SOLD OUT: Romance Game Night

Thursday July 25: 7:00PM 8:00PM

This event is sold out.

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

Join contemporary romance authors Melonie Johnson, Sonali Dev, Lauren Layne, Alisha Rai, and Helena Hunting for a night of fun and games run by Sarah Wendell, author and co-founder of Smart Bitches Trashy Books!

Throughout rounds of Never Have I Ever (writing edition!) and Would You Rather? (romance edition!), listen for key words to mark on your Bingo card for the chance to win a prize pack of books. The first 50 people to arrive will also win a tote bag.

All authors will be signing books after the games. Hope to see you there!

Award-winning author Sonali Dev writes Bollywood-style love stories that let her explore issues faced by women around the world while still indulging her faith in a happily ever after. Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog.












NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Helena Hunting lives outside of Toronto with her amazing family and her two awesome cats, who think the best place to sleep is her keyboard. Helena writes everything from contemporary romance with all the feels to romantic comedies that will have you laughing until you cry.







After earning her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, Melonie Johnson—aka #thewritinglush—taught high school English and Theatre for several years. An award winning author and a two-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist, she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin. She lives happily ever after with her husband, two redheaded daughters, a dog that's more like a small horse, and a pair of hermit crabs. She is the author of the Sometimes in Love series which includes Getting Hot with the Scot, Smitten by the Brit, and Once Upon a Bad Boy. (Photo: Heather Stumpf)











Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies, in nine languages. Lauren's work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She’s based in New York City. 





Alisha Rai pens award-winning sexy contemporary romances and is the first author to have an indie-published book appear on The Washington Post's annual Best Books list. She spends most of her time dreaming up sexy heroes and heroines, traveling, and tweeting. To find out more about her books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit












Sarah Wendell is the co-founder and current mastermind of Smart Bitches Trashy, one of the most popular and longest-running blogs examining romance fiction. She spends her days reviewing romance and celebrating the genre with the people who read and write it. Sarah is also the host of Smart Podcast, Trashy Books, now in its 10th year. She is also the author of Everything I Know About Love, I Learned from Romance Novels, and Lighting the Flames, a contemporary Hanukkah romance novella. She is the co-author of the book, Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels.