Category Archives: Romantic Times

RT 2014: Book Signing, Pictures, and Overheard at RT

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RT is the one definite opportunity I have to sign Beyond Heaving Bosoms and Everything I Learned  Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels. I don't do many other signings since the Bosoms came out in 2009 and EIKAL came out in 2011. They're not new, so it's not like there's a promotional effort going on. But every year, I look forward to the signing for a few reasons:  I GET TO SIGN! My inner 13 year old and…

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RT 2014: An Enormous Photo Recap, With Apologies To Your Server, Plus a Giveaway

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This year's Romantic Times convention was, I thought, pretty spiffy. The crowd was larger and the hotel wasn't as ideal as some previous years, but the location in New Orleans made it extra special and the people who attend are always some of the very best. The lobby was LOUD, and if there was a line for something, people got in it and met new people (I did, anyway).  One thing I find interesting is…

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Announcing the RT Book Blogger Con 2.0 - 13 May 2014

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Last year Jane and I hosted a Book Blogger Conference on the Tuesday before RT began in Kansas City, and it was great fun for us, and for the people who came. This year, we've been asked to convene it again, so off we go! It's time to announce the Book Blogger Conference 2.0, in New Orleans, LA, on 13 May 2014. You can head on over to the RT Book Blogger Conference site and…

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Jude Deveraux and Julie Garwood at RT: Storified Tweets, Pictures and Gifs

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Today at RT, I attended a candid Q&A with Julie Garwood and Jude Deveraux. On the outside, I looked like my normal self. I'd had coffee, I was dressed, my shoes matched, and I was fully charged and ready to tweet.  But y'all, these are two of the first authors I read who made my brain jump up and say, “A hip hop the hippie the hippie to the hip hip hop” (“a you dont…

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Romantic Times: The Bag! The Books! The Swag!

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One thing I love to do is a giveaway for the swag bag at RT. Each attendee receives a conference bag stuffed with promotional items, plus a choice of some books from the goody room. I have the bag, some books, plus an extra treat. Here's a picture of the contents of the bag:   Here are the books that I got from the goody room and from authors to include:     If you…

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EL James at Romantic Times: What Happened vs The Reactions

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Twitter was afire yesterday with news that EL James stood up during a YA panel and….said something. Accounts varied as to what was said – can you believe that? Inconsistent reports on the INTERNETS?  I went out and spoke with some RT staffers, and some folks who were present at the session, and really, what actually happened is not that interesting or dramatic, except for the fact that James is, in fact, at RT. According…

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Dispatches from Romantic Times 2013

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If you've ever thought about going to RT, my goal here is to try to show you what it's like. It's crowded, happy, eager, and jubilant. It's a four-day party focused on romance reading, which is completely awesome in my opinion. The readers who attend are taking time off work, time away from home and caring for family members, dropping everything and taking a four-day vacation at a hotel to party about…books. Excellent, right? And,…

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T’was the Night before RT: Signage!

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RT hasn't officially started yet, but I was here today to speak at the Mid-American Library Alliance conference on romance. Today, after having breakfast, I noticed the preparations had begun in the Sheraton lobby: EPIC SIGNAGE. Everywhere! And these signs are not easy to put up, either. Have a look:  Everywhere, there are signs going up. Walls, elevator doors, windows. Seriously, everywhere. If it's not moving, you can stick a sign on it.     …

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Book Review

Let It Be Me by Kate Noble

Let It Be Me by Kate Noble

I was so excited about this book. After reading most of Kate Noble's previous historical romances and recommending them to people who had historical London romance fatigue, I was hopping in my chair eager to read this book. It wasn't as oh-my-gosh-good-book-sigh-for-two-hours as other books of Noble's that I've loved, but it was still wonderfully intelligent and unique historical romance. While the emotional connection between the hero and heroine sometimes disappointed me, the setting and…

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RT BookLovers Convention 2013

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If you've been curious about RT's annual convention, I have news and a contest to tell you about. I think that RT gets better every year, and it is one of the most fun weeks of the year for me. It's an amazing thing to see a few thousand people who take time off of work and take a vacation that's focused on the books they love and on their favorite authors. RT is a…

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RT Book Blogger Conference 2013: Registration Now Open

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It's official now: the RT Book Blogger Convention is on the RT site, and we have a registration form ready to go! You can head on over to the RT Book Blogger Convention site and register! A few important points: 1. Registration is $30.00. Registration is not confirmed until payment is received. The fee covers morning refreshments, lunch, and a full day of panel discussions. 2. We're handling payments via Paypal so as to welcome…

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Romantic Times from Different Perspectives

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As I'm sure you already know, there's more to romance and more to Romantic Times than man titty. Much like a romance novel, there's a lot happening on the surface of the conference, and a lot more interesting things going on behind that surface. For example, CNBC was broadcasting live from RT, and focusing lightly on the business numbers of romance as an industry while showcasing shirtless men, women gathered, sometimes in white boas, generally…

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Contemporary Romance Panel at RT: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

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I was part of a panel on contemporary romance at RT, and took four pages of notes, because I thought the comments from the other panelists were so interesting. I think I've transcribed my own handwriting correctly – I hope so, anyway. On the panel with me were Louisa Edwards, Christina Skye, who I learned has a PhD in classical Chinese literature, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Jodi Thomas.  The session was called ' FINDING THE…

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Update: Results of the Romance Family Feud Survey!

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Zoe Archer was kind enough to write up the survey results from the Romance Family Feud game at Romantic Times. I'd posted a link to the survey a few weeks ago, and the answers during the game itself were so funny, I asked if they'd be willing to share. Thank you!!  A big thanks to everyone who participated in the Romance Reader Family Feud survey we posted a few weeks ago.  We had over 575…

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Sessions at RT: Reading!

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I took a lot of notes at the RT sessions I was part of – and this might be the most I've written by hand in a long, long time. What follows is a general round up and highlights of the sessions and things I noticed at RT this year. Reading! I was part of four sessions. One was “Choosing the Right e-Reader for You,” with Jane Litte and Angela James. That sessions was up…

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