Essence of Latinas Party in L.A.

Me with Actress Eva La Rue of CSI: Miami. Believe it or not, I’m wearing five inch heels and I’m still short!

Me again with Actress Lidia Peres, starring in Ladrón que roba a ladrón.

After getting a new do, I drove up to L.A. to sign stock and attend Catalina Magazine’s Essence of Latinas party in West Hollywood. (hosted by Deloitte, Volvo, Southwest Airlines, Eden and Exxon Mobile). Last year ,I was showing some major chunk in the arms, but after checking out these pictures, my workouts at Curves have paid off!

Leaving the Little Dude at home with the hub, I relived my L.A. youth by getting a bowl of red beans and rice at the Gumbo Pot in the L.A. Farmers Market. I then had a tarot card reading by Pauline at the Tea Garden on Melrose, across the street from the Bodhi Tree bookstore and Urth Cafe. (She pulled a lot of success and money cards … woo hoo, the Little Dude may go to college yet!).

But the one thing I’d forgotten about L.A., or at least on the west side, is that everyone seems to be dressed in costume. There are the hipster guys with tats, snappy attitudes and names like Fritz. Women in velvets, lace and spangles with dramatically curly hair piled atop their heads, or shoved under news boy caps. And everyone has some “project” they’re putting together.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a copy of Switchcraft, I left signed copies at Barnes and Noble at The Grove. A big thanks to Jameson who tracked down my books and then took them out of the boxes for me to sign. Us authors love booksellers like you!

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