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Contemporary Romance Celebration Bookstore Romance Day 2021

Bookstore Romance Day books heart logo August 21 2021 Contemporary Romance event details book covers for LOVE SONGS FOR SKEPTICS, JACKSON, SATISFACTION GUARANTEED, THE MATCHMAKER BRIDE, IT'S RAINING MEN & THE DATING DARE with author and moderator details


Creating Conversations is focusing on giving love to contemporary romances on Bookstore Romance Day 2021. We are excited to host friend of Creating Conversations and book enthusiast Judy Prince-Neeb (South Pasadena Public Library) in conversation with Christina Pishiris (Love Songs for Skeptics), LaQuette (Jackson), Karelia Stetz-Waters (Satisfaction Guaranteed), Ginny Baird (The Matchmaker Bride), Julie Hammerle (It’s Raining Men), and Jayci Lee (The Dating Dare)  in a virtual event celebrating all the things we love in contemporary romances: the tropes, the missteps and successes, and above all, the happily ever afters! 

There is no charge for this event.
The only thing we ask is that you buy a minimum of one book by one of our authors.
You can do that any time from our ecommerce list below or by calling the bookstore.

Signed bookplates are available with purchase of all of the authors’ books from Creating Conversations except for local author Jayci.
Jayci will drop by our Redondo Beach location to sign copies of The Dating Dare.  Please add any inscription notations for Jayci to the Comments Section at stage 2 of checkout, after adding books to your ecommerce cart.
A limited quantity of Forever <3 canvas tote bags are available with purchase, while supplies last.

Register in advance

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

Jayci Lee writes poignant, sexy, and laugh-out-loud romance every free second she can scavenge and is semi-retired from her fifteen-year career as a defense litigator. She loves food, wine, and travelling, and incidentally so do her characters, in books like The Dating Dare and A Sweet Mess. Jayci lives in sunny California with her tall-dark-and-handsome husband, two amazing boys with boundless energy, and a fluffy rescue whose cuteness is a major distraction.

USA Today bestselling, RITA (R) nominated author Julie Hammerle writes romantic comedies focused on women over forty. She is the author of Knocked-Up Cinderella and Write Before Christmas, as well as four novels for teens. Before becoming a writer, she studied opera, taught Latin, and blogged about TV shows like American Idol and The Walking Dead. She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and their dog, Bucky.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ginny Baird writes sweet contemporary romance with a dash of humor and a whole lot of heart. She’s published over 35 novels and novellas, both with traditional presses and independently, and is a Top 10 Best Seller on multiple ebook platforms. Ginny, who is of Puerto Rican heritage, often incorporates Latinx culture in her work. She has titles with Entangled Publishing and Hallmark Publishing, with other exciting projects in the works. 

Karelia Stetz-Waters is passionate about providing happy endings and a vision of redemptive love for readers of all orientations. Her novels include For GoodSomething TrueThe AdmirerThe Purveyor, and Lambda Literary Award and Golden Crown Literary Society finalist Forgive Me If I've Told You This Before. She and her wife live in Oregon and have been together for twenty years. Karelia has a BA in comparative literature from Smith College and an MA in English literature from the University of Oregon, and she currently teaches English at Linn-Benton Community College. Karelia loves to hear from readers.

Laquette writes savvy, sexy contemporary romance. She is the 2016 Author of the Year Golden Apple Award Winner, 2016 Write Touch Reader's Choice Winner, and a 2018 Passionate Plume Finalist. She is an advocate for the #WeNeedDiverseRomance campaign. LaQuette, a native of Brooklyn, lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

Christina Pishiris was born in London to Greek Cypriot parents, who used to bribe her to go to family weddings by promising that George Michael might be there. She started her career as a journalist and also works on music documentaries. Love Songs for Skeptics is her debut novel.

Judy Prince-Neeb is a Children's Librarian with the South Pasadena Public Library. She works with Mysterious Galaxy bookstore to host a monthly romance book club. Judy Ann also loves the horror and gothic genre as well as speculative fiction. She has been with her husband for over 17 years; they met at the Seattle International Film Festival where they realized they shared the same love of action films, and have been watching movies together ever since!

