Highlights from RWA & Swag Giveaway!
by Amy Loosemore, Harlequin.com Team
The Romance Writers of America’s Annual Conference has come and gone for another year with four amazing days of all things romance! And Harlequin and our authors were there, from the massive Literacy signing on Wednesday to the RITA® award ceremonies Saturday night. Here’s a roundup of some highlights from this year’s RWA conference PLUS we have a special giveaway of a Harlequin tote bag filled with books that were handed out to RWA attendees and some extra goodies from us. 🙂
Congratulations RITA® winner Leah Ashton!
Author Leah Ashton won the RITA® for best short contemporary romance for her Harlequin KISS romance Why Resist a Rebel?! Way to go, Leah!
The Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award was given to author Bertrice Small.
Win Our Swag!!!!
UPDATE: Giveaway is now closed. Please check the comments for the winner announcement.
One lucky reader can win the Harlequin conference tote bag filled with books and other goodies, plus exclusive Harlequin dancing socks from the Harlequin party (unworn, of course 🙂 ) and Harlequin and Carina Press pins. To enter to win, leave a comment telling us if you could go to RWA, which events would you like to attend or which author would you like to meet the most?
Contest closes August 11 at 11:59pm ET. One winner will be selected by random draw and announced here on August 12. Open to residents of the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. For full official rules, click here.
A huge number of Harlequin authors participated in RWA’s “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing, where hundreds of writers meet with and sign books for fans, all to raise money for literacy organizations. RWA tweeted that they raised over $53,000 this year! Here are a few pictures of authors we spotted at the Lit signing Wednesday night:
Lynn Raye Harris and Brenda Jackson
Jules Bennett and Amylynn Bright
The Harlequin Signing
Friday morning was packed with Harlequin fans meeting authors and getting free signed books at the Harlequin signing. Here are a just a few of the Harlequin writers who attended:
Harlequin American Romance authors Tanya Michaels (l.) and Donna Alward (r.)
Authors Teri Wilson (l.) and J.T. Ellison (r.)
New York Times bestselling authors Shannon Stacey, Kristan Higgins and Brenda Novak (left to right).
Lynda Aicher (l.) and Pamela Morsi
Harlequin Party and Final Edit Lounge
We sure do love to party at Harlequin — and the Harlequin bash Friday night is an annual RWA highlight! Festivities included yummy goodies (including a s’mores bar!), a photo booth and dancing all night to favorite tunes like “It’s Raining Men”.
Have you ever wondered what we do before the Harlequin party? Have another party! At the Harlequin Final Edit VIP Lounge, we invited this year’s RITA award finalists, New York Times bestselling authors and achievement award authors to enjoy cocktails, a red-and-white candy bar, get their photo taken and have their hair and makeup done before the big Harlequin party.
RITA finalist and achievement award author Maisey Yates
Harlequin Presents authors Abby Green, Carol Marinelli, Jane Porter, Caitlin Crews and Trish Morey (left to right).
Carina Press Editor Kerri Buckley, RITA finalists Eleri Stone and Kat Latham and Carina Press Editorial Director Angela James (left to right).
What a great conference, and we can’t wait for next year in New York City!