Andria Gaskins

WCNC-Charlotte Today’s Guest Chef and Inspirational Author

Andria Gaskins is a prize-winning cook turned romance novelist. Her novel, A Second Helping, started out as a cookbook, but the recipes begged to be brought to life in an honest and humorous love story strengthened by the comfort and security of family and home cooking. ​


​​​​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!

​​Registration Opens November 1st and

​2018 authors will be announced!


Check out event highlights from 2016-2017

The Infamous Heir was called, “The complete package,” in a starred review by Publishers’ Weekly and named Best Romance of the Month by the Washington Post.


Elizabeth Michels

Honorary Event Host and Emcee

Elizabeth Michels is the winner of the Booksellers Best Award and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award for the Tricks of the Ton series, beginning with Must Love Dukes.  Her latest series is about the members of a secret gentleman’s club in London, The Spare Heirs Society.  

Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions...


A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.


Rochelle Alers

Romantic Times Career Achievement Award Winner​

Rochelle Alers has been hailed by readers and booksellers alike as one of today’s most prolific and popular African American authors of romance and women’s fiction.  



With more than ninety titles and nearly two million copies of her novels in print...


Sabrina Jeffries

The Queen of the Sexy Regency Romance

Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of over 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas).    

2017 Keynote Speakers

Karen Witemeyer

2016 National Reader's Choice Award Inspirational Author

For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes​.

Andria married her passion for food and family in a love story that captures the joys and frustrations of getting older, starting over and falling in love for the second time. 


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 and a closing night themed party. 

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