Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Lady Jane's Salon Orange County

I was one of the June participants in Lady Jane's Salon, Orange County, on Monday of this week.   

What's Lady Jane's Salon?  According to its website, this one is "Orange County’s first–and only–monthly romance fiction reading series."  Each month on the second Monday evening, a group who particularly enjoys the romance genre meets at a restaurant in Anaheim, the Gypsy Den Alt Cafe, and four authors read aloud from their works. 

Interestingly, the genre is interpreted broadly.  I read from my most recent Harlequin Nocturne paranormal romance Untamed  Wolf, the recently published fifth book in my Alpha Force miniseries about a covert military unit of shapeshifters.  Another author, Sharon Hamilton, read from Cruisin' for a SEAL, one of her sexy romance series books featuring Navy SEALS.  Another, Beth Yarnall, who founded Lady Jane's Salon OC, read from Dyed and Gone, one of her cozy mystery series, and the fourth, Skylar Kade, read from her writing group's Paranormal Western Romance Parody called The Zillionaire Vampire Cowboy's Secret Werewolf Babies.  We all did an excellent job, of course.  And the whole event was a lot of fun! 

It's a good venue for interacting with other authors, for one thing.  I talked with some long-time friends as well as some newer friends, and also happened to talk to someone who lives in the area where a mystery series I'm starting to write is located.  It didn't hurt that the restaurant was small and charming, although I'd have preferred their deferring the use of noisy food blenders until times when no one was reading. 

In case you don't live near Orange County, California, there are others.  Apparently Lady Jane's Salon was started in New York City, and its website says there are eight satellites: Denver, CO; Raleigh-Durham, NC; Naperville, IL (Chicago area), Grenville, SC, Phoenix, AZ, Silver Spring, MD, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA and Orange County, CA.  You can also find online how to start your own if none of those works for you. 

My commute there on a weekday evening took nearly two hours, by the way, although my return drive was only about forty minutes.  I'd love to attend again and probably will, but I do wish traffic was kinder in L.A. 

How about you--are you near a Lady Jane's Salon?  If you're a writer, how do you feel about reading your work aloud to introduce it to potential new readers?


Betty Hechtman said...

The Lady Jane Salon sounds like fun.
Too bad traffic was so bad. Here in L.A. we have access to so much like the ocean, mountains and desert, except it has become such a chore to get anywhere, the access doesn't mean much anymore.

Linda O. Johnston said...

And it gets worse every year, Betty, even to areas served by public transportation. I was glad I had access to the Metro during my most recent law job in downtown L.A.