August 20, 2022

Love and Pride: Bookstore Romance Day Panel #2

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes award-winning authors ALEXANDRIA BELLEFLEUR, ALYSSA COLE, ANITA KELLY, KOSOKO JACKSON, and OLIVIA WAITE for a discussion of their books and the romance community as a whole in celebration of Bookstore Romance Day. This panel is moderated by award-winning author of romance and sci-fi/fantasy, CECILIA TAN.


Founded by bookseller Billie Bloebaum, Bookstore Romance Day is a day designed to give independent bookstores an opportunity to celebrate Romance fiction—its books, readers, and writers—and to strengthen the relationships between bookstores and the Romance community. We're thrilled to partner with indie bookstores across the country in dedicating a day to literature that transports, titillates, and always promises a happy ending. Learn more about the Bookstore Romance Day project and participating bookstores here.

Purchase books here:

Count Your Lucky Stars

How to Find a Princess

Love & Other Disasters

I’m So (Not) Over You

The Hellion’s Waltz

About Author(s)

Alexandria Bellefleur is a Lambda Literary Award winner and national bestselling author of swoony contemporary romance often featuring loveable grumps and the sunshine characters who bring them to their knees. A Pacific Northwesterner at heart, Alexandria has a weakness for good coffee, Pike IPA, and Voodoo Doughnuts. Her special skills include finding the best Pad Thai in every city she visits, remembering faces but not names, falling asleep in movie theaters, and keeping cool while reading smutty books in public. You can find her at or on Twitter @ambellefleur.

Alyssa Cole is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of romance and thrillers. Her debut thriller When No One Is Watching was the winner of the 2021 Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Paperback Original and the Strand Critics Award for Best Debut. Her Civil War-set espionage romance An Extraordinary Union was the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018, and her contemporary royal romcom A Princess in Theory was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime or wrangling her pets.

A teen librarian by day, Anita Kelly writes romance that celebrates queer love in all its infinite possibilities. Originally from a small town in the Pocono Mountains, Kelly now lives in the Pacific Northwest, the perfect setting for wandering the woods, drinking too much tea, and dreaming of stories.

Kosoko Jackson is a digital-media specialist and author who lives in the New York Metro Area and spends too much time listening to Halsey and Taylor Swift.

Olivia Waite writes queer historical romance, fantasy, science fiction, and essays. She is the romance fiction columnist for the New York Times Book Review.

Cecilia Tan is an award-winning author of passionate fiction. RT Book Reviews awarded her Career Achievement in Erotic Romance in 2015 and her novel Slow Surrender won the RT Reviewers Choice Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence from GRW. Spanning the gamut of genre and gender, she is also the author of Daron's Guitar Chronicles, The Prince's Boy, and Watch Point. Tor Books will soon be publishing her new urban fantasy series, The Vanished Chronicles, where vampires aren't real, but erotic blood magic is.