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,Linda
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