Join me at the 3rd Annual Passport to Romance 2018, GSRWA Reader Appreciation Event – I’ll see you there!

3rd Annual Passport to Romance Reader Appreciation Event
The FREE Book-tail Party of the Year! ~ Hosted by GSRWA

Westin Bellevue, 600 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA, 98004
Saturday, October 14th, 2017 from 6pm-8pm
(but bring cash if you want to win a raffle basket!)

Hello, Precious Readers!

This Saturday is the 3rd Annual¬†Passport to Romance¬†Reader Appreciation Event, hosted by GSRWA! I love this event. It’s an opportunity to take home a BAG full of books! I’ve gone every single year, and I keep coming back for more. Why?

I LOVE THIS EVENT!

I always go home with an armful of books, freebies, reconnect with author friends, and meet amazing local authors. For those who enjoy atmosphere, there will be book¬†cover models¬†you can meet in person and have a photo taken with them! They’re super nice, always professional, and easy to talk with, or you can stand around and drool at them from the wall. That happens. Do what feels right to you.

As always, there are tons of raffle baskets to win! (Bring cash!) There are some previews of amazing goodies. I saw some Kindles, Echo Dots, and of course, books, books, and more books to win! Partial proceeds from all raffle basket ticket sales benefit the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network in the Seattle area. Help support other women in need, and help us raise money for DAWN.

Sadly, due to budgetary constraints, I will not be able to be one of the hosts and cannot give out free books this year, but I¬†WILL be in attendance as a visiting guest, just like you! (Will you find me? It’ll be a fun Where’s Waldo?-type situation.) If you happen to spot me, feel free to come on up and say hello! I’d love to see your smiling faces! If you happen to bring your print copy of¬†Capture Me or¬†Crush On You, I would be most happy to autograph the book for you! (I¬†always have a trusty pen on hand!) Haven’t read my books? Check out my Roxy Summers Mystery Series books,¬†Capture Me and Crush On You, HERE to read a synopsis! I’d love to introduce you to¬†Roxy’s world!

Here is a previous post about this event to give you an idea of what it’s like:
10/18/2015 – Time to renew my Passport (to Romance)


Here’s a list of a few of the authors you’ll meet on Saturday:


Hope to see you there! I’ll be there with my trusty glasses on.

Love and hugs,
KB

Release Day! Release Day! CAPTURE ME Release Day!

Hello Precious Readers!

Yes, you get an exclamation mark, not a comma. That’s how excited I am! Today is the RELEASE DAY for my first book CAPTURE ME: A Roxy Summers Mystery!

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Fake Therapist Voice: Now how does that make me feel?
Me: ExcitedHappyJoyfulGiddyInAweIncredibleAndAWeeBitNervous
Fake Therapist Voice: That’s not one emotion
Me: If you had one moment to be in my head, you’d know that those are ALL ONE EMOTION.

Yes, Precious Readers, this also means you can get it in PRINT! E-BOOK AND PRINT!

I don’t know if it’s normal to have your release day the same as the beginning of a writer’s conference, but that’s what I have. I’m literally in the middle of finalizing my packing for the Emerald City Writer’s Conference. But, I took a pause from packing to make sure we stayed connected. Yes, you and me, Precious Readers!

PURCHASE TODAY IN PRINT AND E-BOOK!

Amazon  Barnes & Noble  Kobo  Smashwords

 

I love this conference so much! The writers are a supportive bunch, we laugh, we drink, we advise, and learn. Let’s just say the phrase, “Work Hard, Play Harder” has never applied so much as it does in this moment.

On top of that, there’s the FREE BOOK READER APPRECIATION EVENT tomorrow night, Saturday, October 15th! A PUBLIC AND FREE EVENT to meet 60 authors all giving away FREE PRINT copies of their book! This includes ME! I’ll be there giving away 25 copies of my book.

The Westin Bellevue, October 15th from 6 PM-8 PM
Be there, or be without chocolate.

