All right, readers, all together now, one, two, three…

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday, dear Kelly,
Happy Birthday to you!

Yup, we have another birthday girl in the house. And this time it’s not a belated birthday wish to send her, because it’s Kelly Maher’s birthday today!


Happy early birthday, Leah! Thanks for letting me join in on the birthday fun of a fellow Cancerian πŸ˜€ (Leah here, actually I’m a Leo born on the cusp of Cancer (whatever that means), but for you, Kelly, I’ll be an honorary crab. Is that my husband saying I’ve always been one? Hmph.)

My birthday this year has been one of reflections for me. I had one of those milestone birthdays a couple of years ago, but it didn’t make that big of an impression on me. I blame grad school for that as I do not believe the two years I spent there should count towards my chronological age. They certainly didn’t count towards my emotional age! This year’s birthday is the one that’s hitting me the way everyone says that milestone one should have. I think it’s because it’s a year of anniversaries for me. It’s been 10 years since I first travelled overseas. Ten years since I graduated from college. Ten years since I attended my first Romance Writers of America conference. Ten years since I attended my first romance fan gathering (for Nora Roberts fans).

I was talking with a friend last night about this as he’s got a few anniversaries looming himself. It’s hard for me to believe it’s been ten years since all of this, but every month this year there was an event to remember and reminisce over. β€œOh, it’s been ten years since (fill in the blank).” A constant barrage of memories, that while good, which have reinforced how much of my life has passed. The benefit of all of this has been an appreciation of what I have accomplished in my life since those events and recognition of how lucky I am to be experiencing these 10-year anniversaries.

This is also a year of firsts for me. It’s the first time in twenty-five years that I won’t be spending any part of my birthday with my baby brother whose birthday is the 4th. Celebrating your birthday without your birthday buddy is downright weird! I knitted my first adult garment that wasn’t a scarf or a shawl. My first full-length novel, End Balance, released from Ellora’s Cave back in January. My first original-in-print story in the US released three days before that as part of the Lust at First Bite anthology from Black Lace.

Next week I’ll be participating in my first book signing as part of the Romance Writers of America β€œReaders for Life” Literacy Autographing. When I attended my first RWA Literacy Autographing ten years ago, I never dreamed I would one day be one of the authors signing. Looking back, yeah, I would have liked to have been able to sign earlier, but it’s pretty special to me to do it on the 10 year anniversary of attending my first conference. A little bonus is I’m going to be wearing that first knitted adult garment of mine to the signing. If you’re in the area, I would love to show off Lust at First Bite and the cardigan to you!

All in all, it’s been a pretty good year for me, and there’s still half a year to go!

By the way, has anyone else noticed that certain names are repeating? First there was Beth Kery followed immediately by Beth Williamson. Now there’s Kelly Maher today, and hot on her heels is Inez Kelley tomorrow, and on the 23rd is Kelly Jamieson. Then there’s Shelley Munro on the 24th and Shelli Stevens on the 29th. There’s Rob (Graham) on the 10th followed by Robie (Madison) on the 27th. Can we count Jane Lovering and Missy Jane? And on the 11th is the first of the three Vivi’s! Vivi Andrews , then there’ll be Vivi Anna on the 13th and Vivian Arend on the 20th. Weird, huh?

Oh, shoot, hijacked the post again, sorry, Kelly!

One lucky commenter has a chance to win a copy of Kelly’s Lust at First Bite anthology from Black Lace. And since Virgin Books recently announced they won’t be producing any more Black Lace erotica next year (Boo!), it may soon become a collector’s item.

And if you’re in DC next week, don’t forget to stop by the RWA conference on Tuesday evening – the public is invited to participate in the Literacy Signing – the money from all books bought that evening goes towards charity. (I am SO jealous I’m not going this year. I’m envious, Kelly.)

One, two, three, Sing!
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36 thoughts on “One, two, three, Sing!

  • July 6, 2009 at 4:28 am

    What great fun! Thanks for sharing.

  • July 6, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Happy Birthday Kelly!!!!

    Just have to say….. NOOOOOOOOOOOO I need my Black Lace erotica…. they are so yummy!!!

  • July 6, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Hi πŸ™‚
    Thank you for sharing this great blog post.
    I wish you well at the signing at the RWA Conference in DC next week.
    Love From Canada

  • July 6, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Happy Birthday Kelly! and I LOVE Black Lace so I will be looking for this!! πŸ˜€

  • July 6, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Happy Birthday Kelly. This was a fun to read post. I'll be looking to get your book.

  • July 6, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Hi Kelly,

    Fun post today. And a big Happy Birthday to you!

