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Southwest Florida Reading Festival

Published February 25, 2015 by francesothomas

I am eagerly awaiting the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. The Lee County Florida Library System is holding its free annual event on March 21 in downtown Fort Myers. They’ve scheduled 28 authors including Kim Boykin, Nancy Horan, Shelly King, Laura Lippman, Susan Mallery, Mary Alice Monroe, Carla Norton, Dani Pettrey, and Candis Terry.

Along with the expected panel discussions and book signings, the festival organizers also arrange for every child and teen in attendance to receive a free book. Vendors and displays fill Harborside Convention Center and nearby Centennial Park.

“Partner” events offer more opportunities to meet and greet the authors. All of the authors will be dining at the Marina at Edison Ford on March 20. The Friends of the South County Library, volunteers at one of the system’s branches, are hosting Susan Mallery at a lunch on March 23. Shelly King will speak at Fort Myers Congregational Church on March 19.

Local romance writers have their own event on March 13 at MacIntosh Book Store on Sanibel Island They will be signing copies of From Florida with Love, the group’s Florida themed romance anthology.

This is truly a family-friendly event and one I highly recommend.

SW FL Reading Festival

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KissCon launching on West Coast

Published October 23, 2014 by francesothomas

I often wish I lived on the West Coast. Now I have kiss two more reasons. Avon is launching new events called KissCon.

What does KissCon entail? A group of Avon authors will be doing a signing, a Q&A, and fun, interactive events with the audience. There will be prizes and raffles. Authors attending each event will vary slightly. Attendance is free, unless you spring for a VIP ticket—which gets you in to an exclusive reception with the authors, as well as one of the featured authors’ books.

Maybe I will finish one of my own romance novels in time to be featured at a Florida KissCon someday.  Anyway, here are the locations:

KissCon Seattle (at Copperfield’s Books in San Rafael, CA, Saturday, 11/22):

Avon Books and Copperfield’s San Rafael are joining forces to bring romance readers the very first KissCon (an Avon Affair!) on November 22, 2014.  There will be a special limited-attendance VIP event, and a larger public event.  We are encouraging readers to reserve tickets for both!

Featured authors include: Ilona Andrews, Elizabeth Boyle, Rachel Gibson, Laura Kaye, TJ Kline, Julie Anne Long, Sarah MacLean, Cathy Maxwell,Jennifer Ryan and Lori Wilde.

 

KissCon Seattle (at University Bookstore, Sunday, 11/23) :

Avon Books and University Book Store are teaming up to bring Seattle area romance readers the city’s first-ever multi-author KissCon (an Avon Affair!) on November 23, 2014.  There will be a special limited-attendance VIP event, followed by a larger public event.  We are encouraging readers to reserve tickets for both!

The star-studded author line-up includes: Ilona AndrewsJennifer BernardElizabeth BoyleJulie Brannagh, Rachel Gibson,  Lorraine HeathLaura KayeSophie Jordan, Sarah MacLeanCathy Maxwell, Darlene PanzeraJulia Quinn and Lori Wilde.