All right! As promised I’m back and ready to talk about the Emerald City Writers Conference! Well, it was fabulous. Absolutely fabulous, and I must tip my hat (if I wore one) the conference committee and all the volunteers. The location was amazing, the Hilton in Bellevue. So bright and cheery (lots of glass). It was also a bit brisk, but I understand that was due to a boiler issue over the weekend. No matter, I’d rather be cold than hot.

I saw old friends, and met new ones that I’d only spoken with in forums and online. Like Gwen (my roommate!) and M.G. another Cobblestone Press writer!

My favorite part about a conference is the networking, and I did a ton of it this weekend! First, I want to recommend everyone be a part of their local chapter’s board. I’m currently the Vice President of GSRWA, and plan to run for President next month. Being on the board is a great way to get involved, and it allows you so many opportunities.

The board at our local conference always invites editors and agents out to dinner one night. In the past couple of years I’ve attended and have met wonderful agents and editors, some of whom remember me and say hi at conferences. Be still my heart! :) You get the scoop on the industry, get a deeper glimpse on the personalities of these agents/editors, and–the best yet–you realize that they are indeed normal people. Just like you and me. So of course, the dinner was a big highlight for me (and I even ate pretty good!). And I was also fortunate enough to get some bar time in (we all know writers love the bar) getting to know another agent. Mainly because I was lucky enough to tag along with one of her clients (Thanks Lauren:). But still, it was so much fun and informative!

Christina Dodd spoke Friday night about the writer process and how it might change for some over the years. I loved this and figured out who I write like. Jayne Anne Krentz gave a fabulous speech on the pitfalls you might experience in your career. Jane Porter gave a speech that left not a dry eye in the house. And Cherry Adair sent us running out of the building pumped up and excited, by her continuous generosity and enthusiasm for the writers that attended. Cherry is still my hero (but you all know that!)

I pitched to three people (more so for the practice, since I’m a little out of it!) and sadly only managed to attend one workshop. But I LOVED it. Mary Buckham’s workshop on The Seven Deadly sins of the Synopsis (since you know, I’d rather have a root canal than write one). It was excellent! I’m a little more excited now. I think I’ll pull out that bad boy and see how many sins it’s committing.

Oh and another highlight? I was recognized at the luncheon for my sale of Dangerous Grounds (since it was my first single title) to Samhain Publishing. After I collected my reward and returned to my table, the Border’s representative I happened to be sitting by told me to give her my card and she’d be sure to order my books when they came out! See how that networking thing works? I was thrilled!

So overall it was a fabulous conference, and I’ve been hearing that all around. You all should plan on coming some day!

I’m back from the Emerald City Writer’s Conference, and I’m two hairs short of being a walking zombie. But I had a GREAT time. I’ll talk all about it in another post. But for right now I’m over at Naughty and Spice talking about Halloween costumes and what people have worn in the past. Dare you share? Come visit and see the, err, somewhat unique (disgusting?) pic.

P.S. Did you see that Naughty and Spice was mentioned in the RWR by Vivi Anna in her article about group promotion? We were :thumb: I pretty much screamed when Karen told me, especially since we’ve only been around 4-5 months!

Maya Banks is guest blogging on Naughty and Spice She’s discussing why, even though she writes triads, she doesn’t write them with M/M. And she wants to know what works for you in Menege books, and what doesn’t. Come visit and join in the discussion!

And for the birthday girl, please click Here.

Okay…I must say, I MADE IT THROUGH THE WEEK WITHOUT GETTING SICK!!! (And if anyone says knock on wood, so help me God I will hunt you down! :)

So tomorrow is the kick off of the Emerald City Writers conference. And I’m soooo excited. I get to spend a weekend away in a nice hotel, sharing a room with Gwen (who I have yet to meet but she’s a fabulous Diva!) and I get to mix and mingle with friends, editors, and agents. I love it! I walk away so inspired, every year. Not to mention my idol Cherry Adair will be there speaking many words of wisdom. (Remember I won her trip to Nationals last year!) I’m so excited!

Myspace Graphics - Dancing Spidey

So I may not be around for the weekend, scratch that, I won’t be around!

On a last note… Googling around, I found this review of my book Cabin Fever (so thank you to Valerie for a wonderful review!)

“This reviewer fell in love with the characters and her toes curled while reading the hot sex scenes that were both sensual and very romantic. You may need a tissue for this story, this reviewer certainly got choked up at the end. This reviewer is going to head over the Cobblestone Press and see what other juicy stories this author has to offer.” 5 hearts, Valerie, Love Romances and More

Have a great weekend!

So I’m on like day four of having a sick kid. This is just the lamest bug! And I’m REALLY hoping I don’t get it, and if I do it better not hit until AFTER the Seattle conference. Grrr.

I’m debating what to write between books. I need to wait a couple days before I look at the Heiress book. I’ve considered writing a short story to sub, my coffee bean between books (You know, to cleanse my palate. How you smell coffee beans between scents or something. Okay. Or I’m just an idiot.) I’m not sure what to do, I’m about to dive into the second book related to my Heiress book (the secondary character’s book!) but I want to wait a week or so. What do you all do when you finish a big project?

