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RT Convention Recap

Barbara Vey -- May 7th, 2013

Mallory Braus and PJ Schnyder

The RT Convention in Kansas City celebrated 30 years this past week.  I’ve got to tell you that it’s like a whirlwind here.  Even though there are a lot of people, you quickly learn that the joy of romance is the tie that binds us all together.

There are so many workshops, panels, parties and signings to go to that it’s impossible to attend them all.  You really have to pick and choose and many times get sidelined because you meet friends along the way you want to chat with.  Time flies at lightspeed here.

Thursday started with a morning mixer sponsored by Thomas Nelson, Zondervan and Avon Inspire.  Readers got goody bags and were entered into a drawing for an iPad mini.  Inspirational authors were there to meet and eat with the readers.  I stopped in a panel on Writing Diversity and New Adult.  Sorry, but I still don’t get the get the category.  I think kids just go from young adult to adult books, but that’s a blog for another day.

Diversity panel

While Kensington had an afternoon book spree with their authors, Samhain spotlighted their authors with a safari theme.  Joysann said, “We were welcomed to the jungle where samhain authors chatted with fans, played games like ring toss and photo ops with life size cut out jungle animals, which were really pretty cool. The tiger would look great in my living room.”  The winners were the readers who walked out with lots of signed books.

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Graphic novel signing

 

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More than 300 authors were on hand for the E-book, Indie Publisher, and Graphic Novel Expo.  This gave readers a chance to catch up with, not only e-books, but self-published and independent press books along with graphic novel authors.

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Laura Kinsale, one of the Pioneers honored

Laura Kinsale, one of the Pioneers honored

Thursday’s big evening event was sponsored by RT Book Reviews and Entangled Publishing.  The special guests were the pioneers of romance, Mary Balogh, Rosanne Bittner, Jennifer Blake, Virginia Brown Robyn Carr, Laura Castoro, Phoebe Conn, Jude Deveraux, Thea Deving Shirl Henke, Laura Kinsale, Patricia Rice, Karen Robards, Bobbi Smith, Janelle Taylor and Cynthia Wright.  Dancing, I’m told, went well into the night.

 

 

Friday Joysann went to the Fountain City Jazz Club Morning Mixer.  She said, “It was a fine way to brighten up an early gray day with a sip of champagne mimosas and a smooth playing jazz trio. Bingo games, prizes and schmoozing with favorite authors made getting out of bed so early worth the effort.”

I attended a luncheon sponsored by Carina Press and we played a fun game where each table of librarians, bloggers and authors had to pick models and then pose their models like the author’s book cover.  My table won and our names were put in a hat for a chance to win an iPad mini and I am happy to tell you that I won!  I absolutely love it and have used it for pictures, videos and, of course,  already downloaded all my books.

Barbara Vey accepting the Melinda Helfer Fairy Godmother Award

Barbara Vey accepting the Melinda Helfer Fairy Godmother Award.

Next was the RT Book Reviews Award ceremony.  I am thrilled to say I was honored with the Melinda Helfer Fairy Godmother Award.  This award is given to a person who has supported romance, but is not a romance author.  The L.A. Banks Warrior Woman Award, which goes to an author who has recently overcome adversity and persevered. This year that honor went to graphic novelist and romance author Anne Elizabeth.  The 2012 RT Editors’ Seal of Excellence for Best Book of the Year, which went to the steampunk romance Riveted by Meljean Brook.  You can find the complete list of winners here.

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I was on the Great E-Book Debate panel with Sheila English Clover, agent/lawyer Eric Ruben and author Kris Tuala.  It was standing room only as we debated pricing, process and content.  It’s certainly a hot topic.

Red Slipper

Joysann attended AVON’s The Little Red Slipper Lounge.  Avon’s popular authors made a huge draw with signing free books. Tasty wines and lavish hors douvres were as plentiful as  the lovely books and authors.

Heather Graham’s Freaky Friday Dance capped off the night.  Party goers dressed up freakishly weird, but that’s the idea.

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Freaky Friday

Saturday was billed as FAN-tastic Day with workshops, a Giant Booksigning and evening parties.  It also was teen day and YA author, Mari Mancusi promised to send me a write up about those events that I’ll post later this week.

