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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Morning After - Plus a Giveaway!

Folks, I ain’t gonna lie: I totally have conference hangover. It was a fabulous, wonderful, delightful week at the RWA National convention, but lord have mercy am I tired!  So I’m going to boil the whole thing down to one sentence:
The romance community is full of awesome :-)
There was this:
On the plane with Deb Marlowe, Olivia Kelly, Sabrina Jeffries, and her assistant Becky. And yes - shenanigans ensured.

And this:
My first Literacy of Life signing AND my first publisher signing! Just LOOK at the names on that board!
Me and Lydia Dare (the Tammy half)
Me, Olivia Kelly, Robin Delaney, Samantha Grace, and Louisa Cornell - Love my crit partners!

And of course this:
Olivia Kelly, Beatriz Williams, me, and Karen White. Oh, and those are CHOCOLATE Martinis!
Look at all the glorious free books - and that's not even HALF what I took home!

And OMG – this!
The one, the only Nora Roberts. And JD Robb (and me) - but mostly Nora, lol!

But most of all, the joy was in the connecting with people.
The writers, the readers, the publishing professional – the overwhelming majority are just darn great people. Honestly, I can’t think of a more supportive and warm community.  This year I was able to see this on every level, and even had the pleasure of paying forward some of the support and help that has been given to me in these last two years since I finished my first book and joined the community.
First of all, the readers just plain rock.  My very first signing at the Literacy for Life charity even was a big success, and I had the pleasure of not only meeting new readers who bought my book, but meeting several face to face who had already read it and enjoyed it.  I tell you, my friends, there are few things more wonderful on earth than the kind of warm fuzzy that experience provides.  I just loved chatting with everyone, talking about our favorite authors and who we had fan-girl moments over (I managed NOT to embarrass myself around Julia Quinn this year - that's a first!) :-) 
Secondly, as a published author, I got a different perspective of the agents and editors attending the event.  I teased one about how these sort of conventions must be a big boost to the ego, but she immediately shook her head in earnest. “Not at all. I want these aspiring writers to have a good experience. I want them to feel good about themselves and their product.” It truly made me realize that they really are just people, too, and they are more sensitive to the writer’s plight than I ever realized.  I didn’t meet a single person who wasn’t kind, or gracious, or funny. 
And lastly, I was able to meet more authors than ever, be they aspiring, published, or topping-the-chart legends.  Nearly every single writer I met this week was delightful, and I enjoyed many lovely conversations. I held my breath with those nervous about pitching (lots of success stories!), squee'd with newly pubbed authors like myself, and soaked in the wisdom and humor of those authors who have been in the business for years.
Yes, there were awesome workshops, and exciting awards, and inspiring speeches, but it will always be the people that bring me back year after year :-)
So tell me, what author would you most like to meet in person? I have DOZENS of signed books that I'll be giving away in the ensuing months, and one lucky commenter here will get the first pick!  Winner chosen Thursday at 9pm CT.
One lucky winner will get to pick one - or you can choose my own debut, MORE THAN A STRANGER!










84 comments:

  1. Wow!! You've got a ton of books. I'm so happy that I was able to get you to sign my copy of your new book. I totally would like to win one of those books. My favorite authors right now is Lorraine Heath, Sarah Maclean and Maya Banks. And of course Erin Knightley. :)

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    1. I was SOOOO glad to see you there :-) And yes, yes, and yes on your list of favorites - all such talented and lovely ladies! Thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the drawing!

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    2. I was so happy that I meet all three of these authors at the signing. Totally love Lorraine Heath's A duke of her own. I've read it three times and I always cry. A good book always makes me cry.

      I just started reading Maya Banks about two weeks before the signing and fell in love with her characters. Who can resist a Scotsman?

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  2. I would totally love to meet Judith MacNaught. Whitney my love was the first romance novel I read. I totally fell in love with that book. It is my favorite book. I just would love to ask her if she was inspired by God with the Wind. I feel that Whitney is very similar to Scarlett O'hara.

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    1. ah - Whitney My Love *happy sigh* That was one of my original favs!

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  3. Thanks for sharing your experience at RWA! Sounds like a wonderland for romance readers. ^_^

    I'd love to meet Julie Anne Long, Lorraine Heath, Loretta Chase (so I can ask her about the next book in her Dressmakers series) --

    And I'd love to have you autograph my copy of your debut. Loved it, btw. Looking forward to the next book!

