I just spent the week at the Romance Writers of America conference in Anaheim.
Basically, this is like my own, personal fannish extravaganza. I've been reading romance novels since I was a kid, and they remain my favorite kind of books, bar none. And this is the conference where all of my favorite authors are just... walking around! Like regular people!
I remember the first one I ever went to, in New York City in 2003. I stood in the huge Literacy Signing with a friend and we just stared. I recognized so many names. Huge idols like Nora Roberts were in the same room. It was a thrill. It still is.
But just as exciting as seeing long-beloved authors is discovering new ones. In Atlanta in 2006, I happened upon a brand new historical author at the Grand Central (I think it was still Warner Books then) signing. She didn't have a book to sign. She had a chapter excerpt and I helped myself to one and started reading right then and there.
The noisy room fell away and I couldn't tear through the pages fast enough. I believe I got slightly overheated and may have had to fan myself with the bound chapter. (Hey, she writes hot!) And then, of course, I wanted more. I WANTED THE ENTIRE BOOK IMMEDIATELY. But it wasn't going to be out for months. I whiled away the time raving about this upcoming book to anyone who would listen, and many who probably would have preferred not to. But I couldn't stop! I'd read only a few pages of The Raven Prince but it was more than enough.
And when November came, I bought the book on its very first day and started a long and happy love affair with all things Elizabeth Hoyt.
Which, today, I'd love to share with you. I have signed copies of four of Elizabeth's books (including that very first one I fell in love with way back when!) and all you have to do to win one of them is leave a comment below. I'll pick winners later this week.
And if you don't win?
I can't tell you what to do, of course, or what books you should be reading. But if I were you, I'd start looking around over here. Just to see if anything piques your interest...
Megan Crane is the author of twenty-five novels if you count the current disaster-in-progress, which she isn't sure you should. She is an unabashed fangirl of fantastic romances and their wildly talented authors. www.megancrane.com
The other person in this photo is the fabulous Elizabeth Hoyt herself. You really should read her. www.elizabethhoyt.com