“Read, Write, Love: Romance is in the Air” Author/Reader Event


One day last fall, I was trying to figure out ways to promote my books. Since it was before Christmas, I thought of having a book signing at a local coffee shop, Camille’s Sidewalk Café. Due to illnesses, I was unable to connect with the manager of the café until it was too late to set anything up.

As I was talking with the manager in late November, I was struck with a brilliant idea. Considering the day I chose for the event, I think maybe I was hit with Cupid’s arrow. Anyway, when I realized Valentine’s Day fell on a Saturday, I said to Debbie, “How about if I get some local romance authors to come for a book signing.” valentine-s-cupid-17860187

As we continued talking, another idea hit me. What if we did more than a signing? What if I organized a three-hour event, complete with a scavenger hunt, a Q&A session and then a book signing. Well, Debbie knew someone, who knew someone, who knew a person who promotes romance authors. This connected me with Leagh Christensen, who contacted authors she knew from her business, Romance Novel Promotions. I, in turn, contacted local authors I knew.

Suddenly, I had eighteen authors interested in coming to the event now titled, “Read, Write, Love: Romance is in the Air.” I contacted those interested. Some found they couldn’t attend, but knew other authors who could. In the end I have sixteen authors from eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin attending. I’m looking forward to meeting these men and women. Some of them will be authors at the Midwestern Book Lovers Unite Reader and Author Convention in October.

nervous-child-imagen-little-40817364I’ve never organized anything like this before. I go from being nervous to excited to worried that no one will show up. I know that at least my daughter will be there. Whew!!!!

I’ve advertised in several magazines, who then printed articles on the event. With the help from the ladies of my writers’ group, we’ve put on flyers throughout the area. I’ll be on our local television station, WEAUTV 13, Eau Claire, tomorrow at 10:00. Afterwards I’m meeting two of my writer friends to put together small gift bags for the first 50 attendants, two baskets for drawings, the scavenger hunt questions for readers, and posters showing attendees where to go.

Today I have to organize my information for my television interview, write this blog, organize what I need to bring, not only for the event, but my own books I’m promoting. I keep telling myself everything will work out just fine. If I’ve forgotten to do something, people won’t know because they don’t know what I was supposed to bring!

Here is the link to the article in “Queen of the Castle,” page 47: http://www.queenofthecastlemagazine.com/
Link to article in “Volume One,” page 14: http://volumeone.org/
Link to Midwestern Book Lovers Unite Convention: https://midwesternbookloversunite.wordpress.com/authors1/


Below are the names and links of the authors attending. Help promote them by visiting their websites, blogs, Twitter and Facebook accounts and liking or following them.

Tina Susedik – Writes Contemporary Romantic Mystery
Web: http://www.tinasusedik.com
Blog: http://www.tinasusedik.wordpress.com
Twitter: @tinasusedik
FB: http://www.facebook.com/TinaSusedikAuthor
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/tinasusedik/
Also on Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Soul Mate Publishing

Books: Riding for Love
The Valentine’s Proposal, Short story in “My Sexy Valentine,” anthology
A Year and A Day, short story in All I Want for Christmas anthology

Sharon Balts – Writes Christian Historical Fiction
Web: http://sharonbalts.com/
FB: http://www.facebook.com/authorSharon Balts
Amazon: http://www.Amazon.com/author/SharonBalts

Books: The Killing of Luther Dunn
The Protector
Black Mesa
Unrefined: A Hungry Hollow Tale

Stephanie Beck – Writes Erotic and Contemporary Romance
Books: Poppy’s Passion
Mary’s Men
Just one More
David’s Angel

Denise Devine – Writes Romantic Comedy (Sweet) and Inspirational Romance
Web: http://www.deniseanneettedevine.com
Blog: deniseannette.blogspot.com

Books: This Time Forever: An Inspirational Romance
Hot Shot
Merry Christmas, Darling

K.J. Farnham – Writes Humorous Contemporary
Website: http://kjfarnham.wordpress.com/
Blog: http://kjfarnham.wordpress.com/blog/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ClickDateRepeat
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8496528.K_J_Farnham

Books: Click Date Repeat

Beth M James – Writes Contemporary
website: http://www.bethmjames.com
Twitter: @AuthorBMJames
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/BethMJamesAuthor
Blog: http://www.bethmjames.wordpress.com

