I am letting everyone know well in advance that I will be in Chicago in April and you can see me! I will be attending the 2012 Romantic Times Booklovers Convention held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel from April 11-15. Most of the craziness and learning workshops are for conference attendees only, but the wonderful aspect of the RT Convention is that is caters to those who are fans of romance. I have never been to this conference and am really excited! I have never been to Chicago either, and my publisher – Sourcebooks – is located in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago, so that makes it especially awesome! I will get a chance to visit the place where the magic happens for me. Nice, huh?
Best of all, if YOU live anywhere in the vicinity you have the opportunity to see me, as well as several of my Austen Author friends and hundreds of other romance novelists. Here is the main website where you can read more about the convention: 2012 RT Booklovers Convention
Of particular note is the FAN-Tastic Day on Saturday, April 14. This day is totally for the fans. All the information is on the website at this link: FAN-Tastic Day
I will be participating in the Giant Book Fair from 11am-2pm signing copies of my novels along with 350 romance novelists. From the website–
Where can you meet your favorite authors, get your pic taken with them or a cover model, or get a sneak preview to what’s coming out in the wonderful world of genre fiction? At the one and only RT Booklovers Convention Book Fair! Every year hundreds of authors take part in our giant Saturday book fair. This fair takes place on Saturday and is open to all convention attendees and the general public. For those bringing collectibles and “keeper” books, we have a system to separate these books for you, so as not to mistake them for new books! If you are not registered for the full RT Booklovers Convention you can purchase a $5 ticket at the door to attend just the book fair.
On that same day from 3:45-4:45pm I am joining fellow Austen Authors Abigail Reynolds, Karen Doornebos, Marilyn Brant, and C. Allyn Pierson for our special presentation called “The Jane Austen Happy Hour”!
Love Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy, Jane Austen … and like the occasional drink? Then this is the workshop for you! Pick up a little history about various alcoholic beverages from the Regency era, discover how to mix your own at home and find out how they relate to Jane Austen. After a brief presentation by your author-mixologists from the popular Austen Authors blog, you will be invited to each of our five tables to partake of a taste of history! Five different drinks to sample, drink recipe cards for everyone and a chance to win a basketful of Jane Austen-inspired books! Cheers!
Does that sound awesome or what?! We are very excited to be offering this fabulous experience to fans of Jane Austen. Hopefully I can meet many of you while I am there. I love meeting my fans! So mark your calendars and make sure you got that day off from work. If you stay for the whole day there is also the Meet The Authors party in the evening. I’ll be there too!
Later this summer, in July, I will be once again attending the Romance Writers Conference and participating in the ProLiteracy Autographing. I will share more details on this as it gets closer, but if you live in Southern California, or fancy a trip to Disneyland, you are in luck! The RWA Conference is in Anaheim this summer – my favorite place in the world right next door to Mickey Mouse’s humble abode. The Autographing is open to the public and all proceeds are for charity. I will be there with over 500 romance novelists, happy to sign my novel for you. The date of the Autographing is July 25, a Wednesday, from 5-8pm in the Anaheim Marriott. For more information on that, here is the website: RWA Literacy Autographing