Upcoming Chicago area signing

Hi all! For those of you in the Chicago area, here’s some info on a signing I’m doing on Feb 2 with three mystery authors.  I’m one of the featured authors at this year’s Love Is Murder writers’ conference and the signing on Thursday evening is open to everyone.   A few details, per the article link above:

“The Love is Murder Mystery Conference will host a free pre-conference book signing on Thursday evening, Feb. 2, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Intercontinental O’Hare Hotel, the site of this year’s conference.

Open to the public, the signing will give non-registrants their only opportunity to meet and talk with all four NY Times-bestselling Love is Murder featured authors: Donald Bain (with Jessica Fletcher, the Murder, She Wrote series), Julie James ( A Lot Like Love, Something About You)), David Morrell (The Naked Edge, The Shimmer, ) and Hank Phillippi Ryan (Drive Time, The Charlotte McNally series); and featured local author Julie Hyzy (Deadly Interest, the Alex St. James series).

During the signing, drawings will be held every 15 minutes for books and Love is Murder merchandise. Conference registration is NOT required; hotel parking is $5.00 for the event.”

It sounds like it’ll be a great event– I hope to see some of you there!

More information about the Love Is Murder conference can be found at: http://www.loveismurder.net.

P.S. The article incorrectly cited me as a NY Times bestselling author–but maybe with this next book! : )

Off to the ALA and RWA conferences!

So this week is going to be a busy one… First, I’m off to the American Library Association conference in New Orleans on Monday.  While there, I’ll be speaking at the “Isn’t it Romantic” panel discussion, with a book signing to follow.  Details are:

Mon., June 27
8-10 a.m.
Morial Convention Center, Room 339

More information, including the list of the authors who will be on the panel, can be found here.

After that panel discussion, I’ll be heading by the Penguin booth to sign copies of A Lot Like Love. Details:

Penguin Booth Signing
11:15a.m. – 12:15p.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Boulevard
Booth #1422
New Orleans, LA

From there, it’s off to New York for the Romance Writers of America Conference.  First, you can find me (and hundreds of other authors) at the Literacy for Life signing:
Tuesday, June 28, from 5:30–7:30 p.m.
New York Marriott Marquis, Broadway Ballroom
Times Square
This event is open to the public; there is no admittance fee.
Details, including the list of authors attending the signing, can be found here.
On Thursday, June 30th, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., fellow Chicago author Beth Kery/Bethany Kane and myself will be teaching a workshop on writing contemporary romance:
The Contemporary Challenge: How to Write 300 Pages of Romance without Demons, Death, or World Destruction (CRAFT).  What happens after boy meets girl in real-world settings? Two best-selling authors discuss how to tackle the challenges of writing contemporary romance.
Location: Belasco/Broadhurst room
Finally, on Friday, July 1st from 9:00 – 10:30a.m., I’ll be at the Berkley signing. (Open to all conference attendees, books available on a first-come, first-served basis.)
Hope to see some of you this week!

Los Angeles Book Signing

In the Los Angeles area? This Saturday I’m signing books (along with over 300 other authors) at the RT Booklovers Convention. Here are the details:

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel
404 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Saturday, April 9, 2011 – 11:00 am-2:00 pm
(Note: book signing is open to the public, but there is a $5 entrance fee for anyone who has not registered for the convention)

Also, if you’re attending the convention, I’m part of a panel discussion on writing contemporary romance, with authors Barbara Feethy, Robyn Carr, Christie Ridgway, and Rachel Herron from 2:45-3:45pm on Thursday.  Drop on by!

Chicago Booksignings

In the Chicago area this week? I’ve got two book signings (Thursday and Sunday). Details are below. Hope to see you there!

P.S. Please note that the time for the Thursday signing is 6:00-8:00 pm (not until 9:00pm as indicated on the calendar page).

Thursday, March 10, 6:00-8:00pm
Join Julie for a book signing at the wine shop that inspired A Lot Like Love and a complimentary wine tasting
1433 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 549-2227

Sunday, March 13, 3:00-5:00pm
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Webster Place
1441 West Webster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 871-3610
*90 minute free parking in lot

Indulge in Romance Panel at Evanston Public Library

Thought I would give you all a heads up that this Saturday I’ll be at the “Indulge in Romance” event at the Evanston Public Library.  Myself and fellow local authors Barbara Binns, Maureen Lang, Margot Justes, and Patricia Rosemoor will be discussing why we write romance and what makes this genre so special.  There will be cupcakes, raffle prizes, and the opportunity to purchase new books.  Readers can bring their own gently used romances to swap, and there’s no registration required–anyone can attend.

So if you’re in the Evanston area this Saturday, drop by the library!  The event runs from 2:00 to 3:30 pm in the Community Meeting Room, Main Library. Author discussion will begin at 2 pm with book sales, book swap, and a raffle to follow.

Contact Juliette Swett at jswett@cityofevanston.org or (847) 448-8658 for further details, or visit the library’s website.

Speaking of events, I just updated my calendar page with all my upcoming appearances.  This March I’ll be doing two book signings in Chicago–one with author Beth Kery, and the other one at the wine store that inspired A Lot Like Love (and there will be a complimentary wine tasting!).  After that, I’ll be in Los Angeles, New Orleans and New York for various writers conferences. Plus, starting in late February, I’ll be doing a blog tour for A Lot Like Love–there will be lots of book giveaways involved, so be sure to check that out.

You can find more information about all of my upcoming events, including the blog tour, here.