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Come see me at 3pm at Phinney Ridge, or 7pm at the Costco in Tukwila: 400 COSTCO DR. SUITE 150 :: TUKWILA WA  98188

Seattle7Writers presents its first annual Holiday Book Signing Celebration on Saturday, November 20th, 3:00-6:00 pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Avenue North on Phinney Ridge.

Come meet the Northwests most beloved authors including Garth Stein, Stephanie Kallos, Jim Lynch, Erica Bauermeister, Erik Larsen, Carol Cassella, Kevin O’Brien, Jennie Shortridge, Elizabeth George, Randy Sue Coburn, Kit Bakke, Maria Dahvana Headley, Bob Dugoni, Sean Beaudoin, Kathleen Alcala, Suzanne Selfors and Susan Wiggs.

These authors books will be available for purchase from Santoros Books, and all authors on hand to sign and personalize them for holiday gifts. Also on hand: fresh baked cookies by Seattle7Writers members, and author readings every half hour. Proceeds from each purchase support Writers in the Schools (WITS) and the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Seattle7Writers began in 2006, when two Northwest authors, Garth Stein and Jennie Shortridge, got together over coffee to talk shop. Over the next two years, the group expanded and they realized their collective energies could be used not only to promote their own books but to energize their reading communities. They pledged to undertake several community outreach initiatives including pocket libraries in unconventional places, and events designed to support independent bookstores and raise money for literacy and writing programs. Now with 29 authors, Seattle7Writers encourages and promotes Northwest literature with the rallying cry of “Read Local.”

It’s completely awesome to be named “Royal Lady of Autumn Leaves.” Just ask Pat. Meet her in person at our booksigning at her shop.

Pat Rutledge 2009 Royal Lady for Autumn Leaves
In her role as Royal Lady, Pat, owner of A Book for All Seasons will be traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest, representing Leavenworth at the festivals and parades around the region.

A Book for All Seasons owner Pat Rutledge named Royal Lady of Autumn Leaves for 2009

As the 46th Royal Lady of the Autumn Leaves I want to welcome you to the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth. I know you will be thrilled with the wealth of activities we have in store for you. Whether you are looking for a quiet stroll through downtown, shopping and browsing boutiques or you’re revved for some whitewater rafting, hiking or skiing, there is no end to the possibilities for having a spectacular visit here. Come in the spring when the hillsides and mountains are ablaze with hundreds of thousands of balsam root flowers.

Surely you will want to visit us in the fall, as we host Washington State’s Autumn Leaf Festival in September, followed by three weekends of Oktoberfest.

Winter will dazzle you with our snow frosted mountains and town twinkling with millions of lights, making our Christmas Lightings one of the most magical weekends you will experience.

From shopping, to theater, from wineries to restaurants, from lodging to music, to the great outdoors of climbing, skiing and rafting ‑ Leavenworth offers all these world class experiences wrapped up in our own Bavarian hospitality.

Like Renee Zellweger’s famous line from Jerry McGuire,” You had me at Hello”, we are hoping Leavenworth will have you at Herzlich Wilkomen.

Royal Lady Pat Rutledge

peninsula women's expo

Annual Peninsula Women’s Expo

September 26 & 27, 2009

Saturday 10 am-6 pm    Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Kitsap Sun Pavilion, Kitsap Fairgrounds, Bremerton

Grab a girlfriend & come join us for a fun weekend of fashion, food, health,

business, home, travel and all areas of interest to women.

The Peninsula Women’s Expo will also feature fashion shows by C.J. Banks,

Christopher & Banks, Macy’s, and Catherine’s; specialized health screenings &

services; author presentations; book signings with Susan Wiggs and Sheila Roberts; Master Gardening; food presentations and more!

Admission: $5 ages 12-adult; Sunday-Sr. Celebration Day: Ages 65 & older free.

Proceeds from ticket sales to benefit Susan G. Komen Foundation.

For more information go to:

I can’t wait to meet you! Here are my two events in the area–a signing at Costco, and an event sponsored by the Sacramento RWA:

Friday, September 19, 2008

Cal Expo
6:00 p.m.
Costco #471
1600 Expo Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: (916) 830-1078
Contact: Carl Golston



Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sacramento, CA
Open to the public starting at 1:30pm
Holiday Inn Sacramento North East
5321 Date Avenue



Sacramento, CA 95841-2597

So this is a first, not just for me but for the ENTIRE FREAKIN FERRY SYSTEM. I’m having a booksigning on the ferry Thursday, on the 4:40pm Seattle/Bainbridge run. 

Come to a booksigning aboard a Washington State Ferry!
Come to a booksigning aboard a Washington State Ferry!

I’m known for doing signings in unusual places. This one is to celebrate the publication of JUST BREATHE, and because there will be ads for the book on the ferry. Enter a drawing to win a gift basket filled with gourmet treats, a signed book and a certificate for an oxygen facial. There’s a nice article about the event in Shelf Awareness here.

