Thursday, July 12, 2007

What I Won't Sacrifice For My Bellas

Well, this time you can't say I didn't bring you pictures. In fact, I did my best to bring you RBTB/RBtheBlog faves, plus a few of our very own Bellas!

First up, Bella Suzanne Brockmann, her husband, Ed Gaffney, and their great friend, team member, all-about-good-guy friend, actor Eric Ruben.

Aaaand, our wise and gracious Bella Marilyn, aka Playground Monitor, plus -- hold on to your beach hat MaryKate -- Ms. Nalini Singh!

Next up, Bellas Caroline Linden, Eve Silver, and Ann Christopher hang with me at the end of a long day. We were supposed to hook up for dinner, but when I showed up late, they ate the desserts they saved for me. Nice girls, no?

Practicing our best Miss America poses are Jo-Anne Power (author of 17 novels including her latest, "Missing Member"), moi, and Bella Rocki St.Claire, who informed me she went with the "poufy ball gown" for Saturday night's RITA Awards since she's nom
inated in 2 categories.

Bella Jessica Inclan and I pose with her favorite fan and my good friend, Bella lizees.

And who else but Sherrilyn Kenyon shows up for the Annual RWA Literacy for Life signing wearing a 3 foot tall black swan chapeau? But she works it, baybee.

If you travel to one mass book signing, this annual one is the way to go. The lines are incredibly short because there are so many authors everyone is somewhere else while you're waiting for your faves to sign your books. Does that make sense? Trust me. You'd love the madhouse zoo that is the annual RWA Literacy signing.

Bella Carly Phillips and I took a sec to say hey. Carly's emceeing the RITA awards Sat nite. I envied her tan.

Bella Kate Pearce
and I are with Kayla Perrin, a Canadian author I met a while back when I was a guest on "The Gill Deacon Show." Kate says hi, and is really glad so many of you have bought her novels since she started hanging with us.

Bellas Pamela Claire and Emma Holly were having fun talking about hawt stuff until I interrupted them to make them pose. I told them to look like they actually enjoy my company.

And Bella Sabrina Jeffries looks like she can still tolerate me in this photo, even after she'd just introduced me to her gorgeous, brown-eyed, romance hero brother to whom I said -- and I kid you not -- "so, if I were single and asked you for a date, would you go out with me?"

I don't know what came over me. He said yes to the date (well what was a charming guy like Sabrina's bro gonna say, "no, cause you're a skanky middle-aged broad?") but declined stripping to the waist so I might photograph him for this blog. I didn't realize 44-year-old men still blushed.

It's lunch today at noon for Lisa Kleypas' keynote address, tea at 2 with Dorchester marketing chick, lovely Brooke Borneman, and on to moderating the big Avon/HarperCollins romance author signing at the Plano Center, a fund raiser for the Plano Public Library. Attendees (limited amt of tix are still available by calling 972.769.4250) get to meet/greet 12 Avon authors, and Victoria Alexander, Dixie Cash, Lorraine Heath, Eloisa James, Teresa Medeiros, Julia Quinn, and Lisa Scottoline gather with me for a little chat about romance, and love, life...hmmm, maybe we'll talk a little about sex if I can come up with a question to ask about it that doesn't make me blush. You know I'm kinda shy like that.
Encore! Who else is blogging from the RWA National Conference? Don't forget to check out Tell Jude Michelle sent'chya.


Rach said...

OMG!!! Look at you, Michelle!!! I'm so FREAKIN' jealous!

It looks like SO much fun and if I have to live vicariously through you, you're doin' a hell of a job! ;o)

We're not even gonna talk about all my faves you're talking with this afternoon. :oP

Hi to all the Bellas you're seeing! Give hugs from all of us keeping things going while you're off having fun without us.

(no, Rach isn't bitterly jealous or anything...)

flip said...

Love, love, love the pictues. What fun you are having.

Kati said...

OOOOOOOHHHH! Nalini Singh! Didja tell her I think she's the bees knees??? Didja tell her she has to come blog??? Didja tell her she's brilliant??? Didja, didja???

I'm absolutely pea green with envy. You look like you're having a total blast. And obviously are still not above getting your flirt on with a hot guy. Which I totally approve of! You are hilarious!

So Michelle, what's the big buzz at the conference? What are you hearing? Are historicals on the come back? Is para moving in a different direction? What are you hearing about trends?? Anything good?

