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When: May 26, 2018
4:00 PM
Where: TreeRock Social Cider House
760 Biltmore Avenue
Ashville, North Carolina  28803
United States
Contact: Renee MacKenzie

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TreeRock Social Cider House, 760 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC

TreeRock Social Cider House will be hosting its first Book Festival on May 26, 2018, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. The line-up includes novelists whose works range from general fiction to romance, mystery, paranormal, science fiction, and young adult.

TreeRock Social is Asheville’s casual hangout located near Biltmore Village. It is our passion to provide a unique atmosphere where you and your friends and associates can gather. Our selection of ciders and meads is designed to please those new to craft beverages. We also have a small selection of wine and beer from small, premium North Carolina brewers.


Ali Spooner, a native of Florida, currently living in Pensacola. As an “Indie” author, Ali has been writing for many years as a hobby, and with the assistance of the Affinity team, has taken her love of storytelling to a new level.

Ali’s characters range from cowgirls and psychics, to a healthy dose of supernatural beings. She has written stand-alone titles and series. Ali is an avid reader and her other hobbies include photography, outdoor activities, and watching college sports.


Ali’s most recent releases with Affinity Rainbow Publications include: Free to Love, a combined novella with fellow Affinity author Annette Mori, and Diamond Dreams, the first release in the Strong Southern Women contemporary romance series.


Barbara L. Clanton is a native New Yorker who left those "New York minutes" for a slower-paced life in Florida. She currently teaches mathematics at a college preparatory school, has coached softball and basketball in both New York and Florida, and was recently inducted into the Amateur Sports Alliance of North America’s Hall of Fame. "Dr. Barb" also plays the bass guitar in a pop band called The Gerriatrics. Her eight writing credits include six young adult lesbian coming out novels, and three girls’ sports novels.




A 2017 Lambda Literary Award Finalist, Lila Bruce is the author of four novels and an assortment of short stories. Growing up in a military family, she traveled extensively as a child, living everywhere from Maine to Mississippi, Germany to Georgia, and a few parts in between. Lila currently resides in the hills of North Georgia with her faithful basset hound, Scout, and a clowder of cats.


She loves to read and write contemporary lesbian romances, consume unhealthy amounts of coffee, and has always been a sucker for a happy ending.



R J Samuel considers herself almost Irish, almost Indian, and almost American. Born in Nigeria to Indian parents, she moved to Ireland in her teens. She spent many years qualifying to be a medical doctor first in Nigeria, then Ireland, but ran away from home to do a Masters in IT.

RJ is the author of five critically acclaimed novels and her short stories have been shortlisted for international awards. Her latest novel, An Outsider Inside was named Best Lesbian Novel in 2017 by The Lesbian Review. She has twice been a finalist for awards voted on by readers, the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award and the Tee Corinne Cover Design Award, as well as two Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions for her Vision Painter series (2014) and An Outsider Inside (2018). She now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her rescued dog, Piglet, and her ‘foster’ cat, Mushroom, where, in her latest creative outburst, she wants to establish an artist retreat in a mostly unusable property.


 As a Navy brat, Renee MacKenzie lived on three continents before her family settled in Virginia. She currently resides in Naples, Florida. Renee works for the National Park Service at Big Cypress National Preserve and enjoys wildlife photography, pickleball, reading, and hiking. Even though Renee has been paid to do all sorts of jobs, ranging from dental assistant to bartender, field sampler to pet-sitter, and maintenance worker to property officer, she insists she’s only had one job—writer—and all the rest has just been research.

Renee is the author of seven novels – Confined Spaces, Flight, Nesting, 23 Miles, Anywhere, Everywhere, Pausing, and Kai’s Heart (Karst Book 1). As one of the six women who own TreeRock Social Cider House, Renee looks forward to spending more time in Asheville and setting an upcoming series in the area.

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