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Phoenix Literary Retreat
April 27, 2019

Downtown Phoenix

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Phoenix Literary Retreat!  We had a great time in 2018 and we are looking forward to returning to Phoenix next year.

Most of the day the Readers are in Literary Salons. These are group discussions on a particular genre of our literature. They last for about an hour.  The Attendees then choose a new conversation to join. Two Literary Salons happen at the same time, so while one group is discussing Romance Novels in one room, in another they are discussing Historical Fiction. The Literary Salons are facilitated by Readers from all over the country.

In the 2019 event  I have added an Authors Showcase to share with you some wonderful Authors whose work I have enjoyed and I think you will like their work as well. Attendees will again get free books and the Authors are present to sign them and say hello to you.

I hope the low $50.00 deposit will encourage you to register today. Payments are refundable until February 20, 2019.

Thank you for joining us at the 2019 Phoenix Literary Retreat.

Author Lorin Akers

Lorin Akers is the author of Not By My Hand: A Father's War Room Whispers, a Christian father to a 'tween-aged daughter' and an Air Force Veteran.
He is a stage actor with credits in film and television, as well as a voice-over artist. His early television work includes appearances on The Closer, Vegas, CSI New York, CSI Miami, My Wife and Kids, and Crossing Jordan. A sample of his Stage work includes To Kill A Mockingbird, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, as well as understudy work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom via the Actor’s Theater Company at the Herberger Theater Center.


Author Rhonda McKnight

Rhonda McKnight is the author of several award-winning novels and Black Expressions Top 20 bestsellers, including An Inconvenient Friend, What Kind of Fool and Breaking All The Rules. She is the winner of the 2015 Emma Award for Inspirational Romance of the Year. She was also a 2010 nominee for the African-American Literary Award. Her most recent novel is Unbreak My Heart.

Author Jacquelin Thomas

Back in 1999 I had an idea that if my Book Club could get together with some other Book Club women and spend a weekend talking about the African American literature we were all reading, it would be a great time. I had no idea how many women would come or exactly what we would do, but these were my Literary Sisters and I just felt it would work out fine. Some very special Authors heard about the Literary Retreat and agree to come and meet us. It was April 1999 and I will never forget those wonderful Authors who stepped out on faith and came to join us.

One of the Authors was Jacquelin Thomas. I have watched her career soar with awards from the Romance in Color Reviewers, Readers Choice Award and more. Over the years she has continued to support me which I have appreciated. Her books continue to be a favorite and I am thrilled that she has decided to join us in April at the Literary Retreat.


Our conference hotel is the Embassy Suites in Scottsdale AZ. Overlooking Camelback Mountain in the heart of Scottsdale, Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort is just minutes from championship golf courses, spa facilities, shopping, dining, art galleries and outdoor recreation. The recently renovated Scottsdale hotel is only 15 miles to downtown Phoenix. 

Contemporary two-room suites offer WiFi and 43-inch HDTV’s. Work out in the fitness center, energize on the tennis court or soak up the sunshine in one of the resort-style swimming pools. Start the day with a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast. 

Rooms are available at the Literary Sisters discounted rate of $159.00 per night plus tax, Single or Double.

To reserve your room at the special $159.00 rate, click HERE and you will be taken directly to the Embassy Suites' website.  Or you may call toll free, 1-800-362-2779.  The group name is Literary Sisters.

Pricing & Registration

The cost for the retreat is $179.00, which includes Literary Salons, free books, and lunch.

Deposit $50.00 Due October 31, 2018
Balance $129 Due February 20, 2019.

Rooms are available at the Literary Sisters discounted rate of $159.00 per night plus tax, Single or Double, at our conference hotel.

If you wish to register online, please click HERE to go to the EventBrite website and follow the prompts.

To pay by check, download the registration form at the top right column. Please complete the form and send it with your check to: 

Aviva Travel Group LLC
Ruth Bridges
PO Box 1155
Laveen, AZ 85339

Please make checks payable to Aviva Travel Group.

To use PayPal: Click HERE to go to PayPal and send your payment to

To pay by credit or debit card: Please complete the information on the registration form and fax it to Ruth at 630-559-8445, or you can also scan the form to your computer and email it to

Optional Day Trip to the Grand Canyon
Friday, April 26, 2019

At our Literary Retreat we like to extend our weekend by doing some sightseeing.  On Friday, April 26th our bus will leave from our hotel in Scottsdale for a one day trip to the Grand Canyon.  Travel in a deluxe lavatory equipped motor coach to  enjoy the extraordinary views of the Grand Canyon.  There will be time for the amazing picture taking and time for lunch (on your own) and to visit the Gift Shops and boutiques.

The cost of the trip is $159.00.
Note, the trip to the Grand Canyon is about 4 hours from our hotel  There will be a Rest Stop. A local Grand Canyon Tour Guide will be traveling with you.  Seating is limited, so please send your payment today.

If you are interested in this wonderful trip, please go to Eventbrite to register and make your payment.


Ruth Bridges
Aviva Travel Group 
PO Box 1155
Laveen, AZ 85339
Home: 602-907-5101
Cell: 602-481-5680

eFax: 630-559-8845


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