Remember those lines? I don’t remember the name of the song, but I remember singing it with my Brownie troop eons ago. But those words still apply today. More specifically, they apply to this past weekend when I attended the Chicago North RWA Spring Fling with Lydia Dare, Samantha Grace and Erin Kelly from my critique group. We were already making friends before the conference even started, two of them being Keri Smith and Heather Snow (a Fire and Ice and a GH Finalist). The only thing I would have changed was to have the rest of the critique group with us. On Friday morning we checked in to the conference and were given our bag of materials. Inside were a couple of free books. (This is always one of my favorite parts – who doesn’t love a free book?) Well, while I am digging into my bag, Samantha pops up with “Lydia, I got your book”. Turns out, I did too. Erin wasn't so lucky, but she did get the second release later that day. I was a bit jealous over that one. Guess I will have to hit the bookstore.
Pictured: Amy De Trempe, Lydia Dare, Erin Kelly (center front), Samantha Grace
The workshops were fantastic, and the headliners Cherry Adair and Julia Quinn were awesome (as if that would be a surprise). When I needed a break because my brain was about to explode from information overload, I strolled into the bookstore and was really excited to see my book displayed next to Lydia’s.The first day ended about as perfectly as any day could end – a Chocolate Reception. Those ladies in Chicago really know what they are doing. Saturday included more workshops, and my first book signing as well as Lydia’s.
Amy and Lydia at the book signing
The day and conference ended with dinner and an awards ceremony where we got to see our new friend, Heather Snow, win the Fire and Ice Award for Historical Romance. All in all, it was a fantastic weekend. It was the first time I was able to attend the Spring Fling, but I doubt I will miss it again.