Last August, RITA award winning author, Roxanne (Rocki) St. Claire spent a week as the RNTV Mystery Author. I was lucky enough to unmask her first and received an autographed book as reward for my sleuthing skills. When I received the book I was startled to see that her return address was in the same small town where my brother and his family live. We exchanged addresses and discovered that their homes are less than five minutes from one another. Rocki told me to contact her the next time I visited. Frankly, I thought the chances of us meeting were extremely slim as I hadn’t been down there in almost six years but that all changed last week.
My sister-in-law’s father passed away two weeks ago and last Thursday I flew to
When Rocki picked me up Friday evening I was immediately struck by two things. First, she greeted me with a huge smile and hug that left me feeling like we were long-time friends instead of two people who were meeting for the first time. Second, she obviously lies about her age because there’s no way the gorgeous, effervescent woman who I met could be anywhere near the age she claims to be. My guess would have been at least 10 years younger! During the drive to her friend,
The STARS (Space CoasT Authors of Romance) that I met Friday night are a diverse group. They span a wide range of ages and have varied backgrounds. They write in a variety of sub-genres. Some are published authors, others aspire to be. One of them, Kristen Painter, is co-founder of the Romance Divas website. What was readily apparent is what they all have in common – a fondness for one another, a respect for each woman’s dreams, an unfailing support of each other throughout the journey to the achievement of those dreams and a genuine happiness for each other’s success. Over delicious Italian champagne, decadent chocolate fondue, and much laughter, the conversation traveled from work to children to food to current affairs and so on. Several small conversations simultaneously took place around the table but when the topic moved into writing every person at the table was focused on the speaker. When one woman mentioned hitting a road block in her writing, others jumped in with offers of assistance. When Carol Didier confessed she hadn’t scheduled a booksigning to celebrate the release of her debut novel, Apache Warrior, on April 1st, her proud friends immediately started throwing out ideas for commemorating the occasion in grand style. Of course, they all assured her they would be there to help her celebrate. It was obvious that these women were a strong, supportive unit, there with a helping hand when one of them stumbled and there with the champagne to toast their ultimate success. For one evening I was privileged to be a part of that unit and I must tell you, it was pretty amazing. So I raise my glass to STARS, Roxanne St.Claire, Carol Ann Didier, Stephie Smith, Cami Dalton, Kristen Painter, Lara Santiago, Frances Brigando, Sharon Calvin, and
To you readers out there, I hope you will check out the books written by these talented ladies. Roxanne St. Claire’s next Bullet Catchers book, FIRST YOU RUN will be released March 25th.
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