Monday, May 30, 2016

A Message from Romance Author & Reader Events: Lose Your Heart in Edinburgh:                  

We would love to see you in your RARE shirt at the event.  If you don't live in the U.S. or the U.K. you can have the items shipped to Sheena and pick them up at registration and or the event.

Remember once you click the link to the T Shirt with the graphic you prefer you will see different styles for that shirt to the right:
  • Each black shirt has 10 different styles 
  • Grey has 8 different styles
  • White has 6 different styles and has three different colors available

ONLY use the mailing address if your not located in the U.K. or the U.S.:

United Kingdom

Can't wait to see you in 39 days!
RARE16 Team

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hi RARE16 Attendees:

Only 51 more freaking days !!!! OMGGGGGG <---insert fan girl voice.  As you may have noticed you will receive emails more often  until the event to serve as reminders to pertinent issues.  We are aware not all attendees are active in the Facebook attendee group so this is the only way to reach all.

In this email you will find info regarding the following:
  • Tshirt and Merchandise
  • Kristen Ashley Party
  • Meet & Greet Party
  • Info for those with disabilities
  • Volunteers
  • Table Map
  • Pre orders

The RARE16 TShirt campaign ends on May 20.  As long as we have enough orders as Tee Spring deems profitable they will still print the shirts.  We can relaunch the campaign again but it probably will not have all 4 options.  There are over 700 attendees and we have only sold 39 shirts.  ***KEEP in mind , T Shirts and RARE items will NOT be sold at the event.  We are using a store front to sell these items prior to the event.  We would love for you to wear your shirt to the event!
T Shirt link 

RARE16 Accessories available at Zazzle:  make sure to click all items (there are about 38 items)

Not sure what size to order?  Size conversion chart:

Only for those not in the UK you may ship your orders to the following UK address and pick them up at the registration party or signing
United Kingdom


Do you have your Kristen Ashley Rock Chick Rendezvous tickets for 7 July Thursday?  Even if tickets do not sell out they will stop being sold June 16.  Saturday night party (with light hor d'oeuvres, a cash bar and dancing the night away) will take place in the Dunedin Suite in the Radisson Blu. Kristen will all be there for you to greet, gab and get down with! We'll have some fun stuff to do as well while communing with your fellow Rock Chicks! This will be a ticketed event, so obviously you must purchase a ticket to enter . Your ticket will include a KA swag bag with a t-shirt, signed book and lots of goodies. 
Please make sure to indicate your t-shirt size.
Dress Code: We’ll be gettin’ down with drinks and a DJ so you can glam out if you like. Kit’ll no doubt be diva-ing it in heels. But we want you to feel good about yourself however you wanna be!



85% of the attending authors list will be there!  The evening will start out quiet so you can chat with your book friends about your day then we will break out the music and dance floor.  There is no dress code.  Some people like to dress up some don't - I will not be dressed up.  **All Meet & Greet and Friday Night Registration entrants must be at least 18 years of age due to a cash bar on premises**

Information for those with disabilities 

Shanghai Rooms - There is a lift/elevator available for those who need extra help. There are about 5-6 Steps which go up into the Le Monde hotel where the lift/elevator's are. The bouncers at the bottom of the steps are there to help you get up if you are ok with them touching you. Once you are into the Le Monde Hotel Reception inform them you are part of the Romance Author Event in the Shanghai room and you need the accessibility access.

EICC - The EICC have elevators/lifts to all floors as well as an escalator which goes down from the level below reception level down to the event.
Both venues have Disabled toilets and there is always someone on hand to help out. Please do not worry about asking for assistance.
There will be a few extra chairs within the signing venue and at the Meet & Greet should you need a break.  In addition there is an area outside the signing to sit , relax, eat. 



I've received several emails regarding volunteering.  We are in the midst of assigning volunteers now and we will be reaching out shortly.  Not all volunteers can be assistants to the authors, in fact many authors are bringing assistants with them and the rest have been filled.  So, what do we need?  We need volunteers to fill shifts for the following:
Line Ambassadors
Signing door entry
Registration party -registration desk
Registration front door
Meet & Greet front door

If you are interested AND have not previously messaged us please email and make sure to include which you would like to do. 


Yes, the table map will be published along with other surprises about one month prior!!



Most pre orders for authors will be closing this week if you MUST have a specific title either bring it with you or pre order it.  
Amazon Prime -Free 2 day shipping!
Book Depository -Free world wide shipping
Blackwell's Book Store will have all traditionally published titles and will have a special for RARE attendees! So have no fear you have a back up plan for those titles.

