NoLa 2014 RT Convention
Each May the magazine Romantic Times holds a yearly convention. Each year it is in a different city and each year it only get bigger and bigger. It is now to the point of being one of the largest book conventions in the country! But RT convention holds a very special meaning to me–and despite the drama that has unfolded, surrounding the Giant Book fair this year (and despite the fact I agree with most of the points begin made about said problems) I still had the time of my life!
I said, RT is special to me, so let me tell you why. The first RT I attended was three years ago when it was held in Chicago 2012. (I went with my friend T who is now one of the Lady Knights of my Round Table) And my whole purpose of going was because I had just started to plan and write Legendary and I wanted to attend all the workshops and meet all these authors that I love and get the chance to meet with like-minded people who I hoped could help me figure out how to make my dream of becoming a published author true.
And boy did it ever help! By the time RT 2013 rolled around (I was accompanied that year by another of my Lady Knights, now known as Miss Little Book Addict, who used RT to help launch her own blog) I had a finished, line edited draft of Legendary ready to go and I was bound and determined to pitch Legendary and get offered a contract for my first ever book series. And wouldn’t you know it, after 9 requests and 4 different offers I finally settled on Omnific Publishing to sell my 4 book Saga to and things haven’t stopped since.
Fast forward a year and Legendary (book #1) has been released, book 2 of the series has been turned in and is awaiting edits. Book 3 has been plotted and has started to make it’s way onto my computer screen and I’ve started another YA story, because once you et bitten by the writing bug, you just can’t seem to stop!
Me and my Lady Knight waiting at the airport in DC! NoLa we love you! And what a fantastic first day walking around the quarter and dipping into fantastical little shops!
My Lady Knight T got gumbo with her po’boy and there was a poor crab cut in half sticking out!
Me and the authors of the YA Spooky Sleepover on Tuesday night. What a great kick off party to RT!
Wednesday night was the party at Mardi Gras world It was like releasing a kid in the candy shop with me! All the pretty colors and shapes. Just imagine all the work that had to go into making all of these and then to maintain all of these floats!?!?! again with the masks! So pretty 🙂
And then it was on to my first panel of RT and it just so happened to feature one of my 5 hero authors Tamora Pierce! (but she prefers to be called Tammy) And she is the goddess author of dozens of YA books including the very first fantasy book/series I ever read: The Song of the Lioness Quartet! I can still recall the first and second books almost perfectly, even 12 years later. I actually teared up when she came in, sat down and started talking with us before the panel started. But more on that on my blogger page!
And now: time for thursday night’s pub crawl on Bourbon street. 10 of the most popular bars just waiting for us crazy romance authors and readers. I still think Bourbon street doesn’t know what hit them LOL We were wild and crazy for sure!
Thursday night was the Saints and Sinners party. Can you guess which I was? And those are my Lady Knights getting ready for our wild evening!
And this was the creme de la creme: the Giant Book Fair on Saturday. This year there was over 600 authors between the Traditional authors (who got the cool decorated Mardi gras themed room) and the Indie/ small press/and self published authors. We got the room across the hallway that was slightly lacking compared to the main room, but hey… I rocked that aggressively yellow room so hard it was fantastical! You can’t keep me down. Not at my very first ever signing!
Like I said, rocking it! This is the amazing Nalini Singh on the upper left and on the right my new YA author Friend Vivi Barnes– who coincidently works at Disney World (where I worked for 4 years) AND she also works with one of the old Pastry Chefs I worked for! Talk about coincidence! And it’s official: I have fans! Sydney and her girls are awesome sauce!
Now it was our last day, time to see the quarter again and pick our souvenirs; in addition to getting our drink on one last time and having a truly southern jambalaya pasta diner!
& Jackson Square of course. Loved all the artists that were selling their art!
And there you have it my lovelies! My third experience at RT in the fun vacation city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Be sure to check out my latest post on my blogger page for an in-depth look at some of the best (IMHO) YA authors ever!
<3 always LH