I was going to do a nice, thoughtful post for Memorial Day, but threw that out the window when I noticed that RWA has posted the list of authors signing at the Literacy Autographing on July 15 in Washington D.C.
If you live anywhere within spitting distance of D.C., and can't afford to attend the whole RWA conference, I still highly recommend you make the trip for at least this one event. It's free to get in, open to the public, and the cost of any books you purchase are donated to literacy charities. It's an awesome, wonderful, amazing event, and really? Seeing that many authors, gathered in one ballroom, all signing their latest releases is really flippin' cool. Hell, even if you don't buy a single book, it's worth coming in just to people watch.
Lots of great authors lined up this year - including Nora, Jennifer Crusie, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, J.R. Ward and Suzanne Brockmann. But I know you're dying to ask? Who am I excited about seeing?
I've read and loved her last two Harlequin Historicals (the Edwardian, The Last Rake In London and the throwback, Kidnapped: His Innocent Mistress). Plus, she lives in England. This is a long-ass trip for her, and I'm sure she's shelling out the bucks because she has back-to-back-to-back releases coming out from HQN this summer (I picked up The Confessions Of A Duchess this weekend). So I'm really, really excited to meet her. I mean, she's in England, I'm in California. How many chances am I gonna get?
Any others? Thea Devine will be in da house again this year. I've met her before, but this year I vow I will finally get my hard cover, book club edition of Desired signed. It's a must. That woman's stories are like crack for me. Hey, you all have J.R. Ward. I have Thea Devine. Over the top sexual shenanigans and soap opera plots. Seriously. My life doesn't get any better than that.
So what authors on the list intrigue you? Are you attending RWA this year? Making the trip for the Literarcy Signing? C'mon, dish!