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    1. A romance reader wonderland - that's the perfect description!!
      I'm so glad you enjoyed my debut! *blushes* I'm currently reading Loretta Chase's first in the Dressmaker series - the woman is a legend. All great authors!
      Thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the drawing!

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    2. I just finished the second book in her series! Enjoy Silk is for Seduction! ^_^

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  4. Hey Erin,
    I think I would love to meet all the authors I talk with on twitter and Facebook which would be a lot of Lady Scribes. I think y'all are a bunch of fun gals. I would also add Vicky Dreiling and Kieran Krammer. One day I'll get to meet y'all, I know it.

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    1. I still can't believe you had to move away *so close* to the conference - you just missed us! Oh well - at least Olivia has your swag ;) Some day I'm sure we'll all get together.

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  5. My dream authors to meet would be (sorry, I have 3) Christina Dodd, Sherrilyn Kenyon and, (how typical) Nora Roberts/JD Robb. Hehe. With Keri Arthur and Kim Harrison hovering in the wings. :)

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    1. Aw man - Christina Dodd and I have the same editor! That's like, 1 degree of separation, lol! She *may* have considered filling out a restraining order after the way I gushed to her ;) Nora was all that is gracious, but I haven't met the others. Awesome list, though!
      Good luck in the drawing :)

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  6. Let's see...I'd love to meet Carly Phillips in real life, since we talk on Twitter so much. And good Lord I must meet Lisa Kleypas. Maybe next year in Atlanta. I'll try not to tell her that I love her. ;)

    Congrats on your first Literacy Signing and meeting and talking with so many great people, Erin!!!

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    1. Yes - Atlanta is where it's at! I'm so lucky to have stumbled upon Lisa in NYC. She was lovely and gracious and kindly posed for a pic with me :-)

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  7. Erin, it sounds like you had a fantastic time. I expected no less. Glad you got to hang out with some of our fellow Lady Scribes. :)

    There are so, so many authors I'd love to meet for real, not just talk to them on the internet. Teresa Medeiros probably tops that list right now, because she has been so very sweet to me on Twitter. There are many others, though, and I'm sure I'll have more than a few fangirl moments over the years.

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    1. I do wish I would have met Teresa - she is so fun on Twitter. And I hope to be having fangirl moments for many years to come!

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  8. Thanks for sharing your RWA experience with us Erin! :) It was lovely to finally meet you in person!

    I got to meet so many incredible authors in person at RWA so many of those dreams have come true. But there is still Lisa Kleypas, whom I hope to meet next year in Atlanta!

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    1. It was SO great meeting you, Lisa! What a fun conference it was - and meeting my online friends in person was definitely one of the biggest highlights :-) So glad you could make it this year!

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  9. Erin, I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time at RWA! I have to admit, I'm a little sad I didn't go, now that I've seen all your fun pics with fellow LS's :)

    I think the only idol author I haven't gotten to meet is Lisa Kleypas. I've seen her from a distance, but I was way too star struck to speak to her. But my list a few years ago consisted of Lauren Willig, Sabrina Jeffries and Julia Quinn. The first two I now count as friends, and the third I at least got to say "hi" to and tell her that she was the reason I started writing in the first place :)

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    1. I wish you could have been there -we always have so much fun! And I thought of all the crit ladies when the food was actually quite good, lol. It was easy to tell who had been to previous conferences vs those who where first timers. The former was raving about the awesome food while the latter looked at us strangely, proclaiming it to be ok but nothing to write home about. I wanted to be all, "You just don't KNOW!" Remember the green chicken in Orlando?
      Isn't it awesome how many amazing authors we meet and befriend? I wish I could tell my former self where I'd be in 2012!

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  10. Erin ~ It looks like you had a blast! I don't know that there's anyone I'm dying to meet in person. I'm such an introvert and when I've met famous people (not in the literary world) before, it was kind of a let down. So, I'm happy just reading my favorite authors' works and leaving them in peace. Strange, I know. :)

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    1. There is always that fear that they may not be as awesome as imagined. There was 1 author who was a bit of a let down, but considering how many I met, that wasn't bad at all.
      Oh, and I had my very first fangirl moment where I was the one being fanned! (yes, that is totally a word). She was all "Can I get a picture with you?" and I was all - "Forget the picture, I want this on video!" LOL

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  11. Wow, what a great haul of books. And, all those fantastic Authors all together. I wish that I could have gone, but circumstances this year prevented me from going.

