I was up bright and early Wednesday morning for my annual volunteer shift at the RWA registration desk. I've been doing this for six conferences and it's one of the highlights of my week. It's a great place to meet and greet people arriving for the conference, connect with old friends and meet new ones. The RWA conference is huge and volunteers are essential to the smooth operation of events. To show their gratitude, RWA randomly chooses one volunteer each day to receive a free registration for the next year's conference. That's a thank-you valued at more than $450!
Following my volunteer gig, I headed upstairs for coffee and pastries, hosted by historical romance author, Sabrina Jeffries.
|Cail, Sabrina, and PJ|
It was great catching up with fellow readers/street team members that I met last time RWA was in NYC and meeting new ones.
|Sabrina & Writerspace's Cissy Hartley|
I always enjoy visiting with people who share my love of a particular author's work. I didn't drink much coffee or eat any pastries but I enjoyed laughter in abundance!
I went straight from Sabrina's coffee and pastries to Roxanne St. Claire's street team lunch at Ellen's Stardust Diner. (If you've guessed by now that food plays a prominent role in conference week festivities, you'd be right!)
For those of you unfamiliar with Ellen's, it's a 1950's themed diner that features singing waiters and waitresses.
Many future stars of stage and screen spend their early years in the business singing for diners at Ellen's. Fun, fun, fun!
All proceeds from sales of books at the signing benefit literacy organizations. This year, the total raised was more than $48,000! Here are a few highlights from the RWA15 Literacy Autographing.
Kim of SOS Aloha, one of the many volunteers who keep the signing running smoothly.
Elizabeth Michels sparkled and so do her books!
A RITA finalist for her romantic suspense novel written as Mary Burton, she also writes women's fiction under the name of Mary Ellen Taylor. I enjoy both!
If you're a fan of Downton Abbey, check out these books by Sherri Browning!
The awesome Carly Phillips and Janelle Dennison!
I really enjoyed Back to Before by Tracy Solheim.
Double RITA finalist, Jill Shalvis. I fell in love with her new book, Second Chance Summer.
Julia Quinn. I have a keeper shelf dedicated just to her.
Love Anna Sugden's hockey heroes...and the Cadbury chocolate she brought me from England!
Look at all those RITA pins on Vicki Lewis Thompson's badge!
Beautiful, gracious and an amazingly talented author. Nalini Singh has it all.
The lovely Roxanne St. Claire. I love visiting her fictional Barefoot Bay. Every conference, there's that one person that you keep running into. This year, Rocki was that person for me.
The awesome Sarah MacLean. She's earning her own keeper shelf in my home library. Can't wait to see what she brings us next!
One of the loveliest people around. I just adore Sophia Nash.
Marni Bates is an awesome YA author and an absolute joy to be around.
Let Lily Everett take you Home for Christmas on October 6, 2015.
RITA finalist, Kimberly Kincaid also rocked some amazing shoes. Shoe photos to come!
Have you read Sally Kilpatrick's debut, The Happy Hour Choir? I so enjoyed it!
Double RITA finalist, Patience Griffin. I was so happy to see her debut book, To Scotland With Love recognized in two RITA categories. It's superb!
RITA finalist, Meredith Duran (she won!). I was thrilled to see her incredible writing finally recognized with a RITA award.
RITA finalist, Carolyn Crane. I found her most recent book, Behind the Mask, riveting.
Shana Galen sure knows how to rock those fascinators...and write terrific books!
RITA finalist, Tracy Brogan's books are humorous, heartwarming and oodles of fun!
Who doesn't love Susan Elizabeth Phillips? Nobody I know!
Another author with a badge full of well-deserved RITA pins: the wonderful Lorraine Heath!
Have you picked up Julie James' newest book, Suddenly One Summer yet? It's terrific!
In my opinion, Rose Lerner is one of the best historical romance writers around. Check out Janga's recent review of Lerner's reissued debut novel, In For A Penny.
Yep, that's me with Jude Deveraux. Giddy, fan-girl moment for sure!
That's it for the tour of this year's Literacy Autographing. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for more authors, books and fun from RWA15 in New York City!
Have you ever been to a multi-author book signing?
Which authors would be on your short list?
Two randomly selected people who leave a comment will receive a signed book from my conference stash.