Still in San Francisco…

Thursday, July 31, 2008

So today I was lucky enough to be invited to a brunch with one of my favorite authors.  An online friend of mine bid in Brenda Novak’s charity auction and won brunch with Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love.    She was able to invite some friends and lucky me gets to be one of the chosen ones. 

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am!  As some of you may have noticed, I have been on a Dark Hunter binge lately.  I have been reading Sherrilyn’s books the last couple of months and can’t wait to meet her (again…I kind of mumbled, “HelloILoveYourBooks” to her in Atlanta a couple of years ago, but was too shy for anything else…I am not saying that this year will be any different, but one can always hope 🙂 ).

I’ll be sure to let you all know how it goes…and if I manage to make a fool of myself.  It’s a safe bet that I probably will somehow.  LOL

Today’s question is…
If you could sit down and have a meal with one of your favorite authors, who would it be?

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And the Conference begins…

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

So today is the official start of the conference!  This evening there will be a HUGE booksigning for Literacy with hundreds of authors in attendance.  You can find a complete list here

The signing is open to the public and I was lucky enough to go to the one in Atlanta in 2006.  WOW!  Talk about being overwhelmed.  I don’t do well in crowds anyway, and I am supershy so after I hit the authors I had on my list (yes, I made a list), I kind of stood against the wall looking lost and staring at authors. 

I am hoping that this year I will at least talk to more authors rather than just stand there awestruck…but we shall see.  I’ll be sure to tell you all about it when I come back…unless I make a fool of myself.  LOL

Now, the signing only lasts a couple of hours and that’s a lot of authors to try to visit.

So, my questions for you are:
How would you manage your time?  Who are some of your must-see authors from that list?


In San Francisco…

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Since I am preparing these in advance, by the time you read this I will have made it to San Francisco…hopefully.  LOL

The conference doesn’t officially start until Wednesday, so today we have planned a tour of the city and will be doing some sightseeing.  I’ll admit my knowledge of San Francisco is limited so I am really looking forward to this.

Since I am doing some sightseeing today, the questions for today are:
Are you more of a planner or spur-of-the-moment person when it comes to sightseeing? 
Meaning, do you like guided tours or looking around on your own?
Or do you even like sightseeing? 
What do you like to do when you visit a new city?


Off To San Francisco…and a contest for you

Monday, July 28, 2008

As I have mentioned in previous posts today I am headed to San Francisco, California for the RWA National Conference.  I don’t want y’all to think I forgot about you so I have prepared some posts in advance so the blog will change every day.  

I also hope to post some from SF if I have time and am able to, so look for surprise posts and updates throughout the week…maybe. 😉

And for those of you going to San Francisco…keep an eye out for a stuffed bunny (I don’t have a pic right now, but I will be sure to post one at some point).  I’ll post more about Bunny later, but she was supposed to be my stand-in back when I couldn’t go to SF.  Now that I can go, I didn’t want to leave her out in the cold so I will still have her.  She will be going to the signing with me and maybe a couple of other places….

And that’s not all folks…when I get back I will select one commenter from those that leave a comment this week to win some surprise goodies from the conference.  I don’t know what I will pick up yet, but I will make sure to get some good stuff 😉 .  I’ll announce the winner when I return and plan on posting about my trip as well.

This week’s posts will be related to my trip starting with today’s.  This is the farthest I have ever been from home.  It’s a long way from Georgia to California.   And it is also the first time I have ever been anywhere on my own. 

So today’s question for you is:
What are some of the places you have travelled?  What is the farthest you have ever been from home?


I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane…

Sunday, July 27, 2008

I am heading out to San Francisco tomorrow morning for the RWA conference.  I am leaving a couple of days early to get in some sightseeing…look for special posts starting tomorrow including a special giveaway…

I’ll be sure to post more about my trip when I get back.

Right now I am a bundle of nerves and it has nothing to do with the traveling.  I am a really shy person and lack self-confidence so heading out into the great unknown is a big deal for me.  This is especially a big deal for me because it is romance authors…people whose books I have loved for years and people have chatted with online, but never met. 

