I knew that this week we would be talking about one of the people that we had the awesome privilege to meet and hang out with at RomCon Jessa Slade. We first heard of Jessa last year when we did the RomCon challenge and I thought she sounds like a really cool person. On the first day of RomCon I was the moderator for the Paranormal Authors talk and Jessa was one of those authors. I do have to admit though that at that time she was a bit over shadowed by my two favorite authors Nalini Singh and Christine Feehan. Later that night Jessa joined us at our table during cocktails, and the rest is as you say history. We got to know her and hang out with the rest of week-end.
So I asked Jessa to write a post about RomCon, why she went last year, and why she is going back this year. So I now turn it over to Jessa…
When I attended RomCon in 2010, I had no idea what to expect. I’d never been to a romance reader convention before last year, and it was the first year for RomCon, so they probably didn’t know what to expect either.
For me, it was love at first sight.
Held over a long weekend at the height of summer, RomCon is like a quick, breathless, slightly illicit rendezvous with a long-lost lover. There is a wonderful intimacy to the days and nights. After all, I already know these people. Well, I don’t KNOW all of them, but I know they are fellow readers, like me, and we have a great love in common: romance novels
Hmm, according to this analogy, RomCon is now a threesome: me, you and our shared love of books.
Except there are hundreds of us, so it’s really an orgy of love story lovin’!
Between the books and the bar, the games and the giveaways, there is always something going on at RomCon. Even the seemingly quiet corners are just a getaway for a happy reader to curl up with her new book.
Last year, I attended RomCon with my first novel in tow. This August, I’ll have the first trilogy of my Marked Souls urban fantasy romance series. And I’m sure RomCon has grown too. I can’t wait to see all the new people and new events. But whatever delights and pleasures and laughs the con will bring, it’s the readers, the writers, and the stories binding them that are always the beating heart.
Hope to see you there! Come find me and claim your set of Marked Souls romance trading cards!
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Possession by a demon cost Jonah Walker his faith, his humanity, and his wife. Once a righteous missionary man, he endures immortality with nothing but a body for battle and a bent for retribution. But his last devastating fight left him wounded beyond healing and his only chance to redeem his soul lies with a fallen woman.
Thrust into a wicked underworld of shadows and sin, Nim Hamlin can’t believe her wanton ways as “the Naughty Nymphette” enthralled a demon…and a damned saint. The world she knows doesn’t deserve deliverance. But the touch of this good man’s hand holds an unholy allure–and she’s never been any good at resisting temptation.
As darkness gathers in the sweltering Chicago summer, Jonah and Nim must conquer the demons of their past to face even fiercer monsters in one last assault. But first they must put aside their doubts and disbeliefs and let their passion for each other burn through the shadows to ignite their furious power…
You can read more about the Marked Souls (where alpha male warriors possessed by repentant demons fight for their souls—and the loves of their lives) at http://jessaslade.com or find Jessa online at http://www.facebook.com/jessaslade or http://twitter.com/jessaslade.
***Here’s the fun part….We have THREE copies of this book to giveaway…Just tell us if you were coming to RomCon what would look forward to most. Meeting the authors in a relaxed fun atmosphere, meeting other readers. Open to US and Canada Only. Giveaway ends on April 17th.