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Beths weekend Daring Time Contest Giveaway
Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Hi guys. So, the weekend contest is a copy of my May 5 erotic time travel…Daring Time along with some fantastic Romantic Times giveaway STUFF. I’ve collected a bag of goodies–pens, bookmarks, keychains….I can’t even begin to tell you the STUFF from your favorite authors. You swim in it at the Romantic Times convention.

So leave a comment on my Daring Time weekend feature and you’ll qualify to WIN on Sunday! Your comment doesn’t have to be about Daring Time, but also about Romantic Times or any other convention you have attended, would attend, or thought about attending for two seconds. (It would be great if I could successfully download photos, but I’m having extreme difficulty with the connection here. Everything is a trial. Sigh. Sorry! But I am going to bring some fun stuff…JUST for this winner. So have fun!

Daring Time is a “paranormal light”–but it’s most defintely an erotic romance. As with all my books, it’s very heavy on the romance.

Also–just as an aside–people keep asking me how Ryan could fall in love with a ghost. But Hope is every bit as alive as you and me…something Ryan knows intuitively from the very moment he sees her.

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He sees her, wants her, needs her…

Chicago Detective Ryan Daire has many secrets: a love for Shakespeare, an appreciation for the all the finer things in life, and an absolute lack of restraint in the bedroom. Now he has an even bigger secret. In every shifting shadow of the sprawling mansion he’s recently inherited he can see her—tempting, ethereal, and untouchable. Hope Stillwater inhabited that mansion in 1906. Raw desire has formed a conduit between these two passionate souls who are separated by the barrier of time.

Now he has to have her.

Intoxicated by each other’s presence, Ryan and Hope are closer than ever to crossing that inviting boundary between two worlds. But there is one grave danger: Ryan’s job has put him on the trail of a depraved criminal in an investigation that’s risking Hope’s eternal fate and happiness. Now he must do whatever it takes to change history, protect Hope from harm, and set his own desires free.

Daring Time is available for pre-order at Amazon

Excerpt

“This professor guy must have liked you a hell of a lot to leave you a mansion,” Ramiro muttered, a hint of envy flavoring his tone.

“I was knocked flat on my ass when Alistair told me what he planned, but there was nothing I could say to change his mind. He insisted I was doing him a favor by taking it. The value of the house is appreciating hugely because of the real estate development in this area. Alistair’s lawyers advised him to reduce his taxable estate with a gift.”

“Some gift. Better he’d left you some cash, though.”

Ryan stepped into a room and flipped on a light. He studied the large spacious bedroom suite, the plaster ceilings and intricately carved mantel. Alistair knew Ryan loved Chicago history. He must have guessed how much Ryan would appreciate the mansion.

“Cash’s got nothing on this place.”

Ramiro snorted. “They broke the mold when it comes to you, Daire. Six foot and four inches of pure pushover. At least to little kids and stray animals. Can’t say the same about you when it comes to assholes like Jim Donovan.”

“You wouldn’t want me any other way.”

“Who wants you? I’m shackled to you,” Ramiro grumbled.

They stepped into the bedroom. Ryan ran his hand admiringly over the carved mahogany mantel. Unlike the majority of the house, this room retained some furniture—stuff that looked to be the same vintage as the house, Ryan realized with a sense of amazement. The green and white floral wallpaper beneath the wainscoting had faded but still retained a fresh, feminine charm. Obviously the bedroom had once belonged to a woman.

The foot and headboard of a brass bedstead leaned against the wall between two antique mahogany tables. Ryan fingered the cool metal thoughtfully. The brass needed to be cleaned but the bed was perfectly intact. An image of himself polishing the brass and putting together the bed for his own mattress flashed vividly into his mind’s eye.

He’d be nuts to even consider moving into this place.

“Look at this. Looks like something you’d have your nose buried in.” Ramiro held up an old leather bound book that he’d found in one of the table drawers. The color of the once crimson leather had faded to a dull dark red.

“Shakespeare’s sonnets,” Ryan murmured. He owned a copy of his own, nearly as well read as this old tome. Ryan had cultivated a love of Shakespeare from his father that had been nourished by Alistair. The book parted to a well-worn gold-leafed page when he opened it. He immediately recognized the one hundred and sixteenth sonnet.

He raised the book toward his face and inhaled. His brow furrowed at the scent of gardenias mixing with the odor of leather and mildew.

