Romantic Times Book Lover's Convention and it's in New Orleans! I've never been to the Big Easy so I'm crazy excited. Couple that with the fact that I get to meet some of my very best online buddies in person for the first time and I'm now ecstatic and can barely focus on anything else.
This convention is packed with great workshops, networking and pitching opportunities, parties, and is absolutely star-studded with the likes of Charlaine Harris, Heather Graham, Kelly Armstrong, and more. While those folks are great, the ones I'm truly excited about meeting in person are my dear friends Tee Tate (author Eden Butler), Tina Moss, Yelena Casale, Brenda Drake, Tracy Clark, S.R. Johannes, Trisha Leigh, Noelle Pierce, T.F. Leger, Stina Lindenblatt, Lydia Kang, and more! Can you believe that list? Wow.
But there is another reason I'm going. My adult steampunk novel is finished and ready at last and I'm very excited to be pitching it this year at RT. Set in 17th century Ireland, it is an approach at steampunk that I've never seen taken, so fingers crossed that agents and editors love it as much as I do and don't run screaming from its strangeness. :-) Wish me fantastic luck, let me know if you're going to be there so I can say hi, and be sure to visit the fabulous ladies listed above. Many of them are signing at Saturdays book fair! I'll blog all about it when I come back.