Readers & 'ritas 2019

Readers & ‘ritas is a weekend getaway for book-loving ladies like you. Join us at the Hilton Garden Inn in Allen, Texas, November 8-10, 2019 for:
  • A private signing with all of our authors
  • Raffle baskets benefiting Genesis Women’s Shelter & Services
  • Signature bags stuffed with free books and swag
  • Opening Night Scavenger Hunt with attending authors
  • Craft rooms
  • Delicious meals with an author host at every table

What we do

Writing Workshop

Learn the elements of writing with acclaimed professional authors

Author Hosted Meals

Four meals with authors you love! Plus goodies to help you have more reading!

Nancy Naigle

Private Signing

No waiting in long lines, you'll be able to visit with your favorite author and get your books autographed for collections.

Authors

Our Guests of Honor include Jennifer Estep, D.B. Reynolds, Rebecca Zanetti, and Julia London

Rebecca Zanetti

Paranormal Romance

Julia London

Historical and Contemporary Romance

D.B Reynolds

New York Times Author

Jennifer Estep

Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

Weekend Schedule

Friday through Sunday brunch

November 8, 2019 : Day - 01
9:30am - 10:30am

Writing Workshop: How to Plot a Bestseller

  • Candace Havens  

Learn the elements needed to create a best seller. we'll explore a variety of ways to plot your next big story.

10:30am - 11:30am

Writing Workshop: What Your Editor Wants You to Know

  • Candace Havens  

Learn from Entangled editor Candace Havens tips and tricks to ease the relationship between editor and author.

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch with Fresh Fiction

  • Gwen Reyes Fisher  

Enjoy lunch with instructors and Fresh Fiction volunteers.

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Writing Workshop: Marketing Like a Bestseller

Fresh Fiction's founder Sara Reyes shares her tips for making the biggest impact with your new release, current titles, and author brand.

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Writing Workshop: Crafting a Life of Gratitude

  • Jolene Navarro  

As readers and writers of romance, we seek hope and love. This panel will discuss seven ways to make gratitude a daily practice. We can also make a simple bookmark that is personal. It can be kept as a daily reminder or given to someone in a show of gratitude

3:00pm - 7:00pm

General Registration opens

Pick up your registration packets and goodie bag tickets and confirm your meal table assignments.

4:00pm - 6:00pm

All-Author Scavenger Hunt

  • Kym Roberts  

Join Readers & 'ritas authors in a kick-off scavenger hunt! Win prizes and meet authors and readers as you welcome the weekend!

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Dinner and Conversation with Julia London

  • Julia London   Gwen Reyes Fisher  

Dinner and conversation with Julia London. Assigned seating at author tables. Julia London is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels. She writes historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction, including the popular Highland Groom historical series, and the acclaimed The Princes of Texas contemporary series. She is a recipient of the RT Book Reviews Best Regency Historical Romance award for THE DANGEROUS GENTLEMAN, and a six-time finalist for the renowned RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction. She resides in Austin, Texas.

9:00pm - 11:00pm

Winnie Griggs Presents: Bingo Night!

  • Winnie Griggs  

Join Winnie Griggs and author friends in a rousing game of romance bingo! Prizes and fun await

November 9, 2019 : Day - 02
8:00am - 5:00pm

Registration

Pick up your registration packets and goodie bag tickets and confirm your meal table assignments.

8:30am - 10:00am

Breakfast and Conversation with D.B. Reynolds

  • Gwen Reyes Fisher   D.B Reynolds  

Breakfast and conversation with D.B. Reynolds. No assigned seats. D. B. Reynolds is the RT and EPIC Award-Winning author of the popular Vampires in America series of Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy, and an Emmy-nominated television sound editor. She lives in a flammable canyon near Los Angeles, and when she’s not writing her own books, she can usually be found reading someone else’s. Visit her website for details on all of her books, for free stories and more.

10:00am - 12:00pm

Scrapbooking with C.A. Szarek

  • C.A. Szarek  

Create lasting memories to remember your weekend with friends and authors at C.A. Szarek's Scrapbooking session. Crafting supplies will be provided, but you must bring your creativity and memories!

10:00am - 11:00am

PANEL: 'Warriors & Waistcoats: The Never Have I Ever Game'

  • Julia London   A.S. Fenichel   Jennifer Estep   Tally Adams  

It’s fun and games as our authors play Never Have I Ever and Two Truths and One Lie. Join authors Julia London, A.S. Fenichel, Jennifer Estep, and Tally Adams for a saucy game-style panel as they share secrets and stories. Never will you ever forget this panel!

10:00am - 11:00am

Author Lounge with Rebecca Zanetti, Kylie Stewart, & Melonie Johnson

  • Rebecca Zanetti   Kylie Stewart   Melonie Johnson  

Stop by the Author Lounge to meet and mingle with attending authors. Every hour the group of authors changes, so come by often!

