Friday is the day of conference when people are really starting to feel a bit rough around the edges. Case in point, I'm starting to work on this blog post Friday afternoon and already my brain is leaking like a sieve. So for lack of having any brain cells to rub together, I'm going to go with the Ye Olde Make A List route:
- I adore Thea Devine. I love that woman. The first romance novel I ever read that could be construed as "erotic romance" was a Thea Devine novel. I love her misbehavin' heroines, her barely housebroken (hell, who am I kidding - these guys still pee on the carpet) heroes, and when she's concocting an over-the-top, Big Secret, soap-opera-style world/plot? I'm like a junkie begging for a fix. She's my guilty pleasure. Haters gonna hate, but if you've read and enjoyed even one J.R. Ward novel....shut your pie hole. Don't be hatin' on my Ms. Thea. Anywho, I got a signed copy of her BRAND NEW release, several hugs, and she was just the sweetest. Total gushy fangirl squee'ing moment.
- Carrie Lofty slipped me an ARC of her October release Flawless. I told her I would love it and pet it and name it George. I'm seriously already looking at my "reading calender" to see when I can justify reading it (and I am trying to not resent the heck out of my current review commitments).
- Jennifer Haymore looked fantastic when I saw her at the Grand Central signing. As quite a few of you may recall, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. When I inquired on how she was feeling, she said better and stronger every day. Go Jennifer go!
- I was happy to see that Kensington had a signing this year (this was the first one I've seen them have, and I've been attending RWA every year since 2007). I was glad I went to see them first though, since they didn't have a lot of books. I was able to snag a couple of Bravas though (Emma Lang and Sylvia Day) along with a copy of Blue Angel by Logan Belle. Now, I had never heard of this book, but I took one look at the cover and I was sunk. I mean, how could I resist picking that up? The answer was, I couldn't. It's published under the Aphrodisia imprint, so it falls more under the "erotica" label - but hey, that's hunky-dory with me. I hope the inside matches the incredible packaging.
- Samhain had a signing this year, they had a ton of books, and a nice variety of authors. Contemporary, historical, paranormal, erotic, and m/m were all represented. I also was able to finally meet Heather Osborn, one of their editors, and someone I follow on Twitter, in the flesh. I had been missing her the entire conference, and I just caught up with her on the last day.
- Joanna Bourne likes my blog. Go ahead. Be jealous bitches!
- Trisza Ray won the Golden Heart (unpublished manuscript) in Paranormal Romance and I hope someone gives her a big, fat juicy contract. She was so genuinely overcome, shocked, and in awe - that it was hard for me to stay seated, not rush the stage, and hug the dickens out of her.
- Karen Templeton won the RITA in Contemporary Series Romance, and I was just thrilled for her....even if I haven't read the book (Welcome Home Cowboy) yet because I suck like that. She writes such wonderful books, and her shout-out to her category writing sisters during her acceptance speech was spot on.
- Sharon Sala is full of win. Now, I've read a couple of her books. A Silhouette Desire I was "meh" on and a romantic suspense where I liked the suspense and the romance? Not so much. But I'm telling you, after hearing her acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award? I want to run home, dig all her books out of my TBR, and start reading.
See you back in Cali!