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2014 RT Convention Preview: New LGBTQ Track!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 | PERMALINK

When the 2014 RT Booklovers Convention hits New Orleans next May, among the 125 workshops offered — in 16 areas (marketing, business, social networking, self-publishing and more) —attendees will be treated to panels focusing on LGBTQ romance, an increasingly popular part of the romance world. Whether it’s how to avoid writing stereotypes or exploring the many themes presented within the genre, these panels are sure to have something for everyone!

The hosts of the 2013 RT Convention LGBTQ reader party, Romance Pride: Over the Rainbow

First up, we have two exciting panels that will treat attendees to engaging insight into the wide spectrum of LGBTQ romance, and the wants and needs of publishers and readers looking for the “next big thing.” Both panels will be moderated by Sarah Frantz, Riptide Publishing’s Acquisitions Editor, who will be joined by some of the genre’s hottest authors.


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Win A Trip To The 2014 RT Convention From Jennifer L. Armentrout

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 | PERMALINK

Bestselling Young Adult and New Adult author Jennifer L. Armentrout (aka J. Lynn) is a pretty big fan of her fans. And now she's ready to prove it! She’s offering a prize that is not only epic, but definitely RT-approved, especially since our very own Elissa Petruzzi is one of the judges!

Just what is the prize, you ask?

One lucky reader will win an all-expenses paid trip to the 2014 RT Booklovers Convention, May 13-18, in New Orleans! Exciting, no?

All you have to do to enter is write a piece of fan fiction (1,500 words or less) featuring characters from the following authors’ books:

  1. Jennifer L. Armentrout/J. Lynn

  2. Cora Carmack

  3. Laura Kaye

  4. Sophie Jordan

For the full details, head on over to Jennifer’s blog. Good luck to all who enter! Now go forth and write! We can't wait to see YOU in NOLA! 


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, Young Adult
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Wayback Whensday: The RT Convention Love Train

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 | PERMALINK

As we gear up for 2014’s RT Booklovers Convention in the magical city of New Orleans, we thought we’d do a little dance down memory lane, and bring you the highlights from RT's past — both the RT convention and Romantic Times. So grab some popcorn and sit back and enjoy!

To kick off our Wayback Whenesday series, we’re taking a look at the historic and iconic Love Train. The Love Train was a unique Amtrak experience in 1983 that brought romance readers and authors from the West Coast all the way to New York City for the second annual RT Booklovers Convention. We got a hold of RT Founder Kathryn Falk to talk about this historic, iconic event.

A map of the Love Train's route, from the Spring #9 issue of Romantic Times, 1983

“I met a woman in California who told me she didn’t like to fly, and somehow the train was mentioned, and then we came up with the idea for the Love Train,” Kathryn told us. Soon after, together with Amtrak, Kathryn mapped out a route that would stop in multiple cities across the country, ensuring a wide range of attendees could hop on. Those joining the party were instructed to wear pink so they could be easily identified at the stops.

Starting in Los Angeles, the Love Train drew a large and enthusiastic crowd. “At the train station, hundreds of women were dressed in pink, waiting for us. It was quite extraordinary,” Kathryn remembers.


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Inside Avon's Red Slipper Lounge At The 2013 RT Booklovers Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 01, 2013 | PERMALINK

Are you already pining for the 2014 RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans? Well, we can't make time move faster, but we can tide you over with this video from Avon's Red Slipper Lounge at our 2013 Convention in Kansas City. Watch romance authors share their own fangirl moments, readers talk about how much they enjoyed the free books, chocolate and wine, and maybe, just maybe, see Beverly Jenkins drop an "adult" word or two. Enjoy!

For the latest RT Booklovers Convention news, visit the RT Convention website or keep an eye on the RT Daily Blog.


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Reserve Your Hotel Room For The 2014 RT Booklovers Convention In New Orleans

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 26, 2013 | PERMALINK

Book your hotel reservation for the 2014 RT Booklovers Convention now!

If you are attending the next RT Convention, which will take place from May 14-18, 2014, you can officially start planning because rooms at the convention hotel, the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street, are ready to be reserved.

Drastically slashed prices for RT Conventioneers, rooms start at just $129 a night during the convention. This beautiful hotel has all the amenities and is just blocks away from the famed Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. And best of all, during the RT Convention, the hotel will be filled with bestselling and fan favorite authors who will be participating in workshops, parties and book signings. We are excited to announce that Sylvia Day, Lisa Kleypas, Charlaine Harris, Marjorie M. Liu and many, many more authors will be joining us in NOLA!


