Several weeks ago, I attended the 35th Annual RWA Conference in NYC. I posted pictures on my travel blog here, here, here, here, here, here and here.
I kicked off the week with Librarian's Day, giving me the opportunity to sit with Melissa Norr, a Washington DC library and freelance editor at the Brazen Pen (link). The first panel features Romantic Suspense authors, including Rebecca Zanetti (link). She shared how she researched her books. For example, she rode around in the trunk of her car. Rebecca added her husband declined to be the driver ... but her sister was happy to take the wheel.
The next panel discussed the year round appeal of holiday romances. Jane Porter (link) described how Montana at Christmas is romantic ... but I'd rather spend the holiday at her beach house near Waikiki!
RWA treated us to lunch with legendary author Jude Deveraux (link). She shared the challenges of writing her next contemporary book - a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice with a production of Pride and Prejudice embedded in the story line. After turning in the manuscript, she joked to her editor that she should next write Emma.
I always enjoy the opportunity to be in a room of librarians! I am giving away a copy of PREMIERE - A COLLECTION OF ROMANCE TALES FROM RWA:
From Romance Writers of America® comes a never-before-published collection of tales that showcases the breadth and complexity of the world's most popular genre of fiction!
New York Times bestselling authors Cindy Gerard and Allison Brennan bring the thrills in their tales of romantic suspense.
New York Times bestselling authors Sabrina Jeffries and Courtney Milan take you on a trip back in time with lush stories of historical romance.
New York Times bestselling authors Vicki Lewis Thompson and Joan Johnston show the wonder of contemporary romance, while New York Times bestselling authors Monica Murphy and Laura Kaye's New Adult romances delve into the evolving Millennial perspective.
And editor and #1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day's tale of angels and sizzling desire takes readers to the edge with paranormal romance.
From the first love of Young Adult romance to tales of second chances, LGBT romance to the realms of the supernatural, contemporary to historical, suspense to inspirational, the genre of romance has a story for every reader and this blockbuster inaugural collection from Romance Writers of America showcases it all!
Plus tales from:
T. L Costa
Harper St. George
To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about libraries, librarians, and/or Jane Austen - do you have a favorite?
2. Comments are open through Saturday, August 22, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, August 23.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City