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So, Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but I’m still feeling the romance, on the page at least.  Yesterday, I received a box of a dozen classic romance paperbacks from Avon Books because I entered a Facebook contest on a whim — and won! Then I went to send a thank-you this a.m. and found that Avon was sponsoring a LiveStream chat with a handful of romance authors at a virtual booksigning at Turn the Page bookstore in Maryland.

What fun! Romance readers from around the world — yes, world — were asking questions right and left of Nora Roberts, Jeaniean Frost, Pamela Palmer, Mary Burton, Grace Burrowes and Stephanie Dray. Who’s your favorite character? How do you get inside a villain’s head? Do you have a playlist when you write? What do you to do for relaxation? Who are your favorite writers? Do you have an e-reader?

Avon’s Pamela Spengler-Jaffee did a fine job at moderating the answers, which were as different as the authors and their romance subgenres — contemporary, historical, paranormal, suspense, mythological. You can watch/listen to the discussion http://avonromance.com/romancelive  (I’m tuned in again as I write.) 

 Surprise! The writers read to relax. “We’re all story junkies.” So some also watch TV series and movies. But they also do yoga, bake, play with pets, garden.

What comes through in everybody’s answers is an enduring love of books, writing and romance, from classics (Jane Eyre) to YA (Wicked, Lovely) to all-time favorites Mary Stewart and Georgette Heyer. (My favorites, too). “It’s all about passion,” someone pointed out.

If you’re looking for your next romance to read, I recommend you listen in. You’ll not only want to read the books by these authors, but the books they like. I’m a long-time Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb fan, and I’ve read several books by other panel members, with the exception of newcomer Burrowes. Nice to know, she has embarked on an eight-book series.

Be sure to stick around for the near-end discussion about the popularity of romance.  It’s a once, future and present thing, the writers all agree, because romance never goes out of style. Says Burrowes: “As long as people need happily-ever-afters, as long as we need dreams to come true. . .romance will have its charms.”

Indeed. Isn’t it love-erly?

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Love is in the air — and in town — as the Romance Writers of America hit Orlando for their annual conference Wednesday through Saturday at Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin. Best-selling authors will be rubbing shoulders with novices, agents, editors and industry insiders in what is truly one of publishing’s grand affairs, a literal lovefest of programs, panels, parties and promotion. 

If you, as readers, are feeling a bit left out, don’t be. One of the things I love about RWA is their annual Readers for Life Literacy Autographing event, where 500-plus authors sign books for fans with proceeds going to literacy charities, like our own Adult Literacy League. The event itself  is free, but RWA asks that you buy the books there if you can. If you want to bring one or two (no more, please) of your own books to have them signed, that’s fine, but then consider making a donation to the literacy campaign, which has raised more than $600,000 over the last 20 years. Makes sense and cents!

This year’s session runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pacific Exhibit Hall at the Dolphin (follow signs for Epcot resorts after entering Disney property). There’s a long, long list of the participating authors at www.rwanational.org, as well as a map that highlights where the Big Names in the biz will be. Y’know, like Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Meg Cabot, Linda Howard, etc., etc. Others are seated A-Z, and there are Big Names in the mix there too, like South Florida’s Heather Graham and Central Florida’s Kresley Cole, plus Eloisa James, Deanna Raybourn, Kat Martin, Karen White and my chick-lit pal Mary Kay Andrews. I know I’m leaving out loads of names, but I actually own books by those particular authors.

I’m not a rabid romance reader, although I grew up on Emilie Loring, Mary Stewart and Georgette Heyer, but I like chick-lit and romantic suspense, Regencys, vampires, ghosts. Oh, what the heck. Obviously, I read romance. I love a good love story. In fact, I think I’ll go read one now. How’s that for a happy ending?

Open Book: I bought a copy of Meg Cabot’s Insatiable (HarperCollins), downloaded a digital copy of Heather Graham’s Ghost Night (Harlequin/Mira) through NetGalley, and have a signed ARC of Mary Kay Andrews’ Hissy Fit (HarperCollins) and her other books. She’s a friend! (The first link published for RWA didn’t work; sorry, now updated).

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