A. Meredith Walters

Abbi Glines N/A

Adriane Leigh

Aleatha Romig

Alice Clayton N/A

Amy Bartol N/A Make sure to bring the Premonition Series with you

Amy Harmon

Amy Plum N/A

Anna Todd N/A

C.D. Reiss

C.J. Roberts No Pre Order- make sure to bring with you

Callie Hart

Carina Adams

Cassia Leo

Celia Aaron

Cherrie Lynn

Christina Lauren N/A

Claire C. Riley

Clarissa Wild

Deborah Bladon No Pre orders will be giving away some books

Ella James TBA

Emma  Hart Mugs

Emma Hart

Georgia Cates Not bringing any books/no pre order

H.M. Ward Not bringing any books/no pre order

Helena Hunting Not bringing any books/no pre order

J.A. Huss No pre orders, will have her newest release only limited 

Jana Aston

Jane Harvey -Berrick

Jennifer Armentrout/J.Lynn N/A

Jo Raven

Julia Kent

Karina Halle no pre orders and limited books with her (indie titles)

Katie Ashley Not bringing any books No Pre orders for indie titles

Ker Dukey

Kirsty Moseley

Kitty/Kat French No Pre Order

Kresley Cole N/A

Kristen Ashley N/A

L.A. Casey

L.H. Cosway

Lauren Rowe No preorder, limited supply of books on hand. Lauren will have mostly book 1 of my series The Club and a few token copies of the rest of the series, as well as my standalone psych thriller Countdown to Killing Kurtis. We strongly urge you t bring books, but Lauren will have a few. 

Liliana Hart

 Mariana Zapata

Nashoda Rose

Natasha Preston

Paige Weaver

Patrice (P.T.) Michelle  Bringing limited quantities with her

Portia Moore

R.J. Prescott N/A

R.K. Lilley Not bringing any books/no pre order

Rebecca Donovan N/A

Rebecca Zanetti N/A

Rhyannon Byrd N/A

Ruth Clampett

S.C. Stephens N/A

Samantha Towle No pre order bringing limited quantity

Samantha Young for indie titles only

Sloane Howell

Sophie Jackson N/A

Stylo Fantome

Suzanne Wright

Terri E. Laine:

Tessa Teevan

Tiffany Snow

Tillie Cole No Pre Orders

T. Gephart

Toni Aleo

Wendy Higgins N/A

We can't wait to meet you all
<3 The RARE16 Team

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Sunday, May 1, 2016


Do you still have bunches of books to read?  to buy?  See below for a list of standalone reads to help you hurry through.

***Some authors are closing their pre orders due to long shipping times from the printer.  Make sure you either pre order and or purchase through a book retailer; Amazon, Book Depository etc.***

Several wait list tickets were released but not purchased, you have limited time to claim these.  Hurry up and get them while they are available.

If your attending, don't forget to join the attendee page:

DON'T FORGET..., you can get in early before the crowd!  Make sure to read and review on Amazon or Goodreads .  The attendee with the most reviews wins, you must have a general admission ticket to be considered.  Find out more details here...

I know many of us have anxiety (see newletter :P ) about the signing, fangirling, and meeting our faves... I've mentioned this before but um yeah about Kresley Cole. OMFG. Just emailing her assistant this week took me 30 minutes. I've read 19 of her books and will have read 3 more before RARE16. I'm thinking A) she will be scared of me if I show up with 22 books and want them ALL personalized. I mean what can you say in 22 books? 2. ) She will never want to do a RARE signing again. 3. ) How would I get them all home :/ ? #problemsofabooknerd  #weallfangirl #supporteachother

