Whew howdy! All I can say is those Little Rock folks threw one heck of a Slam Jam! I truly feel sorry for those of you who missed it. I would just like to take another opportunity to thank the Sistas of Color Reading Group, Laura Parker Castoro and Gwyneth Bolton for going above and beyond to make the Slam Jam special. Every year the conference does the impossible, gets better! THANKS.
Next year, the Lovely Ladies book club and Barbara Keaton are our host for Slam Jam 2013 in Milwaukee, WI and Donna Hill is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. Don’t sleep on this conference, start making your plans now. I’ll be updating the website this month and hopefully have up the new info for June’s RSJ Newsletter.
RSJ 2012 Pictures
Lots of you took pictures and I saw plenty posted on Facebook. Thank you to those of you who have sent me photos. Those of you who haven’t, please send your RSJ pictures to me at rsjdeatri @ yahoo.com (remove spaces) so I can create a photo album for us. And yes, we’d like to see what you saw in Little Rock also. Thanks!
Congratulations 2012 Emma Winners!
Named after the co-founder of the Romance Slam Jam, the Emma Awards is the premier awards event for readers and authors of Black romance.
- Cover Night Hawk by Beverly Jenkins (this award goes to the cover artist)
- Author of the Year Evelyn Palfrey
- Debut Author of the Year Chanta Rand
- Book King’s Passion Adrianne Byrd
- Hero The Heart (Al “Turk” Day) Iris Bolling
- Heroine Just One Touch (Tatiana Coles) Celeste O. Norfleet
- Inspirational Crowning Glory Pat Simmons
- Suspense Deadly Intentions Candice Poarch
- Sequel Imagine Us Maureen Smith
- Steamy Lovin’ Blue Zuri Day
- Ebook Torn KD King
Black Romance and Women’s Fiction Book Club
We have moved to Facebook except for our monthly discussion, which will remain on Shelfari. We talk Black Romance and Women’s Fiction 24/7/365. Come on and join in the fun: http://www.facebook.com/groups/161399393963194/
Our April discussion was I’ll Catch You by Farrah Rochon. Farrah was such a sweetie and the book was great. If you haven’t read it, I highly suggest you pick up a copy. Our next discussion (May 26) will be a title by Chanta Rand our 2012 Emma Award Winner for Favorite Debut Author of the Year, The Highest Bidder. Chanta will be in attendance. We are also choosing our June title, so join us on Facebook to help choose.
Authors 4 Trayvon
On Feb. 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin’s life was cut short when he was shot as he walked to a family member’s home from a convenience store where he had purchased some candy. The price of candy for this seventeen-year-old child was his life. April 1-7, 2012, authors who participated in Authors 4 Trayvon donate 17% of their book sells to the Martin family. Several of our RSJ Family Authors participated and helped raise over $2000 dollars for the Martin family. Thank you (readers and authors) for your support.
That’s All Folks
Well that’s it for another issue of Romance Slam Jam News. Next up we have Claritta Stinson doing the Check Out from RSJ 2012.
Until next month, check us out on Facebook!