Book Discussions RSJ Style!

Five Romance Slam Jam Family Book Clubs have stepped up to the plate to host Book Discussions during our twenty year anniversary Slam Jam this coming March. This is only one of the small additions to the conference. Haven’t registered yet? Wha’cha waiting for? Register today!

Romance Slam Jam Book Discussions

 

Please read and be ready to discuss the following titles with the authors and your RSJ Family at RSJ 2015!

Going Home by Evelyn Palfrey (Facilitator Renee Spivey – Readers Who Enjoy Black Romance Books)

Faith without works . . .
Thalia Allen has lost her mind. At least that’s what her granddaughter thinks. And what her friends think. Sometimes, she thinks so, too. How could she have invited a homeless man to move into her home?

During her thirty-year career, sometimes only her dream of retirement and travelling the world kept her sane. That dream was dashed only months into her retirement, when she assumed custody of teenaged, and wild, Mishay. Two years later, they have settled into a routine of constant school and church activities.

Hurricane Katrina blew into New Orleans. Then, the levees broke, flooding the city. As its disbelieving residents suffered unspeakable horror, the rest of the nation watched the government’s impotent response. Thousands of Americans gave aid and comfort in ways big and small. More than 4,000 evacuees found shelter in the Austin Convention Center. At her pastor’s urging, Thalia volunteers at the shelter, dragging a reluctant Mishay along.

Joe Lambert just wants to go home. Living in a shelter and other people’s clothes has rubbed him raw. A proud man who works for what he wants, Joe refuses to accept hand-outs and pity. When Thalia offers him work, he jumps on it. But when she invites him to move into her home, even Joe wonders if she has lost her mind.

Purchase: Print, Kindle

Harmony Cabins Regina Hart (Facilitator Claritta Stinson – Sistahs of Color Reading Group)
After a series of shattering losses, all Jackson Sansbury wants is solitude. Hoping to escape his tiny hometown of Trinity Falls, Ohio, with its concerned neighbors and painful memories, he’s purchased a secluded cabin resort and thrown himself into renovating the property. He doesn’t expect any distractions–until an unlikely guest arrives–a woman who hasn’t roughed it a day in her life, yet whose fearlessness just might be contagious. . .

A successful songwriter, Los Angeles native Audra Lane has come to Harmony Cabins to recharge her creativity. She’s not looking for company, but she does need a guide–and she can’t help noticing the sexy, albeit grumpy, Jackson. Soon she discovers that this insightful, private man has more to teach her than how to hike and fish. And as Audra inspires Jackson to express his emotions, the two find themselves falling in love. But neither can hide in the woods forever–and when the past brings challenges, their newfound strengths will be put to the test. . .

Purchase: Print, Kindle, Nook & Print

Hero by Deatri King-Bey (Facilitator Donnie Robinson – Cilla’s Book Maniac)

Malachi Armstrong just overheard his ex-wife plotting his murder and is ready to strangle everyone involved. Malachi’s world is spiraling out of control when his good friend hires the Precious Jewels Security Agency to capture everyone involved in the plot. He knows the Precious Jewels are the best security agency around, but his only use for Amber Nicholas, the Precious Jewel assigned to protect him, is in his bed.

Amber knew she was in trouble the moment she read Malachi’s dossier. A hero in every sense of the word, her attraction to him was immediate. To protect Malachi, she must stay close to him. To protect her heart, she must stick to the business at hand, but he’s not making it easy.

Purchase: Print, Kindle, Nook

Secret Silver Night by Zuri Day (Facilitator Toni Bonita – Prominent Women of Color)

Will winning the race mean losing her love?

The third son of a powerful Northern California dynasty, Nico Drake has dreams of one day becoming governor of his state. First item on his agenda—beating his newest mayoral challenger. Ivy League dazzler Monique Slater is already swaying voters with her innovative ideas…and arousing an irresistible desire in the heart of her unattached opponent.

