...and I may not have won my category at the Golden Heart Awards at RWA 2018 in Denver, but I came home feeling every bit the winner. I have 45 new Golden Heart sisters and a collection of great memories as big as the Denver convention center. Those of you who went know exactly how sprawling and over-sized that is!
Among those memories was a wonderful afternoon spent with my fellow category finalists in Mainstream with a Central Romance having high tea as guests of New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Susanna Kearsley at the Brown Palace Hotel. I mean seriously, can it get any better? She's been a true inspiration to me, so it was especially meaningful.
The Brown Palace Hotel was built by Henry Cordes Brown in the Italian Renaissance style in downtown Denver and completed in 1892. It retains all of its original elegance and charm.
The week was full of reunions with old friends, my 2014 Pitch Wars buds, 2015 Dragonflies, 2016 Mermaids, 2017 Rebelles, and getting to know my fellow 2018 Persisters. There were lots of pitches, great food with friends, and hugs and laughter and happy tears. And I came home with my suitcase full of books!
But the cherry on top was sharing the experience with my fellow Music City Romance Writers Chapter-mate and critique partner, Charissa Weaks, who was my date for the Golden Heart and RITA Awards. How can anyone not feel like a winner with a week like that?