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!

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.

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.

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 @ (remove spaces) to let her know.

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.

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

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.

Up next is the Host Check In with Keith Walker.

Much Joy Peace and Love
Deatri King-Bey
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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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Romance Slam Jam News September

Summer is coming to an end too quickly! You know what else is coming quickly? Romance Slam Jam 2015. It’s a Family Reunion ROMANCE SLAM JAM Style! Oh yeah, baby. Only seven months to go, and the time will fly by.

Trust me, you do not want to miss out on our twenty-year anniversary. It’s time to celebrate Black Romance as only we can. Please complete your registration and reserve your hotel rooms early. We encourage you to save on costs by sharing rooms. If you change your mind about attending, please release your room.

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.

Don’t miss out on your/your groups chance to say CONGRATS to the Romance Slam Jam Family for this mega celebration by taking out an ad in the souvenir booklet. Please take a look at last year’s booklet and be sure to place your order for your ad in 2015’s booklet today! For those who can’t make the conference, or if you just want an extra set, we will also be selling a RSJ 2015 T-Shirt and Souvenir booklet set. More to come.

Emma Award Nominations
It’s almost Emma nomination time. Have you been keeping track of those stand out Black romance books. Last month I sent out an email to everyone who is eligible to make Emma nominations who did not remove themselves from the nomination list. How do you make the list? Simple, those who have attended any Romance Slam Jam since 2008 and have a valid email address are eligible. Also those who have registered for the current Slam Jam and gave a valid email address are eligible. That’s it.

Once you’ve removed yourself from the list, you will be added when you attend the Slam Jam again if you give a valid email address.

I said all of this because Tuesday (2 Sept) I’m sending out a second email to everyone who is eligible. Please review your information and update accordingly. We’ve had numerous people remove themselves from the nomination list. Maybe they didn’t understand what the list was for or just didn’t want to make nominations. Come Wednesday, if you think you have been missed or removed yourself mistakenly, send an email via the Contact Us link to let us know.

Workshop Proposals
The original workshop proposal deadline was Aug. 31, but I wasn’t thinking and forgot it was Labor Day weekend. So we are extending the time through Sept. 7. If you have a workshop you believe will be of interest to readers and/or authors, please get your proposal in. Workshop facilitators get a discounted registration rate.

Host Check In
With this being our 20 Year anniversary, we decided to go BIG! Who am I kidding, we always go big. LOL. Seriously though, we have two fantastic Keynote Speakers and Hosts. Here’s a word from Evelyn Palfrey, half of the dynamic duo host team: Host Check In.

New Releases
Brick House


Korah Stewart and Brock “Brick” Avery are contractors competing for a multi-million dollar project. Korah is not above using her feminine allure to her advantage. And Brick, an ultra-sexy cowboy, will stop at nothing to catapult his company to the forefront of the Texas construction scene. Sparks fly when the powerhouses collide vowing to take all or nothing in the boardroom as well as the bedroom.

Click here for Excerpt                      Brick House on Kindle

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Gina Guy’s daughter witnessed a murder. Now the murderer is after the little girl. Child Protective Services is manipulated into the picture, and Jarvis Martin, a manager within the agency, steps in to protect the Guys’ rights. From the moment Gina meets Jarvis, she feels she can depend on him, but life has proven to her that the only person she can count on is Gina. Will they be able to stop the murderer? Can Jarvis earn her trust and love?

Purchase today: Kindle, Nook and ePub, Print

Click here to read the first chapter.
The Romance Slam Jam = FAMILY by Yahrah St. John

Romance Slam Jam is synonymous to me with family. Why? Because I attended it for three years with my mother before she passed away in 2005. My mom was with me when I first started my journey and was able to see my first published book before she went on to a better place.

I attended my first Romance Slam Jam in 2003. Back then, I was hoping to catch my first break and convince an editor to buy my book. I met three (3) fantastic women who were on the same path to publication: Deatri King Bey, Sabrina McAfee and Ann Clay. We were all excited to pitch our book and ideas to editors and agents. The workshops helped me pare my notecards down to a 5-minute pitch while the sense of community with other writers fostered my spirit. To this day, I consider the authors I met 12 years ago, friends.

I remember being nervous and anxious about the editor/agent appointments I had scheduled, but I became more confident each time I pitched my first book: One Magic Moment. By the time, I met with BET Books; I knocked my pitch out of the ball park. The editor expressed interest and took my synopsis and asked for three sample chapters to take with her on the plane. Three days later, I received a call from the editor. She wanted to read the whole book!

Needless to say, I was ecstatic and overnighted the novel. Three months later, the editor phoned and although she was leaving the publishing house, told me not to worry. Two weeks later, I received the call from BET Books offering me a 2-book deal. The road to publication was a dream come true and turned this one time pessimist into an eternal optimist, but it was all thanks in part to Romance Slam Jam.

Happy 20th Anniversary RSJ,

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!

That’s All, FOLKS!

Authors, if you have an upcoming romance release you’d like to announce, let me know via the Contact page. Everyone, if you have something RSJ related you’d like to share, use the Contact page to let me know.

I’ll see you at the Slam Jam!

Deatri King-Bey


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Host Check In

Another big Howdy from the great state of Texas! Summer’s ending. School’s starting. Life is getting back to normal—whatever that is=☺ Here in Texas, it is hot, hot, hot! Temps over 100 degrees. It’s gonna be hot in March too—just not temperature-wise. Average temps in Dallas in March have been a comfortable high near 70, lows mid-50’s. But there’re gonna be HOT, HOT HOT times at Romance Slam Jam.

There will be informative workshops and panels, plentiful opportunities to meet and mingle with your favorite authors, and a fabulous Emma Awards Banquet. I believe the 20th anniversary is going to be the largest RSJ in history. If you are planning to come, you should book your room early and register early. You don’t want to be left out.

Co-host Keith Thomas Walker lives in the area, and I’m sure will share a post on venues and sites for extra-curricular activities for you to enjoy before and after the Slam Jam.

Don’t forget to bring your cowboy boots and hat for some real Texas flavor.

Looking forward to seeing you there.


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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



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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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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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