Schedule of Events

Thursday

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: 

Registration

6:00 pm – 7:45 pm: 

Welcome Meet and Mingle with key note speaker –
AUTHOR WENDY STENZEL OLESTON
Room:
Cedar

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Slumber Party!
Room:
Cedar

Get your favorite pair of PJ’s on and join us for cocktails and fun while we read excerpts from some of our favorite authors’ books! Excerpts will range from sweet and innocent to make you blush naughty 😉

Sponsoring Authors and Models:

Michel Prince
Bianca Sommerland
Tina Ness with model William Scott
Jenna Jacob
Melissa Haag
Ginger Ring with models Jax Turnya and Scott King
Rory Ni Coileain
Linda Rae Sande
Tina Susedik / Anita Kidesu
Ashlynn Monroe

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Friday

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Late Registration

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Java Lounge featuring guitar player Lee de Falla
Room:
Minnetonka A

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*Wake up with authors! Enjoy some time with your favorite authors. Sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself with a cup of coffee and some snacks.

9:00 – Rae Matthews
9:30 – Bianca Sommerland
10:00 – Jordyn Meryl
10:30 – Kat de Falla
11:00 – Beverly Ovalle
11:30 – Melissa Schroeder

Photo Shoot with our featured cover model Scott King!
Room:
Cedar

* Sit and watch a real, live, professional photo shoot. This is bound to be a good time!

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AUTHOR PANELS

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Paranormal Appreciation – Not sure what your friend means when she says she has a book date with a shifter? This class will cover the trends in the burgeoning field of paranormal romance where vampires, werewolves, witches, warlocks, and all manner of the supernatural combine to bring you your next book boyfriend. Or girlfriend.
Authors: Michel Prince, Beverly Ovalle, Jill Bisker, Brandy Walker
Room: Minnetonka A

Why Don’t I Hate That Character? Romance novels are filled will despicable characters we shouldn’t like or want to read about, but we do! A look at the bad boys of romance.
Authors: Rory Ni Coileain, Bianca Sommerland, Michelle Shriver
Room: Minnetonka B

Creating the Ultimate Girl Crush: The Heroine We All Want To Be and The Alpha Men We Love
Authors: Zoey Derrick, Jenna Jacob, Caridad Pineiro, Randi Alexander
Cover Models: Jackson Young
Room: Minnetonka C

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Carnal Pleasures – What are some of yours? Join us as we delve into the world of erotic romance. A world of BDSM, Ménage, and everything in between. A world where nothing is too taboo. A world where you can live out your every desire, if only in your mind.
Authors: Jenna Jacob, Audrey Carlan, Rory Ni Coileain, Zoey Derrick, Anita Kidesu, Randi Alexander
Room: Minnetonka A

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover – Or Do! The decisions behind how novel covers are created–and what makes you decide to buy a book.
Authors: Linda Rae Sande, Michel Prince, Ginger Ring, Michele Shriver
Cover Models:
Scott King, Jax Turnya
Room: Minnetonka B

Juggling writing and the day job –
Authors: Ashlynn Monroe, Caridad Pineiro, Rae Matthews, Marci Boudreaux, Esther M Soto, Nicolette Duong
Room: Minnetonka C

*More information coming soon*

4:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Registration for Jackson Young performance and partial registration attendees.

4:00 – 5:45 pm

Romance Novel Jeopardy
Room: Nokomis C

Authors:

Marci Boudreaux
Lily-Ann  Johnson
Beverly Ovalle
Rory Ni Coileain
Ashlynn Monroe
Michele Shriver
Angeline Fortin
Zoey Derrick
Jenna Jacob

6:00 pm

Dinner with authors.
Room:
Minnetonka Ball Room

*RSVP to sit with your favorite author *

Author Available

Denise Devine
Jenna Jacob
Michel Prince
Jordyn Meryl
Tina Ness
Linda Rae Sande
Melissa Schroeder
Ginger Ring
Tina Susedik
Michelle Shriver

$10 to guarantee a spot!
RSVP HERE

8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Boots, Chaps, and Cowboy Hats: Western Romance Event with live performance from Jackson Young
Room: Minnetonka Ball Room

