Monday, June 10, 2013

F.U.N. at R.A.G.T.

As many of you are probably aware from the many Facebook posts, I attended Lori Foster’s Reader and Author Get Together (RAGT) in Ohio over the weekend. It was my first experience at this particular convention, as well as my first experience of really being able to participate as an author. I have Darynda Jones to thank for that.

Speaking of Darynda Jones . . . She was my bunk mate. Bless her. Not entirely sure she will ever agree to do so again. I’m kidding. She’s an amazing woman, and I’m very lucky to be able to call her my friend. Just look at how she represented Team CLP!!! She made me look good, but then again, my T-shirt made her look pretty damn spectacular in this pic as well. LOL! Right behind her is the bed where we “slept” with each other. *waggles brows* If those walls could talk . . . they might have whispered words of condolence to the incomparable Mrs. Jones. *snort*

But Darynda wasn’t the only one representing Team CLP at the convention. Check out these gorgeous hotties!!! No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That's Gayle Donnelly and Robyn Mackenzie (authors of the Blood Feud series) on either side of Darynda Jones, and on the end, is the admin of my Parker's Pimpin' Posse street team and owner of Jitterbug PR, Alicia Justice.

The original NOLA girls were back together again. Robyn Mackenzie, me, Gayle Donnelly, Patricia Dechant, and Britta Urquhart. We are so LOUD when we're together, mostly because of all the laughing which tends to draw even more people in.

There was debauchery to be had . . . and booze. Patrón might have been a culprit. In my defense, I don't recall purchasing very many of the margaritas and shots that found their way in front of me. Pretty sure there was a conspiracy going on, but I got wise to it after that first night. Think I'll just take this opportunity to add a bit of a disclaimer *clears throat* No NYT and USA Today bestselling authors were harmed in the making of this adventure, but we annihilated some onion rings and beer cheese sauce. Patricia Dechant, aka C. S. Maxwell, obviously had a lascivious affair going on with them, and I've got the proof. Have a look here:

Darynda and I were quite entertained.

Friday was our dear friend, Britta Urquhart's 40th birthday! That's her . . . down there . . . standing up . . . with all the, um, blue shirt between Robyn and Gayle's heads. She looks FABULOUS, doesn't she??? 

So fabulous in fact, that she ended up handcuffed to cover model extraordinaire, Billy Freda!! The poor dear . . . 

*disclaimer* Blame Patricia Dechant for the blurry photos. My bestie cannot take a clear pic to save her life. This was a theme. I kid you not.

Obviously, I was afraid for Britta, and being the amazing friend I am, I had to help get her out of those handcuffs. Otherwise, how would I get in them? You see the type of sacrifice I'm willing to make for my friends? 

I'm sworn to secrecy on the topic of Britta's expression in this pic, but LOOK at how determined I am to set her free. My devotion knows no bounds. True story. 

They were plastic cuffs for chrissakes and NOTHING was working. I was understandably worried that Britta might be handcuffed to a gorgeous cover model for the rest of her life (read: I might never be handcuffed to a gorgeous cover model for the rest of my life).

And then Scott Nova showed up to save the day. Naturally, I shoved those other two out of my way, used them as stepping stones to get at Scott, and then assumed the position . . . for my photo op, of course. My hero! 

*girly swoon*

Psst . . . Scott Nova is a total fangirl. Even asked me to autograph his abs so he could have it tattooed there, but I refused because tattoos are forever, but our love affair might not be - on my side, not his. True story. Ask him yourself. 

However, THIS love affair will last a thousand lifetimes. Ladies and gents, let me introduce you to Robyn Peterman, author of How Hard Can It Be? and Pirate Dave's hot little mama. Go to that link and check her out. This lady is the total package, and I wanted to stick her in my pocket and steal her away. She wouldn't have complained. As you can tell by the pic below, she couldn't keep her hands off me. It was quite embarrassing how badly she wanted my body. Accosted me and all . . . (pay no attention to the Michelin man that found his way around my waist - apparently, I'm irresistible). 

As is Robyn, so I gave in. And our love affair began. Don't tell Darynda or Scott or Patricia or Billy or Brandon (the bartender). It'll break their hearts. 

But the absolute BEST time I had was when this gal was on the scene. Jowanna Delong Kestner, admin of Pimpin' Reads and the designer of my website. Jo couldn't say ANYTHING without causing me to double over in side-splitting laughter. I love her! I love her! I love her! And she represented, too . . . 

I got to meet a few other incredible ladies as well: Amanda Usen, Macy Beckett, Julie Lindsey, Donna McDonald, and J.M. Madden. Please check out each of these amazing authors, bloggers, and models. They help make our world go 'round and have left permanent fingerprints on my heart. *sniffle*

I never wanted RAGT to come to an end, but alas, all good things must. After all, I have copy edits for book #2 in my Million Dollar Duet, A MILLION GUILTY PLEASURES, waiting in my inbox with a hot deadline. Plus, being around all the word lovers, talking about plots, characters, and story arcs is THE most important part of conventions because it stokes that spark into a full-on inferno and I MUST write 'til I die, which will never happen because writing makes me feel alive. And with that, I'm out.



  1. I love you so much you sexy beast! Ima get one of those shirts and follow you around to conferences now. *fans face* Muwah!!! xoxoxox

    1. OMG! You are so friggin' cute!!!! You kept disappearing on me ... said no stalker ever. Ooooh, we can stalk EACH OTHER!!! Skip around, pinkies linked, and all! #Bangaray #Makingthathappen #hashtaghell #LOL!

      P.S. Y'all should know Julie is a Twitter addict ;)

      FLYAS, dollface!!!

  2. I love you so much C.L. Parker it was so much fun meeting you in person finally after all these years. My cheeks are still hurting from all the laughing we did. It was a great weekend. Can't wait to do it all over again next year!


    1. Ditto, doll! I simply LOVE to laugh! I should post that video of me fangirling Gayle and Robyn ... PMSL!!!

  3. OMG, girl. You were supposed to burn all the pictures of me!!!
    And I'm glad you didn't post the nekked ones of me I heard were floating around, lol.
    As far as the pics of you and Robyn? **stern look inserted here** I am so freakin' jealous right now I could spit nails.
    RAGT may be just a memory right now, but DAYUM, is it a great one!

    1. Sorry, Trishy-pooh ... but if you want alla this, don't you think others will too? Should've been in on the action instead of gettin' your karaoke on. *sangin* Big wheel keep on turnin' ... proud Mary keep on burnin' ...

  4. I misses you already!!!! What fun. I have never had so much fun at a conference, I swear. And thanks SOOOOO much for the lap dance. You da bomb!

    1. Anytime, lusciousness! Hope that stain comes out. Note to self: the shamwow is best used by the recipient, not the dancer ... unless they're nekkid *waggles brows*

      And OHMYGAAAWWWWDDDD!!!! It's Darynda Jones!!!!!!!!!!!! *side whisper* I took her picture while she was eating, hope she didn't see me do it.

      Buahahahahahah!!!! My lover, the celebrity.

  5. HOW DID I MISS THE TEQUILA AND ONION RINGS?! That's it - duct tape or super glue? Next time I'm not leaving your side. Darynda, make room for meeeeeeeeeeeee, luvva luvva!

    1. *shrugs* How could you not HEAR all of the debauchery??? I thought you were just being anti-social ... didn't want to be seen with us in public. ROFL!!!

      Darynda may shove me out of the way to make room for a hottie like you ;)


    2. love your books. You had way too much at the conference..but you worked for it. Glad you had fun. sue Leecg