Well, I’m finally home and have been a total slug today. I didn’t even get out of bed until 3 p.m. and by then I had a ton of emails to read and answer. I could tell from reading them that everyone else had as much fun as I did at the Romance Writers of America Convention.
Since I missed blogging yesterday, let me catch you up. I started off with breakfast with Julia Quinn. She was still glowing from her Rita win Saturday night for On the Way to the Wedding for best long historical romance. It is the last book in her Bridgerton series and since I read them all, I highly recommend them.
I saw Jennifer St. Giles who was breakfasting with Jacquie D’Alessandro. Jacquie had the most beautiful white princess dress at the Rita Awards Saturday night and even though I didn’t get a picture, you can see her here. Well, I got an introduction and managed to snag an interview before Jacquie left to catch her plane.
Back to the room to pack up 3 boxes of books. What was I thinking?? Well, more to give away to you. Of course, first I have to sort them into the TBR pile (which will be overflowing into my living room). Then lots of hugs and farewells on the way to the airport.
A few other notable mentions from the conference. While wearing a pin that said "Official Kilt Inspector" (given to me by highlander author Sandy Blair), I was confronted by a man wearing a kilt. T.A. (Todd) Stone is a speaker who offers a Novelist’s Boot Camp. Here’s a picture, but I passed on the inspection (even though there were some egging me on).
I also want to thank Katherine Orr (KO) for the lovely invitation to Harlequin’s Party, that I unfortunately was unable to attend. I heard it was spectacular. To Chris and Leah of Dorchester for handling my teasing with such grace. To Craig for letting me into the NAL booksigning early so I could schmooze with all the authors.
Thanks to Nicole Kennedy and Katherine Addy who worked tirelessly in the Press Room. I think they had me on speed call to keep me on track.
Special thanks to Kelley St. John, RWA board member and author extraordinaire, who took me under her wing and introduced me to tons of incredible, interesting people. And to all members of RWA who smiled and offered words of encouragement to the newbie on the block. See you all in San Francisco!
Bottom Line: Even as a slug, I’ve got a grin that can’t be wiped off my face.
Me and T.A. (Todd) Stone (Man in Kilt)
Jacquie D’Alessandro, Jennifer St. Giles, Wendy Etherington
Marjorie Liu with 2 Rita finalist flags (for Eye of Heaven and Shadow Touch)
Me and Chris Keeslar (Dorchester bigwig)
Julia Quinn with her Rita