By Saturday my butt was dragging. The wake-up call came at 7AM, and my first thought was "how badly do I want to get up to attend the NAL and Ballantine booksignings?" Seriously. Exhausted. But I wanted to get my hands on Tessa Dare's debut novel, Goddess Of The Hunt, and I had heard she was going to be signing some copies at the Ballantine signing. I was in luck! She did have copies, along with more of her cute promo pins for her trilogy. Rosie had been coveting mine, and since she was running a little late, I swiped a set for her.
Next up was my video debut. Romantic Times is apparently looking to revamp their web site around the first of the year, and they're shooting video interviews to be posted. They asked me if I would consider interviewing an author. Carrie Lofty and I both jumped at the chance! It went fairly well. Carrie and I didn't have spinach stuck in our teeth, and hopefully we made enough coherent sense that when they go through the editing process we'll come out looking mighty fine. It's going to be a long time before it's posted though! Not until sometime around the launch of Carrie's second novel, Scoundrel's Kiss, which won't be released until January 2010. I'll keep y'all posted!
Carrie and I were on such a high after that shoot that we briefly hit the Sourcebooks publisher signing (which was jammed!), then got a drink at the bar to celebrate. She hadn't eaten all day and one more panel discussion to attend, so after downing my cosmopolitan, I left her to mail my final box of books and goodies before FedEx closed.
Then it was time to beautify for the RITAs! I attended a cocktail party beforehand (the joys of being a librarian who orders a crap-load of books for a living), so I found myself getting all fancied-up before the others. I went up, schmoozed, and left the party around 7:30PM to connect with the other bloggers so we could sit together at the award ceremony.
By now the RITA winners have been posted. I was so happy to see Karen Templeton win. I was sad that Janice Kay Johnson didn't win for the most awesome The Man Behind The Cop, but I did think she was a bit of a dark horse in the Suspense/Adventure category. The biggest shock of the evening (I thought) was a YA novel winning the best first book category. Note to self: have Lil' Sis check book out. Might be good to add to her classroom.
There was a small gathering of bloggers after the RITAs, but as detailed in previous posts, I was dog-tired from lack of sleep. Plus I had to get up early the next day to catch my flight. So I made an appearance, then went back to the room to get some sleep.
Rosie, Kristie and I shared a cab to the airport. Our flights home were uneventful, although the flight to Dallas found us sharing a plane with several other conference attendees. Among them? Stephanie Feagan (RWA Treasurer and writer), Sharon Lathan (Sourcebooks author) and Sharon Sala. Yeah, Sharon Sala. We really only chatted with Sharon Lathan, since she was literally sitting right behind me and Rosie!
Our flights home were just as uneventful as our flights to D.C. My Man met me at the airport, we got my luggage, and he promptly informed me we would be ordering a pizza for dinner (yeah, I looked that good). I was in bed by 7PM last night....and slept the whole night though. Seriously. That tired. It's a full rich day today with laundry and errands. Then it's back to work tomorrow. Coming up? Pictures! Look for an entire post devoted to them tomorrow.