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February Events
Be sure to join us for a special tea at The Chocolate Angel on Saturday, February 25th with historical authors Katharine Ashe, Caroline Linden and Maya Rodale. Tickets are limited and only $25 all inclusive. Tickets. For YA readers, the Breathless Reads tour hits town on Thursday, February 23rd and the OSCAR round-up is Tuesday, February 21st. Prizes abound!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Landmark Magnolia Theater (directions)
3699 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
7:00pm oscars
Lights, camera, ACTION! The 84th Annual Academy Awards air this Sunday, February 26th, but do you already know your frontrunners? Join Gwen Reyes (and others) Tuesday, February 21st at the Magnolia Theater in Uptown for a lively discussion, door prizes, and all things Oscar movies! Event starts at 7:00 PM and is free and open to the public! So bring a friend

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Barnes & Noble Stonebriar (directions)
121 and Preston Road
Frisco, TX 75034
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Stonebriar is pleased to welcome four of the best Teen Authors to sign their latest books and answer all your questions. Moderated by Gwen Reyes, portion of all sales goes to Plano Family Literacy (tell cashier you're with Fresh Fiction).

In LEGEND by Marie Lu what was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. June is a prodigy being groomed for success while Day is the country's most wanted criminal. When Day is accused of June's brother's murder they find how far the country will go to protect its secrets.

In the ACROSS THE UNIVERSE series by Beth Revis Amy is cryogenically frozen aboard the spaceship Godspeed. She expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future, but Amy's chamber is unplugged 50 years early and she is nearly killed. Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where Godspeed's passengers have forfeited control to Eldest, a tyrannical leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenager heir.

In BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotswood everybody knows that the Cahill sisters are eccentric - the truth is- they're witches. Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to chose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word...especially after she finds her mother's diary. If what her mother wrote is true--the Cahill sisters aren't safe.

In BLOODROSE by Andrea Cremer now that the final battle is upon Calla, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even it if incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's facing unnamable horrors and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends.
Jessica Spotswood BORN WICKED
Andrea Cremer BLOODROSE

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Chocolate Angel Plano (directions)
4709 West Parker Road
Plano, TX 75093
Tea is $25 (tax and tip included) RSVP
3:30pm - 5:30pm

Join us for a luscious afternoon tea with historical romance authors: Katharine Ashe, Caroline Linden and Maya Rodale.
Katharine Ashe
Caroline Linden
Maya Rodale

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012
JB Lynn

A lifelong resident of New Jersey (something she hopes you won't hold against her), JB Lynn doesn't care if the cup is half full or empty; all she cares about is whether it's regular or decaf!

She writes with a parrot on her shoulder, two dogs at her feet, and a patient husband in the next room.


Maria Munoz Home
Fort Worth, TX 76053
7:00pm - 9:00pm

"Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman" Features Deadly Combo of Acerbic Humor and Twisted Wit "If you love series such as Evanovich's Plum and Bond's Body Movers, you'll love Confessions of A Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman."

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sophie's Tea Garden (directions)
809 Pipeline Road
Hurst, TX 76053
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Shannon K. Butcher

Photo Credit: The Portrait Gallery with Photography by Karen

A lot of authors knew they wanted to write books from the time they were little. Their heads were full of fanciful stories that they yearned to commit to paper with a passion that only grew as they did. They spent hours reading fiction, voraciously absorbing every kind of story they could get their hands on.

Shannon was not one of them.

When she was little, she wanted to be a daddy. When she learned the anatomical improbability of that happening, she decided instead to become what her dad was: an Industrial Engineer. So that's what she did. She never once changed majors or veered from her path. After she graduated, she went to work for a big telecom company earning a steady paycheck while her husband pursued his dream to become a published author.

For those of you who might not know, Shannon's husband is Jim Butcher, fantasy and sci-fi author extraordinaire. She learned to write in an effort to help him improve his own work and as soon as she discovered that writing was more a learned skill than a natural talent she knew she had to give it a try. She couldn't resist the challenge of taking the pieces of a story apart and putting them back together again. It's the kind of puzzle that made her want to be an engineer to begin with – to learn how things work and why. She thought she'd write the same kind of thing Jim did, but then she picked up her first romance in 1998 and was hooked. Somehow, stories about how two people come to love each other made everything else seem shallow in comparison. Maybe it was just her hormones talking, but whatever it was, it was loud, so she listened and she started writing romances. She wrote great heaping piles of suckfulness – like most new writers – but eventually her work sucked less and hopefully that trend will continue as she learns more. Heaven knows she have a great teacher. (Thanks, Jim.)

