And now, the NYC recap. I realize I'm late on this, but I paid for my week o' fun with the Migraine From Hell, which cranked up shortly after I got home. The week was well worth the headache, but it took me until today to really feel human again. So without further adieu, here are some snippets from my week in New York!
That night was the ENORMOUS Literacy for Life signing. The one in which I participated a couple of years ago in DC was nowhere near this big! I had my little RITA finalist flag at my spot, and I only barely restrained myself from making off with it. I can't even begin to describe the noice to you. Check out this little vid of the place before the doors opened to the public. The sound? Just authors.
So Wednesday I had lunch with Ann Leslie Tuttle, my editor at Nocturne, and we went to a very swanky restaurant called Blue Fin. Several tables away Tara Gavin was entertaining the likes of Gena Showalter and Nalini Singh. I was very good and did not explode into some kind of insane fangirl moment...but you know I wanted to! Instead, I had a lovely time with Ann Leslie. She showed me pictures of her adorable baby. I made her look at pictures of my kids and my big slobbery dogs. It was great:)
I had my fangirl moment later, and also snagged a signed copy of Archangel's Consort. *happy sigh*
I wore a lot of black, by the way. And my feet are still killing me. Such pretty heels. Such terrible instruments of torture. Wednesday night I went to dinner with Kristen Callihan, who makes her debut with Grand Central in the spring with Firelight, a Victorian paranormal that not only has a gorgeous cover, but is also just generally kick-ass from the excerpt I read. Kristen is awesome. We had burgers and beer, and I failed to get her to adore fried pickles. Check out her cover!
Thursday was insane. Had a great meeting with Kevan...you know, I'm just realizing that I have NO pictures of Kevan and I. I have no idea why. I ran around a lot. I grabbed too many signed books because I have no willpower, got to attend the GH/RITA finalist reception (free champagne, woot!), and then walked with a group of people to the Grand Central cocktail party. There are not words for how cool it was. Hopefully someone will have pictures from it...I know there were some taken. I, um, had my hands full of a glass of ever-refilling wine. *ahem* I just love the staff there...so much energy! So irritatingly younger than me! SO FREAKING FUN. After taht, I caught a cab back to the hotel, and my father (who had arrived earlier in the day) and I went to see Rain, the Beatles tribute on Broadway. It so rocked. I grew up loving the Beatles, and it was great fun to do this with Dad. The guys who play them are just crazy talented. Then we went for the best Italian food I've had in years at Villa Barulia. Great night.
The ceremony itself was great. I loved listening to the speeches of the writers who won...all very inspiring. I didn't end up taking home the gold statue, but you know, being at conference this year made me realize that I'm at the beginning of what looks like it could be a nice, long career. As impatient as I am, I do have time. All I can do is keep working hard. Um, and I really do want to win one of those statues one day:) After it was all over, Dad snapped a shot of me and my cheering section. Can't tell you how lovely it was to have two of my dearest friends rooting for me in the audience!
I spent the rest of the night in my room, decompressing and eating incredible bacon-covered pizza with my father. I was sad, sure. There's just as much stress as excitement involved in something like the RITAs, but I wouldn't have traded a moment of it. And I was, cheesy as it may sound, proud of every woman who took the podium that night. Writing is tough. Celebrating the women who do it, and do it well, is wonderful.
So here I am, back at home. I spent a nice weekend with my parents (at least, utnil my stupid headache kicked up). I have been hugged and slobbered on, I have thrown my heels into the recesses of my closet, and I'm getting back to work.
And there you have it...probably the longest post I've ever done on here! Have a great day, ladies, and I hope you enjoyed the pictures!