Once upon a time three romance authors and one blogger went out in Manhattan after attending one of the city’s many literary reading series. Amidst the pungent aroma of cigars and single-malt scotch the conversation turned to the sadÂ fact thatÂ there exists no reading forum for romance fiction in Manhattan, the seat of the publishing kingdom. And that struck us–oops, them–as really rather sad.
Then one of the romance writers, we’ll call her Princess Maya, got this gleam in her eye. All, well, gleamy-eyed, she looked ’round the Round Table (okay, it was a booth, but…), drew a deep breath, and announced, “Jeepers, let’s start a romance reading series of our very own!”
Okay, she didn’t actually say “jeepers.” I’m totally making that part upÂ but the rest, for sure, is right on the money. And within that 30Â seconds or so of yes, sheer brilliance,Â Lady Jane was born.
Co-sponsored by Share the Love and Beatrice.com and co-founded by Maya Rodale, Ron Hogan, Leanna Renee Hieber, and yes, Moi, Lady Jane’s Salon is Manhattan’s first (and so far only)Â reading series devoted to romance fiction. The Salon will meet on the first Monday of every month startingÂ February 2nd, 7-9 PM at the uber swank Madame X lounge in Tribeca.
The program format will be two author readers per evening with a short break between and a Q&A gab fest finale. Andrea Pickens and Yours Truly will be getting the party startedÂ in February; future authors TBA.
Admission is one gently-used romance novel or $5, your pick. All proceeds will benefit Share The Love, a non-profit organization that distributes gently-used romance novels to groups assisting women-in-transition. That we get to read our books and share the possibility ofÂ Happily Ever AfterÂ beginnings with women working to build hopeful, independentÂ livesÂ is more than the best of both worlds. It’sÂ the stuff of whichÂ real life fairytales are made.
For directions and otherÂ delicious details, please check out my Media and Events page. And for more juicy behind-the-scenes scoopage, please plan to stop by our live chat this Sunday, January 25th atÂ Romance Novel TV.
Wishing you sweet dreams and candy-heart kisses…