Lori Foster Reader & Author Get Together

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joysann

joysann

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joysann steps in as Cub Reporter for the Lori Foster Reader and Author Get Together in Ohio.
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Author Lori Foster and her intrepid friends and volunteers have put on another outstanding event that makes for many happy readers (for all authors are readers, aren’t they?). As always, the event was held at the lovely and accommodating Cincinnati Marriott North where the event is always welcomed, and registrants did excited meet-n-greets with old friends right out in the hotel lobby and Great Room. In fact, the Marriott showed their appreciation for Lori and attendees by providing the Pizza Party on Thursday evening, as well as a 10th Anniversary cake (with enough to share for everyone) to celebrate the occasion.
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Christy Haynes and Cheryl Calhoun

Christy Haynes and Cheryl Calhoun

For all 10 years, volunteers Christy Haynes and Cheryl Calhoun have handled registration, and they’ve got it down to an efficient art-form.  Because it’s become a very exciting tradition at the RAGT events for charity funds to be raised, there was an incredible 260 raffle prizes donated and offered. In recent years, the charity organization chosen has been One Way Farm Children’s Home. It brought Raffle Queen Beth O’Neill to tears to announce that over $17,000 was raised to go directly to the children’s home.Separately, another $1400 was raised for supporting gift packages to troops serving overseas. Everyone found being generous exciting.
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Allen and Lori Foster

Lori Foster recruits her stalwart husband Allen each year as volunteer extraordinare.

Speaking of generous, to celebrate the 10th Anniversary, Allen & Lori Foster, and authors Janice Maynard and Eve Langlais gifted every attendee with a $10 Barnes and Noble Gift Card. Amazing!
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There were an untold number of events happening all at once, hosted by several publishers, writing groups, bloggers and authors, so there was never a dull moment where one couldn’t find something fun to do.
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Indie and self pub event

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There were two booksignings, one on Friday for Digital, Small Press, & Self-Published Authors, and on Saturday for Traditionally Published Authors.

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I’ve enjoyed several RAGT events, and I’ve become happily acquainted with lots of authors and readers. It impresses me that the event is so reader friendly, but I’m always happy for the chance to meet with the authors whose books I so enjoy. So, until next year…
2015: June 5th – 8th
2016: Jun 9th – 11th
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Bottom Line:  The Reader & Author Get Together is always in June, always at the Cincinnati Marriott North in West Chester, OH.

Comments

  1. Gale S. says:

    Wish I could have attended! Lori and her husband are ALWAYS generous and kind to readers, in my experiences. And I know they work hard to make this event special every year. Glad everyone had a great time!

  2. I’m thrilled to see this event going strong after 10 years!! I’ve enjoyed the times I’ve attended and it is such a nice group.

  3. This was my first year going but it won’t be my last. I had such a wonderful time meeting readers, authors and bloggers. Everyone was in such good spirits. I loved it :D

  4. Mary M. says:

    It was my 3rd year attending Lori’s Get Together, and I always meet new readers and writers and have so many fun activities to enjoy. Meeting Eve was one of the highlights!

  5. I learned about this one too late to go this year, but will definitely try to make it next year. I live in eastern Ohio, so it’s only a short trip.