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September Events
It's September and although it's not quite autumn the temperatures are dropping below 100 and cause for celebration. So, let's look at what's happening around the area.

Frisco Book Club meets on Monday, September 12th at the Frisco Barnes & Noble at 7pm. Food and drinks at Cheesecake Factory before (5pm) if you can. The authors are Kristina Douglas and Nalini Singh with a focus on the "angel" aspect although all their books are fair game. RSVP

Plano Book Club meets on Wednesday, September 21st with call-in guest Lauren Dane. It's Greek (or Mediterranean) night, hope you can join us! RSVP.

Books That Bite

Join on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Firewheel Barnes & Noble for discussion on paranormal romance or urban fantasy titles and authors.

Tuesday, September 13th at 7pm - DARK AWAKENING by Kendra Leigh Castle

Tuesday, September 27th at 7pm - PRIMAL LAW by J.D. Tyler

 

FenCon

If you're a fan of Urban Fantasy, Steampunk or any type of speculative fiction, you do NOT want to miss the annual FenCon the weekend of September 23-25th in Addison. We'll be hostessing the "Safe For Romance" party on Friday and Saturday, hope you'll find us! FenCon.org

As always, check our Meetup page for additional fun and events. And be sure to get the author events each week in your mailbox by subscribing to our FREE North Texas Readers newsletter.


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Frisco Book Club
Authors to discuss: Nalini Singh and Kristina Douglas
Monday, September 12, 2011 at Barnes & Noble Stonebriar Mall
Nalini Singh

http://www.nalinisingh.com/

Books:

Lord Of The Abyss, December 2011
Angels Of Darkness, October 2011
Archangel's Blade, September 2011
Guild Hunters #3


Barnes & Noble Stonebriar (directions)
2601 Preston Rd Unit 1204
Frisco, TX 75034
972-668-2820
http://www.meetup.com/DFWTea/events/26145891/
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Dinner at Cheesecake Factory at 5pm

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Lauren Dane

A few years ago, Lauren Dane decided to quit her job and stay home with her newborn. As a result, she had lots of conversations in a sing-song voice but no real outlet for adult thoughts and words. While on bedrest with her third pregnancy, she had so much downtime her husband brought home a second hand laptop and she decided to “give that writing thing a serious go.”

Lauren’s well aware of her good fortune and loves every moment of it, even when she has to edit and put Barbie’s dresses back on over and over again. She still hasn’t managed to figure out how to shut out the sound of the Backyardigans so she can write a love scene, though.

http://www.laurendane.com

Books:

Heart Of Darkness, November 2011
Once And Again, September 2011
Never Enough, September 2011


Plano - Reyes
Plano, TX 75024
http://www.meetup.com/DFWTea/events/16812429/
7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Friday, September 23, 2011
Candace Havens

Candace "Candy" Havens is a best selling and award-winning author. Her novels include "Charmed & Dangerous", "Charmed & Ready", "Charmed & Deadly", "Like A Charm" and "The Demon King and I". She is known for writing strong female characters, who save the world, but aren't exactly perfect. She is a two-time RITA, Write Touch Reader and Holt Medallion finalist. She is also the winner of the Barbara Wilson award.

Candy is a nationally syndicated entertainment columnist for FYI Television. A veteran journalist she has interviewed just about everyone in Hollywood from George Clooney and Orlando Bloom to Nicole Kidman and Kate Beckinsale. You can hear Candy weekly on 96.3 KSCS in the Dallas Fort Worth Area.

Her popular online Writer's Workshop has more than 1000 students and provides free classes to professional and aspiring writers.

http://candacehavens.com

Books:

Truth And Dare, May 2011
Stonegate Investigative Agency
She Who Dares, Wins, April 2011
Stonegate Investigations #2
Take Me If You Dare, February 2010


Crown Plaza - FenCon (directions)
14315 Midway Road
Addison, TX 75001
http://www.meetup.com/DFWTea/events/16812429/
12:00pm - 11:00pm

Join us at our Safe for Romance Suite

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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Rachel Caine

Pseudonym: Roxanne Conrad.
Pseudonym: Roxanne Longstreet.
Pseudonym: Roxanne Longstreet Conrad.
Pseudonym: Julie Fortune.

Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today and internationally bestselling author of more than 30 novels, including the immensely popular Morganville Vampires series, the Weather Warden series, and the Outcast Season series.

