Ah, Lady Jane's Salon! What a wonderful night of reading and mingling in Greenwich Village! Though I was terribly nervous (I know, I know - I talk in front of people all the time. but this was different), I survived and even managed to enjoy myself a little bit, mostly about halfway through my reading when I realized I wasn't going to pass out from nerves.
The place itself is a narrow little bar with a separate room upstairs decorated entirely in red, with cushy couches and ottomans everywhere. About 10 of my own friends joined me, some who live in the city and some who came down from my hometown about 60 miles north. I'd say there were maybe 50 people attending in all. Four authors read (I chose to go first, to get it over with and so I wouldn't have to follow anyone), and the nice thing is that we all write in different genres of romance.
I was also pleasantly surprised that at the end of the night, one of the Salon founders asked me to write a blog post for their blog, reflecting on the night. They always ask one of of the four readers...I'm flattered to be the chosen one this month!
If you're ever in NYC on the first Monday of a month, and you're a romance fan, I highly recommend stopping by Madame X at 94 West Houston Street between 7 and 9 pm. At the very least, you can't beat the $5 cocktails!
Here are a few pictures to sum up the night:
Reading on the stage...thank goodness for bright lights, so I couldn't see much beyond my book!
With my husband and a signature "Madame X" cocktail after my reading