Lady Jane’s Salon

Barbara Vey -- February 3rd, 2009
Sean, Kelly, Rachel, Cameren, Sinclair and me

I’m finally in the Big Apple and I wanted to go to a small local place for lunch so someone recommended Ellen’s Stardust.  A 50′s style diner that features a singing wait staff.  They are aspiring Broadway singers/actors and they even let me get into the act.  No, I didn’t really sing because people were still eating.  Sinclair has been in the Lion King and is currently writing a musical.  (You can watch a clip here)

My New York blurber, Stacey Agdern took me to a NY deli for dinner (pastrami sandwich…yum) and then to Lady Jane’s Salon.  Romance authors Maya Rodale, Leanna Renee Hieber, and Hope Tarr got together to offer Manhattan’s first reading series devoted exclusively to romance fiction and this was launch night.

Lady Jane
Hope Tarr, Ron Hogan, Maya Rodale and Leanna Renee Hieber

Madam X has the perfect ambiance for this venue.  Old brick walls and read lamps add to the atmosphere of the Regency period when such readings were common.  The crowd was held entralled while award winning author Andrea Pickens read from her latest book, The Scarlet Spy.  Then Hope Tarr took the stage with an enthusiast rendendition of her book.  As the audience left, I heard many say that they’d be back with their friends.

I also got to meet Marisa O’Neill and Maria Lokken of Romance Novel TV who cornered me for a quote on the night and I found out it’s not easy to be witty on spot.  I now have a new respect for those with microphone’s shoved in their faces.

There was a nominal admission charge or one gently used romance novel. Cash bar. Proceeds to benefit

Romance Novel TV
Marisa O’Neill, me and Maria Lokken of Romance Novel TV

Share The Love, a non-profit organization that reaches out to groups assisting women in crisis/transition by providing gently used romance novels.  Over 1,000 romance novels have been given to women in need and at homeless shelters.  According to Hope:  "When women read, everyone benefits."  I couldn’t agree more.  Sponsored by Share The Love and Ron Hogan.

Next month is featuring authors Laura Willig and Jenna Petersen and I’m sorry I’m going to miss it.  We really need a Jane’s Salon in Milwaukee and I’ll be watching for the franchise. 

Bottom Line:  Day one of NY adventure completed and I haven’t been hit by a cab yet (like in San Francisco), so I have high hopes for the rest of the week.

58 thoughts on “Lady Jane’s Salon

  1. Hope Tarr

    We are so delighted you could join us last night for Lady Jane’s debut. The positive energy in the room was palpable, and Maya, Leanna Renee, and Ron and I are deeply touched by the numbres who turned out from the romance community to cheer Jane on. Lday Jane’s will meet on the first Monday of every month. For March’s meet-up, newly minted New York Times romance author Lauren Willig will join the uber wonderful Jenna Petersen in reading and signing their wonderful works, again to support Share the Love. So please mark us on your calendar for that next NYC visit. Enjoy Comic Con! Hope

  2. Karen Kelley

    When the sil was stationed in NJ we made the drive, then all went to NY. LOL I don’t know what we expected—someone to jump out and mug us? We were a little nervous. I’d love to return and try it again. The downfalls of always living in a little bitty Texas town.

  3. Karen Kelley

    When the sil was stationed in NJ we made the drive, then all went to NY. LOL I don’t know what we expected—someone to jump out and mug us? We were a little nervous. I’d love to return and try it again. The downfalls of always living in a little bitty Texas town.

  4. Jolie

    I am so jealous! Sounds like you’re having a wonderful time and my life’s aspiration is to hang out in NY. Crazy, but I’ve yet to go there–seems my feet are a little to firmly planted here in WI. :(

  5. Maya Rodale

    Hi Barbara, It was so nice to meet you last night, and thank you so much for dropping by our salon! When we start our franchise, you’ll be the first to know. Hope you have a great time in NYC!

  6. andrea pickens

    Hi Barbara, Thanks so much for stopping by last night. It was so great to meet you! And thanks to Maya, Leanna, Hope and Ron for creating such a fabulous showcase for romance. It was a really fun night and we look forward to making the series a hot NYC event. Come back and see us soon!

  7. Jusy

    I wish I knew about Lady Jane’s. I would have come into town as I was not flying this week. I miss marjority of events that happen Sun to Thurs. Yes, beware of Yellow cabs.

  8. Edie Ramer

    Barbara, we don’t have a Lady Jane’s, but we have the South Milwaukee library next Tuesday with your line-up of mystery and romance writers. If only it had a bar, we’d be as good as New York.

  9. Leanna Renee Hieber

    Barbara, it was SUCH a thrill having you there for our Launch night! I couldn’t have been more pleased by the enthusiastic turnout, bringing the books we love and a great cause together in one swanky spot. Weren’t the lush red velvet chairs too yummy? We were blessed by your presence, the great talents of Andrea and Hope, and we’ll be blessed by the great upcoming talents of Lauren and Jenna!! We hope that when you come to NYC next time, you’ll always have the first Monday of every month in mind, because we’d always love to have you as a guest of honor!

  10. Audrey Curd

    This is really random, but were you at the Stardust Diner on Monday the 2nd? Because I was there too…the blonde that sang Wicked. haha. I was googling Sinclair and came upon your blog. Small world eh?

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