B. A. Binns here, hoping you will join me in a story of celebration at Romancing The Genres!
I spent the first weekend in May celebrating of black and multi-cultural romance books, authors and readers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the annual Romance Slam Jam Conference. Attendees had three fun-filled days of workshops, lectures and keynotes, culminating in a banquet and the presentation of the Emma awards, named after Emma Rodgers, the co-founder of Romance Slam Jam. I got a slew of new books, made a ton of new friends, and got a chance to meet people from around the country that I only get to see at this annual conference.
The conference theme was Melt in Milwaukee, and although the temperature was unseasonably cold for the first week in May, we were all hot, hot, HOT! Especially during the Friday night Murder Mystery event, a “wedding” that included the murder of the groom’s best friend and a frantic attempt by participants to discover clues and uncover the murderer.
No, my table did not win, and many of the best romantic suspense authors came up with nothing. But in the end, the murderer was actually sitting at my table. Author Earl Sewell, who played the groom, was unmasked as the killer.
|Groom and his best friend, a.k.a future VICTIM|
|Wedding party, a.k.a. SUSPECTS|
|Bridzilla and the Wedding Planner|