Ellora’s Cave RomantiCon 2011-The Time Machine

Barbara Vey -- October 6th, 2011

joysannEllora's Cave Wines

Hi! Cub reporter joysann here. Having recovered from a fabulous weekend, I can tell about this special event.

Ellora's Cave Wines

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.

Authors Francesca Hawley & Cris Anson

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.

Cavemen with authors Mari Freeman, Samantha Kane & Kristin Daniels

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.

EC's Original Covermodels CJ Hollenbach & Shannon Smith

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.

Author Kathy Kulig & me

Author Tiffany Bryan

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.

Author Paige Tyler & husband Paul

Readers Leola & Linda

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.

Author Koko Brown & Sienna Mynx

Author Tara Nina

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.

Cavemen Rodney Chatman & Angelo Riguero

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.


39 thoughts on “Ellora’s Cave RomantiCon 2011-The Time Machine

  1. Cai

    Joysann! So glad you were able to attend and report back for those of us unable to be there. Missed seeing you this year, but I’ll be there next year for sure!! Hugs.

  2. LisaLee

    Joysann thank you for the wonderful review of an AWESOME weekend! I am so glad I did not miss the “TIME MACHINE CAPSULE” that was OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! It was a pleasure to meet you, our wonderful authors, adventureous and loyal readers, the staff, and the gentlemenly, gorgoeus, and hunky cavemen….WOW!! I cannot wait for next year!!!

  3. Samantha Kane

    Joysann, I loved seeing you at Romanticon! We sure had a great time, didn’t we? Now the world knows Mari’s secret, lol. That was one of the first things she told me when we met and I knew we were going to be fast friends. :-) Looking forward to next year!

  4. Amy Ruttan

    It was my first year attending Romanticon as well. I was so humbled by the readers (being an author). It was an awesome time and I’m definitely headed back next year. I already miss all my new friends.

    Great article Joysann! :)

  5. Cris Anson

    The Ellora’s Cave crew definitely put on a fantastic Romanticon and I can’t wait for next year’s dates to be announced. Thanks, Joysann, for recapping the weekend so perfectly. Your photos brought back all the great memories. I wish we’d had more time to chat!

  6. Koko Brown

    Joysann as always its great to see you again this year:) We’re running neck to neck on attendance and I agree this Romanticon was the best of them all. Can’t wait to sign up for 2012!!

  7. Ashlyn Chase

    I’ve been laying on the floor, pounding fists and feet in a good ol’ fashioned tantrum, because I couldn’t attend this year. Every article, every picture of the fun I missed is torture!

    Time to put on my big girl panties and start putting money away for next year.

  8. Susan Edwards

    What a great article, Joysann! I’m so glad you had fun. We sure had a blast putting it on. As always, it was great to see you. We’ll keep trying to raise the bar every year. In fact, we already have some fun stuff planned for next year!

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