The Romantic Times convention is over for another year. Le sigh. The con is always a fun, jam-packed week for me, and this time wasn't any different, but man do I hurt when it's over. Still... Kansas City in 2013!
Your first night there, you walk (or roll, as the case may be) around the hotel, trying to figure out where everything is. At least I do, because when you're in a mobility scooter things like stairs and escalators can be a real problem when half the convention is on a different floor, or when the elevators are all in one tiny little spot and you have to jostle for space. I will say the O'Hare Regency is excellently situated for that, as the elevators were in a central location, had stairs and escalators AND a handicap/service elevator that got me from one floor to another without having to fight any lines.
|The central elevators had these really cool light-up bottoms and glass fronts.|
|Willy (one of the Aussies), me, Jade Lee and Cy, a bookseller from Wyoming. Behind us you can just make out Bianca d'Arc on the left.|
The next day was the first full day of the convention, starting with the Welcome Party and a lovely tribute to the late Judi McCoy. Then it was off to the con, and the Science Fiction panel. Have I mentioned I've begun a Sci-Fi Paranormal Romance? Stern Negotiations is on my sidebar as one of my works in progress, so listening to advice from the likes of Linnea Sinclair and Ann Aguirre sounded like a really good idea.
|From L-R: Cindy Spencer Pape, Isabo Kelly, Linnea Sinclair, Ann Aguirre, Cindy Holby (aka Colby Hodge) and Beth Revis.|
That evening, I skipped the Ellora's Cave party to have drinks (and pizza) with Scott Carpenter, the artistic director of Samhain and the man in charge of the beautiful covers, and Tera Kleinfelter, my Samhain editor. Tera was thrilled that I've finished The Hob, and says she can't wait to get her hands on it. Off to my room to read, and I was out like a light before I knew it.
I had a nice lunch at the hotel restaurant with PJ Schnyder, her boyfriend (whose name I forgot to get permission to post, so I won't), my new Carina Press editor Mallory Braus and her friend. After a little work on Stern Negotiations I was off to the eBook Expo!
|Signing at the eBook Expo|
|A lot of women want to save a horse...|
Time to get ready for the Fairy Ball! One lavender wig later, and I'm all set. Once again, I met up with PJ Schnyder, and together we glowed.
|In my case, literally.|
Oh, boy. It's Books, Bods and Brews day! But first, bright and early is Club RT. And I have to say, it's really quiet at 10:30 in the morning. I might do afternoons only next time.
After a nice solo lunch, it was time for Carina Press Bingo! Fill out your card and win a prize. Thank goodness the Books, Bods and Brews event was in the same room as the Bingo. Once that event was over, we were able to set up immediately without having to rush. Charles Paz (Mr. Romance 2009) made a surprise appearance, so PJ had some of the readers Pin The Kiss On The Hunk... using Charles!
|And much swag was given away.|
|I later turned the sign around to show off the Cynful cover with Julian on it.|
|PJ Schnyder, me and Seleste Delaney at the Carina Press Cocktail party.|