Sorry I haven’t posted since I got back from RT (Romantic Times Booklovers Convention). It’s been crazy — but not in a bad way. For those of you who want to see my RT photos, they’re on my Twitter feed. Either go to Twitter and search under my name, or just pop over to my home page. My Twitter feed is there.
I had a fantastic time, caught up with old friends, and met new ones! Uber-fan Renee and her hubby Will took great care of me in Kansas City. Will picked me up at the airport (with a little picnic lunch!). Due to the problems I have flying (and the Dramamine I have to take), I can’t eat before or while flying. After two flights to get to KC, let me tell you, that lunch was manna from heaven! He also delivered two racks of ribs and all the fixins to the hotel for me, Renee, and friends to feast on. Renee had a vintage jewelry shop set up in Club RT, and needless to say, I visited (and bought) jewelry daily. Fountain pens and jewelry are my weaknesses. And I got the chance to go to The Pen Place near the hotel, and treated myself to a Waterman Expert II fountain pen. Love, love, love it!
I had various breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with Jill Smith (RT reviewer and gal pal), authors Jennifer Estep, Linnea Sinclair, Stacey Kate, Kelley Armstrong, Diana Rowland, and Ilona & Gordon Andrews. (Ilona & Gordon had graciously invited me to be on their “Writing Action Scenes for Romance” panel.) What can I say? I adore them. Such a sweet, gracious, funny, and creatively brilliant couple.
Colleen Lindsay and Erin Galloway from Penguin hosted a party in the hotel bar for all of the Penguin authors at the conference. Awesome! Agent Sara Megibow hosted a party at Milano’s for all of the NLA (Nelson Literary Agency) authors. So great to finally meet Sara (every bit as sweet as I knew she’d be), and my agency sisters!
At the Giant Book Fair I had a fangirl squee moment with David Morrell (the author who created Rambo). Yep, I’m a big thriller fan. Last year’s RT gave me the chance to go fangirl on James Rollins. Hmmm, who will it be at next year’s RT in New Orleans? And yes, I will be going. I think it’s in mid-May of next year.
Oh, and while I’m on the topic of books I love and their authors, I’v recently read NO REGRETS and LIVING ON THE EDGE by Shannon Butcher. I bought EDGE OF SANITY at the book fair and Shannon graciously signed it. She is an amazing author and gracious lady. If you like action romance — go, buy, and read! They’re that good.
THE GRENDEL AFFAIR is with my editor Anne Sowards right now, and I’m due to start writing the second SPI Files book — THE DRAGON CONSPIRACY — on June 1. (That’s 9 months until my deadline of March 1, 2014). Time does fly. Of course I will have to stop writing that book to take care of the edits on the first book from Anne — and some changes I already know I want to make.
This week is being spent trying to catch up from RT, and get ready for my next trip. On Monday, I’ll be going to New York to meet Anne Sowards for the first time! I’m so excited! I’ll be meeting with the folks there at Ace Books (aka Penguin), along with my agent Kristin Nelson. Three days in Soho and Greenwich Village. REALLY looking forward to it! As always, keep an eye on my Twitter feed for lots of photos!
Oh, and I’m also working with Webmaster Todd to give my website a long overdue updating.
Like I said, sorry for not posting; but rest assured, when I’m not posting, I’m hard at work on books for y’all!