About The Event

RAGT: an annual gathering

The 15th annual Reader & Author Get Together
was held June 6-9, 2019

The 16th annual Reader & Author Get Together
will be held June 4-7, 2020

This page is about the event itself. Authors will appear on the Attending Authors list as their registrations are confirmed. Please note that it is not instantaneous. There will be a delay between filling out the registration form and confirmation.


One Big Fundraiser

Overall, the RAGT is a fan-friendly event meant for readers, and open to everyone, readers, authors, and industry alike, in different ratios! However, in the process, the event also raises funds for many local causes. The incredible raffles garner thousands, and each year Lori Foster puts out an anthology with proceeds earmarked for direct donation. Combined, the event and the anthology go to benefit very worthwhile local charities.

There have been many benefit books over the years. And after each event, Lori is thrilled to turn over a big check.


Here are some of the Benefit Books from Previous RAGTs:

Main Activities

The ballroom is always open for socializing with readers and authors alike. Think of it as a giant tea party with other book lovers! It’s where conference meals will be served, with raffle baskets lining the walls and where raffle winners are announced. Sponsored parties for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night take place in the ballroom. It is truly the heart of the Get Together, yet the boardrooms are only a few steps away, on the same floor, with a wide range of fun activities provided. Add in two multi-author book fairs, one on Friday and one on Saturday, in the atrium just outside the ballroom, and there’s something for everyone!


Boardrooms

Every year RAGT’s boardrooms are a big hit! Eight boardrooms, put on by sponsoring publishers and authors, are used for breakout workshops and presentations throughout Friday and Saturday. They serve the dual purpose of entertaining and enlightening. Expect lots of promo, author information, games and more!

There is always up-to-date info about boardrooms over on the Boardrooms Section on the Sponsors page. Whether there are Boardrooms still available for you to sponsor, or if boardroom themes have been set, that’s the place to check.


Book Fairs

There will be two book signings during the event: one on Friday afternoon and one on Saturday afternoon, each from 3:00 to 5:00. Each book fair features a variety of books to buy, many authors to meet, and lots of swag. Throughout both book signings, Barnes and Noble will have a variety of new books, Nooks, and totes available, a portion of the proceeds go to a very worthy cause. It’s all very, very fun.

See the Bookfairs page for all the details →
Find out who is signing on Friday →
Find out who is signing on Saturday →

Most authors will participate in ONE signing only, but RAGT coordinators reserve the right to assign author signing days to better accommodate readers and to balance the two signings.

Both book fairs are open to the public and admission to the fair itself is free — for every other part of RAGT you must be fully registered.

If you are a reader/fan coming in for the signing, mark your calendars for the date, note the hotel address, and be sure to Like the RAGT page on Facebook for any last minute changes in time. Exact times for the signings will be announced on the event schedule page, and of course, on Facebook.


The Event Hotel

RAGT19 will be held at the Cincinnati Marriott North in West Chester, OH. Information about booking your room, directions, and more can be found on the Hotel Info page.


Meals During the Event

Part of the fun of RAGT is that everyone eats together, turning meals into fun gatherings with new or old friends, authors and readers alike. Beginning with the annual welcoming party on Thursday night, RAGT attendees enjoy Friday and Saturday breakfasts, lunches, and dinners — and each meal and party offers a sponsorship opportunity.

Depending upon how close to the event we are, the Meals & Parties schedule will either be full and descriptive, or clearly indicating where you can step in and sponsor if you want! If you’re interested in sponsoring a meal/party, please contact Lori.

Thursday Evening Party
Sponsored by Sheila English

Reimagined!

Fairy Tales, classic monsters, historical figures – anything can be reimagined into something new, even you! Come to the party in costume mashing up or reimagining a character or theme. Prizes given for most imaginative and craziest costume!


Friday Breakfast
Sponsored by PJ Fiala, Donna Marie Rogers, & Stacey Joy Netzel

BREAKFAST BOOTY BONANZA

Start your day out right with PJ, Donna, and Stacey! Stop in for breakfast, romance our scavenger hunt, and you could go home with a bonanza of booty! We’ve got swag for everyone and prizes for the lucky.

MENU:
Assorted fruit juices, Starbucks coffees & Tazo Teas.
Sliced fresh seasonal fruit & berries.
Assorted donuts & bagels with cream cheese.
Scrambled eggs & maple pepper bacon


Friday Lunch
Sponsored by Tonya Kappes, Alyssa Day & Karen Rose

MYSTERY, MAYHEM, & MAGIC

Enjoy mystery, mayhem, and magic with Tonya, Karen, and Alyssa at Friday’s lunch! We have a mystery for you to solve right at your table–with clues, swag, and prizes galore!

MENU:
Taco Bar: Shredded chicken & ground beef, soft tortillas, with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, sour cream and guacamole, fresh salsa and chips, Spanish rice & refried beans. Assorted Cookies, Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Iced Tea


Friday Dinner
Sponsored by Christine Feehan

Alice in Motorcycle Land

Come to dinner dressed as your favorite Alice In Wonderland character with a Motorcycle Club twist. A Murder Mystery group will use Christine Feehan’s Torpedo Ink characters to set up a murder in this world– that attendees will help solve!
Note: The dinner rolls right into the party to keep the fun happening!

