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Upcoming appearance in Reno

96b7abfd-50c6-451c-9d1a-447e89293616It’s almost here! This week marks my 7th RT Convention. This convention holds a special place in my heart because its where I finally met one of my favorite people, Rene, in person. We’d met online at fanfiction.net, becoming fans of each others stories. My username is ruthless527 and she is DaphneRene.

When I saw that the convention was close to her in Southern California and they had a 2 day beginning writers workshop, I asked if she would be willing to attend with me. We’ve gone together almost every year since. *I missed the one in New Orleans a few years back due to life getting in the way.

formalRT2013The second year we went was in Chicago and that’s where we met our fabulous friend, Amanda. We’ve been the Three Musketeers at RT ever since. This is where we get to let loose and party and geek out at all the amazing authors we’ve been admiring for years. I thought I was going to pass out when I met Richelle Mead and then Cassandra Clare.

This year RT is in Reno, NV which is only a 2 hour drive from my home. Which means I can bring home as many books and swag as I can fit in my car, not just my suitcase. Whoo hoo!! A couple of my favorite writing buddies are also going this year so we’re going to have a blast!

So, if you’re in the Reno area, come to the Giant Book Fair on Saturday, May 19th at the Peppermill Resort. The cost is only $10 for the fair or free with a library card. Or stay the whole day for $55 and mingle with a room of amazing authors and then party with us in the evening. And make sure you find me in YA Alley and pick up some swag, buy a signed copy of Pucker Up in the original cover which is going to be a collector’s item, or just say Hi! I’ll also have copies of Mr. Whiskers to sign.

Stop by and get a sneak peek of the next book in the Damsels of Distress series, Sucking Face, coming out in late July. I’ll have pre-order information and details about a Goodreads giveaway I’ll be launching soon. You can also check back here for the 411.

I can’t wait to meet you at RT Reno!


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Happy Valentine’s Day World!!

I found a wonderful saying on Facebook this morning that reminded me of a conversation I had the other day with one of my dearest friends that I felt very fitting on this day of love and appreciation.



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Three cheers for friends and Alan Rickman

I’m very thankful for all the friends I’ve acquired over the years. From my writer friends who support me through the first, second, nineteenth draft of my manuscript, to the friends who not only bought my book when it was released but actually read it too, I’m so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people.

On the resolution front, I crossed another Alan Rickman movie off my list: Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Man, was that movie gross! But so tragic and hilarious at the same time. I loved Mrs. Lovett; such a savvy business woman. And Judge Turpin—what a disturbing man. Rickman portrayed him well, but I felt he could have been a little creepier. I’ll blame the director and editing. I wasn’t surprised that Rickman had a nice singing voice considering the man could seduce the most hardened woman simply by reading the phone book. He could make a killing reading audio books.  I know I’d buy all of them. I wonder if he’d consider reading my book.

Also, don’t forget to enter my book giveaway on Goodreads. My goal is to reach 500 entries by Thanksgiving. Happy reading!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Pucker Up by R.A. Gates

Pucker Up

by R.A. Gates

Giveaway ends November 30, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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