We are pleased to announce another fun Book Bingo (Travel by the Book): 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 150 book club favorite authors, and space to accommodate many more readers!
Just in time to get you excited once again about travel, this free event features presentations by book club favorite authors who not only write about fascinating travel destinations, but they are avid travelers themselves: Andrew Cotto, Eliza Knight, Madeline Martin, Dianna Rostad, Sarah Sleeper, and Tracey Enerson Wood, 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.
Andrew Cotto is an award-winning author of six novels. A two-time recipient of the Readers’ Favorite Award, Andrew’s work has been championed by Publishers Weekly, The Brooklyn Rail, Booklist, Mystery Scene Magazine, Raven Crime Reads and more.
As a journalist, Andrew is a regular contributor to many media outlets, including The New York Times, La Cucina Italiana, Brooklyn Magazine, the Good Men Project and Rachael Ray In Season. He has also written for Parade, Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, Condé Nast Traveler, Italy magazine, AARP, the Huffington Post, Salon, Maxim, Babble, Life of Dad, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Relish, and numerous edible publications.
In his most recent novel, Cucina Romana: Another Italian Adventure continues the story of Jacoby Pines, which NYT bestselling author Adriana Trigiani calls “”beautifully descriptive and romantic…one Italian adventure you don’t want to miss!”, a fledgling expat in Tuscany who discovers a potential connection to his ancestry while on holiday in Rome. What follows is a food-filled, wine-soaked adventure about one man’s quest for family among the splendor of Italy.
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Eliza Knight is a USA Today bestselling author of many historical adventures. Escape to Scotland for irresistible heroes, courageous heroines and daring escapades. Join Eliza (sometimes as E.) on riveting journeys that cross landscapes around the world. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children.
In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain with her own knight in shining armor, three princesses and two very naughty puppies.
In Eliza’s most recent vibrant and sexy historical romance, Return of the Scot, Regency Scotland comes alive in the SCOTS OF HONOR series. Scottish military heroes, who want nothing more than to lay low after the ravages of war in 19th century France, find their Highland homecomings vastly contradict their simple desires. Especially when they meet the feisty lasses who are tenacious enough to take them on, and show them just what they’ve been missing out of life. In battle they can’t be beaten, but in love, they all find the ultimate surrender.
To schedule a book club visit with Eliza Knight or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:
Madeline Martin is a New York Times and international bestselling author of historical fiction and historical romance, who lives in sunny Florida with her two daughters (known collectively as the minions), one incredibly spoiled cat and a man so wonderful he’s been dubbed Mr. Awesome. She is a die-hard history lover who will happily lose herself in research any day.
When she’s not writing, researching or ‘moming’, you can find her spending time with her family at Disney or sneaking a couple spoonfuls of Nutella while laughing over cat videos. She also loves to travel, attributing her fascination with history to having spent most of her childhood as an Army brat in Germany.
The Last Bookshop in London, an instant New York Times bestseller, is set in August 1939 as London prepares for war as Hitler’s forces sweep across Europe. Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and blackout curtains that she finds on her arrival were not what she expected. And she certainly never imagined she’d wind up working at Primrose Hill, a dusty old bookshop nestled in the heart of London. Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, Grace discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed—a force that triumphs over even the darkest nights of the war.
To schedule a book club visit with Madeline or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:
Dianna Rostad was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Her parents and extended family come from the ranches of Montana and the farms of Arkansas. Dianna raised three kind, human beings, and when they began to test their wings, she took to writing with a passion, completing Southern Methodist University Writer’s Path program in 2009.
A favorite task of her creative endeavors is the discovery and research of people and places where her novels are set. She has traveled extensively to pursue the last artifacts of our shared history and breathe life, truth, and hope into her novels. Now living in Florida, Dianna continues to write big-hearted novels for wide audiences everywhere.
In her brilliant debut, You Belong Here Now, which renowned author William Kent Krueger describes is “a story in a narrative voice so fine and true it settles over you like a warm comforter,” three children (an Irish boy orphaned by Spanish flu, a tiny girl who won’t speak, and a volatile young man who lies about his age to escape Hell’s Kitchen) take the orphan train in 1925 from New York City to the Big Sky Country of Montana, hoping for a better life where beautiful wild horses roam free.
To schedule a book club visit with Dianna or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:
Sarah Sleeper is an award-winning writer, poet, and editor. She has a twenty-year career as a business and technology writer and has won three journalism awards. She lives in Rancho Santa Fe, California, with her husband, two dogs and a cat, and is hard at work on her second novel.
In her acclaimed debut, Gaijin (the Japanese word meaning “unwelcome foreigner”), Lucy is a budding journalist at Northwestern University who is obsessed with an exotic new student, Owen Ota. When Owen becomes her lover and her sensei, he soon disappears without explanation, and a devastated Lucy and sets out to find him.
On her three-month quest across Japan, she finds only snippets of the elegant culture Owen had described. Instead she faces anti-U.S. protests, menacing street thugs and sexist treatment, and she winds up at the base of Mt. Fuji, in the terrifying Suicide Forest. Will she ever find Owen? Will she be driven back to the U.S.? Gaijin is a coming-of-age story about a woman who solves a heartbreaking mystery that alters the trajectory of her life.
To schedule a book club visit with Sarah or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:
Tracey Enerson Wood, international bestselling author of The Engineer’s Wife, has always had a writing bug. While working as a Registered Nurse, starting her own Interior Design company, raising two children, and bouncing around the world as a military wife, she indulged in her passion as a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. She has authored magazine columns and other non-fiction, written and directed plays of all lengths, including Grits, Fleas and Carrots, Rocks and Other Hard Places, Alone, and Fog.
Other passions include food and cooking, and honoring military heroes. Her co-authored anthology/cookbook Homefront Cooking, American Veterans share Recipes, Wit, and Wisdom, was released in 2018, and all authors’ profits will be donated to organizations that support veterans.
The War Nurse is Tracey’s sweeping new historical novel that takes readers on an unforgettable journey through WWI France. Based on a true story, Superintendent of Nurses Julia Stimson must recruit sixty-five nurses to relieve the battle-worn British, months before American troops are ready to be deployed. She knows that the young nurses serving near the front lines will face a challenging situation, but nothing could have prepared her for the challenges that await when they arrive at British Base Hospital 12 in Rouen, France. The primitive conditions, a convoluted supply system, and horrific battle wounds are enough to discourage the most hardened nurses, and Julia can do nothing but lead by example―even as the military doctors undermine her authority and make her question her very place in the hospital tent.
To schedule a book club visit with Tracey or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:
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 Andrew Cotto, Eliza Knight, Madeline Martin, Dianna Rostad, Sarah Sleeper, and Tracey Enerson Wood 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 Andrew, Eliza, Madeline, Dianna, Sarah, Tracey, 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.
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!