Made it to New York yesterday and the city is sizzling. I thought it was just because I arrived, but Mother Nature had a hand it in with scorching temperatures that will be hanging around all week. It doesn’t really matter to me because I like it hot!
Speaking of which, I attended Lady Jane’s Salon last night at Madame X in Manhattan. This is a must stop if you’re in New York on the first Monday of every month. Lady Jane’s Salon is Manhattan’s first reading series devoted to romance fiction, founded by romance authors Maya Rodale, Hope Tarr, Leanna Renee Hieber and blogger Ron Hogan. Admission is $5.00 or one gently used romance novel and all proceeds to benefit organizations that support women in need.
Part of the charm of Lady Jane’s is the socialization that goes on before, during and after the readings. A nice mix of authors, readers and industry professionals made for very entertaining conversations. For me, it’s like visiting old friends and meeting new ones. There’s wine, New York news, lots of books talk and with a Soap Opera Digest journalist there, the inside scoop on the Daytime Emmy Awards.
Hope Tarr also shared that WORDs of Love bookstore is holding A Night of Romance on Thursday, July 22nd. Hope joins moderator, Sarah MacLean and Lauren Willig, Sarah Wendell and editors from RT BOOK Reviews and Avon Books in a spirited discussion of the romance genre. Event includes a book signing. And on August 19th she will also be reading from Every Breath You Take at the Happy Ending Lounge for the “In the Flesh” Reading Series. Unfortunately, this place will be closing at the end of the year, so get there soon before it’s too late.
Exciting news for me is that I’ve been asked to be the MC at the October event. I’m so stoked that I’m already thinking about buying a new outfit and know it’s time to step up my workouts. I’ll be in town for Comic Con, so I’ve got another reason to come a few days earlier. As soon as I find out who the readers will be, I’ll let you know.
Bottom Line: This should give you all incentive to get that book written so you too can be a reader at Lady Jane’s Salon.
My upcoming events:
Thrillerfest – July 7-10
San Diego Comic Con – July 22-25
Romance Writers of America – July 28-31
DragonCon – September 3-6
Eagle Library Author Event – September 25
Emerald City Writers Convention – October 1-3
New York Comic Con - October 8-10
Readers ‘n ‘ritas – November 12-14