Saturday, October 17, 2015

Heart of Louisiana RWA hosts Fall into Romance Readers Luncheon Oct. 31 in Baton Rouge

            The ninth annual Heart of Louisiana Fall into Romance Readers Luncheon will feature international bestselling author of paranormal suspense and urban fantasy, Diana Rowland, beginning at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Juban’s Restaurant, 3739 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge.

White Trash Zombie Gone Wild, 
Book 5 of the Angle Crawford/
White Trash Zombie series.
            Rowland has lived her entire life below the Mason-Dixon line, uses "y'all" for second-person-plural, and otherwise has no southern accent (in her opinion.) She attended college at Georgia Tech where she earned a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics, and after graduation forgot everything about higher math as quickly as possible. She has worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she's seen more than her share of what humans can do to each other and to themselves. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition, and can't rollerblade to save her life. She presently lives in south Louisiana with her husband and her daughter where she is deeply grateful for the existence of air conditioning.
            Louisiana award-winning author LoriLeger is scheduled to serve as emcee and other local and regional novelists will be on hand to share their experiences. Each attendee is seated with at least one author and all authors are easily accessible during the pre-luncheon "meet and greet" and post-luncheon book signing from 2  p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be goodie bags for each attendee, baskets of books for raffle, and door prizes are among the other highlights of the event.
            Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in costume as your favorite fictional character or Halloween spirit.
            The event is sponsored by Heart of Louisiana, also known as HeartLA, the Baton Rouge chapter of the Romance Writers of America. HeartLa is a not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to the support, encouragement and education of aspiring writers of all romance genres. For more information, visit