RT or How I Learned to Hold My Breath While Speed Walking Through a Casino

Las Vegas. Sin City. Call it what you will, I will call it the City that Never Puts out a Cigarette. But I did learn to speed walk while holding my breath. So there’s that.

The RT Booklovers Convention is one of the largest reader/writer conventions there is. This year, RT had 3100 attendees. Three thousand one hundred lovers of and writers of every type of romance you can imagine.

It was also my first opportunity to sign my book for the general public.

RT16 Book Signing 5 I learned a couple of things. People love jellybeans. There is an extrovert hiding deep down inside this lifelong introvert.

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I also learned about “pre-gaming”. Why did none of my writer friends tell me about this until after my first signing?? A little down time in your room, a wee sip of wine, a pharmacuetical if you have a prescription. My publisher even provided us with a glass of wine. Which I very wisely put on the table behind me because, well, I’m a klutz and knocking a glass of wine over on a reader might not have made a very good impression.

I loved meeting all the readers and bloggers. The enthusiasm and excitement is contagious and makes this sometimes lonely feeling of writing our stories in solitude a little less lonely knowing they are eagerly awaited.

But one of my favorite things about conventions is meeting up with writer friends, some of whom I’ve met IRL before, many are people I’ve known on Twitter for years and are meeting for the first time.

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I just realized how few pictures I took with people. I was so excited to see them, pictures were the last thing on my mind.

I did venture out to the famous Vegas Strip. It was the spectacle I expected it to be. Had a lot of very yummy Tex-Mex food. Was introduced to the deliciousness that is a jalapeno lime cilantro margarita.

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20160413_210204Something exploded at Treasure Island but I swear it wasn’t my fault!

I didn’t forget to take a little time to enjoy myself by the pool with an adult beverage or two. Even though the “sandy beach” looked a lot like kitty litter.

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Thank you to all the readers and bloggers I met! You made my first book signing the most amazing experience of my life!

Vegas, Baby!

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Convention season is starting! Tomorrow I’ll be hopping on (well not really *hopping* I think they frown on that) a big old jet airliner for Sin City and the huge RT convention.

 

It’ll be a week of firsts for me. First time in Vegas. And my first time signing!! I’m veering from excited to terrified on the signing part.

If you attending RT, come on by and see me on Friday at the Harlequin Reader Event.

There may be jelly beans.