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'Love Between the Covers' starring romance readers

On Saturday, January 23, the Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America hosted a screening of Love Between the Covers, a “feature-length documentary film about the little-known, surprisingly powerful community of women who read and write romance novels.” A panel including Cherry Adair, Christina Dodd, Julia Quinn and Jayne Anne Krentz led a discussion following the viewing.

safe_image.phpProduced by Laurie Kahn, screenings of Love Between the Covers have become an effective means of educating those not familiar with romantic fiction about the genre, authors and publishers, and readers. The film is also a celebration and validation of what romance authors and readers already know: There is nothing trivial, trite or shameful about this multi-billion dollar industry–which is actually more of a community.

Thanks to social media, as well as the variety of reader/author events such as RomCon, The Novel Experience Event, RT Booklovers Convention & Bookfair and Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation Weekend, opportunity abounds for readers and writers to connect. It is not uncommon for these casual encounters to evolve into mentorships for readers who want to write, close personal friendships and/or strong professional collaborations.

While I savor every sale, every review, and every award, it is the personal connection with readers that affirms my decision to write romantic suspense. I love hearing that some readers look forward to each new release because it’s a favorite indulgence or that escaping into my stories helped someone cope during a personal crisis. Or that reading Grayce Walters was like returning to their favorite city, Seattle. Or that they learned something new about political intrigue during the Napoleonic war in my Code Breakers series. It’s so much fun to start recognizing names on Facebook and discover a shared passion like high heels, theater or dogs.

MV5BMjE3NDE3MzY1Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzExNzg4NTE@._V1_SX214_AL_Love Between the Covers showcases the unique relationships (readers and readers, authors and authors, authors and readers) that do not exist in other fiction genres. This film reminded me how lucky I am, and how much I value, the friends I’ve made in this community!

I’d love to hear about your special connections with other authors and readers. Feel free to comment on this post or send me a message on Facebook.

Romance Reviews Today Interview!

Need a break from the holiday madness??? Come over to my interview on Romance Reviews Today! Discussing my newest release!

Book Signing Party!

Celebrating with Friends!

Celebrating at my book release party with great women:

Cynthia Garlough, my best buddy editor and Helen Fitzpatrick, my Seattle Fire Department Expert.

An Inner Fire Book Release

The centerpiece for my Book Signing Party of “An Inner Fire”!

UFO Spotted In Seattle?

Seattle Space Needle UFOPhoto by NothingI5True

Taken earlier this month by redditor NothingI5True, is a picture of the famous Space Needle in Seattle, Washington.

He says he took the photo from his office window just as a heavy fog was rolling through. Another case of right place right time, as the fog makes the top of the space needle look like a UFO! Ten minutes later he said the fog was gone.

The Space Needle is an observation tower and at one time was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River. The Needle is 605 ft (184 m) high, 138 ft (42 m) wide, and weighs 9,550 tons. It was built for the 1962 World’s Fair.

All That Fire Fighter Training Pays Off!

All that fire fighter training pays off! In my book An Inner Fire, Fire Investigator Ewan Davis has acupuncturist Grayce’s full attention!

With that in mind, I wanted to share these sexy, hot fire fighter pictures with you!  Enjoy!