Romance Writers of America Conference, San Diego

Wednesday, July 13 – Saturday, July 16, San Diego

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Romance Writers of America Conference

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

333 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101


Wednesday, July 13

Open to the Public (Free Admission)

Readers for Life Literacy Autographing, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

100s of Authors


Thursday, July 14

Montlake Romance Book Signing, 9:45 – 11:15 a.m

Signing The Shark


Kensington Publishing Book Signing 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Signing Vulnerable!


Friday, July 15

Signing as Mary Ellen Taylor!

Berkley and NAL Book Signing, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Signing The View from Prince Street


Saturday, July 15

The Secret Ingredient in a Page Turner, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m

I’ll be talking about the top-secret component that makes a romance novel pop, why mystery and suspense is the key—even in the most traditional romances—and the nuanced techniques that keep readers coming back for more.





See You in Milwaukee! Barbara Vey’s 5th Annual Reader Appreciation Luncheon

BV-Readers-TVFriday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1

Join me, Barbara, Keynote Speaker Eloisa James, 58 other authors and fellow booklovers as we celebrate readers, books and writers!


FRIDAY 6:30 p.m.

Friday Night Live!  Free!

Q&A Session with all early arriving authors followed by mixing and mingling.




Reader Appreciation Luncheon(Ticketed Event/Sold Out)


3:30-4:30 pm

Book Signing (50 authors!)


5:30 pm

FANtastic Pizza Party Book Signing



7:00 pm

Author Party



Breakfast with an Author

Ticketed Event


More info at


Clarion Hotel Airport
5311 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee 53207
(414) 481-2400

The READ Center Spelling Bee

Recently I joined the board of directors for The READ Center, a Richmond based non-profit organization that offers free literacy education programs to adults who wish to learn to read or improve their reading skills.  Already I’ve jumped in with both feet and now serve as the chair of the Marketing and Development Committee.  Our first big event is a Spelling Bee scheduled for May 23.  I’m the first to admit my spelling is not the best but that won’t stop me from sponsoring a team of spellers to compete in the Bee.  Today UPS Freight invited READ’s Executive Director and I to a kick-off meeting for their employees and to announce that UPS Freight will be the title sponsor of the event.

(L-R) April Rehmann of UPS Freight, READ's Executive Director Harriet Scruggs and me.


RWA Conference 2010

MB, Michelle Monkou and Julia Canchola.

Karen White, Wendy Wax, MB and Joan Schulhafer.

A few more photos from the conference…

RWA 2010 Conference Orlando

Just wrapped up five days in Orlando where I attended the Romance Writers of America’s 2010 conference. The conference was great fun and I enjoyed hearing Linda Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz and Dianna Love speak.

Boats leaving the Dolphin and Swan hotels for the parks.

The Dolphin Hotel.

MB at the T-Rex in downtown Disney

The RWA Literacy Signing with Victoria Bylin.

RomCon Day 2

Saturday at RomCon was packed with great sessions and opportunities to meet readers!

The Romantic Suspense Panel: MB, Cindy Gerard, Susan Crandall, Tara Jazeen and Pamela Clare

MB sat next to Cathy Clamp/Cat Adams at the big book signing.

MB at Author's Alley

Stunning cupcakes at the launch party for HCI's "Vows."