Another fantastic RTC con!
This conference is consistently one of the most fun conferences I have the privilege of attending. This past weekend (2-4 Aug. 2018) in Kanata Ontario, just wrapped up the 4th year of Romance Authors and Romance Readers coming together for a fun-packed weekend of panels, events, food, dancing, awesome swag and books.
So many BOOKS!
I was disappointed Deb Cooke couldn’t make it, but was very pleased to see Barbara Devlin again this year. She is such a treat and one of my favourite people. Yes, I would listen to her read her medieval studies papers, regardless of how boring she thinks it would be 😉
Among some of the books kindly donated, I brought home Barbara Devlin‘s “A Taste of Magick”, Deborah Cooke‘s “Snowbound” and Shannon Mayer‘s “Peta”. One of my BFs picked up a copy of Nathan Burgoine‘s “Triad Soul” (follow up to “Triad Blood”) which I look forward to reading too.
Happily, there were many returning authors from previous years among some new faces as well as new and old friends to enjoy conversations and laughs with.
Swag: Eve Langlais, Cathryn Fox, Jennifer Carole Lewis, A.M Griffin, Desiree Holt, Shannon Mayer, C.M Seabrook, Milly Taiden, Elle Rush, Amy Ruttan, Mina Carter, Carey Decevito, Olivia Rigal, Viola Grace, Susan Hayes, Shannyn Leah. There was also swag from Mandy Rosko, Barbara Devlin, Anne Lange & Sharon Page. Barbara Devlin’s Mr. Darcy Doll was a very popular event prize.
This year, I bought book 2 “Metamorphosis” of Jennifer Carole Lewis‘s Lalassu Series, because I enjoyed book 1 “Revelations” so much. And I decided to try some new-to-me authors Gracen Miller‘s “Elfin Blood”, as well as Shannon Mayer‘s “Witch’s Reign”, “Aimless Witch” and “Fury of a Pheonix”. Unfortunately, A.M Griffin was sold out by the time I was able to squeeze my way to her table in the dealer’s room during the signing.
Thursday’s Writer Workshop panels were all great – I attended: “Beyond the Furrowed Brow” with J.C. Lewis, “Let’s Talk about Audio”, “Alphaholes: Writing the Anti-Hero”, “Queer Inclusive Writing” with Nathan Burgoine, and “Writing Despite & Thru Adversity”.
Viola Grace celebrated her 400th book with cupcakes! Yumm! The Lemon Drops were my favourite 😀
Ottawa Romance Writers Association (ORWA) also had a meet & greet session for any local writers to come and ask question and get to know members.
Some of the many, many Events: “Soldiers, Cowboys & Dukes, Oh My”, “People Aren’t a Sub-Genre” , “Complex Urban Fantasy” , “RTC Against Humanity” – so much fun! , “Cyborgs: Part Machine, All Man” , “Seriously Sidekicks” , “Going to Hell – and Loving It!” , “Let’s Talk about Sex.. Through the Ages” , “Sexy Cover Puzzles” , “Basics of Burlesque” , “Totally Tubular Eighties Trivia”.
For authors interested in attending next year, there is an “2019 Author Interest Form”
Looking forward to next year, as always.