Thursday, August 23, 2007


Welcome to all those participating in the conference.

Please take a moment to see if you can leave a comment. If you can't post a comment you need to set up a blogger account.

You should be able to leave an anonymous post.

Come on in :)


LaShaunda said...

Since this is my fantasy, and I'm stuck in hot St. Louis,

This mix and mingle is held on a tropical beach side. They're serving virgin daquiries and margaritas (I want you sober for the workshops). So pick up a glass with one of those colorful umbrellas and come do the limbo with me.

How low can you go?

Shani Greene-Dowdell said...

Hey Lashaunda,
I'm in with a virgin strawberry daquery in one hand and my How to Succeed in the Publishing Game book by Vickie Stringer. Let's do it!

I don't know about taking it down low though, LOL.

Margo Candela said...

Hi LaShaunda,

Looking forward to the conference.


LaShaunda said...

Welcome Shani and Margo.

I hadn't heard about Vickie's book, I'll have to add it to my to read list.

Marlo Schalesky said...

I'm looking forward to participating in the conference and giving away a couple of my latest novel, Veil of Fire. See ya there/here!

:-) Marlo Schalesky

LaShaunda said...

Thanks for stopping by Marlo :)

angeleque said...


Really love the conference and can't wait to participate.

Thank you for doing this and organizing it each year. This conference is a great alternative to RWA because 1. it's online, 2. it's free and 3 has workshops and panels that are relevant and interesting to me as a writer.

And I'll have a virgin frozen mango margarita and a sexy cabana boy toy to serve it to me and fan me while I lounge on the beach.

Kathy J Marsh said...

I got in!!

I add my thanks, Lashaunda, to those who've already done so. This is great idea!

I've got my daiquri in hand, and I'm watching that boy toy who brought it to me walk away. Yum!


Kathy J Marsh

LaShaunda said...

Angeleque and Kathy,

Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad the conference is something you want to attend.

My goal is to make it an alternative to the conference you pay for. Sometimes we want to attend confernces but our budgets say no.

Hey I forgot about the cabana boys. Can mine look like Albert Pujoes?

Valerie said...

Hi Ladies,

I'm very much looking forward to this conference! Thanks LaShaunda for hosting it and organizing it! This my first online experience, and I know it's going to be grand!

And I'm not much of a drinker, but I'll have a cabana boy fan me please....

Shelia said...

I'm looking forward to another conference. I'll be keeping some weird hours but will get back with everyone during the days I'm scheduled. I can't wait to mix and mingle with everyone.

Andrea said...

Hi, all. My name is Andrea aka the Paperback Diva. This is my first on-line conference and I'm looking forward to it.

Michelle Pendergrass said...



LaShaunda said...

Welcome Valerie, Shelia, and Andrea!

I hope the conference is a great experience.

LaShaunda said...

Waving back at you Michelle :)

lhaywood45 said...

Hi LaShaunda,
A virgin strawberry daquiri sounds wonderful about now! I'm definitely looking forward to conference which will be my first.

I self-published my first book, "Does God Really Hear Me When I Cry? A Life Transformed" which is due out next month and I'm really excited that I'm finally pursuing my dream.

Sean D. Young said...

Hey LaShaunda,

I'm so happy to be able to participate in your conference this year.

As always, you do a great job in organizing the conference. I can't wait.

Take Care.

LaShaunda said...

Hi lhaywood and Sean, thanks for stopping by.

I will have place to promote your books, so make sure to stop by and tell us about your books.

Anonymous said...


Marissa Monteilh

Patricia W. said...

Hey LaShaunda (from across the room over the heads of all the folks in front of me)!

Your online conference was my first introduction to the writing world on the Internet. This is my third SORMAG conference. Thanks so much for hosting such a great opportunity again!

Now, I'll definitely have one of those virgin frozen mango margaritas that Angeleque is having.


Anonymous said...



MzLynn said...

Hi LaShaunda, this is lhaywood45 but wanted to test new blogger acct. to make sure its good to go

LaShaunda said...

Welcome Marissa and Pat!

Pat I know one of these days these conferences will pay off for us and we'll be the instructors instead of the attendees. :)

LaShaunda said...

Hi Ayn,

You made it through.

Chicki said...

This conference is going to be wonderful!

thegritsdotcom said...

