The 13th Annual Reader & Author Get Together has ended, but we are already looking forward to next year!

Check out photos from the June 8-10, 2017 weekend.

RAGT17 was presented by Lori Foster and a group of core volunteers, including Christy, who handles registration at the event; Beth, who manages our raffles; Sabra, who is in charge of getting the goody bags stuffed; and Marcie, our bookfair coordinator. Plus the dozens of helpers who pitched in to make sure it all ran smoothly! Thanks to the 2017 Reader & Author Get Together attendees. With everybody’s help and participation, we were able to make some really amazing donations!

Check out the list of all the wonderful authors who attended
We couldn’t have done it without our fantastic volunteers
Three cheers for the sponsors of the boardrooms, meals & parties, and all the individual sponsors.

You are all AMAZING!

Look What We Did!

$1500 to the Animal Adoption Foundation

We were able to donate $1500 to the Animal Adoption Foundation from special sales of the limited print version for A Buckhorn Baby at the event. It is also available as an ebook, and ALL PROCEEDS go to the no-kill shelter.

$22,500 to the One Way Farm

We were able to donate $22,500 to the One Way Farm, our largest contribution yet, thanks to all the amazing raffle baskets donated and the generous attendees who bought tickets.

$2,200 to the Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati

Barnes and Noble will donate a portion of the proceeds from the bookfair to the Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati, totaling $2,200.

Hope to see everyone again in 2018!

Thank you to the #RAGT17 attending authors:

Thank you to the #RAGT17 Volunteers


  • Registration: Christy Haynes
  • Transportation: Joni Anderson
  • Photos: Kathy Andrico
  • Raffles: Beth Eakin O’Neill (aka LadyB), Kaleen Cooper, and Marcie Robinson
  • Goody Bags, Small items: Sabra Harp
  • Welcome Committee: Wendi Zwaduk and Jocie McKade

Thank you to these #RAGT17 individual sponsors:

Bronze Level:
Sponsors of Specific Items:

Thank you to the #RAGT17 meal & party sponsors

Thursday Evening Party
Sponsored by Elle Boon, Alanea Alder & Caitlyn O’Leary

Rock out 80’s style! Throw together your best eighties attire – think big hair, neon colors and leg warmers. Start #RAGT17 with finger foods and a DJ playing the best music from the 80’s, 90’s and today, along with a cash bar serving up signature drinks from the trio of authors, or your beverage of choice. Grab a tote bag, goodies, and enter for chances to win prizes, including 3 HUGE baskets donated by your hostesses.

Rock out 80’s style!

Friday Breakfast
Sponsored by Victoria Danann & C.H. Admirand

Join New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Victoria Danann and C.H. Admirand for a Continental Breakfast to jump-start your day so you can dive right in to #RAGT17! For a chance to win the centerpiece at your table, wear something animal-themed, like leopard print, mouse ears, cat whiskers… be creative. One dollar also buys a raffle ticket for a fabulous grand-prize basket with proceeds going to the Friends of Animals (a non-profit international advocacy organization working to free animals around the world from cruelty and institutionalized exploitation.)

Continental Breakfast!

Friday Lunch
Sponsored by Erika Reed & Jenika Snow

Spice up your Friday with a fiesta themed taco lunch and even hotter books! Join bestselling author Erika Reed, and USA Todaybestselling author Jenika Snow for a relaxed meal, great company – and take home a book to keep the spice going.

Taco Bar!

Friday Dinner

After the booksigning, hurry into the ballroom for the “Saddle Up Supper” of barbecue ribs and fried chicken while visiting with other attending readers and authors. Then be ready to join the Hollywood Nights party!

Saddle Up Supper!

Friday Party
Sponsored by Maddy Barone & Tina Holland

Hollywood Nights
Join us for a night on the tinsel town. Dress as your favorite movie character – Fantasy, Historical, Sci-Fi. Or perhaps a Hollywood Icon. Bollywood perhaps? Bring your Red Carpet Style for a night with the Stars – Dancing and prizes included. We hope to see you there!

Hollywood Nights!

Saturday Breakfast

Wake up to a continental breakfast of danish, fruit, juice, tea and coffee to get your Saturday off to a great start. Then be ready for the boardrooms to open with individual activities, and the bookstore to open with a variety of attending authors’ books to buy.

Continental Breakfast!

Saturday Lunch

Enjoy a delicious deli buffet where you can create a sandwich just the way you like it, followed by the amazing RAGT raffles and then the booksigning!

Deli Buffet!