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The Giant Book Fair featured over 500 authors.  The room was huge and you really needed good walking shoes.  Naturally, readers lined up early and it stretched forever.  Julie Garwood and Sylvia Day’s lines were so long that they had to use tickets to control the crowd.  It’s really fun to go up and down the aisles seeing the wonderful variety of genres, giveaways and promo items.  Smart buyers brought bags and some even rolling suitcases for all their purchases.

 

Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux

Yasmine Galenorn

 

jade lee

Jade Lee

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Jade Lee celebrated her 50th Birthday with a roast.  Ever the shy, retiring author she is, others entertained the audience with saucy tales of adventures from Jade’s racy past.  Happy Birthday Jade!

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Dreamspinner Prize table

Dreamspinner Prize table

Dreamspinner Press’s party had authors at tables giving away books and great food.  They also gave amazing baskets and several e-readers.  From there it was on to the Carina Press Cocktail party were readers were given a clue to a book and had to find the author.  The final party was a dance party sponsored by Harlequin.

 

 

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Ken Blachley

 

 

I did gaze across the room at a party and noticed a man without a shirt, but on closer inspection saw it was really a hotel manager standing behind a book cover.  I couldn’t resist asking him to pose for a picture.  His fellow employees really got a kick out of it.

By Sunday morning, people were moving kind of slow.  Even though many started to head for home, there were still events like author speed dating, how many people can you fit in a bed and celebrating 200 years of  Pride and Prejudice.  The convention ended with Romance at Twilight with romance movies, theater treats and one lucky person winning a free registration to next year’s event.

Bottom Line:  It’s exhausting, but in a good way and next year looks to be even bigger and better when RT takes on New Orleans.

RT Invades Kansas City

Barbara Vey -- May 2nd, 2013

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I just arrived in Kansas City for the RT Booklover’s Convention’s 30th Anniversary.  The event started Monday with a preconvention of sightseeing and writer’s bookcamp.  It’s a huge Sheraton Hotel and has a walkway that lead to shopping, food and the overflow hotel.  I’m glad I’m not over there because I heard it’s about a half a mile walk and when you’re lugging books and goodies all day back to your room, it can be a little much.  But it doesn’t stop the hoards of readers and writers who attend this event.

There’s something happening all the time and I just managed to get to a few of them on Wednesday because when you come to something like this, you can barely walk two feet without seeing someone you know and you just have to stop and chat for a few minutes.  If you go to the restaurant, you never have to eat alone, there’s readers and writers galore who’d love to talk to you about books.

RT models. Picture taken by Morgan Doremus

RT models. Picture taken by Morgan Doremus

There was a cover model meet and greet that was a special ticket only event, but Morgan sent me this great shot of Men in Tights.  I’m not sure if they were channeling pirates or Robin Hood, but I could hear a lot of hooting and hollering coming from the room.

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Authors from The Intergalactic Bar and Grill - picture by Morgan Doremus

Authors from The Intergalactic Bar and Grill – picture by Morgan Doremus

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Authors get together and sponsor all different events.  The sci-fi group put on the Intergalactic Bar and Grill.  There were blow up alien dolls and goodie bags stuffed with books. They challenged readers with trivia questions, so one had to dig out of their memories the details of old movies and TV shows. .

 

Kensington Publishing offered a readers event where they were separated into groups with authors and told to come up with the perfect paranormal hero.  Sorry to say they didn’t send me the final result, but there were a lot of suggestions from the readers so I guess they think about this a lot.

Historical authors - picture by Morgan Doremus

Historical authors – picture by Morgan Doremus

The historical authors were all at Rosie’s  Gulch Saloon.  They were dressed in their saloon finery and readers were given cards with questions on them that they had to get answered by the authors who were stationed around the room.  Then winning tickets were picked for prizes.  But everyone manages to walk away with a goodie bag filled with books, t-shirt, playing cards and other swag.  When you come to these events, you really need to bring an extra suitcase.

The big party of the night was the Ellora’s Cave’s Disco.  Everyone dresses to the hilt and there is food, dancing and even more giveaways.  Ellora Cavemen were there, so there was plenty to look at.  Everyone left tired, but with smiles on their faces.EC Disco

 

 

 

 

 

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Bottom Line:  I wish I could clone myself to go to more of the things I missed.

