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. Cindy Hamilton
    August 7, 2014 at 8:17 pm
    Reply

    I would love to attend the Harlequin Party and whatever else I could. There are so many authors I would love to meet Jules Bennett, Melody Anne, Lynn Raye Harris, Diana Palmer and so many more I can not even name them all!!

  2. Glenda Woods
    August 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm
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    I have not had the opportunity to attend RWA but I did go to the signing that was open to the public and had the opportunity to meet several of my favorite authors. I would love to attend RWA.

  3. Jennifer Hamilton-Jones
    August 7, 2014 at 9:44 pm
    Reply

    I would love to attend the Literacy Signing and the Harlequin Party. I have never been to RWA but hope to attend one day.

  4. laura otten
    August 7, 2014 at 10:07 pm
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    I would love to attend a literacy signing and the harlequin party as I never have been able to. I have to many author that I would love to meet.

  5. Niki
    August 7, 2014 at 11:20 pm
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    Oh Yes I would love to attend Literacy Signing. I actually did attend one in Anaheim, Ca couple of years ago. But I would to go again and this time I will be more prepared. I still remember meeting my favorite authors. Sarah Morgan took time to talk to me and so did Maisey Yates. And there was such a long line to take pictures with ?Nora Roberts. It was amazing experience as it was packed with so many romance loving women. It hit me at that time how big is this community. One can’t imagine. And also fun part was it was like girls night out.People crazy like me… we all went together and went to all authors. I have hundreds of books and this time if I go to RWA, I will books from my favorite authors for their autograph.These authors are so sweet and it is privilege to meet them. Because not every one can put pen to paper.

  6. Ann Lipovsky
    August 8, 2014 at 2:19 am
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    I’d try to attend as many crafting workshops as possible and an editor panel to find out what’s the best way to get published. I would love to meet Brenda Novak, Linda Lael Miller, Kat Martin and Kristen Higgins as well as some of the new authors on the scene. I had the opportunity to attend the conference in NYC several years ago and enjoyed it immensely.

  7. Teresa Fordice
    August 8, 2014 at 10:14 am
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    I would love to meet Tina Leonard, Marin Thomas, & several other fantastic authors!!

  8. Monica
    August 8, 2014 at 10:14 am
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    I would love to attend to speak with my favorite author Heather Graham and others that make my liesure time so enjoyable. I cannot imagine not reading something it opens up so many worlds.

  9. Beverly Bradshaw
    August 8, 2014 at 11:47 am
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    I never enjoyed reading until I read my first Harlequin romance at the age of 14.I have been a loyal reader ever since.That is over 40 years of reading.I would like to meet many of the authors as I have read most of the books you have printed.As a teen I would read up to 4 books a day and save my favorites to read again and again.Sadly I lost them all last winter in a fire.But I am trying to start over.So yes I would say I am loyal read who would love to be at a signing.But as I don’t have much money I never dreamed of a chance like this.

  10. Sharon Shearouse
    August 8, 2014 at 1:02 pm
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    If I could go to RWA it would be the Literacy signing and meet as many of my favorite authors as I could. I love to read and I’d probably take all day or as long as it lasted. 🙂

  11. Stacey A Smith
    August 9, 2014 at 12:08 am
    Reply

    I would love to make it to a RWA or something.just not going to happen with out a car but wish I could.
    sasluvbooks at yahoo dot com

  12. Sheila Rhodes Midwife@iglide.net
    August 9, 2014 at 5:12 am
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    Since I’ve never been, I don’t know what event I’d most like to attend. Authors I’d most like to meet are Diana Palmer, Nora Roberts and Helen Bianchi.

  13. Laney4
    August 9, 2014 at 8:03 am
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    If I could go to RWA, I would be happy to attend any and all events, as well as any and all authors. The author I most wanted to meet was Sandra Hyatt, whom we lost much too soon in Aug/11. I still miss her.

  14. Brenda Rumsey
    August 9, 2014 at 9:22 am
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    I would love to attend the classes and hear the authors talk about their writing process. The book signing would be fabulous. Just getting to mingle with the authors I love to read would be inspiring. Harlequin has so many wonderful authors I would love to meet. Susan Mallery would be at the top of the list. Angi Morgan and several others that write for your Intrigue line.

  15. Jody Faltys
    August 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm
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    I’d love to attend the Harlequin Party to enjoy all the glitz and glamour! And of all the authors I’d love to meet Kat Latham as I’ve truly enjoyed her London Legends rugby series.

  16. Catherine Cikes
    August 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm
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    It would be a dream come true to have an opportunity to attend an RWA event and be inspired by all the wonderful Authors who have published with Harlequin. Thank you for sharing all your stories and giving us readers such joy. Love Harlequin!

  17. Angie M
    August 9, 2014 at 3:57 pm
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    I would have loved to have been there to meet Shannon Stacey and Raeanne Thayne.

  18. Cheri Oggy
    August 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm
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    I would love to meet as many of the authors as I could. All of them have brought much joy to my reading life.

  19. Maria Luna
    August 10, 2014 at 12:42 am
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    I would love to meet any and all of them. I would love to go to the Literacy Signing since reading it was for charity. One more person who learns to read and write is one less suffering illiteracy.

  20. Dawn Myers
    August 10, 2014 at 2:55 pm
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    I would love to meet Pamela Morsi and go to the signing. I would also like to attend meetings and her authors speak about their experiences and suggestions for writing.
    Teaching students to read and write has been my life.

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