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.

 

Five for Friday: I’m on a Bus Edition

I’m on a bus! Not as glam as being on a boat, I know. But it’s still pretty rad. (Especially if you factor in these first-class style seats and no naked-scanners at the airport.) 

I’m on my way back to Dallas from a quick trip to Houston to welcome Texas’ newest resident, Miz Shari Slade. She’s got a new apartment (we are hilariously calling “The Lady Pad”) and a new job. I’m so excited for this newest chapter in her life. 

So here’s to Friday and all of the beautiful things about it!

1.    Vonlane, the bus company, is awesome. If you’re in Dallas, Houston, or Austin and need to make a little jaunt to Houston, Austin, or Dallas, I highly recommend it. (You can pretend you’re on some kind of glamorous international railway instead of a tricked out Greyhound.) I’m getting no kickback from this...just happy to travel in style and comfort without the stress of the airport.
2.    Shout out to some awesome foodie scenes in H-town. Between unpacking cars full of boxes and belongings, shelf-papering, and transforming the sweet Lady Pad from bare to beautiful, Shari and I got out for some great grub. Coco Crepes and The Blacksmith are on my list for all return trips.
3.    This weekend is the annual Buns and Roses Tea benefiting the Richardson Adult Literacy Center. I love the event because it celebrates Romancelandia and is a great fundraiser for the RALC who does such important work in our community. I’m delighted to sponsor this event and always excited to dress up and have tea with fellow bibliophiles. OH! And if you have new settlement credit at B&N, use code #12168456 until the 27th and you’ll support RALC with your purchase. 
4.    And speaking of B&N purchases, now would be an awesome time to celebrate Laura von Holt’s debut erotic romance KING OF THE SEA (published under Madame de Boudior pseudonym). If you were always more into King Triton than Prince Eric, you’re going to want to grab this story. Plus, it’s dedicated TO ME. 
5.    I’ve gotten so many sweet tweets and emails about my Destination, Love series. You guys are making my heart so full. Remember THIS CHRISTMAS is absolutely free. (I know, I know, it’s October, but I’m about to start binge-reading all holiday romance all the time, so I figure you might want to, too.)