Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mindy's RWA 2015 Recap

Just outside of our hotel.
Tex here and what a week it has been. I spent much of it smack dab in the middle of Times Square in New York City. RWA 2015 was a week of fun, exhaustion and a few firsts.

This was my first trip to the Big Apple. And while I didn't get to see a lot, there were plenty of great experiences. Starting with the shuttle ride to our hotel. Holy smokes! You couldn't pay me to drive in New York.

Love Inspired author Lisa Jordan was my traveling companion and roommate for the week. 
We barely had time to check into our hotel before meeting our editor, the amazing Melissa Endlich.
Melissa was our escort for our very first subway ride.
And she took us to the Harlequin offices.
Woolworth Building where the NY Harlequin offices are located.
Melissa and Mindy outside the Woolworth Building.
Harlequin Offices
The offices were much smaller and quieter than I'd expected. I thought it would be a flurry of activity. Instead, the editors were all tucked in their offices, staring at computer screens. I can only assume they were reading manuscripts.

After what was probably our only decent night's sleep,
The view from our hotel room. That's the Hudson River with New Jersey on the other side.
we ventured out to explore Times Square on our own. 
Talk about hustle and bustle.
This really is the city that never sleeps.
And we found the two best stores of all.
 The Hershey Store
and the M&M store!

At the literacy signing, I had the privilege of sitting beside Sandra Orchard who writes for Love Inspired Suspense and Revell. So fun getting to know her.

Thursday was filled with workshops, the LI Meet & Greet, lunch with my editor and the Harlequin Pajama party. Boy, was I wishing I hadn't eaten dinner.

But did I let that stop me? Of course, not.
Pajama party fun with LI authors Winnie Griggs and Belle Calhoun.
Friday, at the Harlequin book signing event, I was thrilled to meet and sit next to the incredible Mia Ross. Such a sweetheart. 

And things just wouldn't have been the same without Missy.

But the biggest deal of all was Friday night and the Harlequin Black and White Ball at the Waldorf Astoria. Naturally, I forgot to take pictures of the food, so I'm hoping Missy will share those with you later this week. 

The party was held in the Starlight Room, a definite feast for the eyes.
Starlight Room at the Waldorf Astoria.
What fun it was to dance the night away with my buds and fellow LI authors, Lisa Jordan and Susan May Warren.

The week culminated Saturday evening with the Rita and Golden Heart Awards. And there's no better way to top that off than with a slice of real New York Cheesecake from Juniors Diner.
Hey, who ate my cheesecake?
All in all, it was a fantastic week. The experience of a lifetime.
But, alas, all good things must come to an end. Sunday I was schlepping it to LaGuardia with conference brain. And there's only one thing you can do then...


  1. What an amazing time! Thanks for sharing it, Mindy! I love going to NYC, it's one of my favorite places to visit. We're going next month, pre-9/11 to have a visit with my boys and stop by the 9/11 Memorial and a Yankees game and wander.

    There is nothing like New York. It's just crazy good crazy.

    I've never had Junior's cheesecake! Obviously I'm missing out! Glad you're back, Tex!

    1. Ruthy, you're fortunate to live so close and have family in the city. You can visit whenever you like, enjoy and then go back home. I wish I'd had more time to do more stuff.

    2. Oh Ruthy, yes, you must try Juniors. Although I have to admit, I prefer their corn beef sandwich.

    3. If I'd have only had more time... πŸ˜‰

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience. Love traveling by proxy. LOL All those picture of NYC make me dizzy. So much going on -- I think I'd be overwhelmed with all the lights and activity. The conference sounds like so much fun -- and getting to go to the Harlequin offices -- wowzers! So what's on the agenda this week? Catching up on your sleep?

    1. Did that yesterday, Kav. Now it's on to things like laundry. Bleck.

      It was very overwhelming at times. Definitely a small doses kind of place. A Broadway show might be a nice escape, though. 😊

  3. Hi Mindy, Great photos. And oh my goodness, those dessert layouts were amazing. How do you decide what to take?

    Looks like so much fun. Hope you're getting a nice nap.

    1. Did you not see my plate, Sandra? I simply took one of everything. πŸ˜‰

    2. I saw your plate, but looked like lots more on the table. I'm proud of you. One of everything. That is the way to go. chuckle.

    3. Well, it was a rather small plate. ;)

  4. It looks like you had tons of fun, Mindy!

    1. I really did, Jan. Harlequin is so good to their authors. And the Let's Talk sessions they had on Wednesday were so informative. We write for a great company.

    2. I have to echo that! I felt so appreciated.

  5. I knew you were going to post photos before I could again this year!! LOL So I'm going to do mine anyway on Friday. :) Loved your photos!!

    1. Yes! I expect you to post your pictures, too, Missy. I forget to take pix of half of the things I'd intended to anyway, so I'm sure you've got plenty more. Can't wait to see them.

  6. Your pictures are perfect for my post tomorrow!

    Such fun to hang out with you, Mindy, despite all the talk of scorpions and snakes.

    1. Brings to mind that old Jim Stafford song, doesn't it Mary/Cate?