5 THINGS TO DO IN AUGUST

I originally planned to hang out my “Gone Writing” sign this month, but life had other ideas. I still won’t be blogging, but unfortunately I won’t have much time to write either. While I’m away on an unexpected writing hiatus, here’s a list of 5 things you can do until I return.

Dolce far niente by Auguste Toulmouche (1870)

 

1. Explore my site and archives.

2. Write.

3. Participate in Read-a-Romance Month.

4. Try something or someplace new.

5. All of the above.

6. Clean my house.

OK, I  added the last one to see if you were paying attention, but feel free to volunteer if you want. (WARNING: Beware of the dust bunnies.) To apply click on contact page.

See you in September!
(I hope.)


~Jillian

 

 

 

 

2014 Golden Heart Update: #RWA14 Photo Album Part 4 (RITA / GH Awards Ceremony)

Saturday, July 26th

EARLY MORNING:

I had breakfast with Lia Riley, and fellow 2014 Golden Heart finalist Piper Huguley and I went to the Avon Impulse Meet and Greet. Nicole Fischer and other editorial staff shared information, answered questions, and took pitches in a small, quiet, and relaxed atmosphere. I met historical romance author Lauren Willig at the St. Martin’s Press Book Signing and visited the Ballantine Bantam Dell Book Signing, too.

(right) Historical Romance author Lauren Willig at St. Martin's Press Book Signing

(right) Historical Romance author Lauren Willig at St. Martin’s Press Book Signing

MID-MORNING THROUGH LUNCH:

Sarah MacLean’s workshop was full and closed to additional participants, so I returned to the hotel for my awards ceremony shoes and met the rest of the Golden Heart finalists for the rehearsal in the Grand Ballroom. RWA staff answered our questions, had us walk across the stage, and did a sound check. Some finalists went to Luciano’s for lunch. We discussed the acceptance speeches RWA staff requested, public speaking techniques, and how to walk in heels without clomping or falling down.

2014 Golden Heart finalists Deborah Wilding and Denny S. Bryce

2014 Golden Heart finalists Deborah Wilding and Denny S. Bryce

2014 Golden Heart finalists McCall Hoyle, Sarah Andre, and Sharon Wray

2014 Golden Heart finalists McCall Hoyle, Sarah Andre, and Sharon Wray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Golden Heart finalists Suzanne Kaufman Kalb and Kimberly MacCarron

2014 Golden Heart finalists Suzanne Kaufman Kalb and Kimberly MacCarron

AFTERNOON:

After lunch I went to my room to take a quick nap and review the acceptance speech. I rushed downstairs to the Grand Central Forever Book Signing to snap this photo of my friend / California CP Lia Riley.

Lia Riley Debut NA author of UPSIDE DOWN (Book 1 Off the Map series) at Grand Central Forever Book Signing

Lia Riley debut NA author of UPSIDE DOWN (Book 1 Off the Map series) at Grand Central Forever Book Signing

I returned to my room to get ready for the awards ceremony. Luckily Cheryl Rae (friend / Austin RWA chapter mate/ CP/ web guru) also worked as a make-up artist and hair stylist for models in New York and made me look beautiful. (Thanks, Cheryl!)

PRE-AWARDS PHOTOS:

Jillian Lark (me)

2014 Golden Heart finalist Jillian Lark. (Thanks to agent Kristin Nelson and others for the compliments!)

2014 Golden Heart finalist Charis Calhoon and husband

2014 Golden Heart finalist Charis Calhoon and husband

(left) Laura Trentham's husband, 2014 Golden Heart finalists Laura Trenthan, Deborah Wilding, and Suzanne Kaufman Kalb

(left) Laura Trentham’s husband and 2014 Golden Heart finalists Laura Trenthan, Deborah Wilding, and Suzanne Kaufman Kalb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(standing) 2014 Golden Heart finalists Shelly Chalmers and Sara Tompkins