Books: Gitana: Life Plan

Anita Kidesu – Writes Erotic Romance
Web: http://www.anitakidesu.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/AnitaKidesuAuthor
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/AnitaKidesu/
Blog: http://anitakidesu.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnitaKidesu

Books: South Seas Seduction to be released later in February

Helen Johannes – Writes Fantasy Romance
Blog: http://www.helencjohannes.blogspot.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4031965.helen_c_johannes?from_search+true

Books: Bloodstone
The Prince of Val-Feyridge

Rae Matthews – Writes Romantic Comedy
Web: http://www.raematthews.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raematthewsauthor
Amazon one click: http://amzn.to/1qxELWF
TSU: http://www.tsu.co/AuthorRaeMatthews
Twitter: RaeRaeMatthews
Instagram: rae.matthews

Books: Sahsa (Mixed Drinks Series: Book 1)

S.C. Mitchell – Writes Paranormal and SciFi Romance, Fantasy
Web: http://www.scmitchellauthor.com
Blog: http://www.scmitchell.wordpress.com
Twitter: @authorsmitchell

Books: Swiftly Beats the Heart
There’s No Such Thing as Werewolves
Son of Thunder
reGenesis: Dark Awakening (Free copies of this one at the event!)

Ashlynn Monroe – Writes Erotic Romance, SciFi and Paranormal
Web/Blog: http://www.ashlynnmonroe.com
FB: Facebook.comashlynnmonroeauthor
Goodreads: Goodreads.com/author/show/3442759Ashlynn_Monroe

Books: Given
Captivated Desires
Reality Hero
Sex, Love, and Aliens

Debra Patrow – Writes Historical Fiction
Web/Blog: http://www.debrapatrownovel.com
Books: Acres of Bitterness

Michel Prince – Writes New Adult, Adult Paranormal, and Contemporary
Web: http://www.michelprincebooks.com

Books: One Last Rodeo: A Red Hot and BLOOM! story
Kiss From a Rose
The Queen’s Heart
Shared Redemption (Frozen I)

Ginger Ring – Writes Contemporary, Historical, Erotica, Suspense
Web/Blog: http://www.gingerring.com
FB: Facebook.com/romancewritergingerring
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1fslijd
Twitter: https//twitter.comGingerRings
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Gingernovel

Books: Getting Down to Business
Getting Busy for Christmas
The Gangster’s Kiss (Love is a Dangerous Thing #1)

Bria Starr – Writes Contemporary Romance and New Adult
Website – http://www.briastarr.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bria-Starr-Author/180078098828468?ref=hl
Tsu – https://www.tsu.co/BriaStarrAuthor
Twitter – https://twitter.com/BriaStarrAuthor
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/bria0215/
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7277786.Bria_Starr
Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/Bria-Starr/e/B00J56N94E/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1421987128&sr=8-1
Your Exception: http://www.amazon.com/Your-Exception-Bria-Starr-ebook/dp/B00HG1G9QA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1422731683&sr=8-2&keywords=bria+starr
Downward Spiral: http://www.amazon.com/Downward-Spiral-Bria-Starr-ebook/dp/B00NLN29B6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422731625&sr=8-1&keywords=bria+starr

Books: Your Exception
Downward Spiral

Tina Ness – Writes Adult Contemporary Romance
website- http://www.tinaness.com
facebook- http://www.facebook.com/authortinaness
twitter http://www.twitter.com/authortinaness
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tina-Ness/e/B00OYN5EQ4

Books: It Will Always Be You

Hazel St. James – Writes Contemporary Romance
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hazel-St.-James/e/B00AT3KF2G
Blog: http://hazelstjames.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hazel.stjames
Twitter: twitter.com/HazelStJames

Books: Let Me Fly – Learning to Let Go #1
I Need You – Learning to Let Go #2
Club Red – Learning to Let Go #3
Be Your Everything – Learning to Let Go #4
Fighting for You – Redemption #1
Being with You – Redemption #2
The One



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4 responses to ““Read, Write, Love: Romance is in the Air” Author/Reader Event

  1. Barbara

    Way to go. Good luck.

  2. Congratulations on putting together such a fabulous event!!! Wish I could be there and on Valentine’s Day too!

  3. Oh, and I tweeted about it.

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