In an effort to share the excitement about its award-nominated romance writers with fans across the world, Romance Writers of America® (RWA) has launched an 11-week series of interactive video chat events highlighting the 2013 RITA Award finalist authors. Fans will have the unique opportunity to meet one another and ask their favorite authors questions face-to-face in an intimate online environment.
Each week, RWA hosts several of the finalists of a 2013 RITA category in a fun Q&A through Shindig.com. Find out about those dashing heroes and daring heroines, writing habits, and more!
How to participate: You'll need a computer, Internet connection and a webcam and computer microphone (if you want to participate via video). The events are free to the public, but only the first 1,000 people to RSVP will be granted access to each of the weekly events.
At each event, one participant will win a set of that week's finalist books!
Follow RWA on Twitter @romancewriters (#RITAchat hashtag) during the chats.
RITA Reader Series Schedule:
All events have been completed. Thanks for joining us for these fun video chats!
Contemporary Single Title Romance
April 11, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Authors participating: Barbara Freethy, Barbara Hannay, Ruthie Knox, Kim Law,
Roni Loren, Jill Shalvis, and Roxanne St. Claire
April 18, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Authors participating: Kristen Callihan, Cynthia Eden, Angie Fox, J.T. Geissinger,
Larissa Ione, and Maggie Shayne
April 25, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Authors participating: Sophie Jordan, Ruthie Knox, Sally MacKenzie, and Jodi Thomas
May 9, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Authors participating: Pamela Clare, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, Sabrina Jeffries, Jade Lee, and Sarah MacLean.
Guest appearance by Romance Novella finalist Eloisa James
Moderated by: Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
May 16, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Authors participating: Maria Geraci, Pamela Hartshorne, Anna Lee Huber, Sharla Lovelace, Kristina McMorris, Jane Myers Perrine, and Simone St. James
Short Contemporary Series Romance
May 23, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Authors participating: Jessica Hart, Day Leclaire, Susan Meier, Sarah Morgan, Robin Perini, Christine Rimmer, and Loreth Anne White
Moderated by: Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
June 6, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Authors participating: Elizabeth Camden, Jennifer Delamere, Robin Lee Hatcher, Rachel Hauck, Marta Perry,
Cheryl Reavis, Missy Tippens, and Becky Wade
Best First Book
June 13, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Authors participating: Kristen Callihan, Sharon Lynn Fisher, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Anna Lee Huber, Katie McGarry, and Simone St. James
Young Adult Romance
June 20, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Authors participating: Robin LaFevers, Katie McGarry, Emily McKay, and Erica O'Rourke
Long Contemporary Series Romance and Romantic Suspense
July 11, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Authors participating: Pamela Hearon, Cherry Adair, Laura Griffin, and Trish McCallan