Highlights From Some Wonderful Events:

2021 – PODCAST:
June 10th – Check out the fun interview/author-to-author conversation I had with wonderful writer & popular writing instructor Joni B. Cole on her delightful podcast series “Author, Can I Ask You?” We discuss the inspiration of Jane Austen, the genre of romance, the revision process, the joy of snacks & more…

Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IATE) Fall Conference
“Evening of Authors” – Dinner & Booksigning
Friday, October 19, 2018 (5:30pm – 9:00pm)
Chicago Marriott Northwest Hotel
Hoffman Estates, IL
Visit the IATE website


ARRT Library Event
“Hosting Author Events at Your Library” – Adult Reading Round Table (ARRT) Panel & Booksigning
(also featuring Debbie Hoffman, Naomi McEneely, and Madelynn Austin)
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (1:00pm – 3:00pm)
Warren-Newport Public Library
Gurnee, IL
Contact: Melissa Stoeger, Deerfield Public Library

Warren-Newport Public Library
“Love Across Ages and Cultures” – Romance Panel & Booksigning
(also with Simone Elkeles, Sonali Dev, and Lauren Willig)
Saturday, February 6, 2016 (2:00pm – 3:15pm)
Warren-Newport Public Library
Gurnee, IL
Contact: Debbie Hoffman
Visit the library website

Lauren, Simone, Sonali, Marilyn

Lauren Willig, Simone Elkeles, Sonali Dev, and I at the Warren-Newport Public Library — such a fun afternoon!


Adams County Public Library
Chat with Author & Book Discussion: A SUMMER IN EUROPE
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 (1:30pm – 2:30pm)
Adams, WI
Visit the library website

Southern Kentucky Book Fest (SOKY)
Contemporary Romance Panel (11:00am – 11:50am, Room 112)
Booksigning (10:00am – 10:50am & 12noon – 3:00pm, Main Signing Area, Room 208)
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Knicely Conference Center (Saturday 9:00am – 3:00pm)
Bowling Green, KY
Check out the SOKY website for further information!

Meeting Diana Gabaldon at the SOKY Book Fest!

Meeting Diana Gabaldon at the SOKY Book Fest!


Chicago-North RWA Spring Fling Conference
Conference & Booksigning (Saturday 9:30 – 10:30am)
April 25 – 26, 2014
Chicago Marriott Northwest
Hoffman Estates, IL

The Women’s Fiction Writers Association Goodreads Book Club – Featuring A Summer in Europe
Month of March 2014
Online HERE – and there is also a Video Introduction and an Opening Q&A

The Reading Frenzy Book Club – Featuring The Road to You
Month of February 2014
Online Book Release Interview – Opening Interview – Week One Discussion – Week Two Discussion – Week Three Discussion

Grayslake Heritage Center/Historical Society
“Books and Bands” Exhibit & Booksigning (1:00 – 3:00pm)
January 25, 2014
Grayslake, IL

Heritage Center - 1

Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IATE) 
Fall Conference – Luncheon Speaker, Awards Ceremony (I’m so honored to be named IATE’s 2013 Illinois Author of the Year!) & Book Signing
October 18, 2013
Normal, IL

Award - IATE

Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA)
Annual General Meeting
September 27 – 29, 2013
Minneapolis, MN

JA in blue

Reaching Forward Conference – For Library Staff
Romance & Women’s Fiction Panel & Book Signing
May 3, 2013
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL

Barnes & Noble General Fiction Book Club: “Nook Feature”
February 1 – 28, 2013

Lake Forest Book Store
August 31, 2012
Lake Forest, IL
Summer Fridays — Book Chat and Wine Tasting (7:00pm)

Lake Forest BkSt with Sue
Such a delightful evening with Sue Boucher (right), owner of Lake Forest Book Store, as well as a fabulous group of readers and delicious wine and sandwiches, courtesy of Courtyard Wines!

Warren-Newport Public Library
July 14, 2012
Gurnee, IL
Romance Panel (2:00 – 3:30pm)

Jade, Elizabeth, Allie and Marilyn
Really fun author panel — Jade Lee, Allie Pleiter, me (back row) and Elizabeth Hoyt (sitting in front) at the Warren-Newport Public Library.

Fremont Public Library
July 12, 2012
Mundelein, IL
Romance Panel (7:00 – 8:15pm)

Travel Talk poster
Loved this great travel/book-talk poster up at the Waukegan Public Library for my A SUMMER IN EUROPE slideshow!

Waukegan Public Library
June 12, 2012
Waukegan, IL
Speaker/Presenter — A Travel Slideshow, Discussion of A SUMMER IN EUROPE & Booksigning (5:30 – 7:30pm)

Karen, Sarah, me, Joyce at Waukegan Library
Great friends — Karen, Sarah, me and Joyce at the Waukegan Public Library.

Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Lit Fest
June 10, 2012
Chicago, IL
Author Panel — “Still Sexy After 200 Years: Jane Austen’s Men” (Center Stage, 12:15 – 1:00pm)

Karen, Bill and me
A snapshot of Karen Doornebos, William Deresiewicz and me at the Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago.

Barnes & Noble General Fiction Book Club
May 1 – 31, 2012
Online HERE
Author/Reader Book Discussion — A SUMMER IN EUROPE

Chicago-North Spring Fling Conference
April 27 – 29, 2012
Chicago, IL
Book Signing (Saturday, 2:00pm)

Me, Brooks, Kim
I got to pose with handsome cover model Brooks Johnson (featured on my novel ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE!) and talented cover designer Kim Killion (right) at RT 2012.

“As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.” ~Andrew Carnegie