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.

workshop giveaways, Ella Sheridan, Dani Wade
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

rockabilly street festival, Romantic Times Readers Convention

Rockabilly Street Festival, RT2017, Dani Wade, Ella Sheridan

Rockabilly Street Festival, rockabilly band, Romantic Times Readers Convention
This is getting pretty long, so I’ll have more next week…stay tuned for RT Convention, Part Deux!  😊

Until then…enjoy!

Dani

Field Trip: Harlequin Junkie Q&A

I’m being featured today over on the Harlequin Junkie blog with a Q&A about EXPECTING HIS SECRET HEIR! There are some cool excerpts, behind the scenes info, and a giveaway of books 1-3 in the Mill Town Millionaires series. Come check it out!

Expecting his Secret Heir, Mill Town Millionaires, Harlequin Desire, Dani Wade, Passion

And see what else Sara has to offer on the cool site she’s put together. They’re very supportive of the romance genre and its a great place to hang out!

A Year of…Movement

Making excuses burns ZERO calories per hour…

Fit is not a Destination, it’s a way of life…

I’ve often likened myself to a potato with legs. I’m not kidding. I’m simply a round woman in the middle, but my arms and legs are muscular and strong. Now I’m in my 40s and have fought several extensive health issues for more than a decade. It’s exhausting.

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My son and I at one of our karate tests.

I started a karate class a year and a half ago, and proudly reached the level of green belt. I was finally making some headway when my husband got very sick last year and was diagnosed with Crohn’s after several hospital visits and a major surgery.

His care and juggling my family derailed me hard. If you’ve ever taken a break from exercise, you know how difficult it is to get started again. I’ve had quite a few starts and stops, but I have no excuse now not to be moving, except…it’s hard…and hot as Hades here in the South. But I determined to get moving, even if it was just a little at a time. I’m back in karate as often as my children’s commitments will allow (why do middle school football games have to be on Thursday nights??? And why must the band actually attend???). But I’m also doing a few other things:

  1. I have a very sedentary desk job. I used to try to stand for at least an hour per day and lift my keyboard/monitor with boxes. Then we got a new 2 monitor system with very short cords… But I’ve decided that even if I can’t stand for an hour, anything over 5 minutes is better than nothing. So anything that doesn’t require me to be staring at my computer screen is now a standing activity: opening mail, adding checks, checking batches… Some days it might only be 5 minutes, some days closer to 45, but its what I can manage without $500 for the type of standing desk that would lift 2 monitors.
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My custom Hoola Hoop!
  1. Hoola Hoop! Recently I got involved in a very unusual challenge. Some author friends and our kids went to a local art community and there was a woman selling hoola hoops. These weren’t just any hoops-they varied in weight and size so you could find the hoop that worked best for you (yes, the woman’s day job is as a research scientist. We have a lot of nerdy types here in northern Alabama.) Just trying it out was So Much Fun! So I splurged and bought one for my daughter and I to share. Now author Kimberly Lang and I are involved in a month-long Hoola Hoop Challenge on FB that you can cheer along HERE. We’ve started at 10 minutes per day and will be working our way up (don’t scoff-have YOU ever tried to hoola hoop for 10 minutes? It ain’t easy!)

Writing Playground, Hoola Hoops,  exercise

Once it cools down here, I can get back on the elliptical machine. I love it, but the garage is over 100 degrees during the day right now. But I know, as well as y’all do, that the more activity I can get in, the healthier I will be. It also helps calm my overactive brain, helps me focus and sleep better, and relieves stress better than anything else!

So what kind of exercise are you into? What keeps you the most motivated to move?

Dani

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What I’m Reading This Month

Hold You Against Me, Skye Warren, erotic romanceHold You Against Me by Skye Warren

Ah, the author who makes me like First Person Perspective.  🙂 I’m really not a first person reader, but I read one of Skye’s books for a book club and I’ve been hooked ever since. Her books are sexy, edgy, and make you holler “Oh, no he didn’t!”.  Dark, but exciting enough to make you gasp. Not for the faint of heart.

