First off, let me just say that I'm kicking my own ass. I was not pleased with the pics this camera took at RT in April, yet I somehow believed it would magically work by October. It works when it wants to. Some of these were taken with my phone.
So let's get started. I had an absolutely amazing time, and there were five Naughty Author Chicks in the house! Here we are at the Roarin' 20's party, which was a blast.
L-R, Ashlyn Chase, Michelle Polaris, Paige Tyler, Cara McKenna, Dalton Diaz. Holy cow Michelle can move on the dance floor!
That pin on my headband really belonged to my grandmother.
This is a pic of some of the Cougar Challenge authors posing with the Cavemen. They couldn't fit us all in, but it was a lot of fun trying. It took awhile, too, which was suuuch a bummer.
L-R, Samantha Kane, Cris Anson (back) Samantha Caito, Dalton Diaz, Mari Freeman, Jane Rylon (back)
As we were slooowly getting off their laps, the Cougar jokes were flying. One of the Cavemen said they preferred MILFs. I don't know which one it was, but I love him.
The next night was the 10 yr anniversary party for Ellora's Cave, with a tribute to the woman and the book that started it all, The Emperor's New Clothes by Jaid Black. The Cavemen were wearing really tight black leather (probably pleather, but really, who cares?), sexy boots, and... um, glow in the dark body paint. You'll have to take my word for it on the body paint 'cuz my camera hates me.
I did get this great shot of Jaid Black. We all got a copy of the book, which she then sat and signed for hours. Thank you for everything!
Angelo ran the dance floor, and he and Brooks and their pleather pants stuck around and really made it a fun night for us all. Believe me, it could not have been easy dancing in those boots.
Kelly here (left) looks like she's having a little too much fun dancing with Brooks. Wonder if he already took the light up balls out of his pants? Yeah, don't ask, and we won't tell.
These two EC models also dressed as characters from The Emperor's New Clothes. The blue gal is the model on my book, Winters' Thaw!
What great sports. Those suits had to be uncomfortable and hot, but I never saw them without a smile.
I couldn't resist posting this one from the same night. This is me, with Brooks, taken on my phone to send to Mr. Dalton Diaz with the caption, "So, are you coming next year?" When I told Brooks what it was for, he was more than willing to pose. Did I mention he has a great sense of humor? So does Mr. Diaz, thank god! We'll get him there next year. Special thanks to Michelle, the EC fan/aspiring author who insisted we duck into this hallway when neither camera nor phone would work in the dark room.
Great shot of the boots here.
Cougar Growling with none other than Rodney. That's me with Rodney, and there's a piece of Ashlyn Chase in the background, but I don't blame anyone for not noticing us. Rodney is the man!
EC was kind enough to let us do the Cougar Growl at the Meet and Greet. That was the first night, so yes, I'm out of order.
Angelo and Brooks again. Hmmm, I'm sensing a favorites theme here.
Do you see the stickers on their chests? They say Cougar Bait! All of the Cavemen were sports and let us stick those on their chests, and giant ones on their butts! Brooks seemed to keep losing his and needed it put back on. At least, that's what major EC fan Sherry kept telling me. She wouldn't have worked it to be less sticky, would she?
One of the 3 Cougar Growl baskets was won by one of the Two Lips ladies. (I didn't ask, so won't tag them.) I missed their parties last year, so I was thrilled that my room was just a few doors down from theirs. What a blast! They always had something going on, tons of laughter, and OMIGOD, I haven't had quesadillas like that since I left Cali!
I'll wear my T-shirt with pride. Ladies, I will never forget Sunday night. That is so going in a book.
Here is Rodney with the lucky reader, Terri, who won Sheba, the Cougar that the Cougar Challenge authors raffled off during the bookfair. She was at the conference last year, too, and I was so glad to see her win. Go, Terri!!
Here I am at the booksigning with Laurann Dohner, a new author with EC. She is incredibly nice, and so is Mr. Laurann! He never left her side, but somehow managed to take care of anything any of us needed, too. Same with Mr. Amber Skyze, but the pics of Amber didn't come out, dangit! We have to work on getting Mr. Diaz there next year.
The conference ended with the hat bingo party. Our table was almost a complete bust until Frances Stockton won a great bag. Phew! We were all pretty punchy by this point, laughing at everything and eating the Smarties we were supposed to be using to play bingo. Ok, that was just me eating the Smarties.
L-R, Michelle Polaris with fabulous buttons on her Fedora, Cara McKenna with a chicken on her head, and me in my teenage son's purple pimp hat. Hey, it could have been worse. I can prove it. Check out the winning hat...
Yes, this is what you think it is, and if you have to ask, you're on the wrong site. This was the best shot I was able to get, which doesn't really do it justice. The best part was watching the Cavemen avoid walking behind her at all cost. Rodney did get over it and wore the thing to deliver the last basket. I told you, he's the man!
Angelo took over for Rodney reading off the Bingo calls. He had a little trouble with a few words...
Boot-sheek fi-teen Forever!