Hi! Winnie Griggs here. I just spent the last four and a half days in Kansas City at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention and I thought I’d give you a little photo diary type recap of my time there. (And check out the giveaway I have listed below!)
I arrived on Wednesday morning with BFF and roommate for the week Connie Cox. We were late reserving our room so we ended up in the overflow hotel rather than the main conference hotel. But we had a very nice room with a lovely view and there was an enclosed skywalk between the two hotels which meant we didn’t have to worry about weather issues.
As soon as we were unpacked we headed over to the conference registration area and found dozens upon dozens of other eager convention goers trying to register as well. Here’s a shot of what the lines looked like.
But everyone was in a great mood and standing in line gave us time to meet some wonderful folks who were as eager for the fun to start as we were.
There were four or five tracks of workshops going on all afternoon and it was hard to pick which ones to attend. But the evening was reserved for fun networking events. First up Wed afternoon was Rosie’s Gulch which celebrated the western genre. Here’s a shot of Connie and I at the event.
When we left that event we moseyed on over to the 70’s themed disco party where I ran into an old friend I hadn’t seen in quite a while, the always fun Diane Stacy.
The next morning, one of the publishers sponsored an Inspie Morning Mixer. There was a great crowd there as well as wonderful food. Here I am with my FABULOUS agent Michelle Grajkowski and two fellow Love Inspired authors, Lenora Worth and Allie Pleiter.
After breakfast I spent most of the morning with my agent, doing some catching up and a bit of career planning as well. Then a couple of Harlequin folks who were on hand for the conference took several of the Love Inspired authors out for a fun lunch. Which was when I learned that the temperature had dropped from the previous day’s lower 70s to the low 40s with drizzly rain. Yikes – talk about a jarring change! Then, shortly after I got back to the hotel, my roomie came in squealing that it was SNOWING. She was very excited and insisted that she needed to go out and play in it and that I MUST go with her. If you look closely at the pictures below you can see some of the flakes that were falling.
I finally convinced her to get back inside and out of the cold (but it took some doing!). That evening was the Formal Ball, and since this was RT’s 30th anniversary year we were all encouraged to go sparkly. So here are Connie and me in our all-gusied-up clothes and sparklies.
Friday was my big day. I was on a workshop panel in the A.M. Fellow panelists Allie Pleiter, Stephanie Grace Whitson and myself had the topic The Inspie – So Much More Than You Think. The attendees were a lovely, fun group and asked some really great questions that kept the three of us on our toes!
Then it was time for the awards ceremony. I was excited, of course, to be recieving the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, but knowing I’d have to walk across a stage to get it and then give an acceptance speech had me super nervous. Luckily I had Connie and Michelle sitting on either side of me to keep me distracted and laughing. And when the time came, I was escorted up the ramp by a very nice gentleman who made certain I didn’t trip on my way up, I accepted my award and made my speech, and if Michelle hadn’t recorded it on her phone for me (stutters and all!) I would still have no idea what I said!
Saturday was the big multi-author booksigning and WOW was that room packed! I hear there were around 300 uthors signing and I can sure believe it. My thanks go out to my publisher who did a special printing so I would have some copies of my book to sign at the event!
And in the midst of all this, I was delighted to run into two of my Filly Sisters, Cheryl and Pam several times during the convention.
There you have – just a short summary of a very busy, busy week. It was tons of fun, but I am happy to be back home again.
And as promised, I’m doing a giveaway to celebrate the fun time I had. I’ll draw a name from among today’s commenters for an advanced copy of my upcoming June release, The Bride Next Door.
Love Thy Neighbor?
After years of wandering, Daisy Johnson hopes to settle in Turnabout, Texas, open a restaurant, perhaps find a husband. Of course, she’d envisioned a man who actually likes her. Not someone who offers a marriage of convenience to avoid scandal.
Turnabout is just a temporary stop for newspaper reporter Everett Fulton. Thanks to one pesky connecting door and a local gossip, he’s suddenly married, but his dreams of leaving haven’t changed. What Daisy wants – home, family, tenderness – he can’t provide. Yet big-city plans are starting to pale beside small-town warmth…