RITA / Golden Heart Awards Follow-Up

Hello, and welcome to the 2011 RITA / Golden Heart Award Ceremony follow-up (along with a bit about the whole day)!

Yep…that’s about all the creativity I’ve got today.  I’m still totally wiped from NYC and RWA.  I swear, it takes longer and longer to recover each year, and for the introvert that I am, recovering from New York is just about more than I can handle! 🙂

I’ll start off with a quick recap of Friday.  There were spotlights, spotlights and more spotlights.  And then publisher signings, publisher signing, and yes, more publisher signings.  Oh, my.  If a person were so inclined, I seriously believe someone could walk away from RWA with 500 books or more.  No.  I wasn’t inclined.  I brought home about 50.   There was just too much going on that I wanted to be a part…and I didn’t want to wag around that many books.  Back problems, you know.  Loads of books are not the back-problem-person’s friend.

OK, so the morning started off for me with a terrific spotlight on Kensington.  They really showed up to sell themselves, and did an awesome job of it.  It was honsetly the best spotlight I’ve heard in years.  I feel like I truly have a sense of who they are as a company, and–at least on a small part–what an author publishing with them could expect.  I say a small part because no doubt there would be so much more to be learned once signing on with them.

After that I popped into a book signing.  I totally can’t remember what books I got there, but I was so late the pickings were slim.  I tried to check out the Berkley signing, but the line (even after the doors were open for 45 minutes) scared me off. 

For lunch, I met up with our own Laurie DeSalvo across the street at Junior’s.  This definitely was a handy restaurant to have right next to the hotel. It wasn’t cheap, but was so much more tolerable on the pocketbook than the hotel for every meal!

Next I attended a workshop on ramping up emotion given by Jennifer Greene and Lindsay Longford, then, I’m almost ashamed to admit, I required a nap.  Yes, I was simply DONE!  I passed out for a couple hours before having to pull myself together for an agency cocktail party where I met up with fellow ruby sisters Jamie Michele and Anne Marie Becker.  With it being late afternoon on the last day of conference, the three of us were not exactly the social butterflies a cocktail party implies we should be, but that’s okay.  We still had a great time, met a few others represented by our same agency, and I had a fabulous conversation with Robin Kaye, one of my favorite authors!

A quick clothes change later, I was finally off with my camera and my local chapter mates for the RITA / Golden Heart Awards!!!! 

Now, if you’ve read between the lines, you’ll note I was 1) exhausted, and 2) not entirely walking straight (i.e. cocktail party on an empty stomach).  Therefore, I did not manage to find nearly all the Rubies (which had been my plan), and I left VERY shortly after the ceremony ended so I didn’t hook up with them afterward either.  Yes…I clearly suck at this awards wrap up thing, huh?  But, I did get a few shots I wanted to share, so let’s get on with it.


Tamara Hogan, and her FABULOUS shoes!




Rita Henuber, Sally Eggert and Autumn Jordon, and Rita’s lovely bling!


Hope Ramsay and Autumn Jordon, looking like the perfect Ruby sisters!

And now…for the ceremony….

The ever hilarious Meg Cabot!  She was a total riot!

The first category of the night was Regency Historical Romance, and the Rubies were heavily repped.  Anne Barton was a double finalist, as well as Sara Ramsey for a single title, and the Golden Heart was handed out by newly crowned Best-Selling author Courtney Milan.

And the award went to…Anne Barton, for The Proper Miss’s Guide to Bad Behavior.  Doesn’t Anne look great up on stage?  She was terrific!

Now here’s where it got a little sad. 🙁  I had the camera ready, as Rubies dotted the categories all night, even making it into the RITAs for Best First Book, but I unfortunately didn’t get another chance to capture a Ruby on stage.  Now, if I’d been doing a better job, I would have snapped pictures of everyone’s photo and book title on the big screen, but yeah…I wasn’t quite that on top of it. 

I won’t go into all the categories and winners here, as they can all be found on the RWA website, so I’ll just wrap up by saying what a wonderful time I had all week seeing my wonderful Ruby sisters!!!  I will miss seeing every one of you again until next year, but here are a couple things me…the full-scale introvert…will not miss…


…RWA and Times Square CROWDS!!!!! 😀

Thanks to everyone who managed a Nationals wrap up day during the conference.  I hope we’ve been able to bring a bit of it all to those of you who couldn’t make it.  May we all be there next year!


21 responses to “RITA / Golden Heart Awards Follow-Up”

  1. Vivi Andrews says:

    Congratulations to Anne and all the Rita and Golden Heart winners!

  2. kelly fitzpatrick says:

    Sounds like too much fun.

  3. Rita Henuber says:

    Anne looked gee-or-geous up there. But then all the sistas looked like stars. This was the first time I was not completely overwhelmed at conference. Even so it was exhausting. So much to do and all of it seemed like it came at the same time. I was so pleased with the job the Rubies did with the workshop. It was classic us. Getting to meet out honorary Ruby was a treat also. Gabi is a special lady. The best was SEEING everyone and getting and giving hugs. Can’t wait for next year.

