Surviving Conference Week

Tips for Surviving a Conference      

Last week, I attended the Romance Writers of America annual conference in San Antonio. This is the second RWA conference I’ve attended. After an exciting week of meeting people, attending workshops and partying with publishers, I came home happy and exhausted. I also returned with a few tips to share with you about surviving a conference week.

1)      Pace yourself. You can’t do everything, so don’t try. Do what interests you the most and if you have to miss something, like a workshop, try and find someone you know who is attending it who can share their notes. You’ll get the highlights without stressing out about being everywhere at once.





2)  Sleep. You will have a long day at conference and then stay up late talking with your roommate and going to parties. Then you will get up early again the next day and do it all over again. Try and get as much sleep as you can, and don’t be afraid to go back to your room between events for down time.   

3)      Eat. Don’t let your energy wane by getting hungry. Caffeine can only carry you so far and it is hard to have fun when your stomach is growling. Pack healthy snacks and carry them in your purse to keep you going between meals.

4)      Network. Conference is all about meeting people so don’t be afraid to speak with someone in the elevator, or sit next to a stranger at lunch. You are all there because you have something in common. Talk about it, have fun and make some new friends.

5)      Business cards. Take any offered and pass yours out. No one can remember everyone they meet, but a business card with or without something written on the back can help.



6)      Learn. Everyone there has a slightly different experience than you, or perhaps experience you don’t have. Talk to them and learn from them then share what you know.

7)      Don’t overindulge. Depending on the conference, there may be events with alcohol. Remember, this is a professional event so you don’t want to be the sloppy drunk.

8)      Dress the part. This year I packed only dresses. It made getting dressed in the morning easy because I didn’t have to coordinate anything. They also helped me to look professional and well put together. I also packed flat but stylish shoes. You are on your feet a lot at conference so you have to be comfortable.

9)      Have fun! If you are in a new city do some sightseeing. Get together with friends, both old and new, and go to dinner. Smile and enjoy yourself. You will make a lot of great memories and be fired up to use what you’ve learned once you get home.

I hope these tips help you get through a conference week. I would love to hear about some of your suggestions. Leave them in the comments below!

4th of July Films

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy the great weather. Are you looking for a few good films to get you in the patriotic mood? Or maybe you just want something to watch while you relax after the BBQ and fireworks. Look no further. Here is a list of films for you to check out during the long weekend, so grab some popcorn, heat up a hot dog and enjoy!


The Patriot
I really enjoyed this film. Jason Isaacs is a great bad guy and Mel Gibson is a hero to root for. In many ways it is Braveheart set in America but it is still a great film.





Revolution
A much gritter depiction of Revolutionary America, but that's what you expect from a movie staring 
Al Pacino.




John Adams
Are you stuck at home sick and need a marathon to help you celebrate the 4th? This is the mini-series for you. An excellent portrayal of one of the founding fathers by Paul Giamatti.




The Crossing
Jeff Daniels stars as George Washington in this film about the Battle of Trenton and the famous crossing of the Delaware River. 





Jefferson In Paris
Looking for something a little different? Do you love Merchant Ivory films? I do. This beautifully shot movie deals with Thomas Jefferson's time in Paris as the French Ambassador. It isn't exactly Revolutionary War but it is a gorgeous film.



Have a Happy 4th of July everyone!


Courtesan's Book of Secrets Cover Reveal

Happy summer everyone. I'm enjoying the great weather, BBQ and swimming and I hope you are too. I'd like to look ahead to fall for a brief moment and show you the cover for my October 1, 2014 Harlequin Historical The Courtesan's Book of Secrets. I love this cover and I hope you do too!
Have a wonderful 4th of July!


Uncovered: a list of noblemen's names—each one guilty of treason. 

To save his family legacy, Rafe Densmore must seize a courtesan's infamous register. No one can ever know how his father betrayed his country! One person stands in Rafe's way—the beautiful Cornelia, Comtesse de Vane. 

