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Deet’s Glorious Adventure (Part 2)

The second day of the Historical Romance Retreat in Spokane, Washington was a morning to late night affair. (For some photos of day one scroll down the blog to Monday’s post.) Day two started with Author Chats/Presentations I sat in on a panel consisting of Julia London, Katherine Bone, Valerie Bowman, Tessa Dare, Rose Lerner, Darcy Burke, Wendy LaCapra, Karen Hawkins and Jenn LeBlanc. I also played a game of Regency Charades with Karen Hawkins and Victoria Alexander. But the high light of the afternoon was  the High Tea held in the Marie Antoinette Ballroom. As you can see below the tea tables were exquisite and I can relate, delicious. The little favor boxes contained a gift from Delilah Marvelle which I’ll show you later. In the photo of me I’m wearing my take on a 1930’s outfit.

After the Tea there was free time until the 8 pm Historical Gaming Night where we played various gambling games from history.  Carol and I played Bone-Off (yes, I know that name would conjure lascivious thoughts but it was quite tame) and I did win eight or ten raffle prize entries.  Alas, I didn’t win a prize.

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The evening wound down (or revved up depending on your take) with the Absinthe and Abigail  Party, where we imbibed the drink and then along with the green fairies found our rooms for the night. Here is a photo of the gifts from Delilah Marvelle, a beautiful brooch that was in that cute favor box at Tea, and from Renee Bernard a lovely mirror compact in the shape of a rose.  The charm bracelet was in my registration goodie bag. Stay with me for the Grand Ball will blow you away in a future post.

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Deet’s Glorious Adventure (Part 1)

I’m home from the Historical Romance Retreat that was held in Spokane, Washington at the Historic Davenport Hotel.  I Had a fabulous good time!!! The hotel was so beautiful ( I had photos on here last week and if you scroll down the blog you can see some of the ornate public rooms.) I thought for this look at the retreat I would start with my room that was fit for a queen. The bed so high I had to take a running leap to get into it.

After  a very good night’s snooze, I made my way to the registration room to be greeted by Delilah Marvelle and Renee Bernard, I was handed a tote bag crammed with paperback books, a charm bracelet with 50 charms, and a hand made folding envelope with the Retreat’s schedule.  Then I was ushered into the next room and told to help myself to more goodies off the swag table. (Who doesn’t love being showered with free goodies???)

After check-in it was time to meet fellow readers, bloggers and authors.  And it was one superstar after another.  (clockwise from left:Tessa Dare, Erin Knightly & Elizabeth Essex, Collette Cameron & Victoria Vane, Deb Marlowe (RT.), Deet and Renee Bernard.)

Not only superstars but SUPERSTARS of Romance writing and blogging. I had lunch with blogger , Carol Cork, and author, Mary Balogh ( in case you are wondering how to pronounce her name it is like Kellogg but with a “B”.) Then there is Wendy Loverage who reviews for several blogs and Carol. Wendy also was at lunch with us. This last picture gives you a good idea of the ornate architecture of the Historic Davenport.

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That first night there was a gathering so that all could get to know each other, after which we walked a half block to the Bing Crosby Theater for an old movie complete with popcorn, candy and raffle prizes.  I won the DVD of the movie which was “The Lady and The Law” with Greer Garson and Fernando Lamas.

I will have more to show and tell soon…

Here is Deet lounging in the beautiful lobby:

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