December 12, 2013

Jill Does Boonsboro

I know, I know, given the amount of people who emailed me wanting to hear more about the Nora Roberts signing I did in Boonsboro, Maryland last week, I have been sorely remiss in telling the tale. I blame the Evil Cold and exhaustion.

But let me tell you all about it now that the Dayquil has kicked in. First up, our alarm went off at 3:00. That’s A.M., people, and let me just tell you what. I don’t like that hour. Alpha Man dragged me out the door and off the mountain to the Reno airport. There I sat next to some newlyweds. They were 82 and 83 years old, and going on a honeymoon to Vegas. I hope like hell I’m running off to Vegas when I’m 82!

We got on a Delta flight to Salt Lake at 5:30. Still A.M. There we sat on the runway, delayed for two hours for a mechanic to put this piece of tape on a seat.


Missed our connection. Fun times. Caught another flight by a HUGE miracle. My publisher had sent a car for us to make the two hour drive into Boonsboro from the Baltimore airport. And when we arrived at the inn about fifteen hours after our day had started, it suddenly became worth it at our first sight of the Inn Boonsboro.


And then … cue the angels singing here … they gave us the Eve and Roarke room.


You all already know from the day before yesterday’s blog that I stole Roarke’s gray button and that the toilet was an adventure. But if you missed it, scroll down two entries. Go ahead, I’ll wait…

You back? The next morning we all woke up and got ready for a big day. Here I am hanging with fellow authors and dear friends Mary Blayney and Sarah Morgan.


We looked outside and realized there was a line out the bookstore already!! This was a lovely change from the last signing I did, where people kept stopping at my table to ask me where the bathroom was. Anyway, I stood on the inn’s balcony to take this picture, and the people waiting saw us and waved. I waved back and hoped some of them were bringing me cookies.


They did! They did! I got all sorts of goodies, and if that was any of you, then THANK YOU!!! It was all delicious.

Afterwards, I stalked Nora for a pic. However, due to the unfortunate restraining order, I am only allowed to take pictures with her poster…


Then it happened. The next day a storm blew in and … SNOWED US IN!


That’s right, I WAS FORCED TO STAY ANOTHER NIGHT IN THE ROARKE ROOM! The next day, me and dear friends Mary Blayney, Laura Reeth, and Sarah Morgan worked our fingers to the bone.


Or … went shopping and ate cookies.

We finally got to the airport on Monday and that’s when the exhaustion set in. And maybe a case of the cranky-pants.


But the sunset somewhere over Ohio was gorgeous…


And then we got back to the west coast. And you know what? It’s not the Inn Boonsboro, but it’s Home Sweet Home.



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  1. Jill .because I read your blog every day I am now rereading Inns Boonsboro for the upteenth time. Nut I never realized it was a real place that Nora wrote about. It makes it so much better and now I want to go and see it but I want the room that Lizzy lived in. Thank you for always entertaining me with your special blog.

  2. Sounds like you had the great adventure! I’ll have to keep an eye on the upcoming signings at the Inn and make the drive from the Eastern Shore! If you are there whenever I am able to make it, I will definitely bring you cookies! :)

  3. Sounds like you had a great time!! I must also say you look too adorable when you are cranky. I wished I looked like when I was in a mood. You don’t want to know what I look like. lol

  4. Loved the pictures!! Looks like I need to add it to the of places I want to visit!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. Loved your story and pictures…you went from snow to snow.
    Worried about you when I heard the blizzard was headed your way.
    Wish I could have been there…or anywhere. Cookies are always a wonderful cold weather friend. Happy your home and feeling better…cranky pants lol

  6. Thanks so much for all the pictures of your trip! I’m really jealous that you got to stay in the Eve and Roarke room. I’d love to do that someday.

  7. Wish I could have been there….maybe someday!! Looks like you had fun & tge Inn looks beautiful!

  8. I read your blog everyday and you always cheer me up! I know how awesome this was for you and I’m so excited that you got to be there. I even told my husband about your trip. :-)

  9. Snow on both coast beautiful but we don’t get a lot of it here in Georgia. :)

  10. Been following this saga from the start. Felt sorry when I read about storm and flight delays until I realized you kept saying we and then I realized that maybe Alpha Man was with you (and no kids or animals) so all was really good. Happy Holidays Jill

  11. While traveling is fun, there is nothing like sleeping in your own bed! Hope your cold is soon gone. Keep on with the day/nightquil and tissues! Keep writing!

  12. Great story, great pictures. You are so funny – love your blog. Welcome back.

  13. Loved hearing about your adventure. The pictures are all amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  14. I am so glad I got to meet you. Thank you for coming to the east coast.

  15. Well I am glad my state of Ohio gave you a beautiful sunset! Glad you are back home and less cranky! ;)

  16. Sounds like you had a blast. What a quaint looking town.

  17. The Inn Boonsboro looks so picturesque. I had looked it up online when I was reading the series Nora wrote the Boonosboro trilogy. Would love to go there sometime to see it, visit the town, go the the Civil War battle field. There is a lot of history in the area. Thank you for telling us about your adventure to Maryland. I’m so sorry the storm delayed you getting home. That has to make anyone a bit gumpy or even a lot! Love your pictures. The one in California of “home” is so pretty. Get well soon, take care.

  18. Sounds like a wonderful adventure. Wish I could have been there but Minnesota is too far away. Did you eat all the cookies? Glad you got home and hope you feel better soon.

  19. I’ve been following your adventure and I love seeing all the pictures. It looks like you had a ton of fun. I hope you feel better soon.

  20. It was nice meeting you. Thanks for the picture with you!! My friend did bring you cookies (chocolate and peanut butter). I hope you enjoyed them!!

  21. ok ok – so it was weird weather but, hey, it’s gorgeous, right?

  22. Didn’t you love the bathroom!? And the Galahad pillow? I seriously loved my stay in Eve & Roarke’s room. Plus free cookies!

  23. And Home Sweet Home looks really pretty.

  24. Glad you finally made it home. I’m sorry you are not feeling better, but like all colds, you will soon recover! The picture of you, at the airport, shows the frustration that the weather caused! My Rx is lots of rest, cookies and hot tea or chocolate, followed by lots of work!

  25. looks like over all you had fun. sorry about the flights and the snow

  26. Wonderful wish I could have been there. Love all 4 of you
    read as many books as I can

  27. Thanks for coming out Maryland way, Jill, and for bringing the snow too! Join us again soon, won’t you?

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