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More October Events

Second Tuesday (October 11th) Books That Bite book club at the Firewheel Barnes & Noble at 7pm.

Special Halloween Book Club on Wednesday, October 19th at Shilhanek's Haunted Manse in Garland. Guest author call-in is Victoria Laurie author of haunted mysteries and other cool things. RSVP

Fourth Tuesday (October 25th) Books That Bite book club with special guest, Michele Bardsley signing. Firewheel BN at 7pm.

Jane Austen International Gathering in Fort Worth - October 14-16

Buy your Readers & 'ritas Tickets

Don't miss the fun in November at our annual Readers & 'ritas. See below for all the all guests and fun!

Buy Tickets

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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 Ann Aguirre, Michele Bardsley, Marie Bostwick, Jillian Burns, Monica Burns, Dakota Cassidy, Nikki Duncan, Louisa Edwards, Jade Lee, Candace Havens, Missy Jane, Marianne Mancusi, Jill Monroe, Kristen Painter, Vicki Pettersson, Jane Porter, Misa Ramirez, Gena Showalter, Roxanne St. Claire, Jeanne C. Stein, Tara Taylor Quinn, Jaye Wells, Lori Wilde, Lauren Willig, C.L. Wilson, and J.D. Tyler.

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 & '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:

    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

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011
    7:00pm
    John Sandford

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

    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

    Friday, October 14, 2011
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    The Deception at Lyme, Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion & Jane Austen Made Me Do It book launch event. Authors are attending and will sign copies.
    Barnes & Noble Sundance Square (directions)
    401 Commerce Street
    Fort Worth, TX 76102
    817-332-7178

    Friday, October 14, 2011
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Janet Mullany

    Book Launch Party supporting the JASNA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a literary conference, a celebration of Jane Austen, and a collegial gathering of JASNA members.
    Barnes & Noble Sundance Square (directions)
    401 Commerce Street
    Fort Worth, TX 76102
    817-332-7178

    Friday, October 14, 2011
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Laurel Ann Nattress

    Book Launch Party supporting the JASNA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a literary conference, a celebration of Jane Austen, and a collegial gathering of JASNA members.
    Barnes & Noble Sundance Square (directions)
    401 Commerce Street
    Fort Worth, TX 76102
    817-332-7178

    Friday, October 14, 2011
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Carrie Bebris

    Book Launch Party supporting the JASNA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a literary conference, a celebration of Jane Austen, and a collegial gathering of JASNA members.
    Barnes & Noble Sundance Square (directions)
    401 Commerce Street
    Fort Worth, TX 76102
    817-332-7178

    Saturday, October 15, 2011
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Julia Quinn

    Barnes & Noble North East Mall (directions)
    861 NE Mall Blvd
    Hurst, TX 76053
    817-284-1244

    Sunday, October 16, 2011
    2:00pm
    Dwight Murray

    Barnes & Noble Stonebriar (directions)
    2601 Preston Rd Unit 1204
    Frisco, TX 75034
    972-398-9888

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011
    6:00pm
    Lisa Loeb

    Barnes & Noble Stonebriar (directions)
    2201 Preston Rd Suite E
    Frisco, TX 75035
    972-398-9888

    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

    Thursday, October 20, 2011
    1:00pm
    Celya Bowers

    Barnes & Noble Parks at Arlington (directions)
    3881 S. Cooper St # 2027
    Arlington, TX 76015
    817-472-7559

    Friday, October 21, 2011
    7:00pm
    Alton Brown

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

    Saturday, October 22, 2011
    1:00pm
    Christie Craig

    A Real Bookstore (directions)
    113 Prairie Road
    Fairview, TX 75069
    972-398-9888

    Saturday, October 22, 2011
    1:00pm
    Liz Lipperman

    A Real Bookstore (directions)
    113 Prairie Road
    Fairview, TX 75069
    972-398-9888

    Sunday, October 23, 2011
    2:00pm
    Kathy Reichs

    Barnes & Noble Prestonwood Center (directions)
    5301 Beltline Road Suite 118
    Dallas, TX 75254
    972-980-0853

    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

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011
    7:00pm
    Sam Brower

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

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011
    6:00pm
    Kathleen Kent

    A Real Bookstore (directions)
    113 Prairie Road
    Fairview, TX 75069

    Thursday, October 27, 2011
    7:00pm
    Bruce Machart

    A Real Bookstore (directions)
    113 Prairie Road
    Fairview, TX 75069

    Friday, October 28, 2011
    7:00pm
    Emily Howse

    Barnes & Noble Preston & Park (directions)
    2201 Preston Rd Suite E
    Plano, TX 75093
    972-612-0999

    Saturday, October 29, 2011
    6:00pm
    Jane Lynch

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

    Thursday, November 3, 2011
    6:30pm
    Dagoberto Gilb

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

    Thursday, November 10, 2011
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Stephen King

    If you had the chance to change what happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963 and save the life of President John F. Kennedy, would you? Stephen King's new novel, 11/22/63, on shelves November 8, invites us into this very conversation. While Dallas is one of five stops on the 11/22/63 book tour, it is the only city in which King will participate in a benefit. Very seldom does he make charity appearances. According to King, "I chose them because touring the Depository was vital for the book, and everyone was so helpful." We invite you to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime event!
    Majestic Theatre (directions)
    1925 Elm Street
    Dallas, TX 75201
    Tickets

    Friday, November 11, 2011
    7:00pm
    Stephen King

    Must purchase a book and get ticket at A Real Bookstore prior to event.
    McKinney High School (directions)
    2550 Wilmeth Road
    McKinney, TX 75071
    Purchase Ticket

    Saturday, November 12, 2011
    3:00pm
    Rachel Caine

    Barnes & Noble North East Mall (directions)
    861 NE Mall Blvd
    Hurst, TX 75053
    817-284-1244

    Sunday, November 13, 2011
    2:00pm
    Gena Showalter

    Barnes & Noble Stonebriar (directions)
    2601 Preston Rd Unit 1204
    Frisco, TX 75034
    972-398-9888

    Sunday, November 13, 2011
    2:00pm
    Candace Havens

    Barnes & Noble Stonebriar (directions)
    2601 Preston Rd Unit 1204
    Frisco, TX 75034
    972-398-9888

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011
    7:00pm
    Christopher Paolini

    Barnes & Noble - Southlake Town Square (directions)
    1430 Plaza Place
    Southlake, TX 76092
    817-442-0207

    Saturday, November 19, 2011
    1:00pm
    Rhiannon Frater

    Barnes & Noble Parks at Arlington (directions)
    3881 S. Cooper St # 2027
    Arlington, TX 76015
    817-472-7559

    Saturday, November 26, 2011
    1:00pm
    Melissa Bourbon

    Barnes & Noble Golden Triangle Mall (directions)
    2201 I-35 East South Space N01B
    Denton, TX 76205
    940-383-9261

    Saturday, November 26, 2011
    1:00pm
    Liz Lipperman

    Barnes & Noble Golden Triangle Mall (directions)
    2201 I-35 East South Space N01B
    Denton, TX 76205
    940-383-9261

    Saturday, November 26, 2011
    1:00pm
    Wendy Lyn Watson

    Barnes & Noble Golden Triangle Mall (directions)
    2201 I-35 East South Space N01B
    Denton, TX 76205
    940-383-9261


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

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