Thursday, July 16, 2009

Denver, Take II

Weronika wanted more photos, and since I'm playing hide and seek with my boys and don't have time to blog, more photos she shall receive. :) See? All you have to do is ask!

I made such a big deal out of my $5 earrings, I thought I should give my $29 shoes some publicity. I have to confess, I'm not usually so girly... But it was fun getting dressed up and I found myself loving the chance to wear anything other than jean shorts, a t-shirt, and flip-flops--standard stay-at-home mommy fare.

Here we are posing with Tom and Collette Pawlik. Beautiful couple. All these great people are just one more reason why I love what I do.

Smiles before the signing. Randy Singer was signing his book The Justice Game right behind me. Publishers Weekly says that Randy is "every bit as enjoyable as John Grisham." Talk about high praise! On the opposite corner of Randy, Chris Fabry was signing his newest book June Bug. I can't wait to read this re-telling of Les Miserables--Publishers Weekly calls it "a stunning success." And Tom Pawlik held down the fourth corner of the Tyndale booth, signing his book Valley of the Shadow. Tom writes visionary fiction along the lines of Dean Koontz and Ted Dekker. This "exciting page-turner" sounds like an awesome read. Now can you see why I felt like I was playing dress up? Literally and figuratively? ;)

Another angle of the signing. My back is to the photo. From where I sat I had a great view of the Faithwords (an imprint of Hachette) booth (the blue banner above all the heads). Next to Tyndale was Bethany. I think. Maybe Harvest House? I can't remember... Lots of booths, lots of publishers...

On the way home, we drove through a stunning Colorado storm. At one point the clouds seemed to be coming up from the ground instead of down from the sky... Turned out the wind had kicked up a dust storm that was making little twisters and funnels all along the horizon. It was awesome. The photo (snapped from my car window at 80 mph) does not do the dark sky justice.

Ah, back to life as normal. I have a dishwasher to unload and teeth to brush (both my own and my sons'). This is my last week of "vacation" from writing... Next week I'll hop in the deep end with more edits for my 4th book and research for my 5th. I've already started crafting scenes--that's always a good sign. Happy Thursday to you!


  1. Great shoes. But what about your dress? You look stunning in that dress!! What genre is your 5th book? I'm eager to know. :)

  2. Thanks! I love the dress, too. My entire outfit--dress, shoes, jewelry, and all--was less than $100, tax included. I'm a real bargain shopper. "Never pay retail" is my motto.

    Hmmm... Genre for my 5th... I guess it would be considered contemporary fiction, but there will be elements of mystery (like my 4th book). And again, a love story plays a major role in the plot. Right now I'm in love with Elizabeth Strout's books (Amy & Isabelle, Abide With Me, Olive Kitteridge), so I have that sort of tone in mind. But my books are never fully realized until that final period is placed. We'll see how it all pans out.

    Refresh my memory... You write women's fiction, right?

  3. Oh, Nicole, you shouldn't have. ;) Thanks!

    And I agree with Katie: You look gorgeous! And I love the shoes, too. I'm so happy that you had a great time. These pictures made me smile.

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Wow - that's a deal. I'm a horrible, horrible shopper. Mainly because I don't like it. So when I'm forced to buy a new outfit, I have no patience to shop for the bargains. :)

    I'm a mix between women's fiction and contemporary romance. :)