If you follow me on Instagram or my Facebook page, you’ve seen some of my pictures from the Gaithersburg Book Festival. I had a lot of fun, but when my panel was over, I was brain dead. At the book signing, I couldn’t remember the name of someone I’ve know for over a decade! Above is a picture of my panel, taken by one of the organizers. I’m the one in green, talking with my hands. Avon author Charis Michaels is next to me, and on the end is our excellent moderator, Rebecca Speas.
The day after the book festival, Mr. M and I ventured to the Kennedy Center to see the opera Tosca. I asked Mr. M to pose in the Grand Foyer to give you an idea of the scale of the building–he’s 6’3″. Mr. M is the real culture vulture of the two of us, but I enjoyed the performance. I’m still not an opera fan, but I do like it better when there’s a stage and actors rather than just listening to it at home.
Now that my page proofs are in, I’ll be posting a chapter of The Merry Viscount on my web site. If you’d like to get a link to it in your inbox as well, now would be a good time to subscribe to my newsletter here. And as for the great Mother of the Groom dress hunt? I may have found something–except it sheds glitter everywhere!
Good news! While I was on the road, I got the happy email that What Ales the Earl is a finalist in the Historical category of OKRWA’s National Readers’ Choice Awards. Isn’t this badge spiffy? Winners will be announced at the Romance Writers of America’s national conference in NYC this July. You can find the complete list of finalists in all categories here.
The Gaithersburg Book Festival is this Saturday, May 18. I’ll be on a panel with Avon historical romance author Charis Michaels talking about . . . historical romance, of course. We’ll be on from 2:15 to 3:05 at the Edgar Allan Poe Pavilion with a book signing to follow. Bonus! It looks like the weather may cooperate this year. Here’s a link to my listing. If you poke around the website, you can find the schedule and all sorts of useful info. If you live in the Washington DC area, I hope to see you there.
I’m happy to report that I just sent back my page proofs for The Merry Viscount. Whew! It was a bit of a forced march due to my travels, but I think I caught most of the typos–until the book is out and all the ones I missed step forward to taunt me. After a while, the eyes see what the brain thinks is there. Anyway, once the Gaithersburg Book Festival is over, I plan to tidy up my copy of the manuscript and post a chapter. If you’d like to be notified when that happens, you might want to sign up for my occasional newsletter here.
In non-writing news, I still need to buy a Mother of the Groom dress–and the wedding is the end of June–as in, next month!! (Cue panicked squeaks.) And I have freakish feet that the Shoe Gods choose not to waste their time on, so before I dress shop, I need to dig through my closet to see what suitable shoes might lurk there. At least I hope to make this dress do double duty and clothe me for the RITAs. Wish me luck!