Congratulations to Kimmy L., winner of the Mother’s Day Matchup!   The correct answers are:

1. a; 2. d; 3. b; 4. f; 5. c; 6. g; 7. e

There are some great new photos from RT, including some wild shots from the Dorchester beach part on Saturday night.

Now you can also find Dorchester on Facebook.  Content includes a monthly gallery of covers, info on author signings, special fan groups and more.

Happy May Day!

Authors, while at RT we had a chance to meet with dozens of incredibly enthusiastic folkseager to sell your books.  One of our main purposes of the meeting was to get advice on what they like best.  Here’s what they told us:

  • Most preferred bookmarks to postcards.  Some wanted to receive about 10; others wanted close to 50.  If you have a way to check with the store, please do.  But they will get used.
  • Some booksellers will include bookmarks for upcoming titles when they fulfull their online orders.  They try to match the bookmarks to the style of the book the customer is currently ordering in the hopes they’ll come back.
  • Night Owl Romance has a bookmark club where members receive five bookmarks every month for a nominal fee to cover postage.
  • Others offer a free bookmark with purchase to provide extra value to their customers.
  • If you’re going to send signed cover flats, please sign the front (the side the art is on) so they can better display it.
  • A number of stores tack up the cover flats to help encourage preorders from their customers.
  • Pens are useful, but they can be more difficult to include in mailings.
  • The best way to build a following for a first-time author is to let booksellers read the book.  Many are now willing to accept eARCs, but they also find chapter booklets helpful.

If you’re a bookseller and you’d like to let us know you’re individual preferences, contact me using the form on the About page.  And I’d love to hear from authors and booksellers alike more advice on what works in the Comments.

We’ll have more pics on the Dorchester site as soon as we’re able to load them.  Christie Craig served as our official photographer and owns a camera much better in the low light than mine.  But a zillion thanks to Lisa Cooke for snapping these shots while I was judging.  Click on each photo for a larger version (and the ability to zoom!). 

The show was divided into three sections: Casual wear, portrayal of an assigned character, and formalwear.  Four judges–Marketing Manager Erin Galloway, American Title winner Marie-Claude Borque, attendee drawing winner Julie Floyd, and myself–marked contestants on a scale of 1 to 10 in each round. 

I can’t speak for the other judges, but mostly I was looking for how well their looks would translate on a cover.  Did they seem versatile?  Knowledgeable of how to pose for a shoot?  Would they work well for a photographer?  But answers to audience questions done during the casual section and their definition of romance, which was read as the walked the runway in their formalwear, did come into play as well.

Franco D'Angelo play's Lisa Cooke's gambler hero Dyer Straits.
Franco D’Angelo play’s Lisa Cooke’s gambler hero Dyer Straits from TEXAS HOLD HIM. Stefan takes on the angst of the hero from Jade Lee’s DRAGONBOUND, his favorite book ever as he assured us.
Konstantinos reveals his inner animal as he portrays Sir Nico Wulfson from Kathryne Kennedy's ENCHANTING THE BEAST
Konstantinos reveals his inner animal as he portrays Sir Nico Wulfson from Kathryne Kennedy’s ENCHANTING THE BEAST
Jimi Gaskin plays Bonnie Vanak's title character from THE LADY AND THE LIBERTINE.  Or Libertarian as initially announced.
Jimi Gaskin plays Bonnie Vanak’s title character from THE LADY AND THE LIBERTINE. Or Libertarian as initially announced.
Jeremy Rivenburg didn't need much of a costume to play Angie Fox's Harley-lovin' shape-shifting griffin Dimitri from THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR DEMON SLAYERS
Jeremy Rivenburg didn’t need much of a costume to play Angie Fox’s Harley-lovin’ shape-shifting griffin Dimitri from THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR DEMON SLAYERS
Charles Paz takes a turn about the stage
Charles Paz takes a turn about the stageEric Truglia in formalwear
Konstantinos chooses all black for his formal ensemble
Konstantinos chooses all black for his formal ensemble

 

Stefan in his formalwear
Stefan in his formalwear

 

Between rounds with the models, we were entertained “Dancing with the Stars” style.