What I’m Writing This Month

Expecting his Secret Heir, Mill Town Millionaires, Harlequin Desire, Dani Wade, PassionThis month has been a hodge podge of administrative tasks (I’m getting ready for EXPECTING HIS SECRET HEIR’s release in September, plus the start of a promotional push for my Backstage Pass books the same month.), finishing up the draft of my first Savannah novella, editing REINING IN THE BILLIONAIRE, and writing on REIN’s sequel (currently untitled). So yeah…a little of this…a little of that…

A Year of Change

The only person you are destined to become is the person you

decide to be.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This summer, I turned 42, so I guess I was due for my midlife crisis.

Not that the dissatisfaction is new, but for some reason my birthday brought it to the forefront for me. My life is in utter chaos, overcrowded and exhausting. I looked around at the hundreds of things wanting my attention and thought – I simply don’t want to be here.

That’s sad. I mean, I have a loving husband, two great kids, a nice house, a steady day job, and I get to write too? What’s wrong with that?

All the “other” stuff that went along with the good things and my own perfectionism that has pressured me into rushing and pushing myself – now the well of my soul is bone dry.

Butterfly, romance author, creativity, refilling the well
Since I’m not the type to run away with the circus…or Channing Tatum… I decided to take the bull by the horns and actually carve a life out of my existence instead of letting it run me into the ground. I know this isn’t going to happen immediately…it’s a process that will happen over time and with deliberate action.

Why am I sharing this on the World Wide Web?

~Well, this is my page and I choose to be authentic here rather than putting on a fake, happy face.

~As an author, I process things by writing about them. I try to write morning pages (see Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way), but I also like sharing what I learn. Maybe I can help someone else along the way.

~But also, it will mean some changes around here. I’ll only be blogging once a month, putting out a newsletter quarterly and probably producing fewer Indie books. That doesn’t mean I’m not around—just check out my Facebook page to realize I’m still hanging out—but I want you to know the WHY. Authors aren’t superhumans—I’m not Supermom, Wife Extraordinaire, and I can’t juggle a million things successfully. I’m just me.

I’m working on a lot of changes and I hope to share some of the inside I gain with each of you. Thanks for your support and continuing to hang around.

Dani

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What I’m Reading This Month

Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert, Creativity, Reading, Book Lover

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I’ve listened to the podcasts associated with this book on iTunes and started following Elizabeth Gilbert on Facebook. I find her posts deep and insightful and hope this book will encourage my creative live. So far, I’m really enjoying it! Recommended for creative types!

What I’m Working on This Month

quill, writing, romance author

Edits for the first Kentucky book— now titled REINING IN THE BILLIONAIRE—will arrive any day now.

I just finished a proposal for Kentucky Book 2! Woot!

Until edits arrive, I’m playing with the fun novella that I hope to release some day as a group of 4. They’re set in Savannah – one of my favorite places. You can see my inspiration on my Savannah Pinterest board and my #SaucySaturday post today over on the NGWN blog about Savannah as a sexy setting. And yes, this is a step in having and enjoying my life. My life will always include writing, but I need some writing that doesn’t have a ton of pressure. That’s why this one is for “fun” and has no deadline.  🙂 I’ll keep y’all updated.

Field Trip: June’s Readers’ Luncheon

I’m over at the Nice Girls Writing Naughty blog talking about this year’s Heart of Dixie Romance Readers’ Luncheon with all of it’s excitement, baskets, and fire alarms…

My table of readers at this year's event!
My table of readers at this year’s event!
I even had family join me this year! My youngest sister, my mother, and my aunt.
I even had family join me this year! My youngest sister, my mother, and my aunt.

Join me HERE!

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:

Bellagio, Las Vegas, #rt16, Dani Wade
The Bellagio Conservatory

 

Bellagio Conservatory, 1000 cranes, las vegas, #RT16
Nest of 1000 cranes

 

Bellagio conservatory, las vegas, #RT16
One of my favorite views in the conservatory…

 

NGWN, Nice Girls Writing Naughty, Dani wade, #RT16
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.

 

Las vegas, the strip, #RT16
The Strip was definitely an experience!

 

ella sheridan, dani wade, twins, #RT16
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!

 

Ella sheridan, Dani Wade, Las Vegas, #RT16
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!

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