LJS 5th Anniversary & SCRIBBLING WOMEN Book Launch

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From L to R: Isabo Kelly, Suzan Colon, Leanna Renee Hieber, Marcos de Jesus, Patience Bloom, Hope Tarr & Katana Collins.

Romance fiction lovers are an intrepid lot, and we proved that yet again on Monday’s Fifth Anniversary Salon/SCRIBBLING WOMEN book launch.

Despite the city being blanketed by a blizzard, our Salon took place as usual, 7-9 pm at Madame X, Our intrepid guest authors Suzan Colón (BEACH GLASS), Isabo Kelly (THE DARKNESS OF GLENGOWYN), Katana Collins (SOUL SURVIVOR), and Patience Bloom (ROMANCE IS MY DAY JOB) braved the bluster to support us as did many of our regular attendees. Alas, others were still stranded in the city’s outer boroughs or shoveling out from as far away as Westchester.

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Salon co-founder Hope Tarr with champagne & cupcakes courtesy of Entangled Publishing.

White choc shoeBut in the spirit of making lemonade from lemons, we made do. We focused on what we did have, notably a great venue, Madame X that opened its doors for us despite the weather. Snug inside its red-bedecked upper story, we had electricity and heat, a stage with a working sound system, and scrumptious libations including shoe-shaped confections courtesy of Claudia Carrillo (maclaaa@hotmail.com), and champagne and cupcakes provided courtesy of our sponsor, Entangled Publishing.

And of course we had plenty of print copies of our Scribbling Women & the Real-Life Romance Heroes Who Love Them anthology for sale. 🙂

Patience, our nonfiction special guest, treated us to her SCRIBBLING WOMEN essay, “Wedding 101 for the Anti-Bridezilla.” Going forward, the program for each monthly Lady Jane’s will feature one Scribbling Women contributor. Look for Scribbling Women readings from Megan Frampton, Leanna Renee Hieber, Katana Collins, and Suzan Colón this spring.

SW_Books Display_2-3-14A mid Salon champagne toast allowed co-hosts Ron Hogan, Leanna Renee and Hope Tarr to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who has made the past five fabulous years (and counting) possibly, notably the founders of the feast: you, our great guests.

Then we got down to bid’ness, calling onstage Win representative, Cierra Jones to accept our Big Fake Check (followed by our real-size check). Cierra gave a heartfelt talk on Win and its innovative, transformative programs including #WaytoWin. We especially hearted her sensitivity toward romance fiction and emphasis on how as writers we use our novels to share the love–and hope for Happily Ever After–with our readers.

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(L to R): Co-founders Leanna Renee Hieber, Ron Hogan and Hope Tarr. Foreground: Cierra Jones of Win.

Fittingly, the finale to our celebration of real-life romance hero-dom was a delicious, sharply witty live musical performance by Marcos de Jesus, newly minted hubs to LJS co-founder (and Scribbling Women contributor) Leanna Renee. Download Mister Wonderful for FREE here and keep up with Marcos’s performance schedule on Twitter @GuaguaElectrica.

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Marcos de Jesus performing MISTER WONDERFUL.

Join us on Monday, March 3rd, 7-9 PM for our next–hopefully more spring-like–alon, featuring guests Audra North, Damon Suede, Avery Flynn and Megan Frampton returning to read her SCRIBBLING WOMEN essay, “Falling for the Intern.” As always, your $5 admission benefits Win.

Happy Valentine’s from the Lady Jane’s Salon Team!

 

 

Lady Jane’s Goes Down Under for ARRC2013

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From L to R: Cofounder Hope Tarr with guests Amy Andrews, Keri Arthur, Anna Campbell & Cathy Maxwell.

Salon Co-founder, Hope Tarr, reporting “live” from rainy Brisbane, Australia where on Friday, March 1st I had the honor of presenting the very first overseas Lady Jane’s Salon at the Australian Romance Readers’ Association’s third annual convention–ARRC2013.

The Salon was held at 6PM prior to the Welcome Reception. More than 100 conference attendees (called “delegates”) crowded into the large conference room, transformed for the evening with votive candles, comfy grouped seating, and cafe tables.

The banner bedecked stage even sported a splash of our NYC red!

As always with Lady Jane’s, we boasted a fabulous and diverse lineup of guest readers, in this case Cathy Maxwell, Keri Arthur, Amy Andrews, and Anna Campbell. Cathy got the readings rolling, treating us to a humorous scene from her now classic title, TREASURED VOWS.

Historical author, Cathy Maxwell had the crowd in stitches. Soup, anyone?

Urban fantasy author, Keri Andrew read from DARKNESS UNMASKED, the latest installment of her popular Riley Jenson Guardian Series.

Next up, Amy Andrews read TAMING THE TYCOON, her latest release for our mutual publisher, Entangled.

The incomparable Anna Campbell rounded out the evening by reading from the latest in her Sons of Sin Series. Later in the weekend, ARRA awarded Anna the honor of “Favourite Australian Romance Author”–for a fifth consecutive year! Congratulations, Anna!

More than 100 conference goers turned out to attend.

Sharing the hope of Happily Ever After in real life is part and parcel of the Lady Jane’s Salon mission and Friday’s Australian Salon was no exception. Donated books were collected in support of Youngcare.

Now it’s back to the conference for me and afterward a tour of Sydney and Melbourne!

Have a wonderful March 4th Salon in NYC, and I look forward to rejoining everyone in April.

Hope TarrHope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 7th Salon

Join us on Monday, January 7th, 7-9 PM at Madame X as we ring in a New Year, our fourth on the NYC reading series scene.

Guest readers will be Salon Co-founders Ron Hogan and Leanna Renee Hieber and, new to the Lady Jane’s stage, Jamie Brenner celebrating the paperback release of THE GIN LOVERS.

Cash bar. Guest authors print books will be available for onsite signing and sale courtesy of Posman Books.

Admission is $5 or one gently-used paperback romance novel. Net cash proceeds support an end-of-year donation to Women-in-Need.

SAVE THE DATE: Happy Fourth Birthday, Lady Jane! Monday, February 4th, 7-9PM. Salon sponsored by Entangled Publishing. Guest authors: Salon Co-founder, Hope Tarr, Ruth A. Casie, and Jennifer Probst! Annual donation presentation to Women-in-Need.org. Champers, cake and all ’round revelry guaranteed!