Hi LaShaunda:

Just stopping by to say hello and to make sure that my blogger account that I created a very long time ago was in fact still good. So if you are reading this post, then I am good to go for the online conference . . . .woo-hoo! Thanks for this opportunity and I look forward to the online interaction of everyone!

- Marlive

LaShaunda said...

Thanks for stopping by chiki and Marlive

D.L.Sparks said...

Hi everyone! I am happy to be able to get to know everyone!

LaShaunda said...

Hi D.L. welcome to the fun.

Montgomery Sword-Author said...

I love the idea of a free online conference! Both aspects of that work best for me! This is my first; I've self-published some but I'm going through a lot of changes and a lot of revisions. Learning the craft is very important to me too. And I'll take one of those margaritas, please, Pool Person lol!

Roberta C.M. DeCaprio said...

Schenectady, New York says: Hi LaShaunda,
Well, I made it on computer challenged as I am. Can't wait to participate on the published romance author's panal.
Enjoy your fun in the sun!

Rhonda N said...

I thought I would never get the blogger password thing together, but here I am! I hope I'll be able to participate this weekend. We had lots of thunder and lightening last night and my cable internet is out. They are coming to fix it tomorrow so we'll see.

I'm looking forward to sharing and learning.



Gwyneth Bolton said...

I just registered! I'm really looking forward to this. Now I have to go and find myself a nice cocktail and mingle... :-)


LaShaunda said...

Welcome Montgomery, Roberta, Rhonda and Gwyneth.

The best part about the conference to me is meeting new people.

Treasures Antique Store said...

Regan here with her MaiTai! I have a blogger account so let's see if this works! This is way cool and already I can see how much work you do for this Lashaunda! Thank you.

Koko Brown said...

Hello Everyone,

Just wanted to stop in and mingle a little before I rush out the door. I'm so excited about participating in the meet the erotic authors panel. See you all Sunday!

Koko Brown

Anonymous said...

Hello, hello... (waving from the side line) Am I in?

Bonnie-jean said...

Oops - I didn't mean to go in as anonymous. hee hee... I'm shy, but not THAT shy!

Marissa Monteilh said...

testing w/my name :-)

Looking forward!! Thanks LaShaunda!

LaShaunda said...

Hi Regan, Koko, Bonnie


Vicki M. Taylor said...

Hello, everyone! What a great group. This is my first SORMAG conference so am looking forward to learning the ropes.

I'm a women's fiction author and have a few books out and working on a few others.

I'll stand over here and when necessary, someone point me in the right direction.


LaShaunda said...

Welcome Vicki,

Just follow the crowd :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm Debbie the newbie! I have no idea how this is going to work, but I'm really excited about conf!

I can already tell this is going to be fun!

Anonymous said...


If I'd known this was going to be held on a tropical beach I'd have dieted. I'll be wearing a moo-moo : )

Nikki Arana

Diane Dorce said...


Wanted to drop by and say hello! My second year attending the conference, and i know it will be great, thanks to our wonderful moderator Lashaunda! My name is Diane Dorce', I'm an author/publisher and it's good to be here!

Pattie said...

Helloooooooooo from North Dakota!

scaramouche9999 said...

Looks like I'll be in a distinct minority here - as usual. I think 95% of Christian fiction authors are female. I hope you don't mind me lowering that percentage! Thanks Lashaundra for hosting this!
Donald James Parker

Betty Knight Allen said...

Hello everyone I am Betty Knight Allen from Houston, Texas just want to say hello and let's have a good conference.

Sylvia Hubbard said...


This is Sylvia Hubbard and i'll be participating and learning in this conference. I'm so happy to be here and please teach me a lot, so I can learn a lot and hopefully I'll help out where I can.

BTW, I'll be giving our wonderful coordinator an e-copy of my new book to be released this month: Secrets, Lies & Family Ties, plus if she would like she can give away two e-copies of Internet Marketing for Writers.

Let me know.

Author, Sylvia Hubbard

Anonymous said...

Hey Everybody,

Evelyn from Austin. Glad to be here.

Anonymous said...

Kathy from Chicago glad to be here

rhondajjoseph said...

Hello everybody!

I just felt like Grover from Sesame Street saying that just now, lol! I'm guessing it's pretty obvious I live in a house ruled by toddlers...

(Waving to everyone) After the month I've had, I'm the one who sneaked in some tequila to spike all my drinks! But I'm so glad to be here.

