Aug 15, 2020

Bookstore Romance Day 2020



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6:00 am  Official opening/welcome with Ambassador Meg Cabot

7:00 am Coffee Break with Mona Shroff (Then, Now, Always), Delores Fossen (Settling an Old Score) and one more author to be announced

10:00 am Lunch Date with Synithia Williams (Scandalous Secrets), Reese Ryan (A Reunion of Rivals), and Roan Parrish (Better Than People)

11:00 am Avon Spotlight panel with Ambassador Meg Cabot (No Offense), Talia Hibbert (Take a Hint, Dani Brown), and Alexis Daria (You Had Me at Hola). Moderated by Maureen Lee Lenker of Entertainment Weekly

1:00 pm Tea Time with authors RaeAnne Thayne (Summer at Lake Haven), Maisey Yates (The Hero of Hope Springs), and Melissa Senate (The Cowboy’s Comeback)

4:00 pm Cocktail Hour with authors Audrey Carlin (What the Heart Wants), Jayci Lee (Secret Crush Seduction), and Elia Winters (Hairpin Curves)

The following events will also take place on Saturday at times to be determined:

Rom Coms for All with authors Sarah Morgenthaler (The Tourist Attraction), Annabeth Albert (Conventionally Yours), Suzanne Park (The Perfect Escape), Miranda Kenneally (Four Days of You and Me), K.L. Walther (If We Were Us), and Ann Marie Walker (Happy Singles Day)

YA HEAs with authors Mason Deaver (I Wish You All the Best), Debbie Rigaud (Truly, Madly, Royally), Lucas Rocha (Where We Go From Here), and Leah Johnson (You Should See Me in a Crown)

An exclusive video from author JR Ward (The Jackal)

Aug 16, 2020



All times listed are PST

SESSION 1: 11:30 am


Elsa Kurt is the multi-genre, self and traditionally published author of twelve contemporary women’s novels. Her stories explore the complex and relatable experiences of everyday life- the love & laughter, the heartbreak & sorrow, and everything in between. She finds the extraordinary in ordinary lives and puts you in the front seat of every story.

Books: Livvy Takes the Long Way, Still Here, Awkward Adventures in Dating, Welcome to Chance series, The Writer’s Romance


Sadira Stone: Sometimes true love surprises us late in life. Sadira met her fated mate at forty-eight. In 2014, she left her teaching career in Germany to marry him and start a new chapter in Washington State. Shortly thereafter, she met her true literary love—spicy contemporary romance. Inspired by real-life tales of reinvention and second chances (or third!), her stories reflect her philosophy: It’s never too late for an H.E.A. When not writing, Sadira enjoys belly dancing, listening to blues, playing guitar with her husband and friends, gobbling all the books, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Books: Through the Red Door, Runaway Love Story; Love, Art, and Other Obstacles; Gelato Surprise


Rebecca Hefner grew up in Western NC and now calls the Hudson River of NYC home. In her youth, she would sneak into her mother’s bedroom and raid the bookshelf, falling in love with the stories of Judith McNaught, Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts. Years later, that love of a good romance, with lots of great characters and conflicts, has extended to her other favorite authors such as JR Ward and Lisa Kleypas. Also a huge Game of Thrones and Star Wars fan, she loves an epic fantasy and a surprise twist (Luke, he IS your father).

Books: The End of Hatred, The Elusive Sun, The Darkness Within, The Reluctant Savior, A Paradox of Fates


Kay Blake is an award-winning author. She writes romance and young adult. She is from arguably the greatest city in the world. (New York). She is a sarcastic sweetheart who prefers snuggling at home with a good book. She is a mom to three cubs. Kay has always been fond of the written word. As a child, she wrote songs, poetry, short stories and what has come to be known as fan fiction. She decided to take her love for the written word seriously when she hit publish for the first time in 2014.

She is also the creator of Bookish Brown Girls a platform that promotes books written by women of color and encourages sisterhood and uplifting GOC & WOC.

