We have a special treat for our readers today. Hope Tarr, author and co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon, is here to share the details of the Salon’s special extravaganza scheduled for the end of the month.
Welcome back to RU, Hope!
Lady Jane’s Salon Welcomes RWA to The Big Apple
By Hope Tarr, Lady Jane’s Salon Co-Founder
New York City’s first—and so far only—monthly reading series dedicated to romance, Lady Jane’s Salon (www.LadyJaneSalon.com) is privileged and proud to welcome the attendees of the Romance Writers of America’s annual national conference to yes, The Big Apple.
Since my co-founders Leanna Renee Hieber, Maya Rodale, Ron Hogan (Beatrice.com) and I launched the Salon two-and-a-half years ago, we’ve garnered press coverage in TIME OUT NEW YORK and THE NEW YORK POST as well as hosted several special salon events, including a tribute party in honor of Harlequin’s 60th Anniversary and others to coincide with Book Expo America and Thriller Fest. The opportunity to welcome RWA attendees to both New York City and the Salon is a very special thrill.
To help kick start the conference, we’re departing from our usual first Monday of the month time slot and instead holding the Salon on the last Monday of the month, June 27th, as well as extending the event by one hour, from 7-10 PM, to accommodate the extended program of guest readers.
That program reads like a romance reader’s wish list! Our Dream Team for the night includes six shining stars of romance: Salon Co-Founder Leanna Renee Hieber, Sarah MacLean, Dianna Love, Karen Rose, Carrie Lofty W/A Ellen Connor, and Eloisa James! Each author will read from her latest release for 10 to 15 minutes. There will be a mid-program intermission during which attendees are free to mingle with fellow romance fans, authors, and industry professionals, enjoy another beverage, and purchase our guest authors’ books; the latter personally signed, but of course.
But that’s not all. There is also a Super Secret Special Guest popping in to read! Who is s/he? You’ll have to come out to find out.
Like all Lady Jane’s Salons, this June’s special event will be held at our host venue, Madame X (94 West Houston Street, between Thompson and LaGuardia), the sexy Soho hot spot we’ve been happy to call home for two-and-a-half years and counting. As you step inside, be prepared to see red, lots of red. Everything is draped in it. To round out your mental picture, think Victorian salvaged antiques, faux animal prints, and red-flocked walls bedecked with erotic photography and naughty artwork guaranteed to bring a blush to the cheek of even the most stalwart romance writer and reader.
Every Lady Jane’s Salon is open to the public, and June’s is no exception. $5 or one gently used romance novel gets you in the door, and all books and money collected support an end-of-year donation to a New York City women’s charity. Our 2010 recipient was Women-in-Need (www.women-in-need.org), a NYC group that helps formerly homeless women and their families find their own Happily Ever After. (Note: industry peeps, namely editors and agents, are admitted for free).
So, if you’re planning to be in New York City on June 27th, for the conference or vacation or maybe you just actually live here, I hope you’ll put Lady Jane’s on your calendar. It’s going to be quite a party.
And who doesn’t love that?
So who is going to RWA Nationals in New York City? Will we see you at Lady Jane’s? Do you have, or know of, a reading group similar to Lady Jane’s?
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Lady Jane’s Salon Co-Founder, Hope Tarr is the author of fifteen historical and contemporary romance novels, one novella, and numerous nonfiction articles. She is also the Co-Creator of the award-winning Beer Gardens NYC app, the first app for beer gardens in the U.S. Visit Hope online at www.HopeTarr.com, www.WriterNYC.com, www.BeerGardensNYC.com and www.LadyJaneSalon.com.
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