As a debut author this has been a year of exciting firsts for me, and I’ve got another one coming up on October 27th…(drum roll, please)…I’ll be attending the Passport to Romance reader appreciation event as an author for the first time!
In past years, I’ve enjoyed this free event as a reader. Hosted by the Greater Seattle RWA chapter at the Bellevue Westin, the Passport to Romance is billed as a “booktail” party with lots of fun games and prizes, as well as an opportunity to meet over 40 romance authors. I had a great time last year mingling with other authors and readers and posing with a charming cover model.
The evening includes a cover contest, which I’m lucky enough to be a part of this year. The top four covers from the online round of voting move on to the finalist round, with the winner selected at the event by the attendees. Check it out and cast your vote for your favorite in the preliminary round —I’m very proud of the beautiful cover for Taxing Courtship, but the competition is stiff!
I’m thrilled that an evening I’ve enjoyed so much in the past will be my first live author event. I look forward to standing on the other side of the table, handing out swag instead of filling my goodie bag. I’ll have bookmarks and candy (chocolate, of course) and hope to offer a little game to draw readers in. I even have a limited number of advanced print copies of Taxing Courtship to give away. The official print release is in December, but Soul Mate arranged for me to have a few books on hand just for this special event!
If you live in the Seattle area, I hope you’ll stop by the Bellevue Westin on October 27th between 6 and 8pm—it’s going to be a great time!
Any advice for my first chance to meet readers? What are your favorite or most memorable book events, either as a reader or a writer?
Jaycee Jarvis is a Golden Heart® finalist who writes lush fantasy novels with plenty of heart and magic. Book one in the Hands of Destin series, Taxing Courtship, is available now through KindleUnlimited.
When not lost in worlds of her own creation, she resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children and a menagerie of animals.