The 2016 Romance Writers of America Conference is now over. It was special to me in many ways, but most of all because it was in my hometown of San Diego. A couple highlights and pictures ~
A high school friend, Jose Cruz, is Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Council on Literacy and was instrumental in setting up the Literacy Signing on July 13th. I’m only sorry that I did not get a picture with him. He was busy putting out fires…
Seeing another high school friend, Pam L. and her best buddy Pam B. show up at the literacy signing made my night! The signing happens before every annual conference and with San Diego’s event, topped One Million Dollars that has been donated to helping with literacy in the USA!
High School Friend & and resident trouble-trouble maker. (Love her!)
I loved getting together with the Harlequin authors and editors (who came all the way from London!)
At the Harlequin Book Signing. Thank you Lane Heymont for the picture!
High Tea gathering with the HH authors & editors
Workshop on historical clothing put on by the San Diego Historical Society
Historical Clothing Workshop
Horton Grand Hotel for
High Tea — a short walk from The Marriott where the conference took place.
Georgie Lee and Sophia James, Authors for Harlequin
Horton Grand Hotel
Me with Christine Merrill (author)
Blythe Gifford (author) & Linda Fildew (Senior Editor HH)
The Conference was a day after the All Star Baseball Game and a day before ComicCon! Yikes!
I’m looking forward to attending the 2016 Romance Writer’s of America Conference in San Diego this summer. I haven’t been to one of these larger-than-life conferences in several years. It will be great to connect with the Harlequin editors and the writers I haven’t seen lately. I keep in contact with many of them on social media, but there is nothing like the energy that happens when we all get together in person. I can already feel the excitement building…
If you are in or near San Diego in July, please stop by the ‘Readers for Life’ Literacy Autographing event on July 13th and say hi. I’ll be with 500 other authors signing their books. All the proceeds go to promote literacy so it is a very worthy cause and the event is free!
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Although there are people who consider a birthday so close to Christmas to be unfortunate, I have NEVER felt that way. When I was young, my folks always made a point to have a gift tucked away for me with birthday wrapping and it was fun to know that I had my special day “off” from school. For me, having a December birthday every year has been like having a continual party from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Day ~ simply wonderful!
My dad was in the Navy when I was born and he has always said I was a bargain — costing him all of $1.25 at the Naval Hospital. From there he goes on to tell a few tales of when I was very young. (I’ll spare you the details!) I never tire of hearing him retell those stories because they shine like a new penny every time he brings them out and remembers them.
I remember one very special birthday as a child.
When I was ten, I lived in San Diego, California in the city-proper. I was a horse-lover without a horse. I played with Breyer horses and other plastic horses more than with Barbies and other dolls. I knew we couldn’t have large animals in the city, but I’d found a place that gave riding lessons not too far away. I was absolutely thrilled when my parents made that my present even though it stretched the family budget quite a bit.
I still love horses — and of course cowboys and all things western, but nowadays, my wishes are much more intangible and precious. I wish for my sons to find purpose and passion in life and find joy. I wish to have loved ones near. And I wish for peace and good health for my family, friends and readers.
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