Anyway, I just thought I’d say…

I’m over at Naughty and Spice talking all about the party I went to and even have pics of me in my costume. Come on over! (not you Aunt Nina! I’ll email you pics ;)

But if you just want to hang out here….

Oh my gosh I’m so tired and so giddy at the same time! I just finished a writing blitz (5.5k tonight!) and completed my novel that has been on the back burner for years! (With a barfing sick kid for the past three days might I add!)

I love this book, I hope it finds a great home! But first, a little editing, my friend. I’m just so excited!! Heiress under Covers (my non-erotic romance!) is DONE! This is the book that finaled in the Best First Line contest in Romance Divas:

The Hunk-A-Hunk-A Burning Love Chapel smelled like stale beer and B.O.

So I discovered the coolest thing (yes, apparently I’ve been living in a cave the past few years!) All my computer time is spent on a laptop. In bed, in a chair, at the table, but mostly it’s with that computer sitting, well, on my lap. And you know, those suckers get HOT. I started to get tired of those nasty burns up and down my legs. So then came the process of shoving pillows under my laptop, and having to lift my hands to type.

The other day I went to Office Max to pick up some more paper and ink cartridges. Of course I had to peruse the aisles to see what other fun things they had. And I saw…this!

They actually make desks to put on your laps so you don’t burn your ovaries into oblivion! I’m so excited! I waited a few days, telling myself it was a luxury item I can’t afford right now. But then this morning, as I drove past the store, I said screw it. I wanted that luxury item. And now… as I type to you, I do so on my beanie bag, plastic lap desk. It’s the best!!!

Sven is still kicking my butt on the Seventy Days of Sweat. I’ve written almost 9k since Monday (and I do most of my writing at night! So it should be over 10k by Friday morning!) I’m like 5k away from finishing my book! I’m so absolutely excited. This book I wasn’t sure I’d ever finish. I kept putting it aside for other projects. But then, after writing a Brava entry, I vowed to finish it before the Seattle conference. And now I have! Or will by the end of the weekend!

So I have my costume party tomorrow, and have been working away on my costume. And here’s a picture of me doing a ‘trial run’ with the hair and makeup. So you saw in a pic from a previous post all the materials to make my head piece, and here it is in it’s finished glory. It only took a couple of hours to make! Pretty cool, huh?

So I’m doing the Seventy days of Sweat again. Anyone else? I tried to do it over the summer and completely went off kilter. I worked on/finished different projects than I said I would. But this time I’m going full out and committing to what I said I’d do. I said I’d finish one book and was completely ambiguous about the second project I’d start (because it can change at the drop of an email!)

Today was day one with Sven dominating my life, and how did I do? Well… I wrote about 3.5k and I liked it. I kept thinking, well I could stop now, since I hit the minimum. But why? Add into the fact that I had a challenge going in the evening, and I was cruising. Oh. And I really, really, wanted to hit that 80k mark on my book Heiress under Covers. And I did! *Dancing around and screaming*

Okay, onto other exciting things! So on January 1st (yes New Years day!) I have my second book with Samhain coming out. (And I have a feeling it’ll be on the coming soon page any day now!) It’s called Dangerous Grounds and it’s actually part of two books that are loosely connected that take place in Seattle. I’m going to give you a little peek at the blurb for Dangerous Grounds…and the fabulous author quote I just received today!

Something’s hot in Seattle, and it’s not just the espresso.

Good coffee and hot seduction are the ways to this woman’s heart. But a violent robbery puts her on dangerous grounds.


Madison’s needs are simple. All she wants are two things: Make Ooo La Latté the newest trend in espresso, and seduce the sexiest cop in Seattle. But things aren’t going exactly as planned.

First, Gabe’s a little hung up on the fact that she’s his best friend’s little sister, and he’s determined to be keep his hands off. Second, her shop gets robbed by the increasingly violent Espresso Bandit, and now she’s the only one who can identify him.

Gabe whisks her into hiding for her own protection, but soon finds his heart is under assault by the luscious—and persistent—Madison. But no matter where they hide, danger follows.

On such dangerous grounds, the trick will be to live long enough to keep the flame alive.

And I’m soooo excited that I’ll have an author quote from one of my fave writers, the fabulous Lauren Dane.

“Shelli Steven’s Dangerous Grounds is one sexy read! Friends to lovers is one of my favorite themes and in Dangerous Grounds Stevens gives us a mouthwateringly masculine and sexy hero who’ll protect the heroine with his own life. Wonderful sexual tension, witty dialog and a well written suspense backstory team up to give readers a thrilling ride.”

So look for more on Dangerous Grounds in the future!

And now I’m off to bed. Cause, wowsers, am I sleepy. Sort of. I’m a little pumped up, too. But alas, with pre-school for the kid it will be an early and busy morning.

I’m over at Naughty and Spice today discussing the new ugly list of Hollywood actresses. Come see and tell me whether you agree :)