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Book Bingo December 2020: A Virtual Author Adventure

December 2, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Free – $111.93

About the Virtual Author Event

We are pleased to join the Arapahoe Libraries in Colorado for another fun Book Bingo: A Virtual Adventure! If you are already familiar with our popular Southern California series that features NovelNetwork® authors, you will understand why we receive so many requests to expand the program nationwide. Pivoting to virtual events has made this not only possible, but offers up fun opportunities for exciting partnerships, participation by more of our over 125 book club favorite authors, and space to accommodate many more readers!

 The event features book club favorite authors, whose broad array of books are sure to please someone on your gift giving list this holiday season: Huda Al Marashi, Lisa Selin Davis, Jill G. Hall, Crystal King, Susan Meissner, and Karen White, in conversation with Nicole, Event Specialist for the Arapahoe Libraries and Adventures by the Book® and NovelNetwork® founder Susan McBeth.

Join us at this free event, where we will bring you six fabulous authors, an interactive virtual game of bingo, and fun prizes, and all you have to do is show up (and why not invite your book club friends and fellow readers to join in as well) to learn about great new reads to add to your to be read list.

While this event is free, your purchase of a book(s) below (to be shipped to you within the U.S.) provides much-needed support to these authors whose book tours and events have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Your Adventure includes a book discussion with all six authors, an interactive virtual game of Book Bingo, Q&A, prizes, and the opportunity to meet the authors via Zoom. Books may be ordered below for shipping within the U.S. and will include a signed bookplate. See below for registration information.

About the Authors

Huda Al-Marashi is the author of First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story, a book the Washington Post called “a charming, funny, heartbreaking memoir of faith, family, and the journey to love. If Jane Austen had grown up as a first-gen daughter of Iraqi parents in the 1990s, she might have written this.” Her other writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the LA Times, and The New York Times. She is the recipient of a Cuyahoga County Creative Workforce Fellowship and an Aspen Summer Words Emerging Writer Fellowship.

First Comes Marriage is an Iraqi-American memoir about immigration, marriage, and love. When Huda meets Hadi, the boy she will ultimately marry, she is six years old. Both are the American-born children of Iraqi immigrants, who grew up on opposite ends of California. Hadi considers Huda his childhood sweetheart, the first and only girl he’s ever loved, but Huda wants to be successful by both cultures’ relationship standards–to honor her religious traditions while also experiencing the kind of love story that would prove to her American friends her marriage was not arranged. First Comes Marriage is Huda’s journey to reconcile her culture’s pragmatic ideas on marriage with Western notions of love and romance. And, with its tender and heartwarming portrayal of an Arab, Muslim family, it debunks stereotypes while challenging our ideas of what it means to fall in love.

To schedule a book club visit with Huda or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Lisa Selin Davis is the author of two novels and about 600 essays and articles about film and travel and the environment and real estate and parenting, for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Yahoo, and many other publications.

Her first non-fiction book, Tomboy: The Surprising History and Future of Girls* Who Dare to Be Different, is the perfect companion for navigating our cultural shift and is a celebration of both diversity and those who dare to be different, ultimately revealing how gender nonconformity is a gift, whether you’re a grown-up tomboy or raising a gender-rebel of your own

Davis explores the evolution of tomboyism from a Victorian ideal to a twenty-first century fashion statement, honoring the girls and women-and those who identify otherwise-who stomp all over archaic gender norms. She highlights the forces that have shifted what we think of as masculine and feminine, delving into everything from clothing to psychology, history to neuroscience, and the connection between tomboyism, gender identity, and sexuality. Above all else, Davis’ comprehensive deep-dive inspires us to better appreciate those who defy traditional gender boundaries, and the incredible people they become.

To schedule a book club visit with Lisa or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Jill G. Hall is the author of a dual timeline trilogy about women searching for their place in the world connected by vintage finds. The first of the series, The Black Velvet Coat, was a #1 Amazon Bestseller and an International Book Award Finalist for Best New Fiction. The second, The Silver Shoes, was a Distinguished Favorite in the NYC Big Book Awards. Her poems have appeared in a variety of publications including A Year in Ink, The Avocet, and Wild Women, Wild Voices.

Her most recent book, The Green Lace Corset, brings readers another dual tale of two vibrant women from different eras trying to discover their true identities. Anne McFarland, a modern-day, thirty-something San Francisco artist in search of spiritual guidance, buys a corset in a Flagstaff resale boutique―a purchase that results in her having to make a decision that will change her life forever. One hundred and thirty-five years earlier, in 1885, naïve Sally Sue Sullivan, a young woman from the Midwest, is kidnapped on a train by a handsome but dangerous bank robber. Held prisoner on a homestead in Northern Arizona’s Wild West, Sally Sue discovers her own spunk and grit as she plots her escape.

