Attending Authors
Featured Bloggers

#RustCity17 Attending Authors

Rue Allyn
Sara Dobie Bauer
Wayne Bibbs
Linda Bradley
CK Brooke
Roselynn Cannes
Jane Charles
Caren Crane
Jillian David
Jon David
Tara Eldana
Susana Ellis
Mackenzie Flohr
Samantha Grace
Bronwyn Green
Susan Gee Heino
Evan D. Heuker
Jessica Jarman
Azriel Johnson
Greg Jolley
Anne Lawson (Becca Johnson)
Kathy Lyons (Jade Lee)
Donna MacMeans
Stacy McKitrick
Robin Nadler
AJ Norris
Nancy Northcott
Stephen Osborne
Marie Piper
Suzanne Sabol
MK Schiller
Susan Sey
Sage Spelling
Ava Stone
Jenny Trout (Abigail Barnette)
Caroline Warfield
Michele Zurlo

Featured Bloggers

Here are the fabulous bloggers who hosted the attending authors, as well as moderated panels during the event.

Jillian David + Excerpt of Legacy Lost
Jenny Trout
Doms of the FBI Series by Michele Zurlo
Bronwyn Green
Susan Sey

Contemporary Realistic Flash Fiction: DOLL FACE
Part 1: Rue Allyn
Part 2: Azriel Johnson
Part 3: Robin Nadler
Part 4: Sage SpellingAnything Goes Flash Fiction: THE HUNTERS
Part 1: Stacy McKitrick
Part 2: Suzanne Sabol
Part 3: AJ Norris
Part 4: Jillian David
Part 5: Stephen Osborne
Part 6: Azriel Johnson
Part 7: Nancy Northcott
Part 8: Marie Piper

Stacy McKitrick
Jillian David Says Hello!
Sara Dobie Bauer mixes goth glam & sex
The Danser Novels by Greg Jolley
Dangerous Secrets & Caroline Warfield
Marie Piper Says Hello!
Fall in Love with Michele Zurlo
Bronwyn Green Says Hello!

Nancy Northcott
Susana Ellis
Suzanne Sabol
Stephen Osborne
Evan Heuker
Roselynn Cannes
Donna MacMeans
Jillian David
Kathy Lyons
Ann Lawson / Becca Johnson
Caroline Warfield
Linda Bradley
Sara Dobie Bauer
Stacy McKitrick
Azriel Johnson
Marie Piper
Rue Allyn


#RustCity17 Schedule

Thursday, August 3, 2017

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Check-in / Welcome Bag Pickup (resumes 9:00am Fri and Sat)

8:00 pm – 12:00 am: BarCon – Social Hour in the Bar

Friday, August 4, 2017

8:00 am – 9:15 am: Writer’s Workshop: FASTDRAFTING 101 (D2)
Moderator: Jillian David
Love the idea of “write every day” but crazy life and hectic schedules intrude? Want to find a way to get that first draft on paper quickly? Maybe you’d like to see the unholy love child that would occur if plotting and pantsing had a passionate fling. Then Fastdrafting 101 is for you!

Participants will learn how to prepare for the first draft, including creating character histories and filling plot holes in advance of the fastdrafting process. We will discuss the nuts and bolts of the fastdrafting days. Examples of fastdraft versions versus final “polished” versions will be compared.

This workshop is geared toward writers who want to increase their first draft production time/rate, or writers who have schedule challenges.  *Results may vary

9:30 am – 10:30 am

    Jane Charles, Susan Gee Heino, Nancy Northcott, Suzanne Sabol, Caroline Warfield 
    From hells and underworlds to intergalatic planets, genre fiction has been there. Take a tour through the various types of contemporary and fantastic settings characters find themselves in and what makes them so intriguing.
    Wayne Bibbs, Roselynn Cannes, Stephen Osborne, MK Schiller
    Movies and television shows influence our imaginations and give us visions of what the story is like. From 50 Shades to Outlander, Hollywood has been giving our favorite characters and worlds a solid form, but have they been getting it right? What series have they butchered on the silver screen and what ones have made us fall in love all over again? What books/series do you want to see them tackle next? What book/series do you want them to leave the hell alone?

10:45 am – 11:45 am

    Sara Dobie Bauer, Roselynn Cannes, Samantha Grace
    What makes for great chemistry between characters – whether between the hero & heroine or the hero & villain? Does chemistry have to equate to romance/sex or can it also be platonic?
    Robin Nadler, Stephen Osborne, Ava Stone, Jenny Trout, Michele Zurlo
    Authors get the chance to do a live reading of one of their books for 5-7 minutes and can take questions from the audience

11:45 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch – Visit the ConSuite in Room for a sandwich buffet

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    Rue Allyn, Bronwyn Green, Jessica Jarman, Marie Piper, Jenny Trout
    How has romance changed over the years? What has stayed the same? What do you wish would change and what do you want to see more of?
    Sara Dobie Bauer, Tara Eldana, Anne Lawson, Stacy McKitrick, AJ Norris
    Trivia game based on movies, particularly romance movies.  You divide the room into teams.  They compete each other to answer the trivia questions and rack up points.

