We are pleased to announce another fun Book Bingo (Jammies & Jewels): 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 historical fiction authors: Georgie Blalock, Patricia Bracewell, Dolley Carlson, Judithe Little, Renee Rosen, and Rebecca Rosenberg, in conversation with 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). And if you really want to get into the spirit of the event, why not wear your favorite jammies & jewels for this regal-themed event!
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.
Georgie Blalock is the bestselling author of The Other Windsor Girl, as well as a history and movie buff who loves combining her different passions through historical fiction, and a healthy dose of period piece films. When not writing, she can be found prowling the non-fiction history section of the library or the British film listings on Netflix or in the dojo training for her next karate black belt rank. Georgie also writes historical romance under the name Georgie Lee.
Fans of The Kennedy Debutante and Last Year in Havana will love The Last Debutantes, Georgie’s new novel of a world on the cusp of change…set on the eve of World War II in the glittering world of English society and one of the last debutante seasons. They danced the night away, knowing their world was about to change forever. They were the debutantes of 1939, laughing on the outside, but knowing tragedy— and a war—was just around the corner.
To schedule a book club visit with Georgie or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:
Patricia Bracewell is the bestselling author of the historical fiction novels, Shadow on the Crown and The Price of Blood. Raised amid Southern California’s dry hills and sunshine, she was somehow drawn to stories set in England’s wet, green dales. When not writing, she enjoys music, tennis, gardening, and the theater, as well as traveling – to England, to France, to England, to South America, to England, to Canada, to England.
The Steel Beneath the Silk is the third in her trilogy about a pre-Conquest queen consort of England, Emma of Normandy. Emma’s name is not as familiar to us today as that of Eleanor of Aquitaine or Katharine of Aragon; nevertheless she was actively involved in the reigns of seven kings of England at a time when just surviving so many rulers was a noteworthy accomplishment. Indeed, Emma lived to an advanced age, well into her sixties if not her seventies, outliving two husbands, three of her five children, and all but one of her numerous Norman siblings.
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Dolley Carlson is a third-generation Irish American with South Boston “Southie” roots. She is the daughter of one of Boston’s finest (Boston Police Department), and is passionate about weaving the people, locale, and lore of the city into her first novel, The Red Coat. For the last 20 years, she has been an inspirational speaker at events across the nation. She is author of a four-book series: Gifts From The Heart (Cook Communications), which has sold more than 90,000 copies. She has contributed to books and magazines, been a frequent guest on radio programs, and her work was featured on KTLA -TV in Los Angeles.
In The Red Coat, Irish domestic worker Norah King’s decision to ask her wealthy employer, Caroline Parker, for an elegant red coat the Beacon Hill matriarch has marked for donation ignites a series of events that neither woman could have fathomed. The unlikely exchange will impact their respective daughters for generations, from the coat’s original owner, marriage-minded collegian Cordelia Parker, to the determined and spirited King sisters of South Boston, Rosemary, Kay, and Rita. As all of these young women experience the realities of life—love and loss, conflict and joy, class prejudices and unexpected prospects—the red coat reveals the distinction between cultures, generations, and landscapes in Boston during the 1940s and 50s, a time of change, challenge, and opportunity.
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Judithe Little is author of two novels, The Chanel Sisters and Wickwythe Hall, award-winning historical fiction set during World War II.She grew up in Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. After studying at the Institute of European Studies and the Institut Catholique in Paris, France, and interning at the U.S. Department of State, she earned a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law where she was on the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Law and a Dillard Fellow. She lives in Houston, Texas, and when she’s not writing or practicing law, Judithe enjoys riding horses, reading, scouring the fields during Round Top Antiques Week, and volunteering.
The Chanel Sisters is a novel of survival, love, loss, triumph—and the sisters who changed fashion forever. Antoinette and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel know they’re destined for something better. Abandoned by their family years before, they’ve grown up under the guidance of pious nuns preparing them for simple lives as the wives of tradesmen or shopkeepers. At night, their secret stash of romantic novels and magazine cutouts beneath the floorboards are all they have to keep their dreams of the future alive. The walls of the convent can’t shield them forever, and when they’re finally of age, the Chanel sisters set out together with a fierce determination to prove themselves worthy to a society that has never accepted them. But when World War I breaks out, their lives are irrevocably changed, and the sisters must gather the courage to fashion their own places in the world, even if apart from each other.
To schedule a book club visit with Judithe or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:
Renee Rosen is the bestselling author of historical fiction. Her novels include Park Avenue Summer,Windy City Blues, White Collar Girl, What the Lady Wants and Dollface as well as the young adult novel, Every Crooked Pot. A native of Akron, Ohio and a graduate of The American University in Washington DC, she now lives in Chicago where she is at work on a new novel.
In her new novel, The Social Graces, Renee throws back the curtain on one of the most remarkable feuds in history: Alva Vanderbilt and the Mrs. Astor’s notorious battle for control of New York society during the Gilded Age. In the glittering 1876 world of Manhattan’s upper crust, women are valued by their pedigree, dowry, and, most importantly, connections. They have few rights and even less independence—what they do have is society. And none is more powerful than Caroline Astor, but times are changing. Alva Vanderbilt has recently married into one of America’s richest families. But what good is dizzying wealth when society refuses to acknowledge you? Alva, who knows what it is to have nothing, will do whatever it takes to have everything.
To schedule a book club visit with Renee or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:
Rebecca Rosenberg is a California native who lives on a lavender farm with her family in Sonoma, the Valley of the Moon, where Jack London wrote from his Beauty Ranch. Rebecca is a long-time student of Jack London’s works and an avid fan of his daring wife, Charmian London. The Secret Life of Mrs. London is her debut novel, following her non-fiction, Lavender Fields of America. Rebecca and her husband, Gary, founded the largest lavender product company in America, selling to 4000 resorts, spas and gift stores. The Rosenbergs believe in giving back to the Sonoma Community, supporting many causes through financial donations and board positions.
In her new book, Gold Digger, one look at Baby Doe and you know she was meant to be a legend! She was just twenty years old when she came to Colorado to work a gold mine with her new husband. Little did she expect that she’d be abandoned and pregnant and left to manage the gold mine alone. But that didn’t stop her! She moved to Leadville and fell in love with a married prospector, twice her age. Horace Tabor struck the biggest silver vein in history, divorced his wife and married Baby Doe. Though his new wife was known for her beauty, her fashion, and even her philanthropy, she was never welcomed in polite society. Discover how the Tabors navigated the worlds of wealth, power, politics and scandal in the wild days of western mining.
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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 Georgie Blalock, Patricia Bracewell, Dolley Carlson, Judithe Little, Renee Rosen, and Rebecca Rosenberg 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 Georgie, Patricia, Dolley, Judithe, Renee, Rebecca, or any of our authors, join FOR FREE here.
This event is free and open to the public (on a first-come, first-served basis); however, registration below is necessary in order to receive your Zoom invite and your virtual bingo card (bingo cards will only be available to those who register before April 6, 2021). You may attend the event without playing bingo, but will still need to register 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.
Please note that only one registration per email address is offered, so if you have friends or family who also wish to play book bingo with us, make sure to have them register with their own email address so they won’t miss out on the fun! Zoom invites and bingo card links will be emailed three days prior to the event. If you do not receive your invites by then, please first check your spam file and then contact us if need be, no later than end of day on April 5, 2021, to guarantee a resend.