Ultimately, both Anne and Sally Sue face their fears and find the strength to journey down their designated paths and learn the true meaning of love and family . . . with a little push from the same green lace corset.

To schedule a book club visit with Jill or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Crystal King is a novelist, editor, social media professor, and critical & creative thinker. She has taught writing, creativity and social media at UMass Boston, Boston University, Mass College of Art, and Harvard Extension School, and she often teaches classes on social media for authors at Grub Street, one of the most prestigious writing communities in the country.

Her debut novel, Feast of Sorrow, is about Marcus Gavius Apicius, the man whose name is on the world’s oldest known cookbook. Her most recent novel, The Chef’s Secret, is a fictional retelling of the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, who is on a quest to find out the truth about his uncle and the fifty-year love affair that the chef hid from the world. Scappi, who lived in sixteenth century Rome and was the private chef to four Popes and the author of one of history’s best selling cookbooks, L’Opera. When it was published in 1570, it became the world’s best-selling cookbook for the next two hundred years.

To schedule a book club visit with Crystal or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Susan Meissner is a USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction with more than half a million books in print in fifteen languages. She is an author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include As Bright as Heaven, which earned a starred review in Library Journal; Secrets of  Charmed Life, a Goodreads finalist for Best Historical Fiction 2015; and A Fall of Marigolds, named to Booklist’s Top Ten Women’s Fiction titles for 2014. A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University and is also a writing workshop volunteer for Words Alive, a San Diego non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth foster a love for reading and writing.

In her most recent novel, The Last Year of the War, which was named to Real Simple magazine’s list of best books for 2019, an American girl’s life changes forever when her German immigrant parents are interned in a WW2 Texas internment camp. Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old but then her German immigrant father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, where, behind the armed guards and barbed wire, Elise feels stripped of her very identity. At the camp she meets fellow internee Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American teenager from Los Angeles, and their unlikely friendship, even after they are both repatriated, challenges Elise to hold on to the belief the life she knew before the war will again be hers. Here is a little-known WW2 story with great resonance for our own times which speaks to the notion of who we are when who we’ve always been is called into question.

To schedule a book club visit with Susan or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Karen White is the international and New York Times bestselling author of 27 books (with almost two million books in print in fifteen different languages!), including the popular Tradd Street series, Dreams of Falling, The Night the Lights Went OutFlight Patterns, The Sound of Glass, A Long Time Gone, and The Time Between. She is the coauthor of All the Ways We Said Goodbye, The Glass Ocean and The Forgotten Room with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband near Atlanta, Georgia.

In her festive new novel, The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street, the Christmas spirit is overtaking Tradd Street with a vengeance. Melanie Trenholm should be anticipating Christmas with nothing but joy—after all, it’s only the second Christmas she and her husband, Jack, will celebrate with their twin babies. But the ongoing excavation of the centuries-old cistern in the garden of her historic Tradd Street home has been a huge millstone, both financially and aesthetically. Local students are thrilled by the possibility of unearthing more Colonial-era artifacts at the cistern, but Melanie is concerned by the ghosts connected to the cistern that have suddenly invaded her life and her house—and at least one of them is definitely not filled with holiday cheer….

To schedule a book club visit with Karen or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:



For Book Clubs or Author Live Chats

Are you in a book club, library reading group, or is your group of friends, colleagues, family members seeking fabulous authors who are excited and available to meet with you? Then you will be delighted to know that Huda Al Marashi, Lisa Selin Davis, Jill G. Hall, Crystal King, Susan Meissner, and Karen White are all members of our wonderful community of over 125 NovelNetwork authors available to meet with small groups via video chat.

NovelNetwork is the nation’s first and only match(dot)com for authors and book clubs to find each other, so check it out today. Book clubs join for free and gain access to our database of dozens of authors, from NYT and international bestsellers, to debut authors, cookbook authors, mystery and non-fiction authors, and representing various regions of the United States, and even Alaska and Hawaii, all of whom want to meet with you!

To schedule a visit with Huda, Lisa, Jill, Crystal, Susan, Karen, or any of our authors, join FOR FREE  here.

Event Registration

This event is free and open to the public (on a first-come, first-served basis); however, registration thru the Arapahoe Libraries (click here) is necessary in order to receive your Zoom invite. Register (below) to receive your virtual bingo card (bingo cards will only be available to those who register before December 1, 2020), or to purchase one of the author’s books. You may attend the event without playing bingo, but will still need to register thru the Library to receive your Zoom invite. While the event is free, your purchase of a book(s) below offers support to these authors whose book tours and events have been cancelled. Book prices below include shipping within the U.S. and will include signed bookplates.