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Going to Vegas, Baby!

I’m so excited to be going to the RT Convention this year in Las Vegas. I have never been to Vegas surprisingly. I plan to drive down from Sacramento, by myself, for nine hours. That’s going to be difficult because I’ve never driven this far alone. But my daughter Monica is going to drive back with me. She’s flying down on Friday and then we’re going to see Britney Spears in concert. So excited!!

So, at the convention I will be one of the hosts for the YA Spooky Slumber Party. We’ll be having a great time playing games and winning fabulous prizes like books, swag, and a kindle!12246766_10208217715096483_3627575958508476480_n

I’ll be attending great workshops to improve my craft and fun parties to celebrate books and being an author. I even will be pitching my latest manuscript to some agents on Friday. It’s the second book with Laney and Kody and they’re getting into some pretty crazy antics at the Louvre.

Saturday is the Giant Book fair and I will be signing! Monica is going to be meeting her favorite author, Richelle Meade. She has been fangirling since she found she was going. So if you’re going to be in Vegas, come down to the Rio All-Suite hotel and say hi! I’d love to meet you.

 

 

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RT Convention 2016

I’m excited to say that I will be attending the RT convention in Las Vegas next April 2016. Not only am I looking forward to rubbing elbows with all the remarkable authors and amazing readers, but I will be selling Pucker Up and The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers at the Giant Book Fair. I’ll also be promoting the release of Lip Smacked, the sequel to Pucker Up. I’m hoping to release it around June.

I’ve never been to Vegas. Never. My roommates and I are planning on living it up while we’re there. Can you say Chip N Dales? Unfortunately no one else wants to ride the zip line at the hotel so that I’ll be doing alone.

So if you’re going to be in Las Vegas the second week of April, come by and meet your favorite authors.

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Me, René and Amanda in 2013

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RT Convention 2013 – the workshops

As I mentioned in my last post, I attended the RT Convention at the beginning of the month and had a fabulous time. Not only were the parties spectacular in the evenings, but the afternoon was filled with wonderful workshops, and not just for writers, but readers and booksellers as well.

This is Len, the cover model I've been stalking since my first RT convention

This is Len, the cover model I’ve been stalking since my first RT convention

One workshop I attended mainly out of curiosity was one about writing realistic BDSM. Now, I never read past the first few chapters of 50 Shades of Grey( I was beginning to wonder if the character had a real medical condition with all the blushing she did) but I thoroughly enjoyed a BDSM Snape/Hermione fanfic story, For the Potion Master’s Amusement. It’s a long but gripping story and if you also ship this couple – 50 points to Slytherin! The presenters of the workshop debunked a lot of myths society has about this lifestyle that some books have perpetrated.

Speaking of 50 Shades of Grey, the author E. L. James was at the RT Convention to support a friend and I heard from the Twitter rumor mill that she stood up during one of the workshops and demanded the panel to stop trashing her book. I wasn’t there and have no idea what was said, but I applaud her for standing up for herself. She could’ve sat back and smiled, counting in her head all the millions of dollars in her bank account now because of her books and just ignored the obvious petty jealousy of the others. That’s probably what I would’ve done.

Another workshop I attended was American Idol – Writers Edition. It’s a contest held by the Seymour Agency that awards the winner a one year contract/mentorship with literary agents Nicole Resciniti and Louise Fury of the L Perkins Agency. Before the convention, I sent in my first 3 chapters of my current WIP, What the Fae?. The contest is about finding a unique writing voice. Out of over 80 entries, I made the top 20. And after reading the first pages of all the finalists and being scored by a panel of judges(agents and editors) and votes from the audience members,  I was awarded the prize, and a bouquet of flowers. So exciting!!

Me being an author

Me being an author

Then, if that wasn’t exciting enough, I was able to sign and sell my book Pucker Up at the Giant Book Fair along some amazing authors like Richelle Mead. I totally talked to her and got her autograph, too. It was a surreal experience to autograph my book for readers. I also autographed a few shirts, tote bags and even someone’s Kindle. One person wanted to get her picture taken with me, too. You’d think people actually knew who I was. So much fun.

I know this is just the beginning. Soon I’ll have a mile long line of fans waiting to see me and have their own fangirl(or boy) moments. So now, I am busy writing away to get What the Fae? finished and in the hands of my two new agent mentors and hopefully have it ready by the next convention. Life is good!

 

 

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RT Convention 2013 – The Parties

Me, René and Amanda

Me, René and Amanda

Last week I embarked on my yearly pilgrimage to the RT (Romantic Times) Convention held in Kansas City. I attended with my friends, René and Amanda. It’s 4 days of being submersed in books and romance and people who “get” you. Writers, readers, booksellers, librarians, agents, and publishers get together to celebrate the written word and have a great time. During the day we attend workshops, but at night, we party!

Amanda, Me and the Cave Men

Amanda, Me and the Cave Men

The first night’s party is always hosted by publisher Ellora’s Cave. Considering they are known for their hot erotic romance books, they know how to throw a party. The tables are full of SWAG (Stuff We All Get) based on the party’s theme. This year was disco. This year, some of their cover models, or Cave Men, danced the Hustle on stage. Many attendees wear costumes and everyone has a blast when the DJ cranks it up!

René and I in our pretty dresses

René and me in our pretty dresses

Night 2 is always the Fairy Ball. This year it was combined with RT’s 30th Anniversary. Everyone wore formal attire and a presentation of Romance Author Legends took precedent. It always amazing me at the elaborate and beautiful costumes people show off.

The third night belongs to Heather Graham and the vampire ball. The night starts off with a skit performed by Heather and friends and then the dancing starts. Of course, more costumes and great times. There were a lot of zombies this year too.

Heather Graham

Heather Graham

The final night belongs to Harlequine. It’s a little tamer than the others, most likely because by this point, everyone is partied out. But, the bags of books they give away is pretty cool. René won a bag this year, only to worry later about how she was going to get her stash home. Don’t worry, she managed.

Amanda getting her groove on.

Amanda getting her groove on.

Next year my friends and I plan on dressing up in costume for each party. We said that last year, too, but we really mean it this time. RT Convention 2014 is going to be in New Orleans. I’m so excited because I’ve always wanted to go and now I have a good excuse. So, if you want to go to a convention to learn about writing or party with some fabulous authors, RT is the place to be.

Next post I’ll talk about the wonderful workshops I attended, what I learned, and what I won.

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