It’s a “No RITA for Me-ta” Party!

Normally on Tuesday, you would see a fresh “Tease Me Tuesday” post here…especially since ON THE VERGE OF I DO is coming out in only 7 more days!!!  :jumping But sometimes, cruel taunts & blatant promotions simply have to be set aside for something more important.  Today, that something is our annual

“No RITA for Me-Ta” Party!


Calls went out yesterday, & I’m sure there are some very happy entrants out there who are spending today celebrating. But for the rest of us, today is the day we adopt a corny Mexican accent & declare, “We don’t need no stinkin’ RITAs!” (Or Golden Hearts, as the case may be. :moon )

No! Instead, we’re putting on our party dresses & our dancing shoes & we’re celebrating our endurance & our unsung talents.

Welcome to the party. Here’s just some of the fun that awaits…

Our Party Playlist:

Photobucket“Friends in Low Places” – Garth Brooks
“I Will Survive”
– Gloria Gaynor
“Invincible” – Pat Benatar
“Fighter” – Christina Aguilera (bonus points for being from an album titled Stripped :winkwink )
“Got to Do It” – Andrew WK
“The Touch” – Stan Bush
“Standing Outside the Fire” – Garth Brooks
“Two Pina Coladas” – Garth Brooks
(with apologies for referencing Hannah Montana :moon )  “The Climb” – Miley Cyrus
“The River” – Garth Brooks
“The Edge of Glory” – Lady Gaga
“Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor  (A song about survival by a band named Survivor…this should be, like, our anthem!)

At the Bar:

PhotobucketBad News Bear
A Bumpy Sunrise
Unsung Hero
Pina Colada (of course – to go with the song :winkwink )
Hara Kiri shots
Absolut Rebuilder
Back in the Saddle
I’m Good Now
Brain Candy
Best Year

chocolate man Pictures, Images and PhotosOn the Dessert Table:


in every size, shape, & style imaginable

And a bevy of hot, sexy, blatant beefcake ready, willing, & able to serve them all…as well as you:


So sit back & relax or get out on the dance floor & boogie down.  But either way, today we’re celebrating (the rest of) US! :blowkiss

P.S.  I’ve been sneaking out every few minutes to pop in on the Brava Authors blog & chat about MUST LOVE VAMPIRES.  Today, I’ve posted some fun quotes from favorite television shows that remind me of my vampires-in-Vegas paranormal romance.  And I’m hoping you’ll stop by to check them out…maybe even add some quotable quotes of your own. :winkwink


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  1. Tammy Beck says:

    Oh wow what hotties! Hum, what did you say? :winkwink Oh yeah, not winning the Rita….I’m sorry you didn’t win. You are diffinately talented and deserve one. Celebrate the fact that you have loyal fans of your books…we love your books..rita or no rita.
    Now take your hotties & celebrate. If you need help I’ll gladly take tall & tattooed or chocolate beefcake.mmm Who am I kidding?…I would take them all. :whip

    • Heidi says:

      Hey – do I know how to throw a party, or what? :winkwink

      And that’s exactly what I want non-finalists (both pubbed & aspiring) to understand. Nominations & wins are great, but you can still sell your book, gain oodles of wonderful readers & have a very successful career without ever winning a single thing…or even entering a single contest, if it’s just not your deal. We all still love you! :jumping

      And don’t forget that great Will Rogers quote (paraphrased, since I’m sure I won’t get the wording exactly right): “We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the sidewalk & clap as they go by.” :muahaha

      • Tammy Beck says:

        The greatest! There is nothing better than half naked hotties (except maybe naked hotties), pina coladas, & chocolate.

  2. Donna says:

    Sorry about missing the nom :curses but I do love the attitude. Count me in for the party.


    • Heidi says:

      No worries. *I* personally never expect them. But there are writers out there who can get really disappointed when they don’t final, & I want them to know it’s O-KAY! You can still be fabulous & never final or win anything. :twirl

  3. Fedora says:

    Party, :jumping party, :twirl , PARTY!!!!! :kitty :heart :kitty

    Heidi, while the RITAs are lovely, you don’t need one to know you rock! Happy HEIDI Day!

