Today at RT, I attended a candid Q&A with Julie Garwood and Jude Deveraux. On the outside, I looked like my normal self. I'd had coffee, I was dressed, my shoes matched, and I was fully charged and ready to tweet.
But y'all, these are two of the first authors I read who made my brain jump up and say, “A hip hop the hippie the hippie to the hip hip hop” (“a you dont stop the rock it to the bang bang boogie say up jumped the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat”).
So on the outside I was trying to be chill. On the inside, my inner 13 year old looked a lot like this:
I tweeted the hell out of this panel, and even managed to arrange my in breaths and out breaths enough to ask a question. I've used Storify to gather my tweets into three groups, and I'm publishing them here. Plus I have pictures of the signing and the people who went to meet both women after the session. Seriously, they were so candid and generous with their time. That hour was one of the best sessions I've ever attended.
Here's the first of three Storify tweet collections of the event:
I'm not even kidding, I was so nervous. My inner 13 year old was completely wigging out. She made my heart race, I had goosebumps, and she made my eyes start to tear. I tried to shut that down and be calm and try to focus, and I'd like to think I looked like this when the session started:
But that is a big fat honking lie because I was all:
Morgan Doremus from RT moderated, and she asked some wonderful questions:
NOTE: You might have to click the big blue “read More” to get the rest to show – sorry!
SERIOUSLY YOU GUYS. A Knight in Shining Armor sequel? I think everyone in the room AND their inner 13 year olds were all:
And no lie, my inner 13 year old was completely losing it:
It wasn't pretty.
The session continued:
And then I took a lot of pictures! You ready?
Jude Deveraux signs a book for a reader.
Julie Garwood signs a Spanish translation of a book for a reader – she'd never seen the Spanish cover and was very excited.
Sarah MacLean introduced herself to Julie Garwood, saying, “You're the reason I write.”
A slightly verklempt Sarah MacLean and Julie Garwood.
(I think Sarah's inner 13 year old and mine need to go to the mall together sometime.)
This reader was so excited to meet Jude Deveraux that she jumped on stage….
…gave Jude Deveraux a huge, slightly tearful hug…
…and invited Jude Deveraux to her wedding. It was really adorable.
Amber from RT asked Julie Garwood to sign her Kindle cover, and they got to talking
about how they are both from very large families. Each has 4 sisters.
So Julie signed it, Amber, from one sister to another, Julie Garwood.
Seriously, I cannot even describe how incredible it was. Both Deveraux and Garwood gave wonderfully candid and funny answers, and seemed genuinely delighted to be talking to readers. I was not alone in my feelings of complete inner 13 year old meltdown. So many of the people in the room felt the same way I did, and when I said out loud that my heart was racing, they all nodded and agreed (PHEW). This was one of the best sessions I've attended at RT. So on behalf of my inner 13 year old:
If you're thinking, OMG I so want to read some of their books, I know how you feel. (So does my credit card – ouch). If you don't know where to start, we've compiled Bitchery recommendations as part of the Classic Romance: Which One First? series. The Julie Garwood edition and the Jude Deveraux edition have a ton of good places to start if you've never read either author's books.
Jude Deveraux's next book is True Love, which comes out in hardcover on July 9, 2013. It's the first book in her Nantucket Brides trilogy, featuring a new generation of Montgomery-Taggerts (and twins, I presume, because what Deveraux novel doesn't have some identical twins?) set on Nantucket Island — which is haunted.
During the chat, Deveraux promised some ghosts were part of the story as well. You can preorder a copy from Goodreads | Amazon | BN | Kobo | iBooks.
If you've never read Jude Deveraux and want to try a short story, I love love love love love the short story Just Curious, which was released as a digital novella for .99c. I have a huge love for this story, and it features many (if not all) of the Deveraux hallmarks. (I can't say which because that would spoil the fun of this story).
The short story appeared in print in two different anthologies: Simple Gifts ( A | BN | K | S | iB ) was a quartet of stories, two from Deveraux and two from Judith McNaught. A Gift of Love ( A | BN | K | S | iB ) featured five stories from five different authors, including Deveraux and McNaught. Both print anthologies are available new and used. Both anthologies were filled Christmas stories.
Julie Garwood's next book is Sweet Talk, a romantic suspense that comes out on 28 May 2013. It's the 10th book in her Buchanan series. I am not a romantic suspense reader, but this quote that was highlighted on Goodreads made me wish I liked the genre more:
Listen, you. Don't threaten me. I could make your life a nightmare.” He put his hand in front of her face and unfolded three fingers as he said, “I'm F-B-I.”
She smiled. It wasn't the reaction he expected.
“You want to talk nightmares?” she said. She put her hand up to his face and unfolded her three fingers. “I'm I-R-S.”