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Archive for the 'Adventures & Travel' Category

Along Came a Bestseller

First and foremost, I would not be able to celebrate this moment without all of you who went out and grabbed a copy of Along Came a Duke–you are why it is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller this week. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

What has been so much fun is meeting so many of you at the events in Tulsa and around Chicago. Too much fun. Too many laughs (really, is there such a thing?). And so many lovely people, such as our Chicago stalkers who turned up at both events to see … Read more »

Autographed Books

Just a quick note to let those of you who live in far flung (and probably some not-so-far-flung) that I never seem to visit, the bookstore, Turn the Page, where I will be signing this Friday is also having a virtual signing–which means, if you order one of my books from them, I’ll sign it and they will then send it on to you. A wonderful idea for a gift for Mother’s Day perhaps, or just getting a copy for yourself.

And there are plenty of authors to chose from, including Nora Roberts/JD Robb, Robyn Carr, Cathy Maxwell, Amanda Brice, … Read more »

Friends

As you know, I like to add my friends to the blog whenever possible. Because, well, quite frankly, I adore the friends I have, even the ones who are long distance acquaintances that I barely know. I meet so many people from far flung corners, but some people you meet and you just know they would be your new BFF if only they didn’t live so darn far away.

And the romance genre is filled with these kind and generous women. I’ve been stewing this morning about all the things I need to get done before I venture off to … Read more »

Philly Love

I have found a new favorite city. Philadelphia. For this self-confessed history geek, what is there not to love about a city that not only embraces its historical roots and significance but shows it off at every corner?

Love, love, love, Philadelphia!

I was there for the Public Library Association meeting (Check out the tweets via #PLA12 or #PLA2012–bless those librarians, they needed two hashtags to get it all in!) and had a blast.

Leaving Seattle at 0-Dark-30, (that is an official time–basically it is dark and no one in their right mind has any business being up), I arrived … Read more »

I Don't Make This Up

Some one asked me how I pick the winners for my blog contest and actually, I don’t. I use Random.org to pick the winner–that is, after I add up the number of blog comments and tweets. Then the Random Number Generator does the honors, and a number pops up. Then, voila, we have a winner.

This week’s winner is Alana, who left the first comment on the blog. There is always a moment when I enter all the information and hit the “generate” button that I feel like I am in my own personal Las Vegas.

Who is going to Read more »

Whirlwind Trip

Whipped down to Los Angeles last week for a whirlwind Reader’s Tea at the Huntington Beach Library. No one ever has to prod me very hard to fly down to Southern California–I really love it down there. Blue skies, palm trees, blue skies. Mostly the sunshine makes me smile–as it has been in short supply around Seattle lately.

I got to my hotel rather late, but when I woke up in the morning, I opened my curtains to find a Starbucks right across the parking lot. Hurrah. Sunshine and a latte. What could be better?

Well, as it turned out, … Read more »

Bring it on 2012

I was really glad to kick the dust off of 2011 and celebrate the New Year. I don’t know about you, but 2011 was difficult. I don’t think I need to cry on your shoulder about my problems, because I know I am not alone and you all have yours as well. And maybe some of you have none, and therefore, I certainly don’t want to rain on your day.

Needless to say, when the clock struck midnight, I opened the door and said a hearty and happy “Welcome!”

What do I want to do this year? Lots of things.… Read more »

Best Conference Evah!

When you go to a conference, in my case, The Surrey International Writers’ Conference, you never expect to arrive and have to undergo four security checks by RCMP just to get into the hotel, dodge past a couple hundred protesters, as well as having been pre-screened by the Secret Service.

Nothing like a friendly, “Welcome to Canada” arrival with the hotel surrounded by RCMP.

All because former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are speaking at the conference hotel that day for a separate economic meeting. And even with all this security you discover a few days later, … Read more »

Too Much!

I cannot believe how swamped I am. I finished my book, for goodness sakes, I should have a life. But ever since I hit the send button I have been in frantic catch up mode.

‘Cept with this blog. And since I am off to the Surrey International Writer’s conference in Surrey, BC (I think it sounds so cool to be able to say, “I am going out of the country,” even if it is only two hours north of my house). I am not making any promises that I won’t go all fan girl on Elizabeth George–whose writing I … Read more »

We Interrupt This Blog

Yes, yes, I’ve been a wee bit slow in posting. Only because I am trying to get my book done and it is consuming all my time. All My Time. But I had a quick few minutes between shuffling kids to school, so I thought I would remind folks that I have several Events coming up in the next few weeks.

I’ll be in Surrey, British Columbia, up in Canada in two weeks and then at the Emerald City Writer’s Conference (Bellevue, Washington) the last weekend of the month. Both conferences have booksignings that are open to the public and … Read more »

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