2014 Golden Heart Update: RWA#14 Photo Album Part 2

Thursday, July 24th

In the morning several of my fellow GH finalists and I attended the workshop presented by historical romance authors Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, and Connie Brockway. Terrific advice for any romance author regardless of the subgenre they write.

 

 

(left to right) Historical romance authors Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, and Connie Brockway

(left to right) Historical romance authors Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, and Connie Brockway

Had a great chat with Senior editor Micki Nuding after the Pocket and Gallery Spotlight and stopped by the Kensington and Sourcebooks book signings. Although I was disappointed that the Avon Spotlight was full, I visited the Goodie room and talked to a few Austin RWA chapter mates.

(Seated far left) Senior Editor at Pocket Books/Gallery Micki Nuding

(seated far left) Micki Nuding, Senior Editor at Pocket/Gallery

I dropped off my swag before meeting up with a group of Golden Heart finalists for the Keynote luncheon by Sylvia Day. As I left, I saw my California CP Lia Riley and followed her to the elevators. Even though we’ve known each other for two years, this was our first time to meet in person. We eagerly made plans to get together at 4:30 p.m.

Sylvia Day's Keynote Speech

Sylvia Day’s Keynote Speech

 

(left to right) 2014 Golden Heart finalists Amy DeLuca, Marni Folsom, and McCall Hoyle at Keynote Luncheon

(left to right) 2014 Golden Heart finalists Amy DeLuca, Marni Folsom, and McCall Hoyle at Keynote Luncheon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the afternoon I was already late and ran into Eloisa James for the third time. We were often the only ones in the deserted hallways and had time to chat about her books, characters, and favorite lines. (Yes, deserted hallways at RWA#14 really exist. Sometimes it pays to be late.) This time Eloisa and I were both on our way to the Developing a Massive Online Historical Romance Promotion Plan workshop she co-presented with Vicky Dreiling, Madeline Hunter, and Miranda Neville. I enjoyed the dynamic exchange of ideas and sitting with finalist Piper Huguley. Afterwards Eloisa gave me a signed copy of A Fairy Tale Sampler.

 

(Far left to right) Historical romance authors Eloisa James and Miranda Neville

(standing left to right) Historical romance authors Eloisa James and Miranda Neville

I rushed through the Nook Press Open House and NAL book signings, so I could attend the Sourcebooks Spotlight. Very impressive and crowded. Didn’t have time to talk to their editors, because I wanted to sit with Lia at the Grand Central Spotlight. Her debut NA book with their Forever line will be released on August 5th. It was exciting to see the cover of Upside Down from the Off the Map series during the slide presentation and meet two of her fellow debut authors.

(Bottom row second from left) Cover from Lia Riley's debut NA Upside Down during slide show at Grand Central Spotlight

(bottom row second from left) Cover from Lia Riley’s debut NA Upside Down during slide show at Grand Central Spotlight

 

Several Golden Heart finalists were there, too, so we had an impromptu photo shoot in the hallway after the session. Later I went to the western themed Amazon / Kindle party with finalist Shelly C. Alexander and her LERA chapter mate Tammy Baumann, my wonderful friend and mentor since she judged my entry in the Rebecca contest last year. We toasted Tammy’s recent sale and birthday plus Darynda Jones who didn’t attend nationals this year. (We missed celebrating with you, Darynda.) I grabbed some soup to-go and went to my room early to review the pitch and agent/editor notes for Friday morning.

(left to right) 2014 Golden Heart finalists Barbara Gerry, Asa Maria Bradley, and me

(left to right) 2014 Golden Heart finalists Barbara Gerry, Asa Maria Bradley, and me

 

Cowboy talking to crowds waiting for photo during Amazon / Kindle party

Cowboy talking to crowds waiting for photo during Amazon / Kindle party

 

(l3ft to right) 2014 Golden Heart finalist Shelly C. Alexander and her LERA chapter mate Tammy Baumann at the Amazon / Kindle party

(left to right) 2014 Golden Heart finalist Shelly C. Alexander and her LERA chapter mate Tammy Baumann at the Amazon / Kindle party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jillian’s Note: Since this post is already long, I’ll blog about pitches and the RITA/Golden Heart reception in RWA#14 Photo Album Part 3 on Thursday. The 2014 RITA/GH awards ceremony will be featured in Photo Album Part 4 on Friday.

 

2014 Golden Heart Update: RWA#14 Photo Album Part 1

Tuesday, July 22nd

After several misadventures while packing and traveling with my friend and chapter mate, Traci A., I  arrived in San Antonio. Due to only two and a half hours of sleep and a misplaced cell phone, I didn’t take photos of authors Jacqui Nelson, Elisabeth Burke, and Ella Quinn, my Golden Heart (Dreamweavers) sisters, and Tammy Baumann.

Austin RWA chapter mate Louisa Edwards and other authors wait in conference registration line.

Austin RWA chapter mate Louisa Edwards / Lily Everett and other authors wait in conference registration line.

RWA#14 Registration Desk

RWA#14 Registration Desk

(Left) Xio Axelrod attaches ribbons to conference badge.

(Left) Xio Axelrod attaches ribbons to her conference badge.

My Jillian Lark RWA badge is backwards. First-timer mistake #1.

