Authors Dish Thanksgiving with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Samantha Chase

Authors Dish Thanksgiving with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Samantha Chase

Today USA Today Bestselling Author Samantha Chase is in the cafe to dish about Thanksgiving and what it means to her.

I am grateful to the readers, authors, and everyone in booklandia who make it possible to sink into my cozy chair and enjoy a new book adventure each and every day.

It’s time to find out what inspires your favorite Authors and discover how they enjoy the holidays, prepare their homes, set their tables and give thanks to those important in their lives.

Whether you’re celebrating at home or traveling far away, enjoy every minute of the season. We’d love to know how you enjoy your holidays, tell us below!

Be sure to check the blog often for lots of inspiration and reasons to be thankful.

Wanna dish? Drop me a message.

 

Samantha Chase:

1. What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? We don’t have any exciting traditions for Thanksgiving. Our big thing is the meal – which is always the same. Boring, right? Once we moved to NC and didn’t have any family around, we started making the Thanksgiving meal that was filled with the things we wanted and I’ve been making it that way for 20 years!
2. How do you decorate your table and your home? Very basic. We’re normally a small group so I have a nice fall colored tablecloth and use my grandparents good china.
3. My favorite hostess gift is… Chocolate!

4. It’s time to pack up the leftovers, what do you do with all the food? Share it, use it for other yummy dishes or toss it? When our older son comes for the holiday, I always send him home with enough for a meal or two for himself. Then there’s always more for us to have at least another dinner or two. We love having it the next day for lunch!
5. Black Friday shopping – on line fun, up early with a cup of java and a long list, or last minute shopper and don’t care about the sales? I used to be up early on Black Friday when the kids were little. Once they got older, online shopping was way easier. I’m almost done shopping already and it’s the first week of November!

6. I am thankful for… my family ❤
Bio: Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance that’s hotter than sweet, sweeter than hot. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than sixty titles under her belt – including THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE which was a Hallmark Christmas movie in 2017! When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 28 years and their two sons in North Carolina.
Check out Samantha Chase’s backlist and while your feast is cooking, dive into a book adventure!
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Authors Dish Thanksgiving with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Samantha Chase

Authors Dish Thanksgiving with Delancey Stewart

Today Author Delancey Stewart is in the cafe to dish about Thanksgiving and what it means to her.

I am grateful to the readers, authors, and everyone in booklandia who make it possible to sink into my cozy chair and enjoy a new book adventure each and every day.

It’s time to find out what inspires your favorite Authors and discover how they enjoy the holidays, prepare their homes, set their tables and give thanks to those important in their lives.

Whether you’re celebrating at home or traveling far away, enjoy every minute of the season. We’d love to know how you enjoy your holidays, tell us below!

Be sure to check the blog often for lots of inspiration and reasons to be thankful.

Wanna dish? Drop me a message.

 

 

Author Delancey Stewart

1. What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? Every Thanksgiving we go to Carmel, CA. My husband’s family has been meeting there for a week at Thanksgiving his entire life (and most of his mom’s) and now my whole family comes too. It’s my favorite place in the world and my favorite holiday since both of our families — and most of the extended parts of each! — comes for some part of the week.
2. How do you decorate your table and your home? I don’t really decorate for Thanksgiving since we always travel, but I have a fall table runner and a bunch of mini pumpkins I like to put out on the dining room table with some candle holders. I try to keep my dining room table decorated, but my husband and two sons see the dining room as project space, so more often than not, my decor gets shifted to a pile in favor of tools, monitors, wires and various other pieces of generalized dude crap.
3. My favorite hostess gift is… WINE or chocolate.
4. It’s time to pack up the leftovers, what do you do with all the food? Share it, use it for other yummy dishes or toss it? I love it when everyone gets sent home with a little box of their favorite stuff. I love a turkey sandwich with stuffing and cranberry on the day after!
5. Black Friday shopping – on line fun, up early with a cup of java and a long list, or last minute shopper and don’t care about the sales? Online only and not specifically on Black Friday. I don’t even know how to shop in real stores anymore.
6. I am thankful for healthy children and a family that loves to see us enough to invite us every year!
BIO:  I’m Delancey Stewart – contemporary romance author! My books run the gamut of settings and setups, but they always deliver humor, heart and heat. It’s a guarantee.

