Monday, June 27, 2011

Giveaway at RomConInc!

So tomorrow (Tuesday), I've got a special sneak peek from FORGOTTEN SEA up at RomCon. One lucky commenter will get her choice of FS or my RITA-nominated book, IMMORTAL SEA.

RomConInc Paranormal Blog

Good luck...and please wish me the same at the awards ceremony this coming Friday!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Write On Wednesday: What to Pack for the RWA National Conference

New York, New York! What to Pack for the RWA National Conference

As a fifteen-year veteran of National Conference and a sometime visitor to NYC, here's my advice.

Pack as lightly as you can. Airlines charge for extra baggage. Consider packing a zippered duffel or a flat rate priority mail box in the bottom of your suitcase for the extra books you may bring home.


How you define "comfortable shoes" depends on your tolerance for pain and for fashion. But I suggest packing
Athletic shoes (if you plan to walk in Central Park or spend an afternoon shopping or at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or even to hit the treadmill) It's faster, cheaper and more fun to walk around NYC than to sit in traffic.
Dress shoes – These are your go-to shoes, the ones that look good and go with most of your wardrobe and won't give you blisters when your feet swell
Flats or sturdy sandals – In case you're wrong about the blisters
Killer heels – For awards night or morale

"Business casual"

Black slacks. Come on, this is New York.
2-4 blouses with a pop of color to go with the slacks and the jeans. Not T-shirts, not sweatshirts, for God's sake nothing with a saying on it. Silk is good.
A dress. Maybe two. Black is good. Not too short, not too tight. Think comfort and cool.
Layering pieces. In case you feel too cool. A jacket/blazer to dress up the slacks (especially for those editor/agent appointments) and a lightweight cardigan.

Play clothes
To sleep, lounge, exercise in
T-shirts, dark jeans and/or a summer skirt are good for sightseeing.

Dress up clothes

1-2 outfits that make you feel fabulous.
One for publishers' parties and one for awards night. Even if you're skipping on the parties, we're in NYC (Okay, maybe this is only a thrill for me because I'm from North Carolina). Treat yourself to a nice dinner out and celebrate everything you've accomplished!

Other stuff

Costume jewelry – arty earrings, a chunky necklace, a cuff, something with personality
Socks, underwear
Scarves to change things up
Before you pack the pantyhose, check out the latest buzz in the pantyhose wars
Camera (If you don't know how to use the one on your phone, this is a great time to learn.)
Ear plugs and/or breathe right strips if your roommate snores. Or if you do.
A really small umbrella (only if you have room).

A fanny pack screams "tourist." If you want to get around with your hands free (and you don't mind digging under your clothes) consider a money belt.
If your phone doesn't map, print off your likely walking and subway routes so you feel comfortable exploring.
Ibuprofen, tummy meds, personal products. Yes, you can buy them there. Do you really want to go looking at 2:00 in the morning?

Something—bookmark, trading card, postcard, business card--with your name, email address, website and/or book cover to give to total strangers and pass around the conference lunch table.
A business card with your real name, email address, telephone number and snail mail address to give to editors, agents, and close personal friends. You can write the name of your manuscript on the back.

If you are a past or present RITA or Golden Heart finalist , don't forget to pack your award pins! This is your chance to look like the military leader of a small third world country.

Fellow veterans and native New Yorkers, what would you add to the list? What would you leave off? If this is your first conference, what do you want to know?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Summer Lovin' Giveaway!

I'm guest blogging at The Qwillery

One commenter will receive copies of Forgotten Sea and my RITA finalist books Immortal Sea and "Shifting Sea" in the Burning Up anthology! Contest open until this Friday, June 17.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Blond heroes

Blogguest, Virginia Kantra tells us about Forgotten Sea!

Blond heroes. Love 'em or leave 'em? Team Morgan or Team Justin? Visit me on the Borders True Romance blog today and tell me what you think.

There's a book in it for somebody!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Come "Dish" with me!

We're chatting about star-crossed lovers and celebrating the release of Forgotten Sea. (And somebody will get a copy!)

The Romance Dish

We Have a Winner! (Actually, we have THREE again!)

Jennifer Mathis and Heather M. each won a signed set of the seven Children of the Sea books.
Ren won the triskelion pendant.
(You three should have received emails from me. If not, please, please contact me through my website.)

Thank you all so much for entering and commenting and sharing the excitement of release day!

I'll be guest blogging today at The Romance Dish about star crossed lovers, and one lucky commenter will receive a copy of Forgotten Sea!

So if you still want to win something, please drop by and say "hi"!

And, of course, you can find out first about future giveaways by "liking" my author page on Facebook or by subscribing to this blog.