My Jillian Lark RWA badge is backwards. (First-timer mistake #1) Special row above name tag has RWA Golden Heart pin(left), 2014 Golden Heart finalist Dreamweavers group pin(middle), and RWA Golden Network pin(right).

Wednesday, July 23rd

After a severe allergy attack and emergency ripped nail repair, I arrived at the RWA Golden Network Retreat in time for the editor/agent/marketing round tables. Loved meeting and learning from Carina Press editor Kerri Buckley and literary agents Kristin Nelson, Laura Bradford, Natasha Kern, and Susan Brower plus historical romance authors Cathy Maxwell and Valerie Bowman, Avon publicity director Pamela Spengler-Jaffee,  Maria Connor (My Author Concierge), and other industry professionals. After an early dinner along the scenic San Antonio River Walk with some of my Austin RWA chapter mates, I explored the RWA Literacy event and joined former Margie Lawson students and the writing craft guru herself in the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel bar.

Carina Press editor Kerri Buckley (left) and literary agent Laura Bradford (right) during the RWA Golden Network round table session break

Carina Press editor Kerri Buckley (left) and literary agent Laura Bradford (right) during the RWA Golden Network round table session break

RWA Golden Network Retreat during recognition and prize awards prizes

RWA Golden Network Retreat recognition and prize awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historical author / 2014 RITA nominee Anne Gracie (right) and me (left)

Literacy event with historical romance author / 2014 RITA nominee Anne Gracie (right) and me (left)

 

Historical author Tessa Dare (right) and me (left)

Literacy event with historical author Tessa Dare (right) and me (left)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(left) NYT bestselling western author Jodi Thomas, the lovely lady who called to tell me I was a 2014 Golden Heart finalist

(left) NYT bestselling historical author Jodi Thomas, the lovely lady who called to tell me I was a 2014 Golden Heart finalist

 

Austin RWA chapter mate and contemporary author Farrah Rochon

Austin RWA chapter mate and contemporary author Farrah Rochon

Austin RWA chapter mate and romantic suspense author Laura Griffin

Austin RWA chapter mate and romantic suspense author Laura Griffin

Austin RWA chapter mate and 2014 double RITA finalist Sherry Thomas

Austin RWA chapter mate / 2014 double RITA finalist (historical and paranormal romance) author Sherry Thomas

 

Writing craft guru Margie Lawson (left) and me (right)

Writing craft guru Margie Lawson (left) and me (right)

On Wednesday I’ll post RWA#14 Photo Album Part 2 (July 24th and 25th) with highlights from the Keynote luncheon and the 2014 RITA/Golden Heart reception with my Dreamweavers sisters. Thursday’s Part 3 will feature the 2014 RITA / Golden Heart Awards ceremony.

2014 Golden Heart® Finalists Update: T’was the Week Before RWA®14 (abbreviated version)

©2014 Dream Weavers  (Photo courtesy Asa Maria Bradley)
Pin arrangements by 2014 Golden Heart finalists Denny S. Bryce (design search) and Asa Maria Bradley (pin maker search and orders)

T’was the week before nationals when all through the loop, E-mails were stirring with the latest news for the group. The nervous excitement hung in each heart and the air, In the hopes that July 23rd soon would be there. When what to each overflowing inbox did appear, But a photo of the Dream Weavers […]

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2014 Golden Heart® Finalists Update: Dresses, Pins, and Photos! Oh, My!

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Some finalists bought WOW! dresses for the awards ceremony. Sorry. I won’t reveal any sneak peeks. You’ll have to wait until Sat., July 26th. We ordered pins for our group, the Dream Weavers, and will wear them on our badges at the Romance Writers of America® ( RWA® ) conference later this month. Since the […]

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Happy Fourth of July 2014!

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  Have a wonderful day with friends and family! ~ Jillian  

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Writing space in the Emily Carr House (Victoria BC)

Return Gone writing until July 4th! Meanwhile enjoy exploring my site. ~Jillian  

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Father’s Day Wishes

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A Summer’s Day in Hyde Park by John Ritchie 1858 Retur Best wishes to fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers everywhere!  ~Jillian

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2014 Golden Heart Update: The Young Adult (YA) Finalists

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  This week the trending topic among the Golden Heart nominees is the final vote for the group pin design. The pin is used to decorate finalists’ badges and reflect the spirit of the group. Our decisions involve Dreamweavers or Dream Weavers, woven wire or solid, puffy or flat, etc. While we’re choosing what we […]

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Social Media for Writers Simplified*

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TWITTER: I am writing.   FACEBOOK: I like writing.   INSTAGRAM: Here’s a photo of my writing.   YOUTUBE: Watch me writing.   LINKEDIN: My skills include writing.   PINTEREST: Here’s a recipe for my favorite writing snack.   4-SQUARE: This is where I write.   GOOGLE+: I am a Google employee who writes.   […]

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2014 Golden Heart Update: The Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Finalists

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The GH nominees voted for a group name, which is not as easy as you might think. Previous finalist groups have chosen terrific ones like the Lucky 13s (2013), Firebirds (2012), Starcatchers (2011), Unsinkables (2010), Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood (2009), Pixie Chicks (2008), 007s (007), and Romance Bandits (2006). What fabulous group name did the 2014 Golden […]

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