Historical Novel Society Conference: Late Night Sex Scene Readings

Barbara Vey -- June 14th, 2009
Diana Gabladon and Barbara Vey
Diana Gabaldon and me

I actually got up at 6 am to go exercise and swim at the hotel.  I think I did it in my sleep because the water in the pool was so warm.  Actually, I was trying to make up for the 1/2 piece of carrot cake I had Friday night.  So, after a very healthy breakfast, I’m ready to take on day 2 of the Historical Novel Society Conference.

Lots of workshops to choose from, but I went to The Best New Historical Fiction: What to Read and Why given by Sarah Johnson, Georgine Olson and Joyce Saricks.  A few books that sounded interesting to me were C. E. Murphy’s The Queen’s Bastard, Emma Bull’s Territory and YA book Seer of Shadows by Avi.

Christine Trent, Jade Lee, Christine Blevins
Authors Christine Trent, Jade Lee, Christine Blevins

I also attended A Fine Line:  Historical Romance or Historical Novel? given by Gretchen Craig and Elisabeth Fairchild.  They offered examples from books and movies.  One thing I learned is that the choices they gave were extremely subjective because the Romance Community defines a true romance novel as having a happily ever after and personally, I didn’t think Shakespeare in Love or First Knight had happy endings.

HNS Chair Sarah Johnson, Michelle Buonfiglio and Barbara Vey
HNS Chair Sarah Johnson, Michelle Buonfiglio and me

Ran into fellow blogger Michelle Buonfiglio of B(u)y the Book and swapped favorite book recommendations.  At lunch I got to sit next to Trish Todd, VP at Touchstone/Simon & Schuster who was the keynote speaker.  She invited me to the S&S office when I go to NY for Thrillerfest (wonder if they’ll offer me subs for lunch like Dorchester did).  Trish talked about pitching to editors and how she tries not to buy books she already owns.  She also offered the advice, "Can you say your book in one sentence?"  That is apparently key to a great pitch.

Barbara Vey and Trish Todd
Me and Trish Todd

There was a book signing and I got to meet one of my favorite authors that I’ve read for years…Diana Gabaldon and discovered I’ve been saying her name wrong all this time (it’s gab all done, not ga ball done).  We had a lovely chat and she told me the story of how Outlander came to be (short version:  it was a practice novel).  Then she consented to a Drive By Video™which you can view below.  (ahhh, Jamie)

The dinner keynote speaker was Sharon Kay Penman who explained all things medieval.  Now, I enjoy reading the genre, but Sharon has really done her research and dispelled a lot of myths.  I especially found it fascinating that women could leave their husbands if they had bad breath.  When did that stop being a law?

There was a Historical Costume Fashion show and the outfits were all authentic for the time periods.  People really get into the details.

The evening ended with the "Return of the Late-Night Sex Scene Reading" done by Margaret Frazer, Diana Gabaldon, Jade Lee and Anne Easter Smith.  They were hilarious when read outloud, but I really wish they would have given the room a little more atmosphere.  It just wasn’t the same with 1,000 watt bulbs glaring.  Dim lighting and candles would have really made the mood.  Of course, closing your eyes during the readings helped to put you into the scene.  (Some times a little too much into it…but maybe that was just me)

Bottom Line: 
I recommend the Late-Night Sex Scene Readings for all conferences that I attend…just a suggestion.

52 thoughts on “Historical Novel Society Conference: Late Night Sex Scene Readings

  1. Magdalena Scott

    Barbara, you are an inspiration doing the early morning swim to make up for a piece of carrot cake! The conference sounds wonderful. The fashion show is a great idea for an historically themed conference! And I agree, a dimly lit room, authors reading by candle light, handsome waiters serving red wine and dark chocolate…might add ambience to those special readings. ;)

  2. azteclady

    ooooooooooDianaGabaldonoooooooooo *sigh* And a late night sex scenes reading from historical novels? You are so right, Ms Vey, candlelight would have provided that last touch of perfection :grin:

  3. Christine Blevins

    If it looks like I was having fun, it’s because I WAS! Jade Lee is a hoot, and HNS rocks! It was great to meet you, Barbara, plus all of the other great novelists who were there. See you next time! (London?!!!) Chris Blevins Chris Blevins Chris Blevins w

  4. Christy

    While I would LOVE to attend RWA at some point, I do believe this is the conference that I should REALLY try to get to…oh, it sounds like so much fun, Barb!