I write from my home outside Washington DC, where I manage a household full of boys and men. Okay, only one man. The hubs. But two boys. I mean, three if you count the hubs. (You see why I do words and not numbers. I was told there’d be no math in this bio. Someone lied.)

I grew up in California and have had more jobs than anyone on earth (personal trainer, pharmaceutical rep, copywriter, tech writer, marketing director, wine seller, elementary school teacher… I’m not kidding. The list. It goes on.) But the one I love the most is writing, in part because I get to meet people who love books and stories as much as I do! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to say hello, and don’t forget to join my newsletter!

Get the first book in my sports romcom series, MR. MATCH — absolutely free by joining my weekly email here: https://www.subscribepage.com/delanceystewart

Find me at www.delanceystewart.com and www.authordlstewart.com
Facebook: www.facebook/DelanceyWrites.com
Check out Delancey’s Backlist and while your feast is cooking, dive into a book adventure!
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Click on the link here for these fun and FREE printables to keep you organized this fall season.

 

Authors Dish – printable packing list and last minute notes

Authors Dish – printable packing list and last minute notes

Thank you to all the authors who shared their packing tips and travel wisdom. We loved reading your top five things to pack, favorite snacks and what you forgot and swore to remember next time.

Well readers and authors, the time has come to pull out the suitcases and finalize the lists. Whether you use an excel spreadsheet or paper, all that matters is that you hopefully remember to bring all-the-things.

I hope that the Authors Dish posts were helpful. I’ve put together a fun list with all the things that were mentioned, and added a handful of extra items for those that want it on one piece of paper.

To ensure that those refillable water bottles stay clean all week, I always take a ziploc bag of small sponge pieces soaked with liquid dish soap. All you need to do is cut it into small pieces and add liquid dish soap. Let it sit overnight and in the morning toss them in a ziploc bag. They work great cleaning out water bottles and would be perfect for that electric skillet Tawna ;).

Oh, if you’re super cautious about making sure the room is clean, toss a few lysol wipes in a ziploc bag. They come in handy wiping an airplane tray, remote controls or anything else you want extra clean ;).

If there is something you bring and I missed it, comment below.

I can’t wait to see everyone next week. Safe travels.

 

7-2-19:Authors Dish RWA 7-2-2019 with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Cathy Maxwell, Author Tarina Deaton, and Author Tonya Burrows7-1-19: Authros Dish RWA 2019 – USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Covington, Author Kelly Maher, and Author Cate Taylor

6-30-19 USA Today Bestselling Author Naima Simone, Author Nancy Northcott, and Author Gail Z. Martin / Morgan Brice

6-29-19 Authors Dish RWA 2019 with USA Today Bestselling Author Suzanne Ferrell, Author Jeanne Adams, and Author Olivia Hardin

 

6-28-19 Authors Dish RWA 2019 Packing Tips with NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Samantha Chase, USA Today Bestselling Author Christi Barth and Author MK Meredith

 

Packing List for RWA19

Authors Dish – printable packing list and last minute notes

Authors Dish RWA with New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jennifer Probst, USA Today Bestselling Author Avery Flynn and Author Delancey Stewart

Welcome newbies and seasoned travel veterans to Authors Dish. With less than a week 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.

As the conference is almost upon us, this is the last post of author fun.  Thank you to all who have dished and those who are still sharing their wisdom.  Stay tuned for more comments and follow the blog so you don’t miss these posts.

Today in the cafe are New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jennifer Probst, USA Today Bestselling Author Avery Flynn and Author Delancey Stewart

Rae: What five things do you have to pack when attending a conference? 

