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.
                                                                       



11 comments

  1. Judy // August 23, 2011 at 7:24 AM  

    Thanks, Mary, for sharing an afternoon with us and Congratulations, Patrice! Wishing you much success with your writing!

  2. Scarlet Pumpernickel // August 23, 2011 at 8:21 AM  

    Sounds like a wonderful event. Thanks for sharing this detailed account. Patrice is indeed a success, we are proud of her. I would have love to have been able to attend this event with you, but reading your blog is the next best thing. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Mona Risk // August 23, 2011 at 2:33 PM  

    Hi Mary, lovely account of a perfect booksigning and presentation by Patrice. I know Patrice and she is a pretty and talented as Mary described her. Yeah, you go Patrice.

  4. Mary Marvella // August 23, 2011 at 2:34 PM  

    Lovely! Thanks for letting us share your time with Patrice!

    What a cool hubby, a keeper!

  5. Mary Marvella // August 23, 2011 at 2:34 PM  
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  6. Mary Ricksen // August 23, 2011 at 3:43 PM  

    Patrice was the belle of the ball! I loved it!

  7. Nightingale // August 23, 2011 at 5:13 PM  

    Wish I could have been there. It sounds like a fun affair, and I would love to meet Patrice. Wishing you many sales Patrice.

  8. Patrice // August 23, 2011 at 8:27 PM  

    Hi everyone! Thank you so much Mary. I haven't had the internet working for days and tonight had a computer guy in, who totally hooked up oyr new home with wireless and wheN I check my computer, the first thing I see, is Mary's beautiful blog. I'm so sorry I didn't respond, but I didn't know about it, and feel so exhiled from everyone without my tools for communication. Apologies to everyone, but moving is a bitch, and I've been so lost without my computer.
    Hugs to everyone. I've been trying to follow everyone's good news.
    Will make up for it soon. I promise!

  9. Pamela Varnado // August 24, 2011 at 10:24 AM  

    Sounds like you ladies had a fabalous time!! I know I speak for everyone when I say we're so proud of Patrice's accomplishments.

  10. Josie // August 27, 2011 at 2:32 PM  

    Mary,
    What a lovely blog and tribute to Patrice.
    And Patrice, we are so proud of you! Your picture is beautiful.

  11. Beth Trissel // August 27, 2011 at 11:43 PM  

    What a wonderful post. Lovely event with a lovely lady. Congrats Patrice. Loved hearing about the different roses your hubby gave you.