Last weekend, I took the train to New Jersey for the Liberty States Fiction Writers (LSFW) Create Something Magical Conference. The two and half hour train ride was a wise decision as Mother Nature decided to celebrate the Spring with snow. It was beautiful to watch the countryside blanketed in white fluff ... and I was thankful that I was not driving in it.
Upon arrival at the conference hotel, I took a quick nap before joining Kimberly Rocha from Book Obsessed Chicks. She coordinated a big table for readers, bloggers, and authors at the Kona Grill ... gotta love the restaurant name! Kimberly is an enthusiastic blogger who brings the romance community together ... I enjoyed meeting three readers and one aspiring author new to me. I also chatted with Wendy LaCapra, who is celebrating her debut release, LADY VICE.
On Saturday morning, I played Scattergories with Jennifer L Armentrout, Cat Johnson, and Elisabeth Staab - my team came in second place with our ability to list many places starting with the letter N.
Sylvia Day gave an inspirational speech during lunch, noting that our fear holds us back from success. During lunch, I sat next to Ruth A Casie - I enjoyed stories from her world travels.
Following lunch, Sylvia hosted a cozy chat with readers. I asked her to share what she learned as an Army linguist that helped her with her writing career. Sylvia answered, "Teamwork". Thank you, Sylvia, for your service!
I also attended the Reader/Author mixer, giving readers the opportunity to meet authors and complete a "scavenger hunt" of sorts. During the mixer, I chatted with Holly Bush - a historical author new to me. And ... I won a Kindle Fire XD!
We ended the day with a dance party hosted by Kimberly ... Damon Suede is the Dancing King!
I am giving away conference swag to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about your favorite "game" - Scattagories? Jeopardy? Family Feud? Something else?
2. Comments are open through Saturday, April 4, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 5.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City