So, so jealous of you! Have a great time at the Avon event, I know you'll be wonderful there! Will you be sure to report back to us on what they have to say? And give our own Anna Campbell a big squeeze from us?

Have fun, Bella! Like I need to even say that!


Kati said...

Also, clearly MK has reached her quota of exclamation points. What am I 12? Jeez.

Julie in Ohio said...

OMflippinG!!! MK, didja see who she posed with?!?! Didja? How exciting!!
I can't believe all the fun you are having. I'm not jealous. I'm just really glad you figured out how your camera works and have it tied to your person so you don't forget it. :oD

As for the shy crack, I don't think you have anything to worry about. If memory serves, Eloisa and Teresa can hold their own during a sex discussion. :p

Julie in Ohio said...

I hope you are remembering to give all the Bellas big hugs from us.

Hi, Lizees!!!
Hi, Marilyn!!!
Hi, Kate!!!
Hi, Carolyn!!!
Hi, Eve!!!
Hi, Pam!!!
Hi, Rocki!!!
Hi, Sabrina!!!
Hi, Emma!!!
Hi, Jessica!!!
Hi, Carly!!!
Hi, Suz!!!

It would just be easier if you would tell them. I could go on for quite some time and I don't want to forget anyone. :o)

Michele Hauf said...

Wish I was there, Michelle! You work it, girl!


ev said...

I am soooo jealous of you.

I think we will rename her Bella Brat.

So where is next years RWA? I don't think I can wait until '08!!!

Vivi Anna said...

ah, great pics!!

so wishing I was there!

have a dirty martini or two for me Michelle!!

Kati said...

ev - Next year is San Francisco. DC in '09.

Portia Da Costa said...

Wow, the photos are brilliant! Everyone looks as if they're having a wonderful time, and I'm even more envious now.

Big hugs to all the attending Bellas from me! I wish I was there with you all.

So many fantastic authors... Oh, I would love to have met Emma Holly!

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

So Michelle, is Sabrina Jeffries hot romance hero brother single? Just asking!

Unknown said...

I am so there next year I can't wait.
Michelle the pic.'s are great! Thanks for doing such an awesome job relaying all of this wonderful stuff to us.

Vivi Anna said...

I'm so there in San Fran in 08.

I'm kicking myself for not going this year, but I know I couldn't afford it in any sense.

Cherie J said...

Wow! Looks like you are having a blast.

Unknown said...

Ok total side note but I thought it was kinda neat. I got to see the Governor of California at my office gym today. And I have to say that he is a lot shorter that I though he was. Oh well. But it was still neat to get to see him. And he has some really hot security.

Rach said...

And he has some really hot security.

There ya go, Leeann, look on the bright side! ;o)

Besides, how cool to see Ah-nuld in the flesh. :oP

Julie in Ohio said...

Leeann-- How cool is that!
I'd be too intimidated to be at the same gym with him.

Unknown said...

I work at the Safeway Corporate Office and right now our CEO is all about health care. So they built this awesome gym for us. And today they had the governor come out and take a tour of our gym and then in another room they had him say a few words. It was really neat. And one of my co-workers jumped of her treed mill to tell him it was her birthday and asked if he would sign her shirt. It was pretty funny.

Rach said...

LOL, Leeann! That's pretty funny! :oD

Stacy~ said...

Wow! What fab pix, and I'm right there with the jealousy - dang I better start saving my pennies for next year...and some miles. Michelle, you shine as our favorite romance advocate - and I just love you flirting with the guys - you coulda almost had a hot, wet guy straight from RWA.

I woulda been here sooner but I spent my night with Harry Potter. Great movie, and now I have the 6 books to read...which I just went and bought last night.

Any big plans for the weekend?

amy kennedy said...

Dang--I checked in yesterday, but this must have come up later--so glad you're using your camera and you know how much we eat this up. Thanks, Michelle.

Leeann, I remember the first time I saw the actual costume from The Terminator--it seemed soooo tiny, probably because he was larger than life in the movie.

I love it that you are seeing so many Bellas. Say hi to Lizees, and Marilyn, and all the other gorgeous women.

amy kennedy said...

P.S.: Did I tell you how gorgeous you look? So, of course, the brother said yes.

Kimberly Kaye Terry said...

The photos and commentary is awesome! Everyone looks like they're having a blast! I'm so jealous, forced to stay home and finish WORK of all things! I want to pimp slap every one of you beautiful bellas for having the gall to have fun, and I can't be there!! LOL!