(standing) 2014 Golden Heart finalists Shelly Chalmers and Sara Tompkins

2014 Golden Heart finalists Laura Trenthan, Sara Tompkins, and Lenora Bell

2014 Golden Heart finalists Laura Trentham, Sara Tompkins, and Lenora Bell

2014 Golden Heart finalist Denny S. Bryce and Dreamweavers' pin designer/author Xio Axelrod

2014 Golden Heart finalist Denny S. Bryce and Dreamweavers’ pin designer/author Xio Axelrod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(center) 2014 Golden Heart finalist Kimberly MacCarron with friends

(center) 2014 Golden Heart finalist Kimberly MacCarron with friends

2014 Golden Heart finalist Marnee Bailey and husband

2014 Golden Heart finalist Marnee Bailey and husband

2014 Golden Heart finalists Jillian Lark and Sarah Andre

2014 Golden Heart finalists Jillian Lark and Sarah Andre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Golden Heart finalist Sarah Canan

2014 Golden Heart finalist Sarah Canan / soon-to-be Winner of Short Contemporary Romance category

2014 Golden Heart finalists Shelly C. Alexander, Marni Folsom, and Jillian Lark

2014 Golden Heart finalists Shelly C. Alexander, Marni Folsom, and Jillian Lark

2014 Golden Heart finalist Sharon Wray and her sister-in-law author Kieran Kramer

2014 Golden Heart finalist Sharon Wray and author Kieran Kramer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(center) 2014 Golden Heart finalist Vanessa Barneveld

(center) 2014 Golden Heart finalist Vanessa Barneveld

Lee Kilraine's husband, 2014 Golden Heart finalist Lee Kilraine, guest, and 2014 Golden Heart finalist Barbara Gerry

Lee Kilraine’s husband, 2014 Golden Heart finalist Lee Kilraine, guest, and 2014 Golden Heart finalist Barbara Gerry

2014 Golden Heart finalists

2014 Golden Heart finalist Barbara Gerry, guests, and 2014 Golden Heart finalist Carrie Padgett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Golden Heart finalists Abbie Roads and Shelly C. Alexander

2014 Golden Heart finalists Abbie Roads and Shelly C. Alexander

2014 Golden Heart finalists Abbie Roads, Shelly C. Alexander, and Jillian Lark

2014 Golden Heart finalists Abbie Roads, Shelly C. Alexander, and Jillian Lark

2014 Golden Heart finalist Amy DeLuca and Jillian Lark

2014 Golden Heart finalists Amy DeLuca and Jillian Lark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Golden Heart finalist Amy DeLuca and husband

2014 Golden Heart finalist Amy DeLuca and YA author Jay Asher

2014 Golden Heart finalists Asa Maria Bradley, Suzanne Kaufman Kalb, and Deborah Wilding

2014 Golden Heart finalists Asa Maria Bradley, Suzanne Kaufman Kalb, and Deborah Wilding

2014 Golden Heart finalists Denny S. Bryce and Jillian Lark

2014 Golden Heart finalists Denny S. Bryce and Jillian Lark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(right) 2014 Golden Heart finalist Connie Taxdal

(right) 2014 Golden Heart finalist Connie Taxdal

2014 Golden Heart finalists Barbara Gerry, Jillian Lark, Sheri Humphreys, and Shelly C. Alexander

2014 Golden Heart finalists Barbara Gerry, Jillian Lark, Sheri Humphreys, and Shelly C. Alexander

2014 Golden Heart finalist Piper Huguley

2014 Golden Heart finalist Piper Huguley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Golden Heart finalist Gwynlyn MacKenzie and husband

2014 Golden Heart finalist Gwynlyn MacKenzie and husband

2014 Golden Heart finalist Jillian Lark and Austin RWA chapter mate author Sloan Calder

2014 Golden Heart finalist Jillian Lark and Austin RWA chapter mate Sloane Calder

2014 Golden Heart finalist Jillian Lark and Austin RWA chapter mate author Ana Farrish

2014 Golden Heart finalist Jillian Lark and Austin RWA chapter mate Ana Farrish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Golden Heart finalists Laura Trentham (right) and  Jillian Lark (left) with NYT best selling historical romance author Eloisa James

2014 Golden Heart finalists Laura Trentham (right) and Jillian Lark (left) with NYT best- selling historical romance author Eloisa James. (Thanks, Eloisa!)

