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A Tisket, A Tasket . . . An M & M Basket

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by Maxine Davis

I can hardly wait – The Moonlight and Magnolias Conference will be here be here October 4 – 6 at the Hilton Hotel in Norcross!  This is really an exciting conference sponsored by the Georgia Romance Writers that attracts people primarily from the Southeast.  I know RWA (Romance Writers of America) had their conference in Atlanta this year, but the cry went up that people still wanted an M&M Conference.  We cut the length by a day, but when you see the list of events and workshops, you will get excited and, once again, wonder how you will fit everything into the three days.


To me, one of the highlights is the Basket Raffle for Literacy (all monies collected are given to a local literacy program in Atlanta.)  I am, again, collecting the baskets for this year’s M&M Conference, and it is fun!  Some send their baskets to me if they are not coming or are coming from a great distance.  I already have about a half dozen here at the house.  Last year, whew, it was many more!  Of course, it’s still a little early, but I’ve come to expect them in swarms at the last minute.  I don’t mind, because, as I said, it’s fun.  It’s like looking in people’s Christmas stockings.



I have 43 already on the list of promised baskets.  Here at the house, I have a beautiful box that has a Kindle, Kindle cover, and books by the author.  From another author I have four totes containing books, cup, mouse pad, lots of Scottish Shortbread, t-shirts, and other items.  One is a beautiful basket with a sexy piece of lingerie, chocolate, wine, wine glasses and lots more.  When you get to the “basket room” at the Hilton, you will see tote bags, beach bags, gift bags, a bucket, a crocheted bag, and, of course, baskets! Some are themed, but they are all wonderful, regardless.  Be sure you come in and pick out your favorites.  You walk by and put a ticket in each box next to the basket you want.  Me?  I go in with a big handful of tickets.


M&M Baskets

Winners will be drawn Saturday around 4 p.m. and posted.  I look forward to seeing each of you there – and wave when you go by the Basket Room.  The pictures are just a few of last year’s baskets.

Marilyn Baron - September 30, 2013 - 6:36 am

Can’t wait. I’ll be there with my Bermuda gift bag, filled with a pink Bermuda Beach Towel, an 8X10-inch matted water color print “The Moongate” by local Bermuda artist Dee Massey, a signed print copy of my romantic thriller/historical “Under the Moon Gate,” and more…Hope to see everyone there. Love these pictures.

Sia Huff - September 30, 2013 - 7:35 am

What a wonderful opportunity for some lucky winners. Thanks for coordinating this, Maxine.

Susan Carlisle - September 30, 2013 - 9:34 am

I’m filling in for Brenda for a little while. Your basket sounds wonderful. I’m already getting my money out for tickets.

Susan Carlisle - September 30, 2013 - 9:35 am

Maxine is great at the basket selling. She makes winning fun.

Susan Carlisle - September 30, 2013 - 9:39 am

I’m bring an afternoon tea tray with all the fix’ins. I love to put it together.

Carol Burnside - September 30, 2013 - 9:40 am

I can’t wait to see my basket in the mix this year. I’m bringing the crocheted basket filled with spa goodies and a copy of Seasons and Seashells.

Susan Carlisle - September 30, 2013 - 9:51 am

Your basket sounds like such fun. The handmade things are the best!

Pam Asberry - September 30, 2013 - 11:55 am

I won a basket at my first M&M and it was quite a thrill! Of course I am looking forward to all the goodies but mostly I am excited about spending time with everyone!

Susan Carlisle - September 30, 2013 - 1:10 pm


I’m looking forward to the baskets they are always full of greatt things. I’m amazed at how creative everyone is. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Sandra Elzie - September 30, 2013 - 8:13 pm

Hi Guys,
I’m also bringing a basket. It has Margarita Mix, a Not A Day Over Fabulous stemware glass, pampering products, chocolate and a Black & White checkered Diva Apron.

See you there!!!

Maxine Davis - October 1, 2013 - 9:32 am

My great thanks to Susan Carlisle for so graciously taking my place Sept. 30 when I could not be here. Susan, you are wonderful!

Hildie McQueen - October 2, 2013 - 10:24 am

Bringing two baskets, one small, one large, and hopefully both very pretty! ;-)
Can’t wait to see them all, it’s one of the highlights of M&M!

Hildie McQueen

Tami Brothers - October 6, 2013 - 8:23 pm

Love them!!! I do recognize one of those baskets!!!

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