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2014 RT Convention Preview: Cover Model Sock Hop!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 02, 2014 | PERMALINK

logo for the 2014 RT Convention

Grab your poodle skirts and bobby socks and get ready to dance the night away with your favorite cover models at the Cover Model Sock Hop this May in NOLA! Complete with '50s music and dance — don’t worry, we'll have instructors on hand to lead you through the steps — this is a not-to-be-missed extravaganza!

The 2 hour event starts promptly at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 13th, and an extra ticket ($70) is required to attend. Throughout the night, select winners will get special slow dances with the hunky models. And when you’re not showing off your skills on the dance floor, you’ll be able to enjoy delicious treats and drinks, including the signature “Cover Model Cosmo”!


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Eloisa James Gives Five Tips For Surviving Your First Conference Presentation

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 26, 2014 | PERMALINK

You probably already love Eloisa James for her awesome, fun historical romances — her latest, RT Top Pick! Three Weeks with Lady X, is out this week — but did you also know she’s amazing at presenting conference workshops? It’s true! Your RT Web Team are unabashed fans. As the RT Convention and our time in NOLA quickly approaches, we asked Eloisa for some tips for all you first-time presenters prepping your workshops now. Take it away, Eloisa!

The cover of Three Weeks with lady X

Writers are famously solitary by nature, but these days, even the most hermit-like of authors must force herself out of the cave. Authors need a platform, a presence on the internet and at conferences. Giving a presentation can be frightening, but with the right preparation, it can also be lots of fun and result in a burst of enthusiastic readers. Here are my five tips for acing your workshop.

1. Figure out what you know.


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2014 RT Convention Preview: Social Sunday

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 26, 2014 | PERMALINK

Sunday is the last day of the RT Convention, and we plan on having fun til the very last second! Our Sunday Social events are laid back, fun activities full of insights that will serve as the perfect way to end our week-long New Orleans extravaganza. We already gave you a sneak peek at Sunday's SOS America Military Salute in our  post, and today we’ve got the down low on the rest of Sunday’s events! Take a look:

Pin the Kilt on the Highlander

When: Sunday, May 18 from 11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Where: 2nd Floor, Gallery 2

What: There’s no denying that a kilt makes a man infinitely sexier. So join Scottish romance authors Eliza Knight, Terry Spear and Mary Wine (aka Dawn Ryder) for an afternoon of fun, games, prizes and all things kilt!


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2014 RT Convention Preview: Booksellers and Librarians, This Is For You!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 19, 2014 | PERMALINK

The 2014 RT Convention logo

Booksellers and librarians — they're on the front lines of the publishing industry, bringing the goods directly to us, the better to feed our fix. And while our annual RT Convention boasts a bevy of events for every type of book lover, from readers to writers to aspiring authors, we have a whole track special events just for booksellers and librarians. Take a look at some of our favorites, and if you're registered as a bookseller or librarian, get your agenda ready!

Saints of Suspense Exclusive Party


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2014 RT Convention Preview: Mardi Gras World Carnivále!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 12, 2014 | PERMALINK

Besides the fantastic food and rich history, New Orleans is most famous for Mardi Gras. And although this year’s festivities are now sadly over, RT Convention attendees can still experience the celebrations by joining us on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:15pm** for Mardi Gras World Carnivále! This all-night extravaganza is co-sponsored by a host of today’s leading publishers, and you will not want to miss it. Trust us.

Attendees will get an intimate look at the floats used in the Mardi Gras parade.

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2014 RT Convention Preview: Historic NOLA at a Glance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 05, 2014 | PERMALINK

The RT Booklovers Convention 2014 logo

New Orleans is a history-laden city, with stories and ancestry around every corner. So when you’re not busy chatting up your favorite authors or hanging out with your fellow booklovers during the RT Convention, be sure to venture out into the city to visit these exciting historical sites. Grab your map and let’s go!


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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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