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

    Bronwyn Green, Jessica Jarman, Kathy Lyons, AJ Norris
    Who are these authors when they aren’t writing novels and stories for their fans? What secrets are they hiding? Are they “out” or “in” as authors in their real lives? We’ll discuss how authors balance their writing life and “real life” in this fun, quick-paced panel. Authors, you can share as much — or as little — about your personal, non-writing lives as you feel comfortable. But let’s give the readers a chance to meet the real (and maybe unexpected) you!
    Caren Crane, Susan Sey, Sage Spelling, Michele Zurlo
    Why should the love story take center stage? Can a hero & heroine simply be friends and leave the romance out of it?

4:45 pm – 6:00 pm: Dinner – Visit the ConSuite in Room for a simple dinner buffet

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • HISTORY LOVER’S LANE Meet & Greet Prep (D2)
  • DRAW WHAT?! (D3)
    Roselynn Cannes, Jillian David, Susan Gee Heino, Evan D. Heuker, Jenny Trout, Michele Zurlo
    Imagine if Pictionary and Cards Against Humanity had an orgy with Charades and Candy Land and you will have an idea of what awaits you in the fun, twisted world of Draw What?!! Teams will have to draw and act out some pretty ridiculous stuff. It’s offensive, it’s crude and it’s an amazing time to share with friends.
    Rue Allyn, Susana Ellis, Donna MacMeans, Marie Piper, Ava Stone
    When it comes to history, there’s never just one time period you can discuss. This is especially true with historical romances. You could find yourself in Regency – or Edwardian, or Victorian, or Medieval – England as you watch a duke flirt with a society miss; essentially, you could pick your favorite time period and find a romance story just waiting to be read – and many readers do stick to a preferred era. What is it about the various time periods that attract readers? What are the differences between the eras and how does that impact the story?  How big of an impact does the era have on the story?

7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

  • HISTORY LOVER’S LANE Meet & Greet (D2)
    Rue Allyn, Samantha Grace, Susana Ellis, Anne Lawson, Caroline Warfield
    Join historical romance authors Rue Allyn, Susana Ellis, Samantha Grace, and Caroline Warfield for some old-fashioned fun and games. Meet new friends and play for a chance to win some cool prizes, including the romance reader’s favorite prize—books!
  • ONCE UPON A GALA Meet & Greet prep (D3)

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

  • SCARED OF THE DARK Meet & Greet Prep (D2)
  • ONCE UPON A GALA Meet & Greet (D3)
    Wayne Bibbs, Tara Eldana, Marie Piper, Sage Spelling, Michele Zurlo
    Put on your sparkly best and join authors Wayne Bibbs, Tara Eldana, Marie Piper, Sage Spelling, and Michele Zurlo for a cocktail party! Meet the authors, play games to win prizes, and enter to win a special prize bundle at the end of the night!

9:45 pm – 10:45 pm

  • SCARED OF THE DARK Meet & Greet (D2)
    Sara Dobie Bauer, Roselynn Cannes, Mackenzie Flohr, Evan D. Heuker, Suzanne Sabol
    Bring your spookiest stories, freakiest costumes, and an appetite for s’mores as five science fiction and fantasy authors do their best to entertain, amuse … and maybe make you scream.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

8:00 am – 9:15 am: Writ’er’s Workshop: MEDICINE, MANUSCRIPTS, & MAYHEM (D2)
Moderator: Jillian David
Medical situations can make fiction more dramatic and can hook readers – just ask fans of General Hospital, the longest-running soap opera in American history! By using accurate medical details, characters, and scenarios, you can improve the believability of your book and rivet readers.

Participants will review background information about typical medical training and discuss urban versus rural practices – helpful when writing about small town romance settings! Learn how to use “three truths and a lie” with medical details to stretch the believability of your story. There will be demonstrations of basic medical techniques and common emergency scenarios.

9:30 am – 10:30 am

    Caren Crane, Robin Nadler, Sage Spelling, Jenny Trout, Michele Zurlo
    A chat about the friends and family who support our favorite couples. How do they help create a dynamic story in their own right? What does it take to make a secondary character in one book, the lead in another?
    Jillian David, Samantha Grace, Kathy Lyons, Donna MacMeans, Nancy Northcott
    Authors get the chance to do a live reading of one of their books for 5-7 minutes and can take questions from the audience.
    Susan Gee Heino, Anne Lawson, AJ Norris, Stephen Osborne
    Many authors are writing in multiple genres. Why they do it, and what’s in it for their fans?