Bookstore Romance Day is a day designed to give independent bookstores an opportunity to celebrate Romance fiction—its books, readers, and writers—and to strengthen the relationships between bookstores and the Romance community.
Bookstore Romance Day was created in 2019 as a way to create a love match between Independent bookstores and the Romance community. 
It was a classic enemies-to-lovers tale: for too long, Indies weren’t embracing romance books…but now, three years and counting into this initiative, we’re on our way to our very own HEA. 
Thank you for joining us every August, and remember to check to give some love back, discover year-round programming like the quarterly Bookstore Romance Day Book Club reads, and support romance-loving Indies!

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 21, 2021 - 2:00pm
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
The Dating Dare: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250621122
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 3rd, 2021

Jayci will drop by our Redondo Beach location on Tuesday, August 24, to sign copies of The Dating Dare.  
Please add any inscription notations for Jayci to the Comments Section at stage 2 of checkout, after adding books to your ecommerce cart.

With witty characters and heartrending romance, Jayci Lee, author of A Sweet Mess, returns with The Dating Dare—where two people might just find out how hard it is to resist falling in love with the right person.

No serious relationships. This is the one rule Tara Park made for herself and it has been working swimmingly, thank you very much. The occasional fling is fine, especially since she’s busy with Weldon Brewery. But when Seth Kim, temptation personified and her best friend’s new brother-in-law walks into her life, Tara might be willing to bend her golden rule…but only for four dates—the four dates she agreed to after a few good rounds of beer and a game of truth or dare. It’ll be fun. No biggie.

Seth Kim can’t believe Tara agreed to his dating dare. He’s leaving for a new job in Paris in a month and a no-strings attached fling seemed like a nice little distraction for both… But their secret dates, while sweet and sexy, always hit roadblocks straight out of a romantic comedy. Thankfully, their non-dates and chance meetings are smoother, frequent, and heated. However, the more Seth sees of Tara, the less willing he is to let her go—and what was supposed to be a fun little game turns into something that neither of them are ready for.

But sometimes, the best things in life are the ones we never see coming.

It’s Raining Men Cover Image
ISBN: 9781649370280
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Entangled: Amara - July 27th, 2021

Don’t drink and text.

Even on the cusp of forty, I had to learn that the hard way. After discovering my best friend, who I was supposed to grow old and single with, got engaged, I drowned my loneliness in one too many Old Fashioneds and woke up with thirty-nine responses from every available man in my phone. Yup, I even texted my plumber…and he turned me down.

Apparently, my liquor-infused text said that while I don’t need a man, maybe I’d be down for a constant sidekick for movies, plus-one invites, and dinner on the table after my grueling shifts as a concierge doctor—till death do us part…and was anyone in?

Through the absolute mortification of thirty-seven rejections, shockingly, I realize two men have said yes. Behind Bachelor Door #1 is Rob, my old high school crush: the comfortable, dependable boy-next-door. Behind Bachelor Door #2 is Darius, the exciting, flashy news reporter about to hit it big. Does this mean I’ll have to get out of my yoga pants and actually go on dates now?

Dax, the local bartender who got me into this disaster in the first place—remember the Old Fashioneds?—can’t believe I’ve given up on finding true love. What does a tattooed, broody twentysomething know about carving out a future for yourself, anyway?

Too bad the further into this hot mess I get, the less I know about who I am. And I’m going to have to figure out exactly what I need if I ever want to find a true happily ever after.

Signed bookplates available.

The Matchmaker Bride (Blue Hill Brides #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781649370266
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Entangled: Amara - July 27th, 2021

A delightful romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Ginny Baird...

Successful Boston matchmaker and television personality Meredith Galanes’s reputation is on the line. During a guest appearance on a morning talk show, she’s broadsided by questions about her own romantic attachments, just as she’s trying to secure a syndication deal. Afraid to admit her love life is a total disaster, Meredith blurts out that she’s seriously involved with a very special man—a boatbuilder in Maine. She never expects that small slip to get spun into a story about her supposed engagement.

