December 11, 2021
Virtual - Holiday Anthologies for Romance Readers Panel *For Adults
Saturday, December 11, 2021
Who doesn't enjoy a good holiday anthology? Especially a great romance one! Join authors Eva Moore, Preslaysa Williams, R.L Merrill, and Kilby Blades - contributors of the well loved anthology "The Worst Holiday Ever" - as they talk about the appeals of anthologies, how they are created, and why the holidays are just the perfect time for a good one. Oh, and we'll make sure to spend some time talking about their upcoming books, too!
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As a young woman, Eva Moore loved diving into a romance and losing herself in the story. Books were perfect for avoiding midterms and report cards. She even met her husband while reading a Julie Garwood. When the second baby came along though, she found she had little time for diving into anything but laundry. Missing her stories desperately, she began to make up her own. The characters she played with in her mind while she washed dishes and changed diapers eventually made their way onto the page, and she was hooked.
Eva Moore writes sexy contemporary romances featuring compelling characters finding love in the modern world. Pulling up her Chicagoland roots, she has chased adventures around the globe, with stints in France and Singapore. Eva now lives in California (at the wine end, not the movie end) with her college sweetheart and three gorgeous kiddos. She loves hearing from the outside world while she’s hiding in her writing cave/she shed.
Preslaysa Williams (nee, Preslaysa Edwards) is an award-winning author who writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction with an Afro-Filipina twist. Proud of her heritage, she loves sharing her culture with her readers. She has a MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University and an undergraduate degree in Spanish Language & Literature from Columbia University.
Preslaysa is also a professional actress (nee, Preslaysa Edwards), a planner nerd, an avid bookworm, and a homeschool mom who often wears mismatched socks. You can visit her online at www.preslaysa.com where you can sign up for her newsletter community.
About R.L. Merrill:
I'm a mom, teacher, and music enthusiast who is passionate about kids, critters, and making the world a better place. I love writing stories full of love, hope, and rock 'n' roll where folks from all walks of life will find their happily ever after. I write contemporary and paranormal romance, historical, and horror stories with quirky characters, real-life issues, and awkward interludes.
I've been self-published since 2014. I joined the Dreamspinner Press family from 2017 to 2020, and in 2019 I blasted off with the Magic and Mayhem Universe with author Robyn Peterman. My novel Hurricane Reese won the Kathryn Hayes "When Sparks Fly" contest for Best Contemporary Romance. I'm so grateful to the RWA-NYC chapter for their support. Typhoon Toby, Summer of Hush, and Brains and Brawn were all contest finalists as well. I appreciate all of the support it took to make them the best books they could be!
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I currently live with two teens, two cats, a dog, a snake, a crested gecko, a bunch of fish, and the most patient husband on the planet. I teach virtual middle school by day, and by night I'm a guerilla writer who can be found penning passionate stories anywhere I am warm and dry and they have a steady supply of Diet Coke and chocolate.
Kilby Blades is a USA Today Bestselling author of Romance and Women's Fiction. Her debut novel, Snapdragon, was a HOLT Medallion finalist, a Publisher's Weekly BookLife Prize Semi-Finalist, and an IPPY Award medalist. Kilby was honored with an RSJ Emma Award for Best Debut Author in 2018, and has been lauded by critics for "easing feminism and equality into her novels" (IndieReader) and "writing characters who complement each other like a fine wine does a good meal" (Publisher's Weekly).
During her fifteen year career as a digital marketing executive, she moonlighted as a journalist, freelanced as a food, wine and travel writer and lived it up as an entertainment columnist. She has lived in five countries, visited more than twenty-five, and spends part of her year in her happy place in the Andes Mountains.
Kilby is a feminist, an oenophile, a cinephile, a social-justice fighter, and above all else, a glutton for a good story.
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