Dateline: Reno


Reno!!!! Last week was fabulous fun. I arrived in Reno on Wednesday, July 27th. Jill picked me up at the airport and zipped me straight over to the hotel where we sat down for a quick dinner and drink with Kacey and Michelle . Pictured (L to R): Kacey, Jill, me. (Michelle arrived late and missed this pic.)

A room–a suite–with a view!!! Gorgeous mountains and an awesome view of planes taking off and landing at the airport. It was cool.

BEARS!! Jill wasn’t kidding. There ARE bears in the Sierras!!!! Even in the hotel!! I karate-chopped this one before it could eat Kacey. Whew. Good thing I’ve been working out.

The literacy signing was so much fun! I loved seeing so many friends, readers, and writers! Left: the incredible, amazing reader diva Alyssa with her infamous cart! Right: Juanita didn’t have a cart, but look at that fabulous smile!

More friends! Cynthia and her lovely family! And friends made at last year’s Moonlight & Magnolias conference in Atlanta, gorgeous Gena and equally gorgeous LaShon.

Old friends– Mary , and new friends– Loreth .

Famous faces–Teresa Medeiros, and romance icons–Nora Roberts!

Fun friends– Sasha and Sylvia , and shy friends who didn’t want me to take their picture– Kara .

:guitar:What a blast!!! I couldn’t possibly post all the photos from the literacy signing here, so the entire photo report from Wednesday is here on my photoblog! Celebrity stalkings include: Jayne Anne Krentz, Debbie Macomber, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Geralyn Dawson, Suzanne Brockmann, and more! And these are JUST the pictures from Wednesday!

Winners from yesterday’s contests–drawn randomly by comment number: Writers’ giveaway: Biddy. Readers’ giveaway: May. (Email me with your addresses!)

Check back tomorrow for more pictures and Thursday’s report from the RWA conference in Reno! I’ll be adding daily to the pictures on the photoblog. :mrgreen:


  1. Michelle says:

    Love the pictures!! Can’t wait to see the rest in your photoblog.:thumbsup:

  2. Biddy says:

    Love the photos!


    WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! I WON!!!! Thanks Suzanne!!:bananadance::hyper:

  3. Mary says:

    Great pics. It was fun, wasn’t it?

  4. Cherlyn says:

    Wow! That was a spectacular view! And it looks like the RWA is such a good time!

  5. Eve says:

    So, you karate chopped the bear before it could get to Kacey, but I noticed from Jill’s pictures that you let two of them sneak up on her:razz: Loved the pictures! I also visited your cat photos – Buttercup is cute. Reminded me of a cat I knew that had never been outdoors. My cousins had a problem with mice in their new (old and pre-restoration) home – so they set out humane traps. Every morning they got up and the traps would be overturned and empty. Seems the cat let the mice go at night so that she could play with them. Actually saw her play with one once – she’d play a little, stop and groom, and then look back for the mouse, which by that time had scampered away. She looked simply confused.:rolleyes:

  6. Estella Kissell says:

    Great pics:thumbsup:
    If there isn’t a picture of the author in the back of a book I’m reading, I always wonder what they look like. Your pictures tell me:bananadance:

  7. kacey says:

    Thank GOODNESS Suzanne saved me from that horrible bear ATTACKING me!!:fryingpan: She is a GOOD FRIEND!!! I was so scared ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    And her friends Gena and LaShon were so nice and friendly and cool. (I’d never met them before) Heck her other friends were cool and fun too. I think Suzanne just does fun, cool friends. :mrgreen: (and honestly, I’m not just saying that because I’m one of her fun, cool friends… :mrgreen: :rotfl: )

  8. Toni Anderson says:

    LOL–Suzanne lovely pictures but obviously when you wrote Loreth was from Australia you actually meant Canada via Africa!!!

