Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Thursday Thirteen - 198 - 13 Ways the Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada Got Connected at Argyle Fine Art in Halifax, Nova Scotia

1 - The week before Valentine's Day was a perfect time for my writers' group to get together at Argyle Fine Art in Halifax for an evening of networking with the Halifax business community.

Photo by Stamos Sotiropoulis

2 - A joint event sponsored by Bconnected, Charlie Mac Productions, Rich Graphics and Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada, the evening was an opportunity to get out of the house on a crisp winter's night, meet new people, check out some really stunning artwork while indulging in a little wine, cheese and fruit.

You can see my husband Brad and myself hobnobbing at right.

Photo by Stamos Sotiropoulis

3 - Then it was paparazzi time.

Photo by Stamos Sotiropoulis

4 - From L to R: RWAC president Annette Gallant, Donna Alward, moi, Julianne MacLean, Deborah Hale, Jennie Marsland, Lilly Cain, Kelly Boyce, Taylor Keating and Renee Field

5 - The business crowd was delighted to discover that nestled here on the rocky coast of eastern Canada are writers who - instead of publishing only locally-set Atlantic Canadian stories with Canadian publishers - publish North American commercial romantic fiction through New York publishers.

6 - Renee Field was the first writer to speak to the gathering.

Her latest release, Beastly Passion, is published by Ellora's Cave.

7 - Paula, one half of the writing team known as Taylor Keating,

spoke about her debut novel, Game Over, published by Tor.

8 - Debut author Kelly Boyce

talked about her upcoming April release The Outlaw Bride from Carina Press.

9 - Deborah Hale

gave us a look at her current release, Married: The Virgin Widow as well as a preview of her upcoming Gentlemen of Fortune series from Harlequin Historicals - which includes her 25th release in a career spanning thirteen years.

10 - Next we heard from Donna Alward,

who told us about her 16th Harlequin release, Proud Rancher, Precious Bundle.

11 - Lilly Cain

explained the print-on-demand aspect of publishing, including her third release Building Magic.

12 - My cousin Julianne MacLean

introduced her new St. Martin's Press series which begins with Captured by the Highlander, releasing March 1st - her 16th release since 2000.

13 - Wrapping up the author's segment of the evening, Jennie Marsland

shared her second release, McShannon's Heart, from Bluewood Publishing.


Akelamalu said...

Sounds like a great evening Julia.

Lilly Cain said...

I had so much fun that night - it was so good to see so many friends. Loved the new location for Argyle Fine Arts Galler as well, they had some cool pieces, particularly downstairs.

Julia Smith said...

Akelamalu - it was a wonderful event, organized by a powerhouse member in our group, Tara MacDonald.

Lilly - I know - I loved those crow pieces downstairs the best.

Alice Audrey said...

You're so lucky to have so many Romance writers within easy driving distance.

Julianne MacLean said...

It was a great time! Enjoyed your blog about it. And it was nice to see Brad there, too! :)

Jennie Marsland said...

Wasn't it fun, Julia? It was so nice to finally meet Brad, and great as always to get together with the writing crew. You can dress us up, and sometimes you can even take us out! And the fruit arrangements from Fruitful Expressions were as luscious as they were beautiful.

Naquillity said...

sounds like you had a great night. can't wait to see your weekend writer's retreat story make its debut. i think its a worthy offering, :) have a great night.

Tara MacQueen said...

It was a great time. I'm looking forward to the upcoming release and book signings in March. Thanks for the follow up with the blog... Atlantic Canada has a lot of talent and I was happy to introduce you all to part of my world! :-)

Anne MacFarlane said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures, Julia. Looks like a great time.

Kelly said...

Thanks for posting such a great THurs 13! I had a great time even if they did make me speak to a crowd!