In 2011, Rachel will publish the first novel of her new series, The Revivalist, with the release of Working Stiff in August.

http://rachelcaine.com

Books:

Unbroken, February 2012
Outcast Season #4
Last Breath, November 2011
Morganville Vampires #11
Enthralled, September 2011


Crown Plaza - FenCon (directions)
14315 Midway Road
Addison, TX 75001
http://www.meetup.com/DFWTea/events/16812429/
10:00am - 11:30pm

Join us at our Safe for Romance Suite

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Victoria Laurie

When I was in the 7th grade I took one of those career application tests - you know, the ones where you answer a bunch of questions and the results indicate what profession you'd best be suited for? Yeah, well my test results indicated I was best suited for a career as a government spy.

A SPY!

I think I had the coolest results in the entire class. :)

Needless to say, I did not follow that particular career path - or maybe I just took the more indirect route. In my thirties a very good friend of mine who is now one of the world's most renowned psychic mediums suggested I stop ignoring my talents and dive right into the professional world of a psychic intuitive. On a lark, I did. And the results were pretty mind-blowing. Within just a few short weeks even I couldn't deny it - so much of what I predicted for total strangers was coming true and I really had to accept the "gift" so to speak.

Over the years I've built a really fabulous clientele and all those experiences have helped me create the Psychic Eye Mysteries, the Ghost Hunter Mysteries, and - for children - Oracles of Delphi Keep. And along that way I discovered my true love - writing.

Writing is one of those passions that gets me out of bed in the morning and invigorates my day. I love spinning a good yarn, and when I feel I actually get it right - wow! There is no better feeling.

In fact, the other day I was kicking back after a looooong day of writing, which ended in the completion of a manuscript and I remember just marveling in the fact that I actually get paid to daydream! I can't think of a more satisfying way to spend a life. And let's face it - it's a whole lot safer than working some covert operation. Although - I'm pretty sure the benefits might be better at the CIA. Still, I'll stick to my daydreams...at least for now... :)

http://victorialaurie.com

Books:

Quest For The Secret Keeper, February 2012
Oracles of Delphi Keep #3
Ghoul Interrupted, January 2012
Ghost Hunter #6
Vision Impossible, July 2011
A Psychic Eye Mystery #9


Sandi Shilhanek Home
Garland, TX
http://www.meetup.com/DFWTea/events/16812436/
7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Michele Bardsley

Readalicious Women's Fiction

Michele Bardsley is multi-published in several genres, but she is best known for her paranormal series set in the fictional town of Broken Heart, Oklahoma. She invites readers to check out the adventures of her vampire PTA parents in I'm The Vampire, That's Why (September 2006), Don't Talk Back To Your Vampire (July 2007), Because Your Vampire Said So (Spring 2008), and Wait Until Your Vampire Gets Home (Fall 2008).

Over the years, her work has earned awards and recognition from many organizations and publications—including OWFI's Trophy Award for Best Book of Fiction and the Grand Prize in the 72nd Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Michele lives in Tulsa with her family.

http://www.michelebardsley.com

Books:

Must Love Lycans, September 2011
Never Again, March 2011
Wizards of Nevermore #1
Cross Your Heart, September 2010
Broken Heart # 7


Barnes & Noble Firewheel (directions)
190 Cedar Sage Drive Unit #BB01
Garland, TX 75040
972-496-2000
http://www.meetup.com/DFWTea/events/16812436/
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Michele will talk and sign her book

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Join us at the Fresh Fiction Readers Conference with C.L. Wilson, Gena Showalter and more on November 11 - 13, 2011!

readers and ritas conference

Readers conferences are more than "the rage," they are the place to meet readers who relish talking endlessly about favorite books, authors, series, characters, universes and so much more not understood by others! So come and "celebrate passionate literary obsessions" with a few new and old friends! And enjoy sharing meals with Gena Showalter, C.L. Wilson, Candace Havens, Ann Aguirre, Nikki Duncan, Jade Lee, Marie Bostwick, Marianne Mancusi, Jane Porter, Tara Taylor Quinn, Jaye Wells, Lauren Willig, Michele Bardsley, Dakota Cassidy, Monica Burns, Louisa Edwards, Vicki Pettersson, Kristen Painter, Lori Wilde, Gena Showalter, Jill Monroe, and Roxanne St. Claire

Regrets received from Julia Justiss, Alyssa Day. We will miss them and hope to see them at future Readers & 'ritas or other Dallas Fort Worth area events.

Opportunities will abound to share your opinion about current book trends (Hot & Spicy versus. Sweet & Mild), best book care practices to keep your collection in top notch condition (ABCs and 1-2-3s of books), where to buy and trade your books, what's the best e-reader for you YOUR reading habit, learn about books and authors you possibly missed, how to get a book club going in your neck of the woods and so much more. Plus meals are included as well as at least one margarita! After all, this is Texas and we practice margaRITA therapy!

