Category: Events

Sterlingfest - Book Signing Event


Visit with over 50 Michigan authors at the Local Author Book Sale outside the Sterling Heights Public Library on Saturday, July 28 from 10 AM – 4 PM. during Sterlingfest. I’ll be there with copies of all of my books!

Now in its 4th year, the Local Author Book Sale is held on the covered walkway between the Sterling Heights Police Station and the library. We’re only steps away from the Sterlingfest craft fair, south of Utica Road and west of Dodge Park Road.

Readers can browse books from various genres including children’s books, romance, mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, adventure, memoirs, and more. Talk with the authors, see the books available for purchase, and have your books signed by the author/illustrator. Fun for all ages.

Hope to see you there!


Romance Book Festival - Signing Event

Are you a fan of Romance and New Adult books? Do you love that swoony feeling you get when you read about a couple in love? Our Romance Book Festival is for you! Join us at Barnes & Noble in Rochester Hills, Michigan for an exclusive FREE event on February 10 from 11AM – 4PM as we celebrate Romance authors and the books you love to read! 

Join your favorite romance authors for Q and A panel discussions, fun games, great prizes, and author signings. Over 15 authors, representing various romance genres from sweet to spicy, contemporary to historical, and laid-back to packed with suspense! See below for details. 

Tara Eldana, author of On Thin Ice  [C]
Linda Bradley, author of Maggie’s Way [STRE]
R.C. Matthews, author of River Road [H]
Dana Corbit Nussio, author of Wedding Bell Blessings [I]
Isabelle Drake, author of Best Friends Never [YA]
Melanie Harlowe, author of IF YOU WERE MINE [RC] 
AJ Norris, author of Inked Killer [RS]
Elizabeth Heiter, author of Stalked [STRE]
Heather Novak, author of Threat of Raine [C]
Roni Hall, author of Montana Wild [C]
MK Schiller, author of The Scars Between Us [C]

C – Contemporary : STRE – Single Title w/ Romantic Elements : H – Historical : I – Inspirational : YA – Young Adult : RC – Romantic Comedy : RS – Romantic Suspense 

I am proud to announce we are teaming up with Oakland Literacy Council as our charity for this event. The Oakland Literacy Council provides basic literacy and English language instruction to adults in order to facilitate lifelong learning, employment skills and personal well-being. Barnes and Noble will donate a portion of the profits from our book fair to Oakland Literacy Council.

To find out more about this great charity, please check out their site –


Word Nerds Writers' Conference


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Keynote Speaker: Beverly Jenkins
2017 Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Awardee
USA Today Bestselling Author
2013 NAACP Image Award Nominee

Ms. Jenkins is an American author of historical and contemporary romance novels with a particular focus on 19th century African-American life.

Workshop by Deb Dixon: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict 
Publisher for BelleBooks 
Vice President Emeritus RWA

Book pitches will be taken by agents and editors! 
Janna Bonikowski – The Knight Agency
Deb Dixon – BelleBooks
Tara Gelsomino – Crimson Romance (a division of Simon & Schuster)
Stephanie Doig – Carina Press

The Word Nerds Writers’ Conference Schedule
October 20th – 21st

Friday, October 20, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Registration
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Preglow: This includes write-in, group critiques, and pitch practice.

Saturday, October 21, 2017
7:30 am – 8:30 am: Registration

7:30 am – 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast Served

8:30 am – 9:00 am: Keynote Address and Conference Kick Off – Ms. Beverly Jenkins

9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Presentation: GMC – Goal Motivation Conflict – Ms. Deb Dixon 

10:30 am – 10:45 am: Morning Break

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch Served

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm:
Session A: Deb Dixon: Integrating GMC with the Hero’s Journey
Session B: Agent/Editor panel

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Author Network & Mixer

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
10 Minute Pitch Sessions (Author’s must sign up at registration)

Pricing Information:

Greater Detroit RWA member: $85
RWA member $110
Non-RWA member $120

Get $10 off with the early bird special if you sign up before July 31, 2017! 

Hotel Information

A block of rooms will be available at a discounted price. 
Conference space is limited, so make sure to register early!

Hotel Information:
Detroit Troy Marriott in Troy, Michigan
200 W Big Beaver Rd., Troy MI 48084
(248) 680-9797

LINK for block of rooms:

Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America: March Speaker

Are you a romance writer in the greater Detroit area? Come join GDRWA and gain access to monthly speakers covering a wide range of topics over craft and business. This month we’re excited to welcome Matrice Hussey on Wednesday, March 21, 2017, for a riveting discussion about editing. In order to join GDRWA, you must be a member of Romance Writers of America in good-standing. Follow us on Twitter @DetroitRWA and learn about future events or check us out at

Where: Royal Oak Senior Center [3500 Marais Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073

When: 7:30 – 10:00 p.m

Who: Matrice Hussey

Bio: After twenty-five years at Harlequin, Mary-Theresa Hussey (aka Matrice) opened up her editorial consultant business as Good Stories Well Told. She’s taken her editorial expertise working on NYT bestsellers, USA TODAY bestsellers, and just plain wonderful stories to the wider publishing world, and has been working with debut authors, self-published authors and publishing houses on everything from query letters to multi-stage complete edits. She’s still living in NYC but loves the mobility of her new job as well. She blogs occasionally (, tweets every so often (@matrice), and reads frequently.

What an Editor

Program Description: Beyond a well-written book and perfect author, there are a few things that will make a working relationship with an editor easier. In this discussion, Mary-Theresa Hussey will share the hard-earned wisdom of twenty-five years in traditional publishing and two in freelance editorial consulting.