    There are so many Authors that I would love to meet and hang out with. I know that Catherine didn't go, but I would love to meet her, Elizabeth Hoyt, Elizabeth Essex, Lisa Kleypas, Stephanie Laurens, Anna Campbell, Sarah MacLean, Shana Galen,Katharine Ashe and, of course, yourself. I would also love to read your new book, "More Than A Stranger" too.

    Thank you for such a very generous contest.

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    1. Wow, what a list, Diane! I don't think you could go wrong with any one of those great authors :) Best of luck in the drawing!

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    2. Someday, Diane, we'll get to meet. :)

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  12. I'm with Ava. After my "meet a favorite author" experience in Orlando, I decided to leave the loving for the books and pretend all my favorite authors are my BFFs that I just don't get to hear from that often ;)

    Also, WOW on the books Erin. What did you do, bring an extra suit case and a guy named Rauol who was able to lift it????

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    1. Lordy, lordy - there must be a GREAT story in there somewhere! Now I'm dying to know what happened ;) And for your information, I packed an empty duffle bag AND used my suitcase's expandable section - but unfortunately there was no Rauols to be found, lol ;)
      I missed you, girl, and hope that you can make it to Atlanta next year!

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  13. What great pictures! I'm so happy it was such a wonderful time:) And I agree, you are very lucky to have found a writing community that is so encouraging to one another, that is a rare thing. It's my life goal to meet JK Rowling...but I'm guessing she doesn't count:) I love Stephanie Perkins and Sarah Addison Allen right now. But the book I am most excited to get my hands on is A Taste for Scandal!!! ;)
    p.s What's the 8th book on the top row that you have pictured? Looks like a Jane Austen cover...

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    1. I've decided you should join me at next year's RWA, Kara - I bet you would LOVE it! And I would totally love to meet JK - maybe that magic can rub off on us! As for the 8th book - that is Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Latham - and it is supposed to look like a Jane Austen cover!
      Thanks for stopping by, my dear :)

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  14. I so, so wish I could have gone.

    This might sound strange, but I want to meet the people I chat with on Twitter, because they sound like a fun group to hang out with. I suppose I can add Joanna Bourne to the list, too. I had a chance to say hello to her last year at the GH/Rita finalists reception, but I took too long screwing up my courage. Yes, I am a wimp at heart. Don't tell anyone.

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    1. I actually chatted with her a few times this past week, and she really is lovely and very approachable! Next time, my dear. And you - a wimp?! I don't believe you for a second ;)

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  15. What a stash! I already have your book and I'm reading it now. I'd love to meet Julie Garwood or Catherine Coulter.

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    1. Oh - Julie Garwood would be awesome! I met catherine Coulter last year, but my stupid phone crashed and I lost the picture :(( Thanks for dropping by!

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  16. I had the best time at RWA this year. I can't think of any part that I didn't like. Well, maybe the construction going on at 1 am that kept me awake my last night there. Otherwise, everything was perfect!

    I would love to meet Jayne Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick. She was so close in the lobby I could have reached out and touched her, but I believe you mentioned something about restraining orders. ;D
    She was deep in conversation with someone else, or I would have introduced myself. I love her subtle humor and I admire her courage to try new things. She's a risk taker. One of my favorite risks she took was writing a trilogy where the hero and heroine remained the same throughout all three books. It was unexpected and I really enjoyed the stories.

    And I would probably act like a fool if I met Johanna Lindsey. I was giddy when she sent me a friend request on FB! LOL. She is THE reason I'm writing regency. I absolutely fell in love with her Mallory family, and I've tried to recreate those lovely feelings I had reading her books with my own stories. Yes, I can see myself gushing if I ever met her. :)

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    1. It was such fun sharing the conference with you, Samantha :-) I did manage to get a signed book from Amanda - but that one is personalized to me, just like yours, Nora Roberts, and Valerie Bowman's. I have to have some just for me!
      Johanna Lindsey is a legend - I'm sure I would be a mess around her too! She occupied miles of Library shelf space when I went to college, and I've read many of her books.

