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SAVE THE DATE! (Sa) Nov. 2, 2024

Join us at Main Library for TLCPL’s first Romance-Con with featured author Abby Jimenez!

Abby Jimenez is the author of six popular romance novels, several of which have made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Julie Soto, Jo Segura, Kimberly Lemming, C.M. Nascosta, and Kathryn Moon will join her at the Library’s Romance-Con.

Romance-Con is free and includes author talks, breakout sessions, crafts and activities, and an Author Fair where items will be available for purchase.

Tickets for this free event will be available in August 2024, and details will continue to be added to this page.

Abby Jimenez is the author of six popular romance novels, several of which have made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Her newest novel, Just for the Summer, tops multiple New York Times lists. In 2022, she won the Minnesota Book Award for her novel Life’s Too Short. Her book, The Friend Zone, made Oprah Magazine’s list of most addicting romance novels, and her book, The Happy Ever After Playlist, is being developed into a movie

Before becoming a writer, Jimenez founded Nadia Cakes, an award-winning cupcake shop and custom cake studio, out of her home kitchen. She went on to win Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and was featured on two seasons of TLC’s hit show Fabulous Cakes.

Julie Soto is a USA Today bestselling author, playwright, and actress originally from Sacramento, CA. Her musical Generation Me won the 2017 New York Musical Festival’s Best Musical award, as well as Best Book for her script. She is a musical theater geek, fandom nerd, and the author of many spicy fan fictions. Julie now lives in Fort Bragg, CA, with her dog, Charlie. She is probably drinking coffee as you read this.

Jo Segura is a USA Today bestselling author of adventure romcoms and contemporary romance. Her stories feature strong, passionate heroines and the swoon-worthy heroes who love them. Jo’s books draw upon aspects of her life, such as her Mexican heritage and her fascination with archaeology, which inspired her debut romcom, Raiders of the Lost Heart, published December 2023 by Berkley Romance. Her second novel, Temple of Swoon, will be published in January 2025. Now living in the Pacific Northwest, Jo is a Toledo native and the Toledo Library will always hold a special place in her heart.

Kimberly Lemming is a USA Today bestselling author of fantasy romcoms and general tomfoolery and is on an eternal quest to avoid her calling as a main character. She can be found giving the slip to that new werewolf that just blew into town and refusing to make eye contact with a prince of a far-off land. Dodging aliens looking for Earth booty can really take up a girl’s time. But when she’s not running from fate, she can be found writing diverse fantasy romances. Or just shoveling chocolate in her maw until she passes out on the couch.

C.M. Nascosta is a USA Today bestselling author of monster romance. High heat ~ always sweet. She’s always preferred beasts to boys, the macabre to the milquetoast, the unknown darkness in the shadows to the Chad next door. She lives in a crumbling old Victorian with a scaredy-cat dachshund, where she writes nontraditional romances featuring beastly boys with equal parts heart and heat and is waiting for the Hallmark Channel to get with the program and start a paranormal lovers series. 

Kathryn Moon is an indie romance author who loves writing women who are strong in their vulnerability, romances that are as affectionate as they are challenging, and worlds that a reader sinks into and never wants to leave. When her hands aren’t busy typing, they’re probably knitting sweaters or crimping pie crust in Ohio. She definitely believes in magic.

Tickets for this free event will be available for Toledo Lucas County Public Library cardholders beginning Aug. 15. Tickets for the general public will follow. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Each Romance-Con author’s talk will be ticketed individually. Tickets are free and required for each author program. Day-of wait lines will be available to fill no-show tickets. 

All other panels, workshops, and programs will be first come, first served.

The ticket request links will be available in the Schedule of Events tab below beginning Aug. 15.

Tickets for this free event will be available for Toledo Lucas County Public Library cardholders beginning Aug. 15. Tickets to the general public will follow. Tickets will be first come, first served. 

Each Romance-Con author’s talk will be ticketed individually. Tickets are free and required for each author program. Day-of wait lines will be available to fill no-show tickets. 

All other panels, workshops, and programs will be first come, first served.

Events:

Opening dinner (details to come)

Headliner author talk: Abby Jimenez

Featured author talk: Jo Segura and Julie Soto

Featured author talk: C.M. Nascosta, Kimberly Lemming, and Kathryn Moon

Concurrent sessions (to be announced)

Author fair: Are you a romance author who would like to table at Romance-Con? Submit this form to be considered. There is no cost to table at this event.

Are you a romance author who would like to table at Romance-Con? Submit this form to be considered. There is no cost to table at this event.

Parking: There is free attached parking at Main Library. Nearby overflow parking will also be available for a cost.

Dining: Downtown Toledo has numerous restaurants, breweries, and coffee spots. Here are some great dining options.

Library hours: Main Library will be open 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. the day of Romance-Con. 

M-Th: 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

F-Sa: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Su: Closed 

Visiting Toledo: Make the most of Romance-Con with a visit to explore Toledo. Find lodging, nightlife, festivals, a visitor’s guide, and other information at Destination Toledo.