Because when duchesses do something, they do it right, and we took the RWA® National Convention by storm, darling.
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.
On Thursday, the Duchesses all dressed up in their finest and attended high tea at the Ritz in Buckhead.
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.
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!
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.
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.