Friday, March 21, 2014

Rapid Fire Readings - Need Some Romance and Women's Fiction Peeps!!

For people who love reading AND supporting an amazing local bookstore, this is THE afternoon event of the weekend to attend. Saturday, March 29th from 1:30-3:00 at ANOTHER READ THROUGH Bookstore in North Portland.  The store owner, Elisa, moved to Mississippi Avenue early this year and has expanded her selection and the events she sponsors. We want to help celebrate having a wonderful store in North Portland. 

Along with the readings, there will also be a SIGNED BOOK RAFFLE and a Q&A SESSION with all the authors. If you live anywhere near Portland, please take time to stop by.

Also, if you are a local author, come introduce yourself to Elisa, the owner of Another Read Through, and to NIWA. If this goes well, Elisa and NIWA are considering making this a quarterly event. Ripley is coordinating it and would love to talk with you about how you and your book(s) could be featured in the future. 


The reading features five authors from five different genres. Each of us read for only five minutes. After everyone has read there will be a Q&A session with all the authors. I can personally vouch for every one of these books. They are well-written, exciting, page-turners that may even make you think.  Of course, there is also a giveaway--a SIGNED BOOK RAFFLE.

Take a look at the five genre offerings below. There is bound to be something new you want to check out.


Ripley Patton will be reading from her very popular Young Adult Paranormal series, The PSS Chronicles. I have to tell you, these books are AMAZING! The whole idea of a mutation/disease called PSS is brilliant. You really want to learn more about this book and this author.


Pam Cowan, author of Something in the Dark and the new Storm Justice series will be there. If you like James Patterson or Lisa Gardner you will like these books. These are gritty, scary, psychological page turners.


Tonya Macalino will be reading from Faces in the Water, the first book in her Shades of Venice series. This is not your 1980's cyberpunk. It is brought forward with that blending of dream and reality, senses and perception at its core. It blew my mind and will definitely appeal to some of the SF fans out there.



If you prefer PURE FANTASY, come meet Athena, author of Murder of Crows. This is the first in a series.  I believe Publisher's Weekly captured the story best. "Murder of Crows is a fantasy flush with romance, intrigue and desperate choices."  It is those desperate choices that kept me turning pages.


You probably noticed a bit of a theme above with all the titles dealing in the paranormal in some way. I'm definitely reading from a completely different genre--one that is in the hear and now. My Sweetwater Canyon series crosses the boundaries between Women's Fiction and Contemporary Romance. Kristen Hannah helped me tag it with "Romantic Women's Fiction" about five years ago, when I was describing the series to her.

I'll be reading from my second book in the Sweetwater Canyon series,  Healing Notes. This book looks at the topic of rape--how both victims and those close to them look at it and deal with it, how the legal system comes into play when prosecuting rape, and how there is no one playbook for how to manage relationships moving forward. Though the story is couched within a growing romantic relationship.

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