Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Going to a Conference and I'm Gonna Get Bookish...

This year I'm attending the Annual Reader Author Get Together for the first time as a published author. I'm feeling more than a little giddy about this--three years ago I attended as a reader, but I was working on Stone Kissed and knew I wanted to be on the other side of the table at the book signing one day.

I went a little swag-happy: Each attendee gets a great tote bag full of bookmarks, books, pens, candy and tchotchkes from dozens and dozens of authors. My sons and I packaged my "swag" up in envelopes and hand-wrote a little note on each one. Projects like that always take longer than you expect, but having attended five or six conferences now, I know how much fun it is to dig through the swag-bag after a long day of laughing, talking and making new friends.

This event is one of my all-time favorites. Lori Foster, Duffy Brown and Linda Keller keep it low-key and fun, and OH the raffles! We raise a lot of money for charity, and get up to shenanigans. Here's some photographic evidence from the 2009 conference. In 2010, my so-called "friends" hid my camera (though I'm sure they'll deny it).

What about you? Have you ever gone to a romance novel conference, or another specialty event just for the fun of it?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Telling the truth, most of the truth, and something like the truth

I'm blogging with my new team at http://www.everybodyneedsalittleromance.com/ today. Come over and ask me questions. I've gotten some good ones so far, like "Will you marry me?" and "What's it like writing for Carina Press?"

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

STONE KISSED wins 2011 Golden Quill for best first book!

I've sat on this news for a week because the contest coordinator had to contact finalists and winners as far away as Australia, so I have no fingernails left but...

STONE KISSED won the 2011 Golden Quill award for Best First Book!

Many thanks to the Desert Rose RWA.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Will, Kate and the Wrath of the Romance Author

It's the morning after. Do the newest fairytale couple know what they're in for? Let's talk truth in fiction (or just gossip) at Here Be Magic, the group blog of the Carina Press paranormal/fantasy authors!