July Salon!


July Denver Lady Jane’s Salon

  

Date: Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: The Wine Loft at LoDo (1527 Wazee St. Denver, CO 80202)
Note: While food and drinks are available, it is not required to order a meal or to drink wine in order to attend this event.

Guest Authors:

Lori Corsentino reading LIVE

Tiffany Reisz  Via SKYPE

Pamela Clare reading LIVE

Entrance Fee: $5.00 cash or one gently used romance book (proceeds go to Hope House of Colorado)

There is a $5.00 PARKING LOT at the end of Wazee about a block from the Wine Loft. Heading west on Wazee pass 15th, it will be on the right just east of the creek.

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June Salon!


April Denver Lady Jane’s Salon

  

Date: Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: The Wine Loft at LoDo (1527 Wazee St. Denver, CO 80202)
Note: While food and drinks are available, it is not required to order a meal or to drink wine in order to attend this event.

Guest Authors:

 Elizabeth Haysmont reading LIVE

Zoe Archer reading  Via SKYPE

Collette Auclair reading LIVE

Entrance Fee: $5.00 cash or one gently used romance book (proceeds go to Hope House of Colorado)

There is a $5.00 PARKING LOT at the end of Wazee about a block from the Wine Loft. Heading west on Wazee pass 15th, it will be on the right just east of the creek.

For more information fill out this form:

Zoë Archer

Zoë Archer

Zoë wanted to write soon after her mother taught her how to read. (Incidentally, the first book she read was Arnold Lobell’s Grasshopper On the Road.) Different people had the enviable task of transcribing stories young Zoë would narrate into a portable tape player, and they all shed tears of joy when Zoë finally learned how to type so she could write down her own damn stories. One of her first works, written at the age of eleven, was a sixty-page fantasy epic inspired by the musical Cats, which is now sadly lost to the mists of time.

In the 9th grade, Zoë began to read romances. She would read them under her desk in physical sciences class, and on the bus, and late into the night until her head spun from eyestrain. There were early forays into writing romance, but when it came time for Zoë to go to college at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she concentrated on her studies of medieval and Renaissance literature, and now those early romances are also lost. (If someone should find them, please return them to Zoë where she can seal them in a lead-lined vault.) During those years at Santa Cruz, Zoë contemplated becoming a costume designer and historian, designing costumes for small undergraduate productions and drawing lots and lots of pictures of maidens in flowing gowns.

Zoë entered graduate school at the University of California, San Diego, fully intending to earn her PhD in 18th century literature. What she would do with that PhD was something she hadn’t quite figured out. Further, she couldn’t read French or Latin, something she would have to do in order to get her doctorate. Deus ex machina arrived in the form of a short story contest, sponsored by Glimmer Train Stories, which Zoë entered and won. She even fielded a few calls from agents wanting to see her manuscript. Oddly, they weren’t asking about her dissertation.

So Zoë sat herself down and asked herself if she wanted to keep working on her PhD and head into an uncertain future of fighting for tenure, or writing fiction. She chose fiction, and left UC San Diego with a Master’s degree in literature. (Her Master’s thesis was about film adaptations of Jane Austen—go ahead and ask her about any adaptation and she can talk until you can’t bear to hear the word “simulacrum” any more.)

Although she was born in New York and lived there until she was six months old, Zoë had no recollection of living anywhere but in California. So everyone was surprised, including her, when she moved to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Much long underwear was worn. Two years and several snowstorms later, she was the proud owner of a shiny new MFA from the Writers’ Workshop. As soon as the degree was in her hot little hand, she promptly moved back to Los Angeles, her home town.

Day jobs followed. Zoë was blessed with the most supportive boyfriend who was also a writer, and much more disciplined about writing than she had ever been. Following his example, she got up every morning before work and wrote. And wrote. And kept writing. The supportive boyfriend had to contend with bouts of extreme grouchiness as several manuscripts were written but none were bought. The supportive boyfriend became the supportive husband, and then, one day, Zoë got The Call from her agent. Lady X’s Cowboy had been bought by a publisher.  A few months after that, the publisher bought Love In a Bottle.

A few awards and award nominations later, Zoë noticed that the deafening cries of acclaim and truckloads of gold ingots mysteriously hadn’t arrived.  There was fear, but also freedom.  She asked herself: if she could write any kind of romance, and time period, any setting, what would it be?  What kind of romance would she love to read?

The answer came after several days of intense soul-searching and chocolate consumption: high adventure.

Exotic settings.  Thrilling action.  Sexy men in waistcoats and tall boots.  Kick-ass women who carried rifles and knew how to use them.  Diabolical inventions made of brass, wood and leather.  And a bit of magic, just to keep things really interesting.

The Blades of the Rose were born.

Admittedly, it was a bit of a tough sell.  Most editors paled in fright at the thought of setting historical romances anywhere but Britain.  And to have a series where the first book is set inMongolia?  Clearly, she’d been dipping into the laudanum again.

Then, one day, a brave editor at Kensington read the manuscript for the first Blades of the Rose book, and fell in love.  And when the editor said Kensington would not only publish the first book, but three more in successive months, Zoë fell in love with the editor–which was awkward, since Zoë is married and so is her editor.  They bravely soldiered on, and the Blades of the Rose series has since garnered considerable acclaim, including a RITA award nomination for Rebel, and a Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week and starred review for Scoundrel.

Now Zoë is eager for readers to take a walk on the dark side with her new series, The Hellraisers, featuring a group of very bad boys.

Zoë and her husband, romance author Nico Rosso, currently live in Los Angeles.  She and Nico share an office and get up periodically to take turns accosting the cats. When she isn’t writing or forcing herself to exercise, Zoë loves to read, bake, and tweet about boots and men in cravats (strictly as a service to her readers).

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Denver Lady Jane’s is excited to have Zoë join us via Skype to read from her latest book in The Hellraisers series, Demon’s Bride, at the June 12, 2012 salon.

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Elizabeth Haysmont

Elizabeth Haysmont

It seems Elizabeth Haysmont’s entire life has been dedicated to research. At least that’s the spin she’s putting on it when she tries to explain why so many of her real life experiences end up in her books. Motorcyclist, photographer, graphic artist, traveler, caver, history buff, rail buff, hiker, off-roader, musician, actor – Life has dragged her (with her husband of twenty-two years) through 35 states and six foreign countries. She and her husband even chose an adventurous way to wed: in a cave near St. Louis, 50 feet underground.

She likes to think that with all this fodder for her imagination, her current friends are safe from being included in one of her novels… but you never know.

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Denver Lady Jane’s is excited to have Elizabeth join us in person to read from her debut book The High Bridge at the June 12, 2012 salon.

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Colette Auclair

Colette Auclair

I write contemporary romantic comedy novels that often include horses and at least mention Portuguese Water Dogs. So far the horses haven’t fallen in love, but that could change. I hope to have my first novel, Thrown, published soon. I’m hard at work revising my second novel, Love in the Time of Colic.

Personal Interests: Horses are right up there, as well as dogs, food (cooking and eating), wine, chocolate, gardening, Mad Men, hiking, Italy, gazing at the Rocky Mountains, reading, and making my husband laugh hard enough to cause whatever he’s drinking to exit through his nose.

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Denver Lady Jane’s is excited to have Colette join us in person to read from her Golden Heart nominated book Thrown at the June 12, 2012 salon.

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