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
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?
Date: July 27
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:
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!
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?
Singles 101 by A’ndrea J. Wilson
Release Date: July 1, 2014
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.
Please forgive the mess!
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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.
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
Author of the Year
CONGRATULATIONS EMMA AWARD WINNERS!
The Romance Slam Jam is only a few days away, and I’m so excited! Here are a few reminders about the upcoming conference.
- There is LOTS to do. Start looking at the tentative schedule now: RSJ Tentative Schedule
- Dress for casual except for the Emma Banquet, which is your Sunday best to formal attire.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Saturday May 10 is RSJ T-shirt day. Wear your Slam Jam T-Shirt
- There WILL NOT be a book vendor there this year. Some of the authors will be selling their titles during the Meet and Greet on Saturday.
- Please bring books you’ve purchased over the years to have them sighed by the authors.
- Within the RSJ Booklet, there are a few pages for you to collect autographs from your fellow attendees.
- Enjoy yourself!
That’s it. Short and sweet.
See you in NOLA!
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.
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.
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 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! http://dabwaha.com
That’s it for now. Be sure to check out the Host Check In with Farrah Rochon.
See you in NOLA