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signTuesday evening represented Dorchester’s first cross-genre, multi-author signing event at the Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Center, Manhattan.  And, as you can see by the photos below, the turnout was fantastic.  Thanks to everyone who came out. 

Charles Ardai, Leanna Renee Heiber, Anna DeStefano, and Jack Ketchum each read a selection from their most recent novels, discussed where their ideas came from (everything from Indiana Jones to past lives to weird dreams to an HBO special), took questions from the audience, then signed books.  With books representing adventure, fantasy, romance, and horror, there was a little something for everyone.

Ardai, Heiber, and DeStefano look on as Ketchum reads from COVER

Ardai, Heiber, and DeStefano look on as Ketchum reads from COVER

crowd at signing 

Photos courtesy of Anna DeStefano (and her husband!).

christmas-ball1Speaking of multi-author fun, Emily Bryan is giving a behind-the-scenes look at the collaborative holiday anthology A CHRISTMAS BALL, which also features Jennifer Ashley and Alissa Johnson.

charles paz at shoot

Charles Paz, Mr. Romance 2009, visited New York City last week for a photo shoot with artist Judy York (left) and a visit with Dorchester and RT staff.  He will appear on the cover of Connie Mason’s THE LORD OF DEVIL ISLE, currently slated for a June 2010 release.  As soon as we have the final cover, I’ll be sure to share.  With his infectious smile and incredible enthusiasm, Charles is pretty impossible not to love.  Of course, the abs are nice too.  But it was a pleasure to have him here.

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.

Now until May 10th, purchase $15 worth of books from Dorchester and receive 25% off all titles!  Simply enter the code MD09 when you check out and save immediately.

Prefer audiobooks?  At Barnes&Noble, you can download one of their new mp3 audio titles for 50% off.  Just use code L7J4J3D, which is good until May 4.  They’re also offering some free downloads by authors such as Laura Lippman, Kurt Vonnegut, Alice Munro and half a dozen others. 

But back to Dorchester.  Through our partnership with LibreDigital, we’ve added a Browse Inside feature to help readers preview the first 10% or so of a book’s content.  We currently have Browse Inside available for all 2008 titles and 2009 through April.  Similar to the widgets currently available through Harlequin and HarperCollins, they not only allow readers to sample a book before purchase, but they also facilitate promotion easily allowing authors, reviewers, and bloggers to embed the preview on their own sites.  We’re looking forward to using this tool for special promotions and free ebook giveaways in the future.  So stay tuned…

And just for fun, a few more RT pics from Lisa Cooke:

Leanna Renee Heiber and Lisa

Leanna Renee Heiber and Lisa

 

Me with the much-coveted rooster of the RomanceBandits blog

Me with the much-coveted rooster of the RomanceBandits blog

Franco D'Angelo and Lisa at the vampire ball

Franco D'Angelo and Lisa at the vampire ball

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