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Awesome #RWA14 SWAG!!

Frequent Ruby Readers may remember that I’m one of those annoying people who doesn’t seem to be influenced by most promo and marketing approaches, and alas, swag is no exception. I know, I’m horrible. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t some awesome swag on hand at the Romance Writers of America’s National Conference recently held in San Antonio. It also doesn’t mean I didn’t pick some up. 😉

Following are some of the items I collected at RWA National. If I notice a trend in the swag I picked up, it’s that the swag was a) useful/edible, b)  eye-catching, or c) it tickled my funny bone. 

Clockwise, from 12:00-ish:

SWAG HAG

A purple mini-notebook and orange breath mints from Aliyah Burke. I love purple, and orange is my favorite citrus flavor. (Useful/edible)

A bottle opener from Sarah M. Anderson, cleverly branded with “Percheron Drafts”, a setting from her Beaumont Heirs series. (Useful)

An unusual and beautiful mirrored compact from Susan Sheehey. (Useful/eye-catching)

More orange mints. Yeah, I took two. I told you I was horrible. (Edible)

From our own Ruby Sister Sara Ramsey, a sticky notepad that still makes me snicker. It reads: #regencyworldproblems

napoleon took me to russia and all I got was typhus (Useful/hilarious)

At the center, more mints – these ones reflecting book covers. Love the black containers, Dina Haynes  and Lynda Aicher!  (Edible)

Tasty mint gum, with book cover, from Teri Riggs. (Edible)

Lip balm from Annie Oortman of AnnieEdits. The label reads, “Editing is a bitch. I’m not.” LOVE IT. See Me: horrible, above. (Useful/funny)

More lip balm, and other awesome stuff, from Melody Anne, who I’ll talk about more in a bit. 

No conference attended primarily by women would be complete if people weren’t complaining about the temperature. 😉 The meeting spaces seemed to be either too hot or too cold, hitting very few attendees in that “just right” Goldilocks Zone. But never fear! The Goody Room had us covered. 

Cold hands, warm heart?

Bless you, Amylynn Bright, for including the life-saving Hot Hands chemical heating pads in your goodie bag! I should get brownie points for restraint because I only took one. (Useful – to me!)

For the women who were too warm, there were a number of awesome fans to choose from, including this clever cowboy-themed fan from Linda Gilman. (Useful – to most!)

If I had to choose a single promo and swag MVP for the conference, it would have to be New York Times best-selling indie author Melody Anne. In addition to outspending some publishers by supporting the conference at a platinum level, Melody’s name was visible everywhere: on the small, exceedingly useful notebook found in everyone’s conference bag. On a glasses/screen cleaning wipe (at about 10:00 in the first pic). Her latest release was advertised on elevator clings. Somewhere along the line, I picked up a bookmark advertising free downloads for four of her books. I picked up her swag in the Goody Room, a bag containing the cutest little black book holding sticky notes and adhesive page tabs (10:00 above, half-covering the glasses/screen cleaning wipe), name-brand lip balm, and a good quality pen, all emblazoned with her name. Being an indie author, she also bore the cost of furnishing her own print books for both the Literacy Signing and the Indie signing.

Melody Anne? I think brand name domination has been achieved!    

Did you pick up any swag at RWA National? Tell us about it! Did you have a favorite item? Did any item strike you as cool or unusual? Will any item increase the chance that you might actually buy someone’s book?

Let’s dish!    

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TEMPT ME, Book Three of Tamara Hogan’s award-winning Underbelly Chronicles paranormal romance series, was nominated for a 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and for a 2014 Booksellers Best Award.  Learn more at www.tamarahogan.com.

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Follow the Rubies at RWA National

Many of the ruby sisters will be attending the Romance Writers of America’s national conference in San Antonio this week. And we thought, instead of daily blogs about the event, it might be way more fun to post the live Twitter feed from the authors who are attending.  So here it is.  This feed will be up from now until next Monday.


If you are on Twitter and want to connect with rubies at RWA National this week, please use the hashtag #rubiesRWA.  Those of us in attendance, including myself, would love to connect with blog readers who may be attending. 

 

Meet 2014 Golden Heart Finalist Jillian Lark!

Today we’re welcoming the second to last of our guests from the class of 2014 Golden Heart Finalists: Jillian Lark, whose book MUCH ADO ABOUT SCANDAL is nominated in the Historical Romance category.

Jillian’s passion for the past, England, and writing began at age eight when her family moved to a late Victorian era home near London. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education, minored in English, and studied writing and British history.

After living in two foreign countries and eleven U.S. states, Jillian now resides in Texas. When not writing or spending time with her family, she is a fervent Anglophile, occasional traveler, and reluctant wrangler of dust bunnies. She sometimes finds missing people. Just don’t ask where her lost keys, eyeglasses, and forks are.

MUCH ADO ABOUT SCANDAL (Book 1 in the Mischief in Mayfair series), also placed second in the 2013 Maggie Award for Excellence and Rebecca contests. Here’s the blurb:

Lady Selborne has found the man she wishes to marry. Unfortunately he’s not her husband. Lord Selborne has found the life he always wanted. Unfortunately he is not free to live it.

The estranged couple decides to end their arranged marriage the only honorable way allowed by Victorian law. One of them has to die – a faux death.

To avoid suspicion Lord and Lady Selborne must convince Society they are a loving couple. That is, if they can agree who should be the “victim” and protect their hearts from a painful past and unexpected desire.

I’m chuckling with delight just hearing about it! And, luckily for her future readers, Jillian’s working on the second book in the series, INVENTING LORD REMINGTON (which she describes as “Remington Steele for the Victorian age”): To save her late father’s company, a woman creates an imaginary husband. When a con artist assumes her fake husband’s identity, she must risk her reputation, the family business, and her heart.

I can’t wait!

Today, Jillian’s here to talk with us about a topic very much at the forefront of my mind: what to do if you’re NOT going to be joining the rest of the Romance writing world at RWA Nationals next week.

Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card!

Take it away, Jillian!!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi, everyone! Rubies, love your sisterhood and this blog. I met my CP Lia and won a 25-page critique from the fabulous Darynda Jones during the 2012 Make-It-Golden contest. I’m thrilled to give back today by discussing a seldom-mentioned topic.

 

 

 

               The Not-Going-to-Conference Blues

Before RWA®14 begins next week, even non-attendees who vow to resist will be tempted by all the pre-conference social media about “the dress,” shoes, packing, and survival tips. That’s when the not-going-to-conference blues worsen. Believe me I know. For the past two years I’ve had to cancel plans to attend my first national conference. I didn’t even get a t-shirt printed with “My friends went to RWA®13 and all I got was this HVAC system.”

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