|Cathy Maxwell & PJ
Later Monday evening Kathryn and I ventured out (via another "interesting" taxi ride - this time our driver carried on an extremely colorful shouting match with the driver of the delivery truck next to us for several blocks) to meet other romance lovers at Lady Jane's Salon at the Madame X Bar and Lounge. The place was packed with readers and authors who had come to hear Sarah MacLean, Leanna Renee Hieber, Karen Rose, Carrie Lofty, Diana Love Snell, and Eloisa James give readings from their books.
I was thrilled to finally meet paranormal author and fabulous tweeter extraordinaire, Keri Stevens...
catch up with friends Stephanie, Mary and Santa...
|Kathryn, PJ & Nicki
|Juliana Stone & Karina Cooper
The BonBons (as those of us who met at Eloisa James's bulletin board call ourselves) were out in force. It was great to see so many familiar faces though we sure did miss those who weren't able to come this year (like J Perry Stone, Terri O and my fellow Dishes!) I also caught up with Canadians Tiffany Clare and Juliana Stone, two of my favorite people to hang out with. Juliana introduced me to Avon author Karina Cooper who is taking the romance world by storm with her new Dark Mission series. I haven't read Karina's books yet (they made the trip home with me) but I sure am looking forward to diving into them.
|Karina Cooper & Colleen Gleason
There were many people I never saw at last week's conference but Karina and I kept running into each other everywhere we went and I'm so glad we did. Have you ever met somebody that you instantly liked? That's Karina. She's smart, funny, quirky, rocks fascinators and sky-high heels with panache and I absolutely adore her. If you're ever at a conference or booksigning where she's present, don't miss the opportunity to make her acquaintance
|Caroline, Diane and Anita Mae
|Hardworking RWA Staff kept the conference on course.
Tuesday morning brought one of my favorite conference activities: volunteering at the registration desk. Everyone has to register and many take care of it on the first morning so it's a great opportunity to meet and greet a lot of authors, bloggers and readers you might not otherwise see. This year, I was seated next to fellow volunteer Kris Kennedy. Two hours side by side with one of my favorite authors. What a fabulous way to kick off the 2011 conference!
|Sabrina Jeffries & PJ
Tuesday afternoon, fellow blogger Limecello (so great to finally meet her in person!) and I headed to Bricco (a local Italian restaurant) for a luncheon hosted by Sabrina Jeffries, a favorite author who just happens to be one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
|PJ, Cail, Sheridan, Freshechelle, SuzyQ & Donna
What fun it was to not only spend time with Sabrina but also meet (some for the first time) many fellow posters from The Goddess Blogs. A good time was had by all!
Have you ever been to a booksigning? I'll bet you've never been to one like this year's RWA Literacy Signing! Wow, what a crush! New York readers turned out in droves to meet their favorite authors and buy books for literacy. The signing was scheduled to run from 5:30 to 7:30 but at 7:00 there were still over 400 people who hadn't even made it into the room. Many authors stayed late and Sherrilyn Kenyon (who, imo, is a Romance Rock Star) stayed until every single reader who wanted to meet her had the opportunity to do so. I was told the next day that she was there until after 10:00pm.
Tune in Friday for more highlights and photos from RWA11, including pics from the Literacy Signing, Goddess Blogs party, Robyn Carr's readers party and the Berkley cocktail party!
The boxes I mailed home from RWA have started to arrive and we have lots of goodies to give away so let's have a contest. Tell me how many photos you think I took during the RWA conference. The person who guesses closest to the correct number will win two books of their choice (from the books I brought home) and swag from the conference!