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Virtual Event - 8 Romance Authors, Tons of Holiday Fun

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 6:00pm


East City Bookshop welcomes romance authors James Bailey, Alexandria Bellefleur, Elizabeth Hoyt, Marina Adair, Michelle Major, Sarah Morgenthaler, Carla De Guzman, and Jenn McKinlay for a special holiday celebration featuring holiday movie trivia and games. The event will be moderated by Amanda from Smart Bitches, Trash Books.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite here. Registration is required.

Important Update (12/7): Due to recent developments with ECB and COVID-19, we ask that you please purchase these authors' books from our storefront at this link:

About the Authors

James Bailey lives in Bristol, England where he runs a walking tour company. Last year he was selected to be on the Curtis Brown Creative’s six-month novel writing course. The Flip Side is his first novel.

Alexandria Bellefleur is an author of swoony contemporary romance often featuring loveable grumps and the sunshine characters who bring them to their knees. A Pacific Northwesterner at heart, Alexandria has a weakness for good coffee, Pike Place IPA, and Voodoo Doughnuts. Her special skills include finding the best Pad Thai in every city she visits, remembering faces but not names, falling asleep in movie theaters, and keeping cool while reading smutty books in public. She was a 2018 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist. You can find her at or on Twitter @ambellefleur.

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

Marina Adair is a New York Times bestselling author whose fun, flirty contemporary romances have sold over a million copies. In addition to the When in Rome series, she is the author of the Destiny Bay series, the Heroes of St. Helena series, the Sugar, Georgia series, and the St. Helena Vineyard series, which was the inspiration behind the original Hallmark Channel Vineyard movies: Autumn in the Vineyard, Summer in the Vineyard, and Valentine in the Vineyard. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she holds a MFA from San Jose University and currently lives in Northern California with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats. Please visit her online at

USA Today bestselling author Michelle Major loves stories of new beginnings, second chances and always a happily ever after. An avid hiker and avoider of housework, she lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains with her husband, two teenagers and a menagerie of spoiled furbabies. Connect with her at

Geologist and lifelong science nerd, Sarah Morgenthaler is a passionate supporter of chocolate chip cookies, geeking out over rocks, and playing with her rescue pit bull, Sammy. When not writing romantic comedy and contemporary romance set in far-off places, Sarah can be found traveling with her husband, hiking national parks, and enjoying her own happily ever after. Sarah is a two-time Golden Heart Finalist and winner of the NOLA STARS Suzannah award.

Carla De Guzman believes that every romance has to have a happily ever after.
For her, there is always something new to share with the world through her art and her writing, and writes sexy contemporary romance in order to give her readers maximum amounts of kilig. She believes that every person needs a safe space, and she hopes her books provide that, too.

She also loves pain au chocolat, and is on a quest to see as many Manet paintings as she can.


Jenn McKinlay is the award winning, New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of several mystery and romance series. Her work has been translated into multiple languages in countries all over the world. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets, and her husband's guitars.

About the moderator, Amanda Diehl:

All credit to my book-loving goes to my mother.

She was the reader in the house and did her best to foster that same habit into me and my brother. It only really stuck with me.

A former Chemical Engineering major, I soon realized after a semester that I would probably end up miserable at age forty. So I switched to something completely different: Editing, Writing, & Media, and served as the resident SBTB intern for about a year and half. I also just finished earning my M.A. in Publishing & Writing in Boston.

I read anything and everything, though I’ve recently tired of historicals. I’m on a bit of a lull when it comes to paranormals, but I’d love to find a fresh new author without a handful of novels under his/her belt. I love dark or super funny contemporary romances and books where smart people are doing sexy sex things.

Romance authors who I happen to love are: Lisa Kleypas, Judith McNaught, Kresley Cole, Christina Lauren, Alice Clayton, Julie Garwood, Tessa Bailey, Sparrow Beckett, Jasinda Wilder, and Meljean Brook.

Other authors and their genres: Mary Roach (nonfiction), Mira Grant (scifi), David Wong (horror), and Jasper Fforde (fantasy).

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