RomCon

Barbara Vey -- August 12th, 2011
Maggie Mae Gallagher

Maggie Mae Gallagher

 

Beyond Her Book’s newest Cub Reporter, Maggie Mae Gallagher is the author of the Cantati Chronicles, a dark, urban fantasy series. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Maggie runs an office, clerks at a local metaphysical store, writes, and is a personal assistant for hire to an expanding list of authors. Maggie is a member of Romance Writers of America, Missouri Romance Writers, Colorado Romance Writers and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA.

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The Second Annual RomCon, a reader/author event in Denver, started with the Author Social Event where I met many of my favorite authors and even some new ones. RomCon has this spectacular program called the Buddy Meet-up. Many of the attending authors volunteered to “buddy up” with some of their readers for RomCon and met them at the conclusion of the Author Social.  The readers seemed to gravitate toward Eileen Dreyer and Delilah Marvelle, but as they discover more authors, I see this changing every year.

Friday morning dawned chilly; the cool rocky mountain air had drifted over the plains, so with my coffee cup in tow I headed to the Historical Author Panel. Deeanne Gist, Delilah Marvelle, Isobel Carr, Julia London, Mary Wine, Pamela Nowak, and Robyn DeHart spearheaded the panel. RomCon attendees asked their favorite authors questions such as, how do the authors create their heroes? To quote Delilah Marvelle, the hero she always writes is her husband. And everyone’s heart melted a bit at her response.

The Bloody Hell Crime Scene Investigation Presentation by author and former CSI Expert Tom Adair had plenty of guts and gore.  He showed pictures of murder victims, the splatter patterns their blood made on the carpet, walls and furniture. He went on to explain that through this study CSI Investigators are able to determine how a person was murdered which may lead to uncovering their killer.  Not for the faint of heart.

Jessa Slade and Shannon Butcher

Jessa Slade and Shannon Butcher

I shifted into work mode and became the videographer for the Historical Panel on Highlanders. Authors Melissa Mayhue, Margaret Mallory, and Kim Killion discussed why they love writing sexy highlanders with a little help from the devilishly handsome cover model Brooks Johnson. (Tell me Maggie Mae, was he wearing a kilt?)  Fanning self, it was an exciting and thoroughly entertaining session. One that I’m sure readers will not soon forget. Next up, I moderated an Intimate Chat with Shannon K. Butcher! This event was one of the highlights of the weekend for me as I’m a huge fan of her work.

In the evening, I attended the Wild West Night, where we had the chance to ride a mechanical bull, could learn to rope cattle, have an old time photo in western gear, and learn line dancing. I didn’t ride the bull, but there were some brave souls who did.  After a fabulous chuck wagon buffet, readers headed to the Chocolate Mangasm for desert. Readers had their pictures taken with shirtless cover models For Authors and Readers alike this event was wildly entertaining. The authors had us play naughty bachelorette style games for fake cash that we used at the auction which followed. The competition was heated and fierce for the secret prizes. I won a set of Seven Deadly Sins Gumballs for the bargain price of $1300.00.

Brooks Johnson and Mary Wine

Brooks Johnson and Mary Wine

Saturday morning was the Historical Author’s Fashion Show. Authors  strutted their stuff in authentic Victorian garb. This was a fascinating look into the historical novels that gave readers an opportunity to fine tune their imaginations while reading their favorite historicals.

Saturday afternoon, offered Strip a Hero session where a cover model was divested of most his clothing, a couple times. Authors Jennifer Ashley, Jade Lee and Kim Killion had Brooks act out three skits from their books and the crowd went wild. The evening wrapped up with the Supernatural Supper where readers and authors alike were offered the chance to have their palm read, have a psychic or tarot reading.

The Readers’ Crown Awards Brunch was on Sunday. These awards are voted on by the most important people in an author’s world, their readers. For a list of the all winners you can visit RomCon’s website .

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Readers meeting up with their favorite authors

Readers meeting up with their favorite authors

The final RomCon Event was the Rumble. Similar to speed date an author, readers spent time with their favorite authors and walked away with signed books, special RomCon only trading cards, and a ton of free goodies. I even scored a free eBook from Samhain Publishing!

