I just returned home from a five-day long Romance Writers of America conference in Orlando. It’s quite shocking, frankly, as I was convinced I would melt in that heat. The trip confirmed, once again, that I could never retire to the Deep South!

As always, I learned from some of the best mentors. I met new friends and caught up with old ones. I gave thought to the direction of my career. And I even got to dance!

The very best part is always reconnecting with like-minded friends. There are so many talented authors who share my desire to create a stories that take readers on an emotional journey and deliver them to a happy ending.

Because pictures are often better than words, here’s a quick recap of my week. Enjoy!

My conference badge.

Blogger Lorelei (from Lorelei’s Lit Lair), and authors Gail Chianese, Virginia Kantra, Katy Lee, and others!

Reader gift (*waves to Shari*) at a book signing. A first for me, and very special.

From left to right:
1st Row: Authors Taryn Leigh Taylor, Tara Leigh, Regina Kyle.
2nd Row: Authors Shana Gray, Gail Chianese, and Stefanie London. I’m in the way back!

Author Liz Talley

Post from someone who attended a workshop I gave with Kristan Higgins and my agent, Jill Marsal.

Chocolate Souffle! OMG. Heaven.

Post-RITA dance party!

Author Brenda Jackson

Blisters from all of the conference activity.

Security line at the airport.

“Welcome Home” roses from hubby!