And we can call the pics here, part 2 ;). These pics will include a few of my faves (you might see both places), as well as some with my author friends who aren't with Heartwarming (but they're just as special to me of course).
Let's start with the fact that I finally got to meet my extraordinary editor, Claire Caldwell, in person! Every time we've tried to meet over the past year or two, something has happened. I had to leave the New York conference early in 2015 because of a death in the family...then when she attended my chapter's annual retreat the following spring, I couldn't make it because it coincided with my eldest's Senior Prom and my husband was out of town. Well, this year it finally happened! I knew she was super nice, patient, smart and plain brilliant as an editor, but she was even more so in person!
|Catherine Lanigan (also one of Claire's lucky authors) and amazing editor Claire Caldwell.|
|Claire Caldwell and me at the Harlequin Party. Sorry for the red photo. Mood lighting!|
|Claire, myself and Catherine|
One of the best parts of my conference was getting to see my close friends and annual roomies, Harlequin author Jeannie Watt and her daughter, author Jamie Dallas. Jeannie received an award for reaching 25 books with Harlequin and Jamie had just found out she'd won a Stiletto award (Contemporary mid-length for The Wrong Brother) at an event right before the party! You go girls!
|Jeannie Watt, me and Jamie Dallas|
|Jeannie Watt and Jamie Dallas in front of the Harlequin sign honoring their award recipients. Beautiful ladies!|
|Jeannie on the end with her 25 book award. There were more awards afterwards...all the way up to 150 books!|
|Jeannie and Jamie with her Stiletto contest award.|
|The lovely and sweet Miranda Indrigo, who is always there to answer any questions we Harlequin Authors have.|
|Okay, this one's on the other post too, but I had to tease you with how gorgeous the room and dessert set up is at the Harlequin Party. More pics if you follow the post link above!|
|Authors Cari Lynn Webb, Amy Vastine, Jennifer Snow and Carol Ross at the party.|
|Catherine Lanigan and me on our way to the Harlequin Party.|
|Catherine Lanigan and Kate James. We shared a taxi to the party :).|
|Our traditional pic! See the other post for the one we took back in 2014!|
Always great to see Donna Alward at the conference!
And I was excited to see Nancy Holland. It's so fun to run into people you usually see online.
I ran into so many friends and I don't have pics of them all. Some have been shared on Facebook and Twitter though, if you hang out there or lurk. Gosh, if I try and post names, I know I'll miss someone, but a few were Karen Foley, Cathryn Parry, Barbara Wallace, Tanya Agler and so many more! If I forgot to list you, it's from sheer exhaustion...not because I don't love you.
Again, I posted many more pics at the above link to the Heartwarming blog, so I'll leave you with this last (somewhat blurry one). I love it because, although we attend the conference to learn at workshops, meet with our editors/agents and find out about publishing trends, the conference is also about getting to see friends (sometimes only this once a year) who understand what it means to be a writer and who are always supportive and giving.
|Kate James, me and Catherine Lanigan|
I hope you all get a minute to check out the pics on the Heartwarming blog too. Thanks for visiting and checking the ones I posted here!
Until next time,
Rula :) (who really, really missed getting to see Victoria Curran. Wish you were there!)