Fans of romance and women’s fiction are in for a night of romantic indulgence January 25, 2020 when Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) brings New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr to Colorado.
Carr is the bestselling author of over 40 novels, opens a new window, which have sold more than 28 million copies. Her 20-volume Virgin River series alone has netted more than 13 million copies and Netflix is adapting for television with a 10-episode series, premiering later this year. She headlines Romance in the Rockies, which will be held at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.
The billion-dollar romance book industry no longer features stories just about boy meets girl. Today’s romance stories feature several sub-genres that keep loyal fans reading, including historical, comedy, suspense, mystery, inspirational, LGBTQ, fantasy, crime and more. Romance in the Rockies celebrates the diverse voices of romance with an award-winning panel of local Colorado romance authors who precede the main stage event.
- Jennie Marts, opens a new window – USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romances that span westerns to mysteries and humor.
- Jen Turano, opens a new window – USA Today bestselling author of inspirational historical romance with a large helping of humor.
- Sara Richardson , opens a new window– Author of contemporary romance and irresistible cowboys in her Rocky Mountain Riders series.
- Aidy Award, opens a new window – Award-winning author of steamy, paranormal romance with her Curvy Love series.
- Courtney Milan, opens a new window – Law professor turned NYT Bestselling Author of over thirty historical romances that sweep you back in time.
“Romance and women’s fiction represent about 20 percent of our total circulation,” said Donna Walker, JCPL’s executive director. “We can’t wait to lift the veil on romance and its subgenres with its fans from Jefferson County as we discuss and celebrate romance in the Rockies.”
Romance in the Rockies capitalizes on the popularity of the romance genre, especially among women. A 2017 study commissioned by the Romance Writers of America (The Romance Book Buyer 2017: A Study by NPD Book for Romance Writers of America) shows today’s romance reader is mainly female (82%), but men make up 18% of the market. They are also technologically savvy, with tablets and smartphones being the most-used devices to read e-books. Half of romance readers read romantic suspense, followed by erotic and historical as the most popular genres, and younger readers read more young adult, erotic, and paranormal romance and less contemporary romance than older readers.
Eleven of Robyn’s books have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, collectively spending 250 weeks on the list since A Virgin River made its debut there in 2008. In 2016, Romance Writers of America recognized Robyn with the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award.
Registration for the event opens Thursday, December 26. Tickets are free but required for entrance. For more information, visit jeffcolibrary.org/romance, opens a new window.
About Robyn Carr
Robyn Carr is the bestselling author of over 40 novels, which have sold more than 28 million copies. The 20-volume Virgin River series alone has netted more than 13 million copies, and 11 of Robyn’s books have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, collectively spending 250 weeks on the list since A Virgin River made its debut there in 2008. In 2016, the Romance Writers of America recognized Robyn with the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Netflix is currently adapting the Virgin Rivers books into a 10-episode series, set to premiere in late 2019 or early 2020.
Panel author bios and photos available at jeffcolibrary.org/romance, opens a new window.