“I’ll bet you can get a couple grand for this old chest, Daire. People pay out their asses for antiques. Holy shit, check it out.”

Ramiro moved aside from the opened door of the massive mahogany wardrobe so that Ryan could see the full-length mirror attached on the inner side of the door. The frame had been carved into a meticulous iris design beneath the gilt. Time had taken its toll on the mirror itself. Six or so inches all along the exterior had gone foggy with age. Only the center portion reflected true. Still, the mirror was so huge that Ryan didn’t have to stoop his tall frame to see his face in the reflection.
Only it wasn’t his face that he saw. He started in surprise.

“Jesus.”

He whipped around so fast that Ramiro jerked back in alarm.

“What?” Ramiro asked. The whites of his brown eyes showed as his gaze shifted warily around the room and then back to Ryan. “What’s wrong, man?”

Ryan turned back to the mirror, this time seeing his own bloodless face and greenish-blue eyes staring back at him.

“You didn’t see her?”

“See who?”

“That woman. She was just right here, standing in front of me. I saw her in the mirror.” He quickly inspected the empty wardrobe, scanned the bedroom and rushed to the door.
The hallway stood empty and silent, the dozens of closed doors along both walls reminding him of watchful eyes.

“There’s no one here but us, Daire,” Ramiro said from just behind him.

Ryan shook his head. He knew what he’d seen with his own two eyes: a stunning, lithesome-limbed beauty with pale, flawless skin and a long mane of soft, curling dark hair hanging loose down her shoulders and back.

The same woman he’d imagined briefly in the ballroom, he realized. But this had been different. In the ballroom it had just been like a super-vivid flash of his imagination. This had been real.

Realer than real.

Laughter had curved her lush, dark pink lips. She’d worn a sheer negligee, the bottom of which barely covered the dark nest of hair between her slender thighs. She might as well have been standing there naked for as much good as the nightgown did. The only other thing that adorned her flawless skin was a locket hanging around her neck. Ryan could still see perfectly with his mind’s eye the detail of the filigree carved into the silver and the throb of the woman’s pulse at her throat.

“No. I definitely saw her,” Ryan insisted firmly, but even as he said it, he began to question himself.

He’d seen the front of her in the mirror…as though she’d stood directly before him with her back to him.

His breath froze on an inhale.

There hadn’t been anyone standing in front of him. She’d just been in the mirror, staring out at him as if the space between the gilded frame had been a doorway not a pane of glass. He crossed the room and touched the surface of the mirror. Despite the bizarreness of what had just happened, he didn’t really believe he’d feel anything but the cool, smooth surface of the glass.

Shock jolted through him for the second time that evening when the molecules of his fingers seemed to meld with those of the mirror. He wondered if it hadn’t been his imagination when a second later he pressed his fingertips against a solid pane of glass.

“You really didn’t see anyone?” he asked Ramiro as he turned around.

Ramiro shook his head.

There was no way in hell Ryan wouldn’t have noticed the back of that woman if she stood in front of him. That flimsy excuse for a nightgown wouldn’t have completely covered her bare ass.
Uh uh—not a possibility. As a healthy, red-blooded male, Ryan knew for a fact he would have noticed that.

“Dios, Daire. I think you saw a ghost.”

Ryan shot Ramiro an annoyed look. “I didn’t see a ghost. She was perfectly solid.”

Perfectly gorgeous.

He recalled the startled expression in her velvety black eyes. “She looked as surprised to see me as I did her,” Ryan said.

“What’d she look like?”

A pair of full, shapely breasts and succulent, fat nipples pressing against transparent cloth that did nothing to hide their rosy hue flashed into Ryan’s mind’s eye. The potent eroticism of the recalled image made his cock jerk in his boxer briefs.

What’d she look like? Edible. Delicious. Like an angel on a mission of sin.

“Dark hair. Dark eyes,” he muttered. For some reason he felt hesitant about sharing even a basic description of the woman with Ramiro.

“You saw a ghost all right. This house is haunted,” Ramiro declared as he glanced around, his feet shifting nervously.

Ryan couldn’t help but grin. “I thought you were a big, bad vice detective. Since when are you scared of a little tiny female?”

Ramiro gave him an insulted look. “Ever since the “˜little tiny female’ is dead.”

“She’s not dead.”

