by Donna MacMeans
Ah Spring – also known as conference season. The Golden Rooster and I took to the road to travel the opposite ends of Ohio in pursuit of writer and reader events. No plane this time, just an open window with the GR’s red comb flapping in the wind.
Our first stop was the Cleveland Rocks conference.
, sponsored by the Northeast Ohio chapter of Romance Writers of America (NEORWA). Lori Wilde led an intimate discussion about developing high concept – undoubtably inspired by the rooster’s high flirtacious antics. Everyone wanted to pose with the rooster!
Here’s a few photos for the GR’s scrapbook: posing with Harlequin and Warner author, Lori Wilde
…and Jamie Denton
We had a great time in Cleveland, but had to turn the SUV around to head down to Cincinnati for Lori Foster’s & Dianne Castell’s fabulous Reader Get-together. This was a much larger venue and the GR didn’t hesitate to make the rounds.
The GR so engaged NYT’s Bestseller Stella Cameron in conversation, she missed her photo shoot with the rest of the Tails of Love authors (below).
From left to right, back row – that’s Marcia James, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, Patricia Sargeant, Kate Angell, Diane Castell. Front Row: Lori Foster, Me (in the hat), and Anne Christopher.
Even Michelle Buonfiglio from Romance: B(u)y the Book fell victim to the rooster’s charms.
Of course, all reader’s events feature lots and lots of raffle baskets. The get-together was no exception. The raffles baskets brought $6,616 to benefit One Way Farm Children’s Home.
The Romance Bandits contributed a basket that was won by Jodi Minton. That cream colored curve is really another rooster. The GR was capitivated.
All was not fun and games though. In the course of the event the rooster was KIDNAPPED! Horrors! The ransom note demanded I
go to the bar if I ever wanted to see the GR alive again. Fortunately, I was already in the bar, so the nefarious plot was unraveled before it began (grin). As I discovered a Bad Agency button pinned to his feathers, I suspect bandita buddy Dianna Love was behind the scheme. But the rooster’s not talking. The two may be in cahoots.
Thanks to the intervention of Sarah Parr (debut author of Renegade), we found a way to keep the GR in line. Sarah provided fuzzy red handcuffs! (Okay – so we won’t ask WHY Sarah happened to have fuzzy red handcuffs.) That’s Marjorie Liu looking on.
Now that the GR was back, he could participate in the Saturday night luau. Truly a party bird.
Thanks to Treethyme, the GR was reunited with a much younger brother. Here the GR takes the youngster under his wing.
The two went outside to discuss expectations in the lair. I’m thinking we might be seeing the little guy again.