Y'all know what you have to do to get beads tossed your way during Mardi Gras, don't you? Well, in the spirit of NOLA and Mardi Gras...even though it's NOVEMBER and a THURSDAY and some of us are maybe having a little trouble remembering why we decided that was a really, really amazingly AWESOME fantabulous theme for today's party (after, you know, two or three...or ten...bottles of wine...naming no names) we're asking you to...
SHOW US YOUR BOOKS! Or, you know, OUR books, as it happens.
Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below and post pictures of yourself with any of your favorite Nine Naughty Novelist books. You get three points per post. Only have ebooks? Not to worry. Post a comment letting us know about any of your favorite NNN moments from the past three years and you'll earn two more points. Or tweet about the contest (up to once a day) for an additional one-point-per-tweet. Because three years = three ways to win! Yeah, we're complicated like that.
Now, here are some of our favorite memories of our times together...
Well since I didn't get to NOLA or manage to meet any of my fellow Naughties in person yet, I'd have to say that brainstorming the serials have been my absolute favorite group memories. We didn't even need to be in the same room together to find each other hilarious as we all tossed out suggestions, building off each other's ideas, each one crazier than the last until we ended up with The Zillionaire's Secret Werewolf Babies and If You Give A Duke A Duchy. ~ Sydney Somers
The first time the Nine Naughty Novelists sat down to plot out our first serial, the story that eventually became The Zillionaire Vampire Cowboy's Secret Werewolf Babies, was one of the funniest episodes in our three-year history. Between PG's insistence on space-bound cruises, all nine of us trying to talk over each other, and me being in a coffee shop getting dirty looks for laughing out loud, it was certainly memorable. And every time I look at our finished work, I remember all the plot twists and ideas we thought of, deemed too quirky, and set aside to make room for the incredible story we ended up writing! ~ Skylar Kade
How can I share just one memory of the last – HOLY CRAP – THREE YEARS?? So I’m just going to share one memory which is - New Orleans, our most recent get-together. Eight out of nine of us all together at the same time. So many smart, funny, creative, talented ladies all in the same room! I love that you all know exactly what I’m talking about when I talk about my writing – my characters, my frustrations, the voices in my head that keep me awake at night. I’m in awe of all of you and humbled that I’m part of this group. ~ Kelly Jamieson
I love the Naughty Nine in all their moods, but I have a special fondness for the moment I looked around suite 709 at our hotel in New Orleans (that's the suite where all the fun happened) and saw everyone bent over their laptops, wine glasses within reach. Skylar and I stretched out on the fold-out couch, our computers on our laps. The rest sat around the table. Wine bottles, snacks, chocolate, and enough freaking talent to power a rocket ship. I got chills! ~ Juniper Bell
I loved the night we were all in our room with our laptops and bottles - I think after Kate and Juniper came back from French street? Kelly and I staggered off to The Everything Store for more wine? That was a fun night. ~ Kinsey Holley
I have lots of great memories, but ONE of my favorites was doing our panel at RT last year. The chemistry that seems to always be there online was there in person in front of other people, which was so cool. ~ Erin Nicholas
One of the things I like best is going online and reading about what the others are getting up to on Twitter…while we’re in the same hotel room. Or receiving a text late at night summoning me upstairs (or downstairs, as the case may be) for a spur-of-the-moment brainstorming session (no. apparently none of us ever sleep) that includes the instructions, “bring wine, because we’re all out.” I gotta tell you, these are eight of the funniest, most creative women I’ve ever known. Last year’s spontaneous “Kelly’s Shoes at ECWC” contest is just one example of the wackiness that ensues whenever any of us get together. I can’t wait to find out what the next year will bring! ~ PG Forte
First, exploring Frenchmen Street with Juniper. I wanted an old-time jazz experience in New Orleans, and this felt the closest to it for me. Wandering in and out of clubs and bars, listening to old time country and traditional jazz bands and a bluesy/jazzy jam session that had the entire club on its feet. Plus a sax player that hit all the right notes. Second, sitting next to the pool at the hotel, sipping champagne, and writing with Kinsey and Skylar. Encapsulated everything excellent about our retreat - lovely surroundings, great friends, time to write, and a little something extra to imbibe. ~ Kate Davis
My memory would be sitting upstairs at the Royal Oyster House, sharing stuffed mushrooms and foodie advice (who knew PG was a chicken expert?). Also, the little bar we all stopped in on our way back from Bourbon Street, where they talked me out of a Sazerac (probably a good idea), but brought me a very nice Pimm's cup instead. Soft jazz playing. Exposed brick and vintage posters, Great company. Yeah, that I remember. ~ Meg Benjamin