Florida! I’ll be in you…next year!

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be one of the featured authors for Coastal Magic! I heard such good things about the event this year that I just had to get on board. And hey–who wouldn’t want to be in Florida in February?!?

 

Registration starts July 1st and it’s a great deal. Hope to see you there!

Coastal Magic Convention

Coastal Magic Convention

 

Coastal Magic Convention (Feb 6-9, 2014 in Daytona Beach, FL) is a super casual, weekend party for authors and readers of urban fantasy and paranormal romance fiction. There will be panels, meet & greets, and random tomfoolery. The schedule will be designed to give readers plenty of time to hang out with their favorite authors, and chat about the stories with other fans. A charity book signing will be open to attendees and the public. Please check the event website athttp://CoastalMagicConvention.wordpress.com for a list of Featured Authors (over 50 of them!!) and other information.

Moonlight and Magnolias and Mental Magic

Georgia Romance Writers Moonlight and Magnolias conference #GRWMM12 starts today (officially tomorrow.) I’m going in today to have some uninterrupted writing time.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the attack poodles and my Guitar Hero. But writers are mainly solitary creatures. We toil away alone unless we have co-authors. Even when we’re sitting in a coffee shop or library, it comes down to us and our writing implement. Sometimes we need a few hours of solitude to connect with the voices in our head, to push aside the monkey mind of tasks and laundry and dishes and whatever so that the scenes can unfold in our heads.

Then again, there’s also the need to plug into the great creative collective, and going to writing conferences let you do that. Even introverts benefit from interacting other writers. Just being around that much successful creativity can recharge your batteries, rev up your muse, unstick your gears. Even if you don’t realize that’s exactly what you need, just talking books and sharing what you’re working on opens your brain up like a sponge and the creativity taps turn on full force.

Yeah, I’m a writer, not a talker. But put me in a conference like Moonlight and Magnolias, where everyone is warm, welcoming, and shares the same love of books and people who only live in your head, is a wonderful thing!

Live from New York…

Hi y’all!

I forgot to mention that I’m sitting in a hotel just off Broadway (literally like half a block) for the PASIC conference.  Last night was the cocktail reception, and we had like 90 industry guests to 73 authors.  It was very cool.  I didn’t have anything I was trying to pitch, so I was able to relax and enjoy myself and just have face time with people I know or wanted to meet. (And inhaling the finger foods the waiters kept bringing around)

And yes, you could really tell who were authors and who were editors/agents.  Almost all the NYers were rocking their boots.  I wore my purple ones, but no one would mistake my wide load for an editor.  Sorry no pictures because the place was packed and I didn’t bring my camera.  I know, bad author!

I will probably have more reflections and tidbits to share on Monday or so.  I did have a few tweets out there so look up seressia on Twitter and friend me already!  I’m also on Facebook.

New Jersey Romance Conference: Proposal Call

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2009 NJRW Conference Call for Workshop Proposals!!

Due to some technical difficulties with the online submission
process, we are extending the deadline for submission of workshop
proposals for this year’s 25th anniversary New Jersey Romance Writers
Conference to MARCH 15, 2009!!

NJRW’s Put Your Heart in a Book Conference is building toward another
great year, and we want you to be part of it. The conference is being
held on Oct. 23-24, 2009, in Iselin, N.J., and we’ve got some great
plans to celebrate our silver anniversary.

If you have an interesting workshop idea and want to be part of this
renowned regional conference, please visit us online to complete a
proposal form:

www.njromancewriters.org/conference/proposals.asp

You’ll be in great company:
* Keynote Speaker — Karen Rose
* Luncheon Speaker — Allison Brennan
* Special Presentation Speaker — Angela Knight

If you have several ideas, please submit one proposal at a time; do
not group them together.

If you have any questions, or experience any difficulties using the
online submission method, please feel free to contact me at
jnbkerber at verizon dot net.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Regards,
Beth-Ann Kerber
2009 NJRW Conference Chair

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Race in Romance: Affaire de Coeur

The Romance Slam Jam is roughly five months from now. I’m really looking forward to it, not the least because I get to return to Chicago for their hot dogs and pizza, but because I get to see the largest gathering of black romance readers and writers on the planet. If you want to join in the party, meet a bunch of romance writers, and take a bunch of workshops, register a group of 5 or more get a discount and pay just $175 per person, or individual for $200 until December 31st.

Isn’t that a bargain for a conference?

Anyway, author Dyanne Davis had an interview with Louise Snead, the owner of Affaire de Coeur. You can check it out on Dyanne’s website or the Romance Slam Jam’s newsletter.

In the I-told-you-I’m-not-crazy-department, Ms. Snead makes this observation:

If you poll the average romance reader, they don’t read African American romance. Why? Romance readers indulge passionately in this genre because they want escape and fantasy. They want to believe there is a partner out there for everyone. They want to fantasize about who this person is. If you can have a heroine with all her foibles be loved by the end of the book, then there is hope for the reader. Many readers accept and love romance with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, witches, faeries, elves, and the like, yet cannot accept a hero and heroine of color.

I know this is true. I’ve actually had a reader tell me so. Black people in any other genre, she can read about them and enjoy the story. A black heroine? Not so much. I think that’s sad, but then I also know some readers who only read black woman/other ethnicity male romances and won’t pick up one with a black hero.

Sigh. There are days when I think I’m only writing for myself. Then again, if I were writing for the market, all my heroines would be blonde.

RT pictures

Not as many as I could have, and not as many as I do have (some just need to be mailed to the parties involved with instructions on where to leave the money…)

me with cover model fred

Me with Cover Model, Fred. He writes poetry, ladies!

Me with Kathryn Falk

Me with Kathryn Falk. Somehow the second apple martini convinced me it was a good idea to squeeze the girls into a leather corset…

Vixenne, Julian, and me

Believe it or not, ladies, the first thing you notice are his amazing…eyes.

cleavage anyone?

All I can say is that it must have been a lack of oxygen that made me take another picture…

Vix and Ryan

He’s single, South African, and looking for a special someone, and he has nice…hair.

Some of my other highlights of RT? Talking to Kate Duffy. Talking to Beverly Jenkins. Sitting next to Rebecca York and chatting with her husband wearing his “Ask me about my wife’s books!” button. Hanging in the bar. Having the entire bar know why I yelled out, “Where’s my pie?!” Kissing Rodney on the head. Yes, the one above his shirt!