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  17. Hi Erin! It sounds and looks like you had a wonderful time. And your fashion matches the cover for your book - double cool ;) If I was lucky enough to attend the Literacy Signing I'm not even sure who I'd want to meet because there are so many. Let's see, for sure Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Nora Roberts, Lisa Kleypas...and more. I'm sure I'd also meet new authors and in that way discover their books. What a wonderful experience that would be :)

    Enjoy those books and thank you for giving us the chance to share in your book loot.

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    1. Hi Na! I can't tell you how lovely SEP is in person. She talked to me for almost 10 minutes 2 years ago at my first conference, and made a real impact on me and my writing life. She is funny, and sweet, and very giving :) Oddly enough, of the three of the authors listed, she is the one I don't have a picture with, even though I spent the most time with her!
      Thanks for joining us today, and good luck in the drawing!

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  18. Milagros GaglianoJuly 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    I would love to win your book.

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    1. Hi Milagros! Thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the drawing!

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  19. Hi, Erin! Wow, that's a lot of books!! I had the pleasure of meeting so many authors at RWA and I even had the chance to meet you! You are very inspiring to an aspiring writer :)I am very much looking forward to reading your book, More Than A Stranger! I think I would very much like to meet Julie Garwood. Her books are truly amazing. My favorite is Guardian Angel. It was the first romance novel I had read that incorporated pirates and swash-buckling adventure in it. Truly an amazing read! :)Hope you have an amazing week!

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    1. I'm so glad we got a chance to meet! It's such a whirlwind, isn't it?? You know, it's been years since I've read Julie - I need to go pick one of hers up again!

      Thanks so much for dropping by!

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  20. Wow, that sounds like such an amazing time. I hope one day I'll be able to meet my favorite authors. Though I'd probably find myself tongue tied and/or grinning like a fool. Elizabeth Hoyt, Lydia Dare, Shana Galen, Sarah MacLean, Tessa Dare, Karen Hawkins and of course, you would have me babbling like an idiot.

    I constantly read about people's experiences at RWA and other similar events and they just sound like a blast to me.

    Adria

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    1. LOL - that there is a rather kick-ass list, if you don't mind me saying :-) A great moment for me was when I was with a group that was being introduced to Sarah Maclean, and when they got to me, she waved her hand and said, "Oh, I know Erin." Eep! I knew we had met, but I was thrilled she remembered!

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  21. OMG!! I love Julie Garwood. Last year I met Sabrina Jeffries and she recognized me from FB. I could believe it. She is so awesome that she invite Sheridan (the goddess blog maiden) and myself to lunch. I go to meet Erin Knightley, Lydia Dare and Jamie (Sabrinas' sister). We had a great time.

    Did anyone of you ladies meet any one of your favorite author at RWA?

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  22. What a fun post!!! I'm so jealous... my bucket list includes going to RWA someday... and OMG! You got to meet La Nora!!! And SEP!!!

    I'd probably be very tongue tied and look silly cuz I'd just be gaping at them all :) and I just got your book and I'm super excited to start reading, so I'd probably be fangirling you too!!!

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    1. It's such a dream to meet all those amazing women - I'm so stinking lucky! I certainly hope you enjoy the read, Erin! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  23. I *may* have fan girled all over Robyn Carr at the Harlequin Party, but she's so gracious I can't even feel bad about it. :-)

    I'm afraid I've done it in the past to Loretta Chase too, but come on, who can blame me?

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    1. LOL - I'm trying to picture you fangirling :P

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    2. And I love that fangirling is now a verb. :)

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  24. There are so many I want to meet, but at the top of the list is Lisa Marie Rice.

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    1. Oh, I don't know of her - I'll have to look her up!

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  25. This list could go on and on, but here are a few. Beverley Kendall, Jennifer Ashley, Sarah MacLean and Sylvia Day. Oh and Sherry Thomas too! Ok I need to stop now or I will name everyone of my favorite authors.

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    1. Another fab list :-) I haven't met Sherry, but her acceptance speech for her RITA last year was hilarious!

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  26. I'm not sure I could choose just one, Erin! Sarah Mayberry, Ann Aguirre, Carrie Lofty, Shelly Laurenston... so many people whose stories have touched me and given me so much joy! Thanks for sharing some of your conference experience with us!

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    1. I love that you have so many favorites - that means that a lot of authors speak to your heart :-)

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  27. Looks like and all the other ladies had a wonderful time. Congrats on all the fun and success!

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    1. I hope you can come to one - next year maybe? We shall have an absolute caravan of HCRW ladies attending!

