Great Time In Kansas City!

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…

 

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Winnie Griggs is the author of Historical (and occasionally Contemporary) romances that focus on Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace. She is also a list maker, a lover of dragonflies and holds an advanced degree in the art of procrastination.
Three of Winnie’s books have been nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and one of those nominations resulted in a win.
Winnie loves to hear from readers. You can connect with her on facebook at www.facebook.com/WinnieGriggs.Author or email her at winnie@winniegriggs.com.

44 thoughts on “Great Time In Kansas City!”

  1. WOW! Sounds like you had a fun filled, hectic week in Kansas City. The temp ups & downs are normal in the Midwest. My brother in Eau Claire, Wisconsin had a record breaking 16 inches of snow. Talk about depressing! Luckily it doesn’t stick around.

    Congrats on your beautiful RT Reviewer’s Choice Award!!

    Did you have a favorite event at the conference?

    I’ve never been to a conference like this. Is there mostly question and answer type events with the fans? Do you have small groups? or are they always huge?

    What events would you recommend for a first time reader attending a conference like this?

    I hope you had a fantastic time with all of your fellow authors, friends and fans.

    I’m jealous!

  2. Wow sounds like you had a wonderful time! Congratulations on winning! I sure wish I could have attended! I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Looks like y’all had a fabulous time, snow and all. Wish I could have gone, too. I’ll admit I was a little jealous I had to stay home while you and Connie partied, but I consoled myself with shoe shopping. I’ll definitely go next year. Congrats again on the honor of being THE book of the year for Inspirational series. You totally deserve it.

  4. Winnie, iit sound like RT 2013 was a huge success. Congratulations on your award! Well deserved.

    And sorry we didn’t order up better weather for your trip to my state. Snow in May isn’t our idea of fun, either. lol

  5. CONGRATS on your award, Winnie! So very cool, and I hope you and your agent will discover even greater things for you!

    Great to see you in KC!!

  6. How wonderful for you Winnie! I ‘d be nervous and scared to speak in front of a crowd as well. I’m glad you had so much fun and have made it home safely! Thank you for sharing your blessings withh us!
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  7. Winnie,
    Thanks for the review of your time at RT. I love the pictures. Congratulations again for winning this fantastic award–you deserve it.:)
    I’m looking forward to seeing you at RWA in Atlanta.

  8. Congratulations! You deserve it! Looks and sounds like you had a great time.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  9. Wow, you sure had a busy weekend. Congratulations on the award and The Bride Next Door sounds like an excellent book.

  10. Thanks for sharing the photos. It looks like you all had such a good time. Can’t wait until one of those meetings is held in the Phoenix area

  11. Can’t wait to read your new book! Daisies are my favorite flower, & love the name! I’m sure that the character in the book lives up to her name!

  12. Congratulations for your reward. Looking forward to reading your new book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Congrats on your award… It looks like you all had a great time, despite the turn in the weather..

  14. Congratulations on the award! It’s always a great time when one can get together with their peers!

  15. Hi Nancy! Thanks for stopping by and for the congrats!

    Laurie – Thanks! As for a favortie event, that’s a toughie, I’m not certain I can pick. If you’ve never been to something like this, they always have a ‘first timers’ gathering that not only gives you an overview of the week and tips for how to make the most of it, but that also gives you a chance to meet fellow first timers and to make new friends

  16. Hi Kim! Yep, it was fabulous! and thanks for the congrats!

    Liz! I wish you could have been there as well! But we’ll have fun in The Big Easy next year!

  17. Tracy – no worries, we definitely didn’t let the weather dampen our spirits any. And as I said, for my roomie the snow was one of the highlights of her stay!

    Pam – aww thanks for the sweet sentiment. And I’m so glad we had the chance to chat face-to-face even if it was just for a short time

  18. Hi Margaret! Thanks! And thanks to for the nice words about my upcoming book – it was a fun one to write!

    Jennifer – ahhhh another nervous speaker- thanks for the sympathies 🙂 And for the congrats.

  19. Katie J – yes, it was busy but it was the fun kind of busy. And thanks for the kind words.

    Joye – you’re quite welcome! And what a great idea – I’d LOVE to attend an event in the Phoenix area.

  20. Bonnie – thanks!

    Hi Shelia! Too bad you couldn’t make it this year, but next year it’ll be in New Orleans so maybe you can make plans for that one. I know you’d enjoy it.

  21. Hi Carol. Sweet of you to worry about us but it would take a bit more than cold and precip to dampen our spirits 🙂 And thanks for the congrats!

    anon1001 – thanks for stopping by.

  22. KathleenO and Cates – Thanks so much for the sentiments

    Connie J – Yep the catching up with friends and networking is a big part of the fun of these events! Thanks so much for the congrats!

  23. Oh it looks like so much fun! Congrats on your award! 🙂 Last summer I was lucky enough to go to a local convention… what an experience! It was great!

  24. Colleen – Very cool that you were able to go to a local convention last summer – aren’t they fun! Thanks for stopping by.

    Hi Tanya! Wish you could have been there but glad you enjoyed the pix!

  25. Congrats on your award! This is awesome. It looks like you ladies really had a great time. I have never been to one of these before but would love to attend one. Maybe one day I will.

  26. I live in Canada. Those are most unimpressive flakes! Your award, on the other hand, is very impressive. Congrats!

  27. Quilt Lady – Thanks for the congrats! And yes, we had a blast! Next year’s RT Con is in New Orleans, which is home turf for me – it would be great to see you there!

  28. Sounds like a great convention. I will be attending my first one this summer, but the theme which was Historical Romance last year has changed and I wish I could have gone then. I am still looking forward to it. I will have to check out the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention for next year.

    I enjoy your books, and THE BRIDE NEXT DOOR sounds like another good one.

  29. Just checked their website and see that 2014 they will be in New Orleans. I just might be able to convince my husband to go there again. He can golf and visit friends in the area while I attend.

    Congratulations on receiving the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. It is well deserved.

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