Events, Novels, Publications

Romance Rendezvous Book Blast (2021)

Thank you to all of you who came out to the Romance Rendezvous Book Blast in Cedar Falls, Iowa this last weekend! It was so amazing to be a part of this amazing local event — especially since I have attended so many times as a reader myself. But it meant even more to be attending as a published author this year!

My table at #RRBB2021

The event itself was so much fun! I got to make new friendships with authors and readers alike. I really hit it off with some special people at the event — particularly my table neighbors and table mate. Originally, I was supposed to only have a half table and share with Victoria Hyla (an AMAZING author) but someone canceled last minute so I got upgraded! And boy am I glad I did, because I may have…over prepared… And it also meant Victoria got her own table as well!

Although I didn’t get to share with Victoria, I still really connected with my table neighbors — Robin Andrews and J.M. Blake. A special shoutout to J.M. Black, who after finding out it was my first signing event, took time to check in with me throughout the event to make sure I was having a good time. It was times like that I felt extra special to have been a part of RRBB.

Not only did I meet some incredible authors (and make new friends) but I also met some fantastic readers as well! I sold multiples of each of my books, which made me feel elated and like I was officially doing this — I was officially a selling author…even typing it now makes me so overwhelmed with joy.

I also want to shout out to my amazing husband (who managed to dodge all chances at a photo) and my amazing best friend (who was also my table assistant) for all they did to help me prepare and be at this event. If you both are reading this, know I honestly and truly couldn’t have done it without you!

Myself and my amazing bestie…and my cat Frey. And before you ask, no, we did not plan to match so completely! XD

As I said, the event was joyous and already has me planning for the next one (which probably won’t be until 2022, sadly). I have more ideas for stories, swag, raffle baskets, and more…assuming it will all fit on my table. I will definitely request a full sized table next year. Having the extra room was nice to spread out and display all the fun things people could grab as giveaways!

By the end, I had not only sold books, but bought many myself. And won a raffle basket from the amazing Ava Cuvay! I can’t wait to go back to the event next year. I will treasure my new friendships and hoard my new pile of books. It was so fun to spend the day with all the readers and get to know everyone better.

It was especially touching for me to get a hug and welcome from one of my favorite authors at this event, Tricia Andersen. She was the first author I bought from (her Gods of DC Series and Hallow Brother Series) when I first attended RRBB all those years ago. I have been a big fan of hers for so long, and to have that special moment where she smiled and welcomed me into the author’s circle, it meant so much to me!

Be sure you put the date on your calendar now for next year’s Romance Rendezvous Book Blast (August 20th, 2022 — Cedar Falls, Iowa), as it is sure to be an amazing time with amazing authors and readers! Until then, be sure to check out my latest novel, “A Second Chance”, and keep an eye out for more updates soon! ❤

Events, Novels, Publications, Writing

Romance Rendezvous Book Blast (August 21st, 2021)

I’m so excited to be getting ready for the Romance Rendezvous Book Blast (RRBB) in August. I have attended many years as a reader and I’m overjoyed to now be one of the attending authors! This event will be taking place in Cedar Falls, Iowa and is FREE TO ATTEND! There will be many romance authors (of a variety of sub-genres) with fun games, raffles, and swag. It’s a great way to find new authors to follow and new books to read.

As you can see, there are MANY authors you could visit and talk with — I’m only one of them! I have been spending the last couple months getting ready for this event and publishing my first contemporary romance novel, “A Second Chance”. I’m so excited that I FINALLY got my copies in and am now ready to go!

In addition to selling “A Second Chance”, I will also be selling my other two publications: “Goodnight, Little Grubb” (Children’s Picture Book) and “Fae Spreads: 2020” (Tarot Spreads Book). In addition, I plan to have lots of fun swag and even a raffle basket for those who purchase a book or sign up for my newsletter!

I hope you all will consider attending the Romance Rendezvous Book Blast. It is sure to be a lot of fun! Until then, happy reading and be sure to follow me on my other social media platforms for more updates and sneak peeks! ❤

Events, General News and Updates

Writers on the River (Author Event)

I’m so excited to be going to Writers on the River this weekend with friends and family! This is an amazing event that hosts over 80 romance authors — from independently published authors to well known New York Times/USA Today Bestsellers.

Not only is this a great place to get new books and meet some amazing romance authors, but this event also helps fundraise Thistle Farms. Thistle Farms helps support women of abuse by providing financial, housing, and community support. It truly is a great cause that I am happy to support while spending the day with fellow readers and writers.

If you are in the Peoria this coming weekend, be sure to check out this amazing event! Otherwise, you can see posted pictures on my Instagram Account throughout the weekend!

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Events, General News and Updates, Novels, Publications

Announcement: Author Event!

I am excited to announce that you will be able to meet me in person and purchase my books at this year’s Romance Rendezvous Book Blast! This event takes place every year (last year was an exception) in Cedar Falls, Iowa. It is a wonderful event with many romance authors of different sub-genres. You get to walk around and talk with the authors, buy their books, be entered to win door prizes, and get an AMAZING swag bag!

If you’re in the area on that date, be sure to stop by the Hilton Garden Inn in Cedar Falls from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 21st. This event is FREE TO ATTEND! You can purchase a VIP ticket ($25) to spend more time with authors! Otherwise, feel free to drop in and find some new favorite romance novels to read and possibly win door prizes!

Curious who else will be at the event? Check out these AMAZING authors! Some of my FAVORITE authors are on here, names you may recognize from my past book reviews… Kate Hawthorne, Tricia Andersen, Aubrey Parr, Beverly Ovalle, and many others!

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I am incredibly honored to be a part of this event. It is my all-time favorite of the year! I can’t believe I will be a part of this amazing event! As a sneak peek, here are the books you can expect to see at my booth…

In addition, I will have a special giveaway at my booth for those who stop by and purchase a book. My husband has been crafting some amazing swag items from resin, I have a couple special books for giveaways, and more!

I hope to see you then!

~Shanna Pikora