Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Inspiration for Life

What's Jack up to? Dear Jack is still missing Nana. Yesterday he ran out to circle the car and wouldn't come inside the house. My theory is that he saw her leave in the car and he was convinced that if he got in he could go and find her. Or her just wanted us to chase him around for a while. Nice work Jack.

On Wednesday night in San Fran was the Readers for Life charity literacy autographing where fans could go and buy books and meet their favorite romance authors. Over 500 of them! The event raise $58,000 for literacy. How fabulous was that? And here are a few pics from that night.

The first is my great friend Marley Gibson participating is her first RWA signing for her Sorority Series. How great does Marley look and how fab do those books look? Yay!

The next is me along with my PIC Megan making a Liz Carlyle sandwich. The amazing Liz totally blew up my DH's head by signing my book "To Kwana with the HOT husband" how cool and cagey was that? You know my DH happily paid for all my books after meeting Liz and seeing that dedication.

The final STAR meeting was our encounter with the Nora Roberts. Check us out. First up is me getting a book signed for Nana as payment for watching the Dear Twins for us. She is a huge Nora fan and I must get her a signed Nora Roberts book at every conference. I also must have it signed to 'NANA' and not to her real name. She strangely prefers that which Nora found cute and shared with me that she is a 'Nana' to her grandchildren also.

I have to go on a sidebar here and say that this woman is pure inspiration. Her line was a mile long but she was gracious and kind to each and every person she met, always seeming to have a kind word no matter how nutty or how star struck they were.

During her workshop "Chat with Nora Roberts" I will never forget her words of advice to the young writer who asked what do you tell the writer who some days feel that they can do it and other days feel like they can't?

Nora's advice? "Oh grow up!" I think I'll have it framed all over my house and maybe made into a needlepoint pillow for my couch. In the very least it will be a screen saver for inspiration along with this picture. Hey, with 193 books under her belt. "Oh grow up!" can't be bad advice.

A final pic is the DH with Nora Roberts. He had to get in on the action after waiting with me on that line. He even had to be different and switch sides on her. But he's happily now reading his first J.D. Robb signed to him and telling all the women in his office about his meeting with greatness. How thrilled is he to meet her?

And big shout out to the fabulous and patient Laura! It was wonderful to meet you (time and time again!). We hope to see you again next year.

Sidebar: I have to say here how much I love the DH for being such a sweetheart during the signing. While I gushed over all the the authors he gushed over me telling me that it was just a matter of time before I was in their place signing my own books. How much do I love him for that?



David Dust said...

First of all, your husband IS hot ... just saying :)

And secondly, I NEVER read (except for blogs - and I do that a lot). But when I do read a book, it is always JD Robb/Nora Roberts. I am SO jealous!!!

It looks like you had a great time.


Kristen Painter said...

Your husband is a lovely man. I think he deserves a blog nickname.

Kwana said...

Now I am blushing. David, from you that IS high praise indeed. I'm sure the DH's ego will be even bigger now! I'm so glad you're a Nora fan. She's a wonderful woman and so worthy. No nonsense and really has it together. I want to be her when I grow up. Party pics to come.

Kwana said...

Kristen you work on that. I don't think I can top Hotrod. Besides, Dear Husband fits in with the whole Dear Twins things and it works on the days when you want to call them something besides 'Dear' if you know what I'm saying:)

Marley Gibson said...

I have an AWESOME boyfriend, don't I? He's the best! I'm so glad he came with you and had a great time. He certainly isn't shy around 3,000 women! LOL!!

Kwana said...

You are so funny Marley. Yes you do have an awesome boyfriend, as do I! No he isn't shy. He was having loads of fun. Then when it got too hot he escaped to the hotel room.

Melissa Walker said...

Looks like a blast!

Reading is TONIGHT but I have one on Sept 13th at the Rye library in Westchester. Maybe come to that if you can? :)

Kwana said...

Thanks sounds great Melissa. We will try and make that. I wish we could come tonight. Bummer.

The (Mis)Adventures of a Single City Chick said...

Oh, he IS a sweetheart for being so supportive! :-)

pve design said...

Oh, I am so making that needlepoint pillow for you
and another to say;
"Follow your passion"

Wendy Toliver said...

I love that advice too! :)

Randy said...

Don't you love the literacy signing? The BUZZ in the room cannot be described! I took a brief videoclip and posted it on my blog, but it doesn't come close to evoking the thrill of being in the room.

Kwana said...

Thanks Single city chick!

Thanks to you too Patricia. I just may take up needle point myself for that.

Isn't it great Wendy.

I'm on my way to your blog to check out your clip, Randy. The buzz in the room is fantastic.

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