Wednesday, August 08, 2012


After an exciting, busy and hectic RWA conference, I found it hard to get back into the grove of writing. When I’m pulled out of a story, it takes a while to get back into my character’s heads. I was sluggish and lazy and couldn't generate enough energy to write a setence. With lots of rest, I'm happy to say my mojo is back.  

It was a great conference. Met with some old friends and made new ones. I talked so much I was hoarse for two days when I got home. After the literacy signing on Wednesday night, The Texan’s Bride won The Bookseller’s Best Award. That was exciting. The rest of the time I spent in meetings, luncheons, catching speakers I wanted to hear and parties. Can’t forget the parties. I’ve had my quota of chocolate for the year.

On Friday evening I had dinner and drinks with the editors and authors of The Harts of the Rodeo continuity for Harlequin American. We celebrated finishing the books. The first book came out in July and will continue every month until December.  From l to r, Roz Fox, C.J. Carmichael, Johanna Raisanen, Kathleen Scheibling, Cathy McDavid and me.

From there we went to the Harlequin party at the Hyatt Regency. I saw Ann Roth and Barbara White Daille there. They were having a great time. “It’s Raining Men” was playing. Authors go wild when that song comes on.

Saturday was rehearsal for the Rita ceremony and then the actual ceremony. I wasn’t nervous until I was seated in the ballroom. Butterflies took over my stomach and I didn’t eat the cake or fruit they served. I was afraid I’d throw it up. Everything went smoothly though. I didn’t win and I wasn’t disappointed. I was happy to be there. Here’s a photo of me and Kathleen at the ceremony.

Now I’m back in the real world: laundry, planning meals and boring other household stuff. Last week I was fighting the temptation to relax a few more days. Anyone feel that way after a fun vacation?

Back to writing,
Tomas: Cowboy Homecoming – Dec ‘12



Megan Kelly said...

Congrats on the Booksellers' Best award, Linda. That's awesome.

Linda Warren said...

Hi Megan,
Thank you!

Marin Thomas said...

Yeah, Linda! Congrats on your award--well-deserved :-)

Linda Warren said...

Thanks, Marin!

linda s said...

I just reread The Texan's Bride. Still love it. Happy it won an award. The RWA sounds like such fun I wanna go. In my dreams, maybe.

Linda Warren said...

Thanks! You should try to go when the conference is in your area. Lots of authors, books, talking, sharing and getting to know each other. It's fun and exhausting.LOL And you'll never forget it.

CJ said...

Linda, it was fun to see you at RWA--wasn't that a great dinner with the Hart "family"?

Congratulations on your Bookseller's Best Award, and also on your Rita Nomination. That, in itself is a great accomplishment. One of many for you!


Linda Warren said...

Yes, the "Hart family" dinner was fun. Good friends I've known for years, good food, and some wine. Oh, yeah!

Thank you, CJ. It's been exciting.

Amanda Renée said...

Congrats on your award! I wasn't able to make it this year, but I hope to see you in Atlanta.

Linda Warren said...

Thank you! Looking forward to meeting you in Atlanta. And if it's your first conference, you're going to have a blast.