Welcome newbies and seasoned travel veterans to Authors Dish. With only thirteen days until Romance Writers of America 2019 I’m curious what authors and industry professionals always include in their suitcases, what they stash in their conference bag to avoid hunger pains and the things they forget once and hopefully never again.
While some of the authors contributing are not attending, we love they want to hang out and play. We hope their words of wisdom help to ease any anxiety you might have getting all the things in your suitcase.
May these posts inspire you to shop early, make your lists, and triple check so you are prepared for just about anything. If you’re heading to #RWA19 soon comment below so we can meet up in NYC.
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Today in the cafe are USA Today Bestselling Author Andie J. Christopher, Author Damon Suede, and Author Jenn LeBlanc.
Rae: What five things do you have to pack when attending a conference?
Andie J. Christopher:
I’m holding this close to my heart as I pack for RWA, to which I will be bringing my LED face mask, my NuFace, hot rollers, my own blow dryer and flat iron, four boxes of individual lashes, and multiple chemical exfoliants.
Damon Suede: For a writing conference I carry my “kill” kit, and I always restock that with business cards, extra chargers, my Android tablet, Emergen-C to ward off con crud, and loads of Slippery Elm Tea (Throat Coat is my fave brand)
I need my nametag with all my swag on it. I need my computer and a notebook. Gosh… I don’t know? Beyond the usual clothes and stuff I don’t really need a lot for conference. I intend to bring more back than I take with me 😉
Rae: What is your snack attack must haves in your day bag?
Andie: I’m going to probably stop at a bodega for granola bars, TBH.
Damon: Ginger. I prefer raw ginger, but I’ll take it candied too. 🙂
Jenn: If I carry snacks it’s usually sea salted almonds. Very exciting, I know. But I’m not much of a snacker!
Rae:What’s the one thing you forget to pack and swear to remember next time?
Andie: I always forget one thing, but it always changes. It’s sort of exciting to see what it will be when I open my suitcase.
Damon: Extra paperbacks. I always mean to have a couple to hand off and I invariably forget. And that’s where my publisher is the bomb-dot-com because they always bring extra.
Jenn: I always manage to forget my pajamas for some reason. It’s basically become tradition to hit target before we even get to the hotel because I remember what I need before I land.
Rae: Thank you so much authors! Readers, what’s the ONE thing you always forget and swear to include next time when you travel? How do you make sure that you remember ;).
I’ll be keeping a running list and will post it a week before #RWA19 so that hopefully no one needs to make a quick run to the lobby market or drug store around the corner. I’ll see you soon for new authors and more ideas!
About Andie J. Christopher:
USA Today Bestselling author Andie J. Christopher writes edgy, funny, sexy contemporary romance featuring heat, humor, and dirty talking heroes that make readers sweat. She grew up in a family of voracious readers, and picked up her first Harlequin Romance novel at age twelve when she’d finished reading everything else in her grandmother’s house. It was love at first read. It wasn’t too long before she started writing her own stories — her first heroine drank Campari and drove an Alfa Romeo up a winding road to a minor royal’s estate in Spain. Andie lives in the Nation’s Capital with her French Bulldog, Gus, a stockpile of Campari, and way too many books.
About Damon Suede:
Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. Having lived all over, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director… but writing has ever been his bread and butter. Beyond romance fiction, Damon has been a full-time writer for print, stage, and screen for almost three decades. He has won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com.
About Jenn LeBlanc:
Walnut (but not THAT Walnut).
RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Jenn LeBlanc is a Colorado girl living in a Hollywood world. A storyteller in words and imagery she writes wildly original illustrated Victorian erotic romance.
Jenn wrote, photographed, and published the first ever Illustrated Romance and is Queen of Studio Smexy—a groundbreaking custom and stock photography studio in Los Angeles and Denver that specializes in romance novel covers. She works with authors and publishers to create powerful, inclusive, and representative cover images in an ever-changing publishing landscape.
Jenn is currently a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as The Vice President of Programs for the Orange County Chapter of RWA and is also a current member of Los Angeles Romance Authors and Rainbow Romance Writers.
She loves getting new research books and chatting with readers.
The Rake and The Recluse is the first book in the illustrated Lords of Time family saga and erotic romance series.
In Hot on Ice: A Hockey Romance Anthology, USA Today Bestsellers Robin Covington, Desiree Holt, Kimberly Kincaid, Nana Malone and Virginia Nelson, Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Angi Morgan, along with Xio Axelrod, Christi Barth, Andie J. Christopher, Avery Flynn, Kim Golden, Lena Hart, Robin Kaye, Katie Kenyhercz, Heather Long, Kate Meader, Susan Scott Shelley, and Misty D. Waters bring you romances with smoking hot heroes—both on and off the ice—who are all a part of the fictional Cajun Rage hockey team. In addition to being a great read at a great price, 20% of the royalties from sales of Hot on Ice will be donated to the Homes for Troops charity, a nonprofit organization that builds mortgage-free, specially modified homes for severely injured veterans
I love that 20% of all royalties earned will go to Homes for Troops. Don’t miss this AMAZING price! On March 27th the price increases to $5.99 and then April 21st it’s gone forever.