I have all these fears running through my head, “What if no one likes me?”  “What if they don’t talk to me?”  “What if I don’t talk to them?”  “What if I embarrass myself?”  “What if…”  I could go on and on, but I’ll stop there.   

I once had an author tell me that I must be a hoot in person.  I replied back, “I am so much funnier online.”  And it is true…chatting and talking online to someone is so much easier for me than talking in person.  There’s no delete key in real live conversations.  🙂

I am going to do my best to set my fears and doubts aside and just have a good time…so we will see.  It won’t be easy, but I hope I come away from this trip with some new friends and as well as knowledge.  And hopefully, I will be able to let all of these great authors know how much their books mean to me without completely embarrassing myself.


Review of Her One Desire by Kimberly Killion

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Her One Desire by Kimberly Killion

 

FOR HIS LOVE

 

Astride a stolen horse, encircled by the shackled arms of Broderick Maxwell, a Scottish spy escaping certain death in the Tower of London, Lizbeth Ives rides to the north, hidden by the merciful darkness. By stealth and by cunning, the daughter of the Lord High Executioner has undone her father’s cruel work, compelled to save the innocent man with her. There is no turning back—they are bound as one in his iron chains. Consumed by mortal fear, driven by passion, they disappear into the night…

 

A single raven follows them. Is it an omen? Or only the first of those who would capture them? They must ride on. If captured, they will face death together. But if they reach Scotland, he will claim her for his own…forever.

 

 

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The daughter of the Lord High Executioner, Lizbeth Ives is running from danger when she assists imprisoned Scottish spy, Broderick Maxwell in escaping.  Fearing for her life and possessing proof of treachery, Lizzy enlists the aid of Broc in journeying away from her pursuer.  Though reluctant to help his torturer’s daughter, Broc agrees and the two set off on the dangerous journey north. 

 

As the two travel, they find themselves growing closer to one another despite their differences.  Lizzy has paid for the sins of her father her entire life and she has little value for herself because of who her father is.  Broc is determined to make Lizzy believe in herself and overcome her many fears.

 

But when the enemy finds them, it just may be too late for the couple.

 

Full of emotion and colorful characters, Her One Desire is a fascinating story that I couldn’t put down.  Ms. Killion did a wonderful job of making me feel for the characters which left me eager to learn what would happen next.  The story was brimming with a variety of emotions…fear, joy, humor, sadness, anger, hurt, passion, and more.  I felt each of these emotions as I read which brought the story and characters to life for me.

 

Lizzy and Broc were a fascinating couple who brought out the best in one another and I was glad to read as they worked to overcome both their inner and external obstacles.  The odds were definitely stacked against them so watching them deal with their attraction despite their differences was interesting.

 

In addition to these wonderful main characters, several of the secondary characters, both real and fictional, were definitely scene-stealers.  This was especially true of Broc’s family members including his mother, grandmother, and cousins.  These characters added a bit of lightness to this dramatic story.  And the inclusion of actual historical figures gave realness to the story which added to my enjoyment.

 

With wit and interesting characters, Ms. Killion added a bit of humor to what could have been a very dark story.  It had its dark moments, but the humor added a bit of balance to the story keeping it from being too dark.   There were also many twists and turns to this story which left me anticipating what would happen next.

 

Her One Desire is a wonderful debut book that has earned a spot on my keeper shelf.  I look forward to reading more from Kimberly Killion.


“Her One Desire” Winner!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

A big thanks to Kimberly for joining us yesterday and sharing with us about her wonderful characters.

And the winner of a copy of Her One Desire is:
Angie-la

Please send me your mailing info!

Readers, check back later this weekend for my review of this fabulous book!

In the meantime, as I pack and rush to get things ready for my trip (I leave Monday), I was curious…if you were packing for a weeklong trip, but could only take 5 items with you, what would take?   I can (and will) take more than 5 items (oh, believe me, my suitcase and carry-on are stuffed), but I was curious about what your must-haves would be.