All events are at Southwest Regional Library (3605 Shannon Rd. – map) except for the kickoff party on Friday evening.

Friday, November 7

Fall into Romance Kickoff Party
6 – 8 p.m.
Six Plates Wine Bar, 2812 Erwin Rd. #104 (map)

Mingle with other fans at the Fall Into Romance Kickoff Party. Light hors d’oevres provided. Beverages available for purchase from the bar. The event is free, but registration is required. Registration will open on October 1st. Call 919-560-8594 to register.

Saturday, November 8

Queer Romance
10:30 a.m.
Join Sarah Frantz, editor at Riptide Publishing and former President of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance, for a discussion of the history, conventions, and appeal of LGBTQ romances. Queer romance encompasses all sub-genres of romance–historical, contemporary, fantasy, western, sci-fi, paranormal, urban fantasy: you name it and queer romance has it. The only requirement of queer romance is that the main characters be somehow queer: same sex, trans*, genderqueer, menage. Does this fundamentally affect the story told? If so, how. Sarah will discuss these issues…and hand out free books.

Falling in Love in a Small Town
1 p.m.
Join USA Today bestselling author Farrah Rochon for a discussion of romance, small towns, and south Louisiana. Farrah is the author of over twenty romance novels and novellas, including I’ll Catch You, which was nominated for the prestigious RITA Award, and A Forever Kind of Love, a RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee. Her newest book, Forever’s Promise, continues her popular Bayou Dreams series in small-town Louisiana.

The Suspense of Romance and the Romance of Suspense
2:15 p.m.
Join New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers for a discussion of mystery, suspense and romance. Carla is the author of more than 60 novels that have sold in over 30 countries. With an eye for detail, Carla mixes complex relationships and fast-paced plots to create gripping tales of love and danger. RT Book Reviews called That Night on Thistle Lane “emotionally charged” and Library Journal called Saint’s Gate, “A fast-paced, action-packed tale.”

Five Things I Have Learned about Life through Writing
3:30 p.m.
Join New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell for a discussion of life, writing, reading, and romance. Cathy is the author of over thirty romance novels and novellas and known for her sensual love stories, realistic, engaging characters, and rich detail. Library Journal has called her books, “fresh, unique” and Booklist called The Bride Says No, a “historical charmer.” Her September release, The Groom Says Yes, is the eagerly awaited final book in her Brides of Wishmore series.

Fall into Romance Book Signing
4:45 p.m.
We will be selling books by Farrah Rochon, Cathy Maxwell, and Carla Neggers and the authors will be here to sign them.

Durham County logo