A family of geeks to the core, the Butchers live in Independence, Missouri, with their son and a dog who is only one four-foot stick away from being a dust mop.



Dying Wish, March 2012
Sentinel Wars #6
Bound by Vengeance, February 2012
A Sentinal Wars Novella
Razor's Edge, November 2011
Edge #2

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

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Monday, April 2, 2012
Jodi Thomas

Jodi takes you to the Heart of Texas

A fifth generation Texan who taught family living, Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable.

"I'd tell them stories at night that made them too scared to get up and go to the bathroom. I got in trouble for that," Thomas claims. "I told them wild stories of school until they cried not to go. I got in trouble for that too. Mother said she's not sure, but she thinks I was 10 before I ever told the truth about anything. And all my life stories have always been in my head."

The stories Thomas has committed to paper have earned her an impressive list of distinguished awards. Her first book, BENEATH THE TEXAS SKY (1988), won the National Press Women's Novel of the Year in its category. Book two, NORTHERN STAR (1990), was named best novel by the (Texas) Panhandle Professional Writers and the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc., an organization of writers' groups from several states. Book three, THE TENDER TEXAN(1991), was Thomas's first national bestseller and won her the first of two Romance Writers of America RITAs, the $1.5 billion romance publishing industry's equivalent of an "Oscar." Book twelve, TO KISS A TEXAN (1999) was her first novel to score on the USA TODAY Best-selling Books list. For THE TEXAN'S WAGER (2002), sixteen was the magic number. As Thomas's sixteenth novel, the book scored number sixteen on the NEW YORK TIMES extended bestseller list. FINDING MARY BLAINE, (2004) received the National Readers' Choice Award in 2005. Thomas was inducted into the RWA Hall of Fame in 2006 for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN'S REWARD (2005). She also won the National Readers' Choice for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008). In 2010, THE LONE TEXAN won the Reader's Choice 2009 Best Western Romance from Love Western Romances.com. Jodi received a RITA for WELCOME TO HARMONY (2010) and the Booksellers' Best Award for SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY (2010) at Romance Writers of America in 2011.

With a degree in Family Studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, which houses the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, the state's largest historical museum.

"My door is usually open to students all morning," explains Thomas, who talks to the classes at the University and on other campuses during her many speaking engagements when not writing in her spacious office in WTAMU's Cornette Library. "They come by to visit and ask questions about being a writer. When I was a child, being a writer wasn't an option. All the people I knew had regular jobs. I'm hoping that students will see that being a writer is a possibility. This is particularly important in these days when programs in the arts are being cut in the public schools."

Commenting on her contribution to the arts, Thomas said, "When I was teaching classes full time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher, or nurse, or mother settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on an adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I'm still making the world a better place."

While the author toured the country last year, speaking to Desk and Derrick clubs about her 2003 novel, THE WIDOWS OF WICHITA COUNTY, the members of various chapters formed a Jodi Thomas Fan Club. The group enthusiastically promotes her novels and public appearances and even volunteers to provide drivers for her out of town engagements. More information is available at the author's website.


Barnes & Noble Stonebriar (directions)
121 and Preston Road
Frisco, TX 75034
7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Shelly Laurenston

Pseudonym: G. A. Aiken.

Originally from Long Island, New York, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should be. Shelly Laurenston is also The New York Times Bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series.


Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX
7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Saturday, April 7, 2012
Jade Lee

Pseudonym for Katherine Greyle.
Pseudonym: Kathy Lyons.

A USA Today Bestseller, JADE LEE has been scripting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ball gowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. And as a Taurus, she lives to pit a headstrong woman against a tortured hero just to watch them butt heads on the way to true love. Flesh wounds are rare, but the healing and laughter are real.

