June #Torchat lineup revealed!

In honor of RWA this month, Tor Books is proud to present a paranormal romance and urban fantasy themed chat, featuring authors Gabi Stevens, Catherine Verge, and Lilith SaintCrow, this Wednesday, 6/15, from 4 PM – 5 PM (EST)!

Tor Books is excited to announce the lineup for June’s #Torchat, part of a monthly series of genre-themed, hour-long chats created by Tor Books and hosted on Twitter, to take place on Wednesday at 4 PM EST.

At the end of June, the Romance Writers of America will have their annual convention for readers and writers. This year, the convention is in New York, and Tor Books is proud to be a Gold Level sponsor. In honor of this fabulous convention and its attendees, the #torchat this month will be paranormal romance and urban fantasy themed, with three guest authors in those genres. Teacher and writer Gabi Stevens (@GabiStevens), author of a paranormal romance series about fairy godmothers (The Wish List and As You Wish); Catherine Verge (@1TaylorKeating), one half the writing team that makes up Taylor Keating, author of Game Over and Mind Games; and Lilith Saintcrow (@lilithsaintcrow), the author of many urban fantasy and romance titles, including the short story “Monsters” in the Chicks Kick Butt anthology, will talk romance, urban fantasy, and their favorite powerful heroines.

The chat will be introduced and (loosely) moderated by Tor publicist Cassandra Ammerman (@leanoir), and fans are invited to follow or join in using the Twitter hashtag #torchat.

About the Authors

Gabi Stevens (@GabiStevens) lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her engineer husband, three daughters, and two dogs. When she’s not writing, Gabi teaches eighth grade gifted language arts and literature, plays volleyball, and enjoys games. Her latest novel is As You Wish, the second in the Time of Change trilogy, about fairy godmothers. She is committed to donating 10% of her royalties from that title to the charity organization Best Buddies, a group dedicated to breaking down the barriers society sees between “normal” people and people with developmental disabilities.

Catherine Verge (@1TaylorKeating) is a multi-published author in the romance genre under another pen name. She is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. Catherine can never find balance in her life, is always trying to find time to go to the gym, can never keep up with emails, Facebook or Twitter and tries to write page-turning books that her readers will love. Catherine lives in Canada, and her latest book (with co-author Paula Fox) is Mind Games, the second in a trilogy.

Lilith Saintcrow (@lilithsaintcrow) was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. Lili lives in Vancouver, WA with her children, a houseful of cats, and assorted other strays. She is the author of numerous series, including the Jill Kismet series, the sixth and final volume of which will release in Fall 2011. She has also recently written a paranormal romance novel for Harlequin, called Taken, and contributed the short story “Monsters” to the Chicks Kick Butt anthology, published earlier this month.

About #Torchat

#Torchat is a genre-themed, hour-long chat series created by Tor Books and hosted on Twitter. Guest authors join fans in lively, informative and entertaining discussions of all that’s hot in genre fiction, 140 characters at a time, from 4 – 5 PM EST on the third Wednesday of every month. Each #Torchat revolves around a different genre topic of interest, often of a timely nature, and strives to provide a new media opportunity for readers to connect with their favourite authors.

About Tor Books

Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books, founded in 1980 and committed (although not limited) to SF and fantasy literature. In 2002, Tor launched Starscape, an imprint dedicated to publishing quality science fiction and fantasy for young readers, including books by critically acclaimed and award winning authors such as Cory Doctorow, Orson Scott Card, and David Lubar. Between an extensive hardcover and trade-softcover line, an Orb backlist program, and a stronghold in mass-market paperback, Tor annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single English-language publisher. Books from Tor have won every major award in the SF and fantasy fields, and for the last twenty-three years the company has been named Best Publisher in the Locus Poll, the largest consumer poll in SF.

To interact with other fans of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, be sure to stop by Tor.com and Heroes & Heartbreakers for the latest and greatest in your favorite genres.

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