It’s July and you know what that means! The Romance Writers of America’s conference is fast approaching. If you are within striking distance of New York City, you might want to circle Saturday, July 27 on your calendar. That’s when RWA’s “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing is happening at the Marriott Marquis from 3 to 5pm. Over 250 of your favorite romance authors–including me!–will be signing our most recent releases. The event is open to the public free of charge, but because the goal is to raise money for literacy organizations, you can’t bring books from home. I’ll have What Ales the Earl for sale if you don’t have it already. And I’m always happy to just say hi, maybe pose for a picture, and give you some free promotional info about my books. You can find all the details about the event, including a list of authors, here.
If you enjoy social media, now would be a good time to follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook if you don’t already. I find it easiest to post to Instagram–which I’ve set up to feed to my Facebook page–when I’m taking pictures on the go. And I’ll probably be taking lots of pictures at RWA.
What Ales the Earl is up for a RITA, so wish me luck. (Not sure which is luckier: to win and have to give a speech, or not to win and be able to relax and listen to someone else give a speech!) The winners will be announced at the award ceremony July 26, beginning at 7pm and emceed by none other than Sarah MacLean. Here is the list of all the categories and finalists. In the past, the ceremony has been streamed online. I haven’t heard if that’s happening again this year, but here’s the RWA homepage, just in case.
If you get my newsletter, you know I’m wearing my Mother of the Groom ensemble–youngest son got married at the end of June–for the RITAs. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a glitter factory. I washed it (hand wash only!) after the wedding, hoping that would subdue the glitter situation, but alas, no. I’ll still be spreading glitter wherever I go. (Do you suppose that makes me a member of the glitterati?) Apologies in advance to anyone I make sparkle!