Activities include:

  • Private Book Signing and Sale
  • Author Lounge - ample time to sit in small groups with your favorite author
  • HUGE Book Trade - bring gently used books and pick up some you've been missing
  • Masquerade Ball - come dressed as your favorite character, prizes
  • Panels and Workshops (not final)
    • Evolution of Harlequin (what it's done for the industry, which series people read, do people still subscribe, store purchases)
    • The End Before the Beginning (do you read the end of the book first or even sometimes before you buy the book)
    • Fresh or Spoiled? (is there room for spoilers?)
    • Front to Back: What Draws Your Attention & What Turns You Off (all about cover art, titles & backcover blurbs)
    • Genre Positioning System (GPS): Navigating the Bookshelves (genre classification/declassification like urban fantasy vs paranormal - I think it's urban fantasy, you call it paranormal, when something is contemporary vs historical, etc., how to find a freaking book in a store or online in a category & how it irks us)
    • Money, Money, Money: Where Does Your Dollar Go? (shopping preference, brick & mortar vs online paper vs online ebook vs used books, discount cards)
    • Finding Your Reading Mojo (favorite reading spot, do you need quiet or noise, do you read in one sitting, what causes you to go into or come out of a reading slump, do you picture actors in your head)
    • Multiple Partners: Do You Read More Than One Book At a Time? (do you have different books for different locations like bathroom, car, gym, office, etc., how the heck do you keep track & stay interested, how can people only read one book at a time)
    • There's More to Life Than the Undead (discussion on the non-paranormal related books - they DO still exist)
    • Battle of Genres (defend your genre, what draws you to this one vs that one, classic vs. historical vs. paranormal)
  • Raffles and Silent Auction -- special reader collections and more -- benefit Plano Family Literacy a literacy program in Collin County
  • margarRITA hours -- need we say more?
  • SPACE IS LIMITED

    Tickets Available

    The next Readers 'n 'ritas Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn, Allen, Texas is Friday, November 11th to Saturday, November 12th for only $100 (stay for the additional Sunday brunch on November 13th). Stop by and sign up, Our hotel block -- rooms only $79 per night -- ends on October 11th! And tell your friends... they won't want to miss this sure-to-be talked about event!

    Readers-n-ritas.org ... celebrate passionate literary obsessions

    Readers 'n 'ritas is an annual event held on the second weekend in November for readers and authors to mingle in both formal and informal discussions. It's the perfect gathering for people who love to read and want to share their addiction. Readers-n-ritas.org

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    Photos from past events

    Author Events:

    Thursday, September 15, 2011
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Eoin Colfer

    Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park (directions)
    7700 West Northwest Hwy. Ste. 300
    Dallas, TX 75225
    214-739-1124

    Saturday, September 17, 2011
    1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Paula LaRocque

    Barnes & Noble University Village (directions)
    1612 S. University Dr #401
    Fort Worth, TX 76107
    817-284-1244

    Friday, September 23, 2011
    12:00pm - 11:00pm
    Candace Havens

    Join us at our Safe for Romance Suite
    Crown Plaza - FenCon (directions)
    14315 Midway Road
    Addison, TX 75001

    Saturday, September 24, 2011
    10:00am - 11:30pm
    Rachel Caine

    Join us at our Safe for Romance Suite
    Crown Plaza - FenCon (directions)
    14315 Midway Road
    Addison, TX 75001

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011
    6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Rosemary Clement-Moore

    Banned Books Week
    Rita & Truett Smith Public Library (directions)
    300 Country Club Road Bldg 300
    Wylie, TX 75098
    972.516.6250

    Friday, September 30, 2011
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Dave Ramsey

    Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park (directions)
    7700 West Northwest Hwy. Ste. 300
    Dallas, TX 75225
    214-739-1124

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011
    7:30pm - 8:30pm
    Alice Hoffman

    Dallas Museum of Art - Horchow Auditorium (directions)
    1717 N. Harwood Street
    Dallas, TX 75201
    214.922.1200

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011
    7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Taylor Anderson

    Barnes & Noble University Village (directions)
    1612 S. University Dr #401
    Fort Worth, TX 76107
    817-335-2791

    Thursday, October 13, 2011
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Melissa De La Cruz

    Barnes & Noble Stonebriar (directions)
    2601 Preston Rd Unit 1204
    Frisco, TX 75034
    972-668-2820

    Thursday, October 20, 2011
    7:00pm
    Hillary Jordan

    Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park (directions)
    7700 West Northwest Hwy. Ste. 300
    Dallas, TX 75225
    214-739-1124

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011
    7:30pm - 8:30pm
    Chuck Palahniuk

    Dallas Museum of Art - Horchow Auditorium (directions)
    1717 N. Harwood Street
    Dallas, TX 75201
    214.922.1200


    November 11-13, 2011
    Readers-n-ritas Conference
    Gena Showalter + 20 authors

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