An Introvert Author’s Version of a Wild Party…RT Con, Part 2

And here we are!!! I promised I’d share my experience at the Romantic Times Convention, but as long-winded as I am we’ve had to move to Part Deux! You’ll forgive me, won’t you???

I believe we’ve made it to Thursday, which ended up being my busiest day! I had a breakfast with some of my fellow Harlequin category authors hosted by the gracious Patience Bloom and Diane Moggy. I got to see some authors I’d met before and meet some new ones, including sitting across from the totally cool Helen Kay Dimon.

I think the thing that struck me about the conversations around this table is how smart and savvy these women are – about business, about books and story, and about readers (because we are all readers, right?). I could have listened all day, but we had to get downstairs to the Harlequin author signing!

There’s nothing like turning that corner and seeing hundreds of readers in line to receive books! They got a free Harlequin tote bag, signed books, and breakfast smoothies! I met so many wonderful readers, as I did at all of my events. And got to share a table with a totally cool, fellow Harlequin Desire author Karen Booth.

Harlequin Desire, Karen Booth, Dani Wade, RT2017

Harlequin Desire, Dani Wade, RT2017
So – as an auburn-haired woman, I’ll admit I avoid wearing red like the plague! There are very few people I would wear it for, but one of these people is Angel Payne! She invited me to join her First Base with an Author event and I let her talk me into wearing this:

Dani Wade, Ella Sheridan, Angel Payne, Dorothy Shaw, RT2017

This was like speed dating 10 people at once. As a set of two others, we went to each table and talked to readers there for a (very) brief five minutes. My partner in crime here was super sexy author Dorothy Shaw. Honestly I was scared to goodness of making a fool of myself, but the readers were wonderfully friendly and we ended up having lots of fun.

Friday morning I got to attend a fun Harlequin series event called Harlequin Confessions, where we played a little game of Have You Ever or Have You Never where our table answered questions about various scenarios like “have you ever skinny-dipped?? Or “have you ever met a celebrity?”. Let’s just say we got to know a lot about each other! LOL. We also got to give away free books and lots of fun prizes.
That night Ella and I got to have dinner with Sandra Owens and talk lots of shop with her and a budding author friend. Sandra’s books are awesome! I swear, if we had not been surrounded by authors and readers, we might have gotten in trouble for brainstorming how to force a hero to care for a baby!
We finished up on Saturday with the big book signing call the Giant Book Fair. I had so much fun reconnecting with the readers and talking to the authors near me.

RT Giant Bookfair, Dani Wade

I was super impressed with young adult author Sarah Dessen. My daughter asked for one of her books while I was there and she was signing. When I went over before the signing to get a book for Book Worm, and found out that Sarah’s books hadn’t come in. She was graciously signing the few advanced reader copies she had with her. As we talked, I was super impressed with her sense of humor as she faced what could be an author’s worst nightmare. She had hundreds of YA readers who would be expecting to get her books and she wouldn’t have any, through no fault of her own. And she said she wished she had brought her balloon animal making kit. Then she could send everyone home with a balloon animal. LOL I was quite impressed with her humor and graciousness.
Ella and I headed home that evening, driving in the dark and super exhausted but in a very good way. It’s always fun to drive along and sing to each other, talk about what we’ve learned and what we enjoyed. And no matter how tired you are after being on the go for five days straight and not sleeping well in your hotel room, there’s always the satisfaction of knowing that you connected with other people who totally get your love of the written word and the Happily Ever After that comes with every romance story.

Until next time…Enjoy!

Dani

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An Introvert Author’s Version of a Wild Party…RT Con, Part 1

My recent trip to Atlanta to attend the Romantic Times Reader Convention was a weeklong experience of connecting with other authors, new-to-me readers, and dear, dear friends. I tried to share parts of the experience on my Facebook page, but I thought I’d take the time to go a little more in depth so you could follow the fun.

My traveling buddy, Ella Sheridan and I, drove in since we live close enough to Atlanta to make it feasible and be able to carry a ton more promo because we didn’t have to worry about luggage weight! That evening we got to have dinner with the lovely Angel Payne, Victoria Blue, and Shannon Hunt. These ladies are fabulous and you must, must read the Secrets of Stone series by Angel and Victoria.

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Who should drop by dinner but Golden Czermack A.K.A. The Furious Fotog. In addition to being a wonderful photographer, he’s also a model and author. So cool to meet him in person!
The next morning I got to play some rousing games of trope bingo with a lively group of readers. This is where hostess Kimberly Lang called out classic romance tribes like secret baby, cowboys, and women in peril. So much fun discussing what everyone loved and hated in their romance reads.

