Keynote Speakers and NYT & USA Bestselling Authors

Victoria Alexander NY Times/USA Today
Bestselling Author

Rebecca York NY Times/USA Today
Bestselling Author

Angela Knight NY Times/USA Today
Bestselling Author

Aliyah Burke USA Today
Bestselling Author

Jami Brumfield New York Times
Bestselling Author

Lane Hart New York Times
Bestselling Author

Melissa Stevens New York Times
Bestselling Author

RNC Press Release

Jimmy Thomas & RNC Press Release

Jimmy Thomas RNC2016 Jimmy Thomas

Meet Jimmy Thomas:
The Romance Novel World’s “Model to Mogul”, Heart-Pumping Secret Celebrity

    While he manages to walk the street without being pounced on, Jimmy Thomas lives in millions of womens’ heads as their secret desire – appearing on the covers of over 8,000 romance novels. But while he started as just a cover model, Thomas has since risen to dominate the industry – from creating the first stock image website strictly for the romance novel industry, while modeling, directing, producing, and editing the photo shoots that supply all those images, to creating and running the world’s only online profile community dedicated to romantic fiction professionals, and creating the first and only ‘all-inclusive’ annual Romance Novel Convention and Book Fair in the world. The latter is taking place next in Las Vegas, Nevada between June 1st and 5th 2016, with a host of other celebrities in tow.

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    Walk into any book store around the world and pick up a romance novel; chances are, Jimmy Thomas is on the front cover. In fact, Thomas can be found on over 8,000 covers, each a unique work of immersive art in its own right. Thomas has an amazing story to tell, shifting from a simple cover model to literally dominating the romance novel industry. It all began in 2008 when Thomas launched, the world’s first stock image website dedicated to the romantic fiction industry. Unlike similar services that have followed in his footsteps, hastily cobbling their cover images together, Thomas’s unique creative flair set out a mandate to truly capture moments in time, intimacy, and where each cover tells a story in itself.

    Literally thousands of authors have purchased Thomas’ work, making him the most widely-recognized and published cover model in the genre. Many authors wouldn’t dream of allowing anyone else to grace their covers, including Barbara Bretton, a USA Today bestselling author who can easily put her finger on what makes Jimmy Thomas unique. She writes, “It’s the emotion he brings to his photos. Yes, he’s wildly good-looking but there’s more going on than a pretty face: you can see what he’s thinking and feeling and, for me, that’s a very important distinction.”

    Thomas didn’t stop at covers. He went on to create, the first online community bringing together romance fiction authors, cover artists, publishers, agents, models, readers, and anyone else looking to network with others in the continually booming, billion-dollar genre. Thomas has since built a hallmark for his frequent authoritative articles that cover all areas of the romance novel cover creation process, branding, marketing and networking. It gradually grew to become something of a permanent online romance novel learning center. Building up a reputation for his world firsts, this ignited yet another spark within Thomas that has seen him excel beyond expectation…

    In 2013, Thomas rented space in Las Vegas to host the world’s only ‘all-inclusive’ five-day Romance Novel Convention and Book Fair ( While initially set up as a small and intimate opportunity for Thomas to teach all he knows to anyone willing to listen, it has since grown to become a staple event on the literary calendar. Attendance has boomed each year, and the 2016 RNConvention is set to be the biggest and best yet.

    New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight has attended a few years of Thomas’ annual convention, and wanted to share her experience on her blog. She writes, “I learned great tips about book covers, promotion, and even self-defense. I’ve gone to a lot of conferences over the past nine years, and it’s rare I find out something new in every class. Well, part of the reason my expectations were a little low is because I didn’t know Jimmy. Now, mind you, I love shopping for novel cover photos at his website,, Jimmy really understands women’s fantasies, and he knows exactly how to play to them when he poses. During a couple of different classes on creating memorable covers and swag, he gave us some great tips on the topic. I must admit part of the reason I didn’t expect much from the conference is that I figured any guy who looked like Jimmy would have the IQ of a Cobb Salad… Jimmy’s actually damned smart, he knows romance readers, and he has insights about art, covers and photography romance writers would do well to listen to.”

    The 2016 Romance Novel Convention (RNC2016) will take place between June 1st and 5th at Harrah’s Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The registration packages include hotel and food, making it the first all-inclusive event of its kind in the industry, as well as the lowest priced for a five-day convention of its genre. Those in attendance can revel in all the masterclasses, a book fair, costume ball, romance novel scene reenactments, keynote speakers, bestselling authors, male cover models, many giveaways, photo and autograph opportunities, as well as other daytime and evening events such as the World’s Best Male Exotic Dancer Competition, a Cover Model & Model Search, and many more.

    “I spent a decade traveling to romance novel conventions around the country, and began to see patterns for things attendees didn’t like,” explains Thomas. “The obvious one was the stress of all the separate costs involved, including additional fees to attend luncheons, parties and events at those conventions, as well as attending workshops taught by anyone no matter how little experience they had. This inspired me to launch a five-day convention that was literally all-inclusive, and with the teacher’s experience and credentials listed for all attendees to see. So just get yourself there, and I’ll do the rest!”

    Continuing, “It’s an opportunity for anyone in the industry to do business, learn, network and have fun through everything from Las Vegas-level talent and entertainment, to games and parties that will unite those usually relegated to only working together online. Past attendees have given another definition to the acronym RNC to describe the convention – Resources, Networking, Camaraderie. So if you’re involved in the writing industry in any way, it’s a week you won’t forget.”

    Thomas works around the clock to line up many New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors, the best classes to be taught, fun and first of their kind events, great cover models who are very friendly and approachable, dozens of free raffle drawings and prizes, and so much more.

    Big incentive bonuses are given to those who register early – registration opened October 1st, 2015. The sooner you register, the more free things you get (over $1,200 in value) and the bigger drawings you are entered into (over $6,200 in value), with all RNC2016 drawings totaling over $100,000 in value! No other romance convention has given away so much, with more free raffle drawings for all attendees being added each month until the convention. This is not a convention you want to miss! For more information, visit:


    Jimmy Thomas is ambitious, determined, passionate, and goal-oriented.

    He’s continually keeping busy, thinking of new ideas, inventions and businesses. He’s very adventurous and loves to travel.

    Thomas has been studying and teaching martial arts and kickboxing off and on since the early 90s, and has worked as a freelance Architectural Designer since the early 90s where he co-designed the first Platinum LEED Certified eco house in the U.S., as well as the first carbon neutral eco house in the U.S. He’s an NASM Certified Personal Trainer since the late 90s, and has been modeling since the late 90s.

    Thomas has written an action-adventure, sci-fi screenplay and currently converting it into a book. He has designed many websites, is working on a dozen inventions, a new fitness DVD concept, and a self-help book.

Jimmy Thomas