Two award-winning romance authors explore queer love, hometown ties, and the magic that makes all these relationships work.

In Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date, Ashley Herring Blake depicts a fake-dating relationship turned real romance in the third of a trilogy of books centered on a group of friends. Lana Harper, in her fourth installment of the Witches of Thistle Grove, takes an unlikely pair from enemies to lovers with In Charm’s Way.

Please note: Lana Harper is no longer attending this panel due to unforeseen illness.

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