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!

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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?

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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.

Literacy Signing

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:

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Lynn Raye Harris and Brenda Jackson

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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:

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Harlequin American Romance authors Tanya Michaels (l.) and Donna Alward (r.)

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Authors Teri Wilson (l.) and J.T. Ellison (r.)

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New York Times bestselling authors Shannon Stacey, Kristan Higgins and Brenda Novak (left to right).

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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”.

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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.

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RITA finalist and achievement award author Maisey Yates

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Harlequin Presents authors Abby Green, Carol Marinelli, Jane Porter, Caitlin Crews and Trish Morey (left to right).

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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!

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Comments ( 208 )
  1. Emily Tolliver
    August 10, 2014 at 3:48 pm
    Reply

    I would like to attend the signing and would like to meet Kristan Higgins.

  2. bn100
    August 10, 2014 at 5:26 pm
    Reply

    any of them

  3. sharon conward
    August 10, 2014 at 5:58 pm
    Reply

    I would like to attend the book signing to meet: brenda jackson, abbey green, maureen smith,lynn graham, ac auther,donna hill and so many many more that i have enjoyed over the years….

  4. Dawn K
    August 10, 2014 at 8:47 pm
    Reply

    The wrap up party looked like the most fun, but I think I would better enjoy meeting the authors. I have read several different lines over the years, so I am sure I would know someone by their work! It would be nice to learn a little more about someone than only the bioblurb. A few words, a bit of chat, would be great!

  5. Lisa Guertin
    August 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm
    Reply

    I would love to meet Diana Palmer and Kathy Reichs, along with a great many other authors. I love attending the panels and author meet & greets.

  6. Joanie Reeder
    August 11, 2014 at 9:51 pm
    Reply

    I think I would LOVE to meet Brenda Novak, Debbie Macomber or Diana Palmer. They are all such fantastic writers that really get my imagination sparked. The words they write really work.

  7. Jane Trupiano
    August 11, 2014 at 10:37 pm
    Reply

    I would like to meet Maureen Child, Susan Mallery, Marie Ferrarella, Cindy Kirk, Carla Cassidy, Christine Rimmer. Too many to name.

  8. Amy
    August 12, 2014 at 10:09 am
    Reply

    Our giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner of our RWA swag bag — Daphne!! Please check your email for a message from me.
    ~Amy Loosemore from Harlequin

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