Dreaming of Fall, Y'all

It’s still 100 degrees and I would probably sell my soul for weeks of sustained sweater weather.

fall-y'all

We had a lovely little week in August where it was rainy and in the 70s/80s, but I knew (I knew!) that it was just a cruel, cruel tease. We’ll have another month—at least—of me scheming to find places to work that have parking garages so I don’t have to face the wrath of a hot seatbelt buckle. Another month of “dewy” complexions and sweaty ponytails and topknots. And with the State Fair of Texas, there’s usually another sunburn coming my way, even though I’m obsessive about SPF.

Honestly, I don’t remember wearing anything more than a light jacket or sweater all last winter. I’m not saying I want a repeat of the snowpocalypse like we had when Dallas hosted the Super Bowl that year, but I really would like to have a nice, crisp autumn in North Texas. Is that too much to ask?

Probably.

The good news is, I won a week in the mountains last year’s Buns and Roses silent auction, so in September, I’m packing up the Jeep with tons of sweaters and hot tea options, Max the 16 ½ year old poodle, and my mom, and we are going to be gloriously chilly for seven whole days and nights. (More if you count going to Denver for a few days before so we can acclimate to the altitude before climbing up to 10,000 feet!)

I’m planning to do nothing but read on the porch and/or by the fire—okay, I’ll be working too, but that’s not a hardship—and totally unplug from the world. Doesn’t that sound like an absolute dream? (Although, you know me, I'll probably post to Insta.)

But even that will be fleeting as I’ll be spending the last week in September in Houston (aka the armpit of the world…sorry, H-town peeps) where it will probably still be 90 degrees and 80 percent humidity. But I’ll be at the Romance Mastermind with a bunch of brilliant romance writers chilling out at the Four Seasons (wahoo!), so don’t feel too sorry for me.

I cannot wait for the crop of 2018 holiday romances to come out, but until then, these are a few new releases I have on my radar for Fall 2018. Click on the cover to add them to your pre-orders...

Let’s compare notes. What’s on your list?

Psssst…don’t forget that Lindsay Emory and I host #ReadWritePlan in September for romance readers and writers…or readers and writers in general. It’s always a lot of fun to peek inside someone else’s planner and get new ideas. I’d love for you to join us.

xo

Lexi

Buns and Roses Romance Tea for Literacy

It’s no secret I like tea.

If you follow my Instagram, you’ll see no shortage of my daily work sessions, handy cuppa earl grey (or iced matcha lemonade now that it’s 100 degrees in Dallas), close at hand. Sometimes I sip from my HBIC Nation or Don’t Quit Your Daydream mugs, other times—and these are the best times—I host elaborate tea parties with my mom (complete with fake accents and designer dress-up-chest accessories) for my two nieces.

Plus I've been known to get dressed up and drag my friends to a good old-fashioned grownup tea party complete with festive headwear and elegant surrounds. (Like our HBIC tea party at the Boston Public Library this April.)

But sometimes, just sometimes, I get invited to host a table at an event I’ve attended (as a guest) for years. I cannot tell a lie, getting the invitation email from Lorraine Heath asking if I'd be interested in hosting an author table at Buns and Roses was something akin to getting a phone call on Rita finalist phone call day!)

This Friday, June 1, 2018, tickets go on sale* for the Buns and Roses Romance Tea for Literacy. All proceeds benefit the Richardson Adult Literacy Center. It’s a truly remarkable organization, and an incredible event, and I do hope you’ll consider joining us.

If you don’t live in Dallas, consider making it a weekend jaunt with your romance loving besties. What could be better than a private signing with 32 of your favorite romance authors? (Complete list below**.)

I’ve already started dreaming about the goodie bags I’ll be putting together for my table guests. They’re going to be so good, and that’s not just because I’m including a few of my paperbacks AND a paperback of Lindsay Emory’s The Royal Runaway which will have released the week prior. (This year, Lindsay will be there in the official capacity of fangirl at some lucky author’s table, but if you’re lucky, maybe you can track her down and get yours signed.)

Details:

  • October 21, 2018
  • 2-5pm (with a pre-event mix-and-mingle with the authors at 1:15)
  • Hyatt Regency North Dallas (special rates available)
  • Proceeds to benefit the Richardson Adult Literacy Center: http://ralc.org
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance, beginning June 1, 2018: http://bunsandroses.org

 

*12:01AM Texas Time, y’all.

**Kathleen Baldwin, Allie Burton, Allison B. Collins, Lauren Dane, Elizabeth Essex, Suzanne Ferrell, Addison Fox, Shana Galen, Tracy Garrett, Alexandra Haughton (that’s me!), Candace Havens, Lorraine Heath, Nicole Helm, Elizabeth Hoyt, Vivien Jackson, Linda Winstead Jones, Diane Kelly, Heather Long, Vivienne Lorret, Janna MacGregor, Emily March, Cathy Maxwell, Charis Michaels, Rachel Miles, Brenda Novak, Sasha Summers, C.A. Szarek, Jodi Thomas, Sherry Thomas, Jaye Wells, Lori Wilde, and Teri Wilson.

 

Be Happy. Read Romance.

I've been dreaming up some super-duper reader swag...this is but one of my awesome new pretties.

Yeah. Yeah. I know. I've got these crazy amazing vinyl stickers for swag. Click on the image above or here to enter my latest giveaway.

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know about this, but I had a little fun and unexpected health stuff crop up in February. On Valentine's Eve, as a matter of fact. No chocolate and cheesecake for me. <insert heartbreak emoji>

And while it didn't result in a meet cute with a super dreamy attending physician in the ER-- although my surgeon was totally romance novel hero material--it did end up with me putting the brakes on, big time.

To that end, Puck Buddy, my second offering to the Mistletoe Key series, is being slightly delayed. I want to make sure Mia has the best story ever. Because I adore her. (You might remember her as the best BFF a gal could ever have in Blue Christmas.)

If you'd like to apply to be part of my review team for Puck Buddy, a zany romantic comedy set in the world of Mistletoe Key (where it’s perpetually Christmas at the beach) make sure you sign up using this link.

WANNA MEET ME IRL?

If you're in the Boston Area (or want to take a little trip out east) the weekend of April 27th, head on over to the New England Chapter of the Romance Writers of America's Thank Goodness It's For Literacy book signing.

The event will be held on Friday, April 27th, from 6pm-8pm in the Grand Ballroom at the Boston Marriott in Burlington, MA. The book signing is free of charge and open to the public.

It features a cash bar and an incredible group of 58 authors who will be signing books for purchase; a portion of the proceeds benefits literacy charities. Each reader will also receive tickets to enter a raffle for book/gift baskets assembled by some of our authors. The drawing will take place at 8:30pm.

I'd love to meet you there!

See a list of all signing authors here.

 

Can't make it to Beantown? I'll also be in Denver this July for the RWA Readers for Literacy event AND I'm super excited to let you know I'll be at a super special event called Buns and Roses in October in the DFW area.

I've been attending the event as a reader for years, and I'm delighted to have an author table surrounded by historical romance greats like Lorraine Heath, Cathy Maxwell, Sherry Thomas, and Elizabeth Hoyt and contemporary giants like Lauren Dane, Teri Wilson, and Nicole Helm. Tickets will go on sale in June, so make sure you sign up for the RALC's newsletter for a reminder.

xxoo