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Introducing the Boozy Book Broads

In August, I joined fellow 2019 debut contemporary romance author Angelina M. Lopez for a lively conversation about what it means to be a Lush and embrace things that make you happy… adult things. The lovely Danielle Dresser of Fresh Fiction moderated the chat in a virtual event for romance bookstore Love’s Sweet Arrow. We had such a delightful time together, we decided we had to do it again…and again! Thus, the idea for the #BoozyBookBroads was born. Starting in September, on the 3rd Friday of every month at 8pm eastern/ 7pm central, we’ll be hosting a live cocktail hour to chat all things bookish (and many other things as well). Each month we’ll toast someone from the romance industry: authors, editors, agents, cover designers, PR, bookstore owners – and more! Of course, since we are the Boozy Book Broads, we’ll have a featured cocktail (and mocktail) to enjoy during our chat. To stay up-to-date on the guest list, please visit the Love’s Sweet Arrow events page. All events will be available to watch LIVE on the LSA YouTube channel (and yes, you’ll be able to catch the playback version there later if you miss it). Hope to see you there. CHEERS!

It’s Time to Go #Nuts4Books!

Jingle those balls for a great cause and get a head start on the holiday spirit with this spicy collection of romantic comedy stories. Twenty of today’s most entertaining rom-com authors have teamed up to go #Nuts4Books.

My contribution is COLDCOCKED BY SAINT NICK, a delightful little holiday story set in the Sometimes in Love world featuring an ice princess who hates Christmas and a merry charmer who knocks her out with his giant candy cane…literally.

All proceeds from this steamy set will benefit the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation. Grab your pre-order now! And don’t forget to add the anthology as “Want to Read” on Goodreads!  

Bookstore Romance Day Continues with Capital Books!

This author chat is sure to be entertaining! Hosted by Capital Books, it’s free to register via Crowdcast – come join the fun!

Celebrating Romance Bookstore Day with Old Firehouse Books!

Contemporary and Historical Romance authors come together in this lively panel to discuss all things romance novels: from writing them to reading them to swooning over favorites. Hosted by OLD FIREHOUSE BOOKS, this virtual event is free to attend, but space is limited and registration is required. Sign up via Eventbrite HERE.

Books & Booze Virtual Event with Love’s Sweet Arrow

Buzz & Branding Workshop at Spring Fling

Punch up your brand and build buzz for your next release like a professional publicist whether you’re indie or traditional, whether it’s your first book or your fifth.

Virtual Event: FRIDAY, July 23rd 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Central)

Award-winning authors Alexis Daria, Melonie Johnson, and Scarlett Peckham will discuss how writers at any stage in their career can use their brand to build a platform and generate buzz that will reach readers and sell more books. This workshop will demystify the strategies that professional publicists use to build advance buzz organically and on the cheap, using the unique strengths of your own author brand.

MUST BE REGISTERED FOR VIRTUAL CONFERENCE TO ATTEND.

Springtime Soiree with Love’s Sweet Arrow

Join me on Thursday, April 16th at 7pm central for a live virtual author visit on the Love’s Sweet Arrow FB page. There’ll be cocktails, cupcakes, and confessions! I’ll be doing a live reading of a scene from one of my Sometimes in Love books, answering questions, sharing recipes, dishing on my current project, and giving out some amazing party gifts (like one of these surprise boxes!) to a few lucky attendees. There’s also a virtual signing where you can order signed personalized print books from all of the participating authors! I hope you’ll pop in for some fun and help support Love’s Sweet Arrow, Chicagoland’s romance indie bookstore!

BOOK NEWS!!!

So excited to announce I’m working on something new! I’ve just signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press for 2 new rom-coms. Like my Sometimes in Love series, these new stories will feature strong female friendships, loads of witty banter, and plenty of affectionate nods and playful winks at beloved romance tropes. The first, TOO GOOD TO BE REAL will arrive July 2021, I can’t wait for you to meet a new band of badass besties, a prickly on the outside sweet and goofy on the inside programmer/gaming nerd hero, and a horrible goose in the form of a kleptomaniac seagull who goes from cock-blocker to Cupid. Add it as WANT TO READ on Goodreads, put it on your BookBub Wishlist and watch for more news including pre-order links, cover reveal, and how you can join my exclusive Reading Lush Book Brigade!

GETTING HOT WITH THE SCOT won best first book in the Golden Leaf!

Proud to share my debut novel, Getting Hot with the Scot, was awarded Best First Book by the New Jersey Romance Writers in their 2019 Golden Leaf contest for published authors.

Autographed Copies of The Sometimes in Love series available at Love’s Sweet Arrow!

Whether you are in the Chicagoland area and want to stop in to the second official romance bookstore in the country, or prefer to order on-line, you can get signed copies of GETTING HOT WITH THE SCOT, SMITTEN BY THE BRIT, and ONCE UPON A BAD BOY from Love’s Sweet Arrow! As a bonus, each order includes swag featuring the adorable illustrated version of the couples, while supplies last.

August is Read a Romance Month!

That’s right! An entire month to celebrate the genre of happily ever after. I’m joining in the fun on the Read a Romance Month website, talking about the magical journey a great book can take you on, as well as sharing some magical author moments. Check out my post HERE and view the full calendar of participating authors HERE.

Romance Game Night on Replay

Did you miss the shenanigans at The Strand Bookstore in NYC this July? Well, here’s your chance to enjoy Romance Game Night on replay! You can listen to THIS EPISODE of the Smart Bitches Trashy Books podcast, and/or watch the event on YouTube, courtesy of the Strand.

Bo and Sadie are featured in the B&N Romance Round-Up

ONCE UPON A BAD BOY is a Contemporarily Ever After Top Pick!

And check out the review on Frolic as well!

GETTING HOT WITH THE SCOT is on Bustle’s list of 25 reads to spice up your summer

SMITTEN BY THE BRIT is an Amazon Best Book of the Month for June!

Check Out Bonnie and Theo in a check-out lane near you!

SMITTEN BY THE BRIT was recently featured in Woman’s World magazine’s book club!

SMITTEN BY THE BRIT is a Contemporarily Ever After TOP PICK!

Check out the list on Frolic!

Bonnie and Theo make an appearance in the Romance Round-Up on the Barnes & Noble B&Nreads blog!

See it on B&N HERE

Chatting with Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches Trashy Books!

We dish on what it’s like to be a debut author with three books coming out back to back to back, how I got started on the path to publication, the experience of narrating my own audiobooks, and of course, what I’m currently reading. Eavesdrop on our conversation HERE!

GETTING HOT WITH THE SCOT is an Amazon Best Book of the Month!

How amazing is this? My debut novel has been selected as an Amazon Best book of the Month in Romance for May! Check it out HERE! And read Amazon’s review of 5 of the best romances of May, including GETTING HOT WITH THE SCOT!

Entertainment Weekly Calls my Hot Scot a “major smoke-show”

“A fizzy, engrossing new voice…Johnson has crafted a romp with plenty of heart and just the right amount of bite, making her an instant essential addition to the exploding collection of rom-coms on shelves right now.” Read the full review HERE

Book Riot podcast Recommends Getting Hot with the Scot as part of #RomBkLove

In this episode of the WHEN IN ROMANCE Book Riot podcast, co-host Trisha gave my Hot Scot a lovely shout-out as part of her recommendations for #RomBkLove. So fun to hear her talking about Logan and Cassie and their “creative” jobs!

Prepare for summer binge-reading

Take a peek at the April Ripped Bodice newsletter to learn more about Cassie Crow, the heroine of my debut novel, GETTING HOT WITH THE SCOT.

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