 

Jennifer Probst:

I know everyone gets tired of hearing it but: comfortable shoes! Oh, Lord, have I regretted stumbling around in my cute heels just because I never get a chance to wear them! Then I always have LipSense Lip Gloss to reapply throughout the day, swag to give out to readers or other authors with your website on it *business cards are fine too!*, battery charger *I actually use the one I received from the RWA conference years ago!* and finally, pens. Always be prepared with a pen, my peeps!

 

 

 

 

 

Avery Flynn:

1.Pajamas (yes I’ve forgotten before).
2. Snacks for the room.
3. An extra outfit because of my ability to spill on everything.
4. Flip flops/slides/ballet slippers for when the heels have done me in.
5. An extra suitcase for all the books I’m taking home. 

 

 

 

Delancey Stewart: my laptop, deodorant, something to write on/with, chaptstik, and my most outgoing happy-to-be-peopling personality (this one takes a lot of energy, so I can’t use it all the time!)

 

 

Rae: What is your snack attack must haves in your day bag?

Jennifer: I’m not a big snacker! But my go to is a Kind bar – they’re not packed full of sugar and junk – you need good fuel at a conference lol. But there’s nothing wrong with a little chocolate like a Hershey Kiss or Dove bar – yum!

Avery: I love RX bars! Highly recommend.

Delancey:  I like Raisinets. But I have learned that eating a while box has certain… ramifications… we will say no more about this.

 

 

 

Rae:What’s the one thing you forget to pack and swear to remember next time?

Jennifer: Hair spray/finishing product. And then my hair frizzes like crazy and I cannot believe I brought nothing to tame it!

Avery: I have forgotten just about everything. Thank god Kimberly Kincaid was generous and shared when I’d forgotten deodorant.

Delancey: If I could remember what the thing was, I would never forget to pack it. This is a question that can only be answered at the conference. Once I forgot underwear. That wasn’t good.

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!

For more packing ideas if you’re at RWA be sure to check out the following session for more tips and tricks. I know I will!

20/20 Sessions

(Sessions repeated 3 times in an hour: 3:15 – 3:35 p.m., 3:35 – 3:55 p.m., 3:55 – 4:15 p.m.)

Cheapskates Unite! How to Do RWA Nationals on a Budget
Speaker:
 Tawna Fenske

We’re all on a budget. Learn how to save money on flights to the RWA Annual Conference (or any conference or convention) using rewards programs and comparison websites like Kayak. You’ll discover how not to go broke buying conference clothing, as well as how to save on meals. As a bonus, you’ll learn how to never pay baggage fees again by using only a carry-on or two, no matter the length of your trip.


About  Jennifer Probst:

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She holds a masters in English Literature and lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley in upstate New York. Her family keeps her active, stressed,  joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. Her passions include horse racing, Scrabble, rescue dogs, Italian food, and wine—not necessarily in that order.

She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, spent 26 weeks on the New York Times. Her work has been translated in over a dozen countries, sold over a million copies, and was dubbed a “romance phenom” by Kirkus Reviews. She is also a proud three-time RITA finalist.

She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her reader group at www.jenniferprobst.com.

About Avery Flynn:

USA Today bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staff knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

Connect with Avery

Instagram: @AveryFlynn https://www.instagram.com/averyflynn/

Website: http://averyflynn.com

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/avery-flynn

Mailing List: http://averyflynn.com/newsletter/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AveryFlynnAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/averyflynn

 

About Delancey Stewart:

Delancey Stewart is an award-winning author who writes fiction with humor, heart and heat!

