Our annual Readers & ‘ritas Weekend Event will be held on November 11 – 13, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Allen, TX. Enjoy author parties, fun panels, and delicious meals at Readers & ‘ritas. Come have an intimate girls weekend with us!
Readers & ‘ritas 2016 theme is Make Me a Match! Will you be the hopeless romantic or the cool headed mystery solver? Find your book genre match at Readers & ‘ritas. Share your favorite genre with #MyFFMatch.
This year, we have something special for you… a keynote for every day of Readers & ‘ritas.
First up: Rachel Caine
Rachel Caine is a DFW local. She is an award winning author who writes young adult books. She even created a web TV series for her Morganville Vampires books. Her latest book is PAPER AND FIRE and it is the second book in The Great Library series.
Next: B.J. Daniels
Last, but certainly not least: Rachel Van Dyken
Rachel Van Dyken is a new adult author who also writes contemporary and historical romance. Her latest book, THE MATCHMAKER’S REPLACEMENT, is very special. The eBook is quite unexpected. You should definitely check her website out to see what I mean.
Readers & ‘ritas Schedule of Events
“Before the Readers Arrive” Writer’s Track in Allen Grand Ballroom Parlor I
9:30 am Plotting a Romance
10:30 am Fast Draft: First Draft in Two Weeks
11:30 am Revision Hell: First Revision in Two Weeks
12:30 pm Entangled Publishing Author Luncheon
1:30 pm Readers & ‘ritas 101
2:00 pm Pitch an Editor
3:00 pm Media Training
4:00 pm Registration Opens in Allen Foyer
4:00 pm Raffle Basket Ticket Sales Open in Allen Foyer
4:00 pm Mix and Mingle Afternoon Tea in McKinney Parlor A & B
6:00 pm V.I.P. Reception in McKinney Parlor A & B
7:00 pm Dinner with Rachel Caine in Allen Grand Ballroom Parlor I & II
9:00 pm Shades of Romance Pajama Crawl
9:00 pm Flirt with Me Scavenger Hunt in Allen Foyer
9:00 pm Swoon with Me Party in Plano Room
9:00 pm Do Me Mad Libs in McKinney Parlor A & B
8:00 am Registration Opens in Allen Foyer
8:30 am Breakfast with B.J. Daniels in Allen Grand Ballroom Parlor I & II
10:00 am Book Trade Room Opens in Plano Room
10:00 am Raffle Basket Ticket Sales Open in Allen Foyer
10:00 am Vendor Room Opens in McKinney Parlor A & B
10:00 am Panel: Shades of Suspense in Allen Grand Ballroom Parlor III
10:00 am Author Lounge in Plano Room
11:00 am Panel: It’s Your World, We Just Read It in Allen Grand Ballroom Parlor III
11:00 am Author Lounge in Plano Room
12:00 pm Tex Mex Lunch with Rachel Van Dyken in Allen Ballroom
1:30 pm Panel: Hometown Heroes and Heroines in Allen Grand Ballroom Parlor III
1:30 pm Author Lounge in Plano Room
2:30 pm Author Lounge in Plano Room
2:30 pm Morganville Screening with Rachel Caine in Allen Grand Ballroom Parlor III
3:30 pm Morganville Discussion with Rachel Caine in Allen Grand Ballroom Parlor III
4:00 pm Happy Hour Book Signing in Allen Grand Ballroom Parlor I & II
5:00 pm Grab & Go Dinner in Allen Grand Ballroom Parlor I & II
6:00 pm Fresh Fiction Reader Award Ceremony in Allen Grand Ballroom Parlor I & II, Cocktail Attire for the night
7:00 pm Make Me a Match Ball in Allen Grand Ballroom Parlor I & II
7:00 pm Distract Me from Romance Game Room in McKinney Parlor A & B
9:00 am Farewell Brunch in Allen Grand Ballroom Parlor I & II
Schedule is subject to change, more details to come.
Friday Night Pajama Crawl: Shades of Romance
We have taken over the Hilton Garden Inn for the night! After dinner, head to your room and change into your comfy, sweet, sexy, whatever pajamas and join us back downstairs. Participate in all three events or camp out in just one!
- Flirt with Me Scavenger Hunt
- Have a brief dalliance with B.J. Daniels, Rachel Caine, Eva Pohler, Kym Roberts, and more. Take selfies, shoot NERF guns, discover your fortune all while in the comfort of your pajamas
- Swoon with Me Party
- Fall in love with JoAnna Grace and the authors of Y&R PR.
- Do Me Mad Libs
- Led by Kathy Lyons, get intimate with the writings of C.A. Szarek, Linda Bolton, and more in this provocative and hilarious party of mab libs.
Oh, did I forget to mention there will be a chocolate fountain?
This year we have one track of panels for you to enjoy including a fan favorite, a movie screening!
- 10:00 AM: Shades of Suspense
- 11:00 AM: It’s Your World, We Just Read It
- Setting is an important element for immersing you into a book. Join Rachel Caine, Michelle Boule, and Mari Madison (Mari Mancusi) as they discuss how they built the worlds in their books. Did they base their world on an existing city, build a small town, or dream up a whole new world? This panel will be moderated by Kathy Lyons.
- 1:30 PM: Hometown Heroes and Heroines
- 2:30 PM: Morganville Screening with Rachel Caine
- See the whole web series based on Rachel Caine‘s vampire series, Morganville.
- 3:30 PM: Morganville Discussion with Rachel Caine
- Join Rachel Caine, the director, and one of the stars as we discuss the Morganville web series and books.
Saturday Awards, Dancing, Karaoke, and More!
After the Happy Hour book signing, grab a quick bite and change into something a little less comfortable: cocktail attire fit for a winner. Dress to impress for the evening entertainment which starts with the Reader Awards.
The Fresh Fiction Reader Awards will start promptly at 6:00 p.m. in the Allen Ballroom. The Reader Awards compile all the Fresh Picks on Fresh Fiction from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016 and narrow them down to the thirty best.
Let your hair down and party as soon as the awards are over. Dance and sing your heart out with music video karaoke! We ladies will all be going crazy at the Make Me a Match Ball.
When your feet get tired and your throat needs a break, head over to the Distract Me from Romance Game Room in McKinney. We’ll have board games, Cards Against Humanity, and more set up.
There is plenty for you to do into the wee hours!
The author lounge is where readers can sit and chat with authors outside meals and panels. There are four time slots this year with a great mix of authors in each.
Rachel Caine, Linda Bolton, Kym Roberts, JoAnna Grace, Eva Pohler, Terri Osburn, Carol Shaughnessy, Tracy Deebs
Rachel Van Dyken, Cooper McKenzie, Landra Graf, Linda Nightingale, M.J. Flournoy, Cindy Dees, Cathlin Shahriary
Michelle Boule, M.D. Melai, C.S. Leigh, Risa Leigh, Mary Marvella, Emily McKay, Kris Jayne, Kishan Paul
B.J. Daniels, C.A. Szarek, Jerrie Alexander, V.A. Dold, Kathy Lyons, Karen Stivali, Mari Mancusi, Candace Havens