Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

What a wonderful time of year. Not only do our little ones get to dress up and get truck loads of candy, but it's my birthday today. I love having my special day today. As a kid, it was always so much fun. Candy, birthday cakes, costume parties, and plenty of laughs and scares to go around. 

The picture above is my daughter in first grade. She had that beautiful bride outfit when she took dance lessons, and then transformed it into her own design. Yep, that was all her idea. She frightened other kids, scared the living-daylights out of her teacher, and her father and I just shook our heads. Kids. She had a blast.  

From there, she was Freddie Kruger.
Yep, that's my baby! My precious first-born.

This year my son is going as a Navy seal and my daughter as a basketball player-go figure. What about your kids? What's the biggest costume trend this year?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Nuts About Nora and Gaga for Grace

I had another wonderful opportunity to return to Turn the Page Bookstore for Girls' Night Out yesterday.

Rather than having a formal book signing, the authors had the chance to chat with readers and other authors. When my daughter and I arrived, we met 10 year-old author McKenzie Betts who wrote Blue Bear Finds a Rainbow. In the picture below, McKenzie is signing her book for my niece.

She will be the next Nora Roberts before you know it! 
Fellow Marsal Lyon Literary Agency sister Erika Robuck returned with her beautiful novel, Hemingway's Girl. Erika is truly the epitome of grace and character, and she's quickly becoming my hero. And since it's a small world in which we live, Erika and I met agency sister Melissa FosterChasing Amanda.
After chatting several times on-line, I finally met Anita Clenney, Awaken the Highland Warrior. 
One of the highlights of the night for me had to be when fellow Sourcebooks author Grace Burrowes walked into the room. I immediately scoffed up Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight for her to sign for my CP (critique partner.)
After I told Grace I was star-struck, she laughed and said, "Oh, please. Two years ago I wasn't even published." She certainly made me feel comfortable, and let me just say that Grace Burrowes is awesome! I met Grace Burrowes! *jumping up and down*
I picked up a new novel from K. R. Flanagan called Thane: The Fae Prince of Fir Manach and I can't wait to dig into that one. K. R. Flanagan was very charming and I can't wait to see what comes next from this author. 
The readers were phenomenal. I was honored that Alison Rush drove two hours to see me. Of course I hooked her up with some serious Bad Boy swag. Alison and readers like Alison make this journey all worth while. I thank you for reading Temptation in a Kilt. As long as you keep reading, I'll keep writing. ;-)
And the night could not be complete without once again chatting it up with the infamous, the multi-talented, Nora Roberts.
Please do not wake me from this dream...