Friday, May 8, 2009

RT - My Most Memorable Moments



I bet some of you thought I was done with RT. Nope, not yet. There is one more post I have been wanting to put together for you and that is a memorandum of my favorite moments at RT.

Here are my best experiences at the 2009 Romantic Times Convention in Orlando, Florida in no particular order!

1. Meeting the fabulous author Megan Hart. I was completely floored and awed to be in the wonderful presence of Megan Hart. She hosted one of the reader sessions and I had an opportunity to tell her how much I love reading her books. I told her that Dirty is a particular favorite of mine and when I started talking about Elle and Dan, I got tears in my eyes. Then Megan herself, started tearing up because she was so moved that someone understood and "got" what Elle was all about. That was just amazing. I get chills still, when I think about it. This picture of me and Megan she took and then emailed to me after the convention. I also told her about my blog if she ever wanted to check out my reviews and she promised to send me a copy of her upcoming July release of Deeper!!!


Me and Megan Hart


2. I sat in on an author panel with Piers Anthony, L. A. Banks, Catherine Asaro and Carole Nelson Douglas. It was an informal question and answer session between these authors and readers. The only author I have had the pleasure of reading out of this group was L. A. Banks. Carole Nelson Douglas has written numerous mystery books and Catherine Asaro and Piers Anthony are famous for Science Fiction/Fantasy. Piers was asked by a fan to explain who Jenny is to him. He went on to tell the story of a young 12 year old girl who was hit by a drunk driver on afternoon when walking home from school. She was in a coma. Now, when a person is in a coma they are conscious and can hear. Jenny's favorite author was Piers Anthony and when he heard this he wrote Jenny a letter, which her family in turn read out loud to her. Upon hearing the letter Jenny awoke from her coma only to discover that she was paralyzed from the neck down. Jenny is now 20 years old, still paralyzed and receives a letter from Piers once a week. I was touched and moved by this story. You better believe I will be reading one of his books in the near future.

3. Meeting Mary Stubbs and Linda Yakey, two sisters from Rhode Island. We met in the very first reader panel on Wednesday and they we so very friendly and nice to me. Since we seemed to keep bumping into each other on Wednesday, they took me under their wing and made me feel like they had adopted me into their family. Linda and Mary both attended RT in Pittsburgh last year and the year before that in Houston, so they were old pros at this and showed me the ropes. Linda had a very nice camera and was very generous and sent me some pictures. I am trying to talk Linda into writing some reviews. Hopefully, she will feel adventurous and start writing!! RT wouldn't have been what it was without them. Thank you so much Linda and Mary!!!

















Me and Linda at the Intergallactic Bar and Grill Party. It looks like I have had one to many drinks already, he he heeee!



Linda, Mary and I at the Ellora's Cave Jungle Party on Wednesday night. You'll notice Mary's skirt and my shirt match. That was not planned and I actually didn't notice that until I saw this picture.

















This was me and Linda at the Vampire ball on Friday night.










Too Be Continued....

13 comments:

Kwana said...

I love pics! Thanks for sharing.

Jill D. said...

Kwana, glad you could enjoy them!

Lori said...

How wonderful! Great pictures! And look how beautiful you are :) I love seeing my fellow bloggers and getting to put a face to the mental image.

Barbara said...

Wonderful pics, Jill! It looks like you had a GREAT time!

Brie said...

Great pics! The intergalactic drinks look so cool. :-)

Leslie said...

Loved the pictures Jill! And getting to talk to Megan Hart - WOW - she's one of my favorite authors. Thanks for sharing your RT adventures. :)

Seneca said...

Fun fun fun! You are so lucky and I am glad you got to have such a great time.

Megan Hart is one of the few authors who can make me cry.
She delivers what she means SO well.

Jill D. said...

You know, I have always hesitated to put my picture on my blog. I don't know why. I guess it was a fear of some weirdo looking me up. But I took a risk and let it all hang out :) Glad you guys are enjoying the pictures. I will have more (hopefully) to post later.

Carolyn Crane (aka Carolyn Jean) said...

I love this! How cool that you got to go, and to meet Megan Hart! And everybody else, too. Thanks for posting these pictures.

AuthorM said...

you just made me cry AGAIN!

nath said...

Great pictures, Jill!! Seems like you've made some great memories!! Lucky you! :) Can't wait for more!!

Jill D. said...

M. Thanks for dropping by... I didn't mean to make you cry. I swear!

Nath, My trip to RT will definitely go down as one of the best experiences of my life. Getting married, check. Giving birth to my babies, check. Going to RT, check!

Christine said...

I love this post, Jill! Thanks for sharing your experiences, and also for the photos. It sounds like you had a very fulfilling and rewarding experience.

I'm a Megan Hart fan as well. I'm sure she's just as cool in person as she is online. I love how you were both moved by Dan and Elle like that.

That story about Piers Anthony is both heartbreaking and inspirational. Thanks for sharing that, too.

Wow. What an amazing trip for you! :)