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Our Giveaways for our Workshop

Ellen Sheridan and I were privileged to be able to share all the things we’ve learned about marketing our books over the last few years (and are still learning) with a very full room at RT in the workshop called Advertising on a Budget. We were both very nervous, especially when staring out at a packed house, but our audience was great. There were lots of interesting questions and discussion and I had several people come up to me later to remark on how helpful it was! So I’m glad we overcame our fears to be able to share what we’ve learned.

Ella Sheridan, Dani Wade, RT17

Over dinner that night I was able to meet a new to me author, Jean Shoup. Authors can’t get together without talking shop! But one cool new thing Jean is doing is a podcast about how the spiritual realms touch our day-to-day lives. You can find out more at www.realmspod.com.

This excites me because I listen to podcasts to get me through my day job and I love spooky stories! I’ve already downloaded the first one. I can’t wait to listen.

Wednesday night Ella and I dressed up in our best 50s impression and attended the Rockabilly Street Festival! There was retro food like hot dogs and Frito pie, carnival games with book theme is an author signing books. But the best part was the band!

Rockabilly Street Festival, RT2017, Romantic Times Convention, Dani Wade

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Rockabilly Street Festival, RT2017, Dani Wade, Ella Sheridan

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This is getting pretty long, so I’ll have more next week…stay tuned for RT Convention, Part Deux!  😊

Until then…enjoy!

Dani

RT Round-up

I’m sorry to be so long checking in! I came home from Vegas and jumped straight into final edits for BEHIND THE SCARS, which was due to the Zon by last Saturday morning. Luckily, I beat the deadline by more than an hour.  😉

But Vegas! Yeah-I had such a great time at the RT Convention this year! Here are a few highlights:

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The Bellagio Conservatory

 

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Nest of 1000 cranes

 

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One of my favorite views in the conservatory…

 

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The very first NGWN Reader Event was a big hit! Thank you Taige Crenshaw, Victoria Blue, Zoey Derrick, Ella Sheridan, Tina Christopher, and Angel Payne.

 

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The Strip was definitely an experience!

 

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Cirque du Punk! Ella and I with the Conjoined Twins!

 

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Me with cover model Vikkas Bhardwaj. He’s the sweetest thing!

 

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The big author signing on Saturday at #RT16!

 

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Wouldn’t have been the same without my partner in crime–Ella Sheridan!

It was a whirlwind trip, but I came home oddly energized (that didn’t last long!). Now SCARS is up for pre-order, ready to release on Tuesday, and a busy summer is barreling down on me… Can’t wait to share it with y’all!!!

Dani

Behind the Scars, Dani Wade, sexy romantic suspense, small town secrets series, southern romance

BEHIND THE SCARS is available now for only 99 cents!

Everyone in a small town has secrets, but Kate McIntyre’s have followed her home.

When a student’s admiration for her takes a dark turn, Kate turns to a hometown hero for help and protection. Ex-Green Beret Daire Rousseau knows the face of evil all too well–and he’ll do anything to keep it from this pretty redhead. Can they trust each other to look behind the scars that define them?

Kate McIntyre, college art teacher and sculptor, holds people at a distance. That’s how she copes with her internal and external scars, after a car wreck that left her fighting for her life. Art is her only outlet for sensuality–until Daire returns to Cadence, TN.

She’s shocked by how much she wants the sexy, silent veteran, and crushed when after one drunken embrace, he pushes her away. But when she realizes she has a stalker, Daire is the man she wants at her side.

Daire Rousseau may have been born to wealth, but he grew up a loner, shuffled off to boarding schools after his mother’s death. He joined the Army to prove he was more a man than his father, and found a close-knit band of brothers. But after being captured and tortured by the enemy, he’s fighting a new war–battling to get back to the man he was. And afraid his scars will never let him forget. Convinced his battered body and psyche will repulse an innocent beauty like Kate, he pushes her away. Until the only way to keep her safe is to stay by her side day and night.

Come back to Cadence, TN–where secrets can be deadly. Get your copy of BEHIND THE SCARS today!

Currently only on Amazon for 99 cents (limited time).

Wednesday Writer: Ella Sheridan

Today’s Wednesday Writer is near and dear to my heart…literally. My sis, Ella Sheridan, is an incredible author, and I get the privilege of reading her new books before anyone else! (There’s gotta be perks for this gig, right?) Her newest release is not to be missed…I read it in a day (and I don’t have a lot of time in my days), but I simply couldn’t put it down! You won’t be able to either…I promise!!!

Question: ONLY FOR THE WEEKEND has a heroine who is trying to break out of her shell-a character trait I also adore. What made you decide to send her to Vegas?