Books: Catch Me If I Fall, Second Time’s A Charm, Forever Maybe, I Knew You Were Trouble, Don’t Blame Me, Protecting Eden and Free Me



Terri Brisbin: Since 1998, Terri’s more than 46 historical and paranormal romance novels, novellas and short stories have been published by Berkley, Harlequin, Kensington, NAL and SMP Swerve and released in 20 languages in 25 countries! Terri has also self-published some works and is working on more stories now that will be released through 2020!

Books: An Outlaw’s Honor, A Healer for the Highlander, The Storyteller, The STORM series, the MacKendimen Clan series, Brandywine Brides


C. Spencer grew up in Southern California during the 70s and 80s, where she spent two years as an art major in college only to switch mid-way to English Literature. She’s worked as a freelance copywriter and editor since 2001. In 2013, she began writing fiction on the side. Truth or Dare was published in 2018 followed by On Second Thought in February of 2020. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her wife and is currently working on her third novel.

Books: Truth or Dare and On Second Thought


Laney Webber loves stories. She has worked as a librarian, a used book store clerk, and an adult ed creative writing teacher. All that makes her sounds very bookish and she is, but she’s also worked in a retail stockroom, a greenhouse, an elementary school cafeteria, and a shoe distribution plant. She lives in Vermont with her very funny and patient wife and a snarky cat named Rudy Valentino. When Laney isn’t doing something bookish, she likes to identify leaves, birds, and insects while camping and exploring New England.

Books: A Chapter on Love (2019), The Real Thing (Apr 2020)


Leanna Renee Hieber is an actress, ghost tour guide and award-winning, bestselling author of Gothic, Gaslamp Fantasy novels for Tor and Kensington Books, such as the Strangely Beautiful, Magic Most Foul, Eterna Files and Spectral City series. Her work has been included in numerous notable anthologies and translated into many languages. A ghost tour guide for Manhattan’s Boroughs of the Dead, she’s been featured in film and television on shows like Mysteries at the Museum.

Books: The Spectral City, A Sanctuary of Spirits


Celeste Barclay, a nom de plume, lives near the Southern California coast with her husband and sons. Growing up in the Midwest, Celeste enjoyed spending as much time in and on the water as she could. Now she lives near the beach. She’s an avid swimmer, a hopeful future surfer, and a former rower. Before becoming a full-time author, Celeste was a Social Studies and English teacher. She holds degrees in International Affairs (BA), Secondary Social Science (MAT), and Political Management (MPS). She channels that knowledge into creating rich historical romances that bring the steam.

Books: His Highland Lass, His Bonnie Highland Temptation, His Highland Prize, His Highland Pledge, His Highland Surprise, Their Highland Beginning, Leif, Freya, Tyra & Bjorn, Strian, Lena & Ivar, A Spinster at the Highland Court, A Spy at the Highland Court, A Wallflower at the Highland Court, A Rogue at the Highland Court, The Blond Devil of the Sea, The Dark Heart of the Sea



Maria Vale is a logophile and a bibliovore and a worrier about the world. Trained as a medievalist, she tries to shoehorn the language of Beowulf into things that don’t really need it. She currently lives in New York with her husband, two sons and a long line of dead plants. No one will let her have a pet.

Her first book, The Last Wolf, was chosen by Library Journal and Amazon as a Best Book of 2018 and was a Rita finalist in the Paranormal Romance and Best Debut categories. Her second book, A Wolf Apart, was chosen by Publishers Weekly as a Best Book of 2018, while Forever Wolf was chosen by Booklist and Kirkus as a Best Book of 2019.

Books: The Last Wolf, A Wolf Apart, Forever Wolf, Season of the Wolf


Susannah Erwin writes fun, sexy, escapist romances about strong-willed, ambitious people who just can’t help falling in love. She is a former Hollywood studio executive who gladly traded in her high heels and corner office for yoga pants and the local coffee shop, where she composes her tales of luxury, scandal, and heart-pounding emotion. Her first novel, Wanted: Billionaire’s Wife, won the Golden Heart® award from Romance Writers of America and was published by Harlequin Desire, and it later finaled in the New England Readers Choice Contest and the National Readers Choice Awards. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and one very spoiled but utterly charming cat.

