Helen Phifer and Rachael take New York

For months I’d been looking forward to going to New York for Romance Writers of America‘s 35th annual conference and even more so attending my first Harlequin party. I thought I’d be the only Write Romantic in New York, so was overjoyed when Helen announced, almost at the last minute, that she would also be in New York and at the party. Here’s our time in The Big Apple.

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For me, being in New York was all about connecting with other Harlequin authors, many of whom I’ve read for a long time. I also signed copies of my second and third books at RWA’s Literacy Signing, along with over 480 other authors and my place was next to Jodi Thomas, a RITA nominated author!


It was a full on week, but I also managed to squeeze in a bit of sightseeing. I couldn’t possibly go all that way and not see something of such a wonderful place. Top of my list of places to go was Central Park. The book I’ve just finished writing was set in New York and a scene was written against the backdrop of Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, so I had to go there and check it out.

The highlight of the week was the Harlequin party and meeting up with Helen. Here we are all ready to dance the night away.


Helen Phifer, Rachael Thomas, Chantelle Shaw and Bella Frances.

New York was an amazing experience and both Helen and I managed to see quite a bit of the famous city. We both made it to the 86th floor of The Empire State building and Helen went to the Top of the Rock, an observatory at the top of The Rockefeller Center. We also both saw The statue of Liberty, but Helen was lucky enough to get really close. I just saw the famous statue from a river cruise. Here’s a view shot I took from The Empire State Building.

Streets View of New York


There really are so many sights to see it just wouldn’t be possible to get round them all, not in one trip. Although I gave it a good shot! Which of New York’s iconic landmarks would you most like to see?


7 thoughts on “Helen Phifer and Rachael take New York

  1. I was hoping you’d post something about your trip!!! It looks fab and I’d love to hear more. I’m not sure where I’d go if I was there, but not right up one of those big skyscrapers thats for sure!! I think its pretty brave of folk to go there!! 🙂

  2. It was amazing stepping out of that lift at the Waldorf to see you standing there, it has to be the best night of my life so far 🙂 New York was truly wonderful and I think we need to organise a Write Romantic mini conference in New York. So glad you had a fabulous time.

    Helen xx

  3. So glad you both had a wonderful time. What a privilege to be invited to an event like that and what an accolade to your talents as authors. I went to New York when I was about 10 and I have vague memories of everything being so tall. I remember visiting the Statue of Liberty, going up the Empire State Building and visiting The World Trade Center although I had never realised there were actually twin towers until 911; probably because we travelled up one of them rather than both. I’m so used to a small town now that I think NY might overwhelm me somewhat but I would like to visit it again one day. Fab photos xxx

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