Down to Earth Romance

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(Pictured from top left: Lisa Unger with her newest release, Adele Downs and Lisa Unger, the book bingo game card, Hockessin Book Shelf, Lynn Kellan being her usual fun self, and Lynn posing with Lisa’s husband.)

My good friend, author Lynn Kellan, and I spent a totally fun book nerd night at the Hockessin Book Shelf in Hockessin, Delaware, for an evening with my favorite thriller writer, NYT best-selling author Lisa Unger. We were there to buy her new release CRAZY LOVE YOU in special edition paperback, and play book bingo. Only book lovers can appreciate a competition in which the well-read answer trivia questions about books in order to win prizes of more books (I won two games!) and Hershey’s kisses act as game pieces.

As a romance author, I spend most of my time writing stories and posting to social media. At night before bed I relax with a book. There’s a special joy in reading that has never waned for me, and spending an evening as a reader, enjoying a total fan girl experience with an author I admire, reinforced why books have been such an important part of my life. For a few hours I was able to relax and have book related fun for the simple pleasure of the experience.

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Socializing after all-day workshops highlighted my experience at the Romance Writers of America 2015 conference.

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Boroughs Publishing Group authors pictured clockwise at Becco on 46th street’s famous restaurant row, left to right: Paula Millhouse, Adele Downs, Christine Ashworth, Alanna Lucas, Jane Lynne Daniels, and Lyn Austin.

Multo bene!

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We had the best table in Becco–which included a skylight view. Mouth-watering traditional Italian cuisine and great company created the perfect evening after a long day of meetings, learning, and networking.

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Dinner on the rooftop of Lattanzi Ristorante Italiano on New York’s 46th street restaurant row was a once-in-a-lifetime experience I’ll never forget. The open air level was decorated with flowers and lit with candles and each table was accented with tapers. The Jewish-Italian style food was unique and delicious, and the service impeccable.

I ♥ New York.

Boroughs Publishing Group authors pictured clockwise, left to right: Teresa Carpenter, Nancy Sartor, Marilyn Baxter, Adele Downs.

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The rooftop was reserved just for Boroughs authors. Who could forget rooftop dining in the heart of Manhattan? Not me. Ever.

See you soon New York, I hope. Until then, I’ll be in my office, writing.

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Returned from the RWA (Romance Writers of America) national conference in New York City both energized and zombie-like. It’s a strange sensation to be simultaneously exhausted but raring to go.

This is my favorite conference souvenir. My publisher got this exactly right, wouldn’t you agree?

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During off hours, author friends from my publishing house and I walked around Times Square and watched the street performers. For a price, visitors could gather around break dancers, or have their pictures taken with costumed cartoon characters and actors dressed as the Statue of Liberty. A production company was filming a music video and the crowd was invited to sit in a section of bleachers and act as extras. We watched actors in tuxedos complete a scene for the film.

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The most interesting photo-op for hire was the naked young woman wearing only a thong, painted head to toe in red, white and blue in front, and I ♥ New York on her butt cheeks. I couldn’t help but wonder how much money she made a night. Her so-called boyfriend tried to persuade me to take a picture with her, but I declined. I wanted to cover her with my cardigan and call her mother, instead.

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More mainstream performers pitched Broadway shows in places like the Marriott Marquis on 46th and Broadway, where Romance Writers of America held their conference. These women danced and posed in the hotel lobby to promote the musical, “Chicago.”

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I might be a country girl from rural Pennsylvania, but I love visiting New York.

More soon about my trip to the RWA national conference.

Best–Adele

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This country girl is on her way to New York by train for the annual conference of Romance Writers of America. Though I love living in rural Pennsylvania, I enjoy my trips to Manhattan. I’ll share photos and news about the 35th Anniversary conference when I return.

In addition to the writing workshops, there are fun networking events on my conference schedule. A group of Boroughs Publishing authors have reservations for dinner at Becco, a restaurant owned by renowned Italian chef Lidia Bastianich (Lidia’s Italy on PBS) and her son. I love Becco and can hardly wait for my return visit. The food comes straight from heaven. The next time you’re in New York, be sure to put Becco on your must-try list. It’s a short walk to the restaurant from Times Square.

Other conference events include an invitation-only meet and greet hosted by Entangled Publishing, a Boroughs Publishing Group author mixer, a Boroughs Publishing Group Open House, and a private Boroughs author dinner. (Management has kept the restaurant name a secret. Can’t wait to find out where they’re taking us.) A couple of meetings will cap the trip and then I’ll take Amtrak home.

I’ll be back with news of a hot September 15 release! (Hint: Ready for more firefighters?)

Best–Adele

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Each winner will receive an email regarding prize distribution.

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Happy Independence Day, America!

One of the treasures of Downingtown, PA, the oldest town in Chester County, is the circa 1701 log house faithfully preserved by the borough. The Downingtown Log House opens to the public a few times a year–usually on Memorial Day, July 4, and at Christmas to allow visitors a glimpse of life during the Colonial era. Also pictured is a docent dressed in period costume.

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The structure is preserved with historically accurate whitewash typical of that period. The doors and windows of the cabin were cut small to keep the heat inside for the family that lived there. Pennsylvania winters can be bitterly cold.

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The log cabin’s centerpiece–the enormous walk-in fireplace used for cooking and heating.

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The far corner of the main level.

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Bottles, dishes, and pots from the 1700’s and 1800’s.

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Pottery from the era.

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Items found in and around the cabin’s foundation. The log house was moved to higher ground in 1988 from its original location by a stream when floodwaters threatened to destroy the structure.

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The original floor and the walls of a second floor bedroom as they looked in 1701.

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Another bedroom on the cabin’s second floor. There is a weight limit on the upstairs level, due to the age of the wood flooring. After stooping to climb a steep, low, narrow, and sharply angled set of stairs, four of us stood on the top floor, each taking a different area so as not to stress the boards.

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The original wood flooring and wall beams circa 1701.

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Copy of the petition by Thomas Moore for a tavern license, 1717.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon at the Downingtown Log House and recommend visiting this piece of American history.

For more information: Log House

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