I just received the November issue of RT Book Reviews by way of Hawaii - Ohio (inlaws) - Maryland. In her monthly column, Kathryn Falk gives readers a sneak peak at special events for the RT Booklovers' Convention, May 14-18, 2014, in New Orleans:
More stars are signing up for the Book Fair. If you love Suzanne Brockmann's books, this is your opportunity to make her acquaintance. Air Force veteran and military spouse Kim Lowe is planning a fabulous Sunday, May 18, SOS morning party. We will invite all military authors to appear on a panel and we also invite anyone in the military, military spouse and readers of the military romance to join us. The original military romance author, Lindsay McKenna, is bringing retired US Navy SEAL Chief Michael Jaco, who was part of SEAL Team Six. Jaco will be our keynote speaker at his memorable event. Be sure not to miss Sunday morning!
Kathryn also noted that she and Kelli Salkin are working on a convention manual for RT Virgins. Kathryn asked me to submit my thoughts ... and I share them with you today!
|I am one lucky reader with Nalini Singh and Julie James.
Three Bs to a fun filled RT Convention ...
I attended my first convention in Daytona Beach/2006. As a reader-new-to-romance, I embraced the opportunity to jump right into the convention. So I deployed my "boot camp" training ...
1. Be Friendly. I knew no one before the convention .... and I came home with several friends. I struck up a conversation with other readers in line, at tables, and even at a piano. On my way to an evening party, I spotted a cover model playing the piano in the foyer. We chatted about his music ... the piano player is Mark Johnson, Mr Romance 1996! I love seeing his smiling face each year at RT!
While standing in line for the book fair, I chatted with a woman from St. Louis ... Mary Gramlich, the Reading Reviewer (link). Since then, we have roomed together at several conventions, encouraged each other to start our own blogs, and shared publisher info with the other. SOS Aloha would not be what it is today if I had not chatted with Mary in line!
The convention now offers the RT Virgin Workshop - this gives newbies the chance to meet each other. Use this opportunity to schedule a time to meet for coffee, stand in line, and/or help each other dress for the fabulous parties!
|Can you guess who are these historical authors?
2. Be Flexible. In 2006, I was so awestruck that I often dawdled over the promo material ... and arrived last to the reader parties. When I discovered the room was packed, I pulled out the schedule and looked for other panels. I still remember the Romantic Suspense workshop with Allison Brennan, Brenda Novak, Patricia Potter, and Christina Skye. I won a book from Patricia .... and scored a chat with Christina. That chat meant more to me than any prize from the readers' parties.
The convention offers a wide range of interactive events - take advantage of them!
|Christina Skye, Brenda Jackson, and Robyn Carr
3. Be Free. Come meet the SOS America volunteers at our information table in Club RT. We are giving away US Flag pins to readers and "veteran" stickers to those who served. If you don't have a partner for the larger events, you can join us in line ... I'll be sure to introduce you to the authors I know! And, of course, mark your schedule for the SOS Military Mixer on Sunday, May 18, 9 am - 11 am - all are welcome. The schedule includes open fellowship, posting the colors, the National Anthem, each service's anthem, Chief Jaco as our guest speaker, sharing stories from military families, retiring the colors, and closing fellowship. We'll have goody bags for all military families.
|Veterans post with Steely McBeam at RT/2008 in Pittsburgh
Do you have a helpful hint or convention story to share? One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Saturday, October 5, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 6.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
To learn more about RT's magazine and convention, check out its website at rtbookreviews.com.
|Only at RT will you see Cathy Maxwell wear an elephant's nose ...
with Eileen Dryer and Patricia Rice.