Thirteen People you would have met if you had come to the Utah Romance Writers Conference this past weekend.1. Julia Quinn - New York Times Best-Selling author. 2007 RITA Winner for Best Long Historical. 2008 RITA Winner for Best Regency Historical Romance. And, she's warm, gracious, funny, and gives a great workshop on dialogue.
2. Nicole Jordan - New York Times Best-Selling author of Regency Romances. Wonderful. Fun. Witty. She'll be taking part in the author panel.
3. Lynn Kurland - New York Times Best-Selling author of 24 novels and novellas. She writes wonderful time travels. Her keynote speech at the Awards Luncheon was about how she fell out of love, then back in love with writing. I think everyone in the room could relate.
4. Melissa Mayhue - Her Daughters of the Glen series has taken off and she just contracted with Pocket Books for two more. If you haven't read one yet, you've missed out.
5. RaeAnne Thayne - If you like warm, family-oriented romances, sometimes with elements of suspense, RaeAnne's books are for you. Author of more than thirty books for Bantam Loveswept, Silhouette Intimate Moments/Romantic Suspense and Silhouette Special Edition, her books are sure to have you sighing at the end. She gave a wonderful workshop on the power of emotion in your story.
6. Victoria Dahl - Her first two books were historical romances and got great reviews. Her next release, due out in January, will be a contemporary, then it's back to historicals.
7. Megan McKeever - Assistant Editor at Pocket Books. Very nice and easy to talk to, although somehow I never got a good chance to chat with her. *sigh*
8. Sherry Lewis - Current Romance Writers of America President, she gave a great workshop on creating believable conflict.
9. Mary Martinez - Mary loves to travel and is multi-published. Her romantic suspense, Peek-A-Boo, has been a best seller.
Nick Conrad - An editor for Ellora's Cave and Cerridwen Press. His presentation on e-publishing was very interesting and informative.
11. Ann Chamberlin - Her Sofia series set in Ottoman Turkey was on Turkish bestseller lists for over a year.
12. Cori Deyoe - An agent from the Three Seas Literary Agency. She took pitches and, I hope, enjoyed her time in our mountains.
13. Crystal Jordan - Originally from California, but has lived and worked all over the United States. Currently, she serves as a librarian at a large research university in the Rocky Mountains and writes paranormal, futuristic, and erotic romance.And, of course, ME! I took some pictures, but my camera is pretty old so the pictures aren't very good. I think everyone I took a picture of will thank me for not posting them. Although, I just have to post this one.
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