By: Marie Force
Good morning! As you read this I'll be on my way to Washington, D.C. for RWA's national conference. I'm roadtripping this year with two of my New England writer buddies. One of them, Kristan Higgins, won the RITA last year for contemporary for her fabulous book "Catch of the Day." If you haven't read it, be sure to check it out! Over the last year she and I have become informal critique partners, a first for both of us. So I worry for Mike, our third passenger, because Kristan and I can talk our faces off, and he might wonder what he's gotten himself into! Mike can more than hold his own with us, however. He's the one who went up to Nora Roberts at RWA last year and said these famous words: "I've never read a word you've written, but I hear you're quite good. My friend here would like to meet you." Nora got such a kick out of him, she bought him a drink. Now THAT is networking! I'm sure my sides will be aching from laughing before I even get to D.C. with Mike and Kristan for passengers. If you see the token guy at the conference, chances are it's my friend Mike. Have a chat with him and be prepared to die laughing!
I'm in the final stages of the blog tour for Love at First Flight and wanted to post a couple of reminders, especially for those of you who have already read it (and thank you for all the lovely emails!) As I've mentioned here before, I broke a few rules with my first two books by having a sports hero in Line of Scrimmage (supposedly a no-no in romance circles--sooooo glad I was a late comer to RWA and never heard that before I wrote the book!) and now in Love at First Flight where my hero and heroine are with other people when we meet them. And when I mean with, I mean with... as in sex in Chapters 2 and 3 with their current significant others. LOL! What do you think about romances that break the rules?
I'd consider myself a renegade, except I had no idea there were rules when I wrote these books. Goes back to my "hands-over-ears dont. want. to. know." strategy. The less I know, the better off I am! I blogged this weekend about "unlearning everything I ever knew." Do the writers out there ever feel like they are spending too much time hearing about how other people write? For me, it's hands over ears, LALALALA. I'm very protective of a process, be it unconventional, that works for me. How do the other writers feel about this? When I go to conferences such as RWA, I tend to avoid the "how-to" workshops and focus more on things such as business, promotion, etc. Most of the time, I end up skipping the workshops altogether so I can spend more time with friends I only get to see once in a while. I don't have an ounce of guilt over this. It's my conference, and I'll play hooky if I want to!
If you wish to discuss all the rules I broke in Love at First Flight (and Line of Scrimmage), join me Monday, July 20, at 7 p.m. EDT on my blog for a Book Club discussion. Warning, there will be spoilers, so make sure you read the book before the party! I’ll be giving away some great prizes to participants.
Once you’ve read the book, come by my website to find out how to enter the contest for the Love at First Flight Grand Prize gift basket. I’ll accept answers to the seven questions about the book through July 15. The winner will be announced during the July 20 Book Club Meeting. The competition is heating up with new entries coming in every day, so be sure to get your answers to me by the 15th to be included.
I'm over at Love Romance Passion today giving away more free copies of both my books if you want to stop by to leave a comment and to see a previously unpublished excerpt of Love at First Flight.
Look forward to seeing many of the Casa Babes at RWA! Let the fun begin!