What would you do if you had the Stanley Cup for one day? Time to check out these super sexy hockey players! The spicy factor ranges from two peppers to four in these must read stories!
In Skates Trouble by Kate Meader is a flirty and hot introduction into her new Chicago Rebels series. Discover Chicago, it sizzles!
Ford “Killer” Callaghan is not prepared for his reaction to Addy and the ice may melt in this steamy must read. Can Addy handle the heat? Two strangers, an intimate moment and a desire for change turn Chicago smokin’ hot.
What will Addy do when she discovers the identity of her midnight encounter? Can she move past her own insecurities to open up and finally find love?
I can’t wait to read how steamy it gets in Kate’s new hockey series! .
Blocked by Heather Long sizzles from the cover to the last page in this reality star meets hockey hero story.
Hoshi Sato is thrown into a family scandal, will her knight in shining armor save her or throw her to the paparazzi wolves? Protected for most of her life she will discover that Archer Durham is not the same man the media portrays.
Will they move past their family disapproval and find happiness? A day with the Stanley cup and a mountain resort is a bit spicy. I’m ready to book my vacation getaway now!
Blade by Avery Flynn thrusts us into the world of a thief with a chance for redemption and to save the one man who broke her heart. Can Gillie Pike leave her shady past?
Flynn Kazakov has just won the Stanley Cup and everyone want’s a piece of him. There’s just one problem, he needs to pay off a debt. When it comes to matters of the heart, sometimes those debts are harder to repay.
Gillie and Flynn have unfinished business, will they be able to walk away unscathed this time?
The sexy hot tension off and on the ice is enough to put your senses into overdrive!
If you enjoyed The Thomas Crown Affair and love hockey…sit back and enjoy the fun!
Deep Check by Kimberly Kincaid delivers hot hockey players with a few surprises from her sexy firefighters in this must read novella.
Finn has just won the Stanley Cup and it’s time to return home. There’s just one problem, he must make amends with his past. Will it be too much? There is something he has wanted and even after winning the cup, it still might be out of reach.
January had it all until she lost the two people she cared for the most. When one returns, will she be able to finally find peace?
Finn and January still burn hot for each other despite the tragedy in their past. Can they find a way to open up and trust in each other? What will Finn do when he finds out he had it wrong all along, or was he too afraid?
Kimberly writes gritty, raw, hot stories with characters that you crave long after the last word on the page.
Full Contact by Andie J. Christopher is a story of one man’s quest to stay true to his beliefs and not give in. Among the team, the bounty on his virginity is the most coveted prize second to winning the cup.
When Anders Sorenson meets Dahlia he questions the bounty and wonders is she out for the money or his heart?
Dahlia has a past that won’t let her move on and when her family doesn’t take her seriously she wonders if she’ll ever have her dream job.
Can they both get what they want? This story sizzles and I look forward to reading more from Andie!
Free Agent by Robin Covington is a M/M romance that is full of steamy heat off the ice as the Stanley Cup travels to Washington, DC.
Jamie Watson has not forgotten his roots, and his trip home with the cup is proof that he’s ready to live his life out in the open. In order to be a positive role model, first he needs to be true to himself.
Etienne has not been shy about his feelings for Jamie, but they’ve never tested the waters. Will he finally succeed in his quest when an opportunity lands in his lap?
Both men will have to take a leap of faith or risk losing the one thing they both desire the most, each other.
Don’ miss another must read from Robin, her stories are not to be missed!
The Warm Up by Xio Axelrod is fresh and exciting in the city of love, Philadelphia.
When Suji decides to take control and start over, she has the support of her sister and friends.
I love it when the heroine is strong, determined and a force to be reckoned with. If only she could channel that into a relationship instead of her job.
A devastating loss has driven Constantine Zimin to do something no one would expect, least of all Suji. Just when you think love is not going to find you, it shows up in the most unusual way.
When Zim returns home with the Stanley Cup he will challenge Suji and force her to make a few decisions that could change her life forever. Trust is paramount, not all men are out to hurt her.
This spicy story is sexy, witty and hot. I look forward to reading more from this must read author. Everyone should have a sister like Suji and a man like Zim in their lives.
Check My Heart by Christi Barth has it all. A smoking cover and check out the hockey puck! I would love one of those!
Kurt has just won the Stanley Cup and is preparing to throw the most amazing party, if only he could have the one thing that he desires most.
Lisette has a job that gives of herself, taking care of those who can’t take care of themselves. That job forever changes her and is the reason she pushed Kurt away.
The hockey season is officially over, but Kurt might land in the penalty box and throw everything away. Will he fix it in time? It will take a leap of faith, trust and forgiveness to discover their hearts can be mended.
This was the first story I read from Christi Barth and I look forward to reading her backlist!
There are other fabulous stories in this collection and I look forward to posting my thoughts soon. For now…don’t miss out on the sale price of #99cents. Today is the last day to enjoy 18 stories in a collection that won’t be around much longer.
Be sure to give a few as gifts, your friends will thank you! Get your copy here: