Post conference update and some good news!

Hi Friends!

This has been an incredibly busy summer, all in the best ways. Sending kids off to college, vacations, conventions, romance awards, and BIG anniversaries! My husband and I celebrated our 25th, I can’t believe it. Guess it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun! 🙂

The RWA Conference in July, was such a blast. It’s for Romance writers only, so even the biggest names in romance can let their hair down and have fun. Here are some of my favorite highlights of the trip:

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Of course, In and Out Burger is a first stop in San Diego!

 

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and this ADORABLE bookstore and coffeeshop, the Upstart Crow in Seaside Village. I didn’t want to leave it!

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The lovely, hilarious, talented Nora Roberts! I sat in on her Q&A session, and learned more in one hour than I have in the past five years. She curses, she drinks, and she’s unapologetically successful. Love her!

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I believe this moment was when she was telling someone to “get over themselves” and get busy writing. 🙂

 

The lovely and talented Julia Quinn. Such a sweet person, and incredible writer.

The lovely and talented Julia Quinn. Such a sweet person, and incredible writer.

The great Susan Elizabeth Phillips signing her newest book. She's a hoot.

The great Susan Elizabeth Phillips signing her newest book. She’s a hoot.

Indie Book signing

Indie Book signing

My table set up with chocolate and swag! The perfect bait...

My table set up with chocolate and swag! The perfect bait…

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The wine trail at the Marriott to help you find your way. Follow the chardonnay trail! Red, white, and rose, oh my!

Nice guy from Amazon modeling his tattoo while playing with his Betsy Anne stress reliever! I don't have any tattoos, but if I were to get one, it would be this! Or a cat. :P

Nice guy from Amazon modeling his tattoo while playing with his Betsy Anne stress reliever! I don’t have any tattoos, but if I were to get one, it would be this! Or a cat. 😛

I thought those stupid stress relievers were going to be MUCH smaller. I sent them straight to the hotel so I wouldn’t have to haul them cross-country, and when I picked them up, the box was the size of a Smart car. I wasn’t fully sure it would fit on the elevator! I’m sure someone took video of me and posted it to YouTube, struggling with this beast of a box through a very crowded hotel up to the fourteenth floor! I don’t even want to look. 🙁

I hope you enjoyed a few shots from the trip. These events really recharge the creative spirit being around such giving authors. Read, read, and read some more! These are some pretty cool peeps, keep them employed!

I’ve had some great news this summer, as well. Mine, Not Hers is a current finalist in the Las Vegas Romance Writer’s, I Heart Indie contest. Winners to be announced in October.

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A Love We Deserve was honored as a finalist in the Virginia Romance Writer’s Holt Medallion award in June, and is a current finalist in the First Coast Romance Writer’s 2016 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award.

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I am so proud of these honors. It’s a nice little cherry on top when your hard work is recognized. Although, I’m happiest when readers enjoy my work! That’s why I write, not for awards, but for the sheer pleasure of creating stories I can share. I hope you enjoy my books, and share them with your friends. 🙂

I’m furiously working on a new manuscript I’m really excited about. Time to start a new chapter, literally! (How many times in your life can you use that terminology properly! HA!)

Enjoy the rest of summer, that last lazy read in a hammock outside before we get into cuddle by the fire with a good book weather! See a theme?

xoxo – BA

 

 

 

 

2 Responses

  1. Congratulations on all your honors and awards! You certainly deserve them. When can we expect your next book? Can’t wait.

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