One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters
Abbi Glines  The Vincent Boys (only 2 books)
Adriane Leigh: Wild or Blind Sight (this was combined to one book from her serial)
Aleatha Romig:  Insidious (supposed to be 2 books but the ending of book one is sufficient IMO)
Alice Clayton:  Any in the Cocktail or Hudson series can be read as a stand alone
Amy Bartol :  series BUT THEY ARE SO GOOD
Amy Harmon:  Making Face, A Different Blue, The Law of Moses, The Song of David
Amy Plum: series
Anna Todd: series
C.D. Reiss:  Hardball
C.J. Roberts series
Callie Hart: Calico
Carina Adams:  Forever Red
Cassia Leo:  Black Box, Anti Romance
Celia Aaron: Cleat Chaser
Cherrie Lynn:  Rock Me , Leave Me Breathless
Christina Lauren:  Each is a different character in a different story so any could be read as a stand alone
Claire C. Riley:  Shut Up and Kiss Me
Clarissa Wild:  Twenty One, Mr X
Deborah Bladon: Serials but together are the length of one book
Ella James: Sloth
Emma Hart: Blind Date
Helena Hunting: Pucked book 1
J.A. Huss:  321, 18
Jana Aston: Wrong, Right
Jane Harvey-Berrick:  Lifers
Jennifer Armentrout:  The Trouble With Forever, any in the waiting series
Jo Raven: Inked Brotherhood or Damage Control series each book is a different character
Julia Kent: Shopping For a Billionaire (each is very short), Random has different characters per book
Karina Halle:  The Play
Katie Ashley:  Drop Dead Sexy
Ker Dukey:  I See You, Drawn to You, My Soul Keeper
Kirsty Moseley:  The Boy Who Climbed In My Bedroom Window
Kitty/Kat French:
Kresley Cole: Book one in the Game Makers series
Kristen Ashley: Knight, Mystery Man, Law Man, Motorcycle Man (any in this series)
L.A. Casey: Frozen, Dominic
L.H. Cosway:  Painted Faces, Six of Hearts
Liliana Hart:  The Collective, ALPHA Squadron, Paradise
Mariana Zapata:  Under Locke, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
Nashoda Rose: Torn From You (Tear Asunder #1 can be read as standalone) the Unyielding series (each can be read as a standalone
Natasha Preston:  Awake, Second Chance, Save Me, Our Chance,
Paige Weaver: Sweet Destruction
P.T. Michelle series but the In The Shadows books are shorter
Portia Moore:  series, What Happens After can be read as a standalone but if your going to read the If I Break series I wouldn’t.
R.J. Prescott: The Hurricane (each a different character)
R.K. Lilley: The Other Man
Rebecca Donovan: What If
Rebecca Zanetti: Series but each book is a different character
Rhyannon Byrd:  Dangerous Tides (each book a different character)
Ruth Clampett:  Wet
S.C. Stepehens: Furious Rush
Samantha Towle: Trouble, The Ending I Want
Samantha Young:  On Dublin Street (book 1)
Sloane Howell: Cleat Chasers,
Sophie Jackson:  series
Stylo Fantome: The Bad Ones
Suzanne Wright:  From Rags or Feral Sins
Terri E. Laine: Cruel and Beautiful
Tessa Teevan: Explosive, The Wellingtons, Sweet Southern (each book a different character)
Tiffany Snow:  Blank Slate
Tillie Cole:  A Thousand Boy Kisses, Carillo Boys,  Scarred Souls (different characters in each book)
T. Gephart: High Strung, any of the Power Station or Black Addiction (each different characters)
Toni Aleo:  Let It Be, The Assassins series (each a different character), Bellevue Bullies (each a different character)

Wendy Higgins: Flirting With Me, Kiss Collector (yet to be published)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

THUMP.....THUMP....THUMP...THUMP..THUMP my heart realizing #RARE16 is 73 days away!

