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    Roving Reporter Anna Campbell from RWA
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  • Published: Jul 31st, 2008

anna_head.jpgDauntless Roving Reporter Checks in! Hello, RNTVers! How are things? I wish you could all be here. It’s so exciting to have such great talent all together under one roof – and all, as you can imagine, TALKING! I seriously think the decibel level last night at the signing was higher than ten jet planes taking off at the same time!

I’ve been in San Francisco for a couple of days playing the tourist but last night I had to put on my writer hat. It was wonderful to meet all the readers, particularly when I was clutching two large blue flags saying ‘RITA finalist!’. In fact, I believe there may even be a photo or two where I pretend to be King Tut and cross them across my chest. Hmm, things were getting silly by then…

After the signing, the Romance Bandits held a soiree. Well, it was more of a bash, really. We wandered across two rooms and an adjoining corridor. Lots of wonderful people there including the Bandits (who as you know are the “rowdiest band on the Net” – trademark!) and Barbara Vey from Publishers Weekly and the Incomparable Claudia Dain and Liz Carlyle (I must say I gave a fan girl scream when I saw LC, she’s one of my heroes). We also invited a lot of our regular commenters to thank them for all their wonderful support since the RBs started up a little over a year ago. The culinary highlight was a huge wedding cake with “Did you spend the night with a golden rooster?” written on it. One wonders what the baker made of the message! In Australia, wedding cake is heavy fruitcake covered with sick-making marzipan icing, so the American style of wedding cake was such a treat!

tb_san_francisco_usa.jpgThe hotel is lovely! With extremely nice staff. And there’s a wonderful bar right on the top floor where you can watch the mist rolling in (there’s a lot of mist to watch!) and hiding the Golden Gate. But at least we know it’s there. I had drinks there with Michelle Buonfiglio on Tuesday afternoon which was great fun. I’ve decided that I’m only going to drink marga-RITAs while I’m here. Yeah, I AM pushing this! Then all the Bandits went out for dinner at Annabelle’s across the road and shocked the staff with the rowdiness (TM) of our behavior!

Today is really busy including the Booksellers Best Awards where CLAIMING THE COURTESAN is up for best long historical. Wish me luck. I’ll check back in tomorrow with some more gossip – including WHO spent the night with that naughty rooster! Bwork!

9 Responses to “Roving Reporter Anna Campbell from RWA”

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  1. PJ
    on Jul 31st, 2008
    @ 4:43 pm

    Hi Anna!

    Thanks for taking the time to check in! Don’t worry about the lair. Christie is doing a great job of keeping tabs on us and Carol and I are keeping everyone well fed and hydrated. I so wish I could be there to party with y’all. I know you’re having a fabulous time. Next year in DC for sure!

    So tell us, what has been your favorite conference moment so far?


    PJ…who is sending oodles of good luck wishes your way!

  2. Maria Lokken
    on Jul 31st, 2008
    @ 4:48 pm

    Oh Anna in the HOUSE and all the way from San Fran!!! Thanks for the roving report…. making my mouth water wishing I could be there.

    Listen Anna you drink all the margaRITA’s you want YOU deserve it. We’re all cheering over here for you!!!! Go Anna Go.

    Hugs and kisses,

  3. Gannon
    on Jul 31st, 2008
    @ 5:27 pm

    Thanks so much, Anna, for taking time to share your experiences with us. I think margaRITAs should be your signature drink from now on! I wish I was there, too, but I’m definitely on for DC next year.

    Sending loads of good luck your way!!!!


  4. Marisa
    on Jul 31st, 2008
    @ 6:01 pm

    Anna, sounds like too much fun – if there is such a thing as too much fun. The banditas rowdy? How can that be? I’m sure you all behaved yourselves quite admirably. There was no dancing on the tables, was there? No removal of clothing, was there? So, you see, it was just your imagination.

    Thanks so much for being our eyes and ears at the conference, and GOOD Luck!

    Lots of hugs!

  5. MaryKate
    on Jul 31st, 2008
    @ 6:40 pm

    Hi Anna! Boy, the reports have just been glowing from RWA! I can’t wait til they’re in DC next year so I can go! Sounds like you’re having a wonderful time.

    I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you, my friend!

  6. Helen
    on Aug 1st, 2008
    @ 5:04 am

    Anna I wish I could be there with you all and good luck with the awards as PJ has already said the lair is doing really well Carol has found us some lovely margaRITAS to drink and PJ is cooking up a storm for us. I hope you have some photos of the “wedding Cake”.

    Have Fun

  7. Buffie
    on Aug 1st, 2008
    @ 6:12 am

    Hey Anna!!! I am so happy that you were able to take a few minutes out of your drinking and eating (LOL!) to come talk to us. Sounds like you are all have a wonderful time in San Fran. I bet the Bandit party was pretty wild!!! And like Helen, I would love to see a picture of the wedding cake.

    Best wishes to you on the awards!!! I can’t wait to see a picture of you holding a RITA!

  8. AndreaW
    on Aug 1st, 2008
    @ 6:30 am

    Awesome! Thanks for checking in and keeping us ‘in the know’, Anna! Sounds like y’all are having a great time! Good luck to you, my dear!!

  9. Anna Campbell
    on Aug 1st, 2008
    @ 7:51 am

    Hi guys! It really is fun! I’ve just sent day two’s report to Marisa – I hope you enjoy it. It’s kinda fun being a roving reporter. I keep wanting to tell everyone my name is Lois Lane which given the fact that I’m currently juggling three or four aliases might actually be a bit much! Thanks for all the good luck wishes!!!!

    MargaRITAs forever! hic!

    A x

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