Thursday, May 11, 2017

RT Recap Day 4 - Military Tribute, Avon Romance, and Margaret Mitchell

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.

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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 CooperCristin HarberElle JamesCat JohnsonKim Lowe, JM MaddenTrish McCallanDonna MichaelsMegan MitchamCaitlyn O'LearyElla QuinnJulie RoweSusan 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.

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I reported for duty at the Avon Romance Reader Party - Clinch It:

How daring are you? Find out at this fun game-show style event, which will pair readers with Avon authors in a series of fun challenges, with participation judged by a panel of judges. Earn points for participation! Winners take all ... the books, that is! The winning team will win totes generously stuffed with books and swag, compliments of Avon.

Authors included Lenora Bell, Viola CarrHelenKay DimonMegan FramptonLorraine HeathBeverly JenkinsCathy MaxwellCharis MichaelsAlisha 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


  1. Of all authors mentioned, I would most have loved to meet Margaret Mitchell. Since that's not possible, my "live author choice" would be Julia Quinn. Sounds like fun. Great post.

  2. So many, but Cathy Maxwell first I think.

  3. Not sure really

  4. Would love to meet HelenKay Dimon and Beverly Jenkins.

  5. Sounds like it was a great time. I'll say Julia Quinn. Thanks for the giveaway chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  6. Lorraine Heath. Love her western historicals - am a contemp gal, but will read the WH's.

  7. I'm going with Cathy Maxwell since I've probably read more of her books from this group of authors.

  8. probably Cathy Maxwell - I've read lots of her books. On the other hand I'm not familiar with some of the other authors, so maybe I should meet them!

  9. I think I would like to meat Julia Quinn and Lorraine Heath. Thanks for the chance :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  10. I've met a few before, having attended RT and HRR before. But I've never met Lenora Bell or Charis Michaels.

  11. Oh man, I don't know! How about I pick Charis Michaels!

  12. Lorraine Heath, Sabrina York, Beverly Jenkins, Cathy Maxwell, Julia Quinn, Ella Quinn, Elle James. I met BJ Daniels at RT Dallas, I sat at her table at your military event. I sat next to her husband and spent the time visiting with him. The first RT is overwhelming. It is hard to take it all in. I would love to go again. I would better know how to meet the authors I want and participate fully in the events.

  13. There'should only a couple of ladies named who don't immediately go on my "Love to Meet" list!

  14. I would love to meet Lorraine Heath. I have been reading her books for many years.

  15. Julia Quinn! Love her books!

  16. Was so happy to meet Cathy Maxwell last year thanks to you! Would love to meet them all. :)

  17. OMGosh! Lorraine Heath for sure. I know each time I pick up one of her historical romance novels, I will have a great story.

  18. HelenKay Dimon.
    Natty's Mama