Get the first book in her new sports rom-com series — MR. MATCH — absolutely free by joining her newsletter here: https://www.subscribepage.com/delanceystewart

Find her at www.delanceystewart.com and www.authordlstewart.com Facebook: www.facebook/DelanceyWrites.com and www.facebook/authorDLStewart

7-2-19:Authors Dish RWA 7-2-2019 with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Cathy Maxwell, Author Tarina Deaton, and Author Tonya Burrows7-1-19: Authros Dish RWA 2019 – USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Covington, Author Kelly Maher, and Author Cate Taylor

6-30-19 USA Today Bestselling Author Naima Simone, Author Nancy Northcott, and Author Gail Z. Martin / Morgan Brice

6-29-19 Authors Dish RWA 2019 with USA Today Bestselling Author Suzanne Ferrell, Author Jeanne Adams, and Author Olivia Hardin

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Authors Dish – printable packing list and last minute notes

Authors Dish RWA Packing Tips with Author Denny S. Bryce

Welcome newbies and seasoned travel veterans to Authors Dish. With less than a week for many 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.

Thank you to all who have dished and those who are still sharing their wisdom.  Stay tuned for more comments and follow the blog so you don’t miss these posts.

Today in the cafe is Author Denny Bryce sharing her thoughts as we post our final few days this week. 

Denny S. Bryce’s Classic BAD Packing Tips (and a travel note 🙂 )…

And yes, these tips are based on experience (things, I’ve actually done). And believe me, I wish I were pretending, but just ask some of my pals– Avery Flynn, Pintip Dunn, Vanessa Riley, Xio Axelrod, Veronica Forand, Leslye Penelope—tell me, these aren’t classic DENNY moments :)!

Packing Tip #1: Do not pack until the night before. Seriously, why do it a moment sooner, what do you accomplish? You just keep going back to the suitcase and hunting for things you need, which you likely packed first, which then means, you must empty the suitcase to find what you need. Stress can be minimized, I swear, by packing the night before!

Packing Tip #2: Bring only three-inch heels to show off your gams as you walk around the cement streets of NYC. You can always buy a pair of flats on the corner (plenty of corner shopping carts in NYC). The shoes will last a lifetime, too (add manic laugh, here).

Packing Tip #3: Don’t bring a makeup bag – leave it on the bed, under the sheets. That way, you can make the trip (10 blocks, I believe) to Macy’s and buy all new makeup.

Travel Tip #1 and Only: Arrive at all airports 30 minutes before the departure time. Do not RUN through airports, do not pre-arrange your TSA credentials, and do not worry – missing a flight is not the worst thing in the world! It’s par for how I like to roll!

Can’t wait to see you at RWA’s 2019 annual conference! NYC here we come!

 

 

 

 

Rae: Thank you so much Denny!

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 later this week 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!

For more packing ideas if you’re at RWA be sure to check out the following session for more tips and tricks. I know I will!

20/20 Sessions

(Sessions repeated 3 times in an hour: 3:15 – 3:35 p.m., 3:35 – 3:55 p.m., 3:55 – 4:15 p.m.)

Cheapskates Unite! How to Do RWA Nationals on a Budget
Speaker:
 Tawna Fenske

We’re all on a budget. Learn how to save money on flights to the RWA Annual Conference (or any conference or convention) using rewards programs and comparison websites like Kayak. You’ll discover how not to go broke buying conference clothing, as well as how to save on meals. As a bonus, you’ll learn how to never pay baggage fees again by using only a carry-on or two, no matter the length of your trip.


 

DENNY S. BRYCE

Denny writes historical fiction and urban fantasy. Her debut novel, WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES, will release in 2021 from Kensington Publishing.

A public relations professional, she spent more than 20 years running her marketing and public relations firm. For nearly 10 of those years, she wrote and read Buffy/Spike fan fiction. Before fanfiction, and her days as a PR Diva, she was a professional dancer, part-time singer, and “bad” actress. She worked with professional dance companies in Chicago and New York, and on a theatrical production, which almost debuted off-off-off-Broadway.

A three-time Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart® finalist, she won the Golden Heart® in 2014. In addition to writing novels, she also writes for NPR BooksWashington Independent Review of Books, and FROLIC Media, where she recaps episodes of OUTLANDER on Starz.