I'm sure i'm not alone having anxiety, whether it's due to organizing, being a first timer, worried about not being able to fit all the authors in, coming alone, or being shy we all have anxiety right about now. Excited but nervous.  Regardless why we're nervous it's real.  So, take some deep breaths and lets put you at ease.
Tips from one die hard reading fan girl to another
  •  Have a plan- once you receive the seating chart and itinerary get to work deriving your plan and back up plan.  
  • READ, READ, AND READ SOME MORE-I'm one of those die hards , I will read one book from every attending author.  I don't want any regret afterwards when I read them and think dang it, I missed them at RARE16.  It literally kills me when attendees say "I'm only here for these three authors" .  WHAT??? well then you won't mind me moving you along?  This is such an amazing opportunity , I'm floored at our line up, please try and meet every author.
  • Bring your books with you if possible and if not DON'T FORGET TO PRE ORDER.  These authors don't get back often enough so don't miss out.  Remember pre orders are for independently published works and traditional means the book retailer Blackwell's will be selling them at the event.  Authors can not afford to ship or bring an abundance of copies with them, meaning they will run out.  Blackwell's will NOT have every traditionally published book, so don't take the chance of being heartbroken...bring them with you.  
  • Enter every giveaway to get early entry tickets or get in the queue early
  • Laugh all you want at those carts full of books being pulled around, at least they don't have burns on their shoulders from their bags??? Be prepared.
  • I love how many attendees say they are shy but boy, you put them in their element and BOOM!  Trust me when I tell you, even if your shy you will be in your element and find friends.  You will seriously surprise yourself, especially while waiting in the
  • QUEUES yep, it doesn't matter what strategy organizers use to shorten the wait time will have time waiting around and this my friend is where the magic happens.  Put a smile on your face and say hello to those around you because these other attendees could become YOUR PEOPLE (or you scare them and they run away which is also a win/win since you move up in the line).  Life long friendships can start at this very time or at least those that are fun over a pint.  Make the most of it cause you'll be doing a lot of waiting.
  • Don't come naked, but don't wear too many clothes either.  Yes the venue has air conditioning but you will be moving around, waiting, lugging kg's /lbs of books with you.. it will get hot, please wear deodorant and don't wear heavy clothes.
  • By God do NOT wear heels... wear comfy shoes cause your feet will be really sore at the end of the day.  Those in fancy shoes are less competition , trust me you will be running circles around them with your map.
  • Get a good night sleep and do your stretches before hand... this is some serious business
  • Be flexible in your plan.  If an authors line is moving slowly move to another
  • I promise you will get to meet as many authors as you want.  Yes , i've done the math and yes I understand mathematically it is impossible.  Ask the RARE14 attendees, those with plans get to meet all the authors.  RARE makes magic happen , between the signing and the meet and greet your golden.  
  • We all fan girl but remember the golden unto others.  Try not to take too much time up when chatting with the author.  We all do it, we get caught up and forget but once you remember try and move it along.  Certainly it is not required and if it's one of your faves I get it but maybe be more mindful of the others that you like but might be a fave of the person behind you.  
That's it for now.  If you would like more tips for the signing make sure to check out the files in the Attendee group.


  • ***Do you still need a ticket to the FREE registration party Friday night 8 July?  We are now opening the doors one hour earlier for NON TICKETED attendees wanting to swing by and just pick up their registration pack and leave.  Yes, you can now show up at the Shanghai Room between 5:30pm-6:30pm to just grab your packet but you will not be able to stay. If you are ticketed you will not be able to enter until 6:30pm.  After 6:30pm only ticketed attendees can enter and stay. As attendees leave we will let more enter but until then you will have to wait outside.  It might be best to eat dinner then come along and see if you can enter after a couple hours.  Friday night will be a blast, this is a place for you to meet up with your book friends and chat, drink , take pictures.  Enjoy the cash bar and music!!***
  • Not arriving until Saturday? No problem!  You will be able to register as you enter the EICC signing venue.
  • So far 80% of the author line up will be at the Meet & Greet
  • Don't forget about the files on the attendee page, there is a ton of useful info kept there; FAQ's, Recommended reads, pre order links, hotel info, current attending authors.
  • If you sell your ticket please go to Eventbrite and change the name and email address for the new owner. If you were the first 100 to purchase multiple tickets and you are selling to more than one person you will need to email Amy at or but ONLY  if you are NO longer attending.  If you are attending then you will register and then give the tickets/registration items to the purchaser.
  • All pre order links are at the bottom of this message
  • All tours are now closed and payment is due by Friday 30 April
  • Don't forget to purchase your Rock Chick Rendezvous ticket to hang with Kristen Ashley on Thursday 7 July.  The ticket gets you a book, swag, T-shirt , and more time with one of your faves. She truly is a blast to hang with:
  • Volunteers are currently being assigned and we will be reaching out to you individually.  Remember if you want to volunteer those able to volunteer the entire day will be in early and will receive lunch.  If you would like to volunteer please email please give your name, if you are available for the day or certain hours, if you've ever volunteered at a signing before (not required) and which one.
  • RARE16 Storefront to open by the weekend
  • Meet & Greet tickets
  • We anymore authors be added or cancel?  We have no idea and we certainly hope there will not be any additional cancels.  And yes, Tina and I are always working on something... BWAHAHHHAHAHAAA
  • There are several surprises lined up and we can't wait for you to find out