Ramiro looked a little taken aback by Ryan’s hard tone. “Whatever, man.” Ramiro shivered and started toward the door. The image of his brawny partner shuddering reflexively struck Ryan as markedly odd, not to mention alarming for some reason.

“The only time I saw you get so pale was when you got shot,” Ramiro said. “Take my advice and sell this place quick as you can. I’ll take the likes of a slimy rat like Anton Chirnovsky any day versus a haunted house. Come on. Crenshaw will be waiting for us at Bureau Headquarters. We’re making sure Chirnovsky has his story straight and is in good voice before we strap the wires on him for Donahue’s downfall this weekend.”

Ryan closed the heavy wardrobe door with a brisk bang, perhaps hoping to shatter the fey spell wrought by the vision of the stunning woman. He didn’t believe in ghosts and he was every bit as eager to nail Jim Donahue for human trafficking as Ramiro was.

Still, he lingered in the doorway, casting his gaze around the empty bedroom warily before he shut out the light.
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Also–Fabulous author Ann Aguirre will be here on Saturday as well with a giveaway of her exciting new novel, Blue Diablo!

52 comments to “Beths weekend Daring Time Contest Giveaway”

  1. RobynL
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      · April 23rd, 2009 at 10:41 pm · Link

    I so wish I were there with you and all the others. I can imagine the excitement, nervousness, in-awe-ofness going around there.

    I’d be at every table I could purchasing books signed by the author him/herself and picking up all the goodies I could get my little hands on. Have fun till the end!!!



  2. Donna S
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      · April 23rd, 2009 at 10:45 pm · Link

    I hope you are having fun and I really wish I could be there. Between all I read about last years and so far this year I have a goal to one year manage to go.

    Great excerpt for Daring Time. It sounds great. Cant wait to read more.



  3. Lynda
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      · April 23rd, 2009 at 10:54 pm · Link

    Great excerpt! I have to admit, it left me not just wondering about Ryan and Hope but also about Ramiro.

    Hope RT is wonderful!



  4. Fedora
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      · April 23rd, 2009 at 10:58 pm · Link

    Wow, Beth! Terrific excerpt!

    Hope you’re having a great time and having fun and being inspired 😉 I haven’t attended a conference like RT yet–they sound totally fun, but potentially a little overwhelming (so many people, so much to see!) Wishing you endless energy so you can see and do it all!



  5. Jane
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      · April 23rd, 2009 at 11:48 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to hear all about your trip. I would love to attend RT someday.



  6. Ong
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      · April 23rd, 2009 at 11:51 pm · Link

    the only convention I have ever been to is a comic book convention. i would love to go to the RT convention if i had the dough.



  7. Sandy M
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 12:03 am · Link

    I know you’re having a great time, Beth! Love the excerpt!



  8. Beverly G
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 12:06 am · Link

    sounds like your haven funwould love to of been there sounds like a blast and a half seeing all the wonderful authors and such the more i read about your book the more i want to read it sounds totally awesome



  9. Eva S
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 12:07 am · Link

    I’d love to attend RT some day… Sounds like a lot of fun!
    Have a great weekend!



  10. blodeuedd
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 12:26 am · Link

    Fall in love with a ghost, that would sure be tricky to handle. Not to mention people would think you are insane.
    Would love to read that 😀



  11. Ashley Madden
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 1:37 am · Link

    I’m so jealous. I really wanted to go to RT, but I can’t afford it 🙁 But I hope you have a good time, and anyone else who is there!



  12. Cindy W
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 4:07 am · Link

    I’d love to win!!!



  13. Robin Snodgrass
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 4:38 am · Link

    Love the excerpt Beth! But I don’t think you could choose a bad one from this book!

    Hope you’re having a wonderful time at the convention. I was just looking at pictures on Trista Ann Michaels’ blog from the Faery Court Ball – looked like everyone was having a great time.

    I wish it were in my budge to attend RT. It would have been awesome to meet you there (Lacey too). I did consider attending since it’s not too far from me…oh well, maybe one of these days.

    The biggest conference I’ve attended was DragonCon in Atlanta which was a riot. Hope to go back and do that again in a year or two. It’s not quite as expensive as RT.

    Hope you have a truly fun-filled weekend! Grab lots and lots of swag! Don’t forget those EC cards that are in such hot demand…lol



  14. Roberta Harwell
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 6:01 am · Link

    Hello Beth,

    Would love to be able to attend any convention personally. Getting to meet the authors I’ve just started reading or the authors I’ve been reading for a while, would be awesome. I know all the goodies would be great. I guess I would be more excited about just being able to get to know them on a personal level. Hope you are having a good time.



