Moonlight & Magnolias 2014

This past weekend, most of the Bad Girlz attended Georgia Romance Writers’ annual conference: Moonlight & Magnolias (M&M for short). It’s always a favorite, with great workshops, pitch opportunities, warm atmosphere, familiar faces and a kickin’ awards ceremony and dance party the final night. The conference was Awesome! You can see from the pictures below, good times were had, learning moments and epiphanies were shared, but most importantly, there was a lot of quality writer time and good-for-the-ole-mental-health socializing. 😀

M&M technically begins on Friday morning, but most writers arrive Thursday to register, check-in, etc. We have absolutely NO pictures from Thursday, so let that lend credence to how hectic and FUN that first day is. It’s like a giant writer reunion!

Friday starts at 9am with workshops and pitch appointments. Our very own Jeanette Grey led a workshop on building an author website using WordPress (she’s our BadGirl tech guru too). Many of us attended, and all of us were too engrossed to take pictures. Trust us, she oozed technical authority, and looked MARVELous while doing so.

Next up was Frances Fowlkes’ workshop on historical fashion, from the inside out. She made over half of the outfits herself and everything was historically accurate, right down to the under garments. You’ll have to take our word on it. How great do they look all dressed up though?!?


From left to right, Sydney Carroll in Regency, Jeanette Grey in Victorian, Chudney Thomas in Edwardian, and Frances herself in 1920s.


Some attending Bad Girlz, in modern dress, with the models. I think we all agreed that we’re happy to be 21st century women.

Lunch featured the GRW speaker: Wendy Wax with a humorous and encouraging talk about the life of a writer and the people who are on this journey with you.


Speaking of modern 21st century women, Jeanette, Heather and Fran went with a futuristic and heroic theme for the day. Marvel, Star Trek, and Star Wars. The trifecta of fangirling!

Once the first day, chock full of information and activities, is over, there’s time for dinner and socializing on your own. We made dinner reservations at a nice restaurant and the Scorpion Bowl happened.


At its core, it’s a rum punch, but with a disinctive mid-century Polynesian-inspired flair. And sting! That little part in the middle? That’s the volcano of Bacardi 151. There was volcanic flame and some Nigerian funk music. Idek, but it was epic. For details, contact Sydney Carroll, our queen of all things entertaining & obscure.


This may become a conference tradition.


JennaP & McGovy at dinner.


Cheers to the Bad Girlz!


Group picture!

Saturday, Elizabeth Michels & Heather McGovern led their workshop on mastering the Big Black Moment. There were wands and Disney clips, but regretably, no tap dancing. Workshops filled the rest of the morning and lunch included an uplifting keynote speech by Marie Force. The afternoon offered more workshops, editor/agent panels, and Marie’s panel. That evening was the Maggie’s Awards Dinner and After Party. We were much better about taking pictures on the last night. 🙂


Group picture with Killion Group’s cover model, Sergei.


Our group shot that’s equal parts pageant elbows, cheerleading stance, sorority shot and rushing to take a pic before the ceremony begins. We tried! 😀


Jeanette & Brighton looking fabulous.


Robin & Lori are dazzling. #selfie


McGovy & EMichels getting their fancy on.

That’s just about it for Moonlight & Magnolias 2014. One last thing, we did a raffle basket for GRW’s literacy fundraiser. Someone won it, but we have no idea who. Whoever you are, congratulations and we hope you enjoy! 🙂

See you in Atlanta next year!!!


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