I have just returned from the Romance Writers of America conference in New York City. To the left are views from my window. Having a view of Times Square is wonderful until about 3 in the morning when the lights are still flashing through your window.
I got a late start at the conference, but I definitely had fun catching up. Here I am with fellow Carina Press author, Adrienne Giordano, and beneath that I am with one of my favorite authors, Kat Martin.
At the Carina Press cocktail party I envied the vivacious Julie Rowe's pink eye shadow, and I envied Jeffe Kennedy that she could wear this outfit and look great in it! :)
More lovely Carina authors joined me. The talented trio of Caridad Pinero, Eliza Knight and Ruth A. Casie.
And then it was time for the Harlequin "Black and White" Ball at the Waldorf Astoria! I felt like I had stepped back in time to an era of big bands and luxurious supper clubs.
Betsy Horvath, Adrienne Giordano and I made it onto the big screen at the Waldorf!
I'll share with you one of the funnier experiences I had at the conference. I stepped into an elevator where a man in gym gear stood quietly in the corner. We traveled in silence for two floors when a very exuberant author joined us, holding up an award. I asked what she won the award for and she gushed, "For erotica. A story based on Lady and the Tramp meeting werewolves." I offered her my hearty congratulations as she disembarked three floors later.
At this point the man standing in the back of the elevator spoke up. "Excuse me," he said. "Did that woman just say she won an award for an erotic novel about Lady and the Tramp meeting werewolves?" To which I replied, "Yes. That is what she said."
The man shook his head and murmured, "Man, I need to start reading more."