Romance Slam Jam News April

Can you believe there is only a month until the Slam Jam! I’m so excited. I have my ticket and am ready to see you in NOLA!

Good News! We are extending regular registration until Saturday April 5. Several readers have contacted us asking to see the schedule so they can decide if they want to attend. The schedule is not final yet, but we are putting up what has been created thus far to give you an idea of what you’ll be missing if you don’t attend.

RSJ Tentative Schedule – This is still being filled out and will change.

Workshops Descriptions

Regular Registration Extension: To use the extension, you MUST pay via Paypal by 5 April. There WILL NOT be an additional extension. The address to send the payment to is on the registration form.

RSJ Hotel
Over the next week or so, people who have changed their mind about attending will be releasing their room. If you booked a room at one of the nearby hotels, you may want to call the RSJ Hotel from time to time to see if they have rooms open in one of our blocks. The RSJ block is $122 a night and the RSS block is $132 a night. Hilton New Orleans Airport: 1.504.469.5000


Destiny's EmbraceDestiny’s Embrace by Beverly Jenkins has made it to the final four of the DABWAHA Tournament, the romance version of March Madness. Team Beverly has fought hard to make it this far and plan to take it all the way!

Suit up for Team Beverly and join in on the fun. Saturday, 5 April, is the match between Destiny’s Embrace and Captive Prince by CS Pacat. The author with the most votes wins the round.

CS Pacat is an international author, so we have a US as well as overseas fan base to contend with. CS received over 2000 votes in the last round and has been posting on blogs, Goodreads, FB, Twitter, EVERYWHERE soliciting votes, but Beverly can still pull this off with her RSJ Family behind her. Come Saturday, we need you to bring it on! Please vote for Destiny’s Embrace and start encouraging others to vote (only one vote per device or both contestants will be disqualified).

When voting opens, I’ll send out a post with a nice graphic you can share. Thank you and let’s have some FUN. GO TEAM BEVERLY!

That’s it for now. Be sure to check out the Host Check In with Farrah Rochon.

See you in NOLA



Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 RSJ News 1 Comment

Host Check In

Romance Slam Jam is only one month away! Which is why I don’t have time to write much–I’m too busy preparing for this absolutely fabulous conference. Because, yes, co-host author Shelia Goss and I are determined to make this year’s RSJ the best ever.

We’re down to weeks instead of months, so it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll pack (do you have your outfit for the Emma’s? It’s a “Sunday Best” event). If you haven’t done so yet, start looking into all the wonderful things to do on our Friday night trip into downtown New Orleans. Plan to just walk around the French Quarter? Drop a few coins in the slot machines at Harrah’s Casino? Treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime meal at one of NOLA’s world renown restaurants? The possibilities are limitless. Plan to have a ball!

And now that we have a tentative schedule of the workshops and events available, you can plan out how you’ll spend your days, too. Are you an aspiring writer? There are so many workshops to help you learn the craft and business of writing that you will be inspired to finally get that book finished once you leave RSJ. Don’t forget to sign up to pitch to Harlequin Kimani Editor Shannon Criss! Readers, there is much for you, too. In addition to panels with your favorite authors running at every hour, there’s also fun workshops planned to discuss your favorite books and romance genres! Are you a published author who’s thinking of going the hybrid route and self-publishing your own work? Then you do not want to miss our special presentation with Smashwords founder and CEO Mark Coker.

There is definitely something for everyone at this year’s Romance Slam Jam. The most important thing, however, is making connections and having fun! It’s almost time for us to start Romancing the Big Easy, y’all! I can’t wait to see you all in NOLA!

Farrah Rochon

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Romance Slam Jam News March

Two months. Two short months until RSJ 2014! The New Orleans team is working hard to ensure the Slam Jam continues to be unbelievably OUTSTANDING!

