I was nervous about reading at Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC but I tried not to let it show. After all my friends had driven all the way from central Connecticut (bearing roses no less!) to hear me read and there was the other author, Megan Frampton/Megan Caldwell and her friends and family, plus loyal and enthusiastic lovers of the Romance genre.
As many of you know Lady Jane’s is a romance only reading series envisioned and founded by authors Maya Rodale, Leanna Renee Hieber and Hope Tarr, and book blogger, Ron Hogan in 2009. It is so popular that there are now satellite reading series in Denver, CO, Raleigh-Durham, NC, Naperville (Chicago area), IL, San Diego, CA and, most recently, Grenville, SC.
Needless to say, public speaking in on very few (crazy) people’s favorites list. But I still marched up those stairs and read an excerpt from my April release, Paranormal Nocturne, BEAUTY’S BEAST.
The audience was so quiet and attentive they actually made me more nervous, but I managed to get through my ten minute except. Time seemed to slow to make that feel like a hour to me. I was in such a hurry to get off that stage, I nearly forgot to thank my hosts and my friends and my husband!
Funny, because I don’t have trouble speaking before a group or doing workshops on the craft of writing. But reading my own story out loud fell into some unique category.
Then I had a nice surprise. I met a striking young woman who introduced me as an actress and model that spent three days in the studio recording BEAUTY’S BEAST for Audible Books. Kelly Rae LeGault is the reader, and how cool is it to meet the reader of my first ebook? I’m thrilled and hope that my fans will enjoy listening to this story, as well as reading it!
If you missed my reading but would like to learn more about BEAUTY’S BEAST, please join me on April 29th for the Harlequin’s Community Forum where I’ll be talking about sexy Skinwalkers and how they differ from shapeshifters.