Sunday, May 19, 2013

Romantic Times - both in Kansas City and on our Californian Motorcyle Trip

So, it started with the RT... The idea of going to the US, that is. I'd just signed up for the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention 2013, held in Kansas City, when Eivind suggested we turn it into a holiday the two of us could share. He's a pilot and keeps a motorcycle at the hotel so it's always there when he and the crew have their layovers. For some time he'd been keen to have me see the world from a different perspective - riding pillion on the back of his BMW R1150 GS.(I'd been on a motorbike for less than an hour before this trip.)

Well, what an amazing four weeks it was! I can hardly believe I've been
back from the States for over a week now.

We had big expectations and they were all exceeded.
I loved the US and I met so many fabulous people.

Probably the only thing we didn't do was renew our marriage vows since we decided to go to Cirque du Soleil instead.

Anyway, I'll let the pictures tell the story, starting with a few from the RT convention. I had an absolute ball, sharing a room at the Sheraton Crowne Plaza with my Choc-Lit editor, Rachel Skinner, and meeting my fellow Chocliteers - such a nice group of women who feature in many of the pictures, below.

Here I am by the poster pointing out the
beautiful cover of my September release with Choc-Lit,
The Reluctant Bride (under my Beverley Eikli

At the e-Book expo with the
groovy posters Ellora's Cave had organised
Fellow Chocliteer Liz Harris by the Choc-Lit
banner with her book cover of The Road Back
All glammed up for the Thursday night ball: Fellow Chocliteers:
L-R: Sue Moorecroft, Lyn Vernon, Evonne Wareham,
Beverley Eikli, Christina Courtenay, Liz Harris. (The dress I
wore was one I'd made 30 years ago when doing costume
design at the London School of Fashion.)
Pia (Christina Courtenay), Evonne and Liz at the Formal Dinner
They all looked fabulous!

Getting organised for the Pride & Prejudice session.
Plenty of chocolate and beautiful place-settings plus Juliet and her
son Will, who played Mr Darcy, made this another very popular
Choc-Lit event.

Another gala evening (can't remember which, there were so

Me with fellow Aussie, erotic romance author Lexxie Couper

Choc-Lit director Lyn Vernon and my editor, Rachel Skinner
The Happy Chocliteers - our British (and my Aussie) accent
really stood out amongst the 2000+ delegates at the Convention

Here's my editor Rachel demonstrating
what she'll do if I don't get my edits in on time.
The Reluctant Bride goes to the printers in mid
July and will be released on September 15 (provided I get my edits in on time:)).
Lovely author Marcia King-Gamble and the equally
lovely Sue Moorecroft
at Club RT 

Gorgeous hubby, Eivind,  kitted out with the Go-Pro camera
on his helmet to record our Californian
trip, making our way up the Big Sur
Beautiful light at Joshua Tree with Eivind's BMW R1150 GS
and our Exped Orion 3 tent, behind. The tent did us proud
for our 3 weeks (occasionally interspersed with a really
nice hotel or cottage).
Eivind and me getting sunburnt at Joshua Tree. We stayed
an extra day because we enjoyed it so much. By this stage
we'd had no running water for 4 days. 
Las Vegas attending Cirque du Soleil's Zumalia

After 3 weeks of camping and motorcycling
there were no marital tiffs, I'm happy to report. A ready supply of wine and firewood
in the panniers and no domestic drudgery or whingeing
children (whom we sometimes missed) probably helped.

We decided on the spur of the moment to take a 5-hour detour
to see the Grand Canyon, arriving just as the sun was setting.
Great campsite, too.

So there you have it - just a taster of a truly amazing and diverse four weeks - my first visit to the United States.
Loved it!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Having a Blast at Romantic Times Book lovers Convention

This is what Rachel Skinner, my editor
(pictured back) will do if I don't
get my edits in on time.
We've had a real blast at the RT convention - my first though I've met so many people who've been coming for years.

There have been other great authors to meet, as well as my Choc-Lit fellow authors and our wonderful director, Lyn Vernon, whom I've met for the first time. I'm also sharing a room with the lovely Rachel Skinner who is pictured standing behind me at Rosie Gulch's saloon.

The book signing was a lot of fun and so was the Ellora's Cave disco where I walked across the stage with a Caveman after a fab dinner and before the disco dancing. EC then put on a lovely Thursday brunch for their authors and gave away absolutely beautiful bags in a range of colours to all of us.

We at Choc-Lit ran a panel on Irresistible Heroes and also a chocolate tasting session. Then there was the Heather Gramam Vampire party last night and the formal ball the night before.

Stay tuned for more RT photos, everyone!