But first–I’m just back from St. Louis and I apologize for not blogging last week. I thought I had all the laundry, packing, etc, under control, but not only did I forget to blog on Wednesday, I also neglected to remind my daughter to make sure her father took her to Art Class on Thursday. Hmmm…think maybe I was a little anxious to get out of town? St. Louis was fabulous. What a spectacular city!
And let me tell you, I don’t think there could be friendlier people anywhere in the world than Missouri. Not just in the hotel–everywhere you went. I mean, it was startling to me, who lives in the fairly friendly state of Florida. The New Yorkers must have been freaking out. No matter where you went, people said, “Hello. How are you?” Even if you were just walking down the street. I noticed it everywhere.
We went on a ghost tour in St. Charles too that was very cool. My roomie, Diana Peterfreund, got some amazing pictures of orbs. I hope she posts them on her blog soon. We had one run in with a ghost…though our ghost tour guide, a paranormal researcher, is also a magician, so I suppose he might have been playing a trick on us. But if he did, it was a good one.
…but now back to the original topic of this post.
I went to St. Louis to attend the annual conference of Novelists, Inc, which is an organization for multi-published authors. I made a lot of new friends, went to workshops (something I never do anymore at RWA), ate good food, partook of the hotel’s amazing 3 FREE DRINKS at Happy Hour and stayed up way too late every night. But when I did attend workshops one theme came through over and over.
You’ve gotta have your peeps.
Tami Hoag called them her “posse.” Catherine Coulter and Kay Hooper consider them their “divas.” I call them my “plotmonkeys” :thatsfunny: in addition to the extended circle of friends I keep close by, who support me in my life and my career–fellow writers who “get” what we go through on a daily, if not hour-by-hour (thanks, Twitter) basis.
These are the friends who I am genuinely THRILLED for when they hit the big time, when their hard work and tireless persistence pay off and they reach levels of success that some of us are still working toward. Two such friends have a book out this week and I’m not only hear to talk about it today, but to give away a free copy, thanks to the generous authors–KRESLEY COLE and GENA SHOWALTER!
Their new book, a hardcover entitled THE DEEP KISS OF WINTER, comes out next Tuesday. (Is that cover hot or what?) I’ve known Gena and Kresley for quite a while and they are incredibly generous, fun women. If you want to laugh until you bust a gut, these are the girls to hang out with. I know. I think my gut is still recovering from the last time. I have watched both of these authors rise up the bestseller lists and I could not be happier for them. Gena’s book, OH MY GOTH, is one of my all-time favorite YA novels of all time and if you haven’t read Kresley’s KISS OF THE DEMON KING, what are you waiting for? The book is one long, amazing love scene. I swear to you! Awesome plot, fabulous characters and sexual tension that simply does. not. quit.
When I learned that Gena and Kresley had a book coming out together, I have to admit that I got all warm inside. It’s one thing to be in a collection with fellow writers you respect, but to be in a collection with genuine friends is a rare and valuable treat. Kresley and Gena are best buds, so I know the joy they must be feeling as the book hits stores and they embark on a book tour together. (Check out dates to see if they are coming near you…they’re coming near me. Yeah!)
Leslie and I have a book out next month together, as you jungle regulars well know. Working with Leslie was an absolute treat…I’d love to do it again! Leslie and I just mailed out all the books we gave away here in the last few weeks and I can’t WAIT to hear what people think of the book! (Insert me biting nails here!)
But to celebrate the release of Gena and Kresley’s book, they’ve given me a copy to gift to a poster here at Plotmonkeys. Winner will be announced Friday! Just post if you’ve read Gena and/or Kresley before, what’s your favorite book or why you’d like to try them and you’re entered to win!
And speaking of winners…I’ll also announce the winners of the Hank Phillipi Ryan contest on Friday, too. Yes, I’m behind!
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