Romance Slam Jam Updates
The Host Check In has most of the important conference stuff, so this will be short and sweet. The tentative schedule is on the bottom of the Program Overview page. Information about the Intimate Sessions is coming soon.

Francis Ray Tribute: We need your help in ensuring the Francis Ray Tribute is worthy of her. Please be sure to read the Host Check in to see how you can help.

Regular Registration ends at the end of the month. Late registration fee is $100 more. Save yourself some money and get your registration in before April 1.

RSJ Teens! Let’s get them reading and writing early. Registered teens may participate in workshops and reader sessions.

HOTEL ROOMS: If you no longer plan to attend the conference, please release your room.

The Emma Ballots for the Cover, Debut Author and Author of the year were sent via email to those who are eligible to vote. If you did not receive your ballot, that means you either unsubscribed from the list or you were somehow missed. If you have attended any Slam Jam since 2008 and DID NOT receive the ballot, let me know at rsjdeatri @ (remove spaces). Include the year(s) you attended and the email you want to use to receive Emma ballots. Check your junk folders. It was sent out this morning.

Black Romance and Women’s Fiction Book Club

the impossible possible

Look what was selected as the group read! Join us March 29, 2014 for the group discussion:

Bryanna Martin has given up on finding her happily ever after. The only way she’ll fall in love and marry is if God sends her Mr. Right to her door. Since she doesn’t believe that will happen, she devotes her life to her adopted son and career. Then the impossible happens, the perfect man literally shows up at her door. Drawn to the handsome stranger, Bryanna wonders if this is one impossible that can become possible.

Alejandro Montenegro, CEO of a Global 500 corporation, dropped everything to catch a flight and claim a son he didn’t know about. When he arrives, he discovers his child is not in foster care being abused, but in the loving care of a golden goddess. To spare his son from losing the only mother he has ever known, Alejandro decides to remain silent about his son’s paternity and pursue Bryanna, but then the impossible happens. He falls in love and knows she will leave him if she discovers his secret.

Kindle ($3.99), Nook and ePub ($3.99), Print ($5.99):

That’s All Folks

Looking to the future, we still need a host for RSJ 2016. I know you’re thinking that’s two years away, but we like to start the planning early. It’s a lot of work, but worth it! Use the contact page to let me know if your interested in brining RSJ 2016 to your city!

Now please read the Host Check In. It’s got a lot of NEEDED information in it.

Until next month,

Much Joy Peace and Love

Deatri King-Bey

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 RSJ News No Comments

Host Check In

Hi everyone,

Congratulations to Iris Bolling. The Heart Television Show based on her best selling series premiered last month on CW Richmond, WUPV Channel 65. If you haven’t seen any of the episodes, please be sure to check them out on youtube.

If you know someone who hasn’t registered for the Romance Slam Jam yet, let them know that regular registration ends on March 31, 2014.

If you’re looking for something to do while in the Big Easy, be sure to check out some of the previous Host Check-In posts for suggestions.

A Tribute to Francis Ray
Don’t forget to send in your favorite Francis Ray memory. Send your pictures, video clips, and anecdotes to romanceslamjam2014 @ (Remove spaces). We need these ASAP.

Special Q&A with Mark Coker
This is your opportunity to pick the brain of one of the foremost authorities of the self-publishing revolution over a casual lunch. On a first come/first serve basis and limited to the first 20 people.
Cost: $20 (cost of lunch) payable through PayPal or by Money Order

Editor Appointments:
An editor from Harlequin’s Kimani Books will be attending the 2014 Romance Slam Jam. If you are interested in pitching to Kimani Romance, please email romanceslamjam2014 @ (remove spaces) with “Editor Appointment Request” in the subject line. Pitch appointments are limited, so please email your request soon.

Workshop Presenters:
Be sure to add romanceslamjamworkshops2014 @  (remove spaces) to your email address book so messages won’t go to spam. Communication for workshops will be sent from it and some emails may be time sensitive.

