I returned from the RT Booklovers Convention on Sunday, and I had a great time. My voice was a little thrashed from all of the talking and laughing I did, and I spent long hours catching up with other writers, many of whom I’d only met online. Here’s a little peek at what went down.
I roomed with Tamara Ireland Stone and Lenore Appelhans the first night. My roomies had driven from a signing in St. Louis and were crashed out when I arrived, but they only yelled a little when I woke them. Seriously, both of these ladies are awesome. After checking email, I ran down to the Kensington event, SPOOKY SOIREE: LOVING THE THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT. The room was separated into groups of 10-12 people, and authors were placed with each group. We were given a worksheet, chocolate for fuel, and tasked with coming up with our group’s idea of the perfect paranormal hero. I got to lead an imaginative group and loved who we came up with, including the very important detail that our hero have “nice teeth.” Sadly, we lost to another team when it came time for the judging, but I doubt any of us really minded when the judge was a former Mr. Romance. Lucky me, Kensington had made little signs for each of our books, and I happily stole this sign for PUSHED. LOVE.
After the event, I was off to my room to edit (yes, I had edits due while at RT) and order room service. Then it was an early night for me since I hadn’t slept a wink the night before.
The next morning I woke up to do more edits before heading off to the Kensington social where I shared a table with Jennifer Estep. I signed copies of TOUCHED and there were these awesome cookies with the cover of PUSHED on them. Yes, you guessed it. I stole one of those too.
After the signing, I headed back to the room to – wait for it – do more edits! Our newest roomie, CJ Omololu, arrived. Then, a huge group of YA authors gathered for dinner. Sadly, there is no pictorial evidence, but I did keep track of who attended because (a) I was so excited to meet everyone and (b) hello, this list blows my mind.
Tamara Ireland Stone
Anne Greenwood Brown
After dinner, we headed back to our room to get ready for the RT Formal Ball.
At the ball, I turned into a total fangirl, geeking out as my favorite romance authors were recognized for their achievements. Jude Deveraux, Laura Kinsale, and Karen Robards were my particular favorites, and I wanted to gush my gratitude at them for the wonderful books they’d written.
After a very late night (early morning), I headed back to the room to edit some more. My roommates didn’t think I would, but I showed them. Or rather, I would have if they’d been awake.
Tamara Ireland Stone and I spent the day editing in our room until we couldn’t stand it anymore. We finally headed off to the cafe to work there. I was less than productive once I realized that JUDE FREAKING DEVERAUX was having lunch at the table next to ours. I did not interrupt her meal, but I so, so wanted to. I’m still sad that I didn’t meet her. I managed to make it to the Avon party, where they gave away lots of free books. Then it was back to work. I was still editing (and missing all the panels – sadface) when I got a call asking me to join a panel. I had three minutes to get there, and found out that I was a late addition, filling in for one of my favorite authors, Sara Zarr.
As if that wasn’t enough to blow my mind, the panel was on “issues” books, and my fellow panelists included CJ Omololu, Jennifer Brown, Jackie Kessler, and Gayle Forman. Melissa Marr moderated. It was such a huge opportunity, and the response from the audience was great. I’m still on Cloud 9 that I got to do that panel.
Then I went back to the room where I FINALLY finished my edits. Another group of authors went off to dinner and then it was time for bed. Here’s half the group cramming into an elevator.
Saturday was the giant book fair with a signing in YA Alley. I spent a few hours doing one of my favorite things – talking to readers – and I got to sign a Kindle cover.
After the signing, I went to a panel (yay!), and then I was part of the Author Speed Reading. Then, everyone gathered for the Teen Day Party, where scads of teens ran around getting books signed by their favorite authors. There were cake pops, lots of people dancing, and a good time had by all. After that, we had one final dinner.
Here’s a list of the people who were at the dinner. MIND BLOWN.
Dawn Rae Miller
I was up early to fly home. Of course, my flights were delayed due to San Francisco fog, but I was glad to finally return home and unpack all of the lovely books I scored. Plus, I spent the waiting time starting another contemporary.