Hi everyone! I’m running late today–I got sucked into writing a *very* special scene from the follow-up to Something About a Cowboy. AHEM.
Anyway, I have a winner from last week! Congratulations, Ana Alvarez! You win a copy of The Nanny Plan! Send your address to email@example.com with your preferred format (print with bonus goodies or epub)! Huzzah!
I’m in a mad dash to get ready for my next conference, RWA in New York! RWA is the Romance Writers of America and this is a professional conference, not a reader one. But if you’re in or near New York on Wednesday, July 22, at 5 pm there’ll be a massive Readers for Life signing and the proceeds go to support literacy programs! I’ll have copies of NotMy1stRodeo.com and there’ll be special prizes for everyone who gets a copy signed by all three of the authors–me, Donna Alward and Jenna Bayley-Burke! So get them early, people!
In other news, we went on vacation! The family and I spent a week in London! It was great–The Kid is ten now and I think this was a perfect age to throw him into a different country (where we spoke at least 60% of the same language, thank heavens). We went to the Harry Potter Studios (that’s me with the Wizard’s Chess Queen!) and did nearly every touristy thing you could think of–the Crown Jewels, the Tower Bridge, the London Eye, the Millennium Bridge, a Shakespeare play at the Globe (As You Like It!)–it was WONDERFUL! It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Pro-tip: We didn’t plan it this way, but it worked out so well I’m going to tell you guys about it. The Kid’s backpack is bright, Safety-Orange. We didn’t intend for him to wear it every day, but he wanted to which had 3 benefits:
1. He was wearing a bright orange backpack. We never lost him in a crowd–and the Tube stations during rush hour were CROWDED.
2. He was our pack mule. He carried the snacks and the water bottle and any gifts we bought. I DID NOT HAVE TO CARRY ANY OF IT.
3. He had a built-in handle for when we needed to grab him real quick (seriously, rush hour in the Tube is not for the faint of heart!)
Clearly, my evil plans to turn my son into a world traveler are working (cue evil laughter).
CONTEST TIME! How about you? Where did you go on vacation this year? Or are you saving up for something special? One lucky commenter will get a copy of His Lost and Found Family!
See you next month! Have a great rest of the summer, everyone!