LGBTQ fiction publisher Bold Strokes Books is hosting a three day webinar Bookathon for your viewing pleasure. Connect with your favorite authors as they read from their latest and forthcoming books, and discuss all things literary. Questions to: Sandy Lowe

Registration is required for each session. Please register for each session you want to attend below. 

All times are EDT.

Panels are 50 minutes.


Friday July 31, 2020

4:00 PM — Love You Forever: Writing HEA 

Join these Bold Strokes Books romance authors as they discuss what it takes to craft a believable swoon-worthy happily ever after.

Moderator: Georgia Beers
Panelists: Melissa Brayden, Kris Bryant, Donna K. Ford, Morgan Lee Miller, Lee Patton, Anne Shade

5:00 PM — Setting: The Other Main Character

Join Bold Strokes Books authors as they discuss creating setting and setting the stage for their novels. From bustling city streets to quiet country manors, setting is the other main character.

Moderator: Yolanda Wallace
Panelists: Jane Fletcher, Jaycie Morrison, David S. Pederson, Aurora Rey, Jessica L. Webb, Ileandra Young

6:00 PM — Wild Imaginings

Join Bold Strokes Books authors for a discussion of the fantastical, the magical, the otherworldly, and all things that go bump in the night.

Moderator: D. Jackson Leigh
Panelists: Jane C. Esther, Michelle Larkin, Genevieve McCluer, Karen F. Williams, Ileandra Young

7:00 PM — Reader Roundtable: BSB Fans Dish About Books

Join these avid Bold Strokes Books fans for a discussion of our books from the reader perspective. What do readers want? Let’s find out!

Moderator: Barbara Ann Wright
Panelists: Ally Fion, Anita Kelly, Maria Peña, Cris Perez-Soria

8:00 PM — Author Readings and Q&A

Join these Bold Strokes Books authors as they give a sneak peek of their new and upcoming releases.

Panelists: Melissa Brayden, St John Karp, Kathleen Knowles, Renee Roman, Jessica L. Webb, Anne Shade


Saturday August 1, 2020

3:00 PM — Keynote: Don’t Write Me Off


Pamela Stewart will be speaking from her decades of experience in business, LGBTQ+ advocacy, as a Black woman, a graduate of the GCLS Writing Academy, and an avid reader and supporter of our fiction. Please join us for her keynote address.

4:00 PM — Push/Pull: The Role of Conflict in Romance

No one likes a rocky road to love, except in fiction! Join these Bold Strokes Books authors as they discuss the push/pull of creating conflict and tension in their novels.

Moderator: Aurora Rey
Panelists: Georgia Beers, Dena Blake, Jean Copeland, Emily Smith, Yolanda Wallace, Nancy Wheelton

5:00 PM — Stepping Up: Writing Hero(ine)s

What makes a good fiction heroine? From alpha heroes to girls next door, join these Bold Strokes Books authors for a discussion of the heroines in fiction.

Moderator: Anne Shade
Panelists: Rachel E. Bailey, Erin Dutton, Kimberly Cooper Griffin, Radclyffe, Carsen Taite, Jesse J. Thoma

6:00 PM — Swoon: Dreamy Characters

What makes a character the perfect romance novel protagonist? Join these Bold Strokes Books authors to find out!

Moderator: Ali Vali
Panelists: Dena Blake, Kathleen Knowles, C.A. Popovich, Emily Smith, Elle Spencer, Yolanda Wallace

7:00 PM — BSB Recommends: Authors Chat About Recent Reads

We all have our favorite authors, but who are our favorites’ favorites? Join these Bold Strokes Books authors to discover the books they’d recommend for your next read.

Moderator: Melissa Brayden
Panelists: Georgia Beers, Kris Bryant, D. Jackson Leigh, Radclyffe, Carsen Taite, Ali Vali

8:00 PM — Author Readings and Q&A

Join these Bold Strokes Books authors as they give a sneak peek of their new and upcoming releases.

Panelists: Morgan Lee Miller, Jen Jensen, Georgia Beers, D. Jackson Leigh, Michelle Larkin, Tanai Walker


Sunday August 2, 2020

4:00 PM — Sweet Heat: Romantic Tension

Join these Bold Strokes Books authors to discover how they keep you turning the page in this panel discussion on creating romantic tension.

Moderator: Sandy Lowe
Panelists: Ronica Black, Jen Jensen, Anne Shade, PJ Trebelhorn, Ali Vali

5:00 PM — That Spark: A Discussion About What Inspires Us

Where do authors get their ideas? Find out in this discussion of what inspires these Bold Strokes Books authors.

Moderator: Melissa Brayden
Panelists: Rachel E. Bailey, Donna K. Ford, Jane Fletcher, Sander Santiago, Ali Vali, Tanai Walker

6:00 PM — Nuts and Bolts: Behind the Scenes at BSB

Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at BSB and how books are made? Find out in this panel discussion from our team at BSB.

Moderator: Carsen Taite
Panelists: Radclyffe, Sandy Lowe, Ruth Sternglantz, Toni Whitaker, Victoria Villaseñor, Jenny Harmon

7:00 PM — The Art of the Tease

What makes a really good tease? Tension? Conflict? Cliffhangers? Find out in this discussion on the art of the tease!

Moderator: Barbara Ann Wright
Panelists: Nanisi Barrett D’Arnuk, Erin Dutton, Meghan O’Brien, Radclyffe, Renee Roman, PJ Trebelhorn

8:00 PM — Author Readings and Q&A

Join these Bold Strokes Books authors as they give a sneak peek of their new and upcoming releases.

Panelists: Kris Bryant, Kimberly Cooper Griffin, Jean Copeland, David S. Pederson, Jesse J. Thoma, Ileandra Young