I got photos. Lots of photos. Some have already been on Twitter, but some not.
Yes. Hello Florida. You are HOT. (Anyone else see this door and wonder where it went?)
This is the booksigning during setup. The room is huge. And EMPTY. Also hot. Because of Hello Florida.
Unpacking ahoy! There were a LOT of boxes of books. A LOT.
See what I mean? LOTS of books.
The Literacy signing wasn’t the only signing, either. The Penguin/Berkley/NAL signing had a HUGE line. Some folks in line had luggage carts and boxes ready to go. Made me think of my first RWA where I packed an empty bag inside my suitcase to fill with books. Came home full, too.
Marianne Mancusi and Alyssa Day (sorry about that, Alyssa).
Jaci Burton and Mr. Jaci Burton
Alyssa Day signs custom bookplates that were designed by Ninth Moon. They’re really beautiful – not that I’m a huge squeeing fangirl of Ninth Moon or anything.
Nora Roberts signing books.
Ok, help me out here. I can’t read my own handwriting (whimper). On the right is Jill Shalvis. The author to the left? Help! (Ma’am I am so sorry!) ETA: The author on the left is Kandy Shepard! (Thanks, Jill).
Keri Ford wears absolutely awesome shoes.
Did I write down whose shoes these were? No. Do I still covet them? Oh, yesssssss.
The Harlequin party from the doorway. Photographers were snapping pictures all night then adding them to the slideshow on the dancefloor. VERY cool.
The other cool feature of the HQN Party: a photo booth where you could snap a picture, sign it, then get a print out in a few moments. Victoria Dahl and Jennifer Echols took a really, really cute picture.
RITA night! You thought the shoes were awesome before. It is ON in the shoe department. And the dress department. Many sequins live for this evening alone.
Stephani Fry, Carol Ritter, and Erin Fry, wired and ready to update Twitter and the RWA website as the awards are announced.
The view from my seat. The RITAs are a very big production.
A RITA makes a phone call after the show. Probably ordering pizza, I bet.
Roxanne St. Claire and Kresley Cole, retinas all aflame after Cole’s RITA win.
And remember I said the Mills & Boon UK posse were awesome? They so are – next time you’re in London, make sure to find their offices and take them out for a pint. They are hilarious fun.
And that’s my photo round up – for some reason, some of my pictures were SO dark it was like I was taking photos from inside a tent. No idea why.