SleuthFest 2017


Guest Author Jess Lourey

Jess Lourey

Jess Lourey (rhymes with “dowry”) is best known for her critically-acclaimed Murder-by-Month mysteries, which have earned multiple starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist, the latter calling her writing “a splendid mix of humor and suspense.” Jessica also writes sword and sorcery fantasy, YA, magical realism, literary fiction, and thrillers. She is a tenured professor of creative writing and sociology, a recipient of The Loft’s 2014 Excellence in Teaching fellowship, and a sought-after workshop leader and keynote speaker. When not teaching, reading, traveling, writing, or hanging out with her family, you can find her dreaming of her next story.  You can find out more at
Jess will be teaching interactive workshops at SleuthFest 2017.
Come to SleuthFest for inspiration, education, and just plain fun!
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Embassy Suites 2

February 23 – 26, 2017
The Embassy Suites in 
Boca Raton, Florida.
  • All Rooms are Suites
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Complimentary Drinks (FREE!) at Happy Hour for All Hotel Guests
Keynote – David Baldacci 
Forensic Guest of Honor – Dr Vincent Di Maio
Sunday Brunch Guest of Honor – Jeff Lindsay
Publisher Guest of Honor – Neil Nyren
Guest Author – Reed Farrel Coleman
Guest Author – SJ Rozan
Guest Author – Jane Cleland
Guest Author  Jess Lourey
Prices for three-day registration start at $380. Included in the three-day registration price are all writing sessions, all forensic sessions, Friday and Saturday lunches, Friday evening awards banquet, Saturday night cocktail party, and Sunday brunch. And lots more!
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Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America



Genre: Contemporary Fiction Romance
About the Author
By day, Joy Avery works as a customer service assistant. By night, the North Carolina native travels to imaginary worlds—creating characters whose romantic journeys invariably end happily ever after.
Since she was a young girl growing up in Garner, Joy knew she wanted to write. Stumbling onto romance novels, she discovered her passion for love stories; instantly, she knew these were the type stories she wanted to pen.
Real characters. Real journeys. Real good love is what you’ll find in a Joy Avery romance.
Joy is married with one child. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cake decorating, pretending to expertly play the piano, driving her husband insane, and playing with her two dogs.
Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.
About The Book 
Never say what love can’t—or won’t—do.
Balloon Artist Gadiya Lassiter never imagined waking up without the love of her life, small-town fire chief Nico Dupree. Then one day, it becomes her tortured reality. Fast-forward two years…he’s back and making his intentions to rekindle their flame known. But she vows to never love him again. As determined as she is to keep her heart out of his hands, love seems to have its own agenda.
For Nico, returning home to Mount Pleasance, North Carolina is not without its benefits. The most valuable, Gadiya. He’s determined to reclaim her heart—despite her obvious goal to hate him. But he’s not giving up on her; not again. He’ll just have to convince her the disdain she harbors for him is far less potent than the love he knows she still has for him. And he’ll do it one scorching kiss at a time.
 As their attraction grows hotter and hotter, will Gadiya be able to escape the flames, or will Nico’s fire consume her?
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