    Reminiscing is usually fun and nostalgic, but sometimes there are things remembered that are not so fun or sad. July 4th is one of those times for me…I married my first husband on 7-4-64 (now divorced and not so fun) and my father passed away on 7-3-74. I don't count the 4th of July as one of my favorite holidays.

    Sorry, didn't mean to rain on this parade! Hope everyone enjoyed a pleasant and safe holiday, wherever you were.

  • July 6, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Happy Birthday πŸ˜€
    Fun post

  • July 6, 2009 at 5:57 am

    Happy Birthday!! Wow the repeating name thing is interesting.

  • July 6, 2009 at 6:02 am

    I'm always looking for new authors to read and Happy Birthday!

  • July 6, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Happy Birthday! πŸ™‚ And thanks for celebrating with us on here. I wish I could attend your signing but alas, I cannot. Come to Chicago some time will you please?


  • July 6, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Happy Birthday!!! The vamp anthology looks so good!

    Not at all happy about Black Lace coming to an end. That line is what started my reading erotica.

  • July 6, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Happy Birthday!

  • July 6, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Happy Birthday Kelly!! Have a great day. Please count me in for the contest.

    house_mouse88 at yahoo dot com

  • July 6, 2009 at 9:11 am


    Too bad about Black Lace, but great to see you here and I enjoyed your post.

    Hope you have an extra special day!!!


  • July 6, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Happy Birthday, Kelly. Maybe we'll get to see a pic of your first knitted adult garment.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  • July 6, 2009 at 11:06 am

    That sucks that you don't get to celebrate with your birthday buddy. I've never really had one. My birthday doesn't fall that close to anybody I'm close to or really know. Maybe you guys will get to celebrate together next year.
    lexeetoste at

  • July 6, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Happy Birthday, Kelly!

    Leah, I've got this up at Win a Book. Just letting you know!

  • July 6, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Happy Birthday, Kelly! Haven't read a good vampire romance in a while!

  • July 6, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Happy birthday, Kelly!

    I enjoyed the post.

  • July 6, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Happy Birthday Kelly!

    I so enjoyed your post. I have heard lots of good things about this book!

  • July 6, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Happy Birthday Kelly!!!

    It's my brother's birthday, too. A fellow crab. Thanks for a chance of a great giveaway. Count me in.

  • July 6, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Awww! Happy birthday, Kelly! How very fun! Thanks for celebrating it with us! πŸ˜‰

  • July 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • July 6, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Happy Birthday! I'm so bummed about the Black Lace books, loved those books. I wish they were going to continue publishing them.

  • July 6, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Happy Birthday Kelly!

    No more Black Lace books!!! Oh No! Thankfully there are more options out there now – like Ellora's Cave that didn't exist when I started with erotica.

  • July 6, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    This was a very fun post!

    Happy Birthday, Kelly!


  • July 6, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Happy Birthday Kelly!

    Your book sounds great! No more Black Lace πŸ™

    Thanks for the great party!

    Dottie πŸ™‚

  • July 6, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Happy birthday Kelly! Cute clip!

  • July 6, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Happy Birthday Kelly i agree it is a cute clip and your book sounds awesome and its great that your doing the charity signing crossess my fingers

  • July 6, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    LOL On the names. I was getting dizzy there following that! LOL.

    Huge Birthday wishes Kelly! Hope you got to get out and have some fun too! That trailer was adorable!!

  • July 6, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Aw, thanks everyone!! The birthday turned out well as I treated myself to some dinner out after I did the last bit of laundry for my trip πŸ˜€

    As for the news about Black Lace, I, too, am very bummed about it. It was while I was studying in England 10 years ago (there it is again!) that I was introduced to the imprint by a guy friend πŸ˜‰

    Karen H, I *completely* understand what you mean. We've got a couple of times like that in my family, too.

    LadyVampire2U, I'm actually in Chicago fairly frequently as most of my immediate family still lives there. Maybe we can meet up some time!

    Jane, I'll have someone take a picture of me at the signing and send it on to Leah so she can share πŸ˜‰

    Thanks again, Leah, for having me today and good luck to you all!

  • July 6, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Happy Birthday! hope you had a good one.
    Thanks for sharing your day, reflections & firsts..
    Have a wonderful time at the signing.
    ioki underscore jo at hotmail dot com

  • July 7, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Yeah I get that a milestone birthday may not be one of the expected ones and I wish you all the best. Would be fun to be in D.C. this week.

  • July 7, 2009 at 12:46 am

    I hope you had a wonderful day, Kelly. Happy birthday.

    I'm envious about the conference. The RWA conference is always a lot of fun.

  • July 7, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Happy Birthday!

    Thanks for the fun post!

  • July 7, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Happy Birthday!
    I didn't know that Black Lace was quitting. Damn!

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