The Duchesses Do Nationals

Because when duchesses do something, they do it right, and we took the RWA® National Convention by storm, darling.

Even public transportation must be conquered with style and flair.

Even public transportation must be conquered with style and flair.

Several of us were involved in workshops, including Anne Barton, Valerie Bowman, Sara Ramsey, and me (along with our fellow Lady Scribe Erin Knightley) speaking on what an author might expect during the first year after her first contract. (See the shout-out in Beyond Her Book.)

Many of us participated in the Literacy for Life signing on Tuesday night, where we helped raise over $52,000 for literacy causes all over the world.

My station waiting for the crowds at the Literacy Signing

My station waiting for the crowds at the Literacy Signing

On Thursday, the Duchesses all dressed up in their finest and attended high tea at the Ritz in Buckhead.

Group shot, all dressed up for tea.

Group shot, all dressed up for tea.

I unfortunately, had to bow out because my publisher signing conflicted with tea. Sometimes even a duchess has appointments she can’t get out of. But my fellow duchesses were kind enough to send along these pictures, so I’d know exactly what I was missing. Don’t worry, I’ll get them back, someday when they’re not expecting it. ;-)

Yummies at Duchess Tea

Doesn’t that look delish?

At least I won't be gaining any weight (from this event, at least).

At least I won’t be gaining any weight (er, from this event).

Duchess Madeline eyes the selection.

Duchess Madeline eyes the selection.

Duchesses Sara and Tracy smile for the camera.

Duchesses Sara and Tracy smile for the camera.

Duchess Anne with two of our guests, Mary and Melanie, who won a spot at our tea in the Brenda Novak auction.

Duchess Anne with two of our guests, Mary and Melanie, who won a spot at our tea in the Brenda Novak auction.

Our other Brenda Novak guests, Ann and Joy. Thank you for helping with such a good cause!

Our other Brenda Novak guests, Ann and Joy. Thank you for helping with such a good cause!

Saturday night was the big awards ceremony. As regular readers no doubt already know, some of us were up for awards: Tracy Brogan in the Rita® for Best First Book and Sharon Wray in the Golden Heart® for Romantic Suspense with two manuscripts. While neither won those awards, Sharon did win the overall Daphne with Rogue’s Escape and Tracy won a Booksellers Best Award for her Scottish historical Highland Surrender. Congratulations, ladies!

Tracy Brogan Pub Photo Sharon Wray

And now we’ve saved the best for last. Skeptical readers might say we planned it this way, but even duchesses have their limitations, as annoying as that is. Trust us, we couldn’t have planned this if we tried. Recently we decided to invite a new duchess to our ranks. Her name is Joanna Shupe, and she was up for a Golden Heart in the historical category this year. As it happens, she won her category, and as it happens, our very own Jen McQuiston was the presenter for that category.

Joanna Shupe shows off her new bling accompanied by Duchess Diana and author Michele Mannon

Joanna Shupe shows off her new bling accompanied by Duchess Diana and author Michele Mannon

Big, big congratulations to Joanna, and welcome to the Duchesses! We’ll, um, let you know about the initiation procedure later. We promise it’s painless. Mostly. ;-)

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on “The Duchesses Do Nationals
12 Comments on “The Duchesses Do Nationals
  1. Thank you for the kind words and for the warm welcome! *curtsies* I am thrilled to now be a Duchess.

    It was lovely meeting a lot of you in Atlanta, and receiving the award from Duchess Jen was exciting. She was gracious and kind–everything one would expect from a Duchess (especially when I couldn’t find my way back to my seat!).

    Tea was lovely, and I hope the grand tradition continues in San Antonio!

  2. I am so very happy for all of you who were lucky enough to get to attend RWA. It looked like so much fun and I had a ball last week just following the blogs and pictures online. What terrific memories you brought home with you that you can treasure forever! Congratulations to everyone who won and everyone who was nominated.

  3. That was the best tea party I’ve ever had the honor to attend! I loved getting to meet my fellow duchesses in person! :) Congratulations on the success of the literacy signing. Huge congratulations to Sharon and Tracy for finaling and a big (but ladylike) whoop of joy to Joanna for her Golden Heart win. :) What a wonderful conference made all the better by an awesome group of duchesses!! :D

  4. Hi Duchesses,

    Thank you so much for auctioning off the opportunity to accompany you to tea. It was a wonderful. The duchesses were lovely, the food was scrumptious and the tea simply divine.

    Congratulations to Tracy and Sharon on the Daphne and Bookseller wins and of course, congratulations to Joanna for the Golden Heart.

    Thank you again, for allowing a few non-duchesses to join for an afternoon’s outing. :)

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