On April 17 & 18, I attended the writing convention: Romancing the Capital 2015 in Ottawa at the Holiday Inn, Kanata. It was a great time! While I just attended the panels throughout the day and skipped the evening events, I still really enjoyed the time there. Next year, I intend to stay overnight and partake of the festivities!

A great bunch of authors sharing their experience, advice and SWAG! So much SWAG to be had, I’ve never seen such a large SWAG bag! Tons of bookmarks, free e-book downloads, cool pens and other fun stuff including a triangular screwdriver set – who’d have thought a screwdriver set could be gotten at a Romance Conference. But I think my favourite was the box of character cards given out by S.E. Smith, whom also gave a great presentation: “Keys to Being a Successful Author” .

At the book signing, once the massive line up died down, I squeezed my way in and managed to buy a couple of books by new-to-me authors – Kali Willows (who talked about interracial romance along with Milly Taiden) and C.I. Black. I’d hoped to buy Tina Christopher’s steampunk fiction, but there were only digital copies available. Perhaps one day I’ll step into the 21st century and try e-book reading.

Some of the other panelists that I enjoyed were: Eve Langlais , Deborah Cooke, Sharon Page, Nathan Burgoine , Viola Grace, Ashlyn Chase and Robyn Peterman .