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RWA National Conference

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter

& Marriott Riverwalk

San Antonio, TX

Wednesday, July 23 - Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Romance Writers of America® 34th Annual Conference is in San Antonio, Texas, this year, and while most of the conference goings on are limited to the people attending, the annual “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing event is, as always, open to the public free of charge. Join me and hundreds of other romance writers as we sign books and meet readers, with the proceeds from the book sales going to benefit ProLiteracy Worldwide, Literacy Texas, Restore Education, and Each One Teach One San Antonio. For more information and a list of the authors who’ll be signing, check out the RWA’s event page. This year the “Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing will be on Wednesday, July 23 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in the 3rd floor ballroom. Hope to see you there. And if you’re attending the RWA conference and you see me wandering about, come over and say “hi”.

STARFest - St. Albert Readers’ Festival

St. Albert Public Library

St. Albert, Alberta

Saturday, October 18, 2013

I’m very honoured to be included in the line-up of authors for the 4th annual St. Albert Readers Festival, presented by St. Albert Public Library or give them a call at 888-424-2842. I’ll be sharing the stage with Eva Stachniak, whose internationally-bestselling novels The Winter Palace and Empress of the Night, imagine a slightly later version of Imperial Russia than the one in my own book The Firebird, but our two Empress Catherines (“mine” being the first Empress, widow of Peter the Great, and hers being the second, remembered as “Catherine the Great” in her own right) should give us lots to chat about! Keep an eye on the STARfest web site for more details as they develop.

Surrey International Writers’ Conference

Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel

15269 104th Avenue

Surrey, British Columbia

Thursday, October 24 - Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hands down the best writer’s conference I’ve ever been part of, and always the highlight of my year. The Surrey International Writers' Conference, held every October in British Columbia, offers writers in all genres — from beginners to experts — the opportunity both to hone their craft and to expose their work to the international literary marketplace. I’ll be leading a few workshops and a master class this year, but I’m only one of a truly stellar lineup of presenters, as you’ll see from the Conference Website. Hope to see you there!

INSPIRE! - Toronto International Book Fair

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building

Toronto, Ontario

Thursday, November 13 - Sunday, November16, 2014

A unique take on the usual book fair, Inspire! will be open to the public rather than just an inside publishing industry event —  it’s going to be a huge consumer and trade show that aims to transform the Metro Toronto Convention Centre “into a book lover’s paradise; a city of books within a city of readers.” They expect well over 50,000 attendees, and I’ll be joining my friends Molly O’Keefe and Simone St. James in a panel discussion, so if you’re able to come out we’d love to see you. You can read more about it here at the Inspire! website.

News in Brief...

Yep. A Desperate Fortune is finally done!

This photo was taken at the moment the manuscript was officially passed into the hands of my Canadian editor, Laura Shin, at our celebratory dinner with Alison Clarke of Simon & Schuster Canada in Toronto. I may have hefted it onto the table and said “Read it and weep,” thus fulfilling a longtime writing fantasy I’ve harboured ever since the first time I saw Kathleen Turner say those words in Romancing the Stone :-)

The finished book will be in stores next April, but I’ll be keeping you updated on its progress via my Twitter and facebook accounts, as well as here and on my blog.