Valentine’s Day encourages us to buy flowers and chocolates to express our feelings to those we love. But while flowers die and chocolates get eaten, literature can leave an impression that lasts a lifetime. On Saturday the 14th of February, Jersey City Writers presents a reading of historical romance and a Q & A with guest author Maya Rodale at Hopscotch. A few of her historical romance titles include Seducing Mr. Knightly, The Wallflower Trilogy and That Rogue Jack. Her clever regency romps are acclaimed for their vivid characterization and page-turning romantic tension.
Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the bestselling and award winning author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. A champion of the genre and its readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon, a national reading series devoted to romantic fiction. Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.
An excerpt from Rodale’s Wallflower Trilogy will be one of many stories read on Valentine’s Day. Rendezvous boasts a variety of historical romances by local writers who entered the Jersey City Writers Genre Fiction Contest, with submissions ranging from ancient Rome all the way to World War II. The stories will be presented in a theatrical reading with JC talents such as Jack Halpin and Elena Zazanis.
Do you remember the first love story that stole your heart? Romeo + Juliet? Emma? No matter how long ago you read it, I’d guess it continues to influence your inner romantic to this day. My husband, for instance, loves Wuthering Heights and will sometimes quote that line, “Whatever our souls are made of, yours and mine are the same, and Linton’s is as different as a moonbeam from something, or a Heathcliff from Garfield’s lasagna.” (He never remembers the second part).
In addition to Rodale’s guidance on working in the Romance market, information on short story contests and other publishing opportunities will be available to guests. This event is aimed at aspiring writers, but we invite all romance enthusiasts to come and enjoy the V-day festivities, the swoon-worthy stories and the chance to meet and mingle with Maya Rodale. Renzevous is free and open to the public. RSVP on Meetup or Facebook.