Siblings show off the Hustle
Siblings show off the Hustle
Heather Graham does the rumba
Heather Graham does the rumba

After all three rounds, the scores were tallied and the results:

Contestants’ Choice: Franco D’Angelo
Readers’ Choice: Charles Paz

Mr. Romance 3rd Place: Jeremy Rivenburg
Mr. Romance 2nd Place: Stefan Pinto
Mr. Romance 2009, winning an all-expenses-paid trip to New York and photo shoot and appearance on a Dorchester cover: Charles Paz

Charles Paz with both his trophies, which were presented by Mr. Romance 2008 Chris Winters
Charles Paz with both his trophies, which were presented by Mr. Romance 2008 Chris Winters

 

The whole gang
The whole gang
Christie has posted some more pics over at Killer Fiction.
Emily Bryan and Bobbi Smith

Emily Bryan and Bobbi Smith

 

Donna MacMeans and TEXAS HOLD HIM author Lisa Cooke

Donna MacMeans and TEXAS HOLD HIM author Lisa Cooke

 

Marketing Manager Erin Galloway, PRESSURE author Jeff Strand, and me at the Dorchester beach party.

Marketing Manager Erin Galloway, PRESSURE author Jeff Strand, and me at the Dorchester beach party.

Konstantinos and Stefan, along with all the Mr. Romance contestants, helped escort award winners on and off the stage

Konstantinos and Stefan, along with all the Mr. Romance contestants, helped escort award winners on and off the stage

Anna DeStefano accepts a Reviewers Choice Award for Best Harlequin SuperRomance

Anna DeStefano accepts a Reviewers Choice Award for Best Harlequin SuperRomance

 

PHANTOM author Lindsay Randall and me with her Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Historical Paranormal

PHANTOM author Lindsay Randall and me with her Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Historical Paranormal

 

AT V winner Marie-Claude Borque (center) with previous winners Helen Scott Taylor and Gerri Russell

AT V winner Marie-Claude Borque (center) with previous winners Helen Scott Taylor and Gerri Russell

Sadly, Dawn Thompson passed away before she learned that THE RAVENING was awarded a Reviewers’ Choice for Best Historical Shapeshifter Romance.  But her sister, Diane Mae Thompson, gave us a poignant and heartfelt acceptance to read for her, which I’ve included below.
My sister, Dawn Thompson, worked so hard to be a published author. Few knew the condition of her confinement to a wheelchair the last eleven years of her life, or knew how she could only type with her index fingers and thumbs. Even those were twisted and riddled with arthritis. Some saw Dawn as an overnight sensation, but she had worked for decades to make it. She once said she wanted to acheive three goals–make the NY Times Bestseller list, win a RITA Award, and to win a Romantic Times Award.  Alas, life didn’t favor my sister with the first two.  She was taken from us too soon. But she now has her Romantic Times Award. I know Dawn would be honored and truly touched with this award. I think you on her behalf for making part of her dream come true.
Dawn’s COUNTERFEIT LADY, written under the name Dawn MacTavish, will be a November release.
Marie-Claude Borque shows off her ethereal side.

Marie-Claude Borque shows off her ethereal side.

mar-and-liz-as-manga-fairies

Marianne Mancusi and Liz Maverick as manga fairies

BETWEEN LIGHT AND DARK author Elissa Wilds and Debra Glass

BETWEEN LIGHT AND DARK author Elissa Wilds and Debra Glass

Debra Parmley and WARRIOR'S LADY author Gerri Russell

Debra Parmley and WARRIOR'S LADY author Gerri Russell

In a double win as both the readers’ choice and the judges’, Charles Paz was named Mr. Romance 2009. Photos and more to come.

Charles Paz surrounded by fellow Mr. Romance Contestants
Charles Paz surrounded by fellow Mr. Romance Contestants