2014 Golden Heart Update: #RWA14 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 RITA souble 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)

Jillian’s Note: On Wednesday I’ll post #RWA14 Photo Album Part 2 (July 24th) with highlights from the Keynote luncheon. The 2014 RITA/Golden Heart reception with my Dreamweavers sisters (July 25th) will be featured in Thursday’s Part 3. On Friday I’ll share photos from the 2014 RITA / Golden Heart Awards ceremony.

Comments

  1. Great coverage of your conference so far Jillian. I’m looking forward to the other parts!

    • Thanks, Piper! I had so much fun attending historical romance workshops with you. Sorry I couldn’t find you before or after the awards ceremony. Hope you posted a photo of you in the “dress” on FB. Will check later.~Jillian

  2. McCall Hoyle says:

    Love the picture and blog. Missing you and the other Dreamweavers already. Hugs!

    • Hi, McCall! Thanks! Miss you and our Dreamweavers sisters, too. Congrats again on your Golden Heart win in the YA category! So thrilled for you. I have great photos of you to post tomorrow and Thursday, so check back. Hugs!~Jillian

  3. These are fun, Jillian! You were a busy little photographer!

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