Where in the World is Barbara Vey…2013?

Barbara Vey -- December 26th, 2012

Once again I’m amazed at all the wonderful places I visited in 2012 and all the place I plan to go to in 2013.  As I do every year, here’s a list of where I’ll be and when.  If you’d like me to visit your group or attend your event, please email me at barbaravey@gmail.com .  Hope to see you in 2013!

Appearances

January 12 – Florida Romance Writers, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

March 1/2 – NOLA Conference, Shreveport, LA

March 15/17 – SoCal Conference, Santa Ana, CA

April 25 – Cudahy Library Author Event, Cudahy, WI

April 26 – Q & A with Authors, Milwaukee, WI

April 27 – Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon, Milwaukee, WI

May 1/5 – RT Convention, Kansas City, MO

May 29/June 1 – BEA, New York

June 21/23 – RomCon, Colorado Springs, CO

July 17/20 – RWA, Atlanta, GA

Bottom Line:  Looking forward to adding things along the way.

Libraries, Luncheons & Conventions, Oh my!

Barbara Vey -- April 6th, 2012
Logo designed by Andrew Bernier

Logo designed by Andy Bernier

Next week is a big deal for our small community.  On Monday, I’ll be hosting a library event for South Milwaukee Library that will feature four authors, Marjorie M. Liu, Dianna Love, Trish Milburn and Debbie Kaufman.  Since the library is expecting a big turnout, they have moved the event to Tri City Bank, 2115 10th Avenue  South Milwaukee because they have a bigger meeting room.  There will be a panel discussion, Q&A period and book signing.  This is a free event and everyone is welcome.

 

Tuesday is my big day.  The first annual Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon.  We don’t often get a lot of authors to come to our area, so it’s a big deal that 35 authors will be here to meet, greet, eat lunch with and sign books for eager readers.  The response has been amazing and 252 people have signed up for this first time event.  Not bad considering that it will be held during the day on a Tuesday.  All proceeds from the raffles will benefit local libraries.

 

Everyone around here is very excited and I’m still getting emails and letters asking for tickets even though sales stopped March 31st.  It does my heart good to know that people get this stimulated by books and authors.

 

HEATHER GRAHAM’S NIGHT OF THE STARS GANGSTER CAFE TALENT QUEST

HEATHER GRAHAM’S NIGHT OF THE STARS GANGSTER CAFE TALENT QUEST

On Wednesday I’ll be off to Chicago for the RT Booklovers Convention.  This is always a treat and is especially  so this year because it’s so close.  Thousands come to meet authors, visit friends, buy books and party.  Of all the conferences I go to, this one excels at keeping the readers entertained by the variety of parties including a 1920s theme, Scottish Kilt, Intergalactic, cocktail parties and many more.  There will be a special teen day, graphic novels signing and ebook signing along with the gigantic book signing by hundreds of authors.  Definitely something for everyone.

 

A very busy week coming up, so I’ll be blogging daily with lots of pictures and video.  Be sure to stop by often to catch up with what’s going on.

 

Will you be at any of the events?  Or do you have other fun things planned for the week?

 

Bottom Line:  The Reader Luncheon is dedicated to my mom, so I hope I make her proud.

 

RT: Readers Rule

Barbara Vey -- April 12th, 2011
Eric, Anne, C.H., Kim

Eric, Anne, C.H., Kim

I was hopeful that Thursday wouldn’t be so technically challenging and was off to breakfast with Anne Elizabeth, C.H. Amirand, their agent Eric Ruben and Kim from Hawaii.  Anne in charge of Graphic Novel Day on Friday and is the in house expert since she writes a column about it for RT.  C.H. gave me a copy of her new book that was recently featured on the WW Ladies blog.  Kim gave me a pack of Hawaiian goodies that was much appreciated since that’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to Hawaii.

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Christie Craig & Faye Hughes

Christie Craig & Faye Hughes

There were a ton of workshops and I stopped in to see Christie Craig and Faye Hughes Confession of a Romance Writer, but I’ll tell you, if you ever get a chance to go to one of these events, it’s almost impossible to get from point A to point B without running into someone who has a question or just wants to say “Hi.”  I would have liked to attended all the events, but with sometimes 17 things scheduled at the same time, it would be nice to have a couple of clones.

