One of my most exciting times as a writer was being nominated for the 2012 RITA in the Paranormal Romance category! It was so amazing to attend the awards ceremony and all the related hoopla. It was also exciting because in July of that year I got to sign at the Turn the Page Bookstore and got to sit next to none other than Nora Roberts. What a fan girl moment for me. It was all I could do not to squee! LOL!
Good morning! It’s Wednesday which means it’s time for some behind the scenes talk about writing inspiration! For me, meeting readers and getting to spend time with them as well as meeting other authors and hanging with them is a prime source of inspiration.
My trip to San Diego for the Romance Writers of America conference filled me with lots of energy and new ideas.
I know my trip to the Fall in Love with New England Conference will be just as awesome! There are going to be lots of fun games, panels and a book signing for readers and just as many wonderful opportunities for authors to connect with the readers and with each other.
As for me, I also get to do a road trip two fabulous writing friends. That means lots of talk about our stories, what’s happening in the publishing world and even better, my first ever trip to Salem! So excited about that.
Anyway, if you get a chance, check out the conference and I hope I will see some of you there.
I’ve been lucky to have been able to travel to lots and lots of interesting places thanks to both my legal job and my writing. One of my fav places to visit was Nora Roberts’Boonsboro Inn.
I went there with friends one Christmas season to see the rooms during their open house and then again the next year for the big July signing where I was able to sign next to none other than Nora. What a fan girl moment for me!
Each of the rooms at the inn has a different literary theme, like:
Marguerite and Percy
Nick and Nora
Jane and Rochester
Elizabeth and Darcy
Titania and Oberon
Eve and Roarke
Westley and Buttercup
You can not only enjoy the luxurious rooms, you can visit the Turn the Page Bookstore to pick up releases from Nora or from a number of other authors.
Counting down the minutes until I leave for San Diego. I am so excited to not only be going to RWA, but baseball fan that I am, I snagged tickets to go to one of the All Star Game Fan Fest events. SO EXCITED!!
I will be sharing lots of photos from all the events next week when I get back.
Today’s Throwback is to the 2012 RWA Literacy Signing. My buddies K.M. Fawcett and Cathy Tully are taking a moment to drop by and lend their support to a worthy cause.
The 2016 “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing will be held on Wednesday, July 13, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in San Diego, California. It’s RWA’s goal this year to reach the 1 Million Dollar Mark in donations for literacy!
I’ll be donating copies of ONE NIGHT OF PLEASURE to be sold to raise money and I’ll have some special goodies for those who come to the signing!
I feel like the year is just flying by! It’s already mid-March and I’ve got the awesome Liberty States Fiction Writers Create Something Magical Conference this weekend. I’m excited to be doing a workshop there and the book fair on Saturday, which is open to the general public. If you’ll be in the Woodbridge, NJ area, I’d love to see you there! The signing is from 4 to 6 pm and you can check out what other authors will be there by clicking here.
What other craziness? Well, I’ve been busy writing my story for the SUMMER HEAT box set and also working on a new project. I’ll have news for you soon on that one! Good news that I’m very excited about.
In the meantime, I’ve been working out and trying to get more fit. Writing (and working at a law firm) are both such sedentary tasks, but I’ve been up and about and on my way to 45 pounds lost. I’d love to lose another 25 to 30 by the time that San Diego and the RWA National Conference rolls around. I’ll be doing a workshop there and also participating in the Literacy Signing. Woo hoo! Very excited about that one as well.
He has just one night to prove to her that anything is possible…
Jason Hart, Jase to his friends, has just graduated college and earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. It’s the night of the graduation party and she’ll be there. His best friend’s slightly older sister, Nickie. Nickie is the only woman he’s really wanted for a long time. He has just one night to make it happen.
She has just one night before the man of her dreams leaves, maybe forever, but can she find the courage to take a chance…
Nicole de Salvo has been in love – and lust – for her little brother’s best friend for years. For years she’s watched from afar and done nothing about her attraction for Jason Hart only now their time together is almost at an end. On their last night together will she find the courage to do something about her feelings, or will she live with regret for the rest of her life?
I hope you all have a great weekend and if you’re in the Jersey Shore area, please pop on down for a fun night!
It’s not possible to talk about reaching the ONE MILLION BOOKS SOLD mark (still can’t get over it) without talking about the very first one as well as some people who have been so very very instrumental in giving me the opportunity to write for you!
First of all, a big thank you to the fabulous Fern Michaels who took the time to read my first works and put me in touch with her editor. Her advice and support was invaluable in my deciding I might actually be able to write.
Another big thank you to the late Gwynne Foster who I sat with at one meeting and basically told me, “What are you waiting for! Just send it to them!” I did and got a call just a few weeks later from my very first editor, Diane Stockwell. It was such a pleasure working with her on the Encanto line and if it wasn’t for her support (and buying my very first book).
Things don’t always go smoothly in the publishing world and when Encanto disappeared, it took me a few years to sell another book. This time it was to the awesome Stacy Boyd who always brought out the best in my writing and who has been a wonderful advocate at Harlequin. Thank you, Stacy.
There have been many many other people and I don’t want them to feel left out, but I’ll share more thanks in the future (since I really really really want to milk this moment – LOL!).
To end today’s Throwback Thursday, here is a photo from my very first signing in Menlo Park Mall.