Bright Lights Big Stories was the theme of the 2011 RWA National Conference in New York City and, boy howdy, did they ever come through. Our hotel was smack dab in the middle of Times Square (my room overlooked the Good Morning America studios) which brought the bright lights and the terrific line-up of authors entertained and inspired with their stories. It will be fun to return to NYC later this month for RWA 2015. So many wonderful things to do...not nearly enough time!
Karina Bliss and Colleen Gleason were all smiles and rockin' gorgeous fascinators in the hotel bar.
Sabrina Jeffries, all dressed up for RITA® night. Sabrina kicks off a new series on July 21st with a familiar hero (from her previous series). American artist, Jeremy Keane will have his hands full with his English heroine in The Art of Sinning. It's so good!
Rachel Gibson's books always make me smile. Her See Jane Score (Chinooks Hockey Team - Book 2) is one of my all-time favorites.
Roxanne St. Claire is one of my favorite authors. She's also kind, generous and so appreciative of her readers. She recently released Barefoot With a Bodyguard, the first book in her new Barefoot Bay Undercover trilogy. Fans of her Guardian Angelinos will be thrilled to know that the elusive Gabe Rossi appears in the first two books of the trilogy and the third will be his story!
If you're a fan of Robyn Carr's Virgin River or Thunder Point books, you'd probably expect her to be warm, welcoming and fun to be around. You'd be right. Another author who truly appreciates her readers, Carr is a gem. Her newest book, A New Hope was released June 30th and is another winner in her Thunder Point series.
Jodi Thomas let me hold her RITA®! I had a wonderful time chatting with her and was so happy for her win. She's a lovely, down-to-earth, lady and such a good writer.
You might think the twinkle in the eyes of Anne Gracie, Jo Beverley and Cara Elliott denotes mischief and merriment. You'd be right. This delightful trio had me grinning from ear to ear and their books have places of honor on my keeper shelves!
All my reader friends know I love my highlanders and Paula Quinn writes some of the best around. Her MacGregors are all keepers!
Position yourself in the lobby of a conference hotel and you never know who you'll run into. Maybe you'll hit the jackpot and have a cozy chat with Connie Brockway and Eloisa James!
Have you ever been to New York City?
What are your must-see attractions in the city?
What city (cities) would you most like to visit?
Do you enjoy dressing up?
Any particular authors you'd like me to try to get photos of at the upcoming conference?
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