All this scenery and a new book to read, too. You can’t beat that!

We interrupt this summer to bring you a rainbow, right outside my window. And did you know I’m having a booksigning for Just Breathe on the ferry, September 4? I’ll be on the 4:40pm ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge. I can’t promise you a rainbow, though!

Seattle-Bremerton ferry with Blake Island in the background

Seattle-Bremerton ferry with Blake Island in the background

 One of my favorite romance novels of all time is The Rainbow Season by Lisa Gregory aka Candace Camp. I still have my much-loved copy.

I don’t actually travel that much because the writing schedule doesn’t allow it. However, after updating the schedule of appearances on my web site, I sat back and thought, yikes.

I’ve taught myself to travel light. Not out of any particular virtue, but because waiting for checked luggage to appear is too tense for a traveler who has to catch a ferry. Those extra ten (sometimes more) minutes can mean the difference between catching the 8:I0 and the 9:00pm boats. Doesn’t seem like a huge difference, but at the end of a transcontinental journey, trust me, it matters. So my rule is that I have to fit everything for a trip of any length into a carry-on-sized rollaboard, and a largish shoulder bag. This includes my purse and laptop. If it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t come. My mother–who has been known to fly from Sydney to Seattle with nothing but a pocketbook–sometimes says, “Bring twice as much money as you think you’ll need, and half the clothes.” She’s right, of course.

Anyway, I would love to meet you! I have upcoming appearances in Bainbridge Island, Washington, Seattle, Los Angeles, Crested Butte, Colorado Ketchikan, Alaska, Sacramento and Cannon Beach, Oregon. Please see for details on these and other events.

Hey! Come to a reading by my favorite suspense author at Eagle Harbor Book Company. It’s on Thursday, March 20 at 7:30pm. Author Robert Dugoni will have you on the edge of your seat, guaranteed.


Field’s End Writers’ Conference 2008Photo by s.j. luke, onsetimagery

WHO: This year’s line-up of authors and speakers includes: Roy Blount, Jr. (keynote speaker), Stephanie Kallos (opening speaker), Knute Berger, Alice Acheson, Lyall Bush, Laura Kalpakian, Thomas Kohnstamm, Rosina Lippi aka Sara Donati, Jennifer Louden, Nancy Pagh, George Shannon, Charley Pavlosky, Sheila Rabe aka Sheila Roberts, Suzanne Selfors, David Wagoner, and Timothy Egan (closing speaker). Professional actor Ron Milton will be on hand for the Page One sessions.

WHAT: Third annual Field’s End Writers’ Conference, “Writing in the Garden of the Gods.”

WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2008
9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Kiana Lodge
14976 Sandy Hook Rd. NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370

DETAILS: This one-day conference, held at the spectacularly beautiful Kiana Lodge near Bainbridge Island, is a combination of lectures and breakout sessions presented by an eclectic group of people in the literary world.

The day offers three groupings of breakout sessions. Guests will select three workshops to attend according to their interest (literary fiction, poetry, nonfiction, screen writing, dialogue, genre, travel writing, editing, journalism, historical fiction, and commercial fiction). Each breakout session will also offer a Page One workshop, where conference guests can anonymously submit the first page of something they’ve written for possible live reading and critique by the guest authors.

Lunch is provided and there will be an early evening wine and cheese reception and book signing providing conference guests, authors, and speakers a chance to mingle. Shuttle buses will be available to carry walk-on ferry passengers to and from Kiana Lodge.

Registration begins February 1, 2008. Early registration is recommended as the conference is limited to 250 guests and has sold out in the past. Cost to attend is $135 if you register before February 28, 2008 and $150 after March 1, 2008. Groups of 5 or more can register for $130/person. To register for the 2008 Field’s End Writers’ Conference, visit

Founded in 2002, Field’s End is a writers’ community whose mission is to inspire writers and nurture the written word through lectures, workshops, and instruction in the art and craft of writing. Located across the Puget Sound from Seattle on beautiful Bainbridge Island, Field’s End is an affiliate of the nonprofit Bainbridge Public Library, which is located at 1270 Madison Avenue on Bainbridge Island. For more information, call (206) 842-4162 or visit


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Pop on over to Sheila Roberts’s website ( and  check out her ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS contest. Some lucky reader will  win Godiva chocolates.

Aaannnd….please meet both Sheila and me at a booksigning on Saturday in Port Orchard, WA:

Saturday, November 10, 2007 – Port Orchard, WA. Booklovers Day Booksigning 1-3pm.
PAPERBACKS PLUS 1618 Bay St., Port Orchard, WA 98366 Phone: (360) 876-7224
Booksigning featuring Susan Wiggs, several others, and marking the long-awaited debut of Sheila Roberts’s novel, On Strike For Christmas. Expect the merriment to come early this year.

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