Bookstore Romance Day!

Bookstore Romance Day is a day designed to give independent bookstores an opportunity to celebrate Romance fiction—its books, readers, and writers—and to strengthen the relationships between bookstores and the Romance community. We have a number of fun things planned in store at Annie Bloom's to celebrate romance all day long!

Come by and see our new, expanded romance section, located between Fiction and Mystery! Enter our raffles for Advanced Reader Copies of two not-yet-published romances we're super excited about: A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone and The American Roommate Experiment by Elena Armas. We'll also have a basket where you can pick up a Blind Date With a Romance ARC to take home for free. Bookstore Romance Day is also hosting an excellent lineup of virtual events—check out the list below! Read more and register for events on the BRD site:

Gotta Have Faith panel
August 20 at 10:00 a.m. PDT
Join moderator Olivia Waite and authors Stacey Agdern, Rosie Danan, Farah Heron, Uzma Jalaluddin, and Preslaysa Williams as they discuss the many ways in which faith plays a role in their fiction.

Tok Dirty To Me panel
August 20 at 11:00 a.m. PDT
Hang out with TikTok hit authors Emily McIntire, Ana Huang, Scarlett St. Clair, and Amanda Bouchet. Moderated by Mary O’Malley of Skylark Bookshop and Kate LeBeau of Romantically Inclined Reviews.

Authors to Grow With panel
August 20 at 12:00 p.m. PDT
Moderator Christine Bollow of Loyalty Books will be joined by authors Alisha Rai, Suzanne Park, Kosoko Jackson, Ashley Herring Blake, and Megan Bannen as they discuss the perils and payoffs of writing books for younger readers and books for adults.

History in Color panel
August 20 at 1:00 p.m. PDT
Historical Romance is, for the most part, very white, but these five authors are proving that it shouldn't be. Join moderator Kristian Beverly and authors Beverly Jenkins, Vanessa Riley, Adriana Herrera, Diana Quincy, and Amalie Howard as they talk about the stories that too often get ignored.

Is This a Kissing Book? panel
August 20 at 2:00 p.m. PDT
Romance! Fantasy! Fantasy Romance! Romantic Fantasy! It feels like the last few years have seen an explosion in titles that cross  genre boundaries. Candice Huber, owner of Tubby and Coo's Mid-City Books will moderate a panel featuring some of the hottest names in cross-genre fiction: C.L. Polk, Ilona Andrews, Travis Baldree, Alexandra Rowland, and Rachel Gillig.

Love is Queer panel
August 20 at 3:00 p.m. PDT
In what is becoming an annual tradition, we're bringing back the Love Is Queer panel with five new authors. Joining us this year are TJ Alexander, Erica Ridley, Timothy Janovsky, Chencia C. Higgins, and Meryl Wilsner. This panel will be moderated by Nicole Lintemuth, owner of Bettie's Pages.

Event date: 
Saturday, August 20, 2022 - 10:00am to 4:00pm