Books: Wanted: Billionaire’s Wife; Cinderella Unmasked


Priscilla Oliveras is a USA Today bestselling author and 2018 RWA® RITA® double finalist who writes contemporary romance with a Latinx flavor. She’s earned recognition in the Washington Post, New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Redbook, and Publishers Weekly, and her latest book, Island Affair, made O, The Oprah Magazine‘s “28 of the Best Beach Reads of Summer 2020” list. A devotee of the romance genre, she’s also a sports fan, beach lover, Zumba aficionado, and connoisseur of hammock naps. Find out more at or catch up with her on social media via @prisoliveras.

Books: Island Affair, Their Perfect Melody, Her Perfect Affair, His Perfect Partner, Resort to Love


Melonie Johnson—aka #thewritinglush—is an award-winning author of smart and funny contemporary romance who loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. Declared a “fizzy, engrossing new voice” by Entertainment Weekly and an “author on the rise” by Kirkus, her debut series, SOMETIMES IN LOVE, was featured in Cosmopolitan and Woman’s World. Watch for her next book, TOO GOOD TO BE REAL, a hilarious heart-felt love letter to rom-coms arriving July 2021.

Books: Getting Hot with the Scot, Smitten by the Brit, Once Upon a Bad Boy


4:00 pm Watch Party for The Princess Diaries, with guest appearance by Meg Cabot

Aug 31, 2020
5:30 pm PST


Comedy in Tragedy: Two Recent Memoirs by Marilyn Reynolds and Deborah A. Lott

About Deborah A. Lott:

Deborah A. Lott is a writer of memoir, essays, and narrative nonfiction. She teaches at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her first book, In Session: The Bond Between Women and Their Therapists provided an unprecedented view of the psychotherapy relationship from the perspective of several hundred therapy clients. Lott’s creative nonfiction has been published in The Rumpus, Salon, the Bellingham Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, the nervous breakdown, Cimarron Review, Black Warrior Review, Scoundrel Time, the Los Angeles Times, The Good Men Project, Cactus Heart, and many other places.

About Her Book:

“Funny, horrifying, and heartbreaking — and often surprisingly, all three at once,” writes National Book Award Winner Mary Doty in a jacket blurb. A “courageous and endearing memoir,” writes reviewer Jonathan Kirsch in the Jewish Journal. Jody Keisner calls it in the Adroit Journal an example of “memoir as an art form.” Don’t Go Crazy Without Me tells the tragicomic coming of age story of a girl who grows up under the seductive sway of her outrageously eccentric father. He teaches her to have fun; he also teaches her to fear food poisoning, other children’s contagious diseases, and the contaminating propensities of the world at large. When her grandmother dies and her father plunges from neurotic to full-blown psychotic, she nearly follows him. The sixteen-year-old finds the way to draw a line between reality and her overactive imagination by political engagement in the world, and through the pleasures of the body with a gorgeous teenage boy. A climactic reckoning occurs the night of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination when she is at the Ambassador Hotel as a young campaign volunteer. That night she begins to find a way to turn her grief into love.


About Marilyn Reynolds:

In 2009, Marilyn Reynolds’s sixty-nine-year-old husband, Michael, was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). ‘Til Death or Dementia Do Us Part is the sort of book she hungered to read when Mike was first diagnosed. Reynolds is also the author of eleven books of realistic teen fiction in the True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High; I Won’t Read and You Can’t Make Me: Reaching Reluctant Teen Readers; and Over 70 And I Don’t Mean MPH: Reflections on the gift of longevity. Retired from teaching, Reynolds works in creative writing programs for incarcerated youth and gives author talks at middle and high schools. She lives in Sacramento and is currently at work on Over 80 and I Don’t Mean MPH.

About Her Book:

In her compassionately written memoir, author Marilyn Reynolds provides a detailed account of her husband’s first puzzling symptoms of Frontotemporal Dementia and of his gradual decline. This book will be helpful to many who have loved ones suffering from dementias of all types. Marilyn takes readers on a journey from the very early signs of the disease, the emotional and practical adjustments required, financial, living arrangements, etc., as her husband’s disease progressed. It is written compassionately, honestly and directly and with courage.” Frank Capobianco, MD, Psychiatry.