2014 RITA / GOLDEN HEART AWARDS CEREMONY:

2014 Golden Heart Short Contemporary Winner Suzanne Kaufman Kalb receives a kiss from her husband.

2014 Golden Heart Contemporary Romance Winner Suzanne Kaufman Kalb receives a kiss from her husband.

2014 Golden Heart Short Contemporary Winner Suzanne Kaufman Kalb on the jumbotron

2014 Golden Heart Contemporary Romance  Winner Suzanne Kaufman Kalb on the Jumbotron

2014 Golden Heart Inspriational Romance Winner Kristi Ann Hunter slide (not present for award)

2014 Golden Heart Inspirational Romance Winner Kristi Ann Hunter slide (not present for award)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Golden Heart Historical Romance Winner Lenora Bell on the jumbotron

2014 Golden Heart Historical Romance Winner Lenora Bell on the Jumbotron

2014 Golden Heart Paranormal Romance Winner Marni Folsom (center), 2014 Golden Heart finalist Shelly C. Alexander (left), and Marni's friend Joy (right)

2014 Golden Heart Paranormal Romance Winner Marni Folsom (center), 2014 Golden Heart finalist Shelly C. Alexander (left), and Marni’s friend Joy (right)

2014 Golden Heart Paranormal Romance Winner Marni Folsom on the jumbotron

2014 Golden Heart Paranormal Romance Winner Marni Folsom on the Jumbotron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Golden Heart Young Adult Winner McCall Hoyle on the way to the stage

2014 Golden Heart Young Adult Winner McCall Hoyle on the way to the stage

2014 Golden Heart Young Adult Winner McCall Hoyle on stage

2014 Golden Heart Young Adult Winner McCall Hoyle on stage

2014 Golden Heart Romantic Suspense Winner Denny S. Bryce on the jumbotron

2014 Golden Heart Romantic Suspense Winner Denny S. Bryce on the Jumbotron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 RITA Erotic Romance Winner Julie Kenner of AustinRWA

2014 RITA Erotic Romance Winner Julie Kenner of AustinRWA

2014 RITA Erotic Romance Winner Julie Kenner of Austin RWA

2014 RITA Erotic Romance Winner Julie Kenner of Austin RWA on the Jumbotron

2014 RITA Erotic Romance Winner Julie Kenner of AustinRWA on the jumbotron

2014 RITA Erotic Romance Winner Julie Kenner of AustinRWA on the Jumbotron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AFTER THE AWARDS CEREMONY:

2014 Golden Heart finalist Jillian Lark hugs 2014 Golden Heart Paranormal Romance Winner Marni Folsom

2014 Golden Heart finalist Jillian Lark hugs 2014 Golden Heart Paranormal Romance Winner Marni Folsom

2014 Golden Heart Paranormal Romance Winner Marni Folsom and her Golden Heart necklace

2014 Golden Heart Paranormal Romance Winner Marni Folsom and her Golden Heart necklace

2014 Golden Heart Paranormal Romance Winner Marni Folsom (right) and friend Joy (left)

2014 Golden Heart Paranormal Romance Winner Marni Folsom (right) and friend Joy (left)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Golden Heart NYT Bestselling author Beverly Jenkins (left) congratulates 2014 Golden Heart Romantic Suspense Winner Denny S. Bryce (right).

Author Beverly Jenkins (left) congratulates 2014 Golden Heart Romantic Suspense Winner Denny S. Bryce (right).

2014 Golden Heart Romantic Suspense Winner Denny S. Bryce

2014 Golden Heart Romantic Suspense Winner Denny S. Bryce

2014 Golden Heart Contemporary Romance Winner Suzanne Kaufman Kalb and her Golden Heart necklace

2014 Golden Heart Contemporary Romance Winner Suzanne Kaufman Kalb and her Golden Heart necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Golden Heart Young Adult Winner McCall Hoyle and her Golden Heart necklace

2014 Golden Heart Young Adult Winner McCall Hoyle and her Golden Heart necklace

2014 Golden Heart Historical Romance Winner Lenora Bell (3rd from left) is congratualated by 2014 Golden Heart Historical Romance finalists Laura Trentham, Jillian Lark, and Ellen Lindseth.