  15. Lea
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 6:04 am · Link

    Good Morning Beth!

    I hope you are enjoying an wonderful time at the RT convention. :0) And, thank you for continuing to have the daily Daring Time draws! Today’s is awesome.

    You couldn’t have picked a better excerpt from your special book. However, I would echo Robin’s comment that I don’t think you could pick a bad one.

    Warm Regards
    L 😀



  16. Chris
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 6:09 am · Link

    Hope you’re having a blast!



  17. bridget3420
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 7:01 am · Link

    I would really like to go to a book convention but they never seem to be close enough and I can’t afford to go anywhere right now. Maybe next time!



  18. Jody F.
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 9:32 am · Link

    The only convention I’ve been to was a Star Trek one when I was a kid. It was a fun experience. I’ve always wanted to go to RT Convention but I don’t think the stars will ever align for that to happen.



  19. Eshani
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 10:49 am · Link

    Hi Beth,
    Hope you’re having a fantastic time at RT. I wish I could be there..the location, the goodies, and getting to meet all the wonderful authors would be amazing!
    Thank you so much for the excerpt =)



  20. Belinda McBride
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 11:37 am · Link

    well, I’m completely jealous, but I guess I can tolerate the wait till next year! LOL! I’ll see you at Lori Foster’s!



  21. beth kery
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 12:58 pm · Link

    Hi all! Forgive me for not posting individual replies. Too little time and way too slow computer loading happening here. 🙂

    I finally got to meet my agent, Laura Bradford today, along with Ann Aguirre, Beth Williamson, Lauren Dane and Anya Bast. The authors (plus Megan Hart and Cythia Eden) were hosting a cute ‘love shack’ party in one of the conference rooms.

    Ann A. is here tomorrow, by the way–or at least figuratively she is, since she’ll probably be too busy here to stop by in person–but she is giving away a copy of Blue Diablo to one lucky commenter, so look for that!



  22. danette
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 1:11 pm · Link

    A love shack party theme sound s fun. i’ve got the song running through my head now.

    Glad to hear that your enjoying RT.:)

    Hugs, Danette



  23. Tracy
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 1:22 pm · Link

    I’ve always thought the RT convention sounded like one big party! How awesome to have all those talented authors together at once. I would love to attend some day. I’m sure you are thrilled to have met Laura , and all of those other fab authors. Thanks for keeping with the contest, even though your internet is so spotty. 🙂



  24. Paula
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 1:23 pm · Link

    I’ve attended a sci-fi/anime con before when it was organized in my town, and I’d like to go to a romance reader con. Maybe some day…



  25. Cathy M
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 1:52 pm · Link

    The more I read about your book, Beth, the more I know I am really going to enjoy it. Never been to a convention before, but would love to be a fly on the wall at RT this year. If I ever did pick one to attend, it would be one of the smaller ones, like Lora Leigh’s. I’m not that good with big crowds.



  26. catslady
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 2:05 pm · Link

    Love the cover!
    I was to attend my very first RT convention last year when it was in my very own city but at the last minute I was stood up by my very own sister who decided she no longer wanted to go waaaaaaaaaaa.



  27. Amy
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 2:38 pm · Link

    Wow, what an excerpt, Beth! I can’t wait for May 5th! LOL I hope you’re having fun at RT! We miss ya. 🙂



  28. chey
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 3:25 pm · Link

    The more I read about it, the more I want to read Daring Time.



  29. MarthaE
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 3:39 pm · Link

    Great exerpt! The book sounds very interesting! I am planning to drive down tomorrow for the bookfair.. 4 hours each way for the 4 hour fair! But I have never been to a convention and wanted to at least see this much of it. My schedule wouldn’t allow me to go earlier as I had hoped at one time.



  30. Lisa F.
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 3:40 pm · Link

    I would love to be at RT. I would love to get out of my house, but I’m on bed rest 🙁
    I was planning on going to Lora Leigh’s RAW this year but my accident caused me not to be able to go. Maybe next year…

    I hope you have a blast!! Can’t wait to read Daring Time



  31. Blanche
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 4:19 pm · Link

    Hi Beth!!

    I hope you are having a fantastic time!!! 😀

    May 5th is taking FOREVER to get here, I can’t wait to get Daring Time!!!



