The Maggies are Georgia Romance Writers' awards of excellence for both published and unpublished romance fiction (like the RITA awards at RWA national conferences). They're a prestigious award with categories filled with immense talent. This year was no exception. The Maggies are also filled with beautiful gowns, incredible shoes and, this year courtesy of Kim Killion and Hot Damn Designs, gorgeous romance cover models! Here are some of the highlights from Maggie night.
PJ celebrates with New York Times bestselling historical romance author Jennifer McQuiston (her Summer is for Lovers just released and is fantastic) and double-Maggie-finalist Heather Snow (her historical romance Sweet Madness is one of my best books of 2013).
Harlequin Kimani Romance author Phyllis Bourne (one of my table mates) won the Maggie for Best Contemporary Series Romance with her book, Taste for Temptation. I'm not sure who was more excited: Phyllis or her proud husband. One thing for certain, both of their smiles lit up the room!
What better way to rock the red (okay, gold) carpet than with ravishing red shoes! Thanks to conference attendee Rebecca Bridges for allowing me to photograph these beauties!
Conference "twins" Nicki Salcedo and PJ. I adore this smart, sassy, immensely talented woman. Can't wait for her debut from Belle Bridge Books, All Beautiful Things to hit the shelves!
Kim Killion and Jennifer Jakes. Kim is the woman we have to thank for bringing her cover models to this year's conference. Here at the Romance Dish, we have a special place in our hearts for Kim. She was one of our biggest cheerleaders when we decided to start the Dish, helped us develop this site and designed our banner. She's also the creative genius behind many of the best romance book covers in the market.
I always look for the ladies from Carolina Romance Writers when I go to conferences because I know they'll be sporting some amazing shoes. The pink ones on the right belong to Elizabeth Michels whose debut historical romance from Sourcebooks, Must Love Dukes will be coming out in 2014.
It's not only about the shoes. We spotted this wonderful fascinator worn by Maggie Worth while standing in line for the buffet.
Good friend and conference roomie, Louisa Cornell, who was a Maggie finalist in the unpublished historical romance category, along with cover models (and such nice guys!) Harvey Gaudun-Stables and Scott Nova.
Nancy Northcott (I highly recommend her books!) and PJ, following the Maggie ceremony. Haven't read Nancy's books yet? Pick up a copy of Renegade today but made sure you don't have anything on the schedule. This is a book that won't let you put it down!
Harlequin Superromance author, and Maggie finalist, Pamela Hearon sported some awesome shoes this weekend. Here's the glitzy pair for Maggie night. Still loving that nail polish!
When one of your favorite authors says to someone, "PJ and I are conference bff's," you just smile and say, "Why, yes. Yes, we are." At least I do. Especially when that author is the immensely talented and incredibly lovely Heather Snow!
I'm wrapping up our Moonlight and Magnolias coverage with this final photo of Nicki Salcedo surrounded by cover models Scott Nova and Harvey Gaudun-Stables. Why? Because Nicki is proof that with hard work and dedication, you can have it all. Wife, mother of four, full-time career woman and soon to be published author, Nicki (along with fellow long-time GRW member Jennifer McQuiston) shared her secrets in their M&M workshop, "This Crazy Life." One of her best tips: Nicki and her husband find time for just the two of them by getting up before the sun and working out at boot camp every morning. The result? A very happy woman rockin' her hot bod between two rockin' hot cover models at this year's M&M. I can't think of a better recommendation for attending Georgia Romance Writers' Moonlight and Magnolias Conference than that!
Hope you've enjoyed our 2013 Moonlight and Magnolias coverage. I came home with so many great ideas, made new friends and increased my tbr list substantially. I also came home with books and swag to share! So, tell me, how do you make time for yourself? Have you discovered a great new book (or author) recently? Do you exercise regularly? What are your tips for a happy, healthy life? One person leaving a comment will receive a goody package from my M&M stash. (U.S. only)