February 8-11, 2010
As the cash registers of the world ring up love in the form of candy, flowers and wine this week, we’re hoping to ring up some book sales. Love figures into many genres, but when love takes center stage in a novel, it’s billed as romance. On Monday and Wednesday this week in #litchat we’re talking about love and relationships and why romance outsells other genres across the boards.
To help us celebrate love and romance, we’re bringing in award-winning romance author Lori Foster as guest host on Friday.
Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has routinely had six to ten releases a year and has become a Waldenbooks, Borders, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martins, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain. She is currently with Berkley/Jove.
Lori believes it’s important to back to the community as much as possible, and for that reason she ran special contests in conjunction with a publisher, facilitating many first sales for new authors. She routinely organizes events among authors and readers to gather donations for various organizations.
Along with her good friend, Dianne Castell, Lori hosts a very special annual Reader & Author event in West Chester Ohio. Proceeds from the event go to benefit worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, and The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy.
In 2007, Lori put together “The Write Ingredients” a cookbook of recipes donated by popular authors. Proceeds from the cookbook go toward Lori’s ongoing “Troop project” of collecting and mailing fun, and sometimes necessary items to our troops.
In 2008, Lori coordinated eleven other authors of her choosing, and through Berkley, arranged for the publication of a special anthology of novellas about empowering women. Proceeds from the anthology will go to the Battered women’s shelter.
In 2009, another anthology with Lori and a new set of authors, will be published with proceeds to benefit The Animal Adoption Foundation.
Follow Lori Foster on Twitter at @lorilfoster.