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I left for New Orleans this morning, for my first road trip without my traveling buddy.  Many of you, know that my traveling buddy passed from this earth to her spiritual paradise in July of this year.  Some of you have emailed asking if I would take her cremated remains with me to NOLA, and no I will not.  She is residing along side my father in their home.  It feels strange getting ready for this trip without her.

My new series will be pitched to Paula Eykelhof with Harlequin/Mira, Jennifer Letwack with St Martin’s Press, Deb Werksman with Sourcebook, Inc., Tom Colgan with Penguin, Ed Deangelis and Lance Taubold with 13 Thirty Books, and Agent Rebecca Sherer with Jane Rotrosen Agency.

Hotel Monteleone standing tall since 1886.  Originally it held 64 rooms and 1903 thirty more were added.In 1908 when the US was in a financial panic, 300 rooms were added and the name changed from Commercial Hotel to Hotel Monteleone.  With the second generation of Monteleone’s to take control, another 200 rooms were added a year before the horrible crash of hotel-monteleone-new orleans1928.  It remained unchanged until 1954, when major foundation work was constructed.  The fifth generation added a swimming pool to the roof and other amenities in 1964.  This landmark is continues to be a jewel in the French quarter.

Hotel Monteleone, a historic New Orleans hotel, has long been a favorite haunt of distinguished Southern authors. Many of them immortalized the Grand Dame of the French Quarter in their works.  In June of 1999, due to Hotel Monteleone’s distinction among the literary elite, the hotel was designated an official literary landmark by the Friends of the Library Association.

The Plaza and Algonquin in New York are the only other hotels in the United States that share the honor as a designated official literary landmark by the Friends of the Library Association.