Getting Ready for Atlanta

Last week I wrote about my upcoming trip to Atlanta. I’ll be heading there this week, and boy, have I been busy getting ready. A girl can’t just show up at a conference in baggy old clothes. You see, I’ve been working very hard, exercising and I even gave up my favorite—carbs! As a result, I’ve lost 28 pounds and I feel like a new woman. A new woman who still isn’t to her goal weight, but hey…I do feel better.  Anyway, my new, thinner body demanded new clothes. Now, I’m not a lover of shopping.  If I had to choose between writing and shopping I’d pick writing and wear baggy clothes while doing it, but those baggy clothes were literally falling off me.  So off I went.  And guess who wasn’t happy?  Della!

I’m in a dressing room trying on a suit, and that sassy vamp keeps popping into my head and bossing me around, telling me what I should write for her first book Reborn. I’ll admit I kind of left her in the middle of an exciting scene.  She’d just found a trespasser on Shadow Falls’ property.  He’s even kind of cute, but he’s a smartass, and she’s determined to kick his butt and hand him over to Burnett.  Ahh, but things aren’t going to end the way she wants.  Anyway, let’s just say it’s hard for me to get time to myself these days with Della screaming in my ear.

But in spite of Della’s ravings, I managed to buy a very pretty and sophisticated pant suit for my turn as the emcee for RWA’s Awards Ceremony on Saturday night.

But that’s not all, I’m also teaching two workshops in Atlanta: one on Street Teams (I have a great one!) and one on writing young and new adult books. So you know what that means, don’t you? More shopping! Yup, I had to find some nice outfits for those, too. Not that I completely forgot about Della.  I actually did a little shopping for her, too.  The girl’s gotta wear something in my imagination.  I found a couple of outfits for her, too.  What do you think?

shirt2 shirt3 Shirt






Anyway, I’m about ready now, I just have to pack, and finishing that scene. I’m looking forward to this trip, it’s going to be great!

Don’t forget, if you’re in the Atlanta area, I’ll be signing my books at RWA’s “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing on Weds., July 17, 5:30-7:30 PM at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in the Atrium Ballroom A-C. I’ll be there with about 400 other authors, and we’ll be signing our books to raise money for literacy programs. So, come by, I’d love to meet you.

Oh, and I’m Guest Blogging!

Make sure you read my guest blog at Between the Lines on Friday, July 19th. There will be a huge giveaway as part of the 2013 Summer Author Promo Blitz. There’s even a Twitter Party at 7 PM on July 19: Use #2013SummerAuthorBlitz to join the party.



29 thoughts on “Getting Ready for Atlanta

  1. I’m so sad I’m not gonna be in Atlanta this week – so many awesome authors are going to be there!

    Congrats on the weight loss and have a great time!

  2. I like the first one, the black and white top. i also like the skull shirt. I think that Della would like them too because she wears a lot of black anyway. Have a great time in Atlanta… Wish i could be there. But i am a whole two states up. Boo 🙁

  3. I like the skull shirt too, but I prefer the second ensemble because I know that Della wears a lot of black, but she still need a bit of colour:)
    Also, I was wondering if you were coming in Canada anytime soon, since were right beside eachother:)
    Anyhow, congratulation on you weight loss!

  4. My little sister thinks the first outfit says Della the best, but I think the skull outfit is so Della.
    Congrats on the weight loss. I wish I could see you in Atlanta but I live in California:-(
    P.S. It was nice to see you in Santa Ana.

  5. Congrats on the weight loss! I think the outfits are great, but I like the first one the best. I also imagine her with a little bit of a jean short, even colorful ones, and a t-shirt, or a tank top.

  6. I wish I could go to Atlanta,but sadly that’s not the case.And Della would probably love those outfits,but I bet she’ll like #2 to have some black in it,since that’s her style.And congrats on losing weight-I can’t lose weight since I’m lazy(even though I’m 13).But good luck in Atlanta!

  7. Loving ur books! I absolutely love the skull shirt that u picked for fella. Definately something u would find in my closet. 🙂

  8. I really wish i could see you in Atlanta! But i am in Virginia Beach.. Hope that you have a great time while your are there. I love all three outfits. But like i said before i like the skull shirt for Della..

  9. I think she will love all those outfits you picked!!! i hope you have fun in Atlanta never forget to have fun (but i think you always have it anyway). Maybe i can convince my uncle to take me down to Georgia with him that way i can see you… Have a great time in Atlanta C.C!!!!!

  10. Way to go on the weight loss. That takes some iron willpower to stick to a diet of no carbs. I couldnt do it. Kudos to you for pulling it off! I really wish I could have made it to Atlanta. If I had the money to make the trip and a sitter for the kids I would totally be there right now! Well wishes from Biloxi.

  11. I don’t think the second one reminds me of della. but the first and third definitely do!!
    Good luck!! and have lots of fun in Atlanta and shopping!!


  12. I guess the skull shirt is nice enough for Della, but the first one goes with her, too. It doesn’t exactly scream ‘sexy’, just mysterious. The middle one says ‘cute and sexy’, which in Della’s opinion, “she’d rather die than wear that because it’s meant to attract boys.”

    I’ve always pictured her wearing a jeans leather jacket with a black skirt.

    Have fun in Atlanta


  13. I have really enjoyed the series. I have not been able to attend any book signings due to locations. But maybe one day it might change. Keep the adventures alive it helps me to live in another place and learn more about life…gl with ur future books and dreams!!!

  14. Thank you for such an amazing seris i actually fell intonit by accident but boy am glad i did shadow falls is amazingly done !!Wow I can’t wait till reborn…. Hurry up April 2014!! Delia’s series is gonna me awesome!!

  15. Hi! Love your books! They’re awesome. But you probably get that all the time so here’s one more 😀

    Sooo I guess…keep up the great work? Live long and prosper. All that good stuff 🙂

  16. You are an amazing writer! When I first read born at midnight I fell in love with it and I have been hooked ever since! I have gotten like 3 people into your book allready

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