Obviously, one of the best parts of attending RWA is meeting the authors you read and love. And lucky for us, many of the authors were willing to take a moment out of book-signings and parties to pose for a few pictures with us.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips had just run out of books to sign, but she was kind enough to snap a picture with us. Unfortunately, you'll have to wait until late August to read her next book, Heroes Are My Weakness, but we were lucky enough to receive an advance copy. And we can tell you this much: It's excellent!

The lovely paranormal romance author Nalini Singh was a little starstruck after snapping this pic with romance royalty, but granted the (decidedly less royal) BookPage editors a picture. Singh is a master of the paranormal romance genre, writing long before vampires and zombies sunk their teeth into the masses a few years back. Her latest book, Shield of Winter, was recently reviewed by BookPage. 

When Sarah Morgan (author of the contemporary romance Suddenly Last Summerour Top Pick in Romance for July) chatted with us during her signing, she was just as charming as you would expect someone who writes such delightful romances to be. However, we were surprised to discover, through her accent, that she's British! Of course, this only added to her charm.

We were delighted to run into Julie James at a party, as Trisha had just recommended her books to a friend. Needless to say, a new Julie James fan was born. Her latest book, It Happened One Wedding, follows sister-of-the-bride Sidney as she tries her hardest to ignore the allure of the bad boy best man. Spoiler: She doesn't do the best job of it. 

Mary Jo Putney, recipient of an RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, has certainly earned her stripes. With more than 40 published books to her name (her most recent historical romance, Not Quite a Wife, will be reviewed in our September issue), she's a champion of the romance genre. 

But perhaps my favorite RWA meetup was with our RITA-nominated reviewer, Christie Ridgway. Ridgway is the author of Beach House No. 9, and the first book in her Cabin Fever series, Take My Breath Away, was released this May. We were able to grab lunch in between meetings and danced the night away at the Harlequin party (stay tuned for a roundup of the party scene at RWA!).

You can check out all of our coverage of the 2014 RWA conference here

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