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From Alligators to Scrapbooks: What Christi Barth Learned at RT

BY , MAY 28, 2014 | PERMALINK

There's always room in your brain for more knowledge, especially when attending an event like the RT Booklovers Convention where authors and other publishing professionals engage attendees in smart conversations about the world of books. Author Christi Barth learned a thing or two while in NOLA for this year's RT Con, and today she's sharing the top five things she learned. Take a look:

My friends mock me, because I never sleep in at a conference or take time to sightsee. I go to every hour of panels possible, and proudly sport the dark undereye circles to prove it.

Jon Fine, Amazon’s Director of Author & Publishing Relations, said that “the most sophisticated, nurturing and intelligent writers in the country are romance writers.” Sure, I like starting this article on a high note, but I also agree. RT is a place where you get to rub elbows and talk shop with so many different people. Authors and agents and publishers who are scarily smart and sharp and witty and warm and welcoming and lovely. Here's what I learned this year:

A photo of Christi Barth eating Alligator balls with Lea Nolan and Eliza Knight

Christi Barth (right) "toasting (alligator) balls" with authors Lea Nolan and Eliza Knight


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A Candid Conversation With Lisa Kleypas - 2014 RT Convention

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, MAY 27, 2014 | PERMALINK

“I’m an inner 13-year-old at an ‘N Sync concert!” confessed Smart Bitches, Trashy Books’ Sarah Wendell as she settled in for a 10AM chat with beloved historical and contemporary romance author Lisa Kleypas at the RT Convention in NOLA. And she wasn’t the only one squeeing over Kleypas: Those attending on that bright and busy Thursday morning were just as excited to hear from their favorite scribe!

Lisa Kleypas chatting with a fan

A reader brought two vintage Kleypas books to be signed!

Photo credit: The above images are courtesy of Sarah Wendell

Lisa told us that the first romance she read was The Flame and the Flower, and the thrill of Kathleen Woodiwiss’ dark hero Brandon was not so much his meanness but how he grew to love his heroine, Heather. “Here’s this mean guy doing nice things for her — that’s hot!” she said. Unsurprisingly, the first novel she wrote, at the age of 21, was “very imitative of Kathleen Woodiwiss.” 


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Cover Trend: Touchy-Feely

BY , MAY 27, 2014 | PERMALINK

So the old adage goes: the more touching on the cover, the more sexytimes on the pages. Or at least that's how we remembered it. So imagine our delight at discovering a wealth of touchy feely covers as of late! Please join us in ogling these butt-grabbing, zipper-lowering covers — you know you wanna.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Erotica, Romance
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A Candid Conversation With Lisa Kleypas - 2014 RT Convention

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, MAY 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

“I’m an inner 13-year-old at an ‘N Sync concert!” confessed Smart Bitches, Trashy Books’ Sarah Wendell as she settled in for a chat with beloved historical and contemporary romance author Lisa Kleypas at the RT Convention in NOLA. And she wasn’t the only one squeeing over Kleypas: Those attending on that bright and busy Thursday morning were just as excited to hear from their favorite scribe!

Sarah squeeing as Lisa laughs

Lisa told us that the first romance she read was The Flame and the Flower, and the thrill of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s dark hero Brandon was not so much his meanness but how he grew to love his heroine, Heather.

“Here’s this mean guy doing nice things for her — that’s hot!” she said. Unsurprisingly, the first novel she wrote, at the age of 21, was “very imitative of Kathleen Woodiwiss.” But, to many — including romance pioneer Jude Deveraux — it’s Kleypas who’s worth imitating. Her handling of love scenes is legendary across Romancelandia.

So what’s her secret?


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Tags: Historical Romance, RT Daily Blog, Convention, Romance
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Self-Pub Like A Pro: Kristen Ashley Tells All - 2014 RT Convention

BY , MAY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

Self-publishing is a brave new world, which can at times seem difficult to navigate. We're here to help you get your bearings with our monthly column, Self-Pub Like a Pro. Last week at the RT Convention in NOLA, self-publishing powerhouse Kristen Ashley sat down for a frank discussion with Smashwords founder Mark Coker to discuss the nuts and bolts of self-publishing, from formatting to pricing and more. Here are just a few of the tidbits RT editor Tricia Carr picked up. 

