Friday was filled with more publisher book signings and workshops. Here are a few more smiling faces.
|Vicki Lewis Thompson|
|Vicky Dreiling & Debra Mullins|
|Anne Gracie, Jo Beverley & Cara Elliott|
By Friday afternoon I had mailed six pre-paid flat rate boxes of books and swag home from the conference (for lots of great giveaways!) but I still had lots - LOTS - of books from the day's signings and was wondering how I was going to get them home. Enter my angel, Kim Castillo! She and her husband came to my rescue. Without them, our prize coffers here at the Romance Dish would have about 80 fewer books. Thank you, Kim!
After an afternoon of signings and visiting, I joined my three roommates for dinner, again on the deck at Junior's (What can I say? I love the place!) before returning to our room to get ready for the Golden Heart/Rita ceremony.
The ceremony itself was terrific. Meg Cabot rocked as Mistress of Ceremonies (Has anybody ever noticed how much she looks like Tina Fey?) with impeccable timing and a great sense of humor. Many of the acceptance speeches were memorable; some humorous, some poignant and others overflowing with enthusiasm. It was, all in all, a very good night.
|Joan Kayse, Christina Brooke, Susan Sey & Inara Scott|
|Tiffany Clare, Maggie Robinson & Miranda Neville|
Apologies to Tiffany's friend (far left). I can't remember her name. I'm so delighted that I got to spend more time with Tiffany and Maggie at this conference!
Katiebabs (a/k/a KT Grant) and PJ. Kate runs her own blog, we were fellow reviewers at RNTV and now she's a published author. So happy for her writing success!
Harlequin SuperRomance author Kay Stockham and PJ.
|Gabriella Edwards & PJ|
|Jodi Thomas - I got to hold her Rita!|
|PJ with Kris Kennedy|
|Manda & Santa|
|PJ & Karina Cooper|
|Toni Blake/ Lacey Alexander|
|PJ & Joanne Lockyer|
|Anna Sugden & Trish Milburn|
Tiffany Clare rocked the (mythical) red carpet in one of my favorite looks.
Check out her gorgeous hair accessory!
You can't have glamorous dresses without fabulous shoes. Here are a few of the shoe highlights from RWA in New York City!
The conference was officially over but I still had one day left in NYC. Stay tuned for the final chapter of my RWA Conference Recap!
Earlier, I mentioned the huge drinks served in the hotel bars. (A couple are pictured below.) What's your favorite drink for those special celebrations?
I'll choose one random commenter to win a signed book from my RWA conference stash.