You can follow her on:

Twitter (https://twitter.com/dennysbryce)

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dennysbryce/),

Her FB author page (https://www.facebook.com/dennysbryceauthor/)

Her website: https://dennysbryce.com/

 

 

In case you missed our other posts here’s the recap so far:

7-11-19: Authors Dish RWA19 with USA Today Bestselling Author and RITA Finalist Tawna Fenske, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman, and Author Lori Ann Bailey

7-10-19: Authors Dish RWA with USA Today Bestselling Author Andie J. Christopher, Author Damon Suede, and Author Jenn LeBlanc

7-8-19: Authors Dish RWA with USA Today Bestselling Author Liz Talley, USA Today Best Selling Author K.M. Jackson and USA Today Bestselling Author Priscilla Oliveras

7-5-19 Authors Dish RWA2019 with USA Today Bestselling Author Annie West, Author Anna Campbell, and Author Geri Krotow

7-3-19 Authors Dish RWA2019 with USA Today Bestselling Author Eliza Knight, Author Golden Czermak, and Author Olivia Dade

7-2-19:Authors Dish RWA 7-2-2019 with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Cathy Maxwell, Author Tarina Deaton, and Author Tonya Burrows7-1-19: Authros Dish RWA 2019 – USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Covington, Author Kelly Maher, and Author Cate Taylor

6-30-19 USA Today Bestselling Author Naima Simone, Author Nancy Northcott, and Author Gail Z. Martin / Morgan Brice

6-29-19 Authors Dish RWA 2019 with USA Today Bestselling Author Suzanne Ferrell, Author Jeanne Adams, and Author Olivia Hardin

Authors Dish – printable packing list and last minute notes

Authors Dish RWA19 with USA Today Bestselling Author and RITA Finalist Tawna Fenske, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman, and Author Lori Ann Bailey

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.

Thank you to all who have dished and those who are still sharing their wisdom.  Stay tuned for more comments and follow the blog so you don’t miss these posts.

Today in the cafe are USA Today Bestselling Author  and 2019 RITA Finalist Tawna Fenske, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman and Author Lori Ann Bailey.

Rae: What five things do you have to pack when attending a conference? 

 

Tawna Fenske:

  • A mini electric skillet. Food is expensive at conferences, so being able to cook my own meals saves me a bundle. It fits neatly in my carry-on (I NEVER check luggage!), so all I have to do is find a nearby grocery store as soon as I arrive to stock up on things like eggs and fresh veggies.
  • A Tide stain stick. I spill food CONSTANTLY, so this helps keep me stain-free.
  • A cardigan. For some reason they air condition the conference rooms to sub-zero temps, so this keeps me from freezing.
  • Comfy shoes. You spend a lot of time on your feet getting from place to place, so leave the toe-pinching heels at home.
  • My HydroFlask reusable water bottle. I keep it in my purse and chug water all day to stay hydrated.

 

 

Robyn Bielman: A sweater (because I’m always cold inside the hotel and conference rooms), my laptop, comfortable shoes, a cute notepad for taking notes, and my glasses.                                                 🤓

 

 

 

Lori Ann Bailey:

1. I keep a spreadsheet of everything I need for conference. It’s super easy to print out and I update it as needed so I don’t have to start over each time I pack. Here are my top five must haves.

2. My twisty towel – shower towels are too big to wrap my hair in, plus if you have roommates, you don’t want to hog all them.

3. A water bottle – sure, you can take a cute one like a Swell, but a used plastic one works too. There is usually water provided at the back of meeting rooms where you can refill it. Trust me on this one – the last NY conference was my first and I was so desperate for a drink that I purchased the $6 bottle in the gift shop. I will never do that again.

4. Female sanitary items – even if it’s not “that time of the month” – I was so nervous at my first conference that my friend came to visit me early and I was not prepared.

