Romance Slam Jam News (August)

August has arrived, and we all know what that means! Romance Slam Jam Registration has officially opened! Registration is completely online this year. Pay your fee, and then submit the registration form.

Back by popular demand we have reduced group rates! We also have an installment plan that breaks the conference registration fee into three chunks. In last month’s enews I posted the tentative registration fees. Sorry about that. The hotel cost turned out to be more than what we’d expected, but it’s all good. The conference is still less than comparable events AND we have an outstanding hotel.

Conference Fees:

Early Registration (ends December 31, 2014) Individual Rate:          $310
Group Member Rate:   $285
Regular Registration (January 1 – Feb.  15, 2015) Individual Rate:          $360
Group Member Rate:   $335
Late Registration (Begins Feb. 16, 2015) Individual Rate:          $410
Group Member:          $385

The conference registration fee gains you entry into all Romance Slam Jam 2015 Conference Activities. Please use the Events Tickets Form if you only wish to attend certain events or purchase tickets for your guest(s).

For full registration details, visit the Conference Registration Page.

This promises to be a large Slam Jam, packed with fun and attendees. So please reserve your hotel room today and split cost by getting a roommate. We can extend our block, but we must do it early. If you change your mind about attending, please cancel your hotel reservation so someone else can have that room. THANKS.

Links for conference registration and hotel reservations will remain on the home page of the website (top right corner). The hotel reservation form acts up from time to time. We currently have rooms left in our block, but it has been telling some there are no rooms. Please let me know when this happens via the contact page of the Romance Slam Jam website so I can check into it.

RSJ 2015
We have so much in store for you, I don’t know where to begin. This Slam Jam is dedicated to RSJ Co-Founder Francis Ray. In her honor have decided that each year the fundraiser will be for her organization the Turning Point Legal Defense Fund, which assist abused women in their fight to escape the abuse. For those of you who missed 2014 Slam Jam. William Frederick Cooper wrote a beautiful tribute to Francis Ray. Some had asked for copies of it. View it in the RSJ 2014 Booklet.

It’s time to party! From chocolate delights to a hoedown, we will be getting our party ON! Can you line dance? Well, we’re going to learn!

It’s time to talk books—literally. Some of our book clubs will be hosting book discussions. A list of their selected titles will be released in November, so stay tuned.

We have TWO, yes, two keynote speakers this year. This is our twentieth anniversary and were in Texas so we had to go BIG (they say everything is big in Texas)! Who better to be keynote speakers than two of our more prominent readers, journalist Gwendolyn Osborne, and co-founder of the Slam Jam Miss Emma Rodgers?

Shout out! Yes, we are proud Black romance readers and want the world to know! On Thursday (26 March) we are celebrating our past and welcoming new members of the RSJ family. Be sure to wear one of your RSJ T-shirts from the past. The older the better.
We’re having a Reflections town hall where we’ll talk about were we’ve come and where we’re headed as a readers, and authors. Yes, it’s time to talk about the State of Black Romance.

Friday (27 March) we are celebrating our book clubs/reading groups. Be sure to represent your club/group with your group’s T-shirts. Not a member of a book club or reading group? It’s all good. The groups I belong to don’t have T-shirts but I’ll be sporting one of my favorite reader T-shirts. I’m thinking—GOT BOOKS! Did I tell you we’d be having reader pride prizes? More to come… STAY TUNED.

Saturday (28 March) we celebrate our present. Be sure to wear your RSJ 2015 T-shirt to the author meet and greet where you can collect autographs from fellow attendees and your favorite authors. Then it’s time to get dressed to the nines for the Emma Awards Banquet where we celebrate the best in Black romance.

We have a whole lot more in store for you. Be sure to check out the RSJ Program Overview page.

That’s All Folks

I guess that’s enough for now, huh. LOL. If you haven’t been keeping a reading log, please start getting one together. Emma nomination time will be here before you know it. Please note that the inspirational romance has been reinstated and we now have an interracial romance category.

With this being our twentieth anniversary, be sure to show off your stuff in the RSJ Booklet.

Please spread the word about the Slam Jam. Share your love of it with your friends and family. If you are viewing this page from the website, be sure to use the SHARE buttons.

Up next we have co-host Evelyn Palfrey with the Host Check-In.

Much Joy Peace and Love

Deatri King-Bey



Friday, August 1st, 2014 RSJ News No Comments

Host Check In

A big Howdy from the great state of Texas! I am so honored and excited to serve as co-host—along with the irrepressible Keith Thomas Walker—for the 20th Romance Slam Jam. We are returning to its birthplace. It started in Dallas, and will return to the Dallas area for this 20th anniversary.

