By Robin Kaye
Summer is always an exciting time of year. This summer especially because I just sold a new series to Sourcebooks – The Domestic Gods Gone Wild! Series. You’ll get to meet the heroes and heroines in my next book, Yours For the Taking. It will be released in January.
If signing my new contract wasn’t exciting enough, the same day I signed on the dotted line, I received a phone call telling me that my book Too Hot to Handle won the Holt Medallion for Best Romantic Comedy! The thing I love most about the Holt Medallion is that it is judged by readers, the very people I write for, not the publishing elite. I’m completely over-the-top because Romeo, Romeo won last year too, so this year’s win completely shatters my concern that it was all a big fluke. Well, almost.
The Romance Writers of America’s National Conference takes place every July. This is something I look forward to all year. For those who don’t know me, I’m a bit of an extrovert. (okay, you in the peanut gallery, keep it down) I love being around people so keeping myself locked in an office staring at my computer, writing 40 hours a week is difficult. Conferences are my saving grace. Nationals is a wonderful time to go on a road trip with my critique partners, get together with writing friends, meet with my agent and editor, go to parties, dinners, and generally do everything I haven’t done since the last conference.
The best things happen to me at Conferences. I sold my first book, Romeo, Romeo at the 2007 National Conference, I won the Golden Heart that same year, and this year, Breakfast in Bed is a finalist in the Booksellers’ Best Awards. The Booksellers’ Best Awards Banquet is at Nationals so I’m really hoping my luck holds out.
If you live in the Orlando, Florida area, I hope you will come out for the 2010 “Readers For Life” Literacy Autographing at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort on Wednesday, July 28th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. More than 500 authors participate in the signing, including most of the Casa Babes and me. Stop by and say hi! Admission is free and all the money raised from the sales of our books will go to local literacy charities.
Thankfully, after a whirlwind week at Nationals, my husband and two of my three kids will meet me at Disney for the beginning of a much-needed vacation. We’ll spend a few days with the big-guy, Mickey Mouse and then head down to the West Coast to spend time with my family. I can’t wait!
So what is the most exciting thing about summer to you? Ahem…please remember this is a PG rated blog.