Readers & ‘ritas

Readers & ‘ritas is a weekend getaway for book-loving ladies like you. Join us at the Hilton Garden Inn in Allen, Texas, November 9-11, 2018 for:

  • A private signing with all of our authors
  • Raffle baskets benefiting Genesis Women’s Shelter
  • Signature bags stuffed with free books and swag
  • Opening Night Scavenger Hunt with attending authors
  • “Wild Night In” party hosted by JoAnna Grace
  • Author Bingo with Winnie Griggs
  • Craft rooms with C.A. Szarek and Donna Kauffman
  • Delicious meals with an author host at every table
  • Film Screening with Nancy Naigle

We’re excited to announce our Guests of Honor will be Christine Feehan, C.L. Wilson, Lori Foster, and Nancy Naigle!

We will be updating our author list as new authors join, see who’s coming so far.

The Writing Workshop on Friday, from 9:30am to 3:30pm, is included in the price of the Weekend Pass. Deborah LeBlanc and Candace Havens will be leading the classes. Check out the schedule here.

Schedule of Events

Day Session Room Authors
Friday
8:30 AM Writing Workshop Registration Foyer
9:30 AM Plotting Your Bestseller – Candace Havens Allen III
10:30 AM Polished to Perfection – Candace Havens Allen III
11:30 AM Lunch with Fresh Fiction Allen I
12:30 PM In 25 Words or Less – Deborah LeBlanc Allen III
1:30 PM EBook Extravaganza – Deborah LeBlanc Allen III
3:00 PM Registration opens Foyer
3:00 PM Mix and Mingle Foyer
3:00 PM Panel: Intro to Readers & ‘ritas for All Attendees Allen III
4:30 PM Opening Night Scavenger Hunt McKinney A & B & Plano
6:30 PM Dinner and Guest of Honor Conversation with C. L. Wilson Allen I & II
9:00 PM A Wild Night in with JoAnna Grace Plano
9:00 PM Winnie Griggs’ Bingo Night with Tracy Wolff, Sherry Thomas, C.A. Szarek, and Sasha Summers McKinney A & B
Saturday
8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast Open Foyer
9:00 AM Conversation with Lori Foster Allen I & II Lori Foster
10:00 AM Panel: Behind the Scenes: Research can take authors on a wild ride. McKinney A Piper J. Drake, Winnie Griggs, and Becky Wade
10:00 AM Panel: Love is Colorblind: the presence and evolution of diversity in romance novels McKinney B Tracy Wolff, Mika Jolie, and Kathy Lyons
10:00 AM Author Lounge Plano C.L. Wilson, S. M. Butler, Jess Bryant, JoAnna Grace, Candace Havens, Deborah LeBlanc, L.P. Maxa, T.M. Smith, and Sasha Summers
10:00 AM Crafting: Scrapbooking with C.A. Szarek Frisco Boardroom C.A. Szarek
11:00 AM Panel: Second to None: characters who steal the show, from quirky small town neighbors to lovable sidekicks. McKinney A T.M. Smith, Kym Roberts, and Allison B. Collins
11:00 AM Panel: Feminist Heroines: explore how feminist heroines challenge society in historical romance novels. McKinney B A.S. Fenichel and Sherry Thomas
11:00 AM Author Lounge Plano Nancy Naigle, Bridget Blackwood, Shannon K. Butcher, Nicola Cameron, JoAnna Grace, Donna Kauffman, Jolene Navarro, and Kylie Stewart
11:00 AM Crafting: Scrapbooking with C.A. Szarek Frisco Boardroom C.A. Szarek
12:00 PM Lunch with Christine Feehan Allen I & II
2:00 PM Panel: Read to Me: voice actors Kylie Stewart and Eric Rolon share an inside look at the making of audiobooks McKinney A Kylie Stewart and Eric Rolon
2:00 PM Panel: A Whole New World: the wide world of fantasy, from fairytales to vampires and beyond McKinney B Shannon K. Butcher, Bridget Blackwood, and Erin Bedford
2:00 PM Author Lounge Plano Christine Feehan, Piper J. Drake, A.S. Fenichel, JoAnna Grace, Mika Jolie, Cooper McKenzie, Kym Roberts, C.A. Szarek, and Sherry Thomas
2:00 PM Crafting: Handmake Dye-Cut Bookmarks with Donna Kauffman Frisco Boardroom Donna Kauffman
3:00 PM Panel: Writing the Rainbow: The research, the stigma, and the audience of LGBTQ Romance. McKinney A Jess Bryant, Cooper McKenzie, and Nicola Cameron
3:00 PM Panel: Genre Hopping: Writing across multiple genres McKinney B Sasha Summers, L.P. Maxa, and Deborah LeBlanc
3:00 PM Author Lounge Plano Lori Foster, Erin Bedford, Allison B. Collins, JoAnna Grace, Winnie Griggs, Kathy Lyons, Zoe Parker, Becky Wade, and Tracy Wolff
3:00 pm Crafting: Handmake Dye-Cut Bookmarks with Donna Kauffman Frisco Boardroom Donna Kauffman
4:00 PM Happy Hour Drinks Allen I & II
4:00 PM Private Signing Allen I & II
5:00 PM Public Signing Allen I & II
6:00 PM Pink Carpet with Guests of Honor Foyer Christine Feehan, C.L. Wilson, Lori Foster, Nancy Naigle
7:15 PM Dinner Screening of a Christmas movie with Nancy Naigle Q&A to follow Allen I & II Nancy Naigle
9:30 PM Game Room McKinney A & B
9:30 PM Evening Lounge Plano
Sunday
9:30 AM Registration opens Foyer
10:00 AM Breakfast and Mimosa Bar Foyer
10:30 AM Conversation with Guests of Honor Allen I & II Christine Feehan, C. L. Wilson, Lori Foster, Nancy Naigle
12:00 PM Farewell Foyer