Over one thousand romance lovers, both authors and readers, took over the Peppermill Reno Resort Hotel in Reno, Nevada last week for the RT Booklovers Convention. Okay, we sorta took over. The place is huge. We were there for less than 24 hours when the news was announced the RT Con would no longer be held. Instead, Jo Carol Jones and her band of mighty volunteers will pick up the baton (they did all the work anyway) and launch the newly-designed Booklovers Convention to be held May 15-19 2019 in New Orleans! YES. More on that below, as well as huge news about it. Keep reading!
For anyone who’s ever been to RT either as a reader or author can attest, the Con is fun, exhausting, and enlightening. I’m sooo tired and laundry will get done — someday. Currently, my suitcase is splayed open waiting for such a miracle. In the meantime, here are some scenes from the 2018 RT Booklovers Convention, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Spoiler Alert: It’s mostly good.
Attendance was waaaay down, but that only meant bars, restaurants and sessions were easy to get into, and those pesky, normally-long lines were neither pesky nor long. The Giant Book Fair which is always held on Saturday of the Con showed just how many fewer people attended. Even Sylvia Day didn’t have lines out the wazoo like usual. That meant if you wanted to see an author, you got to. So, put that in the plus column!
The parties were great fun, like J. Kenner’s Happy Hour, which had an open bar, a prize of a gazillion books and bottles of wine, and every person that showed up walked away with a tote full of books.
LadySmutter Isabella Drake, Rose C. Carole, Kris Michaels and I held a fun confessional game party where prizes included real crystal tiars. And what do you know? I have no pictures, but then again, what happens at RT, stays at RT especially when it involves confessing your deepest, darkest secrets.
And I got to squish covers models again. Eat your hearts out.
No one wants RT to go away — and, like I wrote above, it’s not really. Rather the Con is being reinvented. Go here to learn the exact plan and be sure to sign up for the newsletter so you won’t miss out on all the shenanigans, because, guess what???? J. R. Ward, the Warden herself, is signing at this event. I. Kid. You. Not. Guess who else? Charlaine Harris. Ya know, the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, a.k.a. TRUE BLOOD. They join Sylvia Day, Christine Feehan, Jill Shalvis, Lexi Blake, Sylvia Day, Khloe Wren, Karen Rose, Melody Anne, Rebecca Zanetti, Jennifer Armentrout, and RaeAnne Thayne to name a few authors. It’s going to be EPIC. Follow the Booklovers Convention on Facebook here.
See you there?
Elizabeth SaFleur writes contemporary romance that dares to “go there.” Expect alpha males (and females), seductive encounters, and love. Learn more about her steamy and sexy stories by following her on Amazon and Bookbub.