Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Whole Lotta Informin' Going On!

As my Hook Me Up! subscribers already know, there's more going on at Team Gini Central. First off, there's a new question, and, therefore, a new answer, in the Ask Gini! section of the Extra Me! page.

There's also a new Playlist up (I know, don't faint -- the soundtrack doesn't stop, but I sometimes forget to let y'all know I've changed the channel), and for those of you who may have missed it, the Cool Links page has been revised, improved, and added to. And, as I'm sure you've noticed, the Blog Roll on Blah, Blah, Blah... keeps expanding 'cause, well, there's a lot of cool blogs out there.

I know I promised a Desert Dreams Conference update, and you shall finally have it.

It was awesome.

Okay, okay, I'll toss out some details. It's always a great conference -- lots of great authors and aspiring authors, great speakers, lots of learning, networking and fun. I got to hang with several members of the Alien Collective, even though I didn't get to hang with them as much as I'd thought I would, because we were all so busy racing around being individually awesome. (It's a tough job, being as awesome as we all are, I know, but that's just the cross the Alien Collective has to bear. You all do it so well, though, that you make it look easy.) I didn't get a full count, but it seemed like we had between 200-250 people there.

Got to moderate informative and fun sessions for Tina Gerow, Jennifer Ashley, and Deborah LeBlanc and learn a lot in the process. Got to sign books sitting between Deborah and Kathryne Kennedy. Since Deborah and I know each other, but get to see each other like once every two years, we might have been a tad raucous. But the rumors are totally untrue and unfounded and not based in any kind of fact at all! Got to have dinner with Eileen Rendahl who is even cooler and more fun in person than you already expect from her books. Had Cat Brown ASK if she could have Romance Junkies review "Touched by an Alien", even before we realized we're both total NCIS nerds. Got to hang at the bar with Erin Quinn and Calista Fox. Again, the rumors are SO not true! Well, okay, maybe a little true.

Hmmm, this sounds like all I did was party. Well, I was also left in charge of a large sum of money, which somehow only struck a few of us as potentially dangerous. It struck ME as foolhardy, but the folks in charge seemed to think the money was safe and secure in my paws. Amazing, really. All's well that ends well and all that -- Erin came to her senses and took the cash before I could get into trouble with it. And no, we were NOT spending it in the bar! That was different cash.

But enough about that! As I said earlier, I had my first book signing, which was both totally beyond awesome and very successful. Many thanks and much love to the non-conference-attending Alien Collective folks who showed up, "Touched by an Alien" in hand, for the signing, as well as to all those who bought the book from me and will hopefully be joining the rest of us in the Collective. And...drum roll, please...Diana Gabaldon bought my book! Many thanks to Little Bit, the youngest member of the Collective, for her awesome and precocious salesgirlship in the brokering of that deal.

I'm sure there's more, there always is. But that's going to have to do for now. I mean, I have to save SOMEthing for tomorrow.


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Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

Sounds like you had a great time!
I must continue to plot on a devious plan to get you and other authors across the ocean for a signing. I wonder if I can find out something about my local bookstore to blackmail them with.

April 21, 2010 at 3:00 PM  
Anonymous Lisa Dovichi said...

Don't let her fool you. I'd bet all the rumors are true, founded, and based on documented fact.

Just sayin.

April 21, 2010 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger . said...

Sully, I'd be over there in a New York Minutes if I could be.

Lisa, I'm ignoring you. La la la la, I can't hear you.


April 21, 2010 at 6:51 PM  
Anonymous Lisa Dovichi said...

"Lisa, I'm ignoring you. La la la la, I can't hear you."

Yeah, this is pretty much par for the course.

*singing* the rumors are true, the rumors are true, the rumors are all truuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuue.

(and that's how I deal with her not "hearing" me.)

April 21, 2010 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger . said...

Hah! You don't even know what the rumors ARE. So there.

Where's Sully? I don't get this kind of lip from Sully...or Brandy...or Danielle...or Amber...or, really, anyone else...


April 21, 2010 at 7:01 PM  
Anonymous Lisa Dovichi said...

That's okay. I can just ask Mumsy. She'll tell me. :D

And as for the rest. I'm clearly evil. It's been remarked upon by few and known by many.

So there :P

April 21, 2010 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger . said...

Can't argue with the logic.


April 21, 2010 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

Oh, I'm not saying the rumors aren't true. I'm just keeping a low pofile so I don't get kicked off the mailing list and miss out on the latest news ;-)

April 22, 2010 at 5:15 AM  
Anonymous Lisa Dovichi said...

I have an urge to say, "That'll do, Pig." My inner Babe is trying to escape I guess. So I'll just go with:



April 22, 2010 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

I think you're the smart one to become Gini's crit partner so you get to read everything first.

April 22, 2010 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

I showed off your awesome drawing at my blog:

April 22, 2010 at 4:11 PM  
Anonymous Lisa Dovichi said...

Yeah it's awesome if you're a sadist/masochist. And yes you must be both!

Er.. I mean Gini is such a joy to work with.


April 22, 2010 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

What's that? the position of crit partner is opening up again? ;-p

April 22, 2010 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Lisa Dovichi said...


Read my acknowledgment, babe. I'm indispensable.

You crack me up, Sully!

April 22, 2010 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger . said...

Erm, you two DO know that I read every comment on my blog, right?


April 22, 2010 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

You do? Ehm... *cough*
*whistles innocently*

April 23, 2010 at 2:24 AM  
Anonymous Lisa Dovichi said...

And your point?


(I totally know she's going to make me regret all of this later.)

April 23, 2010 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

at least I didn't say you have to be a masochist to read Gini's stories, so I might not be kicked of the mailinglist just yet.

April 23, 2010 at 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Lisa Dovichi said...

Sully you little finger pointer!! Way to throw me in front of the bus (not that Gini is the size of a bus or anything -- sometimes I get the feeling I should just stop talking. But do I listen. Oh no.. this is much more fun. *cheesy grins at Gini*

But I still stand by my statement..

"Gini is a joy to work with"

(Hey I said, might not have completely been sincere about it.. but I said it.)

April 23, 2010 at 2:13 PM  

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