    You obviously had a ball and I’m SO sorry I only saw you once:sad: Love being reminded of the whole thing:thumbsup:

  9. Cece says:

    Great pics! Mary Schramski (hope I spelled that right) is doing a week of fiction so I’ve been getting a sneak peek of her NEXT Book. It’s great! :bananadance:

  10. Suzanne says:

    Toni, I know!! I realized that just now and had edited it out but you caught me first. Loreth can tell you that I’ve accused her of being from Australia before. For some reason, my brain is convinced she IS from Australia and it would be much easier for me if she would just move there, LOL. :wall:

  11. Suzanne says:

    Yes, Mary’s book, What To Keep, is really good! I’m lucky enough to have read it before she sold it.

  12. Toni Anderson says:

    Suzanne–sometimes things get hardwired into your head. I’m the same. People keep saying I’m Scottish–I’m not, I’m English, but I lived in Scotland for 12 years. Sometimes it is hard to say what you are and where you’re from without a lengthy discussion. Now I stick to British with stints in Australia and Canada. Yikes. And I’m supposed to be able to write a synopsis???:fryingpan:

  13. Amy K. says:

    Great pictures, Suzanne! I loved meeting you and boogeying at the HQ party with you (in spite of my protests.) :mrgreen:

  14. Sandy Jones says:

    Suzanne ~ a note to tell you that I enjoyed your workshop in Reno! It really was one of the best!

  15. Kelly says:

    Yay! We love pics!! :bananadance:

  16. Toni Anderson says:

    And I meant to say–I missed your workshop because of the PRO retreat:sad: but I’m really looking forward to the tape!!!!

  17. Mร ili says:

    Yay! Thanks for the photo of Alyssa and her cart! ๐Ÿ˜€ I had a thrill out of that one. Thaks for other photos, too. Me like photos veddy munch.

  18. Sasha says:

    I’m stealing a copy of that picture!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. ruby55 says:

    Congrats to the winners of Suzanne’s prizes.

    Your pictures here are great. I still have to look at your other ones but since I haven’t slept yet I’d better get to bed before I turn my internal clock completely upside down. It’s pretty well there again. It always happens when I have to clear up some mess on the computer: freezing, virus, etc. No matter how careful I am, it just keeps happening.

    Did you get to meet Suz Brockmann? Just wondered. I’m going to be starting “Breaking Point” (her newest) today.

    Hope you’re all set again at home.:???:

  20. Tori says:

    Love the pictures!!!

  21. Mik says:

    LOVE the pictures. I hate I missed Reno. And OMG where did you get your smilies? I’m sooo jealous! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Melissa says:

    Awesome pics, Suz. Wow, what a fantastic time you must have had.

    :hissyfit: I wanted that 300 pg. ms

    Oh well, people in hell..right?

  23. Alyssa says:

    Love the pictures! Could I get a copy of the one you have of me and the cart? I’d love to have a print made. My e-mail is alyssa @ (without the spaces).

    Thanks tons!

  24. Carol says:

    Congratulations Biddy and May!

    Great pictures, Suzanne! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Juanita Stender says:

    Oh I am so glad to see that I didn’t break your camera Suzanne!:razz:Reno was great. I also got to meet Suzanne Brockman. She is a wonderful person. After the book signing she invited people to come up to her suite and have pizza. That was awesome!She was very approchable and seem geniunely interested in her readers. I guess people named Suzanne are just naturally great!

  26. Teresa says:

    I love the pictures! All so wonderful!

  27. Lynn Daniels says:

    Loved seeing this pictures, and I’m hopping over to your photoblog now. Thanks so much for sharing!

  28. Jill says:

    Hey, great pics!

  29. Danica says:

    Love the pics! I’m off to the photoblog. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Jaq says:

    Whoo Hoo, more pics!!

  31. Emma S says:

    Great pictures Suzanne!

    Can you beleive I came back from Reno with 5 pictures of the view from my room and that’s all? I forgot my camera every time I went somewhere good ๐Ÿ™ so I’m living vicariously through your pics!

  32. Lindsay says:

    What fun!!! I’ll bet your head is still spinning! Thanks so much for sharing!

  33. TeresaH says:

    Congrats to the winners! Love the pictures, it looks like you had a blast! Thanks for sharing them.

  34. Suzanne says:

    Sigrun, I didn’t talk with Suzanne Brockmann this year, but I’ve talked to her in the past. I was writing for Loveswept when she was, so I met her back then! She’s a very nice person!