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  28. That is a bounty; how could I choose just one? If I were more socially adept (or if it were totally OK for me to be painfully awkward), I would love to meet Elizabeth Hoyt and/or Tessa Dare.

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    1. Both lovely ladies - and boy, you should have seen Tessa in her exquisite vintage sequins gown as she accepted her RITA! She looked like a movie star!

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  29. I was at the RWA Literacy signing and one of the highlights was meeting Nora Roberts and getting a picture with her! The author I most wanted to meet though was Jennifer Estep, and I was able to meet her and get a picture as well. Woot!

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  30. WoW! What a scrumptious pile of books! There are so many authors I'd love to meet tho I"m betting I'd be totally tongue tied if I were lucky enough to meet them. Top of the list would be Kylie Griffin who seems an awesome person; Shana Galen, Tessa Dare, Katharine Ashe ... I could go on & on!

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    1. Another one I don't know - I'll have to check Kylie Griffin out for sure! Fab list, Linda!

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  31. OK, so Erin, Eloisa James, Paula Quinn, I can't even name all the authors I want to meet.

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    1. You know, I saw Eloisa James at both of the previous RWA conventions, but was too chicken to introduce myself. Next time, for sure!

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  32. Heya Erin, I can't possibly choose just one. However, my top 3 would have to Nora Roberts, Kate Douglas, and J. R. Ward!!! Not saying that I wouldn't love to meet you too, but we're talkin total fangirl mode here! Plus I already have your debut book!!! angelshaw54 at yahoo.com

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    1. Aw man - at RT this year, JR Ward had her own security detail! Makes me wonder just what kind of fan experiences she's had. Awesome list!

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  33. It sounds like you had so much fun. It'd be fun to meet you or Gena Showalter.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Gena and I have the same agent! When Deidre first introduced us, I didn't realized at first that "Gena" was actually "Gena Showalter"! So I was normal for the first minute, and a fangirl for the rest of the time ;)

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  34. I'd love to meet Lisa Kleypas! I might be speechless.. ;p
    I really look forward to read your book, I love the cover and intereting synopsis :D

    lady_milano3 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks, Lady! And yes, Lisa is definitely one to meet - she is the epitome of grace and kindness :-)

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  35. I'd love to meet Mary Balough because I think she really set the high level that we measure historical romance by today. My love as a teenager of Cervantes' Don Quixote introduced me to romance but Mary has keep me coming back time and time again as well as wanting to explore the books of new authors as well.

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    1. Wow - Mary is a total legend! I haven't met her, but I'd sure like to! Thanks for stopping by, and good luck!

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  36. OMG. that's a lot of books!!, and thanks for sharing your RWA experience. I would love to meet Johanna Lindsey. Captive Bride was the first historical romance novel I read and I fell in love with that book. It's one of my favorites. I want to ask if she would write a new title in the viking series :)

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    1. A viking fan! You should check out Suzie Grant's viking romance while you're waiting on Johanna ;)
      Thanks for joining us here today!

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    2. I just checked Valkyrie's Vengeance by Suzie Grant, wow what a cool cover! the review said it's action-packed, fast-paced drama sounds like a great story and my kind of book. thanks for the suggestion ;)

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  37. I would absolutely LOVE to meet Gena Showalter! I have all of her books.

    Karin
    AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

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  38. I have been lucky enough to have meet many authors, and my biggest highlights have been Janet Evanovich and Allison Brennan.I would like to meet Samantha Grace! Since just prior to her debut, I have struck a friendship of sorts with this wonderful author and would love to meet her in person.

    temptnfatefate13 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Wow - Janet Evanovich! What a powerhouse :) And I agree - Samantha is definitely worth meeting! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  39. wow.. so much books and all are a great books :)

    i have so many authors i would love to meet : darynda jones, johanna lindsey, lisa kleypas, vicky dreiling, shana gallen, nalini singh, gena sholwater, jeaniene frost, ednah walters, julia quinn, eloise james and many more, all authors ;D

    eli_y83@yahoo.com

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    1. Outstanding list, Eli! I hope you can make a convention someday so you can start whittling away at it :)

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  40. AND THE WINNER IS.... Izz! Izz, email me your physical address to erin@ erinknightley .com, and don't forget to tell me which book you want!
    Congrats!

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  41. WHUAAAAA , I can't believe it, really???
    thank you Erin :D
    *off to email*

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