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50 Book & RITA Pin #ThrowbackThursday

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.

#WriteWed Writing Romance and Empowering Women

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!
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#ThrowbackThursday RWA Conference and Cafe du Monde

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!
Cafe du Monde New Orleans RWA National Conference

#ThrowbackThursday Turn the Page Bookstore Signing 2012

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.
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#ManCandyMonday Giancarlo Stanton

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!
Giancarlo Stanton

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!

#WriteWed Conferences and Craziness

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.

Hope you are all having a fabulous Wednesday!