5. Band-Aids – and keep them in the bag you have with you! – As you can see, my first conference was filled with rookie mistakes – the worst being that I wore uncomfortable shoes. They were so bad that the day of pitch appointments, my feet were bleeding, so I sat in the pitch room waiting for my time. I was so nervous I missed the appointment with the agent I wanted to pitch to even though I was sitting in the room waiting. Still shaking my head over that. But good news, I was able to pitch to her later and she is now my agent, despite my poor choice in footwear.

Which leaves me with probably the best thing to take with you – A positive attitude – sometimes things happen for a reason. (my manuscript was not where it should have been that first year) Please enjoy conference and make the most of your time there. Remember that all workshops are being recorded this year, so don’t stress if you can’t make it to everything. Have a great time enjoying your journey 

 

 

Rae: What is your snack attack must haves in your day bag?

Tawna:

  • Nuts, dried fruit, protein bars, jerky, and tons of water.

Robin: Usually some type of granola bar or small bag of almonds.

Lori Ann: Beef jerky, peanuts, trail mix, and breath mints. 

 

 

 

Rae:What’s the one thing you forget to pack and swear to remember next time?

Tawna:

  • Last year I forgot my eyeglass cleaning cloth, which is ridiculous for someone who wears glasses and constantly smudges them. Fortunately, there were a number of authors handing them out as schwag.

Robin Bielman: Hmm…I can’t think of anything I forget. Usually I overpack and bring way more than I need/wear! 

Lori Ann: A corkscrew for opening wine bottles. 😉 Adding this to my spreadsheet now.

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!

For more packing ideas if you’re at RWA be sure to check out the following session for more tips and tricks. I know I will!

20/20 Sessions

(Sessions repeated 3 times in an hour: 3:15 – 3:35 p.m., 3:35 – 3:55 p.m., 3:55 – 4:15 p.m.)

Cheapskates Unite! How to Do RWA Nationals on a Budget
Speaker:
 Tawna Fenske

We’re all on a budget. Learn how to save money on flights to the RWA Annual Conference (or any conference or convention) using rewards programs and comparison websites like Kayak. You’ll discover how not to go broke buying conference clothing, as well as how to save on meals. As a bonus, you’ll learn how to never pay baggage fees again by using only a carry-on or two, no matter the length of your trip.


About Tawna Fenske:

When Tawna Fenske finished her English lit degree at 22, she celebrated by filling a giant trash bag full of romance novels and dragging it everywhere until she’d read them all. Now she’s a RITA Award finalist, USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Publishers Weekly has praised Tawna’s offbeat romances with multiple starred reviews and noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”

Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, step-kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year. To find out more about Tawna and her books, visit www.tawnafenske.com.

About Robin Bielman:

Robin Bielman is the USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels. When not attached to her laptop, she loves to read, go to the beach, frequent coffee shops (and by frequent she means daily but she’s trying to break the habit), and spend time with her high school sweetheart husband and two sons. 

Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts most of her story ideas. She writes with a steady stream of caffeine nearby (see above) and the best dog on the planet, Harry, by her side. She also dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch on social! xoxo

About Lori Ann Bailey:

Lori Ann Bailey is a wife and stay-at-home mother who realized overindulging in wine was a bad idea. She started reading romance as an escape from everyday stresses only to discover she’d always had her own reality and stories dancing in her head. Winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award and Holt Medallion for Best First Book and Best Historical, she writes hunky highland heroes and strong-willed independent lasses finding their perfect matches in the Highlands of 17th century Scotland.

She has served two years as the Washington DC Romance Writers Program Director and is currently on her second stint of service to Romance Writers of America as a member of the National Workshop Committee.

After growing up and attending college in Mississippi, she lived in Ohio, Manhattan, and London, but chose to settle in Vienna, VA with her husband and four children. And while she loves her life, most days, she’s behind the computer writing or at the sink washing everyone else’s dirty dishes, dreaming of being in Scotland or New York City.