San Antonio Romance Authors’ Love Fiesta Style
Hello Romance Readers,
As a San Antonio woman and a member of the local RWA Chapter, I'm proud to present my local authors and their Fiesta inspired romance anthology.
Let us bring you into our local fiesta celebration. It's food, music, medals and a warm loving community. Plus you could go home with our 2019 chapter medal (It SPINS!). Below you will find an entry form to win a medal. Medals are currently only available for sale at the Fiesta San Antonio Store... in store only. Down here in Texas we love our bling and want to bling you up as well.
Next up we have the lovely Erin Ljungdahl sharing what the anthology and celebration are about. Plus the authors have joined us to share what makes Fiesta special to them.
Your Romance Book Bestie,
Love Fiesta Style is San Antonio Romance Authors’ first ever anthology. Fiesta is a San Antonio institution and a time of year when an already romantic city cranks it up to eleven. The seventeen authors who contributed stories to this Fiesta-themed romance anthology were asked to write about what Fiesta means to them and they did not disappoint.
Love Fiesta Style - 17 Texas Short Stories
You’re invited to the biggest party in Texas – San Antonio’s Fiesta!
Explore the most romantic city in the Lone Star State through 17 incredible stories created exclusively for this anthology.
Love Fiesta Style features a mermaid at a majestic coronation, college sweethearts reuniting at a war widows’ ball, a cowboy spying his dream woman at an art show, friends igniting into lovers over a night-time parade, a spirit playing matchmaker for a chef and his customer, plus much more.
Whether you like your romances mild, medium, or hot, the San Antonio Romance Authors have you covered.
Buy your copy today and fall in Love Fiesta Style!
Fiesta is a celebration of life and color. In every direction you'll find confetti, music and food. The diversity of our city shines.
To this immigrant from the Philippines, Fiesta San Antonio evokes sweet memories of my birth country. The food, the music, the colors, the traditions, and all the reminders of our shared Spanish heritage foster a feeling of being part of the community, of being at home.
Erin L. Jungdahl
Fiesta is a party with a purpose. I graduated from St. Mary’s University, home of the Fiesta Oyster Bake. Oyster Bake is a fundraising extravaganza for St. Mary’s and I’m so grateful the people of San Antonio’s support for my alma mater. There are many other Fiesta events but they all have two things in common: celebration and community.
Fiesta celebrates everything that makes San Antonio unique. With a distinctive nod to the history of this magical city, to a nod to our incredible military branches, to the diversity of our culture, Fiesta has it all. Fiesta is a time to embrace the incredible story of San Antonio!
Fiesta has meant different things to me over the years. In my 20s, it was about overindulgence and being part of the hugest, wildest party. In my 30s it was more about family and community and just pure enjoyment of the parades, the arts, the neighborhoods, all those things that make San Antonio unique. Now that I'm in my 40s, I care more about supporting the causes, the fundraising, learning and sharing the history of my hometown and home state. That's the amazing thing about Fiesta--no matter what season of life you are in, there is something new to explore. Fiesta is a celebration of spring and renewal--and it never gets old! Viva Fiesta!
As a child, I grew up off South General McMullen in Near West San Antonio. Poverty there settled into the worn building and ill-dressed residents like a second skin. When Fiesta season arrived, we packed away the cloak of misery knowing we'd made it through the sorrows of winter. Parades, neighborhood fiestas, street and storefront decorations buoyed spirits. Fiesta sparked life, color, warmth and hope into our lives.
In this age of divisive politics, I find it comforting that San Antonio, a city with a diverse population, has for over 120 years, come together to celebrate its past—and its future—in what amounts to a city-wide block party—FIESTA! These festivities give me hope for the future of America.
For me, Fiesta is a reminder of what we had in Chicago for a time, Chicago Fest at the old Navy Pier. But because everything is bigger and better in Texas, instead of being confined to single location, Fiesta is city-wide. And Fiesta does a party right by being more than diverse music and food. Fiesta is parades on both pavement and water, art shows and plant sales, dances and carnivals, and so much more. There is something for everyone around the city and beyond. Just as nature celebrates renewal with a burst of colorful wildflowers in spring, San Antonio celebrates life in all its glory with Fiesta.
Diane S. Morris
Glitter, sparkles, and glitz! Can there be a better reason?
Oh, yes. Actual history and supporting the community while having an enjoyable time.
Still... I think I prefer sparkly cascarones.
Fiesta is a time to be around happy people celebrating what makes our city unique and special. My favorite event is the King William Fair because it takes place in the oldest residential historic district in Texas. The art, music, food, and bright colors blend together to create a magical occasion.
As a Canadian transplant to Texas, the Fiesta celebrations on the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio were my first glimpse into the culture here... My whole family and (young daughters especially) love the colors, flavors, sights and sounds of Fiesta. It's an uplifting (and unmatched) event where smiling faces and sugary treats greet you in the streets. Happy memories to last a lifetime. -- Karen Kinna
For me, Fiesta preserves what is amazing about local, small-town celebrations. These are all but lost amidst the rest of our nationalized, mass media culture that's epitomized by one-day "Hallmark holidays." Where else can you party with three-quarters of a million neighbors for more than a week?
To me, Fiesta is the perfect celebration of culture that is unique to our home. A colorful piece of Mexico and influenced by the heart of Texas. In simpler terms: to me, Fiesta is life.
I wasn’t born in Texas but I got here as soon as I could. I have always found it amazing how San Antonio can come together to party. It is a big city that feels like a small town, especially during Fiesta. There are many family traditions ours include; Maria’s tortillas at NIOSA, sunburns at Oyster Bake and enjoying the many parades. These traditions combined with colorful decorations, the aroma of foods from around the world, and the clinking of Fiesta medals in time with live music. Fiesta is downright magical.
Fiesta is a time we enjoy the rich kaleidoscope of vibrant colorful costumes accompanied by lively folk music and dancing. We are reminded of the many cultures that have come together to make our Fiesta a joyous time to honor the traditions that make San Antonio our home town.
As a little girl, living in San Antonio, I used to dream of catching the shinny gold Fiesta coins thrown by the king. A few years later, I looked forward to traveling to North Star Mall to marvel at the coronation dresses with trains that seemed a mile long. Many years after that, I spent nights collecting NIOSA kisses that felt like they lasted for hours. To me, Fiesta has always been a festival of love - combining two of my favorite things... royalty and romance.
L. M. Gonzalez
Fiesta brings memories—from the time I visited San Antonio when I was in college, to attending with my family once I moved here. The most beautiful aspect of Fiesta is the community participation, the blending of cultures—the music, the food and the drinks. For ten days, people can discover something new and good, sometimes even life-changing. And they'll never be the same.
The lucky winner of the Fiesta Medal is: Karen Mercer of FL