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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Meet Writing With The Stars Winner Maeve Greyson

BY , APRIL 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

This year RT and Kensington hosted the Writing With the Stars competition where readers could vote on which aspiring author won a book contract with Kensington's Brava line. The winner was aspiring author Maeve Greyson for her paranormal manuscript "Eternity's Mark". After Alicia Condon of Kensington announced Maeve's win on Thursday during the annual RT awards ceremony we got a chance to catch up with this brand new author who was selected by RT readers!

Can you tell us about where you were when you got "the call" saying you won the Writing With the Stars competition?

I was at work, checking my email on my phone every two seconds. I saw in the subject line "Final Results" [from RT] and I couldn't look at it. I put my phone down. And then I looked and saw that I won and the room started whirling. My other cubical workers wanted to know if I won, but I wanted my husband to be the first to know. I called him, but then I couldn't speak. He must have thought something was wrong. But then I whispered, "I won" and he said, "Say it louder." And I yelled "I WON!". In the south we have a habit of turning one syllable words into two syllable. And he said, "Hot da-umn." Then one of my co-workers yelled out, "She won!" and everyone in the office was cheering.

How did you decide to enter the Writing With the Stars contest?

I waited until the last day to enter. I didn't think my story was one they were looking for. I didn't think it was hot enough. But then I thought, what the heck — I'll give it a try.


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: A Look At This Year's Hollywood Program

BY , APRIL 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

To celebrate the first RT Booklovers Convention in Hollywood, we added a special component to this year's book event of the year. Film and television industry insiders such as soap opera stars, agents, screenwriters, producers, and more all came out for this year's Hollywood Program. Here's a taste of what took place all week.

We started off with Wednesday's "From Page to Screen: Script Consultants Give You the Goods" panel. Moderated by Vivi Anna, script evaluator Merrel Davis and story analyst Xandy Sussan discussed how to write a fresh script that will keep the audience on their toes. 


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Covering The Erotica Genre

BY , APRIL 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

This year's erotica program at the RT Booklovers Convention was captained by author Sharon Page. So we went straight to the source to find out what her goals were as she created the sessions, which included Wednesday's "Teaching Harry How to do Sally" with Lauren Dane, Kate Pearce and Kayla Perrin and "Erotica's New Dawn: Sex, Lies and the Erotica Market" on Friday Morning with Kelli Collins, the Editor-in-Chief of Erotica's Cave, literary agent Miriam Kriss and author Janet Miller aka Cricket Starr. Get a special look at these panels that focused on the craft and business sides of today's erotic reads.

Sharon Page, Lauren Dane, Kate Pearce
and Kayla Perrin on Wednesday's Panel


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RT BOOKLovers Convention 2011: Doing It Digitally

BY , APRIL 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

With digital e-readers all the rage, it is clear that we've entered a new era in alternative publishing. On last week's panel "The Digital Age: A Mainstream Perspective" agents and publishers shared insiders' looks about the impact that e-books are having on the traditional methods of publishing, and how the e-revolution will affect authors and readers. Check out what was said in this very special guest blog from RT's Stacey Agdern.

Change. How to handle change. So many panels on digital books focus on that very particular idea. And they should. Because change is afoot, and those who don’t pay attention will be left behind. However, what was pointed out on the panel "Digital Age: A Mainstream Perspective” is that during the 2010 holiday season, the rise of e-books is no longer in the future — it is here. What publishers were shown in December and January is that digital books have officially become mainstream. 

But what does this mean for people in the industry? Agent Ethan Ellenberg raised questions about the need to duplicate the print experience on an e-level. Is it possible (or even beneficial) to take the experience of browsing a bookstore shelf to "turning the pages" of an e-reader? 


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Wraping Up The RT Booklovers Convention 2011

BY , APRIL 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

We had an amazing time at the 2011 RT Booklovers Convention. Here's a look back at some of the memorable moments:

Workshops
World Building in Urban Fantasy
Keeping Historical Romance Fresh
Bringing Paranormal Romance to Life
Getting Explicit With Purple Prose In Romance
Industry Spotlight: Editors 
Industry Spotlight: Agents


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Saturday Night's Dance Dance Revolution

BY , APRIL 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

At the Harlequin & Borders Dance Party we celebrated in glamorous Hollywood style. With light refreshments, dancing and more, everyone had tons of fun!

The dance floor was full

Attendees brought their families - here is author Jade Lee with her daughter Amanda 


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Teen Day

BY , APRIL 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

This year was RT Booklovers Convention inaugural Young Adult reader event - Teen Day! All Saturday, teen and adult fans celebrated the genre with group chats, special book readings, workshops and a fabulous party. Readers met Kelley Armstrong, Jennifer Lynn BarnesRichelle Mead, Holly Black, Melissa de la Cruz, YA program captain Melissa Marr along with over thirty other authors.

The first event, author "speed dating", was a huge hit. The room was packed with grinning teenage girls (and a few boys) as they got to talk with some of their very favorite authors. The locals came out in force to support the genre they loved and discuss stories and characters. 

A few doors down, the author speed-reading was full of teens but absolutely silent as YA authors did a session of readings from their recent releases and upcoming works. Readers were hanging on the authors' every word.


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Meet Mr Romance 2011

BY , APRIL 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today nine would-be romance cover models competed for the chance to be RT's Mr. Romance 2011. This year's Mr. Romance will be featured on the cover of a Kensington romance novel, star in a Circle of Seven book trailer and receive a cash prize. Each of the nine contestants had a different looks and unique personalities, however, all were full of charm.

During one part of the competition, the men walked the stage dressed up as different classic heroes, demonstrating their versatility and modeling abilities. Among the heroes portrayed were an old fashioned lord, a Scottish laird, a gladiator and even a steampunk investigator. Attendees even got a special treat, they were serenaded by Sean McDermott, a veteran of the soap opera Guiding Light, who has just released his own album, You're Not Alone.

When all was said and done, the crowd went wild for each of the good looking contestants with hearts of gold.

But in the end, only one man could take home the honor of being Mr. Romance 2011 ... Len Gunn. Len originally got involved in the competition through a friend of a friend, but says it was a great experience. 

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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Saturday's Giant Book Fair Bonanza

BY , APRIL 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

Thousands of booklovers came out for this year's book fair. Fans spent time with over 300 authors who were signing books and talking about their upcoming releases. Many of the readers had long lists full of the names of authors they were looking forward to meeting.

The RT Staffers each had their own lists of authors they were looking forward to seeing during convention. Morgan's fan girl moment came when she met the erotica author who is her new "guilty pleasure", author Jayne Rylon. RT Reviewer Victoria Frerichs was excited to meet Kate Elliott saying, "I've been a fan of her work for years and ... The Cold Magic Series is phenomenal." And RT Senior Reviewer Kathe Robin said she simply couldn't choose between the excellent historical romance authors!

At today's book fair, we got a chance to chat with some of the authors who were signing today and asked them which of their fellow authors attending convention they were most excited to meet...


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Partying At The Vampire Ball

BY , APRIL 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

Convention attendees wrapped up the day by letting loose at the annual Vampire Ball, hosted by Heather Graham and Helen A. Rosburg. We celebrated the Hollywood-inspired theme Zombie Dancers From Planet 9 in costumed style. After enjoying a show during dinner, the D.J. turned up the music so we could party all night long.

Co-host Heather Graham sings "Hooray For Hollywood"

Master of Ceremonies and co-host Helen A. Rosburg

Zombie Dancers From Planet 9


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