Just back from the Romantic Times Bookclub convention in Dallas. Man, I had forgotten how crazy crowded and noisy that convention can get. There were ravenous readers everywhere. As a people watcher, it was fun to sit and take in all the different types of people who love romance novels.
Everything went fairly smoothly, although I think the help at the hotel really weren’t prepared for the huge crowds. The line at the Starbucks in the morning and at lunch time was like a 100 people long!!! Glad I do not have a coffee habit. 🙂
What I really loved were all the posters featuring books and hunky cover models and more books. They were everywhere — on the pillars, the elevator doors and the walls.
Swag, you ask? Oh hell yeah, lots and lots of swag. Promo alley was filled with everything you could think of and some I had never thought of before – -Kennedy Layne had a unique hand sanitizer — it looked like a pen, but it was a spray instead of a gel. The germaphobes among us grabbed those quickly. The goody bags had books and pens and cute little notebooks (and I really need to find out where they got those, because I lurrve little notebooks). There was a dearth of candy this year – I sort of missed my candy fix.
But the best thing about RT was seeing my friends such as Becca Jameson, Terri Schaefer, Kay Sisk, Paige Tyler, Pauline Jones, Linnea Sinclair, and Janet Snell, my crit buddy Cherise Sinclair, and, of course, all my fans.
Now I am gearing up for Lori Foster’s RAGT June 4-7. After that, I will be in the revising cave and working on Storm Warning, SSI Book 4.