Saturday Dinner
Compliments of the Holiday Inn

Our amazing hotel is sponsoring a pizza party with a variety of pizzas, veggies and dip, chips and colas. Casual, comfortable and tasty!

Pizza Party!

Saturday Evening Party
Sponsored by Jenn Stark, Elizabeth Bemis & Jessica Lemmon

Back by popular demand–and better than ever! Get ready to win big, have fun, and shout at the top of your lungs at the 2nd Annual Booklovers’ Bingo Bash! Giveaways and special prizes await.

Booklovers’ Bingo!

Thank you to the #RAGT17 boardroom sponsors

    • BLUEGRASS (Author Boardroom): Reader Adventures!
      Girls just wanna have fun, right? Wait! Guys do too. Hang out with us and have a blast. Three girls and a guy have crazy fun games, after hour parties, reveal secrets (yes, we’ll tell on each other), give away door prizes and more planned. We’re showing up with our arms loaded and we are not taking any of it home. We’ll have books for sale all weekend and you can bring yours to be autographed any time while we chat with you one on one. Join Dianna Love, Hildie McQueen, Jodi Vaughn & Eric Asher!
      Bluegrass schedule →

    • TALLSTACKS (Author Boardroom):Reader Appreciation Room
      Come visit for some one-on-one time with our authors. Chat about books, hang out, bling your badge, play some games, and win some prizes. Don’t miss the annual T-shirt shop as well as your chance to get your books signed without waiting in line at the book fair. We can’t wait to see you there!
      Join Jayne Rylon, Melanie Jayne, Lori King, Ann Mayburn!
      Tallstacks schedule →

    • BRIDGES (Author Boardroom): The Readers Lounge.
      A space dedicated to readers who need a quiet place to unwind and relax. Open schedule hours ensure that no fun is missed. Activities include coffee bar, reader panels, author workshops, a book club evening meeting and nightly slumber parties complete with board games, coloring books and geek television! Join Alanea Alder.
      Bridges schedule →

    • QUEEN CITY (Author Boardroom): The Hero Zone!
      We’re packing as many hunky heroes as we can fit in one happening boardroom! Play along with swoon-worthy heroes and book boyfriends galore (yes, “Kiss, Marry, Kill” is coming back again this year!)—and who knows…you might be able to score a blind date with one. Intrigued? Then join us all weekend for hilarious fun, games, and armloads of prizes!
      Join Renee Vincent, Erin McCarthy , Lizzie Shane & Amy Gregory.
      Queen City schedule →

    • THOROUGHBRED (Publisher Boardroom):Entangled Summer Carnival
      Here at Entangled we believe everyone should have a bit of fun with their romance. Come join the carnival fun with Mary Lindsey, Chris Cannon, Heather Long, Maggie Kelley and Blaire Edens who will be in the Entangled Boardroom during all of RAGT for Hunky Bingo, games, crafts, and oh so much more! Step right up, and walk away a winner! Also, join staff, Katie Clapsadl and Editorial Director of Select Otherworld, Tera Cuskaden, for a good time, including pitches with Tera!
      Thoroughbred schedule →

    • GRANT (Author Boardroom): Drakon Press Author Lounge!
      Come and Meet Drakon Press, LLC. We will have Featured Author readings with reader prizes, complimentary henna tattoos, multiple gift basket drawings for RAGT17 attendees that stop in and introduce themselves, as well as two Author Pitch Sessions, one on Friday and one on Saturday, where authors interested in collaborating with Drakon Press can present their ideas to founders, Tarah and Cate. Throughout the conference, the Drakon Press authors will have Book Lovers Grab bags for sale to support the Book Chicks of Greater Cincinnati Foundation to promote children’s literacy and alleviate poverty in the Greater Cincinnati area. Join Catherine Beaumont, Tarah Scott, Sue-Ellen Welfonder & Barbara Devlin.
      Grant schedule →

  • RIVERVIEW (Author Boardroom): Author Chats!
    Want to chat up your favorite author? Here’s your chance! Authors will be open to questions on industry, writing, upcoming books, existing characters and more. Limited space so get there early! Schedule may vary, so keep checking!
    Riverview schedule →
  • Suite 124 + boardroom (Blogger Boardroom): Literary Escapism Blogger Lounge!
    Enjoy “meet & greets” with authors and bloggers, as well as social media panels moderated by bloggers. Hang out with authors and bloggers in a relaxed setting. Check out the author swag areas, and/or learn more about social media and how it can work for you.
    Suite 124 + Boardroom Schedule →

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