|Sean, Kelly, Rachel, Cameren, Sinclair and me|
I’m finally in the Big Apple and I wanted to go to a small local place for lunch so someone recommended Ellen’s Stardust. A 50′s style diner that features a singing wait staff. They are aspiring Broadway singers/actors and they even let me get into the act. No, I didn’t really sing because people were still eating. Sinclair has been in the Lion King and is currently writing a musical. (You can watch a clip here)
My New York blurber, Stacey Agdern took me to a NY deli for dinner (pastrami sandwich…yum) and then to Lady Jane’s Salon. Romance authors Maya Rodale, Leanna Renee Hieber, and Hope Tarr got together to offer Manhattan’s first reading series devoted exclusively to romance fiction and this was launch night.
|Hope Tarr, Ron Hogan, Maya Rodale and Leanna Renee Hieber|
Madam X has the perfect ambiance for this venue. Old brick walls and read lamps add to the atmosphere of the Regency period when such readings were common. The crowd was held entralled while award winning author Andrea Pickens read from her latest book, The Scarlet Spy. Then Hope Tarr took the stage with an enthusiast rendendition of her book. As the audience left, I heard many say that they’d be back with their friends.
I also got to meet Marisa O’Neill and Maria Lokken of Romance Novel TV who cornered me for a quote on the night and I found out it’s not easy to be witty on spot. I now have a new respect for those with microphone’s shoved in their faces.
There was a nominal admission charge or one gently used romance novel. Cash bar. Proceeds to benefit
|Marisa O’Neill, me and Maria Lokken of Romance Novel TV|
Share The Love, a non-profit organization that reaches out to groups assisting women in crisis/transition by providing gently used romance novels. Over 1,000 romance novels have been given to women in need and at homeless shelters. According to Hope: "When women read, everyone benefits." I couldn’t agree more. Sponsored by Share The Love and Ron Hogan.
Next month is featuring authors Laura Willig and Jenna Petersen and I’m sorry I’m going to miss it. We really need a Jane’s Salon in Milwaukee and I’ll be watching for the franchise.
Bottom Line: Day one of NY adventure completed and I haven’t been hit by a cab yet (like in San Francisco), so I have high hopes for the rest of the week.