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But please, ask questions and I'd be happy to elaborate. Or share comments. And, of course, if you were lucky enough to be at RWA, I invite you to share some of your highlights, too.
So, in no particular order, here are some of the highlights of my RWA conference experience:
1. Networking. Hands-down, the best part of a conference to me. The chance to get face-time with my editor and agent, plus connect with other writer friends to share the latest scoop/discuss issues/create strategies/have fun in invaluable.
3. The workshop I presented with my buddies BJ Daniels and Delores Fossen went really well. We were nervous that no one would come since it was scheduled for the very last time slot of the conference. We had standing room only! It was fun and info-packed and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks to everyone who came to see us. And a special shout-out to Lena Diaz who moderated the workshop for us!
4. I got to meet several online reader and aspiring writer friends. Some of the regulars here, in fact. I'm a hugger, so it was a treat to put a face to some familiar names and trade a hug.
5. So many people asked me about our dog, Maggie. I guess I've blogged and tweeted about our smart, sweet little toodle, that folks feel like they know her as well as my books. btw, she has appreciated enormously all the tummy rubs and treats I was asked to share. ;)
6. I roomed with fellow Intrigue author Jan Hambright. I've met her before, but it was fun to really get to know her. We brainstormed some story ideas and career strategies, traded horror stories about snakes, and shared all the latest news on our kids. Be looking for Jan's next book in January 2013.
7. I tried sushi. Actually, it was barely! seared ahi tuna tacos. To be honest, texture-wise, it wasn't my thing. But now I know it isn't my thing. Loved everything else about those tacos, though. I believe Delores Fossen tweeted a lovely (not!) photo of my taking my first bite.
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9. The whole place was air-conditioned to my liking. In fact, the main ballroom where the RITA's/Golden Heart awards were held, and we listened to keynote speakers, was a tad on the chilly side. But since this summer has been hot-flash heaven, I'll take the chill!
10. I ate some awesome food! (okay, not the tuna) Authentic Italian with my editor (I would have finished every last raviolo if I knew I would be dancing at the Harlequin party later) and delicious Chinese with the folks from eHarlequin.com.
So, those are some of the highlights from my conference. Leave a question of comment, and I'll put Maggie to work (she needs to work off some of those treats!) picking out a winner sometime tomorrow. I let the winner choose her prize--either my current release, KANSAS CITY COWBOY, or something from my backlist.