We interrupt my UK adventures with a special report from joysann. I’ll return tomorrow with more author video interviews and visiting Scotland. The Mills & Boon giveaway is still going on, so leave a comment for a chance to win.
Hi! joysann here. There have been 5 RomantiCons put on by Ellora’s Cave, and I’ve been to all of them. And after each I’ve said “this is the best romance conference ever”. I still think so. It just keeps getting better and better.
Ellora’s Cave Publishing in Akron, OH, celebrates both its Authors and Readers in this exciting weekend event. This year attendance approached the 300 mark, and well over half were the enthusiastic and dedicated Readers of erotic romance. With the rapidly growing awareness of erotic romance literature available, more and more women are exploring what is out there, and Ellora’s Cave is just the place to go for their reading pleasures.
EC goes all out with providing a memorable experience for everyone. Starting with the accommodations, the entire McKinley Grand Hotel in Canton, OH, is reserved for the event, Friday through Sunday. Everyone there is in some way related to the event, making an open and casual atmosphere for adult socializing and conversations, with no need for concern for little pitchers with big ears.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Attendees began arriving early in the week, so by Thursday there was a substantial group ready and waiting for the festivities to start. To satisfy this, EC hosted a Meet ’n’ Greet to facilitate the joys and excitement of long-time friends reuniting, making new friends of authors and readers, and introducing the ever-popular Cavemen.
Friday and Saturday mornings started off getting physical with healthy and exuberant exercise for those ambitious enough to join Caveman Nick Soto in a 50 minute Zumba class. This was followed by demonstrations by women of Cleveland Exotic Dance, one of belly dancing and one of yoga. Both exercise and dance classes were well attended, and both were seriously presented, but still a lot of fun.
Afternoons brought on the workshops and instructional panels. Okay, not so much! How about Games & SEXtras™? What we had available were games and parties and discussions, all hosted by EC authors. A little racy, a lot sexy, and lots and lots of prizes and giveaways. There were bingo, and charades, and even a little carnival, and all was fun and laughter inducing. A great job was done by all the presenters.
No one does extravagant parties like Ellora’s Cave! Everyone knows that the evening is going to be special and exciting. Friday night’s theme was Bollywood, and most everyone was decked out in saris and bangles and colorful, glittery fashions. The room decoration was superb, and everyone left with her own exotic coin-jingling scarf-style belt.
Old Hollywood was Saturday night’s theme, and women and men both enjoyed dressing with the glamor of the silver screen. The evening gowns, the glittering jewelry, the stylish suits and hats all lent to the excitement of the Awards Banquet. It was truly a spectacular evening.
Neither of the evening celebrations can go by without an energetic performance by the Ellora’s Cavemen. Choreographed to match the party themes and the special interests of the audience, the performances by these talented and handsome young men charmed and thrilled. These cover models and dancers are the highlight of the weekend for many of the conference attendees. The women of Cleveland Exotic Dance performed as well, with theme appropriate displays of costume and dance.
Sunday, of course, was the big booksigning event, open to the public (18 yoa & over), with many of EC’s authors available to sign books and e-book cover flats for their fans. With Romantica® and Exotika® imprints for their erotic fiction, Ellora’s Cave calls the event the SEXporium™. Along with books, fans were purchasing merchandise like t-shirts, toys, jewelry and Cavemen Calendars, and it was a brisk business. The Cavemen repeated their performances from the party nights, and Cleveland Exotic Dance performed belly dancing, pole dancing, and a little burlesque.
I wasn’t able to stick around, but a lot of attendees don’t leave till Monday mornings, so the exciting Bingo & Pizza Party has become a staple to the weekend’s entertainment. I know those able to stay shared lot of laughter and fun.
Again, EC’s RomantiCon is one of the best romance writer events I get to attend. This isn’t an accident. The remarkable, dedicated and talented staff of EC knock themselves out to make the event a memorable experience for their beloved authors and readers. I love it.