As RWA members checked out of the hotel, I lugged one more round of boxes to the post office. Cathy Maxwell and Mary Gramlich joined me for our walk down 8th Street to NYC's historic central post office - it looked like the Supreme Court! We walked back up 7th Avenue - the Fashion District. We enjoyed one more lunch at Cafe Un Deux Trois - for the baguettes - before we went out separate ways.
I requested the EMT-turned-driver for my return trip to LaGuardia. I literally grab a family out of the taxi line - the family of Marilyn Brant, author of women's fiction. Marilyn noted her fall release was titled A SUMMER IN EUROPE from Kensington Books. I love Europe so naturally I invited her to be my guest to promote this book!
No sooner had I parted ways with Marilyn did I find more romance authors at my Southwest gate. The Detroit area authors were chatting with the incomparable Victoria Alexander. It was cream on top of a great week at RWA in NYC.
Hubby picked me up in Columbus and we drove back to his parents' house in Dayton. MIL took my children to see Cars II at the drive in ... when they came home, they were full of stories of adventure during my absense. I had a blast at RWA ... but I was glad to be back with my family, even if it was not home in Hawaii.
For my Grand Finale of RWA Recaps, I am giving away a book from one of the more visible authors at RWA - Sherrilyn Kenyon. She spoke at the award luncheon; attracted the longest line at the literacy fair; and gave away books during two publishers' signings. I am giving away her book from the awards ceremony - BORN OF SHADOWS: