Hi! Cub reporter joysann here. Having recovered from a fabulous weekend, I can tell about this special event.
Ellora’s Cave Publishing publishes romance fiction they call Romantica® that reads from a little curl of steam to sizzling hot erotica, and has a tremendous following of readers. This was the 3rd RomantiCon, an event they host for their authors and devoted fans. Held in Akron, Ohio, which is their home, they throw one amazing affair. For the early-birds who arrived already on Thursday evening, there was a Meet & Greet where there were lots of happy reunions of old friends and acquaintances, and excited introductions to new ones. To get festivities started at this soiree, we enjoyed the several wines bottled with Ellora’s Cave own label.
Friday and Saturday mornings started bright and early with workshop sessions that kept readers entertained throughout the day while authors were busy learning to improve their profession. Work sessions included subjects about character development, understanding contracts, collaborating and co-authoring, writing steam-punk, and much more. Meanwhile, on a lighter note, there were colorful and flavorful sessions geared for entertainment and games for Grown-Ups.
Popular among these were demonstrations of burlesque and pole dancing by Cleveland Exotic Dance to encourage healthy and fun exercise for everyday women. I learned that the provocative skimpy costumes and flashy vinyl of the pole dancers aren’t for Show & Tell… Okay, sure they are, but also bare skin and vinyl are effective for a good, safe grip on the pole. Who knew? With the strength and control of gymnasts, the women were amazing.
RomantiCon’s theme this year was The Time Machine, which took us back to the Stone Age for dinner and dancing on Friday evening, and most everyone revealed their inner neanderthal, dressing for the occasion.
There was a whole lot of animal print and faux fur, and lots of fun. And what would the EC Stone Age be without Ellora’s Cavemen? These handsome cover models provided floor show dance entertainment that was well appreciated by an audience mostly made up of women, all of whom have broad imaginations. Gentlemanly and friendly, these young men steal the show when they’re about.
Saturday evening we traveled to the future for the Awards Banquet, and here the authors and readers outdid themselves with their creativity. The costumes were wonderful, each more surprising and delightful than the next. I shot so many pictures my camera could take no more, and I wish I could share them all here. I’m sure photos can be searched for on the internet, posted by dozens of happy space travelers and alien creatures and steam-punk aristocrats.
The EC editors and staff invented many delightful awards for their authors based on features of stories that caught their attention, such as the “Tackle That Quarterback Award”, and “Not-So-Little Blue Men Award”, and “Voodoo Zombie Lover Award”. All are given and received with good humor, laughter and appreciation. With more performances by the Cavemen, including an outdoor firedance (brrrr), the evening was a great success.
Sunday’s successful Book Signing was unusual with entertainment and door prizes galore. The ever-appealing Cavemen danced again, and observers were fascinated and awed by performances given by the exotic dancers.
The whole of the exciting event closed with the increasingly popular Pizza & Bingo party on Sunday evening, this time a pajama party, and hosts Cavemen Rodney Chatman and Angelo Riguero gave a whole new entertainment value to the mundane game of bingo.
Where do I sign up for next year?
Bottom Line: Best tip I got this weekend came from author Mari Freeman: Never claim to be younger than you are; admit to being years older and people will be amazed at how fabulous you look.