Thursday is a good day at conference with people filled with energy and enthusiasm; not yet hitting the wall of sleep deprivation. That wall is looming in the distance but not here quite yet. My morning began early at a book discussion breakfast hosted by Eloisa James with Linda Francis Lee the guest of honor and her new book, The Glass Kitchen: A Novel of Sisters, the topic of discussion. It's a beautifully written book that I highly recommend.
Our hostess, Eloisa James.
Linda Francis Lee, author of The Glass Kitchen.
The breakfast group. We had a lively discussion and a wonderful time.
Thursday also kicks off conference workshops as well as the publisher book signings. Here are some photos from Thursday's signings.
Mary Jo Putney
Did I mention the book posters displayed on elevators, columns and walls throughout the conference hotel? Here are a few:
And the granddaddy of them all...
Late Thursday afternoon brought a couple more parties. The first one I attended was the Lady Authors' Rakes and Cupcakes party hosted by Miranda Neville, Caroline Linden, Katharine Ashe and Maya Rodale. The company was good, the champagne bubbly, the tiaras sparkly and the cupcakes delicious...especially the chocolate cupcake with salted caramel frosting. OMG good!
Here's a photo of historical author Jennifer McQuiston and me enjoying the party.
And here's one of those fabulous cupcakes!
Do you know any Pro Ro's? I do! Here are the wonderful founding members of the Professional Romance Fans at the Robyn Carr party.
And here are their Pro Ro rules. Rock on, ladies!
PJ and Robyn Carr.
Here are a few more random shots to round out the day.
Check out Kay Thomas's awesome purse!
Trish Milburn (2014 Emma Merritt Service Award Winner), Roxanne St. Claire and Marilyn Baxter
Tina Dick of the German romance magazine, Love Letter with Terri Osburn whose Anchor Island contemporary romances are very popular with German readers. (American readers too!)
Jennifer McQuiston, PJ and Miranda Neville. Jennifer is the Queen of selfies!
Tomorrow, it's more workshops, publisher signings, breakfast and lunch with favorite authors and the Avon Books publisher party. Be sure to come back for photos and details you won't want to miss!
For more great photos and conference highlights, check out Kim in Baltimore's travel blog at Aloha on My Mind.
How are you at taking selfies?
Are you a tiara girl?
Are you looking forward to the new Outlander for TV? An author posted today that she subscribed to Starz just so she can watch it. Would you?
What's your favorite kind of cupcake?
Do you belong to a book club or book discussion group? What book are you reading?
If you had an elevator in your office or home, what book cover would you put on it?
Three people will be randomly chosen from comments posted no later than 12:00am Saturday, August 2nd to win today's prizes. Those prizes are:
Signed copy of Summer is for Lovers by Jennifer McQuiston (U.S. only)
Signed copy of How a Lady Weds a Rogue by Katharine Ashe (Canada only)
Copy of The Promise by Robyn Carr (International to any country to which bookdepository.com delivers)
BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE COUNTRY WHERE YOU LIVE IN YOUR COMMENT SO WE CAN PUT YOU INTO THE CORRECT PRIZE DRAWING.