  5. Debbie Kaufman

    I think we might have to add that reading idea into Moonlight and Magnolias! Wonder if I could talk them into it? We are having late-night genre pj parties in rooms. Maybe we could spice it up a bit! Hmmm….

  6. Jacs

    Barbara this conference sounded like so much fun. Is it around the same time every year? And I so agree every conference should have Late Night Sex Scene Readings! Though not sure about the dimmed lights as these days I need all the help I can get to see! LOL!

  7. michelle buonfiglio

    Babs, it was awesome as always to see you, especially at this wicked-cool conference. Romance is so respected among HNS. What was our new slogan? “Trust Babs and Michelle: We won’t throw you under the bus…” I like.

  8. gjiaowejawio

    This is the turn Historical Novel Society Conference: Late Night Sex Scene Readings Beyond Her Book diary for anyone who wants to move out out some this matter. You respond so more its virtually tiring to contend with you (not that I rattling would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new rotation on a theme thats been scripted nigh for period. Discriminating substance, but zealous!

  9. Elda Mishkin

    We have to recognize that we’re in front of a chronic condition. You know that having psoriasis could be a pain within the “you know what”, that’s the reason you’re constantly searching for all those new psoriasis treatments in hopes any particular one of such miracle products would be the answer.

  10. kumpulan berita

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he just bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch! “Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.” by James Stephens.


    I believe other website proprietors should take this web site as an example , very clean and good user genial design . “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” by Carol Burnett.


    I really like your writing style, superb info, thanks for posting :D . “God save me from my friends. I can protect myself from my enemies.” by Claude Louis Hector de Villars.

  13. byta display iphone 4

    After looking at step 6 of the iPhone 5c Teardown, I do not believe the battery has to be removed from the phone to replace the front panel assembly. Although it does not look like it has to be removed, it is still recommended that you remove the battery connector from the logic board before doing any repairs on your phone.

  14. Marlen Hamling

    Good post. I learn one thing more challenging on different blogs everyday. It’s going to always be stimulating to learn content material from different writers and observe somewhat one thing from their store. I�d choose to make use of some with the content material on my weblog whether or not you don�t mind. Natually I�ll give you a hyperlink in your web blog. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Mimi Vanvuren

    Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive learn something like this before. So good to search out someone with some authentic ideas on this subject. realy thanks for beginning this up. this web site is one thing that’s wanted on the net, somebody with a little bit originality. helpful job for bringing one thing new to the web!

  16. e cigarette liquid high

    An engrossing communicating is designer remark. I consider that you should pen writer on this topic, it mightiness not be a inhibition message but generally people are not enough to mouth on much topics. To the next. Cheers like your Penyebab Bunyi Berdecit Pada Tali Kipas Mobil | Trisangga Raya Rent Car.

  17. Patricia Rodriguez

    Superb goods from you, man. I’ve have an understanding of your stuff preceding to and you are just too magnificent. I in fact like what you have acquired right here, certainly like what you’re stating plus the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and also you nevertheless care for to keep it smart. I cant wait to read significantly extra from you. This really is seriously a tremendous web site.

  18. Nikia Valorie

    An impressive share, I simply given this onto a colleague who was doing somewhat evaluation on this. And he the truth is purchased me breakfast because I discovered it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the deal with! However yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I really feel strongly about it and love studying extra on this topic. If doable, as you develop into experience, would you thoughts updating your weblog with extra particulars? It’s extremely useful for me. Large thumb up for this weblog put up!

  19. Francisca Mehtani

    Thanks so much for providing individuals with a very nice opportunity to read from here. It is usually very lovely and full of a great time for me and my office friends to search your web site the equivalent of thrice in a week to learn the latest tips you will have. And of course, I’m just actually fulfilled with all the exceptional secrets served by you. Selected two ideas in this article are basically the most impressive I have ever had. Readmore: Cùng nhau tham khảo các thiết kế nội thất với màu xanh mòng két

  20. saucy or sweet casual dating

    My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find most of your post’s to be exactly what I’m looking for. Would you offer guest writers to write content for yourself? I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating on most of the subjects you write with regards to here. Again, awesome weblog!

  21. pipe à tabac

    Presently inside of the globe of party and entertaining the Hookahs include turn out to be incredibly famous. Anywhere your self move oneself can perspective a parlor of Bongs. But they are not only used for feeding on enjoyment within just some sites Cigarette smoking Pipes are way too utilised to make a person nutritious and thoroughly suit again.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>