This weekend’s big event gives me a chance to hang with some of my favorite authors, and for a good cause. Saturday, from 1 pm to 4 pm we’re holding a benefit for the Creatures ‘n Crooks bookstore in Richmond, VA. For you, it’s a chance to ingle with authors, have a sweet snack and win some cool swag. And every time you buy a book you’re supporting a wonderful genre-oriented bookstore.

Independent bookstores have fallen on hard times and this one is no exception. But the store has welcomed a lot of us to do signings, I figure we should support those stores that support us.

Apparently a lot of writers feel this way, because more than 100 of us from all over the USA contributed prizes to be given away throughout the month of January. Every time someone buys a book from Creatures ‘n Crooks this month, they’re entered to win a prize. Don’t live near Richmond? No excuse! Phone orders count too.

In addition to signed books from mystery, fantasy, horror and even nonfiction authors, you’ve got a shot at a vampire basket from Charlaine Harris, a character donation from Margaret Maron, gold and sapphire earrings from Denise Swanson, a Carolyn Hart basket, a culinary basket from Joanne Fluke, a fantasy book crate with signed books by George R.R. Martin and a historical mystery book prize including a vintage Tiffany necklace.

Saturday is the big finish of the event, and I’ll be happy to greet readers at the store, along with Katherine Neville, Donna Andrews, Ellen Crosby, Maria Lima, Ellen Byerrum, Andy Straka, Joseph Guion, John Gilstrap, Maggie Stiefvater, Kristy Tallman, Dennis Danvers, Elizabeth Blue, Tee Morris, and J.B Stanley. and probably a few latecomers I don’t know about yet.

It all happens at the Creatures ‘n Crooks bookstore, 3156 West Cary Street, Richmond VA. If you want to make the scene, this is the literary place to be.

Check out the whole list of reader reward prizes.

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