. 

This is a great opportunity for nearby readers who are unable to attend this year's RT Convention to meet some fantastic authors. For those attending Con, the tour will give local readers a smaller, more intimate setting to interact with some of their favorite authors. With the RT Convention being such a jam-packed week, this gives fans an opportunity to cross off some authors on their "to meet" list before the convention kicks off May 13th.

You can find a full list of where and when authors are making stops here. Gallery is also asking for readers' help naming the tour, you can vote on which name fits best here.


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2014 RT Convention Preview: Craft Workshops for Writers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 19, 2014 | PERMALINK

The 2014 RT Booklovers Convention will be here sooner than you think! But with such a wide array of activities to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming deciding which you wish to attend, especially when it comes to the craft track. Conventions are great places for aspiring and established authors to expand their skills, and the RT Con is certainly no exception. So we’ve hand-picked four craft workshops you definitely won’t want to miss!

How To Write Hot Sex: Wednesday May 14th, 1:15 - 2:15 PM

  • What: Join a group of today’s hottest voices in romance as they discuss the ins and outs of writing hot, hot sex scenes! Whether you like your scenes light or scorching red, this panel is a must for learning how to write believable and sizzling romance.


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2014 RT Convention Preview: Yasmine Galenorn, Jennifer Estep and Larissa Ione's Favorite Memories and Con Advice

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 12, 2014 | PERMALINK

With its many intriguing cemeteries, voodoo shops, and rich history, New Orleans is pretty much a tailor-made setting for a paranormal story. And with so many paranormal and urban fantasy authors attending this year’s RT Convention, we thought we’d check in with Yaasmine Galenorn, Jennifer Estep and Larissa Ione about their fondest convention memories, advice for convention newbies and what they’re most excited to see and do in NOLA.

 


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Friday Free For All: An Erotic Anthology Bundle From Cleis Press

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 07, 2014 | PERMALINK

We're definitely in the camp of people who groan when we see Christmas decorations on sale the day after Halloween, but with Valentine's Day, it's never too early to start celebrating! Pink-and-red everything, cheesy greeting cards with shirtless men on them, even those chalky candy hearts — we love it all. So to help kickstart Valentine's Day 2k14, we've got an extra steamy giveaway for you today. Cleis Press is offering a bundle of all four of their February erotica anthologies, including XOXO: Sweet and Sexy Romance and Best Erotic Romance 2014, both edited by Kristina Wright. Also in the bundle? Best Gay Romance 2014 edited by Timothy J. Lambert and R. D. Cochrane and Best Lesbian Romance 2014 edited by Radclyffe. Smut for everyone!

One lucky winner will win all four titles. You can keep 'em for yourself, gift them to a sweetie or pass some off to a friend. To enter, just fill out the widget below. A winner will be announced Monday, February 10th. Good luck!

 

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Tags: Convention, Erotica
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2014 RT Convention Preview: Sizzling New Adult Fun

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 05, 2014 | PERMALINK

There’s no denying New Adult is one of the hottest genre in the book world these days. With its universal themes, red-hot romance and addictive plots, it’s not hard to see why readers — and writers! — are clamoring for more, more, more New Adult! That's why at this year’s RT Booklovers Convention, NA is taking NOLA by storm! Take a look:

New Adult authors at a 2013 RT Convention panel. From L to R: Sophie Jordan, Cora Carmack, Molly McAdams, Abbi Glines and moderator Elissa Petruzzi


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2014 RT Convention Preview: Teen Day

BY Elissa Petruzzi, JANUARY 29, 2014 | PERMALINK

Oh, readers. There's so much fun to be had at the RT convention. From the workshops to the parties to the mixers and more, you can't help but have a great time. We mean, we once got to smell Fabio! That was super exciting. But for so many teens across the country, the greatest addition to the schedule these past few years has been Teen Day! 

How to describe Teen Day? There is squealing. A lot of jumping up and down. Some tears. (But mostly when an author runs out of books.) Long-suffering parents. Last year there was a dad who functioned basically as a chauffeur/coat rack, and he couldn't have been happier to hang out with his daughter. We met a mom who drove a gaggle of girls eight hours to meet their favorite authors. Another who shrugged as her daughter bolted toward the gift bags, telling us, "What can I do? She loves books."  We even met an older sister who drove four hours with her younger brother to meet their favorite authors.

It's basically the best way to cap off the convention that we can possibly think off. 

And this year in NOLA on Saturday, May 17th, we're going to have the most fun yet. 

Authors signing in YA Alley at the 2013 bookfair


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Chow Down In NOLA: Our 2014 RT Convention Restaurant Guide

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

Besides books, we love food, maybe even more than Jennifer Lawrence. So we’re of course super excited to be heading to New Orleans for the 2014 RT Booklovers Convention, because thanks to NOLA’s beignets, jambalaya and po' boys, there’s nothing quite like deep south food to hit the spot. We’ve got some restaurants and cuisine you’ll want to check out during your convention stay. (In the meantime, we’ll be right over here, salivating over our computer screens. We apologize in advance for any food cravings this post inspires).

Eggs blackstone at the Ruby Slipper

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Desserts at Emeril's

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2014 Convention Preview: New Orleans Cuisine

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

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2014 RT Convention Preview: Mixers!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 18, 2013 | PERMALINK

It’s time for another 2014 RT Convention spotlight, folks! And today we’re highlighting the fun daytime mixer events taking place throughout the week. So you better start preparing to mix and mingle, because you won’t want to miss these events!

The festivities start on Wednesday with the RT Welcome Party, where attendees will gather for a morning of introductions, overviews and goodie bags! Don’t worry, there’ll be coffee, too, to ensure we kick off the day right. To see what else we’ll have in store, check our recap of last year’s Welcome Party here!

On Thursday, attendees will be able to set sail down the Mississippi with the Cajun Queen Riverboat Casino Morning Mixer! Those onboard will join favorite authors like Coleen Gleason, Julie Kenner and Liliana Hart for a rousing morning of cards, N’awlins treats and plenty of delicious drinks.

Friday’s events will kick-off with the How Sweet It Is! breakfast event, which will bring readers and some of their favorite authors together for a morning full of exciting prizes, delicious breakfast foods and goodie bags! Last year’s event was wildly successful, so show up early to ensure a spot!


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