Thanks to Beth Andrews for sending her hubby over to take that photo, otherwise, I wouldn't have one. And thanks to Jeannie Watt and her daughter Jamie for helping get me set up.
Having a huge number of Harlequin Heartwarming authors attend this year was another reason the meeting was so great! Getting to meet face-to-face was wonderful and working together to promote the line was a blast. Everyone met early one morning to put together bags for the Librarian's Day luncheon/Book Fiesta. Cheryl Harper made the cutest labels for the water bottles we included!
We also joined forces in the Goody Room. I'm pretty sure the airport security guys who searched my luggage raised a brow or two at the fact that I had one entire suitcase stuffed with books and craft supplies...including a hot glue gun. A few hours in my hotel room and I had this box ready for action.
Copies of Harlequin Heartwarming books flew out of our box so fast, we could barely keep up! Our 'Sweet & Heartwarming' bracelets were super popular too.
|Heartwarming authors at the Book Fiesta: Pamela Tracy, me, Cheryl Harper and Melinda Curtis|
And now I'll just run through pics...
|Jamie Steinman, Jeannie Watt & Kimberly Van Meter: best roomies ever!|
|Me, Jamie and Jeannie|
|Cathryn, Karen, me, Nina|
|Tori and Carol|
|Victoria and Tori|
|Danica and me|
Other buddies at the pj party...
|Pamela Tracy and Karen Rock|
|BBA Finalist buddies Barbara Wallace and Cathryn Parry|
|Barbara Wallace and me|
|Karen (in red) and Jennifer|
|Jeannie and Beth|
Walking out of the signing, I ran into a lovely person I'd interviewed and met online, but never in person...Nicole Flockton. She was even nicer in person :).
|Nicole and me|
Later on, I finally got to meet fellow organic gardening lover, Harlequin forum friend and super Supers author Holly Jacobs! She's truly uplifting and full of glee. #OMGHollyJacobs!
|Me and Holly|
And then came the famous Harlequin Party. This year we got red dancing socks. Last year's were pink and I wore them whenever I was writing during the winter. They're so comfy. Anway, the party was fantastic as usual and everyone burned off plenty of calories dancing.
|Jennifer Snow, me, Carol Ross & Amy Vastine taken w/Amy's camera|
|Karen Rock and Kate James|
|Sweet authors Roz Denny Fox and Marion Ekholm|
|Jennifer Snow's shoes. Her fancy heels are a tradition ;).|
Jeannie Watt's fabulous dress...which she made herself!!! This woman can sew like nobody's business. Seriously. And her specialty is vintage dresses. You should check out pics of what she's made at her blog Retro Sewing Romance Writer.
And I leave you with our group Heartwarming photo. Pamela Tracy did join the fun but we'd already taken the pic :(.
|Top left to right: Tara Randel, me, Roz Denny Fox, Kate James, Cheryl Harper, Anna J Stewart, Karen Rock, Amy Vastine|
Bottom left to right: Victoria Curran, Jennifer Snow, Carol Ross, Marion Ekholm
We had an incredible Heartwarming Open House as well and Nationals came to a close with the RITA/GH awards ceremony. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners this year!
|Amy Vastine, me, Pamela Tracy, Tara Randel and Carol Ross at the Awards ceremony|
And btw, I'm also blogging at the Heartwarming Blog today, where I'm doing a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card, so go leave a comment! Of course, I'd love for you to leave one here too :).
Have a great one!