Bookmarks Presents a Saturday Soiree with Sarah MacLean

Graphic for the Saturday Soiree with Sarah MacLean on Saturday, October 21 at 3:30 pm at Hanes House Gardens at SECCA. Click image for tickets. Join Bookmarks for a late Saturday afternoon soiree with Sarah MacLean and Kennedy Ryan at the beautiful Hanes House Gardens at SECCA!

Enjoy live music, food and wine, and conversation about all things romance.

Enter the historic Hanes House via a picturesque driveway – be sure to get your arrival picture taken outside! Check in and make your way outside to the terrace enjoying wine and snacks, while listening to a variety of pop music arranged for string quartet, performed by musicians from the Winston-Salem Symphony. This is the perfect chance to meet Sarah MacLean! After a half-hour conversation between Sarah MacLean and Kennedy Ryan, live music will resume, and the booksigning will begin!

This is a ticketed event with the options as follows:

  • Lawn Seating: $30.00(+taxes and fees) Bring your own popup chair or lawn blanket! Ticket includes food & drink, a copy of Knockout: A Hell's Bells Novel, and admission to the signing line.
  • General Admission: $45.00(+taxes and fees)Seating located on the lower terrace or lawn. First come, first served seating. Ticket includes food & drink, a copy of Knockout: A Hell's Bells Novel, and admission to the signing line.
  • General Admission Couple Rate: $75.00(+taxes and fees)Seating located on the lower terrace or lawn. First come, first served seating. Ticket includes food & drink, two copies of Knockout: A Hell's Bells Novel, and admission to the signing line.
  • Reserved Seating: $60.00(+taxes and fees) Reserved seating on the upper terrace where the authors will be speaking. Ticket includes food & drink, a copy of Knockout: A Hell's Bells Novel, and admission to the signing line.
  • Reserved Seating Couple Rate: $100.00(+taxes and fees) This option includes food & drink, two copies of Knockout: A Hell's Bells Novel, and admission to the signing line.

Additional books by MacLean and Ryan will be available for purchase at the event.

Click here to get tickets on Eventbrite.

To ask questions about accessibility or request accommodations, please contact Bookmarks at or (336) 747-1471 x1001. At least two weeks' notice will allow us to provide the best experience possible for you and your guests.


About Knockout: A Hell's Bells Novel

New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean returns with the next Hell’s Belles novel about a chaotic bluestocking and the buttoned-up detective enlisted to keep her out of trouble (spoiler: She is the trouble).

With her headful of wild curls and wilder ideas and an unabashed love of experiments and explosives, society has labeled Lady Imogen Loveless peculiar…and doesn’t know she’s one of the Hell’s Belles—a group of vigilantes operating outside the notice of most of London.

Thomas Peck is not most of London. The brilliant detective fought his way off the streets and into a promising career through sheer force of will and a keen ability to see things others miss, like the fact that Imogen isn’t peculiar…she’s pandemonium. If you ask him, she requires a keeper. When her powerful family discovers her late-night activities, they couldn’t agree more…and they know just the man for the task.

Thomas wants nothing to do with guarding Imogen. He is a grown man with a proper job and no time for the lady’s incendiary chaos, no matter how lushly it is packaged. But some assignments are too explosive to pass up, and the gruff detective is soon caught up in Imogen’s world, full of her bold smiles and burning secrets…and a fiery passion that threatens to consume them both.

About Sarah MacLean

A life-long romance reader, Sarah MacLean wrote her first romance novel on a dare, and never looked back. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romances translated into more than twenty languages, a romance columnist, and the co-host of the weekly romance novel podcast, Fated Mates. A graduate of Smith College and Harvard University, she lives in New York City.

About Before I Let Go

Their love was supposed to last forever. But when life delivered blow after devastating blow, Yasmen and Josiah Wade found that love alone couldn’t solve or save everything.

It couldn’t save their marriage.

Yasmen wasn’t prepared for how her life fell apart, but she’s is finally starting to find joy again. She and Josiah have found a new rhythm, co-parenting their two kids and running a thriving business together. Yet like magnets, they’re always drawn back to each other, and now they’re beginning to wonder if they’re truly ready to let go of everything they once had.

Soon, one stolen kiss leads to another…and then more. It's hot. It's illicit. It's all good—until old wounds reopen. Is it too late for them to find forever? Or could they even be better, the second time around?

About Kennedy Ryan

A RITA® and Audie® Award winner, USA Today bestselling author Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish, and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts. Kennedy and her writings have been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, TIME, O magazine, and many others. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son.

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 21, 2023 - 3:30pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
750 Marguerite Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106