WOO HOO! It's finally here! The platters are loaded with delicious goodies, blenders filled with margaritas are whirring and the gorgeous waiters are awaiting your pleasure. The Romance Dish is ready to open for business so let's cut the ribbon and get this party started! (Andrea whispers in PJ's ear) What? But they all know us! (more whispers) Oh. Yes, that's true. We did tell people to bring their friends. I guess it would be a good idea to tell them a little bit about us and how we came to form The Romance Dish. Okay, listen up, everybody! I'm going to tell you a story.
Once upon a time there were four women who loved to read romance. They were frequent visitors to places like Squawk Radio, the Eloisa James/Julia Quinn Bulletin Board, the Avon Authors Forum and RomanceNovelTV - places where they would talk about the books they had read and what they liked (or didn't like) about them. They had opinions. Lots of opinions! One day, Maria and Marisa, the mavens of RNTV, asked them to formalize their comments by writing book reviews for their site. The women had never thought about writing actual reviews but it sounded like fun and, goodness knows, they sure did enjoy talking about romance. Over the next two years they reviewed 147 books, discovered terrific authors whose books now grace their keeper shelves and made great friends. But, alas, all good things must eventually end and a little over one month ago, the women received the news that RNTV would be closing. They were disappointed and sad but they weren't finished. There were so many books waiting to be published, waiting to be reviewed. They still had more to say! As luck would have it, the four women were scheduled to attend the Moonlight & Magnolias Conference a few days later.
(Gannon whispers in PJ's ear) But I'm afraid I'll forget someone! (more whispers) Yes, you're right. We should thank the people who have helped us but there are so many and, besides, people are getting restless. They're thirsty and hungry. They want to party! I don't know if Sean and the other waiters can hold them back! (frantic whispers and lots of hand gestures) Okay! I know it's important! I just don't want a riot at our first party. Not when we've worked so hard to decorate the place. I'll make this short and sweet. Then can we start the party? (Gannon, Andrea and Buffie happily smile and nod in agreement) Honestly, how did I get elected to emcee this gig anyway? Mumble...grumble. Oh. That's right. I volunteered. (PJ steps up to the microphone again.)
Since undertaking this new project, we have been blessed with an enormous amount of encouragement, enthusiasm and much-appreciated guidance from across the romance writing and reading world. We appreciate each and every one of you! Special thanks go to talented authors Anna Campbell and Trish Milburn who will be joining us here at The Romance Dish with monthly blogs. Be sure to mark your calendars for the 10th and 24th of every month. Special thanks go to Kimberly Killion for designing our beautiful banner, avatars, rating stars and much more. Beverley Kendall at The Season has been so generous in promoting our site and will be posting second-hand reviews from The Romance Dish. Special thanks to Barb at Happily Forever After for graciously guiding a fellow blogger she had never met (me) through the steps to create our slide show and re-writing the code to make it fit into our side bar. And last, but never least, many thanks to The Romance Bandits for their support and guidance and to Banditas Trish, Joanie, Nancy and Caren for convincing us in Atlanta that we can do this thing!
Okay, ladies! Let's cut the ribbon and get this party started. It's time to dish!
We're looking forward to a terrific line-up of books, blogs and authors at The Romance Dish this month. What are you looking forward to in November? Leave a comment and you may win one of the many prizes we'll be giving away throughout the day. Every comment is another chance to win!