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

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

If you’re heading to New York City July 24-27, 2019 for RWA2019 or another conference reminders and tips are always helpful. Especially when it comes to packing, and as a first timer commuting to the hotel each day I am hoping I remember to pack all the things in one suitcase ;). 

Hopefully you won’t find yourself waking up in the middle of the night panicked that you now need the very thing you forgot to pack. Or, finding out moments before you have a meeting or fun place to go, you ran out of or forgot something essential. 

So, to all the newbies, and seasoned travel veterans, I’m running an Authors Dish specifically targeted on 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 that they want to contribute. 

May this inspire you to plan, make your lists, and triple check so you are prepared for just about anything. If you’re heading to RWA2019 I’d love to say hi. Comment below so we can be sure to meet up in NYC.

Stay tuned as we’ll have plenty of tips and tricks in the upcoming weeks so check the blog daily.

Today in the cafe are NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Samantha Chase, USA Today Bestselling Author Christi Barth, and Author MK Meredith.

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

Samantha Chase: My laptop, my Kindle, way more clothes than I will ever wear, Zzzquil (to help me sleep), and my travel fan.

 

 

 

 

Christi Barth:

5 things:
  • I’m an overpacker extraordinaire (#noregrets) so I bring medicine for everything – you never know what will hit mid-con! Paranoid? Maybe. Super useful to either me or a friend-in-need? You bet! 
  • I always bring both a kindle and a paperback (in case the kindle breaks) because sometimes you have a 7 minute break and just need to read. 
  • A water bottle – it is too easy to not hydrate sufficiently. And the tiny cups in panel rooms are worthless. Bring your own bottle and refill in every workshop! 
  • A Tide Stick – again, either useful for you or a friend. 
  • A notebook – really, the clacking of keys on laptops is disrupting and rude to everyone else in a workshop. Go old school – stick to paper and pen!

 

 

 

MK Meredith:  business cards, marketing materials,  lip balm/gloss,  phone charger, jacket or sweater to layer.

 

 

 

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

Samantha: Lindt dark chocolate (70% cacao) and Coca Cola

Christi: Besides the aforementioned water bottle? Nuts/dried fruit. Easy to fill ziploc and have all week.

MK Meredith: PEANUT BUTTER!!!

 

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

Samantha: I’m ashamed to say I never forget. I start packing a week in advance, make a list, check it twice (or fourteen). I usually overpack because I prepare for any and all situations! Yeah, I’m a dork like that.

Christi: Nothing – and here’s why – I have an Excel spreadsheet packing list. My friends mock me mercilessly about it, but everything is on it, and I just print a fresh one for every trip.

MK: Cash.

Rae: Thank you so much authors! I’ll be keeping a running list and will post it a week before RWA2019 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!


** Author Bios **

Samantha Chase: Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt! When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or 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.

Christi Barth: USA TODAY bestselling author Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Bound series. 

Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.

MK Meredith: MK Meredith writes single title contemporary romance novels which promise an emotional ride on heated sheets. A member of several writing groups, she believes the best route to success is to never stop learning.

She’s had a lifelong love affair with peanut butter — the only two things coming close in the battle for her affections are gorgeous heels, and maybe Gerard Butler…or was it David Gandy? Who is she kidding? Her true loves are her husband and two children who have survived her SEA’s (spontaneous explosions of affection) and live to tell the tale.

MK’s been reading romance long before she should have and can’t think of anything better than to fill her life with the promise of happily-ever-afters. When people ask, “Why romance?” She replies, “There is nothing more exhilarating than to write about one of the most powerful entities on earth. Love can be the fall of kingdoms and move mountains, destroy lives and create new life, inspire the dark and summon the light. Love is a challenge, a hope, and a miracle all wrapped into one. Love is life. I write about life.”

The Meredith’s live in the D.C. area with their two large fur babies…until the next adventure calls.

Blackout: A Romance Anthology – The Whole Latte

Blackout: A Romance Anthology – The Whole Latte

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There are thirteen adventures to keep you company and each one is full of excitement, spice, and characters that you will love to meet.

I was thrilled to receive an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. The stories range from sinfully sweet to scorchin hot and by the time you swipe the last page you might find yourself booking a ticket to Vegas. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right ;)?

The stories are fast paced and provide all the thrills for a mishap or two when the lights go out. While some authors I’d read before, many were new to me and I’m excited to dive into their backlist.

