|Sandy Blair, Susan Sey, Suzanne Ferrell, PJ, Joan Kayse|
I always look forward to Friday morning of RWA conference week because I know I'll be starting the day with smiles, hugs and much laughter. How do I know this? I know, because Friday is the day that I have breakfast with wonderful friends Suzanne Ferrell, Joan Kayse, and Susan Sey. And this year's breakfast was made even more fun with the addition of Sandy Blair!
Friday morning's breakfast speaker was Julia Quinn, who is not only an accomplished writer but also a wonderful speaker. Her words were humorous and inspirational, moving us to both laughter and tears.
After breakfast, I was off to more publisher book signings. Here are a few photos from Grand Central, Harlequin, Berkley and Pocket:
The husband and wife writing team of V.K. Sykes (she's Vanessa Kelly). I'm loving their new Seashell Bay series, set on an island off the coast of Maine.
Elizabeth Hoyt's Dearest Rogue is one of my favorite books of 2015. And I adore her new haircut!
Have you read Laura Drake's contemporaries yet? Her book, The Sweet Spot won the 2014 RITA for Best First Book.
Stacy Henrie's Of Love and War trilogy is set during World War I. Now that the trilogy is complete, I'm looking forward to reading all three books.
I can't get enough of Paula Quinn's MacGregors!
Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis is an awesome beginning to her new series. I can't wait for more!
I'm so happy for Jessica Scott's success. Writer, soldier, wife, mom; this woman does it all!
What do hotel security guards do on their breaks? Read Julia Quinn, of course!
Stephanie Laurens is one of my favorite authors and a truly lovely lady. Also, I never tire of her wonderful Australian accent. Have you ever read about her journey to becoming a romance writer? It's fascinating! Check it out at her website:
I met Marie Force at my first conference in 2009 when she was a debut author. I'm thrilled for the huge success she's achieved since then. She's worked hard for it and never gave up, even when the going was very rough. It's a lesson we can all learn from.
So happy Susan Andersen and I were able to find time in our schedules for a chat. Love her humor! Seeing her at conference always makes me smile.
If you think Kristan Higgins' books are funny, you should meet her in person! Sarah Morgan and Kristan Higgins a/k/a "the photo bomber."
Sarah caught on pretty quick.
And, of course, all was forgiven in the end.
RaeAnne Thayne is one of my keeper authors. I've been reading her books for years and enjoying every one!
If you enjoy paranormal romance, you'll want to check out Jeaniene Frost!
Grace Burrowes was a double RITA finalist this year!
I love Virginia Kantra's Dare Island series so much! Luke's story, Carolina Man was a 2015 RITA finalist.
I brought Jane Porter's new book, It's You home from conference and can't wait to curl up with it.
A newly published author from my city. So happy for Jessica Peterson! Check out her Hope Diamond trilogy.
Friday afternoon, I attended a Tea hosted by Eloisa James. What fun it was!
We gathered at the charming Boise Tea Parlor in the West Village for lively conversation and a delicious assortment of sandwiches, cakes, macarons and, of course, tea. I highly recommend the Provence Rooibos, a no-caffeine tea combining fruity berries with mild lavender. It was delicious!
|Debbie Mason, PJ & Vanessa Kelly|
Friday evening I enjoyed a lovely dinner out with good friends. The restaurant was next door to a busy fire station which created a fair bit of noise but the food was delicious, the service was good, and the company was outstanding. And I had escargot, which I adore and hadn't had in years. It was fabulous and I savored every delicious bite, even if others may have squirmed a bit at the notion that I was eating snails...and enjoying it. What can I say? I'm weird that way. ;-)
|Mary, Stephanie & Kim|
Back at the hotel, I made a sweep through the bar and ran into long-time friends, Mary, Stephanie and Kim.
|Kim and PJ|
I chatted with them for a while then it was off to bed for a good night's sleep in preparation for what promised to be a very busy Saturday!
Are you a photo bomber?
What food do you love that others may consider weird?
What accents do you never tire of hearing?
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