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 … Continue reading RT 2014: Book Signing, Pictures, and Overheard at RT
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 … Continue reading RT 2014: An Enormous Photo Recap, With Apologies To Your Server, Plus a Giveaway
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 … Continue reading Announcing the RT Book Blogger Con 2.0 - 13 May 2014
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 … Continue reading Jude Deveraux and Julie Garwood at RT: Storified Tweets, Pictures and Gifs
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 … Continue reading Romantic Times: The Bag! The Books! The Swag!
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 … Continue reading EL James at Romantic Times: What Happened vs The Reactions
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, … Continue reading Dispatches from Romantic Times 2013
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. … Continue reading T’was the Night before RT: Signage!
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 … Continue reading Let It Be Me by Kate Noble
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 … Continue reading RT BookLovers Convention 2013
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 … Continue reading RT Book Blogger Conference 2013: Registration Now Open
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 … Continue reading Romantic Times from Different Perspectives
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 … Continue reading Contemporary Romance Panel at RT: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
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 … Continue reading Update: Results of the Romance Family Feud Survey!
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 … Continue reading Sessions at RT: Reading!
Friendly reminder for those attending Romantic Times next week! The Boner Donor Bingo Game is Saturday April 14 at 2:30 pm local time. It's right after the Giant Bookfair, which is from 11:00 – 2:00pm. So if you get some books, you can bring them to the bingo game, where there will be mayhem, bawdy jokes, a ton of candy for marking your bingo cards (and maybe eating), and really, really, I'm not even kidding, … Continue reading Boner Donor Bingo at RT: The Prizes Will be Awesome
Late last year at Posner's book signing for EIKAL, I learned about SuperAmit's battle to find a bone marrow match after he was diagnosed with acute leukemia. Through social media, he found a donor, but the facts I learned about the bone marrow registry and the lack of donor matches for minorities was eye-opening. You might have seen the Maccabeats' video for Hanukkah (I featured it here as a Friday video) also sought to raise … Continue reading Boner Donor Bingo at RT: Call for Assistance
It’s time for Overheard at RT, where I collect everything that’s funny, silly, and out-of-context absurd, and present it for your snapshot pleasure. “Does anyone here have a book? *many kindles and nooks appear* No, I mean a PAPER book?” “…Then the dirty pillows came out.” “My 15 year old son read your book and loved it.” “Oh, thank you… but you know, my books have sex in them.” “Yes. That is why I am … Continue reading Overheard at RT