“I think it really was that whole ‘what happens in Vegas’ thing. Yes, we can experience extraordinary things in our everyday lives — that’s what romance novels are often about, right? — but there’s something about getting out of our own space and time that’s liberating. I wanted Jane to feel liberated. I wanted her to take a leap and do something really crazy, something that doesn’t fit with her everyday life as a librarian. And I wanted to reward her for taking that chance.” ~ Ella Sheridan

only for the weekend, ella sheridan, erotic romance, bdsm romance

Blurb:

Jane Jacobs is ready for a change. She’s determined that a history of lackluster relationships and even more lackluster pleasure will end this weekend, when she meets the Dom her best friend has set her up with. Exploring dominance and submission with her blind “date” could answer all her questions—and help her forget the one man she wants to master her.

With his band on hiatus, Vincent O’Connell grabs the chance to visit his sister in Las Vegas, but she wants a favor more than a family reunion. V.’s not above indulging himself with a willing sub, but when he realizes the sub is his sister’s best friend, Jane, all his instincts scream at him to back out—and fast.

V knows Jane; she’s young, pretty, sweet. Definitely sub material—for someone else. But one look at her on her knees and all the reasons to avoid her disappear. She needs a Dom to guide her, and he needs to indulge himself with just a taste. After all, it’s only for the weekend.

ONLY FOR THE WEEKEND is available NOW on Amazon for only 99cents–a great price to try Ella’s books if you’ve never read one before (what are you waiting for????). Buy it now.

Writer AND Reader Fun

This past weekend, I got to meet readers, aspiring authors, and fellow published authors at a cool little Lit Fest near my hometown! This was the inaugural event, but I hope there will be more Rocket City Lit Fest in the future.

rocket city lit fest

Any day I get to spend with my fellow Writing Playground besties is a good day! We spent time between passersby plotting some upcoming Playground fun that I can’t wait to share! These ladies have been a huge part of my life and my writing journey. Isn’t life much better with friends?

Marilyn Baxter, Kimberly Lang, Andrea Laurence, Rocket City Lit Fest
L to R: Marilyn Baxter, Kimberly Lang, Me, Andrea Laurence

 

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The Lit Fest had all kinds of fun, cool things. The most awesome balloon artist I’ve ever seen! He walked around in a mad doctor’s lab coat, and made balloon tartis’s, hats, Scooby doos, and all kinds of cool things. Some gorgeous face painting, and really cool booths. I bought a bracelet from Nevermore Books, and have plans to have one of my books turned into a wallet by First Contact Sewing.

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rocket city lit fest, bracelet, nevermore books

 

I was privileged to sit on several panels with some old friends and new-to-me authors, like CL Bevill, Ella Sheridan, Amy Leigh Strickland, Andrea Laurence, Russell Newquist, Christine Glover, Janae Mitchell, and Terry Maggert. Lots of great readers and authors attending, asking great questions about writing, marketing, and publishing. So much fun!

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Workshop Presenters L to R: Andrea Laurence, Christine Glover, and me

 

Oh, and the funnel cake wasn’t bad either.  🙂 Thanks so much to the staff at Rocket City Lit Fest that put this event together!

Have you attended a fun even lately? I’d love more ideas on what events you look forward to attending!

Dani

News (Or Fun Stuff, in author speak)

Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. No, nothing glamorous has happened since the last time I posted. 🙂 Just life…

Most author’s lives are far from glam. The reality of getting out a new book is BICHOK (writer speak for Butt In Chair, Hands on Keyboard). Totally boring to the outside observer, really.

But we do get to do fun things sometimes. Like talk about our books, brainstorm ours or another author’s story, search for character photos or cover art or attend events where we meet awesome readers like y’all!!! (still doesn’t sound very glamorous, I know, but it’s fun…)

I’ll be appearing at one such event next weekend! Rocket City Lit Fest is the inaugural literary festival near my hometown and will feature all kinds of authors and fun stuff! If you are within driving distance, check it out. If you can’t attend, I’ll be sure to share about it here on the blog.

 

Something else fun came up this past weekend-at least, it’s author fun.  🙂 I was able to go on a mini-writing retreat with my twin, Ella Sheridan.

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Love a view of nature!

Nothing but words, nature walks, and talking books (oh, and sleeping!)-an author’s idea of heaven.

The view from my writing chair.
The view from my writing chair.

 

How tranquil does this look?
How tranquil does this look?

What fun thing have you experienced lately? Is there an event coming up that you’re looking forward to?? I’d love to hear about it!

Dani

Field Trip: Trust Me Release Party

This afternoon I’m hanging out with some cool authors to celebrate Ella Sheridan’s new release, TRUST ME (Book 2 in her Southern Nights series). Join me and authors Ella Sheridan, Angel Payne, Sandra Owens, and Emma Leigh Reed for some good, old-fashioned, honky-tonk fun on Facebook! You can join the party here today from 12-2 CST.

 

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