<strong>Farrah Rochon</strong>
Farrah RochonUSA Today Bestselling romance novelist - 2018 Keynote Speaker

2018 Keynote Speaker:

USA Today Bestselling romance novelist, Farrah Rochon

USA Today Bestselling author Farrah Rochon hails from a tiny town in South Louisiana. The author of more than twenty-five novels and novellas, Farrah has garnered rave reviews for her “Holmes Brothers” series published by Harlequin under their Kimani Romance imprint and her “Moments of Maplesville” series which she publishes independently via Nicobar Press. A two-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award given out by the Romance Writers of America (RWA), Farrah has also been nominated for the RT BOOKReviews Reviewer’s Choice Award. In 2015, she won the coveted RSJ Emma Award for Author of the Year and went on later that year to be appointed an RWA Director-At-Large.

When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading her favorite romance novels, hanging around on Twitter, visiting Disney World, and trying to attend as many Broadway shows as her budget will allow. An admitted sports fanatic, Farrah feeds her addiction to football by watching New Orleans Saints games on Sunday afternoons.

Find out more at www.farrahrochon.com.

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Event Hosts Authors & Partners

<strong>Pamela Samuels Young</strong>
Pamela Samuels YoungBestselling Author
Pamela Samuels Young is an attorney and award-winning author of eight legal thrillers. Her first venture into the world of romance, Unlawful Liaisons, goes on sale in December 2017. Pamela’s latest courtroom drama, Abuse of Discretion, tackles a troubling sexting case that gives readers a shocking look inside the juvenile justice system. The former journalist won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction for her thriller Anybody’s Daughter. Pamela received her bachelor’s degree from USC and also earned graduate degrees from Northwestern University and UC Berkeley School of Law. She is a . . . ~ Continue Reading Bio
<strong>Piper Huguley</strong>
Piper HuguleyHost Author
Named in 2015 as a top ten historical romance novelist in Publisher’s Weekly, Piper Huguley is the author of the Reconstruction era “Home to Milford College” series. She is a coveted Emma Awards winner for literary excellence and a Golden Heart finalist for her two novels in the “Migrations of the Heart” series about the Bledsoe sisters set in the early twentieth century. The first book in the series, A Virtuous Ruby, was the first-place winner in The Golden Rose Contest in 2013 and was a Golden Heart finalist in 2014 leading to her . . . ~ Continue Reading Bio
<strong>Lisa Rayne</strong>
Lisa RayneHost Author
Lisa loves how words turn into stories whether in books, movies or music. Always an avid reader and fan of romance, thrillers, and horror stories, she writes sensual contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and thrillers with strong romantic elements. Her stories feature smart, sexy characters of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Her debut novels showcase her penchant for writing strong, contemporary women and her passion for love, law, and football. Her first novel (Counselor Undone) earned 2016 Emma Awards for Debut Author of the Year and for Interracial Romance of the Year. Her second novel, Quarterback Casanova, . . . ~ Continue Reading Bio
<strong>STCC Book Club</strong>
STCC Book ClubHost Book Club
Sistas’ Thoughts from Coast to Coast (STCCbookclub.com) has become a premiere facilitator in bringing together authors and readers of Black Romance. Meeting by conference calls that connect members and authors located throughout the world, their focus is to have an authors join in on the book club discussion at meetings when their book is being featured. Members are able to ask the author questions and discuss what they liked and/or disliked about the novel. The authors bring a wealth of knowledge and information to . . . ~ Continue Reading Bio
<strong>Emma Rodgers</strong>
Emma RodgersHonorary Host
Emma Rodgers is one of the co-founders of the Romance Slam Jam annual booklovers event, and the namesake for the Emma Awards (the premier awards for black authors of romance). The awards ceremony takes place annually during the RSJ Convention and honors the great works of the authors we love. The impetus to create the Emma Awards sprang from remarks by the RSJ 2000 guest speaker, well-known historical romance author Beverly Jenkins. The following year in 2001, the first Emma Awards ceremony was held. Today, the Emma Awards continues its journey of highlighting outstanding creative literary works by African-American authors.

Additional Workshop Presenters

Every year, RSJ convention offers comprehensive genre, business, and craft workshops and fun activities for our attendees. We are looking for engaging and informative topics, with comprehensive and cleverly crafted blurbs that explain exactly what attendees will learn from your workshop or what kind of fun they’ll have at your entertainment activity.  If you feel you have the expertise to conduct a workshop session and/or have a fun book lover activity to offer,  SUBMIT YOUR WORKSHOP NOW

*Workshop presenters must be approved and receive a $75 discount off registration; No duplicate workshops allowed.

A list of additional authors registered to attend the 2018 RSJ Book Lovers Convention: Coming Soon