QUESTIONS? Our luncheon chair for 2016 is Cara Dawn Jones. You can reach her at luncheon@

GOODREADS. Join our group here to chat about the luncheon.

TWITTER. Our handle is @SouthernMagicRW, and we use the hashtag #MagicLunch when we tweet about our big day.

FAME. Publishers Weekly romance blogger Barbara Vey was a special guest at our 2013 luncheon. She wrote about her experience here. Thanks Barbara! We hope you'll come back.

STORIED PAST. Our previous keynote speakers include romance greats Sylvia Day, Linda Howard, Gayle Wilson, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Connie Brockway, Anne Stuart, Jeaniene Frost, and Victoria Dahl.

READERS. Southern Magic is the Birmingham chapter of the non-profit organization Romance Writers of America. Our mission is to promote excellence in romantic fiction and support the careers of romance writers. We are readers and authors who love the romance genre and want to share that love with others. You can help by telling other readers about our luncheon and encouraging them to attend. We look forward to seeing you in November!

Southern Magic Readers Lunch
Please join us at our 13th annual #MagicLunch on Saturday, November 5, 2016, in Birmingham, Alabama. Join local authors for lunch, followed by a special welcome speaker and a keynote speaker Jennifer Ashley (who also writes urban fantasy as Allyson James). Attendees receive goodie bags with books and are eligible for door prize baskets. Enjoy a day with people who share your love of reading! 
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; mysteries as Ashley Gardner; and paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James.

Jennifer’s/Allyson’s/Ashley’s more than 83 novels and novellas have won RWA’s RITA award, the Golden Quill, RT Reviewer’s Choice awards, and the Prism award, among others. Jennifer’s novels have been also been translated into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Italian, Thai, and other languages.
Southern Magic
Tickets available through Oct 20 $45 $50
Special permission required Oct 21 - Nov 4    


No refunds after Oct 1.



The luncheon will be held at The Harbert Center, 2019 4th Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203.

Parking is free across the street at Parking Deck Authority 3.


10:00 Registration begins

11:00 Doors open for social hour

12:00 Plated lunch, speakers, and door prizes

2:00 Book signing and sales

Questions? Contact the luncheon chairs at

Copyright 2016 Southern Magic, Inc., RWA Chapter 178