P.S. – When packing for your trip to New Orleans, be sure to pack a pair of comfortable shoes. :)

That’s it for now. Until next time,
Happy Reading and Writing,

Shelia Goss


Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 Host Check In 1 Comment

Romance Slam Jam News February

It’s February! Love is in the air. The Slam Jam is only a few months away. The Emma Judges have begun reading the finalist novels. Life is good!

We still need your assistance with the Emma Awards. The Debut Author category only had two finalists this year. During the course of the year, please keep track of the titles you’ve read. Take note of those standout Heroes & Heroines. Those that weave in suspense oh so right. What about those sequels? And let’s not forget those steamy romances whose words burn up the pages. Also take note of the author. Is it a new author?

This year our Emma Finalists for Debut Author are Di Topaz and Sherelle Green. Next month, attendees from previous Slam Jams will vote which one is the Debut Author of the year. Please take the next few weeks to get familiar with their work.

You Know What To Do

Romance Slam Jam 2014 will be here before you know it. Have you:


Reserved Your Hotel Room:

Have you taken out an ad in the RSJ Booklet:

Told others about the Slam Jam?



Miss Emma Rodgers, co-founder of the Romance Slam Jam and so much more, is being recognized as a Golden Soror in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Be sure to congratulate her on this honor.

That’s All, Folks

I’m keeping it short and sweet this month. Be sure to read the Host Check In. The New Orleans team is doing a great job at ensuring you enjoy their city.

On another note, I’m always looking for articles, announcements (Black romance) to place in this enews. Use the Contact page if you have something to share.

Much Joy Peace and Love

Deatri King-Bey

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 RSJ News No Comments

Host Check In

Greetings RSJers,

I’m both excited and absolutely terrified at how quickly we’re barreling ahead towards May 7th. This is, by far, the biggest project I’ve ever taken on and I am eager to see how it turns out.

A big part of its success will be making sure that conference-goers get the most out of their time here in the Big Easy. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions about places to see and things to do while visiting New Orleans. I’ll do my very best to provide answers.

At the request of a couple of attendees, here are a few historical sites some authors may want to visit while in town.

Historical Sites:

New Orleans African American Museum & River Road African American Museum
Located in historic Treme, NOAAM is a one-stop shop for a plethora of information on the influence African Americans have had in the New Orleans area.

The River Road African American Museum is a bit of a drive, but well worth it if you want to learn more about how African Americans lived along the banks of the Mississippi and how they shaped an entire region.

National World War II Museum:
The role African Americans played in WWII (including my grandfather) is sometimes ignored, but the National World War II Museum highlights the importance of African Americans in the war. I, for one, would love to read a WWII-based African American romance novel. Tuskegee Airmen anyone?

Louisiana African American Trail
For the true history lover, especially those who want to write historical African American romances, the Louisiana African American Trail is for you.

However, it isn’t just for historical romance writers. Running across an article on the Louisiana African American Trail sparked the idea for my Bayou Dreams series with Kimani Romance. Although the “stop” on the Underground Railroad that was revealed in the first Bayou Dreams book, A Forever Kind of Love, was fictional, it was inspired by several stories I discovered while researching the national treasures found on the trail.

Learn more about it here:

A Tribute to Francis Ray

As many of you know, the incomparable Francis Ray was one of the founders of Romance Slam Jam. After her passing last year there was no question that she would be honored in every way possible during the 2014 Romance Slam Jam Conference. In order to make this tribute the best it can be, we need YOUR help.

Francis Ray fans please send in your favorite Francis Ray memory:

- What is your favorite Francis Ray book?
- Who is your favorite character from the Grayson series and why?
- Did you have the honor of meeting Mrs. Ray? If so, please share your pictures and your memory of it.

We would love video clips of readers telling us why they love Francis Ray.

RSJ 2014 is counting on Francis Ray’s fans to help give her the tribute she deserves in thanks for the many stories she blessed us with. Send your pictures, video clips, and anecdotes to romanceslamjam2014 @ (Remove spaces)

Interested in Self-Publishing? RSJ is the place for you!