  4. Great recap, Kim, and aren’t you just the sweetest saying hope and I were perfect Rubies. New York was a blast and it was so fun meeting not only the Rubies again but our readers. Amazing how many readers stopped me to chat.

    A nap still sounds like a good idea. Glad everyone is home safe. (((HUGS)))

  5. Kelley Bowen says:

    Thanks for the recap, Kim. Wishing I’d been there…sounds truly inspiring. Great pix of Anne, Hope and Autumn-everyone, actually.

    Congratulations to Anne(and all this year’s winners and nominees). I hope to meet you lovely ladies next year in my Beloved Cali. Is it okay to mention next year already? 😉

    Happy recuperation. Kelley

    • Anne Barton says:

      Thank you, Kelley! I don’t think it’s too early to dream about California! Can’t wait to see what the next year brings for the Rubies and all our friends. 🙂

  6. Thanks for the recap, Kim!!!! And YAY, ANNE!!!! I was so excited to see you walk onto that stage. Congrats to ALL of our Rubies who finaled!

  7. Kim Law says:

    I forgot to say it on here, too, but Congratulations, Anne!!!! Was so thrilled to hear a Ruby’s name called!

  8. Were you totally surprised to see me outside the Marriott on Saturday morning? I got the feeling that you were like “Who’s this crazy-haired blonde in the Whitesnake t-shirt giving me a hug?”

    I had a great time, and I’m glad we got to hang when we did (though next year, if we’re sitting in the back of a lunch and can’t hear the speakers, we’re LEAVING and gabbing elsewhere!).

    • Kim Law says:

      Ha! No, the crazy look wasn’t directed at you. I think I was just crazy by that point.

      And yeah…we should definitely be more polite next time and step out to do our gabbing elsewhere 🙂 That was fun, though! It’s not like those around us could have heard even if we had shut up! 😉

    • Tamara Hogan says:

      I was so happy to see Anne cross that stage!! In addition, my chaptermate Helen Brenna won her second RITA in two nominations. Woo-hoo!

      Did anyone else have as much trouble as I did hearing Diana Gabaldon at the opening panel? I hope the session was recorded.

      Hope, that shade of blue is absolutely stunning on you.

  9. Hope Ramsay says:

    Congratulations to Anne!

    And Robin Kaye is one of my favorite authors, too. She’s also one of my best friends. I’m sure she made you laugh at that cocktail party.

    • Kim Law says:

      Yes, she definitely made me laugh! No idea what all she said, as we were both a bit tipsy, but she definitely had me laughing. Would love to hang with her again sometime.

  10. Anne Barton says:

    Kim, your recap of Friday’s events was great! Thanks for the GH congrats and the kind words.

    I had so much fun with the Rubies last week, esp. dinner on Tuesday, Jersey Boys on Wednesday, and drinks on . . . what day was that? 🙂 Our honorary Ruby, Gabi, was such a delight too!

    Tammy, those shoes are hot, hot, hot–love them!!! And Rita has the coolest jewelry. Hope, I agree with Tammy–that blue dress is Gorgeous on you.

    I’m a little sad today because I washed my Ruby T-shirt and it’s now the correct size for a Build-a-Bear. Maybe I will get one and give it five inch ruby heels too. *sigh*

  11. liz talley says:

    Whew! Yeah, on the tired thing 🙂

    I feel like Rita – this time I didn’t feel so overwhelmed. Or maybe I didn’t feel pressured to shine, shine, shine every waking moment.

    Congrats to Anne for winning and to all the finalists for making it up there on that big screen. I sat crossed legged in the balcony drinking wine and taking it all in. I didn’t manage to stay for the after meet-up. I was too tired and still had to pack.

    I had a great time with the Rubies! It was great seeing you, Gabi, and several of our regular posters. Love this community.

    • Kim Law says:

      I tried to get up to the balcony, but they ran me out! Told me no one could go up there until the downstairs was full, but then I saw people up there on the other side. Not fair! I was all set to take it easy up on the balcony. As it was, I think I was in the second table inside the door, so I escaped quickly when it was over. 🙂

      I’m just not today feeling like a somewhat normal human being again. Not sure why this one kicked my butt so bad, but it was rough.

  12. Elisa Beatty says:

    It’s just so great to see all the glowing Rubies in their bling–you all looked gorgeous!!!

    I definitely can’t wait for next year!!!


  13. Thank you, Kim. It takes a lot of extra time and energy to do these recaps, and they’re very much appreciated. Everyone looked wonderful. Special congrats to Anne on her GH win. Thanks to all for sharing these NY moments!

  14. Gwynlyn MacKenzie says:

    Sorry I’m late, doll, but yesterday was a doc day (oy!) and today we have Stinkerbell, so life is going on like all the hoopla didn’t happen—despite my still needing naps!

    Congrats again to our Anne! Loved spending time with my Ruby Sisters, although there was wayyyyyy too little of it. The Ruby Workshop was a hit, the food was fab, Jersey Boys rocked, and NYC is a wonderful place to visit for a wee while. Made me glad to come home to the relative quiet, though.

  15. Shea Berkley says:

    WOnderful recap, Kim. A big YAY to Anne! So very proud of our sister!!!


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