Wednesday, July 30, 2014

RWA14 Recap

I had a great time at my first RWA national conference. San Antonio was beautiful (and HOT). I learned a lot, met up with my agent and editor, and went to a bunch of awesome parties. But, by far, my favorite part was getting to meet so many people in person I'd only ever talked to online.

Walking into a packed conference hotel not really knowing anyone was overwhelming at first, but everyone was incredibly friendly. I had a "First Timer" badge on my name tag and people seemed to go out of their way to make me feel welcome.

It was a huge honor to have been nominated to be a RITA® finalist, especially when so many of the authors in the paranormal romance category are among my favorites. Congratulations to Susanna Kearsley for winning the RITA®! So very deserved.

Next year's conference is in New York and I'm already looking forward to it!

A few highlight pics from the conference...


As a side note, I spent a lot of time reading conference recaps from previous years trying to figure out what to pack. The advice is business casual which, while accurate, covers a huge range. If you're here because you're getting ready to attend your first conference and you're trying to figure out what business casual means, err on the side of business dress. I packed dress capris in black and white and paired them with good quality blouses. I found comfortable but nice-looking black sandals. I saw people in dresses and heels everyday but I don't think I saw any jeans. Party dress ranges from cocktail dresses to formal gowns.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

RWA 2014

I'll be at the RWA conference in San Antonio this week. Unfortunately, I'm not signing at the Literacy Autographing because my original travel plans meant I wouldn't make it and by the time my plans changed, it was too late to sign up. I will be at the Harlequin signing on Friday from 9:45 am to 11:15 a.m in the Grand Ballroom C & D at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

FREE READ: The Adventures of Cassius Flynn and Molly McGuire

Chapter 7 is up!

She opened her eyes and stared at the patterned sunlight moving on the ceiling for a long moment before recalling where she was. She’d slept in a lot of different inns lately. She was used to waking up feeling slightly disoriented. Flynn was lying beside her with an arm flung over her waist. His lips were slightly parted and his expression was more relaxed than she’d ever seen it. She rolled to face him fully. His arm fell away and his face scrunched up like he had an itch but he didn’t open his eyes.

They’d made love twice more last night, once in a fury that had ended with Flynn’s back on the floor with the sheets tangled around his legs. Once so slow and sweet, it might have been a dream. He’d said things to her, she’d said things that needed to stay in that dream place. And as the sun came up, she resolved to leave them there.

She and Flynn had made each other a lot of promises over the years. All of them dreams...Keep Reading!

Monday, July 14, 2014

FREE READ: The Adventures of Cassius Flynn and Molly McGuire

Ch. 6 of my free read is up! Things steam up between Flynn and Molly.

He helped Ben into bed and turned off the lights. Grabbed the key Mae had left on the small table beside the door. Molly waited for him in the hallway, quiet as he closed Ben’s door and unlocked the smaller room across the hall. It wasn’t nearly as fine as the honeymoon suite Mae had originally placed them in but it didn’t stink of blood and gunpowder. Damn Ben. He threw the key on the table and turned to Molly. “Sorry about that.” “Not your fault, really. Reliable help is hard to find, especially up here.” She paced to the middle of the room and turned around. “There’s only one bed.” He ran a hand through his hair. There’d only been one bed in the other room too and she hadn’t made a fuss about it. Of course, she might have expected him to sleep on the settee. There wasn’t one here. No room, not even for him to stretch out on the bare floor. While he was still considering how to answer, Molly began to undo the buttons to her dress... Keep Reading!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors

This week's snippet is from Threads of Desire, my fantasy romance on sale right now for only $0.99. Ily is a mage on the run from a powerful guild master. She's desperate to get out of the capital city and when Kal, a wealthy nobleman, offers to help her, it seems like a deal too good to be true. She assumes he wants sex in exchange for his protection and while she's tempted to take him up on that offer, part of her suspects there's more to the story. In this scene, they're still working out the details of their arrangement (Kal speaks first).

"When I touched you in that alley, I only wanted to be certain you understood exactly what you were offering. The next man might not let you go.”

“You didn’t,” she whispered, remembering his body, his hand, rough fingers tunneling into flesh. “You—”

He looked up, eyes glinting like diamonds. “I let you go.”

His thumbs dipped to the inner curve of her thighs, stroked slowly over sensitized flesh. “And you came back to me.”

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