Heart of Dixie Romance Readers’ Luncheon

Barbara Vey -- May 31st, 2010
Today’s Cub Reporter is Marilyn Puett who attended the Heart of Dixie Romance Reader’s Luncheon and has offered to share her experience with us.  Marilyn is known affectionately as the Playground Monitor at the Writer’s Playground website.  After discovering romance novels in 2001 quite by accident, Marilyn had a renewed interest in writing.  Since then she’s had over thirty short stories published in the confessions and romance magazines and regularly teaches a class in how to write for this genre.  In 2008 she completed her first novel-length manuscript and saw it final in an online pitch contest on eHarlequin.  The manuscript was requested (and rejected) by Silhouette, but she considers it just another notch on her writing belt.  She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and serves on both the local and national levels.  When she’s not doting on her granddaughter, she enjoys being the Playground Monitor, a role she’s well-suited for after raising two boys.

Julia London

Julia London

Authors write lots and lots of books, which fill lots and lots of stores around the world.  But without the readers, there would be no New York Times or USA Today bestseller lists, and no royalty checks would be paid.  The Heart of Dixie chapter of Romance Writers of America honors readers each year with a Romance Readers’ Luncheon.


The 13th annual luncheon was held May 15, 2010, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama and featured New York Times bestselling author Julia London who charmed the crowd of roughly one hundred fifty with her speech about her ten rules for living life best.  She shared from experience as well as from the heart.

Front row – Laura Hayden, Pamela Hearon, Kimberly Lang, Tanya Michaels, Vicki Lewis Thompson and Kira Sinclair  Back row – Melanie Dickerson, Linda Winstead Jones, Christy Reece, Debra Glass, Janice Lynn, Debra Webb, Peggy Webb, Sabrah Agee, Trish Milburn, Rhonda Nelson, Kate Lyon, Beverly Barton, Lynn Raye Harris, Kay Cornelius, Kerri Nelson, Lyn Stone, Julia London and Linda Howard

Front row – Laura Hayden, Pamela Hearon, Kimberly Lang, Tanya Michaels, Vicki Lewis Thompson and Kira Sinclair Back row – Melanie Dickerson, Linda Winstead Jones, Christy Reece, Debra Glass, Janice Lynn, Debra Webb, Peggy Webb, Sabrah Agee, Trish Milburn, Rhonda Nelson, Kate Lyon, Beverly Barton, Lynn Raye Harris, Kay Cornelius, Kerri Nelson, Lyn Stone, Julia London and Linda Howard


Attendees received goody bags of books and promotional items donated by authors spanning the globe.  Additionally, they had the opportunity to win prize baskets, also donated, and filled with an assortment of books, chocolates, spa items, chocolates, candles, jewelry and chocolates.
The Writing Playground with Julia London

The Writing Playground with Julia London - Danniele Worsham, Kira Sinclair, Kimberly Lang, Julia London, Andrea Laurence and Marilyn Puett

The day concluded with a book fair and book signing featuring Julia, Heart of Dixie’s member authors and visiting authors from other chapters.  Proceeds from the book fair benefit the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library.

Next years luncheon date was announced (April 30, 2011) and one lucky attendee was selected to announce the guest speaker’s name – Kerrelyn Sparks.

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