Now an author of more than 30 romance novels, she finally gets to set these couples in the best girl-heaven of all: a Bridal Salon! This way she gets to live out all her wedding fantasies, one by one. (Let's be honest, what girl has only one idea for her dream wedding?)

And don't forget Jade's other name, KATHY LYONS. That's Jade's lighter, contemporary side. She writes for Harlequin Blaze merging hawt sex and funny relationships into really great reads.



Bonnie Ruth's (directions)
916 Garden Park Dr
Allen, TX 75013
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us for a special bridal shower

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Robyn Carr

Return to Virgin River in 2012

Because I published my first novel at the age of twenty-seven, it might seem as though I fulfilled a childhood ambition, or at least pursued a career I prepared for in college, but neither was the case. I was an average high school student with greater interest in cheerleading and boys than academics and for a college endeavor I chose nursing. But then I come from the tip of the baby boomer generation; our mothers were usually more concerned with whether we'd get married than whether we'd have successful careers. Many of us chose from the Big Three - nurses, teachers, and secretaries. Writing for me came later, but not much later.

I married my high school sweetheart four short weeks before he left for Officer's Training School in the Air Force. It was the peak of the Vietnam War and he had been assigned to pilot a helicopter. As soon as I could, I followed him from base to base where I was kept busy with wives' activities while he either worked long hours or traveled. And this is where it all really began for me - because of the instability of our lives, I didn't work in nursing. But nothing bridges the gap between loneliness and worry like a good book. Then came the children, or maybe I should say the pregnancies. Miserable and big as an ox, I was instructed to stay down and keep my feet up. My neighbor brought me ten paperbacks a week; I was reading more than one a day. With ankles the size of a normal woman's thighs, I spent my afternoons with Kathryn Swynford and John of Gaunt....with Heather and Brandon Birmingham....with Elizabeth, The King's Gray Mare. Nothing short of labor pains could snap me out of it!

I cut my teeth on Anya Seton, Kathleen Woodiweiss, Rosemary Hawley Jarmen. It made perfect sense that when I applied my own imagination to the blank page, it would be in the genre of Historical Romance. This was before the days of RWA; there was no available training program. In fact, the first conference I ever attended for writing contained no workshop on romance writing and the novelist who critiqued my manuscript boldly told me to go home and find something to do for which I had talent. That manuscript was sold to Little, Brown and Co. two years later, published in hardcover and titled Chelynne.

I spent the first decade and a half of my writing career on romance, historical and contemporary. Then, needing a change, I wrote a suspense novel, a non-fiction, and several brilliant but as yet unsold screenplays. I wrote articles and even short stories, jumping all over the place, not really aware that I was working on reinventing myself, redesigning my craft. During the course of this transition, which was by no means short, I had a great piece of good luck. I went to San Diego State University to teach a novel writing workshop and met a woman who was the editorial director for a publisher who focused on women's fiction. The range in this genre is remarkably broad - from pure romance to adventure to political intrigue to girlfriend books to small town fiction.

This was a good place for me to develop my own brand of women's fiction, a style that most closely resembles my take on real life. I want to laugh through a book, but I don't want a book that's a big laugh - and that's a tall order. As a reader I want to have a genuinely good time, but not a joke. I want real women's issues, real humor, and real teeth in the story. This is a genre with lots of room for growth.

In the meantime, with all this writing and reinventing going on, I was raising a family. My son and daughter are adults now, reading my fiction and making snide remarks about how I have used family scenarios to my advantage.

The greatest compliment I have ever received came from one of my readers who labeled me "a woman's woman." She told me I wrote as knowingly about being single as being married, about being old as young, about the happily married and someone suffering from spousal abuse. In short - my goal achieved according to one reader - I can cover all women's concerns. And my women laugh as often as they cry.

I've found my new home.


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

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Join us at the Fresh Fiction Readers Conference with Eloisa James, Sarah MacLean, Wendy Corsi Staub, Jade Lee and more on November 9 - 11, 2012!

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

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 two margaritas! 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)
  • Hero Auction
  • 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?
  • Brunch with Jade Lee


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 $89 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


Photos from past events

Author Events:
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Deborah Coonts

Happy Hour and talk
A Real Bookstore (directions)
113 Prairie Road
Fairview, TX 75071
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