Hi Everyone! I’m back and finally getting my voice back after a wild few days in New York City at #RWA15! But before I get to the hilarious stories and pictures, last month’s winner of a copy of His Lost and Found Family was…
Annette A! Annette, congratulations! Send your address and format preference (print with bonus goodies or epub ebook file) to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Okay! Now back to the hilariousness!
So the first thing I did was fly into New York and catch a show–A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (it was hilarious!). That sounds simple, right? What wasn’t simple was the absolute MAD dash I had to make through Times Square to get to the show on time. See, I’d been traveling with Pamela Hearon, a Superromance author, and she’d reserved a car for us. Which didn’t show. Like, ever. Eventually we got a cab and the driver did his very best but every time we’d start to move in traffic, we’d get stopped again. Fire trucks. Delivery vans. Stoplights.
I was seeing the show with Tahra Seplowin, a Harlequin Desire editor and native New Yorker. Finally, we got close to Times Square and the driver thought I could make it. I hauled my 50 pounds of luggage out of the taxi’s trunk and was on the phone with Tahra, who was frantically trying to flag me down. Finally, we spotted each other and I got across the street to where she was and that woman, bless her heart, grabbed all 50 pounds of my rolling luggage and TOOK OFF through a crowded Times Square as only a native New Yorker can. I couldn’t keep up with her. By the time I reached her, she was already putting my luggage in the coat check in the theater. We raced up four flights of stairs (of course we had the cheap balcony seats!) and sat down, said “Hi, it’s nice to meet you!” as we panted–and the lights went down.
Yup. Thanks to New York Traffic, I cut it exactly that close. But we saw a great show! I also saw Something Rotten later in the trip, which was a hilarious riff on Shakespeare. I highly recommend!
The next morning I had breakfast in Katz’s Deli with author Laura K. Curtis–that’s where the infamous “I’ll have what she’s having” scene in When Harry Met Sally was filmed. And then we went for a corset fitting at Orchard Corset Center. The proprietors of the shop are known as Bra Whisperers–they can fit you just by looking at you! I got two corsets, an overbust one in a deep blue with gold detail stitching and an emerald green underbust one. Laura got a beautiful black corset.
The owners are husband and wife and the wife does all the lacing and fitting. I wear corsets almost every day for back pain and support so when she said, “Are you ready?” in a thick New York accent, I said I was–I knew what to expect, right?
Have you seen those scenes in movies where the heroine has to hold onto the bedpost? (Titanic had one, I believe.) Yeah, I needed a bedpost. That woman pulled the corset laces so tight, so fast that I fell back into her and almost knocked her off her stool.
Her response? “I thought you said you were ready!”
Yes, I did die of a little embarrassment there. I really did.
After all of these fun times, the conference actually started!
Then there was the famous Harlequin Black and White Ball (you can see one of my corsets in the picture). It was held at the Waldorf Astoria again this year and it’s just such a magical time and place. To think–I get to go party at the Waldorf with all these fabulous authors!
RWA is always such a good time because writing is often a solitary sport–this is the only chance so many of us have to actually see and hang out with people who understand us and why we do what we do.
I did a panel with W&W’s very own Cynthia D’Alba on getting your muse to cooperate–that was fun, too. Picture me sitting at a table and telling innocent authors, “YOU MUST WRITE CRAP” in ominous tones. Which really just means that sometimes you have to write it the wrong way to figure out how to write it the right way, but I *might* have scared a few people with that one. Oh, well!
Next month I’ll be back with more information on my latest release, His Son, Her Secret, but here’s the blurb:
Their families tore them apart. Can their baby bring them back together?
For more than a year, Byron Beaumont has tried to get over Leona Harper. Not even living overseas could erase the memory of their affair…or her betrayal. Her family has been out to destroy his for decades, and despite Byron trusting her, making love to her, Leona kept her identity hidden. Now that Byron is back—as her new employer—he wants answers.
But what he gets is another surprise. Leona has given birth to his son. He’ll do what it takes to care for his family, even if it means spending days—and nights—wanting the one woman he can’t have…
Plus–right now? His Son, Her Secret is on SALE at Amazon–only $2.88 for the print! Preorder it now because I don’t know how long that price will last!
CONTEST! His Son, Her Secret is the next book in the Beaumont Heirs series, so one lucky commenter will get a copy of Tempted by the Cowboy, a Beaumont Heirs book with a cowboy in it! Just leave a comment and answer this question:
If you were going to see a show on Broadway, what would you see?
Have a great day, everyone!