A little while later, authors Kari Lemor, Susan Carlisle and I read excerpts from our books and took part in a casual Q&A. But my favorite part of the night is always the costume dinner. I was honored to be part of the Alice in Wonderland crew. Check out the fabulous handmade costumes by some of my favorite people! Don't they look amazing?
I had the pleasure of spending this weekend with the most fabulous readers! The Fall in Love With New England Romance Reader Retreat is by far my favorite event to attend. Not only are the authors generous with their gifts and time, but the readers, they're AMAZING! I was blown away with their handmade and thoughtful gifts (totally unexpected!). This year it was held at the Holiday Inn in Nashua, NH.
We kicked off the event with a "Charming Meet and Greet" where readers mingled with authors and were given charms to add to their bracelet. Of course, the charm I gave away was a cute little wine glass. Then I played a fun game of "Have and Have Not" with Susan Carlisle. Oh, these readers of ours are quite the adventurous types. There were many stories told and lots of laughs.
After dinner, the authors scurry to their rooms and prepare for the reader trick-or-treat fest. And maybe a sip of wine while traipsing down the hallway. And for those crazy party-goers, the night continued in the restaurant bar and a little sing-along with the band.
Somehow, we mustered up the energy to wake up early on Saturday for a light breakfast. I took part in a panel with Elsa Kurt and Kari Lemor where we talked about the writing process, publication, and promoting. I love the interest many readers have in writing. That's how all authors get started--by reading!
After many more workshops, we had a delightful luncheon, where I hosted a table and gave away this wine and fall inspired basket, followed by a huge book signing. Many participated in the pizza party and Yankee book swap. So much fun! It was exhausting and wonderful, and I can't wait to do it again. I thought the night was over around 9:00 but found Kym and Krystal from Created Purpose and crashed their ring making party.
It was another late night and I went to bed with so many amazing memories of my weekend. If you missed this year's, you definitely want to join us in 2020 where we try to one-up the spectacular event. I hope to see you there!
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