What happens when you put together a die hard Cubs fan with a die hard Mets fan? Lots of fun actually. Today is a shout out to my buddy Priscilla Oliveras and all the fun we had at RWA 2016 and the All Star Game festivities in San Diego.
A big WOO HOO as well to Priscilla on the release of her debut novel HIS PERFECT PARTNER! Congrats, my friend! I know how long and hard you’ve worked for this very special day!
Today’s throwback is not all that long a toss since I’m going back to last week and the RWA conference in Orlando, Florida. Sharing some photos of my friends, workshops, fireworks and other fun things!
With the RWA Conference coming up in July, I’m so excited. I’m getting together promo items, I’ve got a date with some new RWA members for a trip to Disney, other dates with my agent and publisher, a signing . . . SO MUCH TO BE EXCITED ABOUT.
And I’ve divested all the assorted pins from my badge holder and have left only two for now: My 50 Book Pin and my RITA nomination pin. So that’s today’s Throwback! My two pins.
I had the pleasure of being the keynote speaker at the 2016 Nielsen Romance Summit at the RWA Conference in San Diego. It was exciting to speak about my experiences with diversity in the publishing industry. But it was just as important for me to discuss what I called the nation’s largest woman-run and woman-centric industry: The Romance Novel Industry.
From authors to agents to editors and publishers, the romance novel industry is one that provides opportunities for countless women. But it isn’t just about that end of the business, it’s also about the readers and the messages that we deliver in our romance novels. It’s about showing that two people can be partners in a relationship and that the relationship can be loving and fulfilling.
It’s about showing heroines who control their lives whether they are stay-at-home moms, soldiers, astronauts, librarians, lawyers, doctors, police officers, firefighters. . . You get it. Women are everywhere in all walks of life now and romance reflects that. Romance helps spread the word that as a woman, you can be anything that you want to be.
So help a women-centric women-powered industry by reading a romance!
I love going to the RWA national conference. It’s a great time to meet readers at the signing, go to workshops to learn more about the craft and business of writing, and meet with writer buddies. Today’s throwback is to a breakfast I shared with my Lucky 7 friends at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. I just loved the fabulous company and the totally tasty hot chocolate and beignets.
Here’s a secret for you: Look for another Lucky 7 release soon!
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!
This is a picture of me with the amazing Nora Roberts at the signing at the Turn the Page Bookstore.
I’m back from San Diego and boy did I have a blast. The All Star Game has inspired me to finish up the next baseball book and I had an amazing time attending workshops, talking with friends about work and life, and meeting new people at the RWA Conference. I’ll be sharing some photos tomorrow from all the events.
For today, since I’m in baseball mode, I’ve got sexy Giancarlo Stanton up at the plate. He might be a Mets killer with the might swing of his bat, but he is a hottie!
Photo Credit: Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
If you’re like me and can’t get enough of sexy baseball players, click here to visit Harper Bazaar’s Gallery of MLB hotties.
Have a great Monday!