One of things I love the most about conferences is getting to see some of you when the conference is in your area! This is a photo from the RT Conference in Los Angeles! I was so lucky to be able to see my buddy Kathy! Yeah. Looking forward to seeing her again when RWA makes its way to San Diego.
Today’s Throwback Thursday isn’t that far a toss backward. This picture is from the 2014 RT Convention in New Orleans where I was lucky enough to be able to hang out with my Lucky 7 Romance ladies and the fabulous Sharon Hamilton. As you know, the Lucky 7 ladies have a new box set out – Lucky 7 Brazen Bachelors! I’m also honored to be participating in another box set with Sharon in June – Heroes in Uniform. So excited and I’ll share more on that release as soon as some other details are finalized!
So here goes – from the left to the right in the photo: Sophia Knightly, lil’ ol’ me, Susan Hatler, Sharon Hamilton and Virna DePaul!
You can visit this album to see more photos from that convention!
I’ve always loved reading stories about our military men and women and that inspired me to create the Take a Chance series. It’s been a challenge to explore the many facets of military heroes and their struggles in the battlefield and off, but I so love giving them their happily-ever-after.
What’s truly inspiring is the way so many veterans have dealt with the wounds they’ve suffered while serving our Nation. People like Daniel Jacobs who didn’t let the loss of part of his leg, remaining foot, and a few fingers keep him from trying out for the Detroit Lions.
Or Noah Galloway, a double amputee whose goal it is to inspire other other veterans!
Noah will be on this year’s Dancing with the Stars. Here he is sharing some info on his journey for that show. Thanks to Noah’s Facebook Page for this!
Then there are my friends at the RomVets, romance authors who have served in various military branches. And let me not forget my buddy Kim, from the wonderful SOS ALOHA Blog who is the wife of a military man and helps organize so many wonderful things for our military men, women, and families with the help of RT Book Reviews.
So that’s my #WriteWednesday inspiration and God bless each and everyone for their service and sacrifice.
As I’ve mentioned, it’s been 15 years since my very first release, NOW AND ALWAYS! It was so exciting to get “The Call” from the editor saying that they wanted not only that book, but a second. Wow!
I was totally doing the happy dance that day. To celebrate today, NOW AND ALWAYS is free at various locations and is part of the specially priced SOUTH BEACH SIZZLES COLLECTION, now only .99 cents for the month of September.
Today’s throwback is to the cover of RT Magazine which featured NOW AND ALWAYS on the cover. I’m told the very sexy man on the cover is none other than well-known cover model John DeSalvo. I remember the first time my boss saw the cover. He said, “It’s very . . . pink.” I guess he didn’t know what else to say although he’s been a good egg about my writing gig over the last 15 years.
Thanks to RT Book Reviews Magazine! All rights to this cover belong to them.
As promised, I’m sharing some photos with you! It was so much fun getting to meet some of you at the conference. I really appreciate you coming by to talk with me and share some time.
To me, that’s the best thing about being a writer – getting to meet you! So here are those photos, including some with those of you who were so kind to drop by.
Wow, was RT fun, but also very very tiring and busy! I have a load of photos to share and I’ll get them up in an album for you for tomorrow. Also made plans for a number of upcoming guests to visit and share their books with you!
Here are Charles and Len, two former Mr. Romances! I’m also in the shot, working hard as usual (LOL!)
Hope you enjoyed today’s Guilty Pleasures.
Welcome to the Banned Books Blog Hop! It’s always a surprise to me to see the list of books that have been banned over the years, especially when they contain books that I’ve read and found so enlightening, like TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, or so entertaining, like HARRY POTTER. To me books, especially books of fiction, are one of the best ways that we can explore issues in society and bring them to the forefront for discussion and consideration.
When I was a teen, a local high school not only banned the books, but burned them. That case went all the way to the Supreme Court. To this day I always questioned why a few thought some ideas were so radical they needed to be eradicated by burning, like in FAHRENHEIT 451.
Which I guess is why I love America. We have the First Amendment and protections against restrictions on our speech. We also have a way of resolving our differences about whether or not the speech contained in certain works merits those protections. I hope that we never reach a point where things like “fairness doctrines” stop us from being able to openly discuss issues that are of importance for our society.
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