Don’t Miss the Baltimore Book Festival (And Come See Me!) #bbf2012

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What could be better than a book festival with free admission, tons of give-aways and prizes, roving gladiators and highlanders,  panels for every reader ranging from science fiction to romance, and sessions for aspiring authors to pitch their work to editors and agents? I’ll tell you what’s better than that. NOTHING!

So if you’re anywhere in the Baltimore area this weekend, put this on your calendar! And if you’re still not convinced, here’s a nice write up on it in Romantic Times magazine!

Here’s my schedule for the weekend, where I will be wearing both my hats as Stephanie Draven (romance author) and Stephanie Dray (historical fantasy author):

Saturday

1pm-2pm What is Women’s Fiction
(Maryland Romance Writer’s Stage)
Authors talk about what defines women’s fiction, how it differs from romance, and offer readings from their latest works. Giveaways/Raffles Authors include: Stephanie Dray, Lisa Verge Higgins, Sophie Perinot, Kate Quinn and Hope Tarr.

2pm-3pm Crossing Genres Panel
(Science Fiction/Fantasy Writer’s Association Tent)
Science fiction and fantasy have joined forces with many other popular genres. Come hear about our cross-over to other types of fiction, including mystery, graphic novels, historical fiction, and romance. Panelists include: Laura Ann Gilman, Stephanie Dray, Harry Heckel, Carmen Ferreiro-Estban, and Phillippa Ballantine.

3pm-4pm Book Readings & Signing
(Science Fiction/Fantasy Writer’s Association Tent)
Come listen to SFWA authors read from their work, engage them in Q&A, and win great prizes! Panelists include: Stephanie Dray, Laura Ann Gilman, Harry Heckel and Carmen Ferreiro-Esteba.

5:45 pm Sex and the Historical Fiction Author
(Maryland Romance Writer’s Stage)
Authors talk about the role of romance and sex in writing and telling a story of historical fiction and offer readings from their latest works. Giveaways/Raffles Authors include: Stephanie Dray, Sophie Perinot and Kate Quinn.

6:30pm Fifty Shades of Hot
(Maryland Romance Writer’s Stage)
Authors offer readings from their latest works and talk about writing the forbidden, including identifying and pushing their erotic boundaries, where the line crosses into pornography, and how to enjoy the risks and the payoffs of writing and reading erotic taboos. Giveaways/Raffles Authors include: Stephanie Draven, Megan Hart, Eliza Knight, Caridad Pineiro and Pam Rosenthal/Molly Weatherfield.

7pm SFWA Reception
(Science Fiction/Fantasy Writer’s Association Tent)
Join SFWA for a reception and autograph session with authors from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Enjoy good conversation, soft live music, and plenty of food and drink.

Sunday


2-3pm Writing Funny & Romantic
(Maryland Romance Writer’s Stage)
Authors talk about incorporating humor and comedic elements into romantic fiction and share readings from their latest works. Giveaways/Raffles Authors include: Debra Anastasia, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Christi Barth, Stephanie Draven, and Patricia Eimer

5-6pm Making Old Stories New
(Maryland Romance Writer’s Stage)
Authors present on how to create engaging fiction based on fairy tales, folklore, mythology, and history, and how to make those old stories new, fresh, and exciting. Giveaways/Raffles Authors include: Kate Dolan, Natalie Damschroder, Stephanie Draven, Laura Kaye, Alethea Kontis and Catherine Asaro.

6-7pm Creature Feature: Trends and Readings in Paranormal Romance
(Maryland Romance Writer’s Stage)
Authors argue the case for their favorite paranormal creature, talk about trends in paranormal romance, and offer readings from their latest works. Giveaways/Raffles Authors include: Sharon Buchbinder, Stephanie Draven, Laura Kaye, Loni Lynne and Laura Welling.

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