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Last night was INCREDIBLE.
Every aspect of #WineWithWritersATL was so fantastic — the music, the wine, the food, the ambience. But nothing topped THE READERS! ❤ I cannot express how grateful I felt last night; your presence and energy and genuine love for all of us means everything. I only wish there was more time last night to sip & chat… y’all are the BEST. And Quan and LaShawn… hey y’all! 😀 Can I just say how thrilled I was to see you?! *hugs*
Special thanks to Nia Forrester, the originator of #WineWithWriters. Three years ago, Nia launched this event in Washington, D.C. then again in Philadelphia and now in the A. Because of her vision, readers were able to enjoy a casual, engaging literary experience in southwest ATL last night and have what Lily Java perfectly sums up — an intimate, no-holds-barred discussion about the books we love and why we love them. I am still full just thinking about it. Nia, your brainchild is truly something special and I continue to be in awe of your talent, humility and benevolent spirit… congrats on another huge success!
Wine With Writers was a sold-out event… a for real, turning-people-away-at-the-door, sold-out event. Last night was by no means an easy feat. From the planning and the space itself to the transition between the mixer to the discussion to the book signing, it was all on point. Jacinta Howard, you da real MVP. Thank you so, so much for leading the charge and, most important, just being you. I could see your heart in every detail last night… you are amazing!
Definitely can’t forget to express my sincere appreciation for Grace Octavia. It was a pleasure meeting you, Grace, and thank you for moderating our discussion!
And to my sister writers — Jacinta, Lily, Nia, and now DL and Tasha — I am so inspired by and grateful to know you. Keep sharing your incredible gifts with the world… I love y’all! ❤
ICYMI: Check out a couple of clips below from the event.
I don’t always read at events but when I do… 😀
Y’all. I just got home a couple of hours ago. Dropped my stuff and ran back out, running errands to get ready for the work week. I’ve been mentally gathering what I wanted to say about my NYC weekend; to sum it up – #BehindThePen17 was BEAUTIFUL. Beautiful space. Beautifully decorated. Beautiful authors and readers and organizers and volunteers… yeah. Just beautiful. I should probably use another word, but that’s what it was. And, from beginning to end, the love was genuine. Plus, the music and the laughter and the selfies and the food and the energy… all of it was magic.
Kudos and a hundred hugs to Sharee and Saida for your vision and love for indie authors. You are AMAZING. That you would celebrate us in such an incredible way – in NYC?! – means so much. Thank you to the organizers, sponsors and volunteers; you made this event feel so warm and welcoming. Again, you are all incredible and thank you Sistah Girls Book Club for such a memorable experience!
Then I had dinner with my faves Saturday night. It was the first time Nia, Jacinta, Lily and I were all in the same city and the same space together – sooo much fun and the perfect way to close out the day. The conversation hit on a little bit of everything including our upcoming projects. *crickets* lol At least for me because writing has been on hold for a good minute because, well… life.
That’s when the realest moment of the weekend happened for me.
Leave it to my faves to come through with some inspiration. Love y’all. ❤
Hours later, I made it back to my hotel feeling a little lighter. True, life gets in the way. But I’m blessed to have writer friends who reminded me that sometimes life IS the way… and you simply channel your energy and write anyway. Escape and create. Because writers write.
I stayed up late with my best girl (my mom is so awesome; love her beyond words!), hanging out at Broadway Lounge, discussing the swirlnado in my mind over stiff drinks and yummy cheesecake.
This morning, I woke up feeling good. Really good.
Time to get back to work.
Hey y’all… we outchea!!! Join us from now until 4pm. Hope to see you soon. 💜
Fall in love again…
The new FULL-LENGTH NOVELS from the authors of ‘Because My Heart Said So’ are here!
ACCEPTABLE LOSSES by Nia Forrester: http://amzn.to/2hTDNEp
BLIND EXPECTATIONS by Jacinta Howard: http://amzn.to/2i5gnwv
BLUR by Rae Lamar: http://amzn.to/2hAb6tm
BLACKBIRDS by Lily Java: http://amzn.to/2hTPdbs