Bookathon Jan 2024

LGBTQ fiction publisher Bold Strokes Books is hosting a five day webinar bookathon for your viewing pleasure. Connect with your favorite authors as they read from their latest books and delve into all things literary. Questions to: sandy@boldstrokesbooks.com.

Registration is required for each session. Please register for each session you want to attend below. All times are EST. Sessions are 50 minutes.


Saturday January 13, 2024

11:00 AM — Happy 20th Birthday 

It’s BSB’s 20th birthday and you’re invited to the party!

Moderator: Sandy Lowe

Panelists: Kim Baldwin, Radclyffe, Stacia Seaman, Ali Vali

12:00 PM — Trans Books

Chat

Elena Abbott, Heather K O’Malley, Sander Santiago

1:00 PM — Chills and Thrills: Mystery

Author Readings and Q&A

Moderator: Mary P. Burns

Panelists: Bailey Bridgewater, Mary P. Burns, Crin Claxton, Greg Herren, Cari Hunter

2:00 PM — What Can Romance Novels Teach Us About Real-Life Relationships?

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Moderator: Nan Campbell

Panelists: Elizabeth Bradshaw, Kris Bryant, Cathy Dunnell, Alaina Erdell, Kelly and Tana Fireside

3:00 PM — Sounds Like You: Writing Voice

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Moderator: Sandy Lowe

Panelists: Suzie Clarke, Claire Forsythe, Cari Hunter, Kristin Keppler and Allisa Bahney, Ileandra Young

4:00 PM — Off to See the Wizard: Fantasy

Author Readings and Q&A

Moderator: Lauren Melissa Ellzey

Panelists: Lauren Melissa Ellzey, Sam Ledel, Suzanne Lenoir, Genevieve McCluer, Anne Shade, Barbara Ann Wright

5:00 PM — Head Over Heels: Lovable Romance Heroines

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Moderator: Jane Walsh

Panelists: Joy Argento, Dena Blake, Krystina Rivers, Nance Sparks, Carsen Taite, Angie Williams

6:00 PM — Bring the Heat: Steamy

Author Readings and Q&A

Moderator: Tagan Shepard

Panelists: Ana Hartnett, Piper Jordan, Aurora Rey, KC Richardson, Renee Roman

7:00 PM — And On, and On: Writing Series

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Moderator: Aurora Rey

Panelists: Kimberly Cooper Griffin, Suzanne Lenoir, J.M. Redmann, Jane Walsh, Karis Walsh


Sunday January 14, 2024

11:00 AM — Keeping It Local: Setting

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Moderator: Julie Cannon

Panelists: Kris Bryant, Spencer Greene, Ursula Klein, Anna Larner, Jaycie Morrison

12:00 PM — Follow Your Heart: Romance

Author Readings and Q&A

Moderator: Melissa Brayden

Panelists: Melissa Brayden, Gun Brooke, Nan Campbell, Anna Larner, Kit Meredith, Missouri Vaun

1:00 PM — Passed It: Writing History

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Moderator: Sheri Lewis Wohl

Panelists: Morgan Lee Miller, David S. Pederson, Missouri Vaun, Jane Walsh

2:00 PM — The Romance Formula: Is the Crisis Moment Overrated?

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Moderator: Melissa Brayden

Panelists: Kris Bryant, Nan Campbell, Ursula Klein, Aurora Rey, Krystina Rivers, Ali Vali

3:00 PM — Judge a Book by Its Cover

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Moderator: Sandy Lowe

Panelists: Elena Abbott, J.J. Hale, Nance Sparks, Nicole Stiling, Kelly Wacker

4:00 PM — Bump in the Night: Paranormal

Chat

Crin Claxton, Clifford Mae Henderson, Sheri Lewis Wohl

5:00 PM — On Tenterhooks: Suspense

Author Readings and Q&A

Moderator: CJ Birch

Panelists: CJ Birch, Bailey Bridgewater, Mary P. Burns, Kelly Wacker, MJ Williamz, Sheri Lewis Wohl

6:00 PM — Too Good to be True: Blending Fact and Fiction

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Moderator: Barbara Ann Wright

Panelists: Georgia Beers, Dena Blake, Suzie Clarke, Anne Shade, Tagan Shepard

7:00 PM — First Impressions: Character Meetings

Author Readings and Q&A

Moderator: Ana Hartnett

Panelists: CJ Birch, Cathleen Collins, Kimberly Cooper Griffin, Ana Hartnett, Clifford Mae Henderson, Jenna Jarvis


Monday January 15, 2024

4:00 PM — Gobsmacked: Surprising Moments

Author Readings and Q&A

Moderator: Krystina Rivers

Panelists: Georgia Beers, CF Frizzell, Morgan Lee Miller, Krystina Rivers, Nance Sparks

