Monday, July 20, 2009
LIT Ladies in D.C.
Hmmm, so I promised that the LIT Ladies would be blogging live from RWA, and then...radio 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, so....no 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.
Posted by Kristi Cook at 5:21 PM