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March Events
Hunger Games Pre-Release Party
Thursday, March 22, 2012
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Hunger Games Premiere Party: games, trivia contests, scavenger hunt, costume contest and "reaping"
Barnes & Noble Stonebriar (directions)
2601 Preston Rd Unit 1204
Frisco, TX 75034
972/ 398-9888
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Friday, March 23, 2012
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Joanne Fluke

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

Saturday, March 24, 2012
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Joanne Fluke

Talk and signing
Barnes & Noble University
1612 S. University Dr.
Fort Worth, TX
817/ 335-2791


Saturday, March 24, 2012
2:00pm
Frank Peretti

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

Friday, March 30, 2012
6:30pm - 9:00pm
2012 North Texas Two-Step

2012 North Texas Two-Step

A Writer's Conference in Dallas Fort Worth, March 30 to April 1st, 2012


Jeanne Guzman
Romance in Flight


Robin Perini
Where honor and danger collide with love


Clover Autrey


Shayla Black
The Wicked Edge of Romance

Lexi Blake
Dangerous passion, everlasting love

Sophie Oak


Delilah Devlin


Myla Jackson
Slip Into Something Sinfully Sexy


Elle James
Escape with Elle James


Kelly Lee


Heather Long


Roni Loren


Mari Mancusi


Angi Morgan


Nikki Duncan
Lyrically layering love, senses, and suspense


Misa Ramirez


Melissa Bourbon


Sandy Williams


Hilton Garden Inn Las Colinas (directions)
7516 Las Colinas Boulevard
Irving, TX 75063
Free RSVP



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.

http://www.jodithomas.com/

Books:

Just Down The Road, April 2012
Be My Texas Valentine, January 2012
Be My Texas Valentine, January 2012


Barnes & Noble Stonebriar (directions)
121 and Preston Road
Frisco, TX 75034
http://www.meetup.com/DFWTea/events/30607641/
7:00pm - 9:00pm



Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Shelly Laurenston

Wildly funny...deeply sexy

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.

http://www.shellylaurenston.com

Books:

Bear Meets Girl, March 2012
Pride #7
Big Bad Beast, May 2011
Pride #6
Hunting Season, August 2010
The Gathering #1


Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX
http://www.meetup.com/DFWTea/events/48236002/
7:00pm - 9:00pm



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.

http://www.jadeleeauthor.com/

Books:

Wedded In Scandal, March 2012
Bridal Favors 1
Engaged in Wickedness, December 2011
Bridal Favors novella
Almost An Angel, November 2011


Bonnie Ruth's (directions)
916 Garden Park Dr
Allen, TX 75013
http://www.meetup.com/DFWTea/events/53097522/
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us for a special bridal shower



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.

http://www.robyncarr.com

Books:

Sunrise Point, May 2012
Virgin River #19
Redwood Bend, March 2012
Virgin River #18
Hidden Summit, January 2012
Virgin River #17


Plano - Reyes
Plano, TX 75024
http://www.meetup.com/DFWTea/events/43260332/
7:00pm - 9:00pm


Photos from past events

Author Events:
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Pierre Dukan

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

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
7:00pm - 8:00pm
C.J. Box

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

Monday, April 9, 2012
7:00pm
Scott Sigler

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

Thursday, April 12, 2012
11:00am - 2:00pm
Nicholas Sparks

Here is a link to details on the luncheon. http://www.newfriendsnewlife.org/events/wings-luncheon
Hyatt Regency Dallas - Downtown (directions)
300 Reunion Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75207
214.651.1234

Friday, April 13, 2012
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Rita Mae Brown

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Lisa Scottoline

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Stuart Woods

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

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Brian Freeman

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

Thursday, May 3, 2012
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Kelly Killoren Bensimon

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

Friday, May 11, 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Jen Lancaster

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

Friday, May 18, 2012
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Marcus Luttrell

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

Thursday, May 24, 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Buzz Bissinger

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

Thursday, May 31, 2012
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Justin Halpern

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


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

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