Friday, October 31, 2014

I'm a wedding crasher!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Last weekend, Maggie and I attended the Novelists Inc. writers conference in St. Pete Beach, Florida.  OMG -- every time I go, my head wants to explode because I've learned soooooo much. I take copious notes, and even do some work at the conference.

For instance, I knew I wanted to get my new book, With Baited Breath, up for preorder, but I was afraid.  Don't ask me why? Maybe because the last time I tried this it was a tremendous failure. Listening to some very successful authors talk about it, I was spurred to try it again.  And now it's available for preorder for Kindle, Kindle Worldwide, iBooks, Kobo, and Nook. It'll be published on January 6th.

I wrote my newsletter (longhand), which went out yesterday.  (Missed it?  You can find it here.  Want to sign up for the next one, click here.)  Everything was energizing and exhausting at the same time.

I even finished one short story while on my working vacation, and began another.  The finished one is a Halloween story you might want to check it out since today is Halloween.  It's called Spooked! and it features my series character, Jeff Resnick.   Click any of the links for a description.  Kindle, KindleWorldwide, iBooks, Kobo, Nook, Smashwords.

On Friday afternoon, the hotel began setting up for a wedding in the courtyard.  The weather was absolutely perfect.  All the doors to the rooms overlook the courtyard. About 6 pm, the DJ started cranking up and it was LOUD. Mr. L and I went out to see what was going on, just as the bridal party was being introduced.  This wasn't like most weddings I've been to.  Next up was bridal couple dancing to John Legend's All of me, and EVERYBODY was singing along.  Not just in the wedding, but those of us on the balcony. Then we watched the Father-Daughter and Mother-Son dances.  Dad and daughter were sweet, but mom and son started out with a slow dance, and then the music changed three times and you would have though you were watching Dancing with the Stars, they did a risque routine that had everyone laughing.

Through out the evening we popped out of our room to join the festivities.  People were dancing and singing on the balcony and having a lot of fun.  Below us were three ladies dancing their hearts out.  Mr. L and I even danced a few of the slow numbers.  It was wonderful, and so much fun to watch the bride throw the bouquet and then the garter catch.  We missing the cutting of the very small cake, but it was surrounded by VERY TALL pink cupcakes and my mouth was watering, wishing I could have one.  The people dancing often looked up and waved to us.  At 10 pm the party ended (well, for those of us on the balcony--they moved it to another part of the resort and we heard music playing for another two hours).

When I returned home, I read on the author loop that some people were upset that the resort hosted a wedding in the courtyard.  What party poopers!  They could have enjoyed themselves as much as those of us on the balcony did... We had almost as much fun as those at the wedding and we didn't have to get dressed up, either!

Have you ever crashed a wedding?