February has arrived, and the Slam Jam is NEXT MONTH! My does time fly! I can hardly wait to see my RSJ Family!
You know the Pep Rally I’ve been talking about that we’re having at the Slam Jam? Well, did I mention that the first person who registered for RSJ 2015 will have their registration fee waived for RSJ 2016? No, really. I didn’t? Silly me. Last year we had 175 people register for the Slam Jam, so whoever is the 176 person to register this year will have their registration fee waived for RSJ 2016.
That’s not all. Since this is our 20th Anniversary, whoever our 200th registrant for RSJ 2015 will have their 2016 registration fee waived and we’ll also be reaching back to waive the 20th registrants fee for 2016! That’s not it. Guess what happens when we hit 220. Registrant 220’s registration fee for 2016 will be waive AND we’ll be doing a drawing for another fee waiving at the Pep Rally. Once we hit 250. Yep, you guessed it. Registrant 250 gets their 2016 registration fee waived and another fee waive will be put in the pot for a drawing.
Our largest Slam Jam to date was the 2008 Slam Jam in Chicago with 298 attendees. If we hit 300 this year, the 300th registrant’s fee for 2016 will be waived and three more fee waives go into the pot for the drawing.
The overwhelming majority of our registrations usually occur during February. Our next milestone is 176 registrants. So you have LOTS of opportunities. Will you be one of the winners? Register today!
Seating at the Keynote Luncheon is going to be done a little differently this year. We have fifteen authors who will each be hosting a table during the luncheon. Early March, we’ll be sending out invitations to those who are registered to select which author they’d like to dine with. View the list of Keynote Luncheon Feature Authors.
YOU OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES
This year we’ll have a photographer to take portraits and candid shots of our events. The 5×7 portraits cost $15 and can fit up to three people per picture. Your picture will be ready for you the next day, and those taken on Saturday will be mailed. There will be an appointment sheet so you don’t have to stand around waiting for your picture. A collection of candid shots of our events will be $40, in CD format and mailed.
Next Sunday (Feb. 8) the ballots to vote for Cover, Debut Author and Author of the year go out to those who are currently registered or who have attended any Slam Jam since 2008. Be on the lookout!
Don’t forget that some of our RSJ Book Clubs have chosen titles to discuss during the Slam Jam. Be sure to get your read on!
SPREAD THE WORD
Please spread the word about the Slam Jam. There are so many more who would love to join the Romance Slam Jam Family who don’t even know we are here!
That’s all, Folks
Up next is the host check in with Evelyn Palfrey.
See you in DALLAS
Romance Slam Jam 2015 is only a few weeks away, and this is my last host check-in before the great event.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Despite some sadness and loss, and the usual annoyances, I sure did. Now, the Christmas cards have been taken off the mantle and donated for crafts projects. The Christmas tree and decorations are safely ensconced in the attic for another year. Seeds for the Spring garden have been ordered. Right now, it’s a balmy 70 degrees—but 32 predicted for tonight. Texas weather is variable this time of year. But it evens out by March. Onward!
Today, I am going through my t-shirt drawer to find all of my shirts from previous RSJs. My intention is to wear the oldest one I have, but if it’s not ‘presentable,’ I’ll choose the one I think is prettiest to wear on Throwback Thursday. Or maybe I’ll just bring them all. I’m getting excited just thinking about it!
Every Slam Jam I’ve attended has been different—and even more fun—than the one before. I expect this one will be even more so. There are new activities planned, and new twists on standard ones. Did I mention that I’m excited??
I am thinking of friends I have met through RSJ, some of whom I’ve now known for nearly two decades! And some I met just last year in New Orleans. I am looking forward to seeing them—and to making new friends who love Black romance. Did I mention that I’m excited???
Hope to see you there.
Whose table will you be seated at during RSJ 2015’s keynote luncheon featuring speaker Gwendolyn Osborne!
Haven’t registered for the conference yet. Wha’cha waiting for? Registered attendees begin selecting their table in February!
It’s with great sadness that I share that we’ve lost another of our Black Romance Pioneers and a wonderful woman. Gwynne Forster (Gwendolyn Acsadi) passed Friday, January 16, 2015.
Memorial service is Saturday, January 24, 2015 11:00 am at the Good Shepherd Church in Roosevelt Island, New York. The family invites everyone to the service for a celebration of her life and remembrance of her sweet, kind soul. Please keep the family in your prayers and hearts.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Not even three months left until our 20 year anniversary! Oh yeah, it’s reunion time, Romance Slam Jam Style! I’m almost too excited to type. LOL.
Seriously though, Slam Jam plans are coming along nicely. It’s a family reunion, so we wanted to add more “family” activities. One of those is taking game night to a whole new level with fun and games every day:
- May the Best Man Win (Game Host: Pat Simmons)
- Name that Novel (Game Host: Lutishia Lovely)
- Romancing Family Feud (Game Hosts: Sharon C. Cooper & Lauren Kelley)
- Name that Hero (Game Host: Angie Daniels)
- And did I mention the scavenger hunt?
