Monday, July 20, 2009

LIT Ladies in D.C.

Hmmm, so I promised that the LIT Ladies would be blogging live from RWA, and silence. Guess what I left sitting on my kitchen table at home??? My laptop! Amanda and Charlotte had theirs, but internet was super-pricey and we all were almost never in our rooms, blogging.

However, a good time was had by all. This was a busy conference. It was--as always--wonderful and creatively refreshing to hang with Amanda and Charlotte. We even managed to plot out a possible fourth Celtic Spice anthology in a matter of minutes (when we were *supposed* to be going over our workshop notes, of course!). If only we could have more of these 'real life' gab sessions, who knows how much we could accomplish!

We also enjoyed a yummy Thai dinner with LIT regular Barbara (of the Happily Forever After blog). It was so great to meet her, and we had a lot of fun chatting about the conference and about romance in general (but why didn't anyone take pictures???).

Let's see....what else?! A fabulous Lebanese dinner with my fellow Harlequin NASCAR authors and the editorial team. An equally fabulous French lunch with Amanda, Charlotte, fellow Spice author Victoria Janssen, and our Spice editor, Lara Hyde.

I also got to spend some time with my long-time friends Sally MacKenzie, Eve Silver, Teresa Bodwell, Caroline Linden, Ann Christopher, Laura Drewry, Jessica Trapp, Jackie Ivie, and Colleen Gleason. Plus I made some new pals--the aforementioned Victoria Janssen, and Nicola Cornick (who I was lucky enough to sit beside at the Literacy signing--what a lovely woman!).

Between all that socializing, I also managed attended several terrific workshops, particularly one given by author Julie Anne Long and agent Steve Axelrod, and another given by the always-hysterical Anne Stuart.

And then there was the Harlequin party! Amanda, Charlotte and I took a taxi over to the Ritz-Carlton, swearing that we would only stay an hour or so, since we had to be up early to present our own workshop the following morning at 8:30 a.m. Instead, we danced the night away, and closed the place down. Who knew we were such party animals?!

Okay, that's about it in a nutshell. Photos, top to bottom: LIT ladies with our Harlequin Spice editor, Lara Hyde; Amanda and Charlotte; Kristi and Charlotte; Sally MacKenzie, Jackie Ivie, name unknown, Jessica Trapp, Ann Christopher, Kristi, and Eve Silver.


Cecile said...

Glad everyone is home safe and sound and thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures with us! For those of us that were not there... that made me feel like I was "almost" there! =)
I hope you all have rested and have a wonderful week!
And crossing my fingers to attend one year!!

Anonymous said...

You all looked so great!! I'm glad you had a blast at the Harlequin party.

Charlotte Featherstone said...

Well, I see that no one managed to capture my 'skinny side'!

It was so much fun!!!! Lara was so much fun, and so was Victoria Janssen! And our own would have laughed, Barbara, I had an allergic reaction to the Thai food and the next morning I was looking a bit like a blow fish!

One day we all have to meet up. I wonder if NY is a logical place? We could do a big LIT dinner, or maybe afternoon tea. So civilized, and such an oxmymoron since we're all a bunch of hussies!

Lea said...

Awesome pictures!

Looks like you all had such a wonderful time.

Thank you for sharing the photos!


Amanda said...

Fantastic pics ladies! You all look fantastic!!

Thanks for sharing!!

Genella deGrey said...

Columbus, Ohio sounds like a wonderful meeting place . . .

(Tapping toes on the ground hoping everyone will get the hint*) ;)

Huzzah to the LIT Hussies!

Thanks for the pix, girls!

Amanda McIntyre said...

Thanks Kristi for posting those pics! It was a great time and I hope you will all consider attending the RT convention in Columbus Ohio I think the LIT ladies will be there in full force!;)

It was a wonderful week and we just arrived back home today after a quick stop in Iowa City--

we did decide though that the building here in rural Iowa do not even come close to the granduer of soem of the buildings we saw on our Americana journey.;)
What an amazing country this is, and so breathtakingly beautiful!

Speaking of ...we do clean up nice, eh? ;))

I know Lord C. M. is grateful to have us back home. Little things like tending the rose garden and walks in the moonlight are moments he is used to sharing with his ladies.

But I cannot tarry too long in the manor garden as a deadline looms before me!

I will have to entrust the poor man to Charlotte and Kristi for a time.

* does weary a body
Amanda M

Anonymous said...

Entrust me to Charlotte? Surely you jest? She has banned me from the bedchamber. Something about deadlines....

Kristi, I have yet to hear from.......

Won't anyone take me on?

A sadly deprived and solo Lord CM

Karin* said...

charlotte! i missed meeting you! :(

Karin Tabke

Charlotte Featherstone said...

Karin, I know, I NEVER saw you, not once!!!

I tried to get to you at the Lit signing but by the time I made it back to the T's you had gone.

Next time.

BTW, I hear you're goregous and stylish.....and VERY nice! Lol!

Genella deGrey said...

Poor Lord CM.

I bet I could locate a spare pillow for your head should you require one.