LaShaunda's online conference was the first one I was able to attend after my first daughter was born and I was so grateful for her offering it because there was no way I could afford to attend with a newborn--I didn't have the money or a babysitter. I learned so much then, and all the things I gleaned from that conference have helped me get where I am in my writing career. I'm really excited to be attending another SORMAG Extravaganza. I look forward to talking more with you all.

Just don't tell my husband if I pinch one of those cabana boys!

Rudelle Thomas said...

I'm checking in... This is my second conference here and I know I will enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed the first one. I'm looking forward to it.

Rudelle Thomas
Divine Eloquence Magazine

Rose said...

Hi Everybody
This is my first on-line conference. I'm too excited. Thanks Lashaunda for putting this on. I'm down in Arkansas but will be back in the Lou by Sunday. Thanks again.....looking forward to participating.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to picking up some tips. Have just been to a conference where jennifer Crusie and Anne Stuart spoke, and it was great. All enthusiastic for more, now!

Anonymous said...

Hi All,
Looking forward to a great weekend.

Ty said...

Just dropping in to say hello. I'm looking forward to the conference.
-- Ty

Andrea Paperback Diva said...

I signed up with an eBlogger identity and wanted to check it out. before the conference gets in full swing.

LaShaunda said...

Welcome, Debbie, Nikki, Diane, Pattie, Betty, Evelyn, Kathy, Rhonda, Rudelle, Malvina, Sandra, Ty, Andrea and a special hello to Donald.

I'm excited to see more men attending the conference, it means more are talking about it.

St. Louis has been on a hot campaign and I mean its been hot. The one day I need to be on the computer it chose to rain. Since I need the computer for this week. I decided to pack up and get off lol.

I'm looking forward to chatting with everyone.

Check back tonight after eight and you can begin the conference.

Thanks again for attending.

Andrea Paperback Diva said...

Question from this newbie-- how do I add a photo to my comment as some of you have. The eblogger instructions defeat me!


ladystorm said...

Hi, I have never been to a conference before so I am excited to go to this online one. Thanks for organizing it.


La-Tessa said...

Hi all, I am excited about the conference this year. I look forward to seeing you all at the upcoming events

Lupe said...

Hi everyone,
I'm glad to be here. The workshops sound wonderful. I'm looking forward to the conference. This is my first one.

My first book is about to be released from The Wild Rose Press. It's called Too Late For Romance? -and I'm So Excited!

Thanks for having this conference. Been wanting to attend, but something always happened to prevent it.

Lupe M. Gonzalez

V. Smith said...

This is my first time participating in an online conference. I think this is a great opportunity for everyone to come together to exchange ideas.
I can't wait!

Melissa said...

Hi everyone! Melissa Wathington here from Florida. I write romance, christian fiction and I'm just starting a young adult story. I'm looking forward to meeting new people and gaining some new knowledge. Hi to everyone I know (Gwyneth, LaShaunda, Betty Knight Allen) and I will see you tomorrow. Unfortunately it may not be until later like today because we've been having bad thunderstorms during the day. Have a great time and see you soon!


Abigail said...

Hello everyone! I am Abigail from Florida and I am looking forward to participating in my first online conference. I write romantic suspense and have just started to dabble in YA.
I look forward to getting to know you all.

Rudelle Thomas said...

LaShaunda the conference is great already! I am learning soooo much! Thanks for another great conference!

Rudelle Thomas
Divine Eloquence Magazine

Chicki said...

The workshops on basic writing and plotting were excellent! Looking foward to more.

Chicki Brown

karen said...

I'm Karen O'Bannon in Kentucky. I've only been writing for about a year. Just found out about this site. Looking forward to learning all I can.

Dyanne said...

Hello again everyone. I've been peeking at the comments and the workshops. Everything looks great. See you all later.


Patricia W. said...

Hey LaShaunda! I can't wait until we're instructors! Looks like you've got a great turnout. Can't wait to jump in.


Hey everyone,

I'm a bit behind the ball this week, but catching up.

Looking forward to making new friends and reacquainting with old ones.

Be blessed -- Linda!

Anonymous said...

Hello everyone! I am Gwynita from Houston, and this is my first time to attend an online conference. The conference is great....everything is wonderful!
~~Gwynita Leggington~~
Author of "A Walk In My Shoes"

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