2016 RT Convention – Las Vegas

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”.

Monday

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.

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Tuesday

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.

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Wednesday

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.

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Contemporary Romance: Booze & Books X’s 2

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Vintage Vegas Romance Casino.

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Vintage Vegas Romance Casino.

Thursday

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.

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Friday

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.

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Saturday

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.

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After four hours of waiting for the Giant Book Fair.

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Sneak peek into the FAN-tastic Day Party room.

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Our little group waiting at the front of the line for the FAN-tastic Day Party.

Who did I meet?

IMG_4304Samantha Chase
IMG_4355Beth Kery
IMG_4356Julie James

IMG_4458Harper Kincaid
IMG_4388Gillian Zane
IMG_4393Heidi McLaughlin

IMG_4451Rebecca Yarros
IMG_4383Beth Yarnall
IMG_4470Sylvia Day

IMG_4394Kelly Jamieson
IMG_4397Sawyer Bennett
IMG_4465J Kenner

IMG_4473Lauren Layne
IMG_4446Samanthe Beck
IMG_4448Audrey Carlan

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.

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Signed

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Unsigned

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Swag

What’s next?

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2 thoughts on “2016 RT Convention – Las Vegas

  1. Livia

    Nice score! I thought I had a lot with the 90 or so books I came home with from RT16. I had a blast, too. This year’s convention was my first, and I even managed to squeeze in some volunteering. And several of the readers I met in line there have agreed to do a RT 16 reading challenge with me in order to motivate ourselves to make even a small dent in the freebies we all took home. So far, I’ve only had time to work in reading one RT freebie, but I’m determined to complete this challenge with good results. I can’t imagine attending the RT Booklovers Convention every year though. It’s a bit overwhelming to incorporate all of the books by new authors and my old favorites who attend into my reading schedule. Have fun in Hotlanta 2017! It’s sure to be fun again. =)

    1. Vicki Post author

      Thanks. Last year I came back with about 55 books and thought that was amazing. You picked a big convention to start off with. I went to Dallas last year and I can tell you, Las Vegas was twice, if not three times the size. You reading challenge is a great idea. I told myself I was going to try and read one of my freebies a week. Sadly so far I’ve only read one…period.

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