Rose’s Bookhouse: 50 Shades of Naughty

Barbara Vey -- December 3rd, 2012
T-shirt given away by Eliza Lloyd

T-shirt given away by Eliza Lloyd

Saturday night, Rose’s Bookhouse hosted a sold out booksigning that featured erotica authors.  Billed as Naughty & Nice II: 50 Shades of Naughty, it was obvious that this genre is the Twilight for adults.

Since I’m visiting in St. Louis, my daughter-in-law attended with me and it was her first booksigning event.  We came a half an hour early so I could meet with some of the authors before the event started and were amazed by the enormous line formed out the door.  It stretched past the building and into the parking lot.  This group was ready to do some serious book buying and meet their favorite authors.

Beth Kery Signing

Beth Kery Signing

I was thrilled to catch up with two readers who attended my Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon in April.  I asked them how they heard about it since they live in St. Louis and I’m in Milwaukee.  They said an author linked to it on their website and they planned to come again next year because they had an amazing time.  It feels good to know people enjoyed it.



Then I asked readers what it was about the genre that put this event on their “to do” list.

Betty, 63:  “It’s like the taboo subject that’s now in the open and seeing so many others who enjoy the same thing I do.”

Sue, 25:  “I came with my friends for a girl’s night out and waiting in line together is half the fun.”

Mary, 38:  “My mom and I came.  She’s actually the one who gave me the 50 Shades of Grey book and I was shocked to get it from her, but now we laugh about it.”

Renee, 36:  “I like to read all kinds of books and since this is right in my own backyard, I wanted the chance to meet some authors.”

Michelle, 42:  “My girlfriend came last year and so we decided to make a night of it.  She even saw some people from last year.”

Sylvia Day getting to know her readers

Sylvia Day getting to know her readers

While all the authors (Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Shiloh Walker, Beth Kery, Eliza Lloyd and Cassandra Gold) had sizable lines, Sylvia Day’s was by far the longest with the line forming all the way around the room.  This New York Times Bestselling author has her second book out in the Crossfire series, Reflected in You which debuted at #1 on the Times list and has her fans clamoring for the next one.


Bottom Line:  There was food, drink, friendships and great reads.  What more could you ask for in a night out?

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11 thoughts on “Rose’s Bookhouse: 50 Shades of Naughty

  1. Tami

    This was my first book signing and I tell you what it will NOT be my last. My best friend and I went and we had such a good time. All of the authors were down to earth and very pleasant. The employees and owner at Rose’s Bookhouse were very helpful not to mention very funny. It was just great to talk with a lot of women about different trilogies and series of books. It was the best Saturday girls night!

  2. Wendy Drew

    Wow! What a fabulous night! I can’t thank everyone enough for making this year’s Naughty & Nice event such a wonderful success! First off, huge thanks to authors Sylvia Day, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Beth Kery, Shiloh Walker, Eliza Lloyd & Cassandra Gold for joining us this year for our “Girl’s Night” meets Erotic Romance Booksigning! Ellora’s Cave author Eliza Lloyd donated a new iPad with free ebooks for a special charity raffle. Proceeds of the raffle will go to Gateway 180 (, a shelter in downtown St. Louis dedicated to reversing homelessness. Our sponsors, Spanky’s Gifts, Stefanina’s Restaurant & Indulge Salon helped make this event happen with all their fabulous goodys & prizes! Massive love sent out to all the wonderful people who volunteered their time, talent & muscle making this event the biggest & best event Rose’s Bookhouse has ever had! And last, but not least, THANK YOU, the wonderful readers who came out, had fun, stayed late & partied the night away. This was for you & I hope you had fun!

  3. Julie Brengard

    I found out about this wonderful little bookstore last fall from an author doing a signing there. After having such a good time at last years event, I knew I needed to get a ticket to this one. It was so much fun. I met new friends and loved talking with the authors. All of them were so nice. Even after they were signing for so many hours. It was a great girls night out event!

  4. Chris S

    This was my first author event for Rose’s Bookhouse, it definitely won’t be my last! I had a blast and meeting some of the authors that I’d not met before was great.

    Wendy, if you ever need any help at events from another ex-bookseller.. ;) I’ll totally help out if I can.

  5. Jaci Burton

    Barbara, it was so great to visit with you and your daughter in law! I had an absolute blast at the book signing, visiting with all the readers who stood in line for so long. It was awesome fun. Wendy and her crew did a remarkable job. I hope I can do it again next year! Thanks to everyone who put it together, and everyone who took the time to come. :-)

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