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I grew up in Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, then lived in Denmark and traveled throughout Europe before coming back to Colorado. I have two adult sons, whom I cherish. I started my writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor of two different papers. Along the way, my team and I won numerous state and several national awards, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service. In 2011, I was awarded the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism. Now I write historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense.


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Monday, July 23, 2007

RWA wrap up

From left to right: Erin from Dorchester, my agent Natasha Kern, Brooke Borneman from Dorchester, me and my mother waiting for our table at our pre-RITAs dinner.

Yes, RWA is officially long past, apart from the blogging and photo swapping. I got some shots from my mother this afternoon that I thought I'd share.

Below, my mother is standing across the street from the bit of unlikely highway geography that, thanks to cold-blooded murder, has become a sort of national landmark — The Grassy Knoll. Rising up behind her is the book depository from which Lee Harvey Oswald fired his shots at President John Kennedy (depending upon whose conspiracy theory you're going by). We visited the museum inside the depository and left thoroughly depressed with just hours before dinner and the RITAs. Something precious about America died that day, and when you stand there, you feel it.

And if you still haven't had enough of Dallas and the RITAs, check out this link, passed on to me by Kristie J:

This features interviews with RITA winners, but my friends and I play supporting roles. Unbeknownst to us, we were the background against which many of these clips were shot. Bonnie Vanak and Jennifer Ashley are featured here, together with Su and Leiha from RBL romantica. (Su gets a big smile, but only a bit of Leiha's head is showing.) Kris Alice Hohls of Germany's Loveletter magazine wanders into the frame and I give her a goodbye hug. Too funny!

Never have I seen better shots of the back of my own head. :-)

I'm sure more photos will trickle in, but my next blog is going to be something completely different based on a crazy idea my son had that made me laugh my head off.


Chez said...

Hey I watched the Romance TV thing and saw you wearing your new sparkly hair thingy .... very very nice. You looked gorgeous with that lovely hair. Saw Su and Leiha as well, is it sad that I was peering in the background more than the people talking at the front LOL.

Debbie H said...

The hair bling looked so beautiful and so did you in the black and white dress!

Debbie_D said...

I agree with Debbie_H, Love the hair bling, it really sparkled! You look beautiful in all the pictures and your mom looks lovely.
So glad you had a great time.

Bo said...

I loved watching the videos,and you looked wonderful! I hate my curly hair 99% of the time,I wish it would cooperate and look fab like yours! Care to tell me your tricks? *G*

I couldn't help but think of that line from Monty Python -'And now for something completely different' LOL! Can't wait to see what the surprise is!

Too funny, Chez! It is very strange to find one's self as background. I couldn't quit giggling as I watched my friends and my mom and myself sashay in and out of the images. I hope to be up in front one day, however.

Thanks for the comments on the hair bling.

Thanks, Debbie! I got to show you the dress, and now you've seen me in it.

Thanks, Debbie D! I'm glad that damned barrette got such good exposure. LOL!

Bo, I've sent you an email with my hair secrets. It's all about goo. Hair goo. And, believe me, I've spent a considerable portion of my life hating my hair too. Curly hair isn't easy to manage sometimes. I think having my longer helps.

Yes, time for something completely different!

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