Monique has big plans for the small scenic town of Paradise Cove—plans that don’t include falling for her sexy political rival. Keeping their sizzling relationship under wraps while running against each other is a tightrope act. Now someone is trying to not only ruin Monique’s reputation, but also make sure Nico does not win the race. With both their futures on the line, can Nico convince Monique that there are no losers when it comes to love?

Purchase: Print, Kindle, Nook & Print

Scandalous Heroes  Anthology (Facilitator Bonita Thornton – Sista’s Thoughts from Coast to Coast Book Club)

Please note that each title in the anthology is now sold separately.

RALLENTI ~ Sienna Mynx
“One word. You must learn it, before we begin,” he traced his finger now across the outline of her lip. “Say it with me. Rallenti.” – Renaldo Cracchiolo

SEIGED BY RYM ~ Yvette Hines 
They picked the wrong warrior cat to abduct. Rym never liked being ordered about so when he discovers his freedom is weighed against his agreement to breed with Krysteena, he practically purrs at the chance to prove to the beauty who’s truly in charge and escape.

RAW EXPOSURE ~ Aliyah Burke
A wealthy playboy and a down-to-earth freelance photographer, will they ever see eye to eye?

VASLIY’S REVENGE ~ Latrivia Nelson 
Will changing everything in his life, give him new lust for it? And can he trust a woman who was the cause of his near death before?

DOUBLE TROUBLE- Men of 3X CONStruction~ Erosa Knowles
Blaine and Donald had no idea they have not one, but two sons from Belinda, the one woman who ever came between them. Seeing her again test family ties as they fight to rescue their son and reclaim the only woman they ever loved.

EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING ~ Pepper Pace 
In1977 Vanessa is 12 years old and lives just out of reach of the projects that both scare and entice her. Scotty is learning something as well; that his path has not been laid out before him and that Everything isn’t necessarily Everything. This 2 part series begins in the 70s where it explores the music, the style, the ghetto and Pepper Pace’s own twist on life and love.

LAST CALL ~Bridget Midway 
When Tank tries to rekindle the relationship with Eminence, she has to wonder what’s important: her dream or her heart

THE WRATH OF MICHAEL ~ Serenity King
Will they be able to find shelter in each other’s arms, or will the demons of both the past and the present keep them apart forever?

Tattooed Moon ~ Tiana Laveen
Julian Savant is a man on a mission. One day, his seemingly polar opposite walks through the door—intelligent and classy accountant, Milan Parker.

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Friday, December 5th, 2014 Announcement No Comments

Romance Slam Jam News – December

IT’S DECEMBER!!! I can’t believe how fast this year went by and how soon the Slam Jam will be here. It seems like yesterday we were in New Orleans. First let me thank you to those who have already registered. This makes planning easier.

When you register, be sure to fill out the online registration form also. Your registration isn’t complete until you fill out the registration form. Think of it like going to the take out window and paying for your order, but then driving off without the food. YIKES! So please, please, please fill out your registration. There is a comment area on the form if you need to ask the treasurer a question. After you have paid your fee and fill out the registration form, you will receive confirmation that your registration is complete.

Early registration ends at the end of the month. You’re going to the Slam Jam, so what are you waiting for? Come on, let’s do this.

It’s EMMA TIME! As mentioned in previous communications, we have been cleaning up our former attendee mailing list and moved over to another platform for the Emma nominations to make it easier for the accountant. The Emma nomination email was sent out this morning (1 Dec) to those who are eligible to make nominations. She actually sent out the email twice. The second one had the corrected date information. Nominations must be in by 15 Dec. 2014.

If this is your first time attending the conference and you have paid your fee, but not filled out the registration form, then you did not receive a nomination ballot. At the end of the week, I’ll beg the treasurer to send out another email, so be sure to fill out the online form if you’ve paid.

Judges, judges, we need Emma judges. Anyone who can nominate is also eligible to be a judge. This year we need thirty-two Emma judges and currently only have six. RSJ Attendees make the nominations, select the finalists and judge the books. Come on folks, let’s do this! Visit the Emma Awards page for full details. http://www.romanceslamjam.org/?page_id=12

There are quite a few changes to this year’s conference. We think you’re going to LOVE them. Four of our reading groups have volunteered to hold book discussions during the Slam Jam. Three of the book clubs have made their selection. Once the forth does, I’ll send out a special announcement to let you know what the book selections are so you can participate in the discussions.

