I’m back from the NOLA conference! Betcha didn’t even know I was gone. It was a quick trip—Friday through Sunday. And it was just across the border to Shreveport Louisiana, a little over two hours away. I’m a member of the NOLA chapter and love to get a chance to go down there and see friends.
I traveled with Shayla Kersten, and wouldn’t you know, I didn’t get a single darn photo of the woman! We had a great trip. I drove, hence the quick driving time. She only gasped a few times. We were set to stay in the hotel where the event was hosted, but discovered they’d lost our reservation! While I boiled, reception found us a room in the hotel next door, a Hilton Homewood Suites, and they arranged a very reaonable price for the rooms. Yeah, rooms. We ended up in a two-bedroom suite with a common sitting area and kitchenette. I didn’t complain after that.
I took a few pictures, but promise to share only a few! This first is of Lori Wilde. I’ve taken classes from her before. She makes some really tough concepts so easy to understand. I won the hardcover book you see pictured here. Didn’t get her to sign it though. Don’t know why I didn’t ask. When I’m done reading it, I’ll pass it along to one of you.
Here’s Sandy Blair. I love her. Her books and listening to her speak. Very funny lady.
Here’s Sara Reyes from Fresh Fiction. She gave some wonderful tips on promotion, and she gave me a coupon…
This is Sara’s daughter, the Nerdy Perv and Sara’s Peaches.
I had met Cassie Ryan a time or two at the Romantic Times convention, but never had a chance to talk. Love her now! And I got an autographed book from her. Again. I get to read it first, then I’ll offer it up for a prize.
Just to prove I really was there. And is my hair really that short?!
Here are two Harlequin writers, my friend and timed writing partner, Gina Wilkins, and Tess McDermid. Gina’s hubby seems very happy.
On the right is Robin DeHart—an old acquaintance from my San Antionio days. I didn’t get much of a chance to talk to her, but did talk with her mom, Hattie, who is behind me in my picture! Here, Robyn is seated next to Kaye Dacus.
And lastly, I love Keri Ford. She’s a NOLA and DSRA member. And I told her if she laid down that red, patent leather purse even once, it would be history!