RT Booklovers Convention was absolutely delightful, not so much because of any specific event, but because of all the great people I met there. I spent hours with my fellow reviewers at Smart Bitches Trashy Books – you can read a recap replete with photos written by SB Sarah here. I watched octopus documentaries with my roommate – our idea of how to party. I ate creme brûlée that was so good it brought tears to my eyes. I spent time with local friends and made new friends from all around the world. Special thanks to my new Australian friends who introduced me to Tim Tams, a food I expect to live on exclusively from this day forward.Also so happy to have met some fellow geeks – there’s nothing like trading stories about San Diego Comic-Con to build a fast bond between people!
By the way, this year the convention was at The Rio in Las Vegas. Folks, I had a great time, but EVERYONE hated that hotel. The service is great, everyone who works there works hard and is friendly, but the place is grimy and dark and smoky and depressing and it charges $4 for a banana. Luckily the convention space was much more pleasant and not smoky – be as that may be, my dear daughter was happy to see me when I came home but also said, “Mom, your hair smells bad” because of all the smoke in it. Blah.
Other than that, I had a wonderful time and came home with a huge stack of books. It’s going to be hard to return to my actual life! At least I can do it all again (at a different hotel) next year!
I’m on my way to Las Vegas for RT Booklovers Convention! This will be my second year and I plan (or at least I hope) to be a lot more relaxed and just have a great time in a community of fellow romance readers. By far my favorite thing about this event is getting to hang out in person with my fellow reviewers at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books – we’ve become close friends over the years and we treasure this chance to meet up in person.
If you are attending RT this year, be sure to check out my panels:
Smart Bitches Reader Recommendation Party
Thursday April 14, 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Join the ladies from Smart Bitches Trashy Books for a reader recommendation party! We want to hear what book has rocked your world and why. We’ll be sharing our recommendations and giving away some of our favorites, along with fun prizes, too. There will be snacks and room for your knitting and crafting. We want to hear from you! Please come ready to share recommendations of your own, especially if there’s a book you can’t stop talking about! We LOVE those! Authors: Please note – we think you are utterly rad but is this not a space in which to recommend your own book. Please do join us if you want to talk about what you’re reading. We all love romance!
Reviews: How to Get Them and What to Do With Them
Thursday, April 14, 4PM – 5PM
Join the ladies from Smart Bitches Trashy Books and Jay from Joyfully Jay for a candid discussion and Q&A about reviews. How does one pitch a book for review? What makes a blogger or reader choose the books they read and discuss? What are we looking for in our reading? What can authors do if they receive a positive review — or a negative one? We’ll take questions and share our various perspectives on the elusive subject of getting reviews.
Hope to see some of you in Vegas!