The Slam Jam was the brainchild of Emma Rodgers and Ashira Tosihwe, owners of Black Images Bookstore, and consummate romance writer Francis Ray. It was the first organized gathering of African-American romance writers and readers. Since that beginning in Black Images Bookstore, the Slam Jam has travelled across the South, up the East Coast, to the Midwest—and even on the ocean. Twenty years later, it is still growing and going strong. Each one has been different—and better than the one before. I have attended most of them, and I can’t say which one is my favorite—because they have all been my favorite.

This RSJ is dedicated to the memory of our Fallen Angel, Francis Ray. She was one of the great pioneers of African-American romance. She paved the way for those of us who followed, and for those to come.

So mark your calendars for March, book your room, and sign on to be a judge for the Emmas. If this will be your first RSJ, you are in for the time of your life. Bring a friend. You will get to meet the writers whose stories you’ve loved. You will get to meet readers who share your passion. And you will make life-long friends. If you’ve been to one before—then you know=☺

Come early, stay late. There is lots to see and do in Dallas. Bring your boots and hat.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Evelyn Palfrey

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Romance Slam Jam News (July)


Not only is the weather heating up, so are plans for our twenty year anniversary Romance Slam Jam Conference! Registration opens in August, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start getting ready now.

This year our hosts Evelyn Palfrey and Keith Thomas Walker are bringing the Romance Slam Jam back home to Dallas where we’re going to have a Reunion, Romance Slam Jam style. With Texas being nice and toasty, the conference dates are March 26-28, 2015. Note, we will still start conference check in the Wednesday before the conference (March 25).

Planning is underway, and we have a LOT of fun on our plates for you. Back by popular demand are the reader sessions and workshops. The conference is to celebrate Black romance, so what better time is there to discuss the state of Black romance during a reflections session. Oh, you know we have to get our party on. All I can say is be sure to break out those jeans, cowboy boots and hats! Do you belong to a book club? Grab your members and be sure to represent your club on Book Club shout out day! We have additional fun planned for all readers that day. Did I mention we have not one but TWO keynotes this year? Our keynote luncheon features none other than journalist Gwendolyn Osborne and the Emma’s Banquet will really take the conference back home with one of the conferences co-founders, Emma Rodgers. We have lots more planned for you. Please view the Program Overview for additional details. Just note that the overview will change.

So how can you get ready?

Registration starts in August and there will be a group discount. Each group needs to have one contact person who will need to submit the names of the people in their group for the discounted rate. All member of your group do not have to pay their conference fee at the same time. For example, if you pay your fee before Dec. 31, you receive the early bird rate. If your group member pays after Dec. 31, she pays the regular registration fee.

The conference registration fee gains you entry into all Romance Slam Jam 2015 Conference Activities. Please use the Events Tickets Form if you only wish to attend certain events or purchase tickets for your guest(s).

Teens are welcome to attend the conference also. Let’s grow a new generation of Black romance readers. For a greatly reduced rate ($50), teens may attend the workshops and reader sessions and the Teen Scene activity.

November will be here before you know it. Have you been keeping a reading log for your Emma nominations? Each year many attendees scramble trying to remember those stand out heroes, heroines and down right excellent Black romance reads of the year. I suggest keeping a reading log to help you out. Last year we removed the Inspirational romance category because of lack of nominations. We would like to bring that category back this year and add an Interracial Romance category (heroine must be Black and the hero WILL NOT be eligible for the Hero of the Year Emma), but if we do not have the nominations for the categories to have enough finalists, we’ll have to drop them. Get to logging those read books folks.

Speaking of Emmas, we’ll also be needing judges. I’ll make the call for judges in October.

As you see, we have a LOT lined up for you. Please forgive the website being such a mess. We are still updating, so it will remain messy until registration opens. Once registration opens, please register early and reserve your hotel room (available in August), so we can properly plan. And as always, spread the word!

Upcoming Online Book Club Discussions

I have two book discussion to tell you about.

The Black Romance and Women’s Fiction Book Club

It’s warming up outside and time for some HOT summer reads. Our next group discussion is Her Perfect Candidate by Candace Shaw! Our discussions are a little different than most groups. We encourage you to pop in and out all day to participate in the discussion.

Date: July 19


HerPerfectCampaign of seduction

Co-owner of an up-and-coming interior-decorating firm, Megan Chase loves being a single woman on the fast track to success. But everything changes when a flat tire brings Georgia senator Steven Monroe into her life. The sinfully sexy politician needs the right woman to clean up his image. And with Megan’s fine eye for detail, she just may be the woman for the job.

Steven’s reputation as a player could cost him his chance at a U.S. senate seat. But when the cameras catch him and Megan in a kiss that’s all too real, it’s not only his future candidacy in jeopardy. As the lines between politics and desire begin to blur, how much will he risk to transform their passionate pretense into a landslide for love?

