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Monday, April 21, 2014

Countdown to RT - Samantha's SWAG

In just a little over four weeks, my husband and I will be on our way to New Orleans for the 2014 Romantic Times Convention. This year Julie Johnstone and I are co-hosting the Cajun Queen Riverboat Casino Morning Mixer on May 15th with twenty other authors. 

Come one, come all, down the Mississippi to New Orleans… Join some of your favorite authors aboard The Cajun Queen where we’ll deal out the cards & you’ll rake in the booty! Enjoy N’awlins eats, southern concoctions and get your dance on to the live zydeko beat.
Hunk Sticks lip balm
This is my second time to take part in the morning mixer, and I’m really looking forward to meeting readers. One of my favorite parts of the event is planning for the gift bags. All the authors contribute swag and books, so every guest leaves with quite the stash of goodies. Last year some of you might recall the Hunk Sticks I had made special for the event, and I wasn’t sure how I could possibly come up with a fun idea to rival that one. Well, with the help of a wonderful friend who makes all natural soaps, I think we’ve come very close.

Nettie's Natural Soaps

Each hero from my Beau Monde Bachelor series and Lord Ellis from One Rogue Too Many have their own designer soap in the shape of something representing their character’s hobby or likes. The fun part for me was choosing the shapes, finding the molds, and writing the descriptions for the tags.
Lord Andrew Forest (Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel) has a horse

Mr. Jake Hillary (Lady Amelia’s Mess and a Half) is represented by a boxing glove. My favorite!






Captain Daniel Hillary (Miss Lavigne’s Little White Lie) has a ship.

Lucas Forest, Duke of Foxhaven (Lady Vivian Defies a Duke) loves his chess pieces. 



Anthony Keaton, Earl of Ellis (One Rogue Too Many) wanted a dog, so we were happy to make his dreams come true.






But holy cow! 500 soaps are a lot to package, but I have some wonderful friends who were very happy to help.




I wish I could see each of you in New Orleans, but I know it’s not feasible for everyone to make it. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out completely, though. My friend made enough soaps for me to share with a Lady Scribes reader. Just tell me which hero sounds like your type of man and include your email address to be entered into the drawing.   







24 comments:

  1. I cannot wait to see the swag I helped create for all of the authors participating in the Mixer! It was fun to be a part of helping you ladies. You know that Jake has been a person favorite since the start and that has not changed.
    temptnfate13 at yahoo dot com

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    1. I adore Jake, too. Right now I'm working on his older brother's book, and Benjamin Hillary has a sweet side like Jake. :)

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  2. I think I have to go with Lucas.
    sgiden(at)verizon(dot)net

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  3. Sad to be missing this fabulous sounding party but so excited to meet you ladies finally!!

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    1. Why will you miss it, Nancy? (LOL! No pressure. Just curious if you have another commitment at that time or if you won't be there Thursday morning.) Looking forward to meeting you too! :)

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    2. I'm not getting in until Thursday late afernoon

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  4. No doubt Lucas Forest is my favorite...even just his name does it. patty.denke@gmail.com

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  5. No doubt Lucas Forest is my favorite...even just his name does it. patty.denke@gmail.com

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  6. Daniel

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  7. Every time I read something about the upcoming convention, I feel a wave of sadness wash over me. I would so love to go and meet you wonderful authors, but it's a bit of a trek for me to get there. "One of these days" I promise myself. I hope all of you have a wonderful time and I will be there in thought and, hopefully, via pictures posted.

    I checked out the "Husbands Wanted" ads and I couldn't help but feel drawn to Anthony Keaton, Earl of Ellis. His qualifications match up perfectly with my ideas of the perfect husband. Yummy!

    Have fun at the Convention!!

    Connie Fischer
    conniecape@aol.com

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    1. Thank you, Connie! I wish you could be there too. Maybe some day they will have a convention in your area, so we can all meet. The funny thing is even if I've never met some people in person, I still feel like I know them. The internet and online romance community has been a great way to make friends I otherwise never would have had the chance to know. :)

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    2. You are absolutely right, Samantha! I feel as though I have so many friends that I have made through Facebook and chat with all of you wonderful authors on blogs and such. Now, I am a reviewer for our blog, bookworm2bookworm. It has given me even greater knowledge of authors and access to ARCs to allow me to promote them on the blog. I just call myself an 'elderly' author/book cheerleader! ;-)

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    3. Book cheerleaders are the best!!! :)

      I love when I get so excited about a book I have to tell everyone about it.

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    1. I love Anthony. Poor guy hasn't had the best of luck when he has trusted in the past, but I think Gabby is a great match for him. :)

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  10. I think I'd go for Daniel. ;-)

    AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

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    1. Daniel and Drew are probably the most fun. I know I had a great time writing their stories. :)

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  11. Daniel is my fave. So, I would pick him. I think my next choice would be Luke cause he was so nice to drop by my blog. Lol.

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    1. I love all the guys, but I think Daniel was the only one that really had to win me over. I didn't like him in Jake's book, so I can't believe he became a hero I could love. :)

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  12. Haha! Tricked you! I have enough soaps for all of you to get one. Thanks so much for stopping by and being regulars. You make Lady Scribes a fun place to be. :)

    If you see this and could shoot me an email with your mailing address & which soap you want, that would be great. samantha@samanthagraceauthor.com

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