What a busy couple of weeks I’ve had!
First, I flew to Vancouver and watched, fascinated, as Kevin Sorbo and other members of the cast of the Lifetime movie of “The Last Chance Cafe” brought MY story to life! (Kevin, I’m here to tell you, is seriously cute, not to mention gracious, and he SO nailed my character, Chance Qualtrough, who is called Chance Coulter in the movie. ) As I understand it, the movie will be shown in November. You may rest assured that there will be plenty of advance notice on the website. The whole cast is excellent, and they were kind enough to include a very star-struck writer in some lively conversation. If you haven’t done so already, please check out Kevin’s website–kevinsorbo.com.
I’d barely dumped my suitcases and washed my laundry when it was off to Atlanta for a week, to attend the annual Romance Writers of America conference. As usual, I had a wonderful time. And you should see Debbie Macomber! She’s looking skinny. and oh-so-glam.
Highlights were: Nancy Berland’s breakfast and lunch events for such bookselling and publishing notables as Daisy Marlys, of “Publisher’s Weekly”. Dinner at Nicolai’s, with my long-time agent and friend, Irene Goodman. (The food was presented with a flourish, and we each got a rose at the end!) The Harlequin people gave me the star-treatment, and I lapped up every minute of it. As if that weren’t enough, assistant Jen and I had the privilege of nearly colliding with none other than Morgan Freeman as we were entering an elevator at the Ritz Carlton, and we also ran into a delightful four-year-old who could sing most of Johnny Cash’s repretoire! She did the first line of “Jackson”, from her stroller, no less, and it was a kick.
Atlanta is a beautiful, friendly city, if a little hot and muggy for my taste. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered so many engaging, warm people all in one place! We made a pilgrimage to the Margaret Mitchell house, and also visited the Coca-Cola museum and the best aquarium I’ve evr seen. Of course, I worked in some shopping, too.
Big news on the home front: I’ve made an offer on the lake house I told you about, and it has been accepted. It’s twenty-five minutes from this house, and has a perfect office with a view of the lake!
Truly, I am blessed.
And you are among the greatest of those blessings!