Romance, Wine, & Chocolate 2016! Plus, Giveaways Galore!


On September 2nd 2016, the Alafaya Branch of the Orange County Library System and Lorelei’s Lit Lair hosted a spectacular  Romance, Wine, & Chocolate event in Orlando, FL! Over a dozen romance authors were invited to share stories about their books and other fun facts while sampling superb wine from Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants and exquisite chocolates from Sappho Chocolates.

Our Sponsors

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

The friendly and professional staff from Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants entertained everyone with specially selected samples of their finest wines for our event. My favorite was the Romance Red, obviously! Cooper’s Hawk also donated to one lucky winner a fabulous bottle of wine and a gift card! Thank you Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants for a wonderful experience and first class service!

Sappho Chocolates

We had the immense pleasure of savoring some of the finest chocolate truffles, compliments of Sappho Chocolates. I can honestly say these perfectly handcrafted chocolate delights were simply exquisite! Sappho’s gracious members also gifted each of the authors and Lorelei’s Lit Lair’s team with a chocolate gift box. What a treat! Thank you Sappho Chocolates for your contribution to a magical evening!


Newk’s Eatery-Orlando

Prior to the event, our guest authors and friends arrived early and were treated to a fantastic meal, compliments of Newk’s Eatery-Orlando, which received many raving compliments.  Everything was absolutely delicious! Newk’s amazing staff paid close attention to deliver everything we needed to entertain our guests. Thank you Newk’s Eatery-Orlando for the delicious feast and top-notch service!

Bookmark It!

Bookmark It!, one of Orlando’s favorite Indie Bookstores, was there offering attendees the opportunity to purchase books and have them autographed by their favorite authors. Thank you to the lovely and charismatic Kim Britt for joining us in the celebration! It’s always great to see her at many of our local events.

We can’t thank our sponsors enough for their generosity and support!

They truly made our evening a delightful first class event!

Our Guest Authors…

Click on each author’s name to follow and learn  more about their writing. Discover what hidden treasures they may have available for you today!

Caro Carson
Wynter Daniels
Leigh Duncan
Elicia Hyder
Shirley Jump
Tawdra Kandle
Catherine Kean

Katie Meyer
Kristen Painter
Fiona Roarke
Roxanne St. Claire
Nancy R. Thompson
Kathleen O’Brien
Maria Geraci
Dianne Venetta
Mimi Wells

Authors and Activities…

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Giveaways Galore…

We also had giveaways galore! Each of the 13 authors presented random winners with gifts sets.  Also, many of Lorelei’s Lit Lair‘s favorite authors on Facebook generously  donated books and swag to random winners! Look at all those happy faces!

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To view more pictures at Lorelei’s Lit Lair on Facebook click here and also at the Alafaya Library’s site here. 

Kudos and Praises…

 The Alafaya Library

A huge THANK YOU to Danielle King, manager of one of the best libraries in the world, the Alafaya Library, for this amazing opportunity and partnership! Also, to the friendly, helpful, professional, and hardworking staff, for putting together one of the most exciting and magical evenings for the romance community! Y’all are THE BEST!

The awesome team of the Alafaya Library!

The Lit Lair Ladies

To  the lovely Lit Lair Ladies, Kerry,  Karen and Julie: no matter what the weather forecast says, it’s always sunny and bright whenever we get together. Thank you for always making me laugh and smile, and for making this event run so smoothly! I couldn’t have done it without you gals!

With the amazing and hilarious Lit Lair Ladies~ Kerry, Lorelei, Karen, and Julie

The Authors


I feel very fortunate to know some of the most amazing romance writers in the industry. Heartfelt thanks to Roxanne St. Claire, our featured speaker, and to each and every one of my guest authors, for being a part of my very first romance event! This was an evening to celebrate your gifts and talents with the community. Your trust, friendship, and support mean so much to me. After many years of being a fan, this is a dream come true! It was an exciting and magical evening! I hope others get to experience the joys and satisfactions I’ve experienced while being a part of this lovely community. Thank you for all the happily ever afters!  -Lorelei of Lorelei’s Lit Lair ~Romance Ambassador

 Praises for the Romance, Wine, & Chocolate  Event…

“The best library event I’ve ever done, and I’ve done many!” ~ author, Roxanne St. Claire
“What a fabulous evening at the Alafaya Branch Library which hosted a Romance, Wine & Chocolate event with more than a dozen Central Florida romance authors. Loved, loved, loved meeting all the readers who came to spend the evening with us.  And special thanks to the library’s Danielle King as well as Lorelei and the Lorelei’s Lit Lair crew who helped make the event such a success!” ~ author, Leigh Duncan
“Romance, Wine and Chocolate was the best reader-author event I’ve been a part of in years. Lorelei’s Lit Lair and Alafaya Public Library did a stellar job of bringing together all the components for a top-notch experience for all!” ~ author, Wynter Daniels

“This was a first-class event from beginning to end. I’d go to any event Lorelei’s Lit Lair was involved with, if not as an author, then as a reader.” ~ author, Caro Carson

“Huge thanks to Lorelei and the library for organizing such a wonderful, magical night including some of the best things in life: romance, wine, and chocolate! It was awesome to be able to sit among authors I admire and respect and meet new readers! ” ~ author, Elicia Hyder

“I was thrilled and honored to be part of Romance Wine and Chocolate, the very first Lorelei’s Lit Lair LIVE! event. Lorelei and Danielle King, of the Alafaya branch of the Orange County Library, worked tirelessly to put together a stellar event that brought romance readers and writers together.   

Once again, Lorelei proved that she is the ambassador of the romance genre.” ~ author, Nancy Robards Thompson

Did you attend the event? I’d love to hear from you!

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6 thoughts on “Romance, Wine, & Chocolate 2016! Plus, Giveaways Galore!

  1. We loved our time with you at Romance, Wine, & Chocolate 2016! Both Tony (Anthony Awtrey) and I enjoyed spending time with you and our friends. Can’t wait to do this again!


  2. Thank you for sending the email with the beautiful pictures and listing all of the authors that were there that evening. The entire event was wonderful and my sister and I really enjoyed it. Thank you again. Joan Imiolo.


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