With Valentine’s Day, the month of February is often known as being focused on love and romance.

This year, I’m delighted to be taking part in a special library event on Saturday, February 3rd, “Let’s Talk Romance,” organized by the Rideau Lakes Public Library in Elgin, Ontario, Canada.

I’m looking forward to meeting readers, and sharing why I write romance and a bit about my books and writing career.

Although the event is free, you need to register beforehand via EventBrite here.

I’ll be joined by movie producer Beth Stevenson, who has brought a number of romance books to the screen, and cover art photographer Bruno Crescia, who has provided photography for many romance book covers, including Harlequin.

It promises to a fun afternoon celebrating the magic of romance, and I hope those of you who are local to Eastern Ontario can join us.

There will be prizes for attendees too, including a special prize pack of books generously donated by my publisher, Harlequin, and from me, signed paperbacks of my Montana Carters books for Harlequin Heartwarming.

An author event also brings that perennial question of what to wear. In keeping with the romance theme, the heart-patterned top already in my wardrobe will hopefully be perfect.

But what about shoes?

Since I haven’t had an occasion to wear heels since before the start of the pandemic in February 2020, I’m still debating whether to risk the stilettos languishing in my closet or stick with trusty flats.

What will I share with attendees about why I write romance?

First and foremost, love stories of all kinds are about the healing power of positive relationships to transform our lives and give us hope.

Today, more than ever, such things are needed.

While I’m lucky to be able to share my stories with readers, I’m grateful to those readers who help me continue to do what I do, including all of you.

Other romance reader and writer activities in February

For those who can’t attend the “Let’s Talk Romance” event, the UK Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) promotes February as “Romance Reading Month.”

Follow the RNA on social media for all sorts of bookish special events and to find new-to-you authors.

For writers, Romance Writer’s Week with ProWriting Aid (12-16 February) features free online talks by many well-known authors to help you learn to write, edit and publish a romance novel.

Find out more and save your spot here. If you can’t attend live, sessions will be recorded and available for replay.

Whether with a romantic partner, friends, family or cherished pet…

I wish you the joy of love in your life not only in February but all year through.


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