December 8, 2018, Holiday Party!

Both Sessions: Party, party, party!


When: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (The party replaces our regular meeting) 

Where: Seasons 52, 204 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL  33609

Who: TARA members only.

Dress: Holiday casual.

Cost: $35.00 per person (does not include alcoholic beverages)

Registration deadline for payment and entrée choice is Wednesday, November 30 (no exceptions, per the restaurant’s schedule.) You cannot change your menu choice or receive a refund after November 28. Reservations are limited to the first forty (40) paid registrants.

Please complete the REGISTRATION FORM and select a payment method before submitting.

Book Challenge Awards: Don’t miss the drawing for the Book Challenge money!

Golden Heart Contest Drawing: In honor of the final RWA Golden Heart Contest, TARA will pay the contest entry fee of $30.00 for one lucky member. Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements of the contest will receive one ticket per eligible book entered. The deadline to enter the drawing is November 30, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. The entry form will be posted on our TARA website by Nov. 01. The winner’s name will be drawn at our Holiday Party on December 8.

Items to bring to the Holiday Party:

Books for The Spring of Tampa Bay: TARA cares. As authors, we want to encourage reading! Please bring an unwrapped book for The Spring of Tampa Bay,, a sanctuary for abused women and their children. Donated books can be for children, teens, and adults, and either non-fiction or fiction. Please, no hot or erotica books. Used books are acceptable if they are in good condition. If you donate a book you’ve published, we encourage you to sign it. A label stating, “This book was donated by Tampa Area Romance Authors” will be placed within each book.

Flamingo Filch Gift Exchange:

Tons of laughter and good cheer (aka scheming and thievery) will commence immediately following lunch!!! Please bring one gift, not tagged, but wrapped or concealed in a bag or basket for the gift swap. Your gift may contain more than one item, but to keep the exchange fun and fair, the combined cost of all items should not exceed $30.00. A TARA tradition is to include an ornament relating to your writing and/or writing life as part of your gift. It’s not necessary to give an ornament, but you’re welcome to honor the tradition. Please, do not spend more than you can afford. Some of the most treasured gifts are handcrafted!

Rules of the exchange: Members draw numbers as they arrive at the party. When the exchange begins, the person holding number one will select a gift from the pile, unwrap it, and show it to everyone. As the game continues, players can either “steal” a person’s opened gift or choose a wrapped one from the pile. If the player steals a gift, the person whose gift has been filched either steals another person’s gift (you cannot immediately steal back the gift that was just taken from you) or chooses another wrapped gift. The cycle of opening or stealing continues until everyone has a gift. There is a limit of two thefts from the same person before that person’s gift is out of play. Come prepared for a fun-filled game!

Presented by all TARA members!