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RT Booklovers Convention 2013: Authors And Readers Go Wild At The Samhain Safari Bash

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 21, 2013 | PERMALINK

Just when you thought it was safe to hang out with Samhain authors, they go and plan an event full of predators. This year at the RT Booklovers Convention, the publisher's evening party was safari themed. Fans and authors mingled through a jungle oasis as Samhain books and e-readers were given away. Yet despite the amazing prizes, great food and drinks, our favorite part of the night were the costumes! Dangerous cats roamed with zebras, a panther or two hung with exotic birds. And while there were no elephants to be found, the unique ensembles we did encounter left an impression. Here are a few of our favorites:

A 'Coalition' of cheetahs (and other assorted cats)


A 'Dazzle' of zebras


A 'Nest' of snakes


A 'Tower' of giraffes



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Total-E-Bound Editor Stacey Birkel Loses Her RT Convention Virginity

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 20, 2013 | PERMALINK

Here at RT, we love virgins — RT Booklovers Convention virgins, that is. There's nothing more exciting than watching a newbie experience their first RT Con, whether it be a fan, author or industry pro. Today we hear from Total-E-Bound's Editor In Chief, Stacey Birkel, who attended her first RT Convention this year in Kansas City. She gives us a brief recap of her week and shares some of her favorite moments.

RT — it's the big Kahuna of Romance cons and for good reason. Between the publisher representation and the attendance, it definitely takes top prize. This year, I finally had the perfect excuse to go — my day job as EIC of Total-E-Bound Publishing.

Yes, I was a virgin!

Wednesday started out with setting up our table in Club RT. Think of it as a sort of market slash meet-n-greet. It was great getting to talk to the convention goers in a more relaxed atmosphere. There are also panels and spotlights going on all day, every day, and fun events at night, like a disco party! We hustled and danced to a rather eclectic mix of music. Energy was high and lots of people really enjoyed dressing the part.

Stacey in front of the Total-E-Bound table at Club RT


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RT Booklovers Convention 2013: A Kiss Is Never Just A Kiss - Romance In Modern YA

BY Eve Polak, MAY 16, 2013 | PERMALINK

As Young Adult books become more popular, an increasing number of authors are entering the balancing game that is YA. Writers must please the raging hormones of their readers while understanding the responsibility they have to younger readers and managing the expectations of their parents. At the recent RT Booklovers Convention in Kansas City, authors Josephine AngeliniGayle Forman, Cynthia Hand, Tara Hudson, and Aprilynne Pike held a panel to discuss trends, attitudes, and the future of the genre. 

Panelists (from left to right): Aprilynne Pike, Josephine Angelini, Cynthia Hand, Gayle Forman and Tara Hudson


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RT Booklovers Convention 2013: Our Favorite Shoes

BY Elisa Verna, MAY 15, 2013 | PERMALINK

What's your favorite part of RT Convention? Seeing friends you only see a few times a year? Meeting authors? Free books? The parties? Like many RT Con attendees, I love all of those things. But by far my favorite part of Con is planning my outfits — especially my shoes (it also doesn't hurt that RT editors Regina, Liz and I are all the same shoe size). I'd be lying if I said I didn't buy at least one pair of new heels for Convention, and it looks like many of the women at RT Con this year had the same idea. I was on full alert, snapping shoe photos (I apologize for the poor quality iPhone shots) and asking Convention goers to share pictures of any fancy footwear their spotted. And so I bring you my favorite shoes from the 2013 RT Convention:

Karina Cooper sported some outrageous, amazing zombie heels

 

A classy pair of black t-strap pumps

 

Pink snake print peeptoes paired with jeans? Awesome


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RT Booklovers Convention 2013: The Roast Of Cover Model CJ Hollenbach

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 13, 2013 | PERMALINK

While the Mr. Romance competition at the RT Booklovers Convention has been retired, that doesn't mean you'll notice a lack of cover models at RT. This year, veteran model CJ Hollenbach celebrated 20 glorious years in the business with RT's Men of Romance party, which consisted of a roast of CJ done by fellow cover models and former Mr. Romance contestants. The event started with dinner and a show as cover models danced to the song "Men in Tights" from the film Robin Hood: Men in Tights. And yes, these men were in tights. Fond memories of CJ's various covers and career highlights were shared, with plenty of jabs and jokes from the models. Additionally, a slideshow was prepared for the event and we're bringing it to you today for those interested in seeing how far CJ Hollenbach has come. So for those who couldn't make it — or for those who did and want to look back — here are some highlights from the 2013 RT Convention's Men of Romance party.

Dancing cover models — in tights!

 

Cover models posing with a dapper-looking CJ

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A slideshow featuring clips, photos and moments from CJ's two decades of modeling:


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