10:00am - 11:00am

Author Lounge with Bethany Turner, Tif Marcelo, & Winnie Griggs

  • Bethany Turner   Tif Marcelo   Winnie Griggs  

Stop by the Author Lounge to meet and mingle with attending authors. Every hour the group of authors changes, so come by often!

11:00am - 12:00pm

PANEL: We Love Kick-Ass Heroines

  • Rebecca Zanetti   Kym Roberts   Sasha Summers   Bridget Blackwood  

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun!” – Katharine Hepburn Join Kym Roberts, Bridget Blackwood, Sasha Summers, and Rebecca Zanetti for a panel about women who kick ass and take names! Whether paranormal, historical, or contemporary heroines, no problem is too tough for these ladies to solve—because they’re tougher.

11:00am - 12:00pm

Author Lounge with Erin Bedford, Jolene Navarro & Kishan Paul

  • Erin Bedford   Jolene Navarro   Kishan Paul  

Stop by the Author Lounge to meet and mingle with attending authors. Every hour the group of authors changes, so come by often!

11:00am - 12:00pm

Author Lounge with D.B. Reynolds, Angi Morgan & Allison B. Collins

  • D.B Reynolds   Angi Morgan   Allison B. Collins  

Stop by the Author Lounge to meet and mingle with attending authors. Every hour the group of authors changes, so come by often!

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Lunch and Conversation with Jennifer Estep

  • Jennifer Estep   Gwen Reyes Fisher  

Join Jennifer Estep for a lunch conversation involving her books, writing process, and fun stories she wants to share. Assigned seating at author tables. Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

2:00pm - 3:00pm

PANEL: 'I'm Holding Out For a Hero: Two Truths and a Lie Game'

  • Bethany Turner   Tif Marcelo   D.B Reynolds   Winnie Griggs  

When it comes to a hero there are so many to choose from. Is your pleasure a bad boy alpha hero? How about a working, hot cowboy? Or maybe a farmer is more your speed. Whatever your pleasure, join authors Bethany Turner, Tif Marcelo, D.B. Reynolds, and Winnie Griggs for a discussion about the men of romance and what makes us love them.

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Author Lounge with C.A. Szarek, Susan Walker, & Candace Havens

  • C.A. Szarek   Susan Walker/Cooper McKenzie   Candace Havens  

Stop by the Author Lounge to meet and mingle with attending authors. Every hour the group of authors changes, so come by often!

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Lounge Lounge with Julia London, A.S. Fenichel, & Tally Adams

  • Julia London   A.S. Fenichel   Tally Adams  

Stop by the Author Lounge to meet and mingle with attending authors. Every hour the group of authors changes, so come by often!

3:00pm - 4:00pm

PANEL: Do You Hear What I Hear? Audiobooks and Podcasts

  • Kylie Stewart   Melonie Johnson  

The who, what and where of everything you need to know about listening to and choosing audiobooks. Join Kylie Stewart, Eric Rolon, and Melonie Johnson as they answer your questions and talk about bringing an author’s work to life through audiobooks.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Author Lounge with Jennifer Estep, Kym Roberts, & Bridget Blackwood

  • Jennifer Estep   Kym Roberts   Bridget Blackwood  

Stop by the Author Lounge to meet and mingle with attending authors. Every hour the group of authors changes, so come by often!

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Author Lounge with Sasha Summers, Kim Redford, & T.M. Smith

  • Sasha Summers   Kim Redford   T.M. Smith  

Stop by the Author Lounge to meet and mingle with attending authors. Every hour the group of authors changes, so come by often!

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Readers & 'ritas All-Authors Book Signing

  • Jennifer Estep   Rebecca Zanetti   D.B Reynolds   Julia London   Winnie Griggs  

Join all attending authors for a private book signing. Books will be available for sale during the signing and in the vendor room during the afternoon.

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Dinner and Conversation with Rebecca Zanetti

  • Rebecca Zanetti   Gwen Reyes Fisher  

Enjoy a delicious Tex-Mex feast and conversation with Rebecca Zanetti. Come play games with your table, win prizes, and toast the weekend with a margarita! Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five romantic suspense, dark paranormals, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.

9:00pm - 11:00pm

Unwind Game Night

Unwind for the evening with games! We have a selection available or bring your own!

November 10, 2019 : Day - 03
10:00am - 11:30am

Mimosa Brunch with all the Guests of Honor

  • Rebecca Zanetti   Julia London   D.B Reynolds   Jennifer Estep   Gwen Reyes Fisher  

Grab breakfast, reminisce from the weekend, and refuel yourself with a farewell conversation featuring all our Guests of Honor authors.

Official Sponsors & Partners

Here are some of the sponsors who make the weekend possible!

Hilton Garden Inn - Allen/ Dallas

705 Central Expressway South; Allen, TX 75013

25+ Authors

Hostessing a table during the weekend

Book Signing

Private book signing on Saturday

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