About Karen Kasaba:

A member of WGAw and SAG•AFTRA, Karen Kasaba is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter, multiple award-winning playwright and fiction writer with published work in numerous literary journals, newspapers, and magazines. She offers intuitive writing workshops at


About the Event:

You’ll be able to enjoy this event in the comfort and safety of your home. Tune into Crowdcast on the date and time of the event. Use the button below to pre-order Don’t Go Crazy Without Me (Apr 7, 2020, Red Hen Press) and/or ‘Til Death or Dementia Do Us Part (Oct 1, 2017 River Rock Books).

Sept 8, 2020
5:30 pm

Local Author
Laura Jensen Walker

I’ve loved words ever since I read 103 books in Miss Vopelensky’s first-grade class. That’s when I first dreamed of becoming a writer. My dream came true many years later when my first book was published at the age of forty. Now after more than a decade away from publishing I’m thrilled to be back and writing in a new genre–cozy mysteries! My first mystery,

MURDER MOST SWEET (A Bookish Baker Mystery) releases in September 2020, and my non-fiction book THANKS FOR THE MAMMOGRAM! rereleases in an updated version, also in September. Keep an eye out for my second cozy mystery, HOPE, FAITH & A CORPSE (releasing January 2021.)

About the Book:

Everyone in Lake Potawatomi, Wisconsin, knows Teddie St. John. Tall, curly-haired Teddie is a superb baker, a bohemian bon vivant, and a mystery writer. She is walking her dog, Gracie, when her four-legged friend finds Teddie’s missing silk scarf—tied tightly around the neck of the beautiful fiancée of a touring British author.

Before you can say “Wisconsin kringle,” Teddie becomes a murder suspect. Everyone in town knows all too well that the distinctive scarf was hers. When a second murder shocks the community, Teddie stands accused of two murders. With the help of her friends, can Teddie clear her name and deliver a killer’s just desserts?

About the Event:

You’ll be able to enjoy this event in the comfort and safety of your home. Tune into Crowdcast on the date and time of the event. Use the button below to pre-order MURDER MOST SWEET (Sept 8, Penguin Random House).

Sept 9, 2020
6:00 pm

NYT Best Selling Author
Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann lives in Sacramento, California. She is married to fellow writer and musician, Matt McMann, and they have two adult children. Her son is an artist named Kilian McMann and her daughter is an actor, Kennedy McMann. Lisa is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen books for young adults and children. So far she has written in genres including paranormal, realistic, dystopian, and fantasy. Some of her most well-known books are The Unwanteds series for middle-grade readers and the Wake trilogy for young adults.

We’re hosting a virtual launch for Lisa on Crowdcast. If you purchase your copy (or any of The Unwanteds series) from Capital Books, you’ll receive a signed copy of the book(s). We’ll also be including a poster to go with Dragon Slayers.

About the Book:

Ten years after Alex and Aaron Stowe brought peace to Quill and Artimé, their younger twin sisters journey beyond Artimé in the sixth novel in the New York Times bestselling sequel series to The Unwanteds, which Kirkus Reviews called “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.”

The Revinir is getting desperate.

Following her dramatic abduction of Fifer and Thisbe, the dragon woman traps the twins in an isolated, crumbling palace and surrounds them with four killer dragons in an attempt to coerce them to join her side. Hope finally arrives when Dev sneaks into the castle and the threesome reunites, hatching a plan against the Revinir so devious, so horrifying, that it just might work. But when it comes time to act, Thisbe struggles to confront her deepest fears about her inner levels of good and evil and, to her own dismay, questions if she’s really been on the right side all along.

In Artimé, Rohan and Queen Maiven join forces with Aaron, Florence, and the others to discover the truth of what happened to the twins. But when Fifer sends a devastating message that challenges everything they believe in, Rohan attempts to handle the situation on his own…with disastrous results.

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