Brenda Jackson

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Brenda Jackson, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over 100 books and novellas, is a graduate of Wm. Raines High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University.

AnnaLisa Grant

Author of “The Lake” Book Series​

AnnaLisa is the author of action, mystery, young adult, and new adult romance. Her YA romance, The Lake Series, has sold over a million copies worldwide.

2018 Keynote Speakers

The Texas rancher and navy SEAL who fathered Bristol Lockett’s son died a hero’s death…or so she was told. Yet when Laramie “Coop” Cooper strolls into her exhibit at an art gallery three years later, he’s very much alive—and still making her pulse zing. 



​​​​February 10, 2018

 for the

 Queen Author’s Luncheon
  Book Signing Event!

Featuring local and national authors

Dine with your favorite romance author!  

A spectacular Valentine's event

you don’t want to miss!



Check out event highlights from 2016-2017

What is When the Heart Dreams?

When the Heart Dreams is for those of us who love to read romance novels and an opportunity for authors to meet and build relationships with new readers in a relaxed casual setting. This will be a fun-filled event covering all romance genres, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal and Suspense. Mix with some of your favorite and soon to be favorite authors.  Enjoy reader games and prizes, chats with the authors, readings, a luncheon, a book signing. 

Brenda Jackson - His Secret Son
Becky McCrary - Certified Speaking Professional
2018 Event Emcee
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Becky McCrary
The Carol Burnett of Conventions

Becky McCrary is called the Carol Burnett of Conventions, the Energizer Bunny in high-heeled shoes, a redhead Amy Poehler, and Southern Sass. She is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, trainer and facilitator who energizes and inspires audiences from the Front Line to the Boardroom.  


At 17, Layla Weston is already starting over. Having lost both her parents and grandparents, and with nowhere else to go, Layla is moving from Florida to a small town in North Carolina to live with the only family she has left: her estranged uncle and aunt.