Hi everyone –
I still feel like I’m on RT jet lag, but I have so much to share! LOL
First off, if you’ve never been to an RT Convention, here’s a little summary. It’s hosted by RT Book Review Magazine, and caters to authors, readers and aspiring authors. In short, it’s a total blast!!! There are plenty of panels and events, but still time to chat and meet internet friends as well as old friends you only get to see at conventions. Fun!
This year the event was held in Kansas City, Missouri. My only other trip to Missouri was for a trade show for my work. It was in St. Louis and during my stay 3 tornadoes touched down around the city… YIKES!!! Being a weather wimp from San Diego, I was hiding under the covers whimpering all night as the lightning flashed and the sideways rain smacked the hotel window! LOL
I’m happy to report, no tornadoes this time, but… We got SNOW!!! In May!!! *boggle* I was so excited that I videoed the magic. Yes, my dork flag was again waving SUPER high!!! LOL
Okay so besides the crazy snow in May, the conference itself was SOOOO much fun!!!
I got in to Kansas City on Tuesday night so that bright and early on Wednesday morning I could meet up and stuff goodies bags with fellow vampire authors: Laura Kaye, Laurie London, Caridad Pinero, Elisabeth Staab and Theresa Meyers! Our vampire game was a huge success with lots of fun vampire readers! J
Wednesday night was the Ellora’s Cave Disco Party! I had such a blast with my super fun roomies, Mary Leo and Chris Marie Green!!! J
Next up on Thursday, I got to meet lots of readers at the RT eBook and Indie signing! My posters of the Night Walker and Night Thief covers were gone in the first hour! Yow! J
And Thursday night was the big RT 30th Anniversary Ball… The Ball was sponsored by my publisher, Entangled Publishing, and I made new “Entangled” lyrics for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and sang! LOL Goofy and tons of FUN!!!
After the big singing event we had lots of dancing and Entangled merriment…
Me and my pal, Boone Brux
And here I am with the fabulous, CJ Ellison!
The amazing lady behind Entangled Publishing, Liz Pelletier, with me and my roomie, Mary Leo!
After the Thursday night fun, I had a full day of panels and parties on Friday! Shew! J The Vampire Social was a huge highlight for me!!! I got to sign and meet readers with some of my favorite vampire authors!!! SQUEE!!! Here’s a pic of the goodies bag… See my name in there??? Yeah, I geeked out!!! LOL And then I got my own table with goodies and a perfect place to meet readers and chat. I had a blast! J
And Friday night was Heather Graham’s annual Vampire Ball… I didn’t see many vampires, but I did run into Deadpool!!! LOL
At this point, exhaustion was setting in, but my adrenaline from the fun of the HUGE book signing on Saturday pulled me through… Ready for more pictures? LOL Here we go…
I got to see my buddy Barbara Vey!
And my fabulous publicist Sarah Nicolas!
And my editor for Night Walker, Kerri-Leigh Grady!!! (She’s now the head of the Entangled Ever After and Flirt Lines!)
I also got to meet up with some fabulous readers too!!! J
There’s RT in a nutshell… Shew!!! This was such a fun convention!!! Thanks again to everyone who came and said hello…
And if you’re still with me, something super cool happened on my way home from RT…
I was exhausted and already stressing about the money I spent at RT, silently hoping I sold a few books to help offset all the expenses. During the last leg of my flight from Denver to San Diego, I was in the window seat, reading my Kindle, thankfully distracted from my worries, when the captain came on and announced we were beginning our descent into San Diego. He said we had to switch off all electronics and buckle seat belts. I finished the page and turned off my Kindle.
Right at that moment, I glanced out the window and there was the most gorgeous rainbow!!! I’ve never seen a rainbow from above, while inside a plane, and I wish I could’ve taken a picture. Instead my eyes welled with tears. It was like the universe was letting me know everything was going to be okay. I instantly felt joy and peace fill me up when I needed it most.
I’m not doing the moment justice, but Wow. It was an amazing quiet moment at the end of an incredibly busy week.
Next year’s RT is going to be in New Orleans… I can hardly wait!!! Who wants to come on a vampire tour and a trip to the Café Du Monde with me??? WOOT!!!