Love is in the Air: Romance at the 2017 Festival


If you’re searching for romance, look no further than #VaLoveFest, our day-long celebration of romance writing at the Virginia Festival of the Book. This year, these programs will take place at the Omni Hotel on Saturday, March 25. Four programs featuring romance authors across a variety of subgenres as well as audiobook narrators will run back-to-back all day long, so block off your schedule!

The day will start out with a panel on paranormal romance, featuring authors Pintip Dunn (Forget Tomorrow), Margaret Locke (A Scandalous Matter), and Natalina Reis (Desert Jewel) discussing their otherworldly work. Each of their tales focus on heroines facing the impossible force of the future in fantastical settings.

More interested in the men of romance rather than supernatural passion? Our romance audiobook narrator panel features voice actors David Brenin, Will Damron, Luke Daniels, Derek Perkins, and Aiden Snow. Together with moderator and fellow narrator Andi Arndt, they’ll discuss the audiobook publishing world and how to create performances that carry romance listeners from first blush to happily ever after. With audiobook downloads on the rise, this is sure to be an interesting and insightful panel.

The afternoon will continue with two more panels, one featuring an in-depth look at contemporary romance and the other discussing the intricacies of historical romance writing.

Modern Love, the contemporary romance panel, will feature authors Brandi Granett (Triple Love Score), Mary Ann Marlowe (Some Kind of Magic), and Hope Ramsay (A Christmas Bride) discussing the quirky heroines and contemporary settings in their books about modern love. Readers of romance are sure to love the variety of selections, from debut novels to works of seasoned veterans.

The final program of the day will be An Inconvenient Love: Historical Romance. Rose Fairbanks (Renewed Hope), Julia London (Sinful Scottish Laird), and S.K. Long (Passion in the Pines) will discuss their historical novels that explore love, marriage, and second chances. Readers of Jane Austen will love Fairbanks’ variation on Pride and Prejudice, while readers interested in American history will find intrigue in Long’s work. And for those readers interested in a series, London’s book Sinful Scottish Laird is a sure bet. Undoubtedly, there will be plenty of interesting material to spark reader’s interest!

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