2014 Golden Heart Historical Romance Winner Lenora Bell (3rd from left) receives congratulations from 2014 Golden Heart Historical Romance finalists Laura Trentham, Jillian Lark, and Ellen Lindseth.

2014 Golden Heart Historical Romance Winner Lenora Bell and her Golden Heart necklace

2014 Golden Heart Historical Romance Winner Lenora Bell and her Golden Heart necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Golden Heart finalist Sharon Wray and author Kieran Kramer celebrate with 2014 Golden Heart finalists

2014 Golden Heart finalist Sharon Wray and author Kieran Kramer celebrate after the awards.

2014 Golden Heart Inspirational finalists Sara Tomkins and Carrie Padgett celebrate after the awards.

2014 Golden Heart Inspirational finalists Sara Tomkins and Carrie Padgett celebrate after the awards.

Author Kieran Kramer, Marni's friend Joy, and 2014 Golden Heart Paranormal Romance Winner Marni Folsom (center).

Author Kieran Kramer, Marni’s friend Joy, and 2014 Golden Heart Paranormal Romance Winner Marni Folsom (center) celebrate after the awards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Golden Heart finalist Jillian Lark celebrates with Austin RWA chapter mate / 2013 Golden Heart finalist Kristin Noel Fischer.

2014 Golden Heart finalist Jillian Lark with Austin RWA chapter mate / 2013 Golden Heart finalist Kristin Noel Fischer.

Austin RWA chapter mate Liana LeFey tries on Jillian's black boa (gift from LERA member Tammy Baumann).

Austin RWA chapter mate Liana LeFey tries on Jillian’s black boa (gift from LERA member Tammy Baumann).

Austin RWA chapter mates Vivien Jackson and Ana Farrish

Austin RWA chapter mates Vivien Jackson and Ana Farrish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austin RWA chaptermates Sloan Calder, Liana LeFey, Alexa Bourne, Jillian Lark, and Mindy Miller

Austin RWA chapter mates
Sloane Calder, Liana LeFey, Alexa Bourne, Jillian Lark, and Mindy Miller

Jillian’s Notes: My apologies to the Dreamweavers sisters who aren’t pictured in today’s album. I wish I had photos of everyone. You, the 2014 Golden Heart finalists and winners,  are the best part of the whole 2014 Golden Heart finalist experience. I truly missed meeting Julie Mulhern, Stephanie Winkelhake, Kristi Ann Hunter, and Pintip Dunn in person. Thanks to Charis Calhoon, Denny S. Bryce, Connie Taxdal’s friend Joni, Gwynlyn MacKenzie, Piper Huguley, and Sarah Andre for the use of their photos! Here’s my final #RWA14 snapshot.

 

Stayed up packing until 2:30 a.m. Sunday. and left key cards in room. Heading home.

Packed until 2:30 a.m. Sunday and left key cards in room before heading home. Thanks for the rides, Austin RWA chapter mates Traci A. and Evie B.! Hope to be at #RWA15 in NYC.

2014 Golden Heart Update: #RWA14 Photo Album Part 3

fri. st martins press jennifer enderlin

Friday, July 25th After successful morning pitches, I attended the Agent / Author Relationship workshop and the St. Martin’s Press Spotlight. My friend Tammy Baumann introduced me to her agent Jill Marsal, and I briefly spoke with Jennifer Enderlin. Since I missed the Avon Spotlight Thursday, I spent time visiting with the lovely and friendly […]

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2014 Golden Heart Update: #RWA14 Photo Album Part 2

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

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.     Had a great chat with Senior editor Micki Nuding after the Pocket […]

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2014 Golden Heart Update: #RWA14 Photo Album Part 1

RWA14 reg line Louisa

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) […]

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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!

©2014 RWA® Photo by Jillian Lark

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!

Opening of the Great New York and Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Display of Fireworks  (American School)

  Have a wonderful day with friends and family! ~ Jillian  

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Gone Writing Summer 2014

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

A Summer’s Day in Hyde Park by John Ritchie 1858

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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