Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending an event at Ibis Complex in West Palm Beach. It was held at their Clubhouse.Five authors that live in the complex where invited to speak. They were to discuss their road to publication. They ranged from a woman who wrote children's stories about monkeys, to a woman who wrote a short piece in a collaborative book about fashion. Patrice writes stories and full length ones that, so she had the most information to share. Everyone had interesting background, one even was a Physician who administers anesthesia. The one thing in common they did have was the need to write something and have it published. The Ibis Clubhouse is a beautiful place and Patrice glowed!
The attendees filled the room with about 50+ people. Friends, family, and those interested in writing attended. A bar was open for a chilled glass of wine. A decorative table held cheese and crackers. My only issue was the PA system. It never did work right, not through the whole event! But Patrice's voice carried well enough to hear all she had to say.
Patrice looked wonderful. She is a lovely, petite, blonde, with a sweet, sexy smile. She stays in fantastic shape by playing golf and tennis too, all a big part of the Ibis community. Her speech was the highlight of the afternoon if you ask me. The most successful of all five authors, (in my opinion), Patrice, proudly sat behind her books and spoke. With a bit of humor to cover her nervousness she began to tell us about her path to publication. Her history as an Airline Stewardess reminded me, when as a child, every young girls dream was to be one. But her dream to publish with a New York Publishing House is what brings a sparkle to her eyes. And now I understand her hard work and dedication. She is going to get there, of that I have no doubt.
I may be a bit prejudiced but Patrice was the best author and speaker there. She is the most experienced author. Her books invoke humor, tears, anger, and smiles. The whole gambit of emotions that all end up in a loving romance story, are behind the cover of Patrice Wilton's books. I was teary with pride for her and thrilled to hear her speak and to see her so happy.
Her best friend was there and Linda is a pistol. She and Patrice have a lot in common, and watching them interact reminded me of how I relate to my best friend.
After the event Patrice's charming husband told us about how he dated her. Each time he would give her a rose. A white one, a pink one, but never a red rose, because he still mourned the loss of his first wife. They make a very special couple today. He adores her. You can see the pride and love in his eyes and it touched me.
And now when I asked him what color of rose he gives her. He turned to me and grinned. He is showing her that men can be romantic. Now when he gives her a rose, it's red.
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