LET’S TALK BOOKS! Five Romance Slam Jam Family Book Clubs have stepped up to the plate to host Book Discussions during our twenty year anniversary. Get your copies TODAY!
The RSJ Authors are each planning something special for the reader sessions. You are in for a TREAT!
Romance Slam Jam 2015 Dress Code
We’ve never had a dress code outside of dressing your best for the Emma Banquet, and that hasn’t changed. BUT for our RSJ Reunion, we would like you to participate in the theme days.
Throwback Thursday (26 March): Wear a T-Shirt from any of the past Slam Jams. Those of you who do will be entered into a drawing for a little something, something to be awarded at the Chocolate Delight Welcome Reception!
Friday Shout Out! (27 March): It’s time to represent your book club/reading group. Do you all have matching T-shirts or some other outfit to show your group’s pride? Be sure to wear it on Friday! Those of you who do will be entered into a drawing for a little something, something to be awarded at the Pep Rally! There will be other prizes given at the Pep rally also for showing your RSJ Spirit!
Saturday We Are Family (28 March): Break our your RSJ 2015 T-shirt and let’s show the world we are family! It’s a Slam Jam Reunion, y’all! Those of you who do will be entered into a drawing for a little something, something to be awarded at the Emma Banquet!
Emma Awards (28 March Evening): It’s time to celebrate the best in Black Romance! Be sure to dress your best!
Thank YOU to those of you who made nominations for the Emma Awards! You help make the awards a success. The judging panels will receive their category reads in the next month.
The categories of Cover, Debut and Author of the year are selected by popular vote. The ballots will be sent out in February. Same rules apply, you must have attended any Slam Jam since 2008 and/or be registered for the current Slam Jam. GOOD LUCK to the 2015 Emma Finalists!
Regular conference registration started 3 January. Romance Slam Jam registration fee is lower than comparable conferences and we’ll do our best to keep it that way. Remember, when registering as a group of five or more members, you pay a reduced registration fee. Please get your registration in ASAP. T-shirts need to be ordered, and we’d like to get the proper sizes.
That’s it for now! Please keep RSJ Family member Gwynne Forster in your prayers.
Up next we have our Host Check In and two of our authors have a little something to say!
See you in Dallas!
Much Joy Peace and Love
It’s me again, checking in from the Lone Star State! It’s January now! Wow, time is really flying! As we transition into the new year, I’m getting more excited about the RSJ in March. I live in Fort Worth, but Dallas is only a stone’s throw away, and I can’t wait to get back to the “Big D.” Growing up, I was always an avid reader and writer. I remember learning about the Harlem Renaissance in high school and wishing I could’ve been around to experience the sights and sounds of the Cotton Club or one of those smoky jazz locales where Langston Hughes recited his poetry. My fascination with that movement continued all the way through college, and I’m happy to say I finally did get to experience a creative paradise like the Harlem Renaissance when I began to visit Dallas.
When you arrive for the RSJ, you should take time to visit Deep Ellum in east Dallas. That is one of the most creative places I’ve ever visited. It’s filled with arts and entertainment venues where some of the best performers in the country gather to hone their skills and perform for lively crowds. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is another beautiful attraction you should definitely check out. I promise, you’ll feel like you’ve entered the Garden of Eden. Of course the Dallas Zoo is one of the best in the country. And if you’re a JFK history buff, the Texas School Book Depository is still open for tours. The Big D is also home to the Dallas Museum of Art (another must-see) as well as the Dallas World Aquarium.
No matter what your interests are, I’m betting you’ll get your fill of fun and excitement in Dallas. Can’t wait till you get here!
Keith Thomas Walker
Family, get your read on. The Romance Slam Jam Family Book Club Book Discussions will debut during our 20-year anniversary Romance Slam Jam March 26-28, 2015, in Dallas. Five book clubs will host discussions on:
- Going Home by Evelyn Palfrey
- Harmony Cabins by Regina Hart (aka Patricia Sargeant)
- Hero by Deatri King-Bey
- Secret Silver Night by Zuri Day
- Scandalous Heroes Anthology
If you’re considering participating in the Harmony Cabins discussion, please note that, during the month of January 2015, the ebook versions of Harmony Cabins as well as Trinity Falls will be discounted at Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Google and Apple stores. From Jan. 1 to Jan. 31, Harmony Cabins will be available for $2.99 and Trinity Falls will be $1.99. If you haven’t read Harmony Cabins yet, please take advantage of these budget-friendly prices.
A Romance Slam Jam Reunion
Current Slam Jam Posts
- Romance Slam Jam News – February 2015 February 1, 2015
- Host Check In February 1, 2015
- RSJ 2015 Keynote Luncheon Featuring Speaker Gwendolyn Osborne January 26, 2015
- Passing of a Black Romance Pioneer January 17, 2015
- Romance Slam Jam News – January January 3, 2015
- Host Check In January 3, 2015
- RSJ Family Book Club Book Discussions by Regina Hart January 3, 2015
- Love Changes by Eartha Watts-Hicks January 3, 2015