Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Aloha to RWA in NYC - Made in Manhattan with Avon Authors

One week from today, I will be on the train from Baltimore to NYC for RWA's annual conference.  Above is the (nearly) Naked Signing Cowboy I met the last time I attended RWA in NYC.

Harper Collins/Avon Romance recently sent a press release to the Avon Addicts.  I received permission to reprint the following ...


“New York City is the most romantic city in the world,” Wendy Corsi Staub, New York Times bestselling suspense author and New York resident, boldly declares. The 2400+ romance writers, industry professionals, and readers descending upon the city for the 35th annual Romance Writers of America conference from July 22 to 25 will soon be able to decide for themselves if they agree!

What is it about New York City that makes for such grand romance? Some of America’s top New York area-based romance authors, all published by Avon Books, offer their insights on the romantic appeal of this beautiful city:

Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author and Washington Post columnist, thinks the energy of the city lends itself perfectly to romance. “There are few places in the world more alive with excitement and adventure,” she says. “With those two qualities, passion can’t be far behind!”

Historical romance author Megan Frampton agrees that the variety of the city is ideal for couples. “The city is so huge, it can accommodate whatever type of activity you and your partner might want. Want to hit the Museum of Sex? We’ve got that. Vegan food at 11 p.m.? Yup. Drum circles in the park? You can do that too.”

Not only does New York offer a stellar setting for real life love, it also offers an abundance of inspiration to the romance writers who call it home.

“New York is an island and islands are necessarily romantic—this one more than most,” Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling historical romance author, says. “Intelligent, beautiful people are as thick on the ground as sand, and skyscrapers are much more interesting to look at than coconut trees.”

“New York is the perfect backdrop to a thoroughly modern romance,” Maya Rodale, a USA Today bestselling romance author who set a series of novels about a romance writer and a tech entrepreneur in New York City. “What makes the city so romantic is how accepting it is of all kinds of people and all kinds of love.”

Even MacLean, whose historical romances are all set in 19th century England, draws inspiration from modern New York. “With 8 million people living here, love is everywhere. And where there’s a love story, there’s inspiration.”

Whether it’s the hustle and bustle, the magnificent sites, fascinating mix of people, and opportunities to stumble upon charming, off-the-beaten-path locations around every corner, could a more perfect place for romance as exist. As Staub puts it, “In no other city is there such a perpetual sense that, at any given moment, something unforgettable might happen.”

Top 10 Romantic Movies Set in New York (from Avon Authors):

1.  Moonstruck.
2.  When Harry Met Sally
3.  You've Got Mail
4.  Breakfast at Tiffany's
5.  Enchanted
6.  An Affair to Remember
7.  Annie Hall
8.  Love Story
9.  Seredipity
10.  Sex in the City

That's a great list of movies!  Do you have a favorite movie from the list ... or can you add to the list? One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, July 18, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 19.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

A Broadway Dancer in Times Square


  1. You will be traveling on my birthday, so have a safe trip. I know that you will have a wonderful time at the RWA, and I look forward to seeing lots of pics.

  2. (I don't see the list). Just saw Max which was good. I so wish I could go. Actually, I am going to get to be in NYC this Friday because we have a wedding to attend in NJ. So sad that it wasn't next week.

    1. Aloha, Catslady. For some reason, the graphic didn't publish with blog. So I typed the list for your reading pleasure!

    2. Thanks, Kim. Brekfast at Tiffany's is an old favorite.

  3. Many, many years ago, I was doing my student teaching in the New Your area. We went into the City one day and came across a film crew in Central Park. They were filming a scene from SWEET CHARITY. We never did see Shirley MacLaine, just the understudies running through the scene over, and over, and over...... We finally gave up and left.

  4. I'm a huge fan of 'The Princess Bride'. Hope to see you next week in NYC!

  5. I really liked You've Got Mail :)

  6. I do love to watch Breakfast at Tiffany's. A great favourite.

  7. My favorite New York movies are When Harry Met Sally and You've Got Mail. Have a great time at RWA!

  8. Too funny! I may read many...many romance novels, but I rarely watch a romantic chick-flick. Just not my type of movie. However, I have seen two of the films listed. MOONSTRUCK is a favorite!

  9. You've Got Mail. I always enjoy watching that movie.

  10. I haven't seen any of these movies in ages! I love When Harry Met Sally and Enchanted!

  11. The first 3 are on my favorites list, especially When Harry Met Sally. Sleepless in Seattle also ended at the Empire State Building. I will be taking the train in from LI to go to the book signing next week!

  12. OMG! I love Moonstruck and When Harry Met Sally! I'm not a big Sex in the City fan though.

  13. I know it's not really a romance, but how about Ghostbusters? Sex & the City is a favorite of mine too!

  14. I have seen the Naked Cowboy a few times.

    My fav from your list is: An Affair to Remember - seen it a few times.

  15. Moonstruck is my favorite.
    Helen L.