The 2015 ARC Author & Reader Convention opens today at the Downtown Superdome Holiday Inn.
A free book signing event will take place on Saturday, August 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Holiday Inn–Downtown Superdome, located at 330 Loyola Avenue, will offer a special $5 parking charge for those who would only like to attend the book signing. If patrons wish to stay longer, the full $18 parking fee will apply.
For five dollars and some change, ARC logo autograph books will be on sale for those interested in having their favorite authors pen their scripted pseudonyms all in one convenient place.
Ticket sales are closed for the rest of the events.
Before the hotel event opening, a ghost tour was offered on Wednesday night for early author arrivals. Various French Quarter outings were planned for attendees.
Friday, it’s all authors, panels, readings of book excerpts by authors, meeting and discussion time with guest authors, and more authors.
Highlights from Friday’s events include an hour of custom photography and book covers from 9 – 10 a.m. with Eric Battershell Photography, in the Dixieland room. The session will include tips on why, when and how to use a professional photographer for a custom book cover. Presenters include authors V.A. Dold, BL Marsh, Theresa Hissong, Julia Mills, Becky McGraw and Cynthia P. O’Neill.
V.A. Dold is an Amazon best-selling paranormal romance author. Her award-winning Le Beau Series books are popular reads on Amazon. The writer describes herself as a “Midwest native with her heart lost to Louisiana.” Her current novel, Lucas, is a crossover of both her Le Beau and K.I.S.S. series. Just released on July 22, Lucas is chocked full of shifters, vampires, and erotic content. Per Dold, her idea of “absolute heaven” is a day in the French Quarter with her computer, her coffee mug, and “the Brothers, of course,” as she has a “penchant for titillating tales featuring sexy men and strong women.”
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a publicist for authors. Dold runs the ARC Author & Reader Conventions.
Also from 9 – 10 a.m., the Authors Lounge in Ball Room B will feature authors Shannon Bell, Vanessa Booke, Anne Conley, Tammy Godfrey, Evelyn Lederman, Cherron Riser, Catherine Scott, and Josephine Templeton.
Baton Rouge author Josephine Templeton is a member of the Heart of Louisiana Baton Rouge Chapter of Romance Writers of America. She is author of the Fallen Angel Series. Book one of the series, Scorned, will be presented and discussed by Josephine during Friday’s panel.
Templeton shared her enthusiasm for ARC with atombash.com New Orleans Literature.
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From 2 – 3 p.m. on Friday, the Authors Lounge in Ball Room B will feature readings from Jessica Dragon Cheramie, Robbie Cox, Diana Marie DuBois, Theresa Hissong, Brenda Hunt, Sharon Rose Mayes, Ophelia London, Miranda Shanklin, Carrie F. Shepherd and Courtney Farrell.
Erotic and paranormal romance author Theresa Hissong managed a retail bookstore for nearly three years. Hissong is proud to say that she has gone behind the scenes to “write romantic stories with flare.” A romance lover through and through, Theresa daydreams of the “perfect love affair” and “takes those ideas to paper.”
Half of the proceeds from her newest erotic book Fully Loaded, will go to her charity of choice, Star Treatments. Per the author, “Fully Loaded is set in the French Quarter and follows a high school history teacher who falls for the bad boy bassist of a famous rock band.”
“I’m very excited to be joining my fellow authors in New Orleans this weekend for ARC 2015,” shared Hissong in a statement to atombash.com New Orleans Literature. “Coming to the city is always a treat to visit and now, I get to meet so many readers, new and old and that will be the highlight of my trip. Laissez les bon temp roulez!”
Friday, at 4 – 5 p.m. it will be time to Steam It Up in Ball Room A, where authors will bring out the paranormal side of NOLA with a supernatural flair. Grab a drink, and join authors Charity Parkerson, A.M. Griffin, Mandee Shanklin, Anne Conley, Dara Dyllin, and Alys Arden.
Novelist Alys Arden catalogs her writing as YA (Young Adult), paranormal and fantasy. Breakthrough success came at 29 for Arden with first novel The Casquette Girls. written with such expertly lackadaisical New Orleans candor that even through the eyes of the 16-year-old female protagonist, the maturity and plot mastery of Arden spill out onto the kinks of rapidly turning pages. The reader develops a post-Katrina-esque fascination with Arden’s details, even for those of us who experienced the firsthand aftermath of the storm. Occurrences are laid out in a smart and colloquial turn on the boundaries of normalcy and affect a matter-of-fact response from the reader akin to the protagonist’s own reaction to her post-storm foray into the darkness within her beloved and ruined city.
Alys will be presenting news on the Casqette sequel, The Romeo Catchers, soon via her web page.
“For me,” shared Arden with atombash.com New Orleans Literature, “the most exciting thing about ARC is finally meeting in person, all of the authors and readers that I have met online! It’s incredible to get everyone under the same roof. Shenanigans are sure to ensue.”
Friday rounds out with a dinner and dance.
Saturday will kick off with a 9 a.m. book signing with all the authors. The book signing is free and open to the public. Locations include Ball Room A & B, Ragtime, Dixieland and Jazz rooms within the Holiday Inn.
The events culminate with 6 p.m. awards and an 8 p.m. dance in ballrooms A and B.
For the full schedule of events, please click here.