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In Bookish News: RT Booklovers Convention, Book Fair, RT Teen Day Party + Interview with Susane Colasanti

bookish_newsThe Romantic Times Booklovers Convention starts this week (April 12th-17th) in Las Vegas and is being held at the Rio Hotel. If you haven’t ever attended a book convention before, RT is definitely worth checking out. It’s an awesome event. There are a ton of amazing authors to meet, books to discover, and some seriously fun parties. I just know this year’s event in Vegas is going to rock!

And if you are a huge fan of YA, you definitely won’t want to miss the giant book fair and the RT Teen Day Party on SATURDAY, APRIL 16th.


The Book Fair

Whether you bring your books or buy them at the fair, so many of your favorite authors will be there to sign them. The lineup of YA authors:

  • Ann Aguirre
  • Renée Ahdieh
  • Cecelia Ahern
  • Brodi Ashton
  • Amy A. Bartol
  • Jenna Black
  • Gwenda Bond
  • Kate Brauning
  • Lucy D. Briand
  • Elizabeth Briggs
  • Rae Carson
  • Rachel E. Carter
  • Sona Charaipotra*
  • Dhonielle Clayton*
  • Cinda Williams Chima
  • Susane Colasanti
  • Andrea Cremer
  • Liz Czukas -aka Ellie Cahill
  • Cate Dean
  • Kimberly Derting
  • Rebecca Donovan
  • Brenda Drake
  • Pintip Dunn
  • Dana Elmendorf
  • Kelly Fiore -aka Annie Kelly
  • R. A. Gates -aka Ruth Gates
  • Bethany Hagen
  • Sandy Hall
  • Cynthia Hand
  • Katherine Harbour
  • Rachel Harris
  • K.C. Held -aka Kristen Crowley Held
  • Kody Keplinger
  • Julie Murphy
  • Kiera Cass
  • Kass Morgan
  • Lauren Oliver
  • Katie McGarry
  • Kami Garcia
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout -aka J. Lynn
  • Julie Kagawa
  • Alexandra Bracken
  • Ellen Hopkins
  • Tamora Pierce
  • Victoria Aveyard
  • Richelle Mead
  • Wendy Higgins
  • Amanda Hocking
  • Rosamund Hodge
  • Lisa Hood -aka L.H. Nicole
  • Colleen Houck
  • Amalie Howard
  • C.C. Hunter -aka Christie Craig
  • Sophie Jordan
  • Stacey Kade
  • Shannon Kennedy -aka Josie Malone
  • Michelle Knudsen
  • Kimberley Griffiths Little
  • Shawntelle Madison Jen Malone
  • Mari Mancusi -aka Mari Madison
  • Deb Marlowe -aka D. M. Marlowe
  • Gretchen McNeil
  • Jodi Meadows
  • Page Morgan
  • Lea Nolan
  • Ali Novak
  • Danielle Paige
  • Mary E. Pearson
  • Amy Plum
  • Cindy Pon
  • C.J. Redwine
  • Brendan Reichs
  • Morgan Rhodes -aka Michelle Rowen
  • Lisa Brown Roberts
  • Suzie T. Roos
  • Roxanna Rose
  • Veronica Rossi -aka Noelle August
  • Marie Rutkoski
  • Sarah J. Schmitt
  • Ginger Scott
  • Catherine Stine -aka Kitsy Clare

A few New Adult authors that will be in attendance:

  • Cora Carmack
  • Kristin Cast
  • Jay Crownover
  • Anna Todd
  • Rachel Van Dyken

And just a few of the General Fiction authors that will be signing:

  • Brenda Jackson
  • Sabrina Jeffries
  • Christina Lauren
  • Lora Leigh
  • Susan Mallery
  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Mary Jo Putney
  • Julia Quinn
  • Alexa Riley
  • Lynsay Sands
  • Nalini Singh
  • Nancy Thayer
  • Kristen Ashley
  • Robyn Carr
  • Kresley Cole
  • Sylvia Day
  • Sonali Dev
  • Christine Feehan
  • Heather Graham
  • Larissa Ione -aka Sydney Croft

For more information about the Book Fair on Saturday, April 16th, CLICK HERE.


Teen Day

Saturday is TEEN DAY at the RT Booklovers Convention and there are all sorts of fun events – the book fair, workshops and parties – ending with the RT Teen Day Party at 6:00PM.

For more information on the day’s authors and events, CLICK HERE. And for the full day’s agenda, CLICK HERE.

RT Teen Day Party

The Teen Day party is being hosted by Epic Reads and if you haven’t already gotten your tickets, head over to the conference website linked in the graphic above.


In addition to sharing the news about Teen Day I have been provided with a fab Q&A with the very amazing Susane Colasanti who will be at this year’s event. You can visit her at the Giant Book Fair in YA Alley and at the YA Family Feud Workshop at 4:00PM.

Interview with Susane Colasanti

Q. Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?

Absolutely! The main reason I write romance novels is to reassure my readers that true love is real. Soul mates are real. I want my readers to be inspired to find the kind of love they desire and deserve. By having a clear vision of the love you want to find and refusing to settle for anything less, you can find the love of your life, the person who feels like home to you. Most importantly, you have to love yourself first before you can love anyone else the way they deserve to be loved. When I was in my teens, I thought that if I had a boyfriend I wouldn’t be lonely or depressed anymore. But you are the only one who can fill those voids in your life. No one else can complete you. So while my love stories are about epic romances between soul mates, they are also about learning to love yourself.

Q. What books have influenced your life most?

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton inspired me to start thinking about writing for teens. I read it in 7th grade and slept with my tattered copy under my pillow, hoping for some magical form of osmosis to transmit the magical powers of that book into my brain so that I could one day write books that would help teens the way The Outsiders helped me feel less alone. My favorite book in the world, The Little Prince, made me see reading in a whole new way when I first read it as a kid. I have always loved reading the way I love breathing. But The Little Prince made me realize that books can change lives in profound ways. Although The Little Prince is technically a children’s book, you can take so much from it at any age. And every time I read it, I find new meaning that resonates with wherever I am in my life at that time.

Q. What’s up next for you?

The City Love trilogy is continuing with the second book, Lost in Love, which will be released on May 3. Lost in Love captures the essence of summer love, self-discovery, and sisterhood, in a story of three girls sharing a Manhattan apartment the summer before college begins. The trilogy will conclude next year with the final book. I really loved writing this sweet trilogy. I don’t want to say goodbye to my girls!

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Q. Why do you enjoy coming to RT/what are you looking forward to at RT?

I am so impressed by how passionate everyone at RT is. RT book lovers are fierce about their romance. Everyone is so fascinating to talk with, and I love how the events at RT are designed to encourage meaningful connections between readers and authors. So I am looking forward to meeting readers and getting to know them. And I am really looking forward to Teen Day! The opportunity to meet my readers in person is my favorite part of the author life.

Q. What’s your favorite romance story?

Forever by Judy Blume. This classic love story radiates romance. It is an honest portrayal of how even a sweet relationship may come to an end, but there is always hope of finding love again.


About Susane Colasanti

Photo Credit: Jayd Jackson

Photo Credit: Jayd Jackson

Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It HappensTake Me ThereWaiting for YouSomething Like Fate, So Much CloserKeep Holding OnAll I NeedNow and Forever, and the City Love trilogy.

Susane has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years. She lives in New York City.

You can connect with Susane at her website, susanecolasanti.com.

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