We are thrilled this year to welcome one of the pioneers of self-publishing, the founder and CEO of Smashwords, Mark Coker, to Romance Slam Jam. Mark Coker has stated that he founded Smashwords, which was just recently named to Forbes Magazine’s list of America’s Top 100 Most Promising Companies in 2014, to “put the power of publishing in the writers’ hands.”

Romance Slam Jam attendees will have the chance to attend a special track of workshops headed by Mr. Coker, covering a wide-range of topics on self-publishing. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting opportunity!

Stay in touch with us on Facebook!

If you haven’t done so yet, please join the Romance Slam Jam Facebook Page. It’s the perfect place to stay up-to-date on RSJ news and to connect with fellow attendees before the conference.

Connect with us here:

Just a little self-promo…

You know the Bayou Dreams series I previously mentioned? Well, it continues with two new books that will be release in the next few months.

In Yours Forever (Mar. 2014 from Kimani Romance), Dr. Tamryn West, a professor of African American Studies, comes to the fictional town of Gauthier to research her great-great-grandmother’s role in an event that changed the course of history for people of color in the United States. Of course, she finds more than just historical facts while there; she finds loves.

In Forever’s Promise (April 2014), coffee shop owner Shayla Kirkland tries to come to terms with the guilt she feels regarding her baby brother’s death, while also helping her recently widowed sister-in-law raise his two young daughters.

I also have a new book out in my “Moments in Maplesvilles” novella series, which is loosely tied to the Bayou Dreams series. Just A Little Taste is the story of caterer and food truck owner Kiera Coleman, the third in the trio of friends featured in the series.

That’s it for now. Have a fabulous and enriching Black History Month!

See you all in NOLA!

-Farrah Rochon
RSJ 2014 Co-Host Author


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Named after Emma Rodgers, the co-founder of the Romance Slam Jam Conference, the Emma Awards is THE premier awards event for readers and authors of Black romance. Congratulations to the 2014 Emma Awards Finalists:

Cover of the Year

A Good Dose Of Pleasure by Zuri Day

Do Me Baby by Angie Daniels

Provocative Territory by AlTonya Washington

Sweeter Temptation by Phyllis Bourne

Sequel of the Year

Always And Forever by Farrah Rochon

Pleasured By A Donavan by A.C. Arthur

The Thrill Of You by Celeste O. Norfleet

Suspense of the Year

Montana’s Way by Shelia M. Goss

The Book Of Joshua by Iris Bolling

The Pendleton Rule by Iris Bolling

The Thrill Of You by Celeste O. Norfleet


Steamy Romance of the Year

Do Me Baby by Angie Daniels

Passions Prey by A.C. Arthur

Peak Of Desire by Liz Davis

Hero of the Year

Dexter Drake from Platinum Promises by Zuri Day

Jonah Tazi from The Only Option by Deatri King-Bey

Joshua Lassiter from The Book Of Joshua – Trust by Iris Bolling

Rance Beaumont from Do Me Baby by Angie Daniels

Heroine of the Year

Caprise Delgado from Passion’s Prey by A.C. Arthur

Debra Anderson from Do Me Baby by Angie Daniels

Faye Buckner from Platinum Promises by Zuri Day

Isis Michaels from The Only Option by Deatri King-Bey

Book of the Year

Passion’s Prey by A.C. Arthur

Platinum Promises by Zuri Day

The Only Option by Deatri King-Bey

Debut Author of the Year

Di Topaz

Sherelle Green

Author of the Year

A.C. Arthur

Celeste O. Norfleet

Farrah Rochon

Francis Ray




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Registered Yet?


Come hang out with some of your favorite authors of Black Romance!

Good News! We are extending regular registration until Saturday April 5.

RSJ Tentative Schedule – This is still being filled out and will change.


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