. . . bar none! And this readers’ group, from the Borders in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho are no exception! I just love these ladies–they’ve been kind and generous since my first book, and any chance I get, I go over to visit them. This was my third trip!
We all went out to dinner and got caught up on our favorite TV shows (House, Heroes, compared guilty pleasure reality shows) and got caught up–made a firm date to meet up again at the Rose City Readers’ Luncheon in April, then got down to the business at hand: romance novels. (This picture is of Kathy, me, Judith, Janet and Earlee at last year’s luncheon with all our basket booty! This is the second year in a row our table has scored more raffle baskets than a table has a right to. But do you see anyone complaining?)
The thing I love about these folks is that they really, really love romance novels. These are the sort of devoted fans who leave me in awe–because they know of what they speak. Led by Earlee (the lovely lady in the blue apron) they choose a book each month to read and discuss and debate, and then end their evening with suggestions for other books. This is where I am always left in the dust, because I have so little time to read, but I take their recommendations to heart and always find new authors. I walked out of there on cloud 9, because they had so many lovely things about Love Letters from a Duke–and of course, I let them, ok, encouraged them. But this time they were at odds over their October read and decided to find a new book. Ah, finally, a moment where I could suggest a book, offering one of my favs: Lara Adian’s wonderfully steamy, very shivery book, Kiss of Midnight. I hope they love it as much as I did.
Now in the romance section I met a really nice new-ish reader, Srae, who was there for her first romance event. She discovered romance a year ago and has been spending the last year catching up. Get this, she’s read 300 books in the last year!! How did she get hooked? Picked up Julia Quinn’s On The Way to The Wedding, not realizing it was a romance. Once she’d finished it, not only was she shocked to find out it was one of those books, but that she really loved it! We all laughed with her, and welcomed her to the club. I think by the time she reads a full 1000 books, someone ought to take a moment and teach her the secret handshake.
The really cool part of this trip was the perk that came along with it: a night at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, courtesy of Kathy Ackerman, one of the very fun ladies! I had traveled with my mom, so we arrived in our room to find champagne and chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us! We got there when it was dark, but left the curtains open and awoke to the most incredible view of Lake Coeur D’Alene. How spoiled is that? I’ll never be able to fob off Hotel 6 on mom ever again! Thanks Kathy! And Earlee! And Janet! And everyone over there who makes me feel so special. You guys rock!!