It’s been a busy summer so far for the Dare family! I recently returned from a wonderful time at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas, and soon I’ll be headed to two events in Texas.
I am beyond excited for this. What could be better than a gathering of readers and writers, at a world-class spa retreat? Lake Austin Spa is gorgeous in the photos, and I can’t wait to experience it myself. I’ll be there with amazing bestselling authors Lori Wilde and Kerrelyn Sparks, and anyone else who would love to join us for a few days of pampering, writing, and talking romance. There will be romance trivia, a writing workshop, wine and cheese… I think I’m even leading (or straggling on) a hiking excursion! If you have a few days to spare, please consider joining us!
The RWA annual conference is always a highlight of my year. If you’re anywhere near San Antonio, please mark your calendar for the annual “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing on Wednesday, July 23rd, from 5:30-7:30 at the Marriott Rivercenter hotel. This wonderful event with 500 authors is open to the public – all books are donated by the publishers, and proceeds go to support local literacy causes.
For those attending the conference, I’ll be moderating a panel on Thursday at 4:30:
Suffragettes and Alpha Males: Exploring Feminism in Romance.
Six multipublished authors and self-described feminists representing multiple romance subgenres engage in a lively roundtable discussion of varying interpretations of feminism, the evolution of the romance genre, writing strong female characters, and gender power balance in and out of the bedroom.
I’m also looking forward to the RITA and Golden Heart awards on Saturday night, not least because Any Duchess Will Do is a finalist in the Historical Romance category! Like Pauline, I will be trying not to trip over my feet in my fancy, sparkly gown.
I had a wonderful time at the RT Booklovers’ Convention in New Orleans! I’m so grateful to all the authors, readers, publishers, volunteers, and RT Magazine staffers who worked so hard to make it a memorable, fun experience.
For me, the highlights of every RT Convention are the signings: both the Avon open house and the big Book Fair on Saturday. Both events were crowded this year, but I so appreciate all the readers who waited (in some cases, hours!) to see the authors and came by my table to say hello. I signed new books, I signed old books, I signed books in French! And tote bags and Kindle covers and scrapbooks and bookplates. And most importantly, I had the chance to meet readers, shake their hands, and share hugs and laughs and even a few tears.
For the most part, writing is done in solitude, and these few days spent meeting readers are precious in ways I struggle to describe. Every time I leave a conference like RT, I feel recharged as a writer and reminded of all the ways Romance is so important. Romance authors and readers are amazing people, and it’s an honor to be a part of this genre.
Yesterday, I received the most wonderful call. Any Duchess Will Do is a finalist for the 2014 RITA in the Historical Romance category! This is such an honor, and I’m so thrilled to be on the finalist list with so many amazing authors. The awards will be presented at the national convention in San Antonio this July.
In the meantime, I’ll be out and about in a few other places:
In April, I’ll be appearing at the LA Times Festival of Books, on the Romance panel with the amazing Julie Anne Long, Susan Squires, and Beth Yarnall. The panel is on Saturday, April 12th, at 12:30 PM. A book signing will follow.
Then in May, I’m headed to New Orleans for the RT Book Reviews convention! It will be my first time in NoLa, and I’m so excited. I’ll post my schedule of panels and signings as the date approaches.
I’m so excited for Izzy and Ransom’s story to make its way into the world. Izzy is a heroine after my own heart, for so many reasons. As for wounded hero Ransom…well, he proved challenge enough for us both!
These two needed each other desperately, and I hope you’ll fall in love with them and their romance. Thanks for reading!
And now I’m looking forward to 2014, and the late-January release of Romancing the Duke! This is the first in my all-new Castles Ever After series. Each heroine in the series has inherited her very own castle–and trouble along with it. Miss Izzy Goodnight’s trouble comes in the form of a reclusive, wounded duke. Izzy and Ransom’s story has already received starred reviews from both Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. You can read an excerpt and find pre-order links here on the site.