Update: I’ll be contacting the following commenters to get mailing information for their free books. Thanks!
- Margery Scott—Cynthia Eden’s DEADLY FEAR
- Casey Clifford—AMBERSLEY
- Liz V.—Angi Morgan’s DANGEROUS MEMORIES
- Barbara Elness—Laurie London’s BONDED BY BLOOD
- Leslie Tremayne—AMBERSLEY
I have to laugh. I wrote the headline for this and thought, Who am I kidding? I don’t have a social life!
But the truth is, I do. A lot of it is online, admittedly, but I do try to get out and see physical human beings once in awhile. You may remember that I’ve been training for a half-marathon, and it’s interesting to me that I feel more connected with my neighbors than ever before. We don’t get together for coffee or play dates, but since my husband and I workout on the same neighborhood streets 3-4 times each week, we see the same neighbors out in yards, washing cars, pruning hedges and, yes, putting up and taking down holiday decorations. (The transition from Halloween to Christmas in our neighborhood was pretty amazing!).
By the way, the half-marathon was a success—meaning I completed it in the allotted time. Over 23,000 people ran it. Okay, I finished somewhere in the 19,000 range but, hey, I finished. And that was the goal. We then spent three days walking Disney and Universal parks. I was toast by the time we got home! But I’m happy to say we’ve signed up for another competition in late summer—this time in Quebec City. I’m looking forward to seeing spring in my neighborhood!
This week I’m preparing for a small writer/reader conference here in my hometown. The Olde City/New Blood Mini-Conference in St. Augustine, FL, is hosting an amazing gathering of paranormal and urban fantasy authors—including at least one of my fellow Muses. There will be a charity book signing featuring authors of all kinds (including me—my first book signing!) on Sunday. In case you’re in the area, stop by!
I’m looking forward to this event and a few other conferences this year. Honestly, I think most writers could use more face time and less computer time! Last year, I didn’t attend any live gatherings of writers, and I missed seeing friends and “talking shop” with peers. This year, I’m attending the New England Chapter RWA conference (Boston) in April, Historical Novel Society (Tampa/St. Pete) in June, Romance Writers of America (Atlanta) in July, and I’m even eyeing a few options in the fall.
I’m eager to see writing friends and have a chance to meet big names in romance and historical fiction, but attending a live event has ways of reminding me how much I interact socially either online or by phone. Um, I’m staring at the inside of my closet, and I really need to buy a few new clothes. And this morning I realized that it might be time to color my hair again (hey, I’m naturally blonde, just not naturally this blonde!). And since my last pedicure was back in November, I might need to go visit my local salon (the massage chairs are awesome!). And let’s not talk about the “lose 10 pounds” New Year’s resolution from 2008 that I keep renewing every year. I don’t think that will happen before Friday.
How about you? How do you prepare for big social gatherings? Got any plans to attend a book signing or reader luncheon or conference and meet your favorite author?
In honor of my first book signing, two lucky randomly-selected commenters—with a North American mailing address—each will receive a paperback copy of AMBERSLEY. Plus, I’ll pick three more commenters:
1. for a paperback of Cynthia Eden’s DEADLY FEAR (hoping to see her this weekend!)
2. for a paperback of Laurie London’s BONDED BY BLOOD (hoping to see her this weekend!)
3. for a paperback by Angi Morgan to celebrate her release today of DANGEROUS MEMORIES. (give me a couple hours to confirm which of Angi’s books she’s giving away).
Leave a comment—and tell me if there’s one book you prefer most! Comments accepted on this post through 11:59 p.m., Wed., Feb. 6th. I’ll post winners at the top of the post on Thursday morning.