A couple weeks ago I gave myself an early birthday present: an evening with a group of friendly, funny, talented authors. Carolina Romance Writers, the Charlotte chapter of Romance Writers of America, is a group that boasts several published authors and I feel fortunate to be living among them. Some I know casually, a couple are good friends, and others I met for the first time Saturday night. What they all have in common is a love of romance and a burning desire to tell a story and, let me tell you, there are some darn good stories being told! When they announced their book signing, complete with cupcakes, wine, and twelve published authors, well, there was just no way I was going to miss that!
Elizabeth Michels is a historical romance author who sparkles with wit and charm, just like her stories! Be sure to check out Elizabeth's Tricks of the Ton series! For more information about Elizabeth, visit her website and connect with her at Facebook.
On the night of the signing, Sophia Henry celebrated both her birthday and the publication of her debut contemporary romance, Delayed Penalty. Set in Detroit and centered around the minor-league Detroit Pilots hockey team, reading this book was like taking a step back in time to my college years and my own hockey-playing boyfriend. Delayed Penalty is filled with plenty of angst, sizzle and heart-tugging emotion. Check out Sophia's website and connect with her at Facebook.
Left to Right: Darynda Jones, Tracy Brody and Kieran Kramer. Talk about an awesome trio!
Darynda Jones, a NYT and USA Today bestselling author, isn't from Charlotte but was the guest speaker at CRW's monthly meeting held the same day as Wine & Sign. Jones won both a Golden Heart and a RITA for her debut book, First Grave on the Right, the story that introduced her enormously popular Charley Davidson series. The most recent book in the series, Eighth Grave After Dark was released in May. An upcoming novella, Brighter Than The Sun will be released October 6th. Read more about Darynda and her books at her website and connect with her on Facebook.
Tracy Brody is the 2015 Golden Heart winner for her romantic suspense manuscript, "A Shot Worth Taking." Follow Tracy's writing journey on Facebook.
USA Today bestselling author, Kieran Kramer writes feel-good contemporary romance with plenty of Southern sass, humor, and charm. Her newest book, Trouble When You Walked In, pits a romantic librarian against the town mayor/football coach who tries to shut down the library. Sparks are flying in Kramer's Kettle Knob, North Carolina! For more information about Kieran and her books, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook.
The ladies from Park Road Books in Charlotte love their romance! I know it's easy to order books from home on our computers but if you have the chance to support a local independent book store, please consider doing so.
Have you read Nancy Northcott's books yet? I love her modern-day, paranormal world set in southern Georgia. Renegade, the first full-length book in her Light Mages series remains one of my favorite paranormal romances. Nancy recently unveiled her (non-para) romantic suspense talents in the multi-author anthology, Capitol Danger. For more information on what Nancy has coming up, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook.
When J.A. Coffey isn't busy writing steamy, romantic, contemporary romances, she can often be found in the kitchen making cupcakes and other mouth-watering desserts. Check out her recent visit to TRD for a delicious salted caramel cupcake recipe. For more information about J.A. Coffey, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Cupcakes and Cake Pops. Sweet treats!
Jeni Burns writes paranormal romance, women's fiction and fantasy novellas with a splash of romance. She is also the wearer of fabulous shoes! Check out Jeni's books at her website and follow her busy life at Facebook and Twitter.
Right: Jeni with Darynda Jones. As you can see, she was having a devilishly good time! :)
If you've been looking for historical romances set in America, look no further than Caroline Lee. Her Sweet Cheyenne Quartet is set in Wyoming Territory during the late 1800's (read about the four books here). The first book in the series, A Cheyenne Christmas has more than 140 reviews with a 4.5 average rating and is currently FREE for Kindle. Her new Brothers of Baird's Cove trilogy takes readers to Charleston, South Carolina during the years following the War Between the States. The first book in the series, Renegade was released in August. Learn more about Caroline and her books at her website and connect with her online at Facebook and Twitter.
A lover of both food (she's won cooking competitions sponsored by Food Network, Cooking Channel, and more) and romance, debut author Andria Gaskins has combined the two into a contemporary romance novel about "the joys and frustrations of getting older, starting over, and falling in love for the second time." I just bought a copy of A Second Helping and can't wait to read it! Get to know Andria by visiting her website (she shares recipes!) and connect with her online at Facebook and Twitter.
Reagan Phillips writes steamy romantic suspense. Her debut, Confess, the first book in her Blue Line series matches a hot homicide detective with a sexy bartender who has sworn off cops and, oh yeah, just happens to be the police chief's only daughter. Discover more about Reagan and her books at her website and connect with her online at Twitter and Facebook.
Left to Right: Missy Lynn Ryan and Nancy Northcott
If you enjoy Urban Fantasy or sexy New Adult romance, check out the books of Missy Lynn Ryan. Forbidden Alpha, the first book in Ryan's Urban Fantasy, Love Sex Magick series was released in August and is getting good reviews. You can find Missy online at her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
Do you have an independent book store in your area? Are they romance friendly? Do they host book signings?
Does your local library host book signings?
Have you attended a book signing this year? What did you enjoy most about it?
What's your favorite sub-genre of romance? Have you discovered any new authors in that sub-genre that you would recommend?
What are you currently reading?
Two randomly selected people leaving a comment will each receive two books from Wine & Sign. (U.S. only)
One winner will receive autographed copies of Renegade by Caroline Lee and Trouble When You Walked In by Kieran Kramer.
One winner will receive autographed copies of Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones and Renegade by Nancy Northcott.