One reader, Rachel, said this was her second year attending and it had only gotten better than the year before. Karen Doctor reflected that she so thoroughly enjoyed herself last year that she brought her daughter and one of her best friends with her this year.

There were so many other sessions I wanted to attend like the Quick Draw Game and Murder, Darling, Murder, but alas, until cloning is perfected I can’t manage to be in two places at once. RomCon was interesting for me because I was able to view it from both sides of the aisle. This is one of the first conventions I’ve ever experienced where the reader takes precedence. The intimate settings allowed readers an all access pass to their favorite authors. And all the authors in attendance worked their tails off to ensure their readers had a fabulous time, which we did. I know I had a blast this past weekend. I’m already looking forward to RomCon next year. Even if I have to get out on the runway and hitchhike, I’ll be there! See you in Denver June 22nd -24th, 2012!

Bottom Line:  I’ve already added “Save the Date” on my calendar.

55 thoughts on “RomCon

  1. Terry Odell

    Thanks for this report. I was at RomCon for the second time (I did my own recaps on my blog) but as you said, until they perfect cloning, it’s impossible to do it all. I was at the Mad Libs mixer and part of the Murder, Darling, Murder game. I also attended Cindy Gerard & Tara Janzen’s Black Ops presentation — it ran for 3 sessions, and that meant I had to make tough choices. But there were a LOT of weapons in that one. thanks for filling me in on a bunch of stuff I couldn’t get to.

    Terry
    Terry’s Place

  2. Jessica Aspen

    RomCon was fantastic! This was my first time attending and I did attend the Quick Draw (very fun) as well as Pamela Clare’s recounting of her true life news stories and how she uses them as inspiration for her books. One amazing woman! Thanks for the re-cap!

  3. Jennifer Ashley

    RomCon was fun for the authors too. I thoroughly enjoyed connecting with readers, the couple Q&A sessions I did, and I certainly had a good time at Strip a Hero (it was good, clean fun, don’t worry). Everyone made this shy author feel quite welcome. I gave away nearly 100 books and tons of goodies (and chocolate) by the time I was done. I highly recommend this casual, relaxed, reader-centric convention.

  4. Cynthia Woolf

    I attended Romcon as a volunteer and an author. This was the first time as an author and I loved it. The Romcon Rumble was a blast. I met lots of new readers who were actually interested in me and my book, Centauri Dawn.

    Michele Chambers, founder and owner of Romcon, put on a great event for readers and authors alike. I think next year’s event will be even better. lt’s slated for June 22-24, 2012.

    Maggie, thanks for the recap. Can’t wait to see you next year.

  5. Tiffany James

    Hi, Maggie ~

    Wonderful recap – except for the fact that it makes me yearn to be back at RomCon!

    How about the shwag?! Authors and publishers were so generous. I came home with over forty books and a bag of fun, unique promo items.

    I loved chatting with the authors and readers, and it was great to see you. I’m already counting down to next year.

    Tiffany James

  6. Margaret Mallory

    Thanks for being the videographer for our Highland Historical panel! I had such a fun time at RomCon. It was lovely meeting so many readers, and I was one of the lucky authors who got to dress up in Victorian garb for the fashion show. The fashion show went better for me than riding the mechanical bull… haha. (I have pics of both on my FB page.) All in all, it was a fabulous long weekend. :)

    Margaret

  7. Gabi Stevens

    This is my second year at RomCon, and I believe I’m making it an annual event. I love the intimacy with the readers. I had a fabulous time this year and am already looking forward to next year.

  8. Michelle Roderick

    RomCon was absolutely fantastic. This was my second year and both years were unbelievable. Lots of great time getting to know authors I had never read before. Will definitely go again next year. Fashion show was superb…thanks Dee!

  9. Lynda Hilburn

    This was my second year at RomCon, too, and it was fabulous! I feel so fortunate to have such a fun, intimate con right in my backyard! I participated as an author in many FF&P events and had a blast, and I got to know some participants better when they came to me for a tarot reading at the Supernatural Supper. I’ve definitely got the con on my schedule for next year!

  10. Maggie Mae Gallagher

    RomCon was fantastic! And to answer your question Barbara, cover model Brooks Johnson was wearing a kilt at the Highlander Panel, to everyone’s delight! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!

    Best,

    Maggie Mae Gallagher

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