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Saturday

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Breakfast Bubbly: Enjoy a mimosa and some fresh fruit with authors Melissa Schroeder, Brandy Walker, Tina Susedik, Jordyn Meryl, K.J. Farnham, Bianca Sommerland, Jenna Jacob, and Teri Riggs. You’ll recieve some amazing goodies from these authors!
Room: Cedar

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Room: Minnetonka Ball Room

Multi- Author Book Signing and Sale

Open to the public from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Register early and gain entry at 10:00 with the convention attendees. Tickets will be available at the door

Cost $25.00

2:00pm – 4:00 pm

BDSM Romance Event with Jenna Jacob, Bianca Sommerland, KB Gardener, and Sloan Johnson
Room:
Cedar

~ More info coming soon

Blogger’s Lounge
Room:
Nokomis A

Authors! Need a break in the action? How about a place to just sit and hang out? Well, our featured bloggers have just the place. Come and hang out in the blogger’s lounge and take a load off, have some treats, and play board games. We’ll have Cards Against Humanity, Catch Phrase, Apples to Apples, and more!  Readers welcome!
Bloggers: Cassandra’s Reviews, The Secret Bookshelf, PureTextuality, AC Butler, The Book Reading Gals

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Pure Romance Party
Room: Nokomis B

*More Information coming soon*

AUTHOR PANELS

4:00PM – 4:45PM

Worldbuilding with authors – Have you ever thought about writing a story? How about  what it takes to build the worlds you escape into each time you open a book? Well, now is your chance to get an inside scoop into what goes into writing a story. Team up with these authors and see what kind of story you can write together.
Authors: Caridad Pineiro, Tina Ness, Tina Susedik, Stephanie Beck, Kathryn Daugherty
Room: Nokomis A

How Do Authors Come Up with Their Stories? A presentation on inspiration and accidental events that trigger tales and their starring characters.
Authors: Linda Rae Sande,Wendy Stenzel Oleston, Rory Ni Coileain, KB Gardener, Jordyn Meryl, Kathryn Daugherty
Room: Harriet A

Men in Uniform – Are you attracted to a man/woman in uniform? Whether it be military, sports, or public service, most people are. Find out what it takes to write about these important professions and what the author has to do to get inside their heads and jobs.
Authors: Bianca Sommerland, Lily-Ann Johnson, Melissa Schroeder, Michele Shriver
Room: Harriet B

5:00PM – 5:45PM

Regency for a Reader’s Understanding – a comprehensive look at what was going on in the UK during that time period. The Industrial Revolution, fashion, architecture, and a massive movement of youth to the larger cities makes this period especially interesting for readers.
Author: Linda Rae Sande
Room: Nokomis A

So You Think You’re Smarter Than a Romance Writer – The Genre Identification Game: Sure, there are elements common to all romance stories, but how much do you really know about what defines the different subgenres? Join us for a discussion of the genres of romance, such as contemporary, erotic, paranormal, inspirational, new adult, historical and romantic suspense and test your knowledge for a chance to win fabulous prizes.
Authors: Michele Shriver, Jenna Jacob, Randi Alexander, Ginger Ring
Room: Nokomis B

Romantic Suspense 
Authors – Melissa Schroeder, Caridad Pineiro, Teri Riggs, Kat de Falla
Room: Harriet A

Love is Love — Romance on the Rainbow – “Romance” means so many things – new love, redemption , broken hearts, healing of the wounded, eyes opened to a new world, acceptance of what’s been right in front of you all along. And of course, happily ever after. All these, and much more, can be found in the world of LGBT romance – whatever your itch, there are plenty of LGBT protagonists out there to scratch it. Come let our panel of authors introduce you to the wide (and getting wider all the time) world of LGBT romance.
Authors: Rory Ni Coileain, Bianca Sommerland, Zoey Derrick
Room: Harriet B

 

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dinner break provided so readers and authors can enjoy some time at the Mall of America.

9:00 pm – 12:00 am

Cosplay party: Sponsored by Rory Ni Coiliean, Lily-Ann Johnson, and Marci Boudreaux
Room: FireLake Lounge

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Sunday

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Farewell Event
Room: Minnetonka Ball Room

Diane Schroeder from Book Rhythm will talk about marketing and branding

*raffle baskets given away at this time MUST be present to win*
** Raffle basket proceeds will be donated to the Madison, WI chapter of Pets for Vets. It will be used to sponsor a service animal for a veteran**


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