 Recommended Reads


Do you like angst?  Do you like suspense?  Tiffany is your girl, she has written two series (they read really fast ) with angst, another one which is a bit darker than what she normally writes and a stand alone.  I hate admitting this but I only recently found Tiffany and it was from RARE.  Once I started I binge read The Kathleen Turner series and the Risky Business Trilogy...and I have recently started The Tangled Ivy Trilogy.  Obviously her stories are addicting whether it has the angst or suspense factor you will find yourself eagerly flipping the pages to the end. All her books are fantastic but Kathleen, well she has a special place in my heart.  Once you think you love her she irritates you, once you think she is on your last nerve you love her.  Andddd those boys Tiffany writes, holy moses are they to die for.  Every.Single.One.of.Them are hot in their own ways -enter the angst.  Decisions, Decisions, Decisions, if we could all be so lucky.  Honestly , I haven't chatted with anyone that hasn't loved her series.  If you are an angst lover, give her a try...
Amazon UK:
Amazon US:


I just don't get it..honestly I can not believe the number of our attendees that may not have read any of these freaking books?  It is utterly baffling to me.  RK is one of the most versatile romance writers i've read.  I've not read another romance author that writes stronger more likable female leads.  Even when their vulnerable, they aren't weak.  The Up In The Air series stars the B*stard James Cavendish who we LOVE to hate.  Sex on a stick, a cool drink of water, Alpha, controlling , millionaire...YES PLEASE. He will make you so mad at times but yet you will eat every page up to get to the end.  You have no idea what your missing... The audible is .99 and the first book is el cheapo.  OH and there is a book now Mr. Beautiful from ole James' point of view...HOT. Damn.  Don't forget about the novella LANA.  This is her own story moving forward and not a retelling, I normally despise novellas but this is my all time fave.

O.K. so James is too over the top for you?  How about some freaking Tristan?  Yeah good luck on not falling for this one.  Once you go in you won't stop.  I read and listened to all three of these beauts and yeah game. over.  He will be one of your favorite book boyfriends I guarantee it. The emotion in this one will keep you up until 3am on a work night, yes it is that good.  Go ahead try it , I dare you.

Need a little cray cray in your life?  Take a walk on the Wild Side, this trilogy is addicting.  You keep turning pages thinking nooo, yesssss, wth?  It too is a fast read.

The Other Man - stand alone hot read that has the characters from the Up In The Air series in the background.

Breaking Him & Breaking Her- Another fantastic lead character both the male and the female.  Scarlet is one of my faves.  This messy story has a little bit of everything and is R.K.'s newest releases-both are available and are just as page turning.

I challenge each of you to not only read one book from each attending author but pick up a book from R.K. Lilley.  I love them all but if alpha isn't your think Tristan and Danika may be.
Up In The Air  Amazon UK
Up in The Air Amazon US
Tristan & Danika UK
Tristan & Danika US
Breaking Him UK
Breaking Him  US


Portia Moore

Yes I know another series after I said don't get caught up in series.  Once you start , you won't put down this series until your done. A very fast read and I do highly recommend reading the novella.  Yes it is from his POV but once you start reading you will want to know everything.  I seriously can not tell you anything else because it would be a spoiler and I want your reaction to be organic. Like when your head explodes because YOU.HAD.NO.IDEA.  Oh and just wait until you meet miss innocent at RARE16, um no.  All cute and innocent looking , WHATEVER.  This story is heavily plot driven which is always a plus.  Portia's FIRST books have hundreds of 5 stars on Amazon UK, US, and Goodreads. When I saw the number of reviews I couldn't believe I hadn't heard of her.  I 1 clicked and had no idea..I love when that happens.  Mark my words this is the first of many whoppers to see from this author.  So happy for her and can't wait to see what she is working on next.
Amazon UK  Freeeeee
Amazon US  Freeeeee


So Tina , Adriane Leigh, Lee Casey, Terri E. Laine will start an epic road trip in Ireland on June  28 headquartered in Galway.  Starting July 2-6 Tina, Adriane, Terri, Neda, and I will continue through Scotland and will be housed outside of Inverness.  Dash Cams will be involved to record either the hilarity of the weeks or murder, it's still early.  Look for a mini van filled with a bunch of crazy women on a YouTube channel near you ...maybe.  If you live near by let us know, we would love to meet up with you while on the road.  Our goal is to be available in Edinburgh the evening of July 6 so we can spend meal times, evenings, and touring with all of you.  We will post each day what and where we will be and hopefully this time we can spend some quality time together.  #RAREroadies #findingJAMMF 


Make sure you tell all your favorite authors about #RARE17 Berlin 1 July 2017 and #RARE18 Italy May 2018. We already have a fantastic line up heading your way. Some new and some RARE alumni.