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A Bookstore Romance Day Celebration! Lish McBride, Alison Cochrun, Jayne Ann Krentz, Gail Carriger, Sajni Patel, and Olivia Waite in conversation

This is a virtual event taking place via Zoom Webinar.

Come celebrate Bookstore Romance Day with Third Place Books! We're proud to present Lish McBride, Alison Cochrun, Jayne Ann KrentzGail Carriger, and Sajni Patel for a discussion about the intersection of genres (fantasy, young adult, historical fiction, steampunk, mystery/suspense) in Romance. Olivia Waite, author of the Feminine Pursuits series, will moderate the conversation.

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Lish McBride is the author of funny and creepy Young Adult books such as Hold Me CloserNecromancerNecromancing the StoneFirebugPyromantic and Curses. She has published short stories in the Normal School,, and the anthologies CorneredWhat to Read in the RainFreaks & Other Family, and Kisses & Curses. She got her BFA in creative writing from Seattle University and her MFA from University of New Orleans. Her first book, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults title, Morris Award finalist, and won the Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award. While she has no long term goals for world domination, she would like her own castle.

Alison Cochrun is a high school English teacher living outside of Portland, Oregon. When she's not reading and writing queer love stories, you can find her torturing teenagers with Shakespeare, crafting perfect travel itineraries, hate-watching reality dating shows, and searching for the best happy hour nachos. Follow her on Instagram @alisoncochrun and visit for more information.

With over 40 million novels sold, Jayne Ann Krentz is one of the most commercially successful authors writing today. While she is a household name for her romantic thrillers, many of her more than 50 New York Times bestselling novels were historical romance and futuristic romance, written under the names Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle, respectively. Krentz lives in Seattle Washington.

Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with steampunk and urban fantasy (plus sexy queer joy as G. L. Carriger). Her books include the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, Tinkered Stars, and San Andreas Shifter series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. Also nonfiction: The Heroine’s Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture. She is published in many languages, has over a million books in print, over a dozen New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus, and Romantic Times. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, cephalopods, and tea.

Award-winning author Sajni Patel was born in vibrant India and raised in the heart of Texas. She draws on personal experiences, cultural expectations, and southern flair to create worlds centered around strong Indian women. Once in MMA, she’s now all about puppies, rainbows, and tortured love stories. She divides her time between Hawai’i (where honu is her #1 obsession) and Austin (where she not-so-secretly watches Mathew McConaughey from afar during UT football games.) Queso is her weakness and thanks to her family’s cooking, Indian/Tex-Mex cuisine is a real thing. She’s a die-hard Marvel Comics fan, an ube fanatic, and is always wrapped up in a story.

Olivia Waite writes historical romance, fantasy, and science fiction. She is also the romance fiction columnist for the New York Times Book Review. To learn more and sign up for her newsletter, please visit

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