Monday, July 27, 2009

The Carol Lynne Reader Weekend

When an author thinks of a 'reader weekend' with dozens of their readers in their home, in and out of their hotel room, sharing several, several hours, most authors I know wouldn't even attempt engaging. They don't know Carol...or her readers.

I was sooooo impressed with this group and how well everything went. It was truly unbelievable. EVERYONE was so polite, so nice and sweet, so helpful, and nobody wanted the weekend to end. They missed their kids and homes, but if there was a negative ion within miles of this group, I didn't detect it, and my skills are pretty sharp.

Forget that the hotel was fabulous, the food was never-ending, that the group attended a Fork & Film or Cinema Suites at the movies one afternoon. Forget that we had literally dozens of best-selling authors of erotic romance and avid readers mixed together, a pool, a hot tub/spa, and terrific Kansas City barbecue.

The group rented out the theater - quite literally - lol. These long tables? Everyone had their own reclining lounger, a waiter at your beck and call if you but flicked your little switch alerting the switchboard. There were hot moist towels for after you finished eating. Drinks, pop and popcorn if you chose, or alcoholic beverages. Meals - we're talking appetizers, full courses, whatever you wanted that was on the menu. This area of Kansas and Atlanta, Georgia are the only places where these exist. I'm not sure why, because I think the company would make a FORTUNE with them.

It was the people that made this weekend party work so well. I had more fun at this little soiree than I've had in ages. Literally ages. We shopped, swapped recipes, played "Bullshit" - and that is one fun card game. We swam, drank a bit (but not too much), watched movies, chatted, and chowed down on some great food. Carol's sisters helped ferry people to and from bus terminals and airports, and her older sister cooked burgers and hot dogs for about 30 people.

The beauty to the left, by the way, is Silver.

I'm not sure what everyone else expected. I was only worried about my friend. Hoped that everyone was pleasant (not a problem), that nobody fought or cried or ripped her off (not a fucking chance), and that she got enough rest (ok, she didn't, but...2 out of 3's not so bad).
Dudley had no problem finding pets or treats. He wasn't above asking for what he wanted either. *grin*

Not because she's my friend, but because it's true - one of the main reasons this party was fabulous was because of Carol herself. She's a tad anal, nit-picky, or whatever, but it worked to her advantage here. The details were covered. She might walk off without her wallet or her keys now and then, but bigolly everyone had a room, food to eat, a place to sleep, and plenty to keep them busy...and happy.
I wouldn't recommend this sort of thing for MOST writers, but for Carol Lynne and her group, it was absolutely perfect, and I can't wait until next year's bash.

hugs, all..
Sunny Lyn




At 7:48 PM, Blogger Theresa said...


I was so thrilled to see you again. We had a great time. I hope to see you next year.


At 9:02 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

you will :)

was so great seeing you again!!!

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Carol Lynne said...

You're far too kind to me, Sunny. We both know I was a bit of a basket case. I had so much going on in my head that there were times I couldn't even put together a complete sentence. Everyone seemed to accept that about me. Makes me wonder though. Do they all think I'm that way all the time? Yeah, probably so, and they're probably right. LOL

At 6:00 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

You are too hard on yourself. :) And OF COURSE they think you're that way all the time, though - you ARE - lol.

But we wouldn't change ya if we could.


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