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A Bitter Sweet Goodbye
RT BookLovers Convention Ends After 37 Years
After 37 years, the founder of RT Booklovers Convention is retiring. The top photo is Carol Stacy and me. She was the publisher of the RT Bookreviews magazine and Carol hired me as the convention publicist. Next is Kathryn Falk aka Lady Barrow and her husband Ken Rubin. They treated me, my hubby, son, and daughter like family. JoCarol Jones had been the convention director since I've been on staff. Next is Laurie Jones and me with the best photobomber of the convention. Finally, Jane Lange and me practicing those selfies. What a sweet lady. To say I have a history with this convention is an understatement. I was part of the team for 14 years--the friends, the food (sometimes), the fellowship, the networking, hundreds of workshops, and oh yeah--thousands of books.
As their publicist, I've had the humble experience to work with local, national and international media to secure interviews for cover models, New York Times authors like Sylvia Day, Heather Graham, Brenda Jackson, and round up authors in costumes for those early morning live shots and so much more. I'm in awe of the opportunities extended to me. I've met librarians, booksellers, agents, and editors. Sniff sniff, but now it's time to dry those tears as JoCarol kicks off Book Lovers Con next May with a mix of authors in diverse genres. It will be a time for celebration as authors and readers can mingle once again for the love of books.
Check out my 50 + photos at www.patsimmons.net.
Speaking of books, don't forget to make MY ROCK, Book 1 of the Caregiver series, your summer read with more than 40 great reviews. In next month's newsletter, I'll share a special testimony about this Christian romance.
Happy 35th wedding anniversary to my handsome hunk of a husband. I thank God for a good man and provider for his family. I remember our wedding day like yesterday, then one morning we woke and realized Kerry's hair was gone and mine had gray patches. LOL.
Eleven years ago, I became a published author and converted my sofa-strapped sports fanatic husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, GPS-guided chauffeur when I'm on the road for my book tours. Currently, Kerry's my administrative assistant who is constantly on probation. Footnote: he has quit a couple of times too.
Last chance! Calling all writers and aspiring authors in the St. Louis metro area. June 9th is fast approaching for the Saturday Seminar. We need a headcount for handouts. For a $50 donation, you'll get information to get published before the end of the summer. Don't miss this writing/publishing/promoting seminar. There will be give-a-ways, including the Novel Creator Softwarefor writers who are beginners, immediate, or advance, an $80 value. Email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Kansas City, here I come--twice! In a few weeks, I'm attending the Romance Slam Jam Book Lovers Conference on June 16th in K.C. I haven't been in about three years, so I'm so excited! In August, I head back to K.C. for the Romance GenreCon to represent the Christian romance genre. I'll close out my year at the Christian Book Lovers Retreat in Myrtle Beach, SC. Find out more about the event by clicking on the banners.
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That's it for me this month. Enjoy your summer and be a blessing.
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As always, thank you for spending a few minutes of your time catching up with me. Until next month, my prayer is that the Lord shine His face upon you, your loved ones, and give you peace in the midst of the worldly storms. Read, relax, and always post your reviews.