Mark Coker and Kristen Ashley

If you’re a romance reader, you know the name Kristen Ashley. But that wasn’t always the case. Her journey from selling nearly no copies to seeing her books on The New York Times bestseller list wasn’t easy. When Coker asked Ashley what gave her the confidence to quit her job and self-publish, she quickly assured him that she generally does not recommend doing so — and then admitted to ignoring these rational thoughts.


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Contemporary Author Superstars Chat - 2014 RT Convention

BY Danielle Valente, MAY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

Wouldn't you love to go on a date with your book boyfriend? We don't blame you, and neither do the creators of your favorite fictional heartthrobs. During Thursday's Contemporary Author Chat, RT reviewer Audrey Goodson Kingo sat down with Susan Mallery, Kristen Ashley and Rachel Gibson and talked romance and writing.

Audrey Kingo, far right, leads contemporary authors in a discussion

Naturally, authors and panel attendees alike were eager to discuss all things romance, be it a steamy scene oozing with passion, or even an off day when the authors can't exactly figure out how the hero and heroine's lips should meet. The workshop dug into the minds of these successful women, whose careers focus on love and passion, exposing fans to the layers of their creative processes.

For Kristen Ashley, her writing took off when she penned letters to loved ones in lieu of buying Christmas presents during her post-college years, when she was "living on beer and tortilla chips."


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You're the Yin to My Yang: Critique Partner Success

BY , MAY 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

Writing can be a lonely slog sometimes, sitting at your laptop, writing, editing, proofing, submitting. Which is why critique partners are so great. Company, support, encouragement … and in the case of Mary Billiter and Dana Volney, publishing contracts! Mary and Dana are quite the success story: last summer they read and edited and each other’s work — and then they both got contracts by fall’s end! We love a happy ending, and had to know more.


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Tags: Romantic Suspense, RT Daily Blog, Romance
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Friday Fiestas: Avon's Krewe and Heather Graham's Mardi Gras Mayhem

BY , MAY 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

Ready for another party post, full of epic costumes and food porn? Then we, as always, are here for you. You'd think by Friday we might be slowing down the pace here in New Orleans at the RT Convention, but you would be mistaken! (Thank goodness for caffeine.) Friday's fiestas including the always awesome Avon party, where attendees mingled with their favorite Avon authors, nibbled on snacks — and scored tons of free books. Then it was time for Heather Graham's always epic dinner theater and costume competition. For a true understanding of the awesomeness, eyeball these pictures we snapped! 

 

With free books, drinks and sweets, the Avon/HarperCollins reader party was a hit!

 

Heather Graham made quite the entrance arriving to her party on a float!

 

It's not a Heather Graham party without singing, skits and shenanigans.

 


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Romance
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LGBTQ Romance: Beyond the Pronouns - 2014 RT Convention

BY , MAY 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

For the longest time, LGBTQ romance was a tiny part of the romance world — a segment often overlooked and underappreciated. But lately, more and more readers are flocking to the genre with fervor and excitement. Earlier today, Suzanne Brockmann, Heidi Belleau, SE Jakes (AKA Stephanie Tyler), K.A. Mitchell and Marie Sexton joined Riptide Publishing Senior Editor Sarah Frantz to discuss the many themes, issues and tropes presented in LGTBQ romance and why readers are so hooked.

A photo of the panelists

The panelists!

Sarah Frantz dove right in and asked the authors why they write LGBTQ romance and LGBTQ characters. Bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann said, "I'm writing about people ... As writers, we need to do our research and know what our characters believe in, what makes them tick."

SE Jakes said, "I can't control who shows up in my head."


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Never Give Up! Jackie Kessler, Keri Arthur, Stacey Kade, Jenna Black & Linnea Sinclair On Persistence

BY , MAY 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

Never say die! Listen, writing a book can be a hard slog. And that's to say nothing of the rest of the publishing process. How to make it all the way to your pub date ( … and the next one) without totally losing it? Today at the RT Convention in New Orleans Jackie Kessler, Keri Arthur, Stacey Kade, Jenna Black and Linnea Sinclair gave us some pointers to stay the course. Here are some of the highlights.

A photo of the panelists

Panelist Linnea Sinclair, Jackie Kessler, Stacye Kade, Jenna Black and Keri Arthur


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Convention, Romance
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