Here’s a peek at a few of the novellas….

In the Do-Over by Christi Barth we take an inside peek into the world of reality dating tv and the shenanigans that go on both off and in front of the camera.  Ever wonder what happens when the cameras aren’t rolling? Is everything masterfully planned? What happens when the one you want deceives you, is everything as it seems?

Nothing complicates things more than the lights going out and being stuck with someone you can’t resist. 

Don’t miss this spicy novella, best enjoyed with your favorite iced-beverage, a cozy chair, and maybe a fan.  

 

Close Encounter by Stephanie St. Klaire delves into the world of security, a con job, and serial killers. In a split-second everything changes for Charlie and her life will never be the same, especially when the lights go out.

It’s a sinfully sweet -hotter than sweet with bedroom romance that tingles in all the right places, and a dash of spice to satisfy that slightly spicy craving.

 

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Cruising Toward Love by Christi Barth

Cruising Toward Love by Christi Barth

Cruising Toward Love by Christi Barth is a bookcation you need and can take from the comfort of your cozy reading spot.

Everyone loves weddings except Zoe Balis who is working with her sister, a complete bridezilla. If that wasn’t enough to set our dear heroine into a frenzy, then perhaps a reunion with her ex-boyfriend Nate Hyatt might just push her over the edge. It’s a reunion that will force her to face the past and finally find out the reason he left her all those years ago.

So, how do we go from wedding planning to a seven day cruise in the Caribbean? Will Nate reveal the real reason he left and why he returned to town? One-click now to book passage on this cruise ship now.  

Weddings are always stressful and a little rest and relaxation to unwind in tropical paradise sounds amazing right? What if Christi Barth adds a few surprises, a cast of characters to help our heroine finally find love, and a treasure hunt for the ultimate excursion? 

It’s time to set sail for seven days in the Caribbean and all the fun, madness and adventure that awaits Zoe and Nate as they sort through the past and find out if they are destined for love or staying single forever. A high-seas adventure in tropical paradise with the possibility for love and a few reasons why falling in love so wonderful. This story is unpredictable, exciting and full of mystery.

Spicy – Best enjoyed with your favorite iced-beverage, a cozy chair, and maybe a fan.

I received an ARC from the Author for a fair and honest review.

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Author Info:

Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage.

A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning.  Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Bound series. Christi can always be found whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.

Authors Dish with Sawyer Bennett, Shana Galen, and Christi Barth

Authors Dish with Sawyer Bennett, Shana Galen, and Christi Barth

Welcome to Authors Dish where your favorite authors are sharing what they are reading. Of course authors have a stash and they are revealing it today. 

In addition, if you enjoy reading their books they have suggestions for similar book adventures by other authors. It doesn’t get better than that!

Today in the cafe are New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller Author Sawyer Bennett, RITA Nominee and Bestselling Author Shana Galen, and USA Today Bestselling Author Christi Barth.

 

 

Rae: Who are you reading? 

 

 

Sawyer Bennett:   I just finished The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and now reading Complicated by Kristen Ashley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christi Barth: I have the new Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout that I intend to gobble up this weekend. Also on deck is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng for my book club. My gym book (aka the only thing that bribes me into getting on a treadmill) is Maybe I Do by Nicole McLaughlin.

 

 

 

Rae: If readers are a fan of your books, who should they consider reading?

Sawyer Bennett:  If you’re a fan of Sawyer Bennett consider these authors…Lauren Blakely, Lexi Ryan, and Kendall Ryan, to name a few.

Shana Galen:  If you’re a fan of Shana Galen consider reading these authors… Joanna BourneKerrigan ByrneErica MonroeVanessa Kelly and Theresa Romain

Christi Barth: If you’re a fan of Christi Barth consider reading these authors…Jessica Lemmon, Lauren Layne, Tessa Bailey, Christie Ridgway, Kate Meader, and Kimberly Kincaid

Rae: Thank you so much authors! Let me know dear readers if you try any of these books. I’ll see you next week – same time for new authors and more fun!


** Author Bios **

Sawyer Bennett: Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

 A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

 Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

Shana Galen: Shana Galen is a three-time Rita award nominee and the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, “The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun,” and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching.” She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making.

Christi Barth: USA TODAY bestselling author Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Bound series.

Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.