Or that the paparazzi will track the guy down…

Derrick Albright is laid-back about many things. Being hounded by the press about some imaginary engagement to a woman he’s only met once—and couldn’t stand—isn’t one of them. Then Meredith actually shows up at his cabin in Blue Hill, Maine, with an apology, a pot roast, and a proposal—play along until she secures her TV deal, and she’ll help him win back his ex.

It’s a simple plan, but if they have any chance of pulling it off, they’ll have to survive each other first...

Each book in the Blue Hill Brides series is STANDALONE.

Signed bookplates available.

Satisfaction Guaranteed Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538735527
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Forever - June 1st, 2021

For fans of Casey McQuiston and Abby Jimenez comes a bold, hilarious, and out-of-the-box novel about mixing business with battery-operated pleasure . . .

When it comes to her career, Cade Elgin has it all figured out. Only “professional talk” has become her default mode, relationships are nonexistent, and don’t even mention the word “orgasm.” All work and no play makes Cade a dull human. But when she inherits a sex toy store, Cade is caught between business and a store filled with every imaginable kind of pleasure—including her infuriatingly irresponsible and deliciously sexy new co-owner.

Selena Mathis learned the hard way that she can have too much of a good thing. Which is precisely why she’s taken an oath of celibacy and is focusing on how to make Satisfaction Guaranteed a success. She won’t mess this up. Not this time. But once again, Selena’s emotions are getting in the way and tempting her with a serious attraction to buttoned-up Cade.

But the shop isn’t exactly vibe-ing, and Cade and Selena are on the verge of losing both their income and the possibility of love. Can they find a way to work together . . . before Satisfaction Guaranteed runs out of batteries?

Signed bookplates available.

Jackson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492694533
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - February 23rd, 2021

From celebrated author LaQuette comes a sizzling contemporary romance that will leave you breathless, with:

  • A hot-as-sin hero who's been burned before
  • A confident, sexy, full-figured heroine determined to do some good
  • Explosive chemistry in the bedroom...the kitchen...the living room...
  • And a shocking finale that can't be beat.

Aja Everett longs to turn her old family home into a place where anyone can find rest and healing. But her big heart's bound to get her in trouble if she's not careful--someone wants her gone, and they'll do whatever it takes to drive her away from the land that's her lifeblood. Whether she's willing to admit it or not, she needs help.

She needs a man like Jackson Dean.

Jackson doesn't trust love. He once made the mistake of following his heart and all he'd gotten was pain in return. But when do-gooder Aja Everett asks for his help, he can't stay away...and as attraction sizzles and protective instincts flare, she may be the only woman able to restore his broken heart.

Sometimes oil and water were meant to mix.

Signed bookplates available.

Love Songs for Skeptics Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728217604
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - January 5th, 2021

For fans of Josie Silver and Emily Henry comes a debut romcom about the life-changing magic of second chances. This charming and quirky debut has it all: childhood friends, love triangles, enemies-to-lovers, and a dash of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Zo Frixos gets the whole love song thing. Truly, she does. As an editor at a major music magazine in London, it's part of her job description. But love? Let's just say Zo 's been a bit off-beat in that department. After falling hard for her best friend, Simon, at thirteen and missing every chance to tell him how she felt before he left town, Zo came to one grand conclusion: Love stinks.

Twenty years later, Simon is returning to London, newly single and as charming as ever, and Zo vows to take her second chance. But Zo 's got other problems now: In order to save her magazine from closure, she has to land the biggest interview of her career with a notoriously elusive rock idol. There's just one problem: Nick, the arrogant publicist who seems determined to stop the story and ruin Zo 's life.

With her brother's big(ish) fat(ish) Greek wedding on the horizon, Zo begins to wonder if her first love is the right love. In the wake of a life-changing choice, Zo must decide if she's right to be skeptical about love, or if it's time to change her tune...

Signed bookplates available.