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Romance Slam Jam Organization

Romance Slam Jam Organization is changing. This year, I’m showing Barbara Keaton-Stubblefield the processes and next year, she’ll be running the organization with me backing her up as needed. Barbara and I have stuck to this for years out of our love for the Romance Slam Jam Family, but we can not continue to do this forever. The Romance Slam Jam needs other family members to step up and begin taking an active role so we can continue for many more anniversaries. More to come.

UPDATE: 13 July, 2014: The conference registration fees I posted last week are incorrect. Sorry about that. I’ll post them when registration opens.

That’s All, Folks!

Before I let you go, I have to new releases by RSJ Family members to tell you about:

Untamed Hearts by Yahrah St. John and  Singles 101 by A’ndrea J. Wilson. Be sure to pick up your copies.

See you in a few short weeks with more information. In the mean time, please spread the word about the Romance Slam Jam Reunion. If you see a promo about it on Facebook or somewhere else, hit the “Share.”

Have a fantastic JULY!

Deatri King-Bey



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Book Release: Untamed Hearts by Yahrah St. John

An untamed heart…
RYLEE HART has always been unconventional, choosing veterinarian medicine over the traditional role of rancher’s wife and mother. To appease her parents, Rylee accompanies her father’s perfect pick for a spouse to the Kentucky Derby, but the match generates no sparks. But the moment she steps foot on the hallowed grounds of the Derby track and meets sexy billionaire and media tycoon Amar Bishop – a sheik’s son, all bet’s are off. Amar makes his intentions clear; he intends to have her…even if it means annihilating the competition.

A disarming prince…
Cast-off by his father as illegitimate, Amar spurned love and chose casual flings, until he encounters alluring Rylee Hart. But Rylee rejects his advances not eager to be one of the noble heir’s latest conquests, which only fuels the playboy’s desires. When Amar finally claims her, he vows to possess her. But when family tragedy strikes Amar and duty calls…will it signal the end of their love affair? Or the beginning?

Purchase your copy today!


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Book Release: Singles 101 by A’ndrea J. Wilson

Singles 101 by A’ndrea J. Wilson
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Book Synopsis:

Final Exam Question #4
Is a singles conference in Sin City a smart way to save souls or a set-up for a scandalous setback?

What happens in Vegas . . . may not stay in Vegas.
The characters you love—and love to hate—return for the fourth installment of the Wife 101 series! The Woods are up to their old tricks again, this time hosting a faith-based singles conference in the last place in the world any single person could stay out of trouble—Las Vegas, Nevada. Enticed by the excitement of the “second city that never sleeps,” Eric and Amber Hayes convince their unmarried friends and family to attend the conference in hopes of resolving the current chaos in their individual lives.

High school principal Tisha Dawson feels bamboozled when her plans for career advancement are blocked by the superintendent’s decision to place her at the worst school in the district. A trip to Las Vegas is just the distraction she needs while debating whether to wage a war against her boss and the county school board or walk away from a 15-year tenure. Nelson Hayes prides himself on being the ultimate ladies’ man. But when the one woman he’s never gotten over suddenly resurfaces in his life, it will take Vegas and a lot of prayer to pick up his broken pieces. Lena Henry is still sulking over her unfulfilled life and ring-less left hand. Not wanting to miss out on the fun, she jumps on the opportunity to experience the high stakes of Vegas, and to finally prove to her ex that he picked the wrong woman to marry.

All night parties, casinos that never close, and access to any adult fantasy one could ever imagine, these unsuspecting singles have only six days to choose between the allure of Sin City and being sinners saved by grace.

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Under Construction

Please forgive the mess!

This site is currently being updated with RSJ 2015 information.

If you don’t already receive the monthly eNews, please sign up to stay informed.

Click here to subscribe to Romance Slam Jam eNews. I hope to have the updates

completed by July 7, so the eNews will be a little late this month! Conference registration starts in August.  Here’s a peek at this year’s Invitation.

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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 Award Winners:

Cover of the Year

Sweeter Temptation by Phyllis Bourne

Sequel of the Year

Pleasured By A Donavan by A.C. Arthur

Suspense of the Year

The Pendleton Rule by Iris Bolling

Steamy Romance of the Year

Passions Prey by A.C. Arthur

Hero of the Year

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

Heroine of the Year

Isis Michaels from The Only Option by Deatri King-Bey

Book of the Year

Passion’s Prey by A.C. Arthur

Debut Author of the Year

Sherelle Green

Author of the Year

A.C. Arthur



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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!

Register Today!

Reserve Your Hotel Room

This Month With The Slam Jam

Workshop Proposals

We are accepting workshop proposals through August 31st. We need workshops of interest to readers and authors. Workshop Proposal Information
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