MENU:
Grilled Chicken Breast, Vegetable Lasagna, Roast Redskin Potatoes, Chef Choice of Vegetable, Caesar or Regular Salad, Rolls & Butter, Assorted Pies and Cakes, Coffee, Iced Tea


Friday Party
Sponsored by Christine Feehan

Alice in Motorcycle Land

Note: The costume party/murder mystery continues from dinner!
With a nod to Torpedo Ink, Christine Feehan’s bestselling motorcycle club series, she invites her guests to dress up as their favorite Alice In Wonderland character… with a motorcycle club twist!


Saturday Breakfast
Sponsored by Jules Bennett

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

Welcome to Breakfast At Tiffany’s! Okay, maybe not quite Tiffany’s, but a girl can dream, right? Join Jules Bennett for a fun, classy breakfast where you could walk away with gorgeous bling and signed books!

MENU:
Assorted fruit juices, Starbucks coffees & Tazo Teas.
Sliced fresh seasonal fruit & berries.
Assorted donuts & bagels with cream cheese.
Scrambled eggs & maple pepper bacon


Saturday Lunch
Sponsored by Tina DeSalvo, Ella Quinn & Kathy Lyons/Jade Lee

WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED!

Celebrate Romance and ALL its variety with Tina DeSalvo, Kathy Lyons and Ella Quinn. From titled guys in tight pants to wild men with good hands – We Love Them All. Be they gentlemen, shifters, man next door or a hot cowboy, we’ve got you covered! Join wordsmiths Tina, Kathy and Ella for fun with word-games, door prizes and a delicious deli lunch full of variety.

MENU:
Delhi Bar: Soup du Jour, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Fresh Seasonal Greens with Assorted Dressings, Sliced Ham, Roast Beef, Turkey, Swiss & American Cheeses, Selection of Artisan Breads, Kettle Chips, Relish Tray, Assorted Cookies, Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Iced Tea


Saturday Dinner
Compliments of the The Marriott

Pizza Party!

MENU:
Assorted pizzas, potato chips, pretzels & dips. Vegetable crudites with ranch dip, assorted sodas & water station.


Saturday Evening Party
Sponsored by Jenn Stark, Jessica Lemmon & Toni Blake

4th Annual Booklovers’ Bingo & Pajama Party

Don’t pack your PJ’s yet! Join us for the 4th Annual Booklovers’ Bingo Bash and get ready to win big, have fun, and shout at the top of your lungs! Players wearing PJs (Family Friendly Only!) are welcome with special prizes awarded, along with giveaways and prizes for Bingo winners. We hope to see you there!


Thanks to these #RAGT19 sponsors:

Raffles

Raffles go on all weekend long and are always a big hit. The proceeds are given to CancerFree KIDS.

If you are interested in donating to the raffle, please note that the Raffle Coordinators have some guidelines in place to ensure that your generosity makes it to the right place.


Goody Bags

The always-fabulous RAGT Goody Bags are definitely something to look forward to. Over 500 bags, provided by Monette Michaels & Paige Tyler, are stuffed full of fun stuff, including FREE BOOKS, and handed out to all attendees.

If you are interested in donating goodies for the event, you must first please review our current policy for contributing materials for the Goody Bags!


Real-Time Updates

Don’t miss important announcements! Newsletter, our Facebook page, our Facebook Group, Twitter, & this site… Details are always being added. There’s a whole page dedicated to registration. And now, you can also sign up for the Twitter feed that will give specific info for current and upcoming RAGT events.



Costs

Registration fees haven’t changed in a very long time, but because other costs have risen, we must include a slight increase in registration. Please be aware of those changes.

Authors & Industry – $125

(Authors, publishers, publicists, agents, author assistants)

Readers – $75

(Readers, bloggers, husbands)

Hotel room per night – $130

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PLEASE NOTE:

No one can register until their respective official registration openings:
Preregistration (by invitation only) for sponsors is always early January
General registration (for everyone else) is always early March

Precise registration dates will always be boldly displayed on the home page and various other parts of the site as soon as the dates are confirmed. If it isn’t posted, we don’t know yet. To be notified, be sure to be on either/both the newsletter and the Facebook page — signup links to each are on the home page and pretty much every page on this site. Thanks!


2019 Books to Anticipate


More Info for 2020

  • The 16th annual Reader & Author Get Together
    will be held June 4-6, 2020
  • If you are interested in sponsoring next year (2020) RAGT, please know that all sponsorship opportunities are gone except for a few meals or discretionary cash. If you’d like to sponsor a meal, fill out Lori’s 2020 Sponsorship interest form. Lori will contact you with further details. This is only an interest form, not a sponsorship signup or guarantee of sponsorship. Lori thanks you in advance for your interest! Sponsorship opportunities fill up fast, and are limited to 3 authors per event (boardroom, meal, party, etc.)
  • For more information on the sponsorship of a meal, visit the RAGT sponsor page.
  • Lori will finalize sponsors in late September to early October for the 2020 event. Those sponsors will be updated on the site throughout January 2020.
  • Sponsors register for the event in early January and are then listed on the website.
  • General registration for everyone else begins in March.
  • Authors do not have to sponsor to attend, but we limit the number of authors at the event in order to keep the right ratio of authors to readers, and those spots are often taken by sponsors.

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