The Duchesses are aflutter with activity and you, dear readers, are about to become privy to the latest on dits.
The 2014 RT Booklovers Convention will take place on May 13th-18th in New Orleans. If you plan to attend the grand bash of Romance novel readers and Romance novel writers, here’s where you can meet a duchess:
Duchess Valerie Bowman will be hosting How to Be a Hooker: The High-Concept Premise with a panel of bestselling authors known for their high concepts. Join their a fun mix-and-match card game designed to show how to hook readers, agents and editors using fun titles, fresh premises and compelling characters on Friday, May 16, 2014 – 11:15am to 12:15pm.
Duchess Ashlyn Macnamara will be joining her fellow Bantam, Ballantine and Love Swept authors as they host an hour of romance trivia games with prizes and giveaways called It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Falls in Love On Thursday May 15th, 1:30-2:30
You’ll also be able to find Duchess Ashlyn Macnamara at the Mardi Gras World Carnivàle on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 7:15pm to Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 12:00am. They’ll be food, a second-line band and some up-close time with the Mardi Gras floats.
Duchess Jennifer McQuiston will be participating with more than 50 Avon, Avon Impulse, William Morrow and Harper Voyager authors in Avon’s Krewe of Muses celebrating Erato, the muse of love and poetry. Get your complimentary books and ebooks signed on Friday, May 16, 2014 – 6:15pm to 7:45pm
Duchess Sara Ramsey will be participating in Cover Wars: From Muse to Magic which will include a full LIVE photoshoot! Find out how to stand out in a crowded marketplace. Designers and authors will break into teams with audience members to design covers, Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Duchess Heather Snow will be part of a Krewe of Notorious Scribes turning the Grand Oaks Mansion at Mardi Gras World into Vieux Carre — the heart of New Orleans, circa 1718. Be one of the first 350 attendees and receive a goodie bag with books, swag and more. The Pirates, Scalawags and More party will be held Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
You can also find Duchess Heather Snow at the The Cajun Queen Riverboat Casino Morning Mixer, where she’ll join other authors dealing cards so you can rake in booty! Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 8:30am to 9:45am.
Lastly, be sure to visit The Duchesses at The Giant Book Fair on Saturday, May 17, 2014 – 11:00am to 2:00pm, where more than 700 authors will be autographing books, posters and bookmarks (tickets are included in the general registration conference fee or can be purchased separately on the day of the event).
In Other News…
Duchess Màire Claremont‘s The Dark Lady won the Romantic Times Award for Best First Historical Romance…winners and nominees are selected Romantic Times reviewers and the Duchesses are overjoyed this fabulous book earned this honor.
Duchess Kathleen Bittner Roth, who lives in Budapest, will be coming to the US in June for six-month promotional tour including signings, television appearances and other events. Here’s when to look for her books: The Seduction of Sarah Marks – June; A Duke’s Wicked Kiss – August 26; When Hearts Dare Series Celine – October 7, Alanna – November 4 and Josette – Sept. 2015.
Duchess Kate Parker recently appeared at Malice Domestic 26 speaking at the panel titled “One is Not Amused by Murder.” Sign up for her newsletter so you can be sure to catch her next event. The next book in her Victorian Bookshop Mystery Series, The Counterfeit Lady, will be out August 5th.
Lastly, I have a bit of news of my own:
Duchess Wendy LaCapra sold her debut series, a Late-Georgian trilogy featuring three ladies whose friendship helps them survive society’s rejection and find both a new way of life and a new way to love to Entangled Publishing, where I’ll be joining Duchess Kathleen Bittner Roth and Duchess Diana Quincy.
Leave a comment and let us know . . . will you be at the RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans this year from May 13-18? We hope to see you there!