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A Glimpse of the 2017 RWA Conference

Last week, I had the opportunity to drop by some of the national Romance Writers of America conference in Orlando, so I thought I'd offer you all a glimpse of the fun!

I got to see this year's very creative, "coloring wall" advertising from Avon:

Early on:

Toward the end:

And I had the pleasure of attending this year's RITA Award ceremony, where I got to hear the amazing Beverly Jenkins speak while accepting her Lifetime Achievement Award. I also had the chance to celebrate the fantastic Sarah Andre and her accomplishment of being named one of this year's RITA finalists in the Romantic Suspense category!

RWA slide announcing Tall, Dark and Damaged by Sarah Andre, edited by Anya Kagan, as a 2017 RITA finalist in the romantic suspense category

I spent plenty of time chatting with romance writers, authors, and lovers—including the aforementioned Sarah Andre, whom I finally had a chance to meet in person after years of working together:

Romance author Sarah Andre with fiction editor Anya Kagan at the 2017 Romance Writers of America RITA Award ceremony

And C.F. Francis, a new author in the Touchstone Editing family (pictured with Sarah after the RITAs):
Romance authors Sarah Andre and C.F. Francis after the 2017 Romance Writers of America RITA Award ceremony

Did you make it to RWA or another conference this summer? What was your favorite part? Share in the comments!