As you can see, I’m very late with getting my RT16 post done. I had an absolute blast at my second RT Convention. I’m glad it wasn’t my first time because Las Vegas was crazy busy. I had my suspicions that it would be bigger than Dallas, but it exceeded all my expectations. My days were jam packed from sun up to sun down.
What did I get up to?
My family and I were lucky because this year’s convention was being held just a short road trip away and that it was during my son’s spring break. So we decided to head to Vegas a few days early so we could have a quick family vacation before I “went to work”.
Technically, the convention doesn’t start until Tuesday, but since I was already in town, as was my friend and RT Buddy, Christine, we decided to watch some hunky men take their clothes off. That’s right, we went to the Chippendales.
Even though the convention starts on Tuesday, there’s not a great deal on and getting through Registration is the most important part of the day. After I was done with that, I headed on over to the Pre-Con Blogger Symposium hosted by Smart Bitches Trashy Books. I had just enough time to make it to the Make Us Swoon! The Romantic Times Cover Model Contest, where five cover model virgins duked it out for a chance to be the model on an upcoming novel.
After popping in to the RT Welcome Party for some breakfast, I headed on over to the Meet The Authors From Down Under event. From there I went to the Heroes With Handcuffs: Beyond The Badge event, followed by a quick lunch before hitting up the Erotic’s Eleven: Plan Your Heist event. Contemporary Romance: Booze & Books X’s 2 came next, then the Robyn Carr & Susan Mallery Reader Appreciation. The long day came to an end with the Vintage Vegas Romance Casino event.
After being so busy on Wednesday, I wanted to have an easy day on Thursday. Yeah, that didn’t happen. First off the bat was the First Base With An Author event. Then it was time to line up for the Shayla & Lexi Present The Perfect Party event, quickly followed by the Sin City Murder Mystery! event, where I won an awesome prize from Audra North. Next was the hilarious Sports Romance Jeopardy! event where I had so much fun, before ending the night at the Kensington’s Chapel Of Love event.
Friday was a relatively quiet day, at least in regards to the number of events I went to. As we got closer to the weekend, the more people arrive at the convention, so by the time Friday rolled around, you really had to pick what events you really wanted to go to and get in line early for them. I started my day at the highly anticipated Entangled’s Candy & Spoons! event. I went to this event last year and it was by far my favourite, so I made sure to hit this one up again. Then I headed over to the Sweet, Sassy, Spicy Author/Reader Meet & Greet event, where I won a Kindle Fire. I followed this up with the We <3 Romance: Harlequin Reader Party event. After a short break, I attended the Berkley Blogger Buzz, a blogger only event. After a busy day, I needed to relax and unwind. So my RT buddy, Christine, and I went to see the Thunder From Down Under. What a way to end the day.
Saturday, my final day at the convention. While I only had four events on my schedule, this was by far the longest, busiest and hectic day of the entire week. The first event of the day was the Giant Book Fair. Although the doors didn’t open until 10.30 am, I started lining up at 6.15 am. Some of my friends had already been there for an hour at that stage and kindly saved me a spot up the front. After running around chasing author autographs, I headed over to the Welcome To Fabulous Berkley Romance event, immediately followed by the Shop ‘Til You Drop: Free Book Signing With Random House Authors & Friends! event. The final event of the day was the FAN-tastic Day Party hosted by Dreamspinner Press. Because our little group had been waiting in line since 12.30 pm, we were first in line and were able to get a sneak peek into the room during setup.
Who did I meet?
What did I come back with?
I came back with just over 100 books worth almost $1,000.00. The luxury with driving is that I could just pack up the car and not have to worry about airline weight restrictions.