10:45 am – 11:45 am

    Sara Dobie Bauer, Jillian David, Tara Eldana, and Mackenzie Flohr
    Blogger/author/reader relationship. Basically, what do readers want from bloggers as far as content about authors/books. What do readers want to see more of from authors and bloggers? What types of posts turn readers off? What do bloggers expect from authors? Also it could include what readers wants to see in an author’s newsletter? How often? Etc.
    Rue Allyn, Kara Leigh Miller, Julie Sturgeon
    In the e-pub age finding the perfect book is harder than ever. Author Rue Allyn, Editor Julie Sturgeon and Publisher Kara Leigh Miller want to help. Using a format similar to The Dating Game, audience members selected at random will question three ‘contestants’: an author, an editor, and a publisher. At the end of the questioner’s time, he or she will select one of the contestants to help identify a ‘keeper’ for that questioner.  The questioner will also win a book from the selected contestant. Question and answer sessions are limited to 5 minutes in order to allow as many audience members as possible to participate.
    Jane Charles, Caren Crane, Samantha Grace, Ava Stone
    Like the game show Match Game (either the original from the 70s or the updated version with Alec Baldwin now), but with romance authors as the “celebrity” panelists and all of the clues being related to romance novels. Readers in the audience play as contestants.

11:45 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch – Visit the ConSuite in Room for a sandwich buffet

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm:

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Charity Book Signing – Open to the Public (Grand Ballroom)
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Dinner – Visit the ConSuite in Room for a simple dinner buffet

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

    Wayne Bibbs, Jon David, Anne Lawson, MK Schiller
    Young Adult books run the spectrum from all fun and games, to seriously heavy and full of social commentary. Authors discuss how they balance giving younger readers a fun escape from reality, while also addressing their issues.
    Rue Allyn, Roselynn Cannes, Kathy Lyons, Robin Nadler
    Fast paced and quick witted, authors create stories in real time, “round robin” style, using prompts from the audience.
    Jane Charles, Susana Ellis, Donna MacMeans, Ava Stone, Caroline Warfield
    Period research can often unearth surprises and lend themselves to quirky or new plots. Discussion on surprising historical happenings and how they can influence the story.

6:45 pm – 7:45 pm:

  • GET A CLUE… Prep (D2)
  • MAD LIBS (D3)
    Rue Allyn, Kathy Lyons, Stacy McKitrick, Stephen Osborne, Marie Piper
    Enjoy genre fiction and pop culture Mad-libs created by our panelists. Offer up some interesting nouns, adj, verbs and adverbs and be prepared to laugh your head off!
    Jon David, Mackenzie Flohr, Evan D. Heuker, Suzanne Sabol
    We all escape into our books; what are the draws of escaping to a fantastical world vs a contemporary setting? Is it the location or the characters that allows us to escape?

7:45 pm – 8:45 pm

  • GET A CLUE… (D2)
    Jillian David, Robin Nadler, AJ Norris, Stephen Osborne, MK Schiller

8:45 pm – 9:45 pm

  • CARNIVAL OF ROMANCE Meet & Greet Prep (D2)
    Jon David, Bronwyn Green, Jessica Jarman, Kathy Lyons, Stacy McKitrick, Jenny Trout

9:45 pm – 10:45 pm

  • CARNIVAL OF ROMANCE Meet & Greet (D2)
    Jane Charles, Caren Crane, Susan Gee Heino, Donna MacMeans, Nancy Northcott, Susan Sey, Ava Stone
    Meet and greet contemporary, historical and paranormal romance authors while you play carnival games, get your palm read and your face painted for fun, prizes and grand prize entries. Stay until the end for the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

8:00 am – 9:15 am: Writer’s Workshop
Moderator: Caroline Warfield & Susana Ellis
Multi-author anthologies are great tools for extending an authors reach. Joint projects can be disastrous, however, or they can be delightful depending how you go about it. Participants in the highly successful Bluestocking Belles anthologies discuss planning, recruiting, contracts, project management, division of labor and financial decisions, as well as tools to insure a high quality product. They will lay out the pitfalls and pot holes along with tools to avoid them.

9:30 am – 10:30 am

    Wayne Bibbs, Tara Eldana, Samantha Grace, Susan Sey
    Making the most of a two hour read.
    Jon David, Mackenzie Flohr, Evan D. Heuker, Nancy Northcott, MK Schiller
    Super cool chance for readers to find out about their favorite characters’ pasts. Authors share a 5-7 minute NEW story, by or about one of their current main characters

10:45 am – 11:45 am

12:00 pm: RAFFLE DRAWING & Chat
Informal chat about what worked, what didn’t, and what we can improve on for Rust City 2018.