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Mystery Chix & Private Dix

Mystery Chix & Private Dix

Series Romance Authors

Series Romance Authors

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I stopped by the Mystery Chix & Private Dix mixer in time to get a quick picture.  Then on to the Lights, Action, Party! The Series Romance Way.  Every event offered an opportunity for readers and authors to mix it up and get better acquainted.  Of course, all the wonderful prizes they offered were extremely well received.

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After a fun lunch with Candace Havens and friends, I hit up the Reader’s Entertainment Hollywood Mixer (are you starting to see a theme in these parties?).  There were giant Oscars and gift bags were given to readers.  Some readers also received little Oscar statues to present to their favorite author.
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Olivia Gates came all the way from Egypt to accept her award

Olivia Gates

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RT gives out their own awards for best books and the winners who weren’t in attendance for the Awards Ceremony were able to send in a video.  You can find all the winners here.

Olivia Gates came all the way from Egypt to accept her award for To Tame a Sheikh (she assured me that she has never actually met a Sheikh).

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Heather Osborne of Samhain

Heather Osborne

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Samhain Publishing offered a Steampunk Tea.  Becoming a recent steampunk fan myself, I thought the decorations were delightful.  Authors came dressed for the part, goggles and all and the readers loved it.  It was a full house.

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Beautiful faeries from the ball

Beautiful faeries from the ball

The evening ended with a Venetian Masquerade Faery Ball.  There was a Faery Court on stage and everyone who dressed for the occasion could participate in the costume contest.  Let me just say how amazing some of these outfits were.  There were faery wings made of feather, lights and lace.  The winner was chosen by applause and I must admit that I was disappointed.  While a small dog with faery wings is cute, it shouldn’t win first place.  It in no way matched up to the imagination that went into some people’s outfits.  Next year I hope they put in a rule that an adult is the only one eligible to win.

Bottom Line: Since I’ve never earned my wings, I had to attend the party wingless…maybe next year.

My Reads and Your Turn Friday

Barbara Vey -- May 7th, 2010
Wisconsin Romance Writers Conference

Wisconsin Romance Writers Conference

This week has been very busy with the Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention in Columbus, Ohio.  It was an amazing time.  Loved the venue, the people and the events.  I got home on Tuesday and left again on Wednesday for St. Louis (visit with the grandkids!).  And when I get home it’s time for the WisRWA (Wisconsin Romance Writers Conference). Not a lot of time in there for reading, but I did manage to read two books, start a third and listen to part of an audio book.  So, here’s what I’ve been reading this week.

Sweetest Little Sin by Christine Wells

Sweetest Little Sin by Christine Wells

Sweetest Little Sin by Christine Wells -  Lady Louisa Brooke is considered on the shelf at age 29, but she only has eyes for the elusive Marquis of Jardine.  Jardine is a government spy who tries to keep his distance from Louisa to keep her safe.  Just one little problem keeps getting in the way…the secret the two of them share.

Even being at a conference all week couldn’t keep me from finishing this book.  I had it in my purse and kept sneaking a few pages in when I could.  Even when I should have been sleeping, I found myself saying, “Just one more chapter.”  An absolute delight!  I wouldn’t mind sharing more adventures with these two.

How to Tame a Modern Rogue by Diana Holquist

How to Tame a Modern Rogue by Diana Holquist

How to Tame a Modern Rogue by Diana Holquist - Ally Giordano is all set to make the big move to San Francisco when her grandmother suddenly thinks she’s living in Regency London.  Her mind has her reliving the latest romance novel she was reading.  Ally is beside herself with worry while her grandmother finds Ally a “Duke” to marry (Duke Whatthehell to be exact).  Sam Carson doesn’t know what to think when he’s labeled a duke and finds himself playing along with the fantasy to help the older woman recover.

A charming tale of trying to be the sensible one when all around you is chaos.  I picked up this book at RT and it had me smiling on the plane home.  Clever and enchanting.

Coming up next week is Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon, What Would Jane Austen Do? by Laurie Brown and the audio book, Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick.

It’s Your Turn Friday.  Please share what you’ve been reading lately.

Bottom Line: Spending the week with the grandkids…all by myself.  Stay tuned for the adventures at local bookstores, libraries and with authors in the St. Louis area.