To end my crazy literary adventures, I took a quick and impromptu trip to Cincinnati. May kicked off with my first Romantic Times Convention down in Atlanta. In the beginning of June, I attended a Feminism in Romance Novels panel at The Strand and then BookCon at the end of the week. During this time I learned about Lori Foster’s annual Reader and Author Get Together, or RAGT. More importantly, I learned that both J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning would be signing books on Saturday, June 10th. So like any other normal romance fan, I booked a flight to Cincinnati. Luckily, my mom encouraged this madness and even attended with me! We arrived on Friday and spent the day exploring the city before heading to the book-signing on Saturday. And boy did we have a blast! RAGT, for the little we attended, was an awesome event and totally on my list for next year! I had a great time hanging out in line for J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning and chatting with the guests! I brought books for both authors to sign. I also got books signed for the people who introduced me to both authors. One of my best friends has always given me the best romance novel recommendations and she, many years ago, insisted that I would loved Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series and she was totally right! When I was first reading vampire romance, back in my *hides face* Twilight days, I had read Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. However, I couldn’t get into the series back then, probably because I was a bit too young. When I started working at Barnes and Noble a few years ago, one of my coworkers recommended the Black Dagger Brotherhood and I tried them out again. Of course, I loved them. So I had to get a book signed for her as well. I truly had an amazing time and feel so blessed to meet such amazing authors. Every experience I’ve had in the romance novel community has been positive and I’m so grateful for such a supportive and lovely group of people. Okay, gushing done, time for pictures!
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Saturday, October 17th was the NJ RWA book-signing! Together with one of my friends, who despite not reading romances gets dragged to these signings, I went and got books signed! What was great about this book-signing was there was time to chat with the authors. I had a chance to talk to Julia Quinn about her new Bridgerton book series!
In addition to RWA last week, I also went to a romance reading in Bryant Park. Joyce Lamb was the moderator. She introduced and asked questions of the following authors:
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Each author read an excerpt from one of their books. After the reading, there was time for book-signing. Susan Elizabeth Phillips signed a copy of Heroes Are My Weakness for me.
And Kristan Higgins signed The Best Man.
I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips books. I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve cried reading Kiss an Angel. And Kristan Higgins books make me laugh my ass off. So meeting them was like a dream come true.
To start off my week of romance novels, last Monday I went to a booksiging for Nalini Singh. I’ve been fortunate that over the last few years, my local Barnes and Noble has hosted a variety of romance novelists. I’ve meet everyone from Eloisa James and Julia Quinn (total fangirl moment) to Brenda Jackson.
My night started off amazing. I left work early and headed straight to Barnes and Noble. What I can I say, I wanted a good seat and was totally okay with arriving 2 hours early. While I was sitting in Starbucks, rereading Heart of Obsidian, I looked over and there was Sarah Wendell. For those of you who don’t know, Sarah Wendell co-runs one of the best romance websites around: Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. And she co-wrote Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches Guide to Romance Novels and wrote Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels. So of course, I had to go over and talk to her.
And ask her to sign my copy of Beyond Heaving Bosoms. And chat with her
about romance novels. As one does.
The night got even better from there when Nalini Singh arrived. Since I basically worship the ground she walks on and re-read her Psy-Changeling series every few months, you can understand my excitement. She and Sarah chatted about her books, her addiction, while in the States, to Extreme Couponing, and everything in between. Sarah was sneaky and kept trying to get Nalini to slip up and tell the identity of “The Architect”. I was lucky enough to get ask Nalini a few questions.
Pups or Cubs- Referring to Mercy and Riley’s future children from Branded by Fire – she laughed and refused to answer
Who would win in a fight: Hawke or Lucas – She also didn’t answer- I don’t blame her; I’m not sure either
While getting my books signed, I also asked her if Hawke and Sienna will have a satisfying showdown with Ming- They will!!
It was an amazing night and an excellent way to kick off my romance novels week!
On Wednesday, I made the trek into NYC from New Jersey. Despite a fire in North Brunswick and train delays changing my travel plans, I made it! Around 3:30 my friend and I headed in the New York Marriott Marquis for the RWA Literacy Signing. I had heard horror stories about the craziness of this signing and had expected to be standing around for hours waiting to get in. However, this signing was well organized. When we arrived at the hotel, volunteers checked our bags and directed us to a ballroom full of chairs. Each section of chairs were given a letter and when it came time for the signing, an announcer went row by row to let people in. It was well organized and stress-free. While the ballroom for the signing did fill up fast, it wasn’t overwhelming. Over all, it was a great day and I can’t wait for RWA to return to NYC.
Okay, enough of the boring info. I know all you’re here for is the pictures. Without further ado:
Guys, Sabrina Jeffries asked to take a picture with me because she loved my shirt! Highlight of my week!