  4. Tina B says:

    I love your posts!! Great party! Mmm, chocolate and man candy… :cuffs

  5. Heidi says:

    P.S. Posted this on FB & Twitter, but forgot to mention it here…

    I’m at the Brava Authors blog today, too, sharing some fun quotes from favorite TV shows that remind me of MUST LOVE VAMPIRES. Would love it if you’d drop by & check out, & maybe even offer a few quotables of your own:

  6. Bonia says:

    Ritas are nice but loyal fans (with a side of beefcake) are MUCH MUCH BETTER!

    • Heidi says:

      LOL That’s the spirit! See there…they may have shiny gold statues, but we’ve got half-naked men. And for me, half-naked hotties are going to take the prize every time. :cuffs

  7. Roni says:

    Great party! I’ll have another pina colada please…
    Oh, and just becasue some of us didn’t get nominated doesn’t mean we don’t write great books and have loyal fans!

  8. Avery flynn says:

    This is hysterical. To the playlist, I’d recommending adding Don’t Ask Me by OK Go.

    Also, back away from Mr. Chocolate. He’s busy with me. 🙂

    • Heidi says:

      Excellent! Yes, please—everybody feel free to add your own songs to the playlist, your own drinks to the bar, etc. This is YOUR party…my lists are just recommendations. :winkwink

      And poor Mr. Chocolate has been kept busy today. :cuffs

  9. Tammy Beck says:

    No way, I got to him first. You can have the left overs…if I leave any. :muahaha

    • Heidi says:

      Don’t forget, you can smother any one of those shirtless waiters in chocolate sauce, if you like. They’ve been trained by Mistress Heidi, so you’ll hear no complaints. :whip

  10. Bonia says:

    You guys can have Mr. Chocolate, I want the WAITER 😀

  11. Gail Barrett says:

    Thanks for the invite, Heidi. I love the songs you’ve chosen!!!! Picture me at the bar with a Margarita in one hand, singing along with Garth Brooks about friends in low places.

  12. Hollie says:

    You’ll always be a winner in my book! LOL!!! If I had a book, that is…

    • Heidi says:

      Thank you, Hollie! You could have a little spiral notepad & write my name at the very top of your Awesome People list, how about that? :winkwink :winkwink :winkwink :muahaha

  13. kris says:

    Thanks for the party. I didn’t get nominated either (I wonder if it’s because I’m not a writer?? hmmmm…)

    I have tons of authors on my auto-buy list and I can’t tell you which ones have won awards. I just like their writing and it’s irrelevant to me, personally, as a reader.

    • Heidi says:

      LOL You are one of our READER guests who came to support everybody who may not final in or win contests, but are still awesome all the same. And we thank you for it. :blowkiss

      I am, therefore I’m awesome. :twirl

  14. Arlene Hittle says:

    Pass the chocolate and pina coladas!

    I so needed this today. After finaling in the Golden Heart last year, NOT finaling this year was quite the letdown. It has me doubting … well, everything.

    But I just have to remember I am good enough, smart enough and, gosh darn it, I *will* find people who like me. :jumping

    • Heidi says:

      Ohmigosh, another Stuart Smalley fan!!! :jumping LOVED him…say that ALL THE TIME! :rolf

      And, yes, definitely keep telling yourself that because (repeating myself here), finaling is fabulous. It feels great, you get all kinds of attention, it sounds really good when you add it to your cover letters & bio…but *not* finaling means absolutely nothing. Doesn’t make you a better or worse writer; doesn’t mean you’re going to sell faster or slower. And contests—all of them—are so subjective. I was a GH finalist 3yrs in a row. Never won, never sold one of those books, but still managed to publish & sell a bunch of other stuff, so… :moon

      It’s kind of like seeing your books at Wal-Mart. When you do, you’re all excited…but *not* seeing them there doesn’t mean the book was any less published. It still exists, you still wrote it, it’s still a good book, & people are still going to read it. So there. :muahaha

  15. Laura J. says:

    :drinkup *hic* :drinkup *hic*

    I always love a good party!!!

    I hope you don’t mind Heidi, but I brought a date. Everyone…..this is Bradley. Bradley this is everyone (you should stay away from because you are MINE).

    Some of these drinks on the menu I’ve never heard of but that’s not gonna stop me from having 1 (or more) of each!!!!

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