This Saturday (June 3rd), Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood will play host to dozens of romance authors from across the US and Canada..  The 2017 Readers and Writers event takes place from Noon – 4:00pm at WithinSODO (2915 1st Ave S, Seattle). General Admission tickets are just $15 (CLICK HERE to get yours).

Many of the attending authors are convention veterans, while others (like yours truly) are attending for the first time.

Let’s meet a few:

AJ Downey is the creative mind behind a number of series: The Sacred Heart MC, The Virtues, The Sacred Brotherhood, and The Moonforged. She also heads up the charity anthology of Biker Chicks. 

The Seattle native has attended several author events and is excited to take part in one right in her own backyard.  Check out her website:

SM Stryker writes romantic suspense and inspirational novels, which include the series, Second Chance. The books may be read as standalone novels, but it’s more fun to read them in order. Most of her books are inspired by real events in her life, and several are based in Seattle, because she used to live here.

She’s a conference veteran, having attended events in Portland, Boise, Sacramento, Olympia, and Spokane. She considers herself a newer author, so she stays closer to home. She’s looking forward to connecting with readers.  Check out her website:

Anna Brooks writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her series include: It’s Kind of Personal, Not Your Hero, Easy Sacrifice, and Pleasant Valley.

The Seattle native has been to an event in Portland as an author, but this will be her first author event in the Emerald City. She’s looking forward to meeting others who share similar interests and “don’t look at you strangely when you gush over fictional characters.”  

She warns event goers to bring an extra bag, to make sure there’s enough room to carry all the books you’ll buy, and watch out — she’s bringing her new Polaroid camera!  Check out her website:

Savana Jade writes several romance series, including Live Today (Live Today, No Regrets, and Die Tomorrow); and Focused (Focused & Driven, Losing Focus). 

The Wisconsin native is taking part in her first author event, and is “excited for everything.”  CLICK HERE to visit her author page on Amazon

SH Pratt writes spicy contemporary romance and offers this breakdown of her novels: four standalones; two epic romances (one giant story that was so immense when I finished them I had to break them into two books); and two series that are twin series that feature twin brothers (one series for each twin).

The Olympia native is originally from Montana, and sets her books in either Montana or Washington State. She’s been to several author events in Spokane, Portland, and Southern California, and is looking forward to taking part in an event so close to home. She’s looking forward to reconnecting with authors she’s met in the past, and meeting new writers.  Check out her website:

Nicole Richard writes contemporary romance, and her novels include the She’s Beautiful series.

The Hawaii native is traveling to Seattle and says this will be her second author event.  Check out her website:

An author event would be no fun without readers, and I had the pleasure of meeting a number of readers who are looking forward to Saturday’s event, including several who are traveling from the UK:

Alexandra (England) and Jo (Wales) are excited to travel to Seattle for their first event. Both are looking forward to meeting some of their favorite authors, as well as catching up with people they’ve met and befriended on Facebook. An added bonus is the opportunity to explore Seattle, and see one of their favorite bands, Seether, in concert.

Carol is coming from Las Vegas, and Seattle will also be her first event. She decided to come after following other events on Facebook. She said they seemed so much fun, she wanted to experience it for herself.

Nikki is an avid reader from California. She loves Seattle and is looking forward to meeting authors TS Joyce and Grace Brennan, as well as the cover models who will be there.

Kathy is traveling from Calgary Alberta. Seattle is also her first event as a reader, and she’s most looking forward to meeting author Lisa Ladew, who’s become an online friend. She’s also looking forward to meet fellow “fangirls” Pamela Fleming and Tammy Bulcao, and models who appear on the covers of Lisa’s novels.

The event is the brainchild of Shauna Kruse, an incredible photographer and creative mind, whose work graces the covers of many romance novels. She also volunteers her talents to shoot poignant homecomings for military families whose loved ones are returning from deployment (Operation Love Reunited), and creates calendars and other products to benefit the nonprofit, Honor the Sacrifice.  Check out her website:

Shauna is the kind and supportive soul who encouraged me to take part in this weekend’s event, even though I’ve only written one novel. Book 2 in the Steel Goddesses trilogy is in the works, but in the meantime, I’m excited and honored to be in such revered company, and can’t wait to meet amazing authors, models, and readers!

Here’s a complete list of the authors who are attending:

AJ Downey

AJ Harmon

Alex Strong

Amy Briggs

Andrea Joan

Anie Michaels

Ann C. Brandt (aka: yours truly)

Anna Brooks

Brandy L. Rivers

BT Urruela

Cassia Brightmore

Darlene Panzera

Eliza Gayle

Golden Czermak

Grace Brennan

Heather Carver

Heidi Lis

Jacki Delecki

Jami Davenport

Jennifer Locklear

Jules Tyler

Julia Lake Mills

K Renee

Kristina Canady

Kristine Cayne

LE Wilson

Lisa Ladew

Mary Crawford

Mindy Hardwick

MK Harkins

Morgan Locklear

Nancy S. Thompson

Nicole Richard

PJ Jameson

SH Pratt

SM Stryker

Sabrina Archer

Sarah M. Cradit

Savana Jade

Shannon O’Connor

Stace Lee

Stephanie Hoffman McManus

Susan Hayes

T.M. Franklin

Trish McCallan

TS Joyce


Here’s the list of models who are attending:

Baretta Vincent

Daniel Wells

Elaine Monville

Justin James Cadwell

Kevin Moss

Kristen Lazarus Wood

Lance Jones

Manny Harvey

Matt Zumwalt

Matthew Hosea

Tyler Halligan

Special Guest: Joshua Burdick


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