Okay, I wanted to keep this short and sweet. Register, make your Emma Nominations, become an Emma Judge, and be sure to tell others about the conference!

Up next, the Host Check In!

See You In DALLAS!

Deatri King-Bey

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Monday, December 1st, 2014 RSJ News No Comments

Host Check In

Howdy Y’all from deep in the heart of Texas! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and good food. I was so excited to receive a call over the weekend from a friend who I haven’t seen in a while. She is coming to RSJ! Yay!

The deadline for early registration is fast approaching. I sent in mine last week—just to be sure it didn’t get caught up in my Christmas shopping and I miss the significant savings of early registration.

My plan is to go a day early, and stay a day late, so I can catch some sights, like the African-American Museum @ Fair Park and the JFK Museum @ Dealey Plaza. And maybe catch some good music in Deep Ellum.

I’m getting jazzed about seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Hope to see you there.
Evelyn

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Romance Slam Jam News – November

Only four months until we celebrate our twentieth anniversary! Can you feel the excitement in the air! Registrations are rolling in, additional authors are signing on, publishers are gearing up to send books! Trust me when I say people will be talking about this Slam Jam for years to come. If you haven’t registered, please register soon. This helps us plan a better event for you.

We’ve completed our final general overview of the schedule. There may be changes here and there, but not very. The detailed schedule will be released closer to the conference. Check out the overview and be sure to tell others about the conference. http://www.romanceslamjam.org/?page_id=52

Conference Registration
Hotel Reservations Please share rooms and release your room if you decide you are no longer able to attend the Slam Jam 2015.

GET READY FOR EMMA NOMINATIONS
During the month of December (Dec. 1-15), nominations for Black Romance novels published between November 2013 thru October 2014 will be accepted from people who are registered for RSJ 2015 and/or were registered for any Slam Jam since 2008. Read the full details on the Emma page, including how to become a judge. There are additional categories this year, so please be prepared come Dec. 1 when the ballots are emailed out.

RSJ Book Discussions
I was supposed to send out the list of book discussions that will be held during the Slam Jam in November, but we need additional time. Don’t fret. The four discussions will still be held and you’ll be given plenty of time to purchase and read the novels.

The Turning Point Legal Defense Fund Raffle
Last year we raised $1650 for The Turning Point Legal Defense Fund. In honor of Francis Ray, we plan to continue raising money for this fine organization each year during the Slam Jam. If you or your group would like to donate items for the raffle, please use the Contact page to make arrangements.

The Precious Jewels Have Arrived
Amber is about to meet her match in the dangerously, sexy Malachi. Read the first chapter of my new Romantic Suspense, HERO. Available in
Kindle Or Print | NOOK formats. Thank you for the continued support.

Hero200wMalachi Armstrong just overheard his ex-wife plotting his murder and is ready to strangle everyone involved. Malachi’s world is spiraling out of control when his good friend hires the Precious Jewels Security Agency to capture everyone involved in the plot. He knows the Precious Jewels are the best security agency around, but his only use for Amber Nicholas, the Precious Jewel assigned to protect him, is in his bed.

Amber knew she was in trouble the moment she read Malachi’s dossier. A hero in every sense of the word, her attraction to him was immediate. To protect Malachi, she must stay close to him. To protect her heart, she must stick to the business at hand, but he’s not making it easy.

That’s All, Folks!
Be sure to check out the Host Check In with Keith Thomas Walker! Get your Emma Nominations together, spread the word and get registered early!

Please use #RSJConference when discussing the Slam Jam on Facebook and Twitter! Let’s TREND.

See you in DALLAS!

Deatri King-Bey

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Saturday, November 1st, 2014 RSJ News No Comments

Host Check In

Have you ever looked at a picture of the Dallas skyline and wondered about the tall building with the bright ball on top? If so, you’re not alone. That building is Reunion Tower, and it’s just one of many awesome attractions in the Big D.

