Monday, May 4, 2009

More on RT

As Emily posted last week, the Romantic Times conference was in Orlando last weekend. I would have blogged last Monday about it but I was sooo tired. I usually go for the week but was only able to make the weekend this year so I packed quite a bit into a 24 hour period. I had to catch a 5:30 a.m. flight and was at the conference center by 10:30. Thanks to Rose and Anthony of Crossing Realms for picking me up.

I immediately found fellow Chatelaines Emily Bryan, Gerri Russell, Bonnie Vanak and CL Wilson in club RT. Also the lovely ladies of Between The Sheets, Jennifer St. Giles, Annette Batista and Dayna Linton, who promote my books! Yay BTS! Then ran into the Rebels of Romance, Liz Maverick and Marianne Mancusi. Went to their fabulous workshop on promotion and then out to lunch where we caught up on our lives.

Attended an editors panel on what's selling with Emily Bryan. Then found Linnea Sinclair, Stacey Kade and Isabo Kelly, along with the extremely shy Jade Lee. Attended more workshops, went to the awards banquet (yay Linnea) had dinner with Jade, Emily and Bobbi Smith, then came back for the Heather Graham vampire ball.

Saturday, after breakfast at the worlds loudest MacDonalds with Bonnie Vanak, my dear friends Alyssa Day and Barb Ferrer came down. Then it was off to the book signing extraordinaire where I caught up with Jenna Black and Ann Aguirre. I will be posting videos of that in the next few days. Had a great lunch with a bunch of author friends, then hung out by the pool and talked with Sue Grimshaw of Borders.

Then came the Mr. Romance pageant where my dear friend Chris Winters gave up his crown. Linnea Renee Hieber, Elizabeth Hoyt, and the always irrepressible Jade Lee and I enjoyed it immensely. Charles Paz won the crown. I have to admit I was cheering for Jimi Gaskins. Then it was off to the bookseller mingle put on by Dorchester Publishing then the always fabulous Dorchester party with Diane Stacy, Erin Galloway and Leah Hultenschmidt. I love dancing to We Are Family with my fellow Dorchester authors. All in all it was a very busy and productive weekend. Even if Bonnie Vanak did try to get lost on the way to the airport Sunday morning!
Here's a short vid of me at the book signing. I was going around taking vids and Chris Winters grabbed my flip and started filming.


Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner May 4, 2009 at 11:24 AM  

Thanks for sharing Cindy! I was bummed because I couldn't be there. I hope to get to next year's if only for the weekend.

That Jade Lee is so shy, isn't she? How are we ever going to bring her out of her shell?

Cindy Holby May 4, 2009 at 12:44 PM  

Jade is a blast to hang out with. Even as shy as she is. (Tongue in cheek for all you people who don't know the irrepresible Jade Lee)

We missed you and Joy. Next year its in Columbus. And I have a feeling you'll be up for an award for your newest release. Everyone is talking about how awesome it is. Can't wait to read it.

Gerri Russell May 5, 2009 at 8:15 AM  

Thanks for sharing the photos, Cindy. Your time at RT might have been short, but it was certainly action packed!!

Cindy Holby

Gerri Russell

Joy Nash

Bonnie Vanak

Emily Bryan

C.L. Wilson

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