#RT17 Ruminations and the Giant Book Fair! #Giveaway

Read to the bottom of the post for the GIVEAWAY!

This is my second year at the RT Convention and it was interesting to compare my two experiences. This year I did a lot more writing workshops and seminars, so it was a lot more informational, and a little less as a reader. However, I was able to fit in a lot of events and see my favorite authors, as well as meet some new ones!  I noticed a focus on different genres in the reader events and wonder if next year there will be a different focus? BDSM and Erotica authors were highlighted, which isn’t really my interest. On the opposite end of the spectrum it seemed like there were more inspirational authors. The contrast between those two genres made for an interesting crowd! There were plenty of mainstream events and I never found time to relax, except for when sitting in line for the next event.

For me, the highlights were meeting Ilona Andrews and Charlaine Harris. I am a huge fan of almost every series that they both write, and also know that they rarely make these kinds of events, so I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to meet them. I was excited to see Kristen Ashley, although disappointed because she ran out of books at the Giant Book Fair in the first half hour. I enjoyed seeing and speaking to Rebecca Zanetti and Laura Kaye, and in fact, Laura Kaye was one of the speakers in my writing workshop at the beginning of the week. She lectured on how to write an emotional arc, and I learned a lot!

The best thing about this trip is spending time with my sister. She and I share a love for reading, and look forward to this girls trip every year. Next year the event will be held in Reno at the Peppermill Resort and Casino. That part of the country is gorgeous, so if any of you have ever been tempted to go, I really think it will be worth it! Take the entire week and visit Lake Tahoe which is only an hour away!

I ended my week with the Giant Book Fair. There were several books I wanted that I didn’t pick up through the week. I know, shocking, right? (Final count 140!) This was my chance to purchase those books and meet the authors. I was lucky enough to get a chance to spend a bit of time with each of these, except Charlaine Harris, who was sweet but super busy and took some photo’s to share with you all. She also mentioned her series Midnight Texas will be on NBC in July! LOL.

Charlaine Harris -Night Shift.
Amanda Bouchet-author Kingmaker Series
Coolest inscription!!
Victoria Denault’s new Hockey novel. Love that cover!
Amy E. Reichert gets the prize for coolest ring, and she was so sweet!
The amazingly talented and lovely Rebecca Zanetti!
Most beautiful cover art and lovely person Kristin Smith!


I am going to let you in on a big giveaway by Avon that is only good until 5/19/17! There are a total of 16 FREE book downloads! I have a picture of some of these books below. Choose the epub option, the mobi took a day to download to my kindle. ( update 5/14/17- the kindle option works the books showed up the next day!) Have fun reading!

Click HERE

You will be signing up for their newsletter, but you can choose from 16 awesome books! This offer expires 5/19/17!!!!!!

Let me know in the comments below if you get them! Do NOT pass this up!  LOL. It’s not life or death or anything, but I know you guys are just as crazy for books as me.

That’s it about RT17 from me this year, now I need to get back to reading and writing reviews!

I hope you enjoyed my posts!


A Quicky from #RT17….

Hi guys!  I have been totally remiss in sending you some photos and happenings from the RT Convention in Atlanta. I’m so sorry!  This year I have signed up as an aspiring Author and spent my first two days receiving some great,writing tips from authors like Tere Michaels, Laura Kaye, Madeline Hunter, Damon Suede and also editors, agents, etc.  Whew!  I was exhausted before this party even got started!

Once again the lobby of each convention level is covered in posters, artwork, etc. of all of your favorite authors. Bare chests galore! It’s almost too much of a good thing, really. 😉

Below are some photos from the Petticoats and Pistols social event. I’m sure it’s a rewarding business being a successful writer, but I’m not sure I’d like to be in costume while everyone else is wondering around in leggings and t-shirts! LOL. The decorations were to die for!

Joanna Shupe author of The Knickerbocker series
The dresses are made out of paper!!
Really!… Paper!

