Laissez les bon temps rouler? INDEED!
That’s what I shouted to the RT14 attendees as I threw beads to them from the stationery float where I stood along with my fellow Forever Romance authors Cecilia Tan, Shannon Richard, and Rebecca Donovan, all of whom are amazing and so awesome to hang with! And this was only the first night of RT!
Seeing my name in the Mardi Gras World Parade Program between Cecilia Tan and Rie Warren…wearing the Forever gold sash….surreal, I tell you. Too surreal for words.
And it just kept on happening….seeing my gorgeous book cover at the top of the screen the next day at the Grand Central Publishing/Forever/Forever Yours Publisher Spotlight where the amazing team spoke about why an aspiring author should consider submitting to them, preceded by a very cute video featuring the entire team, with a soundtrack proved by Hall & Oates. I openly gasped when I saw my gorgeous cover for BREATHLESS FOR HIM up there live on screen.
Later that night was the Forever Romance Author Dinner where I sat next to my RWA/NYC chapter mate Dee Davis and met more lovely Forever authors like Shelley Coriell, Chelsea Fine, Rie Warren, and NY Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley. As a keepsake of the night and to remind myself that I indeed was really there, I stuck my nametag to my cellphone case. My roomie and RWA/NYC chapter mate, the awesome sauce Katana Collins, assisted in capturing the moment on camera.
Sadly, I was only able to enjoy the Big Easy on Saturday after the book fair with Katana. We had our tarot cards read, the contents of which are now permanent fixtures in the vault. I also met another Forever author, the lovely Jessica Lemmon, who was with Shannon Richard where Katana and I were having lunch.
I came home completely depleted in every sense-physically, emotionally, mentally. But it was all worth it.
Going as a pre-published author (no colored ribbons for that-had to get the Published Author one-close enough) instead of an aspiring author was an entirely different experience. Many of the panels weren’t useful for me, but the panel on erotic e-serials moderated by my very good friend and RWA/NYC chapter mate, Jamie Brenner (aka Logan Belle) was great. It was so wonderful seeing so many of my friends there from the chapter. Some I saw all the time, and others passing each other in line.
But the entire time I was there, I felt so proud and lucky to be there with the Forever Romance team, who made me feel so welcome and a part of the family.
Watch out, Dallas! RT is coming to you in 2015. I can’t wait!