What I love about Romance Slam Jam
I am too excited about attending Romance Slam Jam (RSJ) 2012. I have been checking my calendar and recounting the days until April 11th. Why is attending RSJ so important to me? Well, I’ve been going so many years I’ve lost count. Maybe you’ve never been to the only African-American romance conference. It’s an event where readers and writers who love the varying styles of traditional AA romance: Contemporary, Inspirational, Suspense, Paranormal and many more.
How can I describe the atmosphere at RSJ? Hmm, it’s a relaxed time where authors and readers can let their hair down and have a good time. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is not an event where a lot of buffoonery happens. Quite the contrary. However, we have tons of fun. As a reader you can easily find yourself sitting at a table with someone as iconic as Beverly Jenkins or in an intimate readers session with a small group chatting it up with Wayne Jordan. Let’s not forget you can be steppin’ it up on the dance floor beside Ann Clay or readers like Priscilla Johnson. I guess the best way to put it into words is to say that being at RSJ is like going home.
The people who attend, new and seasoned, become like family. From the first moment you get a hug from an author you have been reading for years or hanging out with in their yahoo group to taking a picture with a friend you’ve gotten to know on Facebook. It’s all there with food. Now, tell me that’s not a reunion at home.
So, what is new this year for Monique Lamont? Well, I’ve been writing, writing, writing. Trying to get “Evidence of Desire”, the third book in the Hero series, completed and hopefully out late Fall. I’ve also revamped an oldie but goody, “Double Take”. It’s still the original story that maybe 40 people own a copy of from when it was at a very small press house in early 2,000 and something. However, I’ve punched it up, brought it more up to date in style and added a sneak peak at book two of the Double Impact series. Yes, I heard you RSJ readers; there will be a second book. Even better, there are four books in the series. Now, how do you like them apples?
The most exciting news of all, I’m having a RSJ exclusive contest. That’s right, if you are attending Romance Slam Jam? Then ask me how you can win a Kindle Fire while you are Romancing the Rock.
I’ll tell you. Come and see me at the book signing with your print copy of “Double Take” in hand (old or new version) and I will give you a raffle ticket. Yes, I will also have copies of the book at the signing. After the Emma Awards on Saturday night and before the dance floor fills up, I will draw the winning ticket and someone will go home with a new Fire in their hands. That’s right.
Well, I am looking forward to meeting new people and seeing friends. See you in the ROCK!
Romancing you one page at a time.