5:00 PM — Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day: BIPOC Authors

Author Readings and Q&A

Moderator: Sander Santiago

Panelists: Lauren Melissa Ellzey, Sander Santiago, Anne Shade, Frederick Smith

6:00 PM — Keepin’ It Real: Writing Realistic Dialogue

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Moderator: Ana Hartnett

Panelists: Cathleen Collins, Alaina Erdell, Clifford Mae Henderson, Erin Kaste, D. Jackson Leigh, Radclyffe

7:00 PM — Work in Progress: Character Journeys

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Moderator: Radclyffe

Panelists: Genevieve McCluer, Jordan Meadows, Morgan Lee Miller, Jaycie Morrison, Heather K O’Malley, David S. Pederson


Saturday January 20, 2024

11:00 AM — Strong Finish: Components of Satisfying Endings 

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Moderator: Greg Herren

Panelists: Jennifer Karter, Sam Ledel, D. Jackson Leigh, Kit Meredith, Radclyffe

12:00 PM — Author’s Choice: The Best Scene 

Author Readings and Q&A

Moderator: Kelly Fireside

Panelists: Joy Argento, Elizabeth Bradshaw, Gun Brooke, Suzie Clarke, Kelly and Tana Fireside

1:00 PM — Prolific: Published 20+ Books 

Panel

Moderator: Amanda Radley

Panelists: Melissa Brayden, Gun Brooke, Julie Cannon, Greg Herren, Radclyffe

2:00 PM — All the Feels: Emotional 

Author Readings and Q&A

Moderator: Kit Meredith

Panelists: Julie Cannon, Cathy Dunnell, Claire Forsythe, Erin Kaste, Kristin Keppler and Allisa Bahney

3:00 PM — Lights, Camera…Action Scenes

Author Readings and Q&A

Moderator: Nance Sparks

Panelists: Nicole Stiling, Jesse J. Thoma, Jane Walsh, Karis Walsh, Ileandra Young

4:00 PM — Growing Up is Hard to Do: YA Fiction

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Moderator: Jacqueline Fein-Zachary

Panelists: Lauren Melissa Ellzey, Greg Herren, Suzanne Lenoir, Jordan Meadows

5:00 PM — Aha! Epiphanies

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Moderator: Anne Shade

Panelists: Genevieve McCluer, KC Richardson, Renee Roman, Tagan Shepard, Sheri Lewis Wohl

6:00 PM — Life & Art: Your Writing Process 

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Moderator: J.M. Redmann

Panelists: Sandra Barret, Dena Blake, Alaina Erdell, Jesse J. Thoma, Angie Williams

7:00 PM — Into Battle: Fight Scenes

Author Readings and Q&A

Moderator: Clifford Mae Henderson

Panelists: Elena Abbott, Sandra Barret, Clifford Mae Henderson, Jennifer Karter, J.M. Redmann


Sunday January 21, 2024

11:00 AM — Now or Never: Falling in Love with Danger 

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Moderator: Jesse J. Thoma

Panelists: Mary P. Burns, Crin Claxton, Cathy Dunnell, Kristin Keppler and Allisa Bahney, Barbara Ann Wright

12:00 PM — Kiss Me, Quick! Kiss Scenes  

Author Readings and Q&A

Moderator: Tana Fireside

Panelists: Jacqueline Fein-Zachary, Kelly and Tana Fireside, Spencer Greene, Aurora Rey, Barbara Ann Wright

1:00 PM — Worldly: International Authors’ Choice  

Author Readings and Q&A

Moderator: J.J. Hale

Panelists: Jenny Frame, J.J. Hale, Jenna Jarvis, Melissa Sky, Jane Walsh, Ileandra Young

2:00 PM — Teacher’s Pet: Your Advice to New Writers

Chat

Nance Sparks, Jesse J. Thoma, Ali Vali

3:00 PM — Hooked: Romance Tropes 

Panel

Moderator: Julie Cannon

Panelists: Elizabeth Bradshaw, Spencer Greene, Ursula Klein, D. Jackson Leigh, C. Spencer, Nicole Stiling

4:00 PM — Setting the Scene: First Chapter

Author Readings and Q&A

Moderator: Jennifer Karter

Panelists: Jennifer Karter, Sander Santiago, Tagan Shepard, Jesse J. Thoma, Karis Walsh

5:00 PM — Just A Number: Do Character Ages Count? 

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Moderator: Renee Roman

Panelists: Jean Copeland, Kimberly Cooper Griffin, Ana Hartnett, Sam Ledel, Jaycie Morrison, Krystina Rivers

6:00 PM — Page Stealers: Favorite Secondary Characters

Author Readings and Q&A

Moderator: Bailey Bridgewater

Panelists: Joy Argento, CJ Birch, Bailey Bridgewater, Julie Cannon, Jacqueline Fein-Zachary

7:00 PM — The Writer’s Life: How Similar Are You? 

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Join us for this rapid-fire quiz to determine how similar or different our authors are!

Moderator: Sandy Lowe

Panelists: Jean Copeland, Clifford Mae Henderson, Jennifer Karter, Jordan Meadows