Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Top Highlights of my RT 2011 Experience

RT Magazine held their annual Book Lovers Convention in Los Angeles, California a little over a week ago. This was my third year attending and I wouldn't have dreamed of missing it. Dear Hubby was able to come with me to LA. We came on Sunday before the convention started to do touristy things in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Then on Wedsday we went our seperate ways, me to the convention and him to Laker's games and TV tapings. I joke that this is the secret to a successful marriage, seperate vacations!

At any rate, I had the best intentions of blogging about my RT experience each day I was there. I had my laptop, camera and iPhone. I was all set. Well, my good intentions fell to the wayside amongst the craziness and busyiness that is RT. Even after I got back home I need a week to recouperate (and catalog all my new books) before I could even begin to blog about it. Better late than never, right!?


1. Getting to see my book buddies from past RT conventions. Mary, Linda, Delilah, Courtney, Deborah, Dana and Cathy is such a treat. I only get to see them once a year and it is like we instantly pick up where we left off a year ago. I also made some new friends Tracy, Anne, Kristen, Teresa, Denise and Kristi. Here is a picture of some of us on the last day of the convention at the dance sponsered by Borders. Don't we rock jazz hands or what, LOL!?

Me, Cathy, Courtney, Cathy, Anne, Linda, Teresa, Mary

2. Meeting up with the authors. I was in club RT and just happened to run into Catherine Coutlter, one of my all time favorite authors. I cut my teeth on her books. Hers were some of the first romance books I ever read. I read The Cove and then went to glom all of her back list. It was such a treat to shake her hand and tell her how much I have enjoyed reading her books. She also has a new medieval out now. Yay!!

The question and answer session with Catherine Coulter, Cherry Adair and Gregg Hurwitz was amazing! They were so funny and had us all in stiches with their antics. It was really neat to hear how they write, where they get their ideas and what they are working on next. It was one of my favorite sessions.

Cherry Adair, Catherine Coulter, Gregg Hurwitz

3. The free books! This year RT was very generous with the amount of books we were given. In the goody room the last two years we were allowed to each pick 2 books, this year we could choose 9 books! And they were by great authors too. I picked up Megan Hart, Lauren Dane, Laura Kinsale to name a few. Despite not winning a single raffle item, I managed to bring home a total of 72 books!

All the free books I received! (list to come next post)

4. Getting to meet the SoCal Bloggers. I finally got to put a face with a name when I meet Holly and Rowena, Nikki, Lori and Tracy. Nikki and I had a fabulous discussion about Suzanne Brockmann. I just love that you can sit down with a person you have never met and feel like old friends. It is such a wonderful feeling. Silly me forgot to take pictures of this meet up. Whoopsie!

5. The book signing on Saturday. This is an opportunity for you to pick up the latest release from your favorite authors, tell them how much you love their books and get the books you have signed. Here are a few pictures of me with the authors I was excited to meet.

Joanna Bourne, Me

Lauren Dane, Me

Me, Megan Hart

Me, Julie James

Sabrina Jeffries, Me

Me, Elizabeth Hoyt

Me, Delilah Marvelle


Amanda said...

Oh my goodness! I'm so jealous right now. It would be a dream if I could meet my favorite authors!

Maija said...

We just don't have those things here in Finland. So jealous! :)

Dr J said...

I am so sorry to have missed this event -- Tracy tried to get me to come, if for no other reason than to meet with the SoCal bloggers. But I had another event conflicting and I couldn't have gotten there in time to meet very many people or meet with my blogger friends. I am delighted that you had such a good time and Tracy and I are already trying to get the planning together for RWA 2012 which I understand will be in LA. Thanks so much for sharing and especially for the pics. Loved it!

Lori said...

It was so great to meet you, but I'm so sorry we didn't get a chance to visit and chat more. So glad you had a great time!

nath said...

So fun to see familiar faces, Jill!! Looks like you had a lot of fun again this year :) And woohoo on meeting the SoCal bloggers :)

Mstubbs6692 said...

We had soooo much fun! It was such a blast to see everyone. I love the pics Jill. I will finally be posting some soon. : )

Kristie (J) said...

Sounds like you had a great time!! I wish I could have gone but with Ryan's wedding later this year and the fact that I'm going to RWA - well I didn't make it. But aren't the SoCal bloggers great? I haven't met them all, but I have met a number and they are so much fun. And SCORE on 9 books in the goodie room. That sure beats the 2 we were limited to last year *g*