Reunion Tower is best known for a five-star restaurant which is strategically located inside the spherical roof. While dining, the ball rotates 360 degrees, offering patrons a breathtaking view of the city and a dining experience that’s truly memorable. Not hungry? The tower is also open for sight-seeing, and when it comes to Dallas, there’s plenty to look at!

I’m so happy the RSJ is taking place in my neck of the woods this year. The conference is already jam-packed with enough fun and activities to keep you enthralled throughout your stay. But when you do make it out of the hotel, Dallas is a tourist’s paradise. Can’t wait to see you at the Romance Slam Jam!

Much love and God bless!

Keith Thomas Walker

Brick House

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Romance Slam Jam News – October 2014

OCTOBER!!! Wow, where has the year gone? Time is passing by too quickly. Before you know it, we’ll be in Dallas celebrating twenty years of Black romance!

HASHTAG
We’ve got a hashtag! When in Facebook/Twitter and talking about the Romance Slam Jam, please use #RSJConference at the end of post to help spread the word. Let the world know that you are proud readers of Black romance. Let’s grow our family. It’s our twentieth anniversary! Tell everyone.

EMMAS
Those of you who attended any Slam Jam since 2008, have you been keeping track of your Black romance reads? December (Emma Nomination time) will be here before you know it. We always have trouble getting enough nominations for the Inspirational and Debut author categories. Please start going through your reads and getting your nominations ready now.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
Thank you all who have registered early. This saves you money and helps us prepare for the conference. Some of you are sending money, but not saying what it is for. If you are paying someone else’s registration, please be sure to indicate that on PayPal note or email the rsjtreasurer @ yahoo.com (remove spaces) to let her know.

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW
We have lots of FUN in store for you. Keeping with the tradition of each Slam Jam being better than the previous, you are in for a treat—several treats!

We’ve had a change with the RSJ Teens. Instead of allowing them into age appropriate workshops, we have organized a workshop designed just for our teens who are interested in writing. The cost for this workshop is $25. This gives the teen access to the Teen Scene workshop with facilitator Earl Sewell.

CONGRATULATIONS ROMANCE SLAM JAM
Help celebrate the Romance Slam Jam and show off your book club, business and/or love of Black romance by taking out an ad in the RSJ Souvenir booklet. View the 2013  & 2014 RSJ Booklets

THAT’S ALL, FOLKS
Well, that’s it for now. If you haven’t registered, please do so ASAP. If you haven’t reserved your hotel room, do it right now. If you have changed your mind about attending, please release your hotel room. Tell others about the conference and use #RSJConference when discussing the conference online.

HAVE A FANTASTIC MONTH!!!!
Up next is the Host Check In with Keith Walker.

Much Joy Peace and Love
Deatri King-Bey
Romance Slam Jam Facebook / Twitter

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 RSJ News No Comments

Host Check In

Greetings from the Lone Star State!

It seems like March is just around the corner. Are you excited yet?? I know I am. I’m so happy that the RSJ will be in my neck of the woods this time. I live in Fort Worth, which is only 40 minutes way from Dallas. That’s going to cut down on my commute considerably.

For those of you who are travelling, I don’t think they could’ve picked a better spot for the event this year. Dallas is a big, big city. There are lots of attractions in the “Big D.” The folks here definitely have a lot of southern charm. Everything has a nice helping of Texas flair. You probably won’t see the sheriff patrolling Main Street on horseback, but we certainly have plenty of cowboys down here. My city, Fort Worth, is “where the west begins,” so be sure to check out the stockyards area in the historical district. Trust me, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time.

We’ve got plenty of food, music and fun for all ages. And yes, everything is BIGGER in Texas! If you haven’t registered for the RSJ yet, giddy-up, partner! Can’t wait to see you at the event!

Much love and God bless.

Keith Thomas Walker

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A Romance Slam Jam Reunion

Romance Slam Jam 2015
March 26-28, 2015
Dallas, TX


Help celebrate TWENTY years of Black romance!

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