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Looking Back at the Romance, Wine & Chocolate 2018 Event!

Romance Wine & Chocolate Authors 2018
One of the highlights in 2018 was the “Romance, Wine, & Chocolate” hosted by the Orange County Library System and Lorelei’s Lit Lair. On August 31st, over 150+ readers attended this extraordinary event! Guests were treated to delectable chocolates and fabulous wine, while mingling with 10 notable romance authors, including our Keynote speaker New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Kristan Higgins!

The Authors

Author Presentations and Fun Facts

Authors were introduced during a special presentation. They shared about their books, writing process plus offering a special Fun Fact, which was entertaining as the audience tried to guess which Fact belonged to each author. We had lots of fun and laughs!

Giveaways Galore!

Here are the winners of prizes compliments of our guest authors. Look at those happy faces…

 Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant 

As always, the friendly and professional staff from Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants entertained everyone with specially selected samples of their finest wines for our event. Thank you Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants for a wonderful experience and first class service!

Chocolate Museum & Cafe

This year we had the immense pleasure of savoring some of the finest, most delectable chocolates compliments of the Chocolate Museum & Cafe. Honestly, these perfectly handcrafted chocolate delights were simply exquisite and a thing of beauty. So many flavors to choose from!

Writer’s Block Bookstore

Thanks to one of Orlando’s favorite Indie Bookstores for offering attendees the opportunity to purchase books and have them autographed by their favorite authors. Writer’s Block Bookstore also had fun items, perfectly themed for our event.

Goodfella’s Pizzeria & Olive Garden

Many thanks to the great fellas of Goodfella’s Pizzeria for delivering once again their delicious Pizza pies to our authors prior to the event, as well as Olive Garden for complimenting dinner with their famous Salads and Bread Sticks.

Avon Romance Books & Author Swag

Everyone received free copies of Lisa Kleypas and Loretta Chase’s latest releases courtesy of Avon Romance. There was also plenty of free swag from many of Lorelei’s Lit Lair’s favorite authors including Kristan Higgins tote bags, tumblers, a wide range of author bookmarks and special Eloisa James postcards! Thank you Avon Romance and authors for your generosity and support!

Kudos and Praises

Orange County Library System & Volunteers

Thank you to Lynette Schimpf, manager of one of the best library systems in the nation, for this amazing opportunity and partnership! Thank you to the Danielle King and the wonderful staff of the OCLS and Alafaya Library. Your friendliness, professionalism and hard work, as always, made this one of the most successful and entertaining events for the romance community! Y’all are AMAZING!

To the Lit Lair Ladies & volunteers, Rhonda, Hala and Kerry, I couldn’t have done this without you all! Your unconditional support and friendship means the world to me.

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Praises for the Romance, Wine, & Chocolate

What a fabulous, fun way to connect with readers! RWC is a party celebrating romance and the readers who love reading. An absolute blast and well worth attending!

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Kristan Higgins

Lorelei’s heart is embedded in the writing industry and it truly shows with the care she put into this amazing event. It was more than wine and chocolate, it was a love of reading and everything coming together beautifully in celebration of books

USA Today Bestselling author of Scottish Historical Romance, Madeline Martin

A fun-filled night for book lovers. I had a blast!

Best-selling Author of Racy Regency Romps, Valerie Bowman

I had such a phenomenal time at RWC 2018! From the library staff and organizers to the fellow authors and readers, everyone was friendly and excited to be there. It was wonderful celebrating our industry with fellow romance book lovers.

2018 double RWA RITA finalist and Latinx Romance author, Priscilla Oliveras

A night to remember, for sure! Lorelei’s event is classy, fun, and full of surprises for all attendees!

Inspirational Romance author, Kerry Evelyn

RWC18 reminded me of why I got into writing in the first place–to engage with readers on our love of romance. Writing, publishing and marketing is hard work and it’s easy to get discouraged or forget the happiness we bring to others. Chatting with new readers last night really refilled my passion. I can’t thank you or them enough!

Sarah Andre- 2017 RWA Rita Award finalist

RWC is perfection from start to finish and Lorelei treats the authors like royalty.

Contemporary Romance author, Debra Fisk

Praises for creating a welcoming environment for authors to mingle with readers with no pressure and plenty of room to make friends and new readers.

Paranormal Romance author, Judy McDonough

RWC is a fabulously cozy event for readers and authors, alike!

Paranormal Romance author, Kristal Hollis


Romance readers: Be sure to subscribe to Lorelei’s Lit Lair to get updates about this year’s Romance, Wine, & Chocolate here! Can’t wait to see you!

We had a BLAST! See you at the next RWC on August 30th, 2019!
Don’t forget!!! *Registration is required and begins in July! Stay tuned!

Do you plan on attending RWC19?

*Photo and video credit: Orange County Library System

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