Friday, August 1, 2014
What Happens in San Antonio - Part Four
Friday is fun day! Also fatigue day. By now, the feet are sore and, in my case, the knee is swollen but this is the RWA National Conference and we soldier on. (Many thanks to my roomie, Lisa for trekking to other floors to fill my ice bag!) Here's a photo of Lisa and me:
Friday was another early day as I had a 7:30 breakfast with the fabulous Teresa Medeiros over at the Menger Hotel. Didn't encounter any ghosts in the supposedly haunted hotel but saw a lot of gorgeous architecture. We had a wonderful visit, laughed a lot and savored a delicious breakfast, especially (in Teresa's case) the bacon. *grin*
Beautiful stained glass in ceiling of old lobby at the Menger.
Teresa, savoring her last piece of bacon.
I've enjoyed Theresa Romain's books and "known" her online for a few years but hadn't had the opportunity to meet her until this year's conference. What a fun, sweet and obviously talented lady! Lisa and I joined Theresa for lunch Friday at Luciano Ristorante next to the conference hotel. The food was delicious (so good I forgot to take a picture) and the company was even better. Theresa's next book, Season for Desire will be out October 7th. I can't wait. I love this series!
Four more publishers had signings on Friday, giving conference attendees more photo ops and free books. These signings are more crowded and the rooms smaller than the Literacy Signing but the books are FREE! Here are a few photos from Friday's signings. Again, you can view more of the photos I took in the RWA albums at my facebook page.
RITA finalist Beth Andrews
Talented - and sexy - Julia London strikes a pose.
The always smiling Sheila Roberts.
New York Times Bestselling author Marie Force. If you're thinking of going to the Moonlight and Magnolias Conference in Atlanta in October, Marie will be the keynote speaker.
Sophia Nash is gracious, gorgeous and sweet as can be. I hadn't seen her in several years and it was so wonderful to reconnect.
If you've ever wondered if competing New York Times Bestselling authors get along, this photo of Cathy Maxwell and Jennifer McQuiston should answer that question. These two are a hoot!
Check out the bracelet that one of Virginia Kantra's readers made for her. Each charm is one of her book covers. Isn't that cool?
For those invited to the publisher parties, Friday night's anticipation is second only to that of Saturday night's RITA and Golden Heart ceremony. Each publisher hosts a party or dinner (typically offsite) for their authors and invited guests. For the Avon party, which I attended, we were taken by river barge to the site of the party. Pamela Spengler-Jaffe, Senior Director of Publicity and Brand Development at HarperCollins Publishers, and her team once again planned and hosted an outstanding party that was enjoyed by all in attendance. A highlight of the party, other than the delicious food and drinks ( I was partial to the coconut shrimp and prickly pear margaritas) were the creative "word bubble" fans, decorative accessories and the green screen where you could have your photo taken with a choice of five backgrounds which ranged from sweet to hot. You know I wasn't about to pass on that! LOL!
Toni Blake and Julie Anne Long ready to party the night away!
Cathy Maxwell, Katharine Ashe, Sara Jane Stone and Maya Rodale ride the river barge to the Avon party.
I would have been happy eating nothing but the delicious shrimp all night, washed down with a margarita, of course!
Carey Baldwin, Lisa Lin, PJ, Tessa Dare and Sarah MacLean. Was there any doubt we'd choose this background?
With Cathy Maxwell and two San Antonio librarians. We had a lovely time chatting with them!
One of my favorite photos of the whole week. How can you not love having your picture taken with the incomparable Susan Elizabeth Phillips?
Returning to the hotel after the Avon party, the first person I saw was author Kieran Kramer who came charging up to me and said, I need an Oprah shot!" Huh? What? Oprah? Okay! I'm game! Um, what's an Oprah shot? Turns out, this is an Oprah shot. I like it! So now I know how to take a selfie. Hold the camera above me and look up. Much better than the straight on shots I'd been attempting. I tried it after returning home and it works great! Also disguises those pesky double chins. *grin*
Seems I wasn't Kieran's only victim....er...subject. When she got home she combined her Oprah shots into this video. The woman has no shortage of talent!
So that's it for Friday - a fast, fun, fabulous day. Join us tomorrow for the final RWA blog featuring a Bandit breakfast, more signings, a terrific multi-author lunch, the excitement and glamour of the RITA / Golden Heart ceremony and what I know many of you have been waiting for all week: the Shoes of RWA!
Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever stayed in a hotel that's haunted?
Bacon, sausage or pass the fruit, please?
Had you heard of the Oprah pose? Have you tried it?
If someone made a bracelet for you, what charms would they choose to best describe you?
What word bubble would you choose for a photo shoot and what author would you choose to to be in the photo with you?
One person leaving a comment will receive a signed copy of Small-Town Redemption by 2014 RITA finalist Beth Andrews and a signed copy of What the Groom Wants by 2013 RITA finalist Jade Lee.
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