How about a cowboy to start off the day? I attended the Librarians/Booksellers' special program - In Conversation with BJ Daniels, Lorelei James, and Lorraine Heath:
Cowboy books have never been more desirable--Meet some of the genre’s biggest stars - they will share personal anecdotes, the history of the genre, where they think it’s headed and how they started out.
I moseyed on over to the annual SOS Military Tribute:
Our military is the backbone of our country. They pay the price for our freedom through all of their sacrifices. This military tribute is a multi-author-sponsored event to pay a moving tribute to our military and all they have done for our country. This event is open to all. Tables will be decorated by authors representing Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, etc.
Hosts included KaLyn Cooper, Cristin Harber, Elle James, Cat Johnson, Kim Lowe, JM Madden, Trish McCallan, Donna Michaels, Megan Mitcham, Caitlyn O'Leary, Ella Quinn, Julie Rowe, Susan Stoker, Natasza Waters, and Sabrina York.
It amazes me each year how much readers appreciate our military. Thanks to the authors who made this an emotional event.
I reported for duty at the Avon Romance Reader Party - Clinch It:
Authors included Lenora Bell, Viola Carr, HelenKay Dimon, Megan Frampton, Lorraine Heath, Beverly Jenkins, Cathy Maxwell, Charis Michaels, Alisha Rai, and Lia Riley.
I was honored to be asked by Pamela Spengler-Jaffee, Senior Director of Publicity for Avon Romance, to serve as a judge along with historical author Beverly Jenkins and editorial director Erika Tsang. I put my math skills to use as the scorekeeper, too. Let me tell you this was the best reader party, second only to the SOS Military Tribute. Readers were laughing, singing, posing, and conspiring with the author at their table to win the big prize - a tote bag stuffed with romance books and a bottle of wine! Charis Michaels belted out THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA to lead her team to victory!
Clearly Avon was on my mind as I followed the historical authors to the Margaret Mitchell House for a special Q&A with Lenora Bell, Megan Frampton, Lorraine Heath, Beverly Jenkins, Cathy Maxwell, and Julia Quinn. Charis Michaels moderated this lively discussion of historical romance in one of Atlanta's sacred homes. Thanks, Avon Romance, for a fabulous day!
Margaret Mitchell House
For this week of recaps, I am giving away a sampling of books and swag from RT. To enter the giveaway,
1. From the authors I have listed in today's blog, who would you like to meet?
2. Comments are open through Monday, May 15, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Tuesday, May 16.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
Margaret Mitchell House