Date Night with Alyssa Cole
Our Date Night series with host Alyssa Cole and a diverse group of Romance writers continues for 2021 and will be happening quarterly! This event is free to attend and will be held digitally via Crowdcast. Click here to RSVP for the event. You can buy our dates' books on our website below and there will be a link for purchase during the event.
Our Fall Date Night is an evening with the fabulous romance authors Manda Collins, Tessa Dare, Nadine Gonzalez, Jackie Lau, and R.M. Virtues. We'll chat about writing during Covid-19, our favorite tropes, the TV getting us through, and whatever else comes to mind during this free flowing chat with host Alyssa Cole.
ABOUT THE HOST
Alyssa Cole is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of romance (historical, contemporary, and sci-fi) and thrillers. Her Civil War-set espionage romance An Extraordinary Union was the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018, and A Princess in Theory was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018. She’s contributed to publications including Bustle, Shondaland, The Toast, Vulture, RT Book Reviews, and Heroes and Heartbreakers, and her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime or wrangling her pets.
ABOUT THE GUESTS
Manda Collins grew up on a combination of Nancy Drew books and Jane Austen novels, and her own brand of Regency romantic suspense is the result. A former academic librarian, she holds advanced degrees in English Lit and Librarianship. Her books have been favorably reviewed in Entertainment Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, Bookpage, and USA Today. Her novel Duke with Benefits, was named one of Kirkus Books Best Romance Novels of 2017. When she's not writing she can be found advocating for disability rights on Twitter, watching true crime documentaries, and knitting very inexpertly. A native of Alabama, she lives on the Gulf Coast with a very stubborn cat and more books than are strictly necessary.
Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty historical romances. Mixing wit, sensuality, and emotion, Tessa writes Regency-set romance novels that feel relatable to modern readers. With her bestselling “Spindle Cove”, “Castles Ever After”, and “Girl Meets Duke” series, she has had great fun creating heroines who defy the conventions of their time—engaging in “unladylike” pursuits that range from paleontology to beer-making—and dreaming up the strong-willed, sexy heroes who find their hearts ensnared by them. A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.
Nadine Séïde Gonzalez is an author and attorney. Her recent contemporary romance, Scandal in the VIP Suite, is published by Harlequin Desire and Mills and Boon. Kirkus Reviews has described her work as “a sleek and entertaining contemporary romance that offers vibrant settings, appealing characters, and a sexy and nuanced love story.” Nadine lives in Miami and shares her home with her husband and their son.
Jackie Lau decided she wanted to be a writer when she was in grade two, sometime between writing “The Heart That Got Lost” and “The Land of Shapes.” She later studied engineering and worked as a geophysicist before turning to writing romance novels. Jackie lives in Toronto with her husband, and despite living in Canada her whole life, she hates winter. When she’s not writing, she enjoys gelato, gourmet donuts, cooking, hiking, and reading on the balcony when it’s raining.
R.M. Virtues is an independent author of dark fantasy and erotic romance. From gods and monsters to werewolves and witches, angels and demons to sinners and saints, you will find something for everyone here. R.M. is an advocate of the underdog, the antihero, and the morally grey. Many of his stories feature minority characters as he prides himself on creating narratives for the communities he is a part of, writing them into places they do not often have the pleasure of seeing themselves in. R.M. currently resides in the notorious city of Sin, a grad student by day and a creator of worlds by night. He enjoys horror films, true crime study, tales of magic, and video games with riveting storylines, all of which prove to inspire.
Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this virtual event.