Wednesday, October 11, 2006

American Title III...Five Days and Counting....So I’m giving away books!

Yes, the contest starts in five days. That's Monday, October 16. The Fear and Panic are building, so I’m trying to think about other things...happy things. Ah, here’s something happy to think about.............

I belong to the absolutely fabulous Orange County chapter of RWA. This Saturday, we’re having our 25th birthday bash and it’s going to be huge and happy. We’ve got two incredible speakers -- RWA founder Rita Clay Estrada and T. Jefferson Parker.

Not a bad line-up, right?

The first OCC meeting I ever attended was the October meeting, almost ten years ago. (Holy *#%, was it that long ago? I was barely legal!) I was a member of Sisters in Crime (and a closet romance reader) and past president Marianne Donley invited a few of us SIC board members to attend a meeting and “mingle” with romance authors.

It changed my life.

Seriously, I’d never seen so many savvy business women in one place in my entire life. Romance writers are serious about this business, people! And they dress a whole lot better than mystery writers (a fact which mystery writers wear like a badge of honor, of course *g*).

The president of OCC at that first meeting was Amy J. Fetzer.

She shocked and amazed me with her style and ability to whip the group into shape. Talk about kick-ass! Guess it helps that she’s the wife/mother/daughter of Marines. *g*

It was the October meeting so it was their annual birthday party, which is always a special event. I sat down at one of the beautifully decorated party tables (Balloons! Free books! Chocolate!) and struck up a fun conversation with a pretty, young woman who confessed that she’d just sold her first seven books that week. Another chin-dropping moment.

The woman’s name was Jill Shalvis. I think she’s still writing books and selling them. LOL

Part of the excitement of every OCC birthday party is the raffle. I’ve never seen so many raffle baskets and fabulous prizes -- TV’s, Alpha-Smarts, iPods, DVD players, you name it, they’ve raffled it off. Plus critiques from published authors, vacations, you name it. It’s a really cool raffle. At that first meeting, I won two raffle baskets! I was hooked!

This year I hope I win the iPod. Wish me luck!

Are you a romance writer? Tell me about your RWA chapter. Are you a reader? Leave me a comment and I’ll send you a couple of Jill’s books!


Blogger Michele Cwiertny said...

Hi Kate!

The October Birthday Bash is my favorite meeting, too. Love the raffle, the books, the speakers (well, love those all year 'round).

See ya Saturday!


8:57 AM  
Blogger Maureen Child said...

Hey Kate!

Oooh. The October Birthday meeting is always so much fun. And gotta say... the prizes have really gotten better! At my first one, I won a ceramic cat. LOL

10:53 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Kate, I joined OCC before you--I'm so old! I was quiet for YEARS. No one knew who I was.

Good luck on winning the iPod!

11:04 AM  
Blogger Kate Carlisle said...

Hey Michele! See you Saturday!

Maureen, a ceramic cat? LOL

Oh Jen, you're still a youngster! But quiet? Uh, do I believe that??

I hope everyone wins something fun!

3:08 PM  
Blogger Marilyn Shoemaker said...

Kate, first of all, I can't wait until Monday cause I'm headed to RT to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE and also try to get the word out!

I also attended a RWA Conference here in Seattle, last wekend and Susan Mallery was there and for the first time we met in person. I've been a huge fan of hers for years and the past year we've also become friends and she's now living here in the Emerald City.

She mentioned the contest and you being a participant. One of our chapter members won last year so it's your turn. You might want to drop your Chapter Loop a note on Monday to remind them you've entered. Best of luck to you Kate.

5:05 AM  
Blogger Kate Carlisle said...

Marilyn - Hi! You're so sweet!! Thank you for coming by and thanks in advance for voting for me!

I've been a big fan of Susan's for years, also. Long before we met, I read everything she wrote, then I'd see her at the Orange County meetings, driving her cute little BMW, and I'd think, "I want to be her when I grow up!" And now you've got her in Seattle. I'm jealous!

I'll be sure to let my chapter know about the voting. They're really supportive, so I'm hoping for a good turnout. *g*

Thanks again!!

3:03 PM  
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