  32. Eimy
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 5:01 pm · Link

    Love the excerpt.

    Have a great time at RT!



  33. Greta
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 5:15 pm · Link

    Hey Beth – awesome excerpt for Daring Time, I can’t wait until I get it in my hands. I would love to go RT, RWA or even a smaller conference like Lora Leigh’s RAW or Lori Foster’s event. Just to be around so many wonderful authors and a chance to meet people that you made friendships with through groups & blogs. Would be totally cool.



  34. Kammie
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 6:55 pm · Link

    oooh, I want Ryan to come to my house. I love that excerpt!

    Hope you’re having a great time! I’ve never been to a convention, but would love to go some day.



  35. Amy S.
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 7:48 pm · Link

    Excerpt was great! I wish I could have went, but I couldn’t. Sounds like everyone having a great time.



  36. Larena Wirum
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 7:55 pm · Link

    love the sound of this book. Great excerpt.



  37. Caffey
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 8:30 pm · Link

    Thank you for another peek into the book Beth!!! I’m reading your book FLEETBLADE!

    I really do want to go to those big book signings Nothing here where I am with book signings so I’d love to go where everyone is together. I’m going to do this some day!!! Have more fun Beth!



  38. Sue A.
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 9:00 pm · Link

    Loved the excerpt! Definitely want to read more.



  39. ann marie
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 9:58 pm · Link

    Hi Beth,
    I would love to go to RT next year, crossing fingers. I am going to my first comic con in San Diego this year, I’m excited. Have a great weekend. :mrgreen:



  40. Beverly G
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 10:02 pm · Link

    the more i hear about the conferance the more i want to go lol would be awesome to meet some of the fantastic authors i have read would be just cool



  41. Becky Ward
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 10:04 pm · Link

    Loved the excerpt. I can’t wait to get copy of it.



  42. Katy M.
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 10:49 pm · Link

    I went to Lora Leigh’s RAW last year at it was AWESOME! I’m sorry you can’t go this year Lisa; Cathy and Greta – if you can afford it, it is such a great experience meeting wonderful authors and readers. Last year, I stayed up until 4AM talking with Shiloh Walker; that was one of my favorite moments… er hours, lol… and she has a fan for life :mrgreen:

    I’m planning to attend this year’s RAW, but I have to keep it on the down low from my family since it’s during the school year. I just have to be frugal and hide a little money each month and still put a set amount of money away for college each month so my family doesn’t suspect 😆

    I would love to attend Lori Foster’s event one day and RT or RWA if they ever come up to Boston.



  43. Jeanie
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 11:01 pm · Link

    Hopefully next year, I’ll make it to RT. It’s happening where my best friend lives.



  44. Cynthya
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      · April 24th, 2009 at 11:56 pm · Link

    I’m really shy, so I would be miserable at a conference, but I like reading about them.

    I do like the RT magazine, just got my copy yesterday and made out my wish list. 😀



  45. Pam P
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      · April 25th, 2009 at 12:19 am · Link

    Wish I was there meeting and having fun with you all. I’ll have to settle for a cookout tomorrow instead.



  46. Lindsey Ekland
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      · April 25th, 2009 at 3:02 am · Link

    I think it would be fun to attend RT at least once or one of the smaller conferences. Would probably wait until a west coast location to cut down on jet lag. Working this weekend so staying busy.



  47. Pam S
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      · April 25th, 2009 at 8:10 am · Link

    Beth, I hope you are having an awesome time, it sounds like a lot of fun! Also sounds like you may need a vacation when you get back :).

    I picked up Wicked Burn last week and can’t wait to get Daring Time. I love what you have shared about it.



  48. Dina
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      · April 25th, 2009 at 8:29 am · Link

    I have not attended a convention like this yet, would love too, hopefully in the near future. Hear they are alot of fun.



  49. Bonnie Ferguson
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      · April 25th, 2009 at 12:41 pm · Link

    Another great excerpt! 😀 The RT and RWA conferences always sound like they’re a lot of fun.



  50. Karin
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      · April 25th, 2009 at 6:05 pm · Link

    Fabulous excerpt! The books sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to read it.

    As for conventions, I went to a writing convention a few years ago and enjoyed the panel on reviewing more than any of the others I went to. I thought about going to RT or Lori Foster’s get together, but the timing just didn’t work out for either one. *sigh*







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