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They call it a Booktail party. I’m so excited to be a part of this event as a presenter instead of an attendee. This also means social interaction, but it’s forcing me to undergo social interaction for good reasons. I will be there with a nervous and excited smile on! I’ll also have goodies at my space (chocolate) and giving away 3 e-book copies of CAPTURE ME.

I hope to see you there!

Fair warning, the weather is going to be massively, irritatingly shitty this weekend. No sugarcoating it. Tons of rain, humidity, and high winds. GOOD NEWS! The Westin Bellevue is in the heart of downtown Bellevue and has many, many covered parking lots. One parking lot is directly underneath the hotel itself!

I’m excited to learn, reconnect with other writers, meet new writers, and meet some of my publishing team face-to-face… and maybe some fans?

See you later!

time to renew my Passport (to Romance)

‚ÄúA journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.‚ÄĚ

– Tim Cahill

Last night I attended the Passport to Romance: Free Reader Appreciation Event at The Westin Bellevue ballroom.

I snagged my girl friend, Caring*, and we drove on down I-405 South. After a week of mostly drizzly rain and bright cloud-covered days, the sky decided to cloud up darkly and dump buckets on Washington residents. Accident after accident lined the crowded freeway.

Downtown Bellevue was hopping as we stopped-started-stopped again, slogged through traffic, and parked underneath the hotel. Before heading to the ballroom, we bumped into Jacquie Rogers, Diane Rodes Garland, and CJ Obray. We had a quick chat before riding the escalators up, up, up to the third floor. The ballroom was decorated with bar tables scattered throughout, each featuring an author and their published works, goodies, and freebies!

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Around the edges of the room were a variety of gift baskets up for raffle. Not having much cash on us, my friend bought 1 raffle ticket, I bought 2. We made our entries for the raffle baskets we were itchy to win. The one I¬†entered for contained a Kindle, books, and a bottle of Jameson that was converted into a lamp. I had my eyes on that Kindle… and created a mental¬†list of people to give the lamp. The proceeds went to GSRWA to keep its operations running smoothly.

As the night continued, Caring and I bumped elbows and chatted with some of my favorite local authors, picked up some freebies, including books, bags, bookmarks, pens, candy, chocolate, etc.

The end of the event drew near, and they began to announce the winners of the raffles. A line of male cover models presenting each gift basket and prize to the winners.

We watched one woman walk away with not one… not two… but THREE prize baskets! (She was clearly a¬†a big supporter of GSRWA.)

Next up, my bid!

Curses! Foiled again! ¬†Alas, it was not meant to be, that Kindle and I. No worries, I figured I wouldn’t win anything. However, there were so many free things, I cannot complain. I even walked away with a free, stemless wine glass. Also, oou may not know this about me, but I am a mass contest enter…er. I am fiercly competitive, but a joyful loser, and often win free book contests!

Back to our story…

As Caring and I watched all of the baskets being raffled, there was one last prize. The beefy cover model dudes were lined up, everyone was standing for the last winner to be called out…

and then…

Caring won her raffle!

Huzzah! Her solitary ticket, a last minute placement among so many other hopefuls, was picked out of the tiny paper bag! She went home with a gift tote, a bottle of Vampire (chocolate) wine, a necklace, and a few other trinkets of winning glory!

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Caring and the L.E. Wilson raffle prize!
It features the novel
Blood Hunger, first in the Deathless Night Series.

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Me, Caring, and L.E. Wilson!
Please disregard the extremely flyaway, frizzy hair of mine.
I didn’t have time to curl it, and¬†
WA weather is merciless to hair.

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Caring’s overall prize haul
(including the fab sunglasses tote from the fab Lori Lyn!)

What a spectacular, fun-filled¬†event! Caring was introduced to countless authors who provide so much literary escape, and I was able to reconnect with some amazing people from RWA/GSRWA!¬†It saddened me slightly that I was unable to keep up with my membership to RWA, GSRWA, and unable to attend Emerald City Writer’s Conference¬†2015, but I have hopes to attend next year.

Passport to Romance is a big hit, and I hope RWA/GSRWA hosts one again next year!

*Name has been changed for privacy.