We met some really nice people, both Readers, writers and COVER MODELS!

I had to get the With kilts and w/out!  LOL.  Yes, honey, this was business!  LOL.

And my loot from last night is 26 books and a ton of swag!

I’ll send out another post tomorrow!


This Chick is off to the #RT17 Convention in Atlanta! #Sundayblogshare

I can’t believe a year has passed since the RT Convention in Vegas last year! Wow, the time has flown! Today, my bags are packed and I’m heading off to Atlanta, to join Readers, Writers and Bloggers meet, mingle, learn and have fun with some of my favorite authors. This year I’ve signed up as a writer and am participating in a Writers Workshop on Monday and Tuesday, where hopefully I will be given some great advice on how to fine tune my novel, meet an agent and get published.

My sister and a few friends are driving in on Tuesday night and we’ll get the fan girl party started! Last year, I met so many wonderful people! Authors, readers, bloggers, everyone was just so nice! I Geeked out over meeting Kristen Ashley, Laura Kaye and Jill Shalvis, but also took home an amazing number of books and became fans of a whole new set of authors. Yes, I still plan on freaking when I see Kristen Ashley again, but this year, I can spread the love out a little more. LOL.

I will be updating you all from the convention with pictures and book counts. I hope to bring home some swag so I can do some giveaways  so I can share a little of the RT magic with you all!

Here are some pictures from last year’s convention, so you’ll know what fun I have in front of me!


Viva La Historical Social Event
Tons of larger than life posters everywhere!
Kristen Ashley!! (On right)
Laura Kaye (on left)
Jill Shalvis! (On right)
Swag, swag and more swag! This was one days!
And then there are cover models…..

Catch up with you from Atlanta!


#RT16 Convention #books and swag #giveaway! 

Winner!!  Kimberley Gifford, Congratulations!  An email has been sent!

Why am I doing a giveaway again?  Well, I brought a LOT of books and swag back from the RT16 Convention in Las Vegas with the intention of sharing it with my fellow bloggers and followers.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to ship overseas, but if you live in the US and would like to enter, pls click on the Rafflecopter link below.

Included in this stash are:

BOOKS:   Continue reading “#RT16 Convention #books and swag #giveaway! “

Thursday at the #RT Convention

I started out the day failing miserably at answering questions about YA books, movies and TV series at the YA: You’re Never too old for YA session.  Our table was hosted by Kiera Cass, author of the Selection series and Rosamund Hodge, the author of the Cruel Beauty series.  Although I was horrible at the game, these tables had the best swag, and the chance to talk to these authors was priceless!
Kiera Cass and Rosamund Hodge

My sister and I then preceded to play Sports Romance Jeopardy.  Unfortunately, with the exception of Kristen Callihan’s Game On series, I have not read many sports romances, so I didn’t improve my record.  However, we sat at the table with Heidi McLaughlin, who was awesome!  She also was horrible at the sports romance category, but better at the general sports questions.  Heidi is also the author of Third Base (The Boys of Summer book 1), a book I have picked up so many times!  She gave me two, and signed a copy to give away on my blog, so keep an eye out for that soon!

The highlight of my day was at the next event Tattoo’s and Tini’s.  I was able to finally meet one of my favorite romance authors, Kristen Ashley!  I have reviewed her books Sebring and did a compilation review of her Rock Chick series.  She was absolutely awesome, and as real as she is on her Facebook page.  She very graciously allowed me to have my picture taken with her even though the line was long.

At this same event, I had a chance to chat briefly with Laura Kaye, who also writes under the name Laura Kamoie, co-author of America’s First Daughter.  I received one of her romance novels in my bag, so I’m excited to try out her style in this genre.  I expect great things!

I ended my day at a HUGE book signing by the Kensington authors.  The highlight for me was getting a copy of Mercury Striking, which I have read and reviewed.  She was very gracious, and lovely!

What a great day!  I came away with 36 books, which brings my two day tally to 57.  Good God!  Two more days to go!