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    Photos from National
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  • Published: Sep 15th, 2007

AvatarGoing with the assumption that two months late is better than never, I’m posting photos with comments about my side of the trip to Dallas. This was my first Romance Writers of America national conference, and I was star-struck, excited, and incandescently happy to be with folks who thought marks on paper is a valuable way of life.

I first started my journey to Dallas by making detailed notes about what I wanted to do during the five days I was there…

Then came the packing

Despite judicious choice of items to take with me, I ended up with too much luggage

Dallas Skyline

Romance Writers of America 2007 Logo

Literacy Autographing

With authors Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Teresa Medeiros, Elizabeth Bevarly

With authors Nora Roberts, Julia Quinn, Christina Dodd

With Elodie Michels (left) and Romance Novel TV Production Manager Kim Castillo (right)

With Lacey Kaye

In case the photos so far haven’t been clear, the conference is [i]all[/i] about the clothes, the shoes, the bags, manis/pedis, etc. (j/k). Author Eloisa James’s shoes (left) and author Sophia Nash’s shoes (right)…

Author Candice Hern with her National Readers Choice Award and with author Barbara Freethy

Candice Hern with Sophia Nash, with author Sabrina Jeffries, and with authors Kathryn Smith and Jeaniene Frost

Haven Rich, by herself and with author Kalen Hughes

Gift from the Bon Bons to Kim Castillo. Haven Rich collected everyone’s contributions, coordinated everything, bought the main items, and drove the gift over to Dallas. Eloisa James presented it to Kim Castillo.

Author Amanda McCabe’s Regency gown for the Beau Monde Soiree

Amanda McCabe with author Regina Scot, author Andrea Pickens, and authors Debra Bess and Diane Gaston (right)

Diane Gaston by herself; with author Terri Brisbin; with author Eloisa James, Elodie Michels, Amanda Collins, and Santa

Lifetime TV Interviewer Michelle Buonfiglio with Elodie Michels and Amanda Collins; Santa, Kim Castillo, Julianne Perry Stone

Author La Nora Roberts

Author Anna Campbell

Authors Nalini Singh, Cathy Maxwell, Jo Beverley

Author Janet Mullany

Authors Kathryn Caskie, Sophia Nash, Karen Rose

Authors Lisa Kleypas and Christina Dodd (left) and authors Karen Hawkins and Suzanne Enoch (right)

Squawk Radio (Eloisa James, Christina Dodd, Kim Castillo, Lisa Kleypas, Teresa Medeiros, Elizabeth Bevarly)

Authors Victoria Alexander and Stephanie Laurens; author Sabrina Jeffries

Author JR Ward

Author Sherrilyn Kenyon (Kinley MacGregor)

Authors Sara MacKenzie, Kalen Hughes, Victoria Dahl

Authors Sandy Blair and Jules Bennett

Smart Bitches Reviewers Candy (left) and Sarah (right)

At the Red River Cowboy Bar, after the RITA awards and the dessert reception, with Sophia Nash and a mechanical bucking bull

Sophia Nash with Kim Castillo (left) and Kathryn Caskie (right)

Author Kayla Perrin with mechanical bull (left) and a bona fide cowboy (right)

I waited in line for hours to ship home all the free books I’d collected and the ones I’d bought at the author signing using the hotel’s ground shipping services

Then I returned home to this…

9 Responses to “Photos from National”

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  1. Gannon Carr
    on Sep 15th, 2007
    @ 11:25 pm

    Keira, your pictures are wonderful! It’s finally nice to put your name and face together. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Kim
    on Sep 15th, 2007
    @ 11:53 pm

    Okay, I have to say it! Everytime I see those pictures of me at the Literacy signing I cringe! You can totally tell I was blubbering and I have NO idea what I said. Gawd I hope it was something coherent!

    And when she says she stood in line for hours to ship home. She’s NOT kidding! We were in line together and it took forEVAH!

    Great pictures Keira!

  3. KeiraSoleore
    on Sep 16th, 2007
    @ 1:33 am

    Gannon and Kim: The compliments go straight to Hubby’s camera, which despite my inept mandhandling managed to take a few creditable pictures.

    Kim: You were so sweet. You can see it in Eloisa’s face and the kind, gentle smile she has there.

    Gannon: I know the Vagabonds and Bon Bons did posted a few things to the web as did a few others, so I wasn’t aware I was a well-kept secret. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. TerriG
    on Sep 16th, 2007
    @ 9:44 am


    First of all, has it really been two months??

    Second, how great to put faces to names, and relive the fun!

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. PJ
    on Sep 16th, 2007
    @ 12:18 pm

    Keira, thanks so much for sharing the photos. That’s the first photo I’ve seen of Kim with the Bon Bon goodies!

  6. AndreaW
    on Sep 16th, 2007
    @ 1:53 pm

    Love the pictures, Keira!! Thanks for sharing them!

  7. KeiraSoleore
    on Sep 16th, 2007
    @ 4:17 pm

    PJ: I thought Kim and the Vagabonds had pictures of Kim with the bag up on their site and elsewhere. I may be mistaken then.

    Terri and Andrea: The two months have gone by so quickly, haven’t then? That’s a good thing, because it means only ten more months till SF. WooHoo!

  8. Diane Gaston
    on Sep 16th, 2007
    @ 7:35 pm

    Can you believe, with all those wonderful photos of yours, there isn’t one of you and me together!!!
    Next year, for sure.

  9. KeiraSoleore
    on Sep 18th, 2007
    @ 1:15 pm

    The lovely Diane’s commenting on my blog. WOW! I know… I don’t have a single photo of the two of us, or of you, Amanda, and I. We have to do better in SF!

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