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ICRS Day 2 (Tuesday)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I’m writing this at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. Our flight was more than an hour delayed leaving Denver Tuesday evening, which means it was midnight before I got out of the parking lot at the Nashville airport. But there were two other ladies who’d been at ICRS with me facing hour-and-a-half or longer drives home from there. It takes me less than 10 minutes to get home from the airport. They’re not even home yet, and I’ve already gotten through all of my e-mail and played around on Facebook for a few minutes.

Tuesday started out early—because I had to check out of the room and drop my suitcase off at Luggage Services before breakfast & a busy day. After a Starbucks and a carrot-raisin bran muffin ($9!!!!!) at the hotel, I walked over to the convention center to begin my day.

The giant, two-story blue bear statue outside the convention center. The Hyatt Regency, which is where we stayed, is the tall building to the right of the bear.

At nine o’clock, I met with Katie and Barb, of the Harvest House marketing team. I love everyone I’ve met so far at HH, and am so thrilled to have had time to sit down and chat with them.

At nine thirty, I went upstairs for the Barbour Fiction Cafe. They printed “game cards” with each of the five authors’ pictures on them (Wanda Brunstetter, Kelly Hake, MaryLu Tyndall, Mary Connealy, and me) and the participants came around to each of us to get a star sticker on their card. Once they had all five stars, they filled out their info on the back and put it in the basket for a drawing for Visa gift cards (!!! what a great prize!). Each of us got to draw a name out of the basket at 11 a.m., so it was tons of fun. Camy Tang and Cheryl Wyatt took some pictures of us during the event, but probably aren’t so addicted to the computer like I am that they immediately went back and downloaded all of them. But here’s a picture of the front half of the Barbour booth:

My book are on the back side of Mary Connealy’s display. Mary Burns told me that they had 80 entries, and not everyone who was milling around chatting with us played the game.

After that, I had a few minutes to mingle and chat. Then I had to go over to another booth to do a video interview. Can’t remember the name right now (and don’t feel like going digging through my suitcase for the card), but it was lots of fun.

Then, back downstairs to the HH hospitality suite to meet with LaRae Weikert (Sr. Editor at HH) to chat. She showed me a little spreadsheet that shows that RH has already sold 11,000 copies! We talked (in general terms) about future projects, and had a good time, as usual, just chatting.

At one o’clock, it was back upstairs to the Harvest House booth (right inside the main show floor doors!)…

…to sign Ransome’s Honor.

I met fellow author Sharlene Maclaren while doing this book signing!

I signed all 112 books (four cases!) in less than the hour allotted. They scrounged up some books for me to sign so they could take them back to the offices to give out to clients or use for contests or something.

And then I walked around the center taking pictures to share of what it really looks like.

And here’s the restaurant where I had dinner with a bunch of other writers Monday night—right across the street from the hotel!

  1. Carol Bruce Collett permalink
    Wednesday, July 15, 2009 8:32 am

    Looks and sounds like you had a great time.


  2. Wednesday, July 15, 2009 9:32 pm

    The real question is, have you seen Half-Blood Prince yet??? Will we get your take on it for Fun Friday? I went to the midnight show dressed as Tonks. 🙂


  3. Thursday, July 16, 2009 2:12 pm

    11,000 copies? Already??? Kaye, that’s fabulous! Congratulations. I hope it continues and continues and continues. 😀


  4. Thursday, July 16, 2009 3:18 pm

    Hi Kaye,
    Congrats on your book sells. How great! I just finished reading Ransome’s Honor. Wonderful book. There is an EXCELLENT review on

    I linked that review to my blog because it says all the things I’d like to say about it without having to write it out…and the author of it sounds a lot classier.

    I’m aching to get my hands on Menu For Romance because I enjoyed Substitue Groom so much. 🙂
    Have a great week.


  5. Thursday, July 16, 2009 4:28 pm

    Congrats on the book sale!

    Speaking of books…I went to Mardel’s today and they had Stand-in Groom, Menu for Romance, and Ransome’s Honor!!!!!!!!!


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