Monday, May 7, 2012

More pictures from the conference - continued

The hospitality suite was well provided with food, and well attended, thanks to the efforts of our Hospitality queen, Heather Palmer, and her team of volunteers, as well as donations from the Desert Rose members.

The raffles offered a slew of baskets and all kinds of prizes.  Here they are displayed in the room reserved for prizes. But this is a small part of the table running all around the room. In the back is the bookstore, handled by the Scottsdale's Barnes & Noble.

At the start of most of the general events gathering all the attendees, the raffle was drawn. These two gentlemen are the husbands of both Conference Coordinators. They went back and forth across the crowded room to distribute the prizes to the lucky winners. Thank you so much Mr. Graham and Mr. McBright, for helping selflessly. They also provided the muscles to do the heavy lifting during the entire event.

Here are a few shots of lucky winners.

The baskets were quickly stripped of their clear wrappings and explored

This prize front and center came in a bird cage

Jordan Summer is ecstatic with her win

Gini Koch certainly bought enough tickets (the red strips spread out on the table in front of her), but she won her coveted prize... and it matches her outfit and her agent's outfit (Cherry Weiner right)

Robert F. Mager (right) is wondering what the heck his wife Eileen just won. Since I was sitting with them (left), I can tell you it's a ceramic hand to hang rings and other jewelry.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Pictures of the event - continued

Registration in the conference center lobby went very smoothly

Morning coffee between workshops on the conference center terrace

Some seriously prepared their agent/editor pitch in an isolated corner

Others waited nervously for their turn to meet said agent or editor

A professional photographer was providing head shots on CDs for $20. Authors always need new head shots for their web sites, blogs, FaceBook page, etc. This was a bargain, and the photos were great.

The food was fantastic. Even the dinner salads looked pretty

As you may not know, the conference was sold out. So, the dining room was always full for all the major events.


Besides the pictures of our main guests posted on the last blog, here are a few general shots of the book signing, handled by B&N and gathering over thirty authors.

Patricia Brooks (standing right)

And the line at the B&N cash register was long...

More pictures of the Hospitality suite and raffles to come tomorrow.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Reminiscing in pictures

From the registration desk to the raffle, to the fantastic workshops and the book signing, everything was so well orchestrated that it was a smooth ride for the attendees. I wouldn't say the organizers didn't meet challenges. I'm sure they did. But we never saw them sweat, and the event seemed flawless.

First, I want to recognize a few of the speakers the camera liked. Unfortunately they weren't all in the pictures, but here are a few hilights. 

Bob Mayer is thinking hard

Agent Cherry Weiner had a great time

Brenda Novak had a long line at the book signing

Allison Brenan (right) chatted with our Newsletter editor, author Rebecca Boshee

We also had a few local celebrities

Psychic Debbie Wellborn gave readings over the course of the three days

RWA life time Achievement Award recipient Vicki Lewis Thompson (left)
Kris Tualla, authorprenor extraordinaire and historical author (standing right)

Vijaya Schartz (far right) has blind readers (amazing what a kindle can do)

Patrizia Murray was all smiles

So was McKenzie McKade

And Katrina Covington Whitmore
Notice the gorgeous poster in the background, it's a Vijaya Schartz medieval series cover

Shelley Coriell (left) was happy to pose with her favorite author, Roz Denny Fox (right)

I'll post more pictures in a few days.