Friday, June 4, 2021




Saturday, June 5, 2021



12:00pm – RWANYC Chapter Business Meeting


12:30pm – Author of the Month… Jean Joachim


1:00pm – Speakers Panel:   How to Write LGBTQ Romance


Speakers:  V.L. Locey, Catherine Maiorisi and Jodi Payne

Event Moderator: Maria Cox


V.L. Locey is a USA Today Bestselling Author penning LGBTQ hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures. She loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, Dr. Who/Torchwood, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted goofy domestic fowl, and one Jersey steer. When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. Visit her at


Catherine Maiorisi is an accidental romance writer. Until she wrote a short story to create the backstory for the love interest in her NYPD Detective Chiara Corelli mysteries, Catherine had never read any romance and hadn't considered writing it. To her surprise, "The Fan Club" turned out to be a romance and was included in the Best Lesbian Romance of 2014 edited by Radclyffe. Since then Catherine has published four lesbian romance novels--Matters of the HeartNo One But YouReady for Love and Taking a Chance on Love-and four romance short stories. The Disappearance of Lindy James, a family drama coming November 2021, takes the characters in Taking a Chance on Love beyond the HEA. Catherine is an active member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and The Golden Crown Literary Society. Visit Catherine on Facebook as Catherine Maiorisi, on Twitter at @CathMaiorisi and on her website


Jodi Payne takes herself way too seriously and has been known to randomly break out in song. Her men are imperfect but genuine, stubborn but likable, often kinky, and frequently their own worst enemies. They are characters you can't help but fall in love with while they stumble along the path to their happily ever after. For those looking to get on her good side, Jodi's addictions include nonfat lattes, Malbec and tequila any way you pour it. Visit her at