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 USA Today Bestselling Author Naima Simone, Author Nancy Northcott and Author Gail Z. Martin/ Morgan Brice
Rae: What five things do you have to pack when attending a conference?
Naima Simone: Let’s see… I can’t forget swag, books if I’m bringing my own, my phone for notes and pictures, a “book signing” outfit (one that will have my waist appear snatched in pictures. LOL!) and great lipstick.
Legal pad or notebook
Gail Z. Martin/Morgan Brice:
Bookmarks/swag, my iPad so I can write in the room, blingy jewelry and sparkly jackets, at least one Supernatural t-shirt, and my travel power bar so I can plug in everything that needs to be recharged!
Rae: What is your snack attack must haves in your day bag?
Naima Simone: Actually, I don’t snack during conferences! I’m usually way too nervous and excited, so I don’t have an appetite at all. But for dinner? That’s a different situation all together. 😀
100-calorie packs of mixed walnuts and almonds
Toastchee orange (color, not flavor) peanut butter crackers
Kashi cherry & dark chocolate bars
Gail/Morgan: I bring peanut butter crackers or protein bars for a quick breakfast in the room or pick-me-up in the afternoon, a refillable water bottle, a couple of cans sugar-free Red Bull, and if I don’t have to fly, a flask of good whiskey or a bottle of wine!
Rae:What’s the one thing you forget to pack and swear to remember next time?
Naima Simone: Toothpaste or deodorant. I never fail to forget to pack one of them and always have to stop by the Dollar Tree wherever I’m going. LOL!
Nancy: Pens! Luckily there’s often a selection in the goodie room.
Gail / Morgan: Usually make-up wipes! I never seem to remember to replenish my stash.
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 **
Naima Simone: USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey and Sandra Brown many years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen…ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—and nights— writing sizzling romances with a touch of humor and snark.
She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.
Nancy Northcott: Nancy Northcott’s childhood ambition was to grow up and become Wonder Woman. Around fourth grade, she realized it was too late to acquire Amazon genes, but she still loved comic books, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, history, and romance. A sucker for fast action and wrenching emotion, Nancy combines the romance and high stakes (and sometimes the magic) she loves in the books she writes.
She’s the author of the Light Mage Wars/Protectors paranormal romances, the Lethal Webs and Arachnid Files romantic suspense series, and the historical fantasy trilogy, The Boar King’s Honor. With author Jeanne Adams, she co-writes the Outcast Station space opera series.
Nancy’s Social Media links:
Facebook ~ Goodreads
Gail Z. Martin/Morgan Brice:
Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.
On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.
Series include Witchbane, Badlands, and Treasure Trail. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!
Happy Book Birthday A Haven Harbor Halloween with novellas from Tawny Weber, Gail Z. Martin, Barbara Devlin and Jeanne Adams. This collection features four novellas that vary in heat and genre. Sit back and enjoy your bookcation to Haven Harbor. Be sure to read through to the bottom of this post for a fabulous giveaway! I received an ARC from the authors for a fair and honest review. If you love reading stories for the season, then one-click this Halloween collection at the bottom of this post. The sale price won’t last long.
Decadent Desires by Tawny Weber is set at the charming Karma Cafe. If you are a fan of Tawny’s Sexy SEAL books, this one does not disappoint. No, it doesn’t have SEALs but has the same chemistry and lovable characters.
Samson Phillips has roots in Haven Harbor but this adventure finds our dear hero in San Francisco sent to help Rose. He’ll need to keep his intentions a secret if he’s to help Rose and the town of Haven Harbor. What will happen when Rose discovers the truth?
Rose MacBriar is in a bit of a jam and will need to work with Sam if she has any hopes of salvaging her latest project. These two will have quite the tale to tell if they can agree to work together in a productive way 😉 Rose will need to trust Sam and accept the truth about her family.
Secrets, sweets and sin. Don’t miss this story of love, magick and mischief. This two peppers spicy latte hot delight with the perfect amount of sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for mature readers 18+.
New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author of more than forty-five books, Tawny Weber writes sassy, emotional romances featuring hot alpha heroes. Stories with a dash of humor and a whole lot of sexy attitude! A fan of Johnny Depp, cupcakes, and her very own hero husband, Tawny enjoys papercrafting, gardening, spending time with her family and dogs.
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You can also find Tawny on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. Or follow her on Goodreads, Bookbub or Amazon.
Backlist for Haven Harbor. Click the cover for more tasty fun!
Check out my review from yesterday’s post for A Taste of Magick by Barbara Devlin
Jeanne Adams returns to Haven Harbor in her latest Haven Harbor novella. In After Midnight, an unsolved murder sets the scene, and time is running out. Fingers crossed there are no more victims.
Everyone knows what makes Haven Harbor special, the town witches and their unique abilities. By using their unique skills they can take care of “things” and that is why Haven Harbor is such a charming town, and always full of surprises.
Jim Stansfield has not been able to shake Keira out of his mind since she first stepped into Haven Harbor, and now she’s in need of a mechanic. Normally Jim wouldn’t mind, but it seems to be quite often. If he can figure out what’s going on with her car, might solve a mystery that’s plagued her for months. Will the reason she’s in town come between them? If Keira Danby can come to terms with her past, Jim might be able to admit he’s in love and ready to share himself completely.
This two peppers spicy latte hot delight with the perfect amount of sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for mature readers 18+.
Jeanne Adams writes award-winning suspense, paranormal, mysteries and urban fantasies. She’s also a sought-after speaker, who knows a thing or two about getting rid of the evidence…
Jeanne specializes in thrills and suspense. Even her paranormal and urban fantasies have a suspense element, so be prepared! She loves football, baseball, dogs, Halloween and the weird and she teaches classes for writers on body disposal.
Jeanne lives in DC with her husband and two growing sons, as well as two dogs – a Lab and an Irish Water Spaniel. Don’t tell, but she’s prone to adopting more dogs when her husband isn’t looking.
Featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and other publications, her books have been consistently hailed as “One of the best Suspense Books of the Year!” by Romantic Times. You can find her at her newly redesigned website: www.JeanneAdams.com, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JeanneAdams or at www.Facebook.com/JeanneAdamsAuthor
Keepsakes by Gail Martin is familiar ground for Deadly Curiosities fans. This adventure finds Cassidy and Teag hunting down ancient artifacts while strange things keep happening in Charleston, SC. The setting is magnificent, the historic homes are to die for, and the magick is strong.
How does Haven Harbor connect to Charleston? Who is behind the disruptions and chaos? It’s about to get stormy as Gail has given her readers a clever connection to Jeanne Adams world of Haven Harbor in this fast paced read! Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with either author, this book can be read as a standalone.
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Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books and Orbit Books. Vengeance: A Darkhurst novel, is the second in a new epic fantasy series for Solaris (coming April, 2018). Her Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC has a new novel, Vendetta, and a new collection, Trifles and Folly. Spells, Salt, and Steel is the first in another new urban fantasy series set in upstate Pennsylvania. Other work includes the Chronicles Of The Necromancer series, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms series, the Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series, and Iron & Blood (co-authored with Larry N. Martin)
Gail Z. Martin
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Assassin’s Honor: Book One in the Assassins of Landria
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