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.

Comments

  1. These are such great pictures, Jillian. You’ve captured the most precious memories for me–I can’t thank you enough!!

  2. Such a comprehensive overview of the awards ceremony! You are to be commended Jillian– truly awesome!

    • Thanks for commenting and sharing the photo of you in “the dress!” You looked beautiful. I looked but couldn’t find you before or after the awards. Hugs!~Jillian

  3. Sarah Andre says:

    Thanks for capturing that lovely last day. Lunch at Luciano’s, the Awards Night and the party afterward! You really go to great lengths to keep our group together, Jillian, I appreciate that.

    • Thanks, Sarah! Keeping busy and connecting with fellow Dreamweavers and Austin RWA chapter mates made Saturday special. Miss you and our 2014 Golden Heart sisters already. Hugs!~Jillian

  4. Thanks for sharing all of these pictures, Jillian. Remembering how much fun RWA 14 was will keep me going through the cold winter and my writing deadlines. 🙂

    • You’re welcome, Asa! Ditto. I’m also planning a break from the Texas heat this fall and heading towards family, you, and Marni in the Pacific Northwest. Will let you know details.~Jillian

  5. Carrie Padgett says:

    Wow, Jillian you did a fabulous job! Thanks so much for sharing this pictures. I love ’em!

    • Carrie, glad you love the photos. I’m thinking “Whew!” after several late night photo upload sessions in a row, but you’re correct. The pics and GH finalist experience are definitely a “Wow!”~Jillian

  6. Wow, wonderful pictures, Jillian! Thanks so much for sharing. You got some great and fun shots!

  7. Fantastic job on the pics, Jillian!

  8. Wonderful photos, Jillian! I was such a “newbie” I didn’t take any photos. So glad to see these! Thanks!

    • Hi, Lee! I made lots of newbie mistakes and forgot to take photos most of the first day. Misplacing my phone for 5 hours didn’t help. Glad you liked the pics. Maybe I’ll figure out how to share photos in real time in 2015.~Jillian

  9. Great pics, looks like a fun time was had by all. Congratulations again on being among the finalists.

  10. You look fabulous! What an exciting night for everybody. Wish I could have been there, but your pix bring it all to life.

  11. Sorry I got here late. Great photos Jillian! Thank you for taking all of these great photos!

    • My pleasure, Denny! Love the photos of you by yourself, with Xio, and being congratulated by Beverly Jenkins. I’m so excited about your GH Romantic Suspense win. Miss you and our other 2014 GH / Dreameavers.~Jillian

  12. Terrific photos, Jillian! It was so lovely to meet you as well as the rest of the Dreamweavers! I miss everyone already!

    • Hi, Vanessa!I’m glad you liked the photos. Meeting you and most of our Dreamweavers was the best part of #RWA14. Wish we didn’t live so far away from each other.~Jillian

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