|Fabulous editor Claire Caldwell, Rula Sinara and Catherine Lanigan at the Harlequin Party. We love you, Claire!|
Don't get us wrong. It wasn't all play! The annual conference is packed with workshops for writers at all stages, editor/agent appointments and opportunities to meet with readers and librarians. We went to many sessions, shared notes with other authors and tried to cover as many bases as we could. It's a lot of information to absorb in just a few days, but so worth it. We applaud and thank RWA, the editors/publishers, speakers and volunteers for all the hard work they put into making this conference such a success.
So let's back up and start with one of the most exciting parts of the conference...the Harlequin Heartwarming authors and editors reuniting for hugs and laughs. Some of us were meeting for the first time in person!
|Catherine Lanigan & our extraordinary, brilliant editor Claire Caldwell. We both think she's pretty too :).|
|Kate James and Rula|
|Kate James, Rula and Catherine (sorry the pic is blurry, but we still love it).|
|Can you tell we're having fun? Awesome editors Claire Caldwell, Kathryn Lye and Heartwarming author Melinda Curtis.|
|The lovely Cynthia Thomason|
|Carol Ross and Laurie Tomlinson...both adorable.|
|Amy Vastine will always put a smile on your face :). How many other Heartwarming authors can you name in the pic?|
|Anna J Stewart and Amy Vastine. Can you tell from all these photos how much we love each other? This is why we call ourselves the Heartwarming Sisters ;)!|
Anna Stewart and Cari Lynn Webb signed for Heartwarming at the big Harlequin Book Signing and they were a hit! Here are some pics from that event. Oh, and Rula was interviewed by the Harlequin camera team for their Youtube channel. One of the questions asked was what kind of woman reads romance. Guess you'll have to wait and see if they post the clip soon!
|Yay Cari and Anna!|
|Cari Lynn Webb, Dana Grimaldi and Anna J Stewart at the Harlequin Signing|
|Carol Ross and Kathryn Lye at the Harlequin Signing.|
|Great looking Heartwarming Hero. Thank you very much. Let's just linger here a minute ;).|
|Yep, that's our very own Beth Carpenter on the upper right! Her #MakeadatewithHarlequin photo was included in the slide show! We were excited to see her up there.|
|We were also excited to see our A Heartwarming Thanksgiving promo banner on a slide!|
Oh and at one point, the audience was asked what their favorite Harlequin line was. A lady sitting a few rows in front of us (we had a few Heartwarming authors towards the back of the room) was called upon and guess what she said? Heartwarming!!! We couldn't help but cheer from the back (loud enough to draw attention...oops)! But, come on, everyone knows we Heartwarmers love our line (and our readers:)!
Now there's a reason for this next, sunny scenery pic. Gorgeous, right? But notice the clouds coming in?
|Man made beach at the Swan and Dolphin Resort. There was a pool there too and rumor has it that some ducks decided to go swimming with Kate! Will she confirm or deny?|
So those clouds... A massive thunderstorm blew through right when Catherine and Kate were headed between hotels to eat dinner before the Harlequin Party. To say they got soaked is an understatement! They had to sit in the restaurant dripping wet and were still soaked at the end of their meal. They cleaned up quite well though. Just take a look at these Harlequin party pics and see!
|All set for the Harlequin Party!|
|Swan fountain at the Swan hotel...but we're headed to the Waldorf Astoria for the party. Let's go!|
|This clock is in the Waldorf Astoria's foyer and Catherine really wanted to take it home.|
|Catherine grabbing a pair of Harlequin dancing socks.|
|Dessert. Enough said.|
|It's all about the DJ and dancing!|
And we had some friends/sisters on that list!
Congrats to Jeannie Watt on her 25th book for Harlequin!
|Jeannie Watt, Rula and Jamie Dallas|
|Anna, Carol and Joanne Rock|
|Kathryn Lye and Kate James|
|Catherine and Cynthia Thomason|
|Catherine and Rula|
|Claire Caldwell and Rula|
|Amie Denman and Dana Grimaldi|
|Fabulous and sweet Harlequin Author Concierge, who we can't live without, Miranda Indrigo...and Rula.|
|Claire and Catherine|
|Yes, we tend to congregate at a table before we hit the dance floor.|
|Jennifer Snow and Kate James modeling our Harlequin dancing socks.|
|Want to see everyone dancing on video? Kate James posted some fun clips on Facebook!|
|Another shot with our super fine, cool editor who, by the way, can really dance! No end to her talents!|
|Dancing to 'It's Raining Men'|
|Harlequin always has a fun photo booth with accessories. This pic of Catherine and Kate is too cute!|
|Catherine and her latest cover|
|Kate and her cover|
|Cari was on the dance floor!|
|And Syndi, you weren't there, but we had your back girl! Here's your cover on the big screen!|
|Dana Grimaldi and Jennifer Snow|
|Kate James, always elegant.|
|Heartwarming sisters being sisters!|
|Amy, Jen, Carol and Rula at the 2017 Harlequin Party. Does this pic look familiar?|
|Jen, Rula, Carol and Amy at the 2014 Harlequin Party.|
|The lovely Shirley Hailstock and Rula outside the Autographing.|
|Karen and Joanne Rock|
|Cari Lynn Webb and Jeannie Watt|
|Anna at the Literacy Autographing|
|Tara Taylor Quinn|
|Those of you who hang out on the Harlequin forums know moderator 'Dream' is Danica Favorite, Love Inspired author.|
|A view of just part of the room to give you an idea of how many people come to this event to get author autographs and help raise funds for literacy.|
|This little guy was between the two hotels.|
And that's all folks! We apologize to anyone who was there but didn't find their picture here. We simply didn't have it and we still love seeing you at RWA. But for those of you who want to see more, check out #RWA17 on Twitter or like us on Facebook and you might find other pics or videos there.
We obviously had a great time this year and we learned a lot about writing and publishing (topics for another post). We also made memories and cherished the time we got to spend with friends, fellow writers and readers who understand why we can't resist a great story or book.
Until next year!
Rula and Catherine