In the card rooms of Paris, Rafe and Cornelia made an unbeatable…intimate team. Until, convinced of Rafe's desertion, desperate Cornelia married an elderly comte. Now, returning to London an impoverished widow, she'll do anything to possess the register. 

Even if that means becoming Rafe's partner once again…. 

"Lee's novel hits the sweet spot." —RT Book Reviews on Engagement of Convenience





Diving Into Research

I'm currently studying early fossil hunters and early arctic explorers for a new book idea. 
Today, I found a lot of great books at the library on both subjects. 

I love my job!

Here's a sampling of what I found. 


Terrible Lizard: The First Dinosaur Hunters and the Birth of a New Science 
by Deborah Cadbury

It's an in-depth look at the early British naturalists and fossil hunters.


Ice Blink: The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Polar Expedition 
by Scott Cookman

Reading this, one wonders how anyone on any of those early arctic expeditions managed to survive.


The Fossil Hunter: Dinosaurs, Evolution and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World
by Shelley Emling

A biography of fossil hunter Mary Anning and her place in the male dominated science field of the early nineteenth century.

Tea Basket

Recently, I've been posting pictures of basket that I'm creating for different events and silent auctions. The last basket that I've created is a tea basket for the Victorian Ladies Society's Annual Tea. In this basket I included a very cute white elephant teapot, a pink Starbucks mug and saucer, a teapot cookie cutter with a scone recipe, biscotti and a few little tea related odds and ends. I also included copies of my two Harlequin Historical novels Engagement of Convenience and Rescued from Ruin.




My favorite part of the basket is the teapot. It is so cute and I almost considered keeping it, but I already have two teapots that don't get enough use.

Don't forget, the Cocktail Basket my author friend Melissa Cutler and I put together as part of the Brenda Novak Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research is still open for bids. Click here to head over to the auction and bid on this basket and check out the other great items up for auction.

Also, for all you writers, if you're going to be in the San Antonio area July 24-27, and want a chance to plot your next story with me and Melissa Cutler, then head over and bid on our 1-Hour Manuscript Plotting Session.

Mom's "Time Out" Basket

Last week, I showed you the tea basket I put together for one silent auction. This week, I reveal the Mom's "Time Out" Basket I'm about to donate to another silent auction. I had a blast coming up with things to help a mom relax. I even included a DVD for the kids to watch while she has a glass of wine, a cup of tea, does her nails, writes in the journal or, perhaps, reads my book Rescued from Ruin
When I was putting this basket together, I thought of the great Elizabeth Taylor quote

"Pour yourself a dink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together."



Hopefully, this basket will help some mother do just that.


Please don't forget, another basket I helped put together is one you can bid on! Fellow writer Melissa Cutler and I have created a cocktail gift basket. We donated it to the Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes Research. This is a great on-line event in which authors donate items, critiques and all sorts of great things to help raise money for diabetes research. If you've never heard of this event, please check it out by clicking on the picture below. The auctions begins May 1, 2014 but you can preview the hundreds of items donated by some of your favorite authors.



Tea Basket & Cocktail Basket

I've been busy lately writing and putting together different baskets to donate to various silent auctions. Over the next few weeks, I will highlight some of the fun baskets that I've been working on. The latest one that I put together was for a Mardi Gras silent auction at my church. I decided to do a tea and reading basket with goodies including a copy of my first Harlequin Historical Engagement of Convenience, tea, a mug, chocolate, a coffee scented candle in a tiny cup, a scone recipe with an attached tea pot cookie cutter and some fancy hand lotion just for fun.



Another basket I helped put together is one you can bid on! Fellow writer Melissa Cutler and I have created a cocktail gift basket. We donated it to the Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes Research. This is a great on-line event in which authors donate items, critiques and all sorts of great things to help raise money for diabetes research. If you've never heard of this event, please check it out by clicking on the picture below. The auctions begins May 1, 2014 but you can preview the hundreds of items donated by some of your favorite authors.


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