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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Mary Burton

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mary Burton, whose romantic suspense novels include DYING SCREAM, DEAD RINGER and I’M WATCHING YOU, is a Virginia native whose family’s Richmond roots run as deep as the nation’s. A graduate of Virginia’s Hollins University, she pursued a career in marketing before deciding that the stories buzzing around her brain really did deserve her attention. She took up the gauntlet, left her job and began writing her first novel. That very first manuscript, an historical romance, was published in 2000.

Mary wrote 16 novels and novellas for Harlequin and Silhouette before she began exploring romance and relationships as part of the dark world of multiple murderers and their motives in her novels for Zebra Books. She even brought danger and the threat of murder to her novella Christmas Past, which appears in the 2008 New York Times best selling holiday anthology SILVER BELLS along with stories from Fern Michaels, Joann Ross and Judy Duarte. Previously, another of her stories, Snow Maiden, was featured in the USA Today bestselling anthology A HERO’S KISS.

Born and raised in Richmond, Mary Burton is an avid baker and an accomplished cook, and even volunteered as a kitchen assistant at a local culinary school to hone her skills. She’s discovered that the creativity of baking entwines with her professional routine in a way she hadn’t anticipated. For her the act of baking is soothing, the kitchen the place she turns to when her writing hits a rough spot or she simply needs distance from her work. Once there, she’s working out dialogue, untangling plot lines and figuring out how to outsmart killers before the oven even finishes preheating.

When not writing, researching or baking, Mary can be found practicing yoga, enjoying her family, playing with her miniature dachshunds Buddy and Bella, or at work at the University of Richmond’s Culinary Arts Program.

Mary Burton writes full time. Her next suspense novel will also be set in Alexandria.



Merciless, February 2011
Senseless, January 2011
Dying Scream, December 2009

Plano - Reyes
Plano, TX 75024
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Thanksgiving menu with the fixings

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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, Melissa Bourbon, 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?

    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:

    Thursday, November 3, 2011
    Dagoberto Gilb

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

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

    Majestic Theatre (directions)
    1925 Elm Street
    Dallas, TX 75201
    Buy Tickets

    Friday, November 11, 2011
    Stephen King

    McKinney High School (directions)
    2550 Wilmeth Road
    McKinney, TX 75071

    Saturday, November 12, 2011
    Rachel Caine

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

    Sunday, November 13, 2011
    Gena Showalter

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

    Sunday, November 13, 2011
    Candace Havens

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

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011
    Christopher Paolini

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

    Saturday, November 19, 2011
    Rhiannon Frater

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

    Saturday, November 26, 2011
    Melissa Bourbon

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

    Saturday, November 26, 2011
    Liz Lipperman

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

    Saturday, November 26, 2011
    Wendy Lyn Watson

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

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

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