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Monday, April 18, 2011

Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention!

  Great time, wonderful people, varied workshops for all...just everything you'd expect from an RT convention! I left the hotel just once for a quick trip to a drugstore. Otherwise, there was plenty of food available in the hotel at different floors for breakfast/lunch/dinner.

Photos: Unfortunately, I had a "camera malfunction" and lots of my photos were black! AACK!  Above are two of the Mr. Romance Contestants...and me. I sat next to Scott at dinner and he was an absolute gentleman...entertained all of us at our table.

The hotel took some getting used order to get to floors 2 and 4, you either had to:
1. take the escalator
2. take the elevator to three or one and walk down or up
3. take the stairs

Weird. But plenty of rooms for all activities.

The three major parties were fabulous. Ellora's Cave's "Bollywood" was beautifully decorated and the dance troop they hired were wonderful. Food was "different"...mainly finger foods and varied. EC authors got to walk across the stage escorted by the Mr. Romance contestants. Just my luck...I got to be first as April Ash/Marianne Stephens!

The Faery Ball was filled with those in costumes. Our dinner was delicious and the contest for Best Costume had contestants parade across the stage. Amazing detail in some costumes and very vibrant colors. (No photos!)

The Vampire/Zombie Party was decorated and those onstage performing a play were dressed in fun costumes. Some songs were involved. Unfortunately, we were served our dinner while the show was going on, and with the noise of those eating/talking, it was difficult to follow the play. (No photos!)

Mr. Romance Contest: what can I say? The guys were gentlemen all week, and performed one dance routine. Then they were dressed as heroes from shows, etc., and did little dances/routines. They also were "interviewed" and asked various questions. Some were a little nervous and others had no problem with this. They also wore classy suit outfits and did a runway walk. Fun time! Only a few photos weren't totally black!

Workshops: there were so many to choose from, and sometimes I had a hard time deciding what NOT to go to. 

Club RT: always busy with raffles and "meet and greets".

Various other sponsored "Meet and Greet" events were held...all with some type of food.

Kathryn Falk is a big military supporter...I went to the Military event and enjoyed a barbershop quartet performance.

BOOKS! Lots of free books were given out to everyone. And, two book signings were for ebooks and one for print books.

Will I go again? Absolutely. It's a chance to meet old friends, make new ones, and definitely very relaxed for all.

Me and Mr. Romance 2010 (Jamie Ungaro).
Me with all the Mr. Romance 2011 contestants.
I'm sitting next to Scott (sat next to him at dinner) 
and Len Gunn, Mr. Romance 2011 is standing in the white shirt behind me.


Paris said...

It looks and sounds as though you had a great time and I'm sorry I had to miss it this year. Thanks for posting the pics!

Linda Kage said...

Thanks for the update.

Sandy said...

Another friend of mine was at RT, too. It was her first time, Marianne, and she had a great time. It looks and sounds like you had a great time, too.

jean hart stewart said...

Looks like lots of fun. I'm sure we're all jealous...but so glad you could make it. Jean

Molly Daniels said...

Looks as if a great time was had by all! So sorry to hear about your pictures; that always sucks when cameras malfunction! But there's always next year, and if it's in Chicago, there's a slim chance I can drive up:)

Mary Corrales said...

Oh, you lucky girl! It sounds like such a phenomenal time. Wish I could have gone. Great pics, sorry more didn't come out for you.

Adelle Laudan said...

It sure looks like a great time. I hope I can make it one year. Thanks for sharing the great pics that did turn out.

Nancy Naigle said...

Fun! Thanks for sharing. Wish I'd been there.

Lex Valentine said...

Was great to meet you at RT! And I wouldn't worry about the black photos. Some of us just forgot to take photos in our excitement. *looks innocently around*

Marianne Stephens said...

Thanks all! I'm hoping for a new that will work ALL the time!
Get to Chicago next year for RT2012!

Danielle Thorne said...

Love the Bollywood theme. How fun!

Georgia said...

So glad you got to go, Marianne & glad to see you had such a good time. Love the guys in the white shirts!! How lucky are you to be sitting right next to them??!! LOL
I'm not too jealous!

Fran Lee said...

Wish I could afford to get to RT...but I can only do one convention a year. Sounds fabulous!

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