Tuesday, July 16, 2013

We have arrived!

Here's a photo of the center atrium of the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta where this year's RWA national conference is being held. Andrea and both arrived around 2:30 this afternoon. Andrea's husband drove her into the city (after picking up our two roommates at the airport). Curb service is a special luxury when you live 40 miles from the conference hotel! My journey was a bit more circuitous.  I drove from Charlotte to the town where I used to live (about halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta) where I stopped to get a pedicure. My feet were very unhappy and needed tending by the lovely lady who has been my pedicure queen for many years.  After a quick lunch, I continued south to the outlet mall about halfway between former home and Atlanta where I searched for a pair of shoes to wear to the Rita ceremony Saturday night.  It's formal dress and I hadn't been able to find the right shoes that my awful feet would accommodate without killing said feet.  Success at the Outlet Mall!  I found cute shoes that I can actually wear. ::grin::

After those two necessary stops, I finally made it to our hotel around 2:30 and the first person I saw was good friend Kim Castillo!  She and her husband had just pulled in after their drive down from Indiana and I pulled in right behind them. So nice to be greeted with a smile and a hug upon arrival. :)

Maggie Robinson



The line at the hotel registration desk wasn't too bad so I only had to wait a few minutes. While checking in, I missed a call from Andrea.  Next thing I knew, she and our roomies Lisa (from Teatime Romance) and YA author Marnie Bates were standing next to me.  They were trying to check into our room at the other end of the long registration desk while I was doing the same! More hugs and smiles ensued.  Are you sensing a theme here?  :)










Terri Osburn

It's not too crowded yet, at least not like it will be tomorrow when the majority of the conference attendees arrive.  I have managed to stalk...well, not stalk but...okay,okay...stalk a few authors already.  We've seen most of the Romance Bandits, sat at a table next to Nora Roberts in the bar, met Susan Mallery who was chatting with Bandita Kate Carlisle, exchanged hugs with Trish Milburn, chatted with Juliana Stone (love her books!), met fellow blogger, Danielle Gorman (Ramblings from this Chick), chatted with Maggie Robinson (have you read her new historical, In the Arms of the Heiress? It's terrific!) and with Terri Osburn (good friend and debut author of the wonderful Meant to Be!)  I also met Heather Snow (I've been wanting to meet her!) who is just as sweet in person as she is online.)  Her book, Sweet Madness is one of my favorite books of 2013.







The elevator doors have these cool posters on them. Here's one from Harlequin for The Best Man by Kristan Higgins.  Don't you love it?


That's it for now.  I'm heading back to the bar with my camera. More updates later!

~PJ

13 comments:

  1. Love the elevator door. Have fun.

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  2. Looking forward to seeing more pics.

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  3. What a great idea and nice touch to post book covers on the elevator doors.

    It would be hard not to stalk authors with so many good ones around. Enjoy.

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  4. Thanks for the pictures. I am so jealous! :-)

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  5. Best elevator door I've ever seen. Loving the pictures thank you.

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  6. I love the posters--and your post. You give us a real sense of what it's like to be there, PJ. Thank you. Enjoy every minute!

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  7. Even though I'm here, I'm going to follow your posts--you'll let me know what I'm missing when I go to bed early! It was so wonderful to run into you first thing to start my conference off right!

    I have foot issues too. And it should be interesting to see if I can wear all the 7 pairs of shoes I packed.

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  8. PJ,
    Got my pedicure Monday night, finally finished packing at 11:30 pm -- had hubby stand on the scale with my suitcase to make sure it is under 50 lbs. :), and now I just need to get to the airport. I am due to arrive in Atlanta at 2:07. Yea. After a two year hiatus from the conference I am so thrilled to be going again. I'll look for you.

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  9. The next best thing since I'm not there is getting to hear all about it - thanks, and have a wonderful time - I'm sure you will lol.

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  10. Thanks for the postings and pictures from RWA.

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  11. I have been seeing similar pictures at different author’s blog and on Facebook and it all makes me even more green with envy to be there. What a ball you must be having surrounded by all of those fabulous authors and their novels. I would truly feel like Cinderella at the Ball! Have fun!

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  12. The elevator posters were a fabulous idea!

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