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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ya Got Trouble, My Friend

But it doesn't start with T. No, this trouble starts with L.

As in, Lady Scribes at RT.

You see, last week was the Romantic Times Readers Convention (otherwise known as RT) in Chicago. And, well, a number of your Lady Scribes were present.

One thing I've quickly learned when getting together with various other Lady Scribes members is that we will invariably attract more than our fair share of trouble.

At least at RT they had a means to deal with us.

Yes, that would be me, Baroness Blithe, alongside Viscountess Noir, Her Grace of Grammar, the Countess of Whimsy, Lady Intrigue, and the Countess of Content...all in jail. Together. Somehow, Erin Knightley, aka the Duchess of Delight, escaped this punishment. Don't ask me how it happened. I couldn't tell you.

And no, it isn't because I had had too many drinks. I didn't start drinking until after we'd escaped our imprisonment that night. It might have had something to do with the fact that she is a social butterfly, and was off charming someone's socks off them. She has a knack for that.

There were countless moments where we got to dress up in costumes.

Such as here, where Ava Stone tried to make off with a Scot. And now I'm wondering when she might write a Scot into a story...

She hooked up with a Steampunk version of Erin Knightley, too. That's an odd looking couple, if I ever saw one. :)

Or here, where Samantha Grace let loose in her flapper outfit.

Here's another one. The lovely Heather Snow and Erin Knightley were ready to Charleston!

Jerrica Knight-Catania didn't need an outfit to ride away with the show.

For that matter, all Jane Charles needed was a glass of wine and some good music. (Yes, the blur in her hand IS a glass of wine.)

But RT wasn't all just about the costumes. We had more serious moments, too. Quiet. Stoic. Pensive. Reflective.

Well, some of us did. Clearly, both the Ava Stone half of Lydia Dare (aka the Countess) and the Tammy Falkner half of Lydia Dare (aka the tavern wench) were otherwise occupied and couldn't be bothered to be serious. Hmmm...I can't imagine why. (Did you SEE those smiles???)

And...well, I'll just show him to you and let you decide for yourself how serious he was.

I think they said his name was Bluebeard. Can't remember. Don't ask me why my memory is so shoddy. It couldn't have anything to do with the espresso chocolate martinis.

Neither could this.

No, seriously. I don't think Ava Stone and Samantha Grace were drinking the espresso chocolate martinis. Possibly cosmos and wine and...well...you get the picture.

But I digress. Back to what RT was really all about.

There were book signings...






There were photo shoots...(way to @$^& early in the morning, Catherine grumbles beneath her breath)...



That's the lovely Rose Gordon right in the middle of several of us, in case you were wondering.

There were workshops and games and prizes...

See the lovely Erin Knightley being dubbed a countess after playing Who Wants to be a Duchess? (Don't ask me why a countess needs a feather duster. I haven't quite figured that one out. I might still be trying to catch up on my sleep...)

And here the two of us are together, with our tiaras and boas and whatnot. She was still a mere countess. I, however, was a duchess. You may feel free to "Your Grace" me. I won't mind.

We mixed with other writers and readers, agents and editors, cover models, and just about everyone else involved in the romance community.


RT was my first conference, but it won't be my last. As a matter of fact, as you read this, I'm probably on my way back to Chicago to go to Spring Fling. We'll see if I come home with so much incriminating evidence...I mean with so many books and so much swag. (The stuff I shipped home just got here. Twenty-eight pounds of free books and swag. Oy!)

I had so much stuff, I decided to give some of it to my cats.


Too bad I already had to take it away. They were having a blast with it, but then one of them started puking feathers. Bye bye, feather boa.

Anyway, this should give you a little glimpse into what the Lady Scribes who were present at this year's RT were up to. I know I'll be going back again next year...with an extra, empty suitcase in order to lug everything home!

Have you been to any readers or writers conventions? Do you want to go but just haven't been able to yet? And if you were there, how much will we have to bribe you with in order to keep you quiet about...um...well, I'm sure there's something we need to have kept quiet. Darn those espresso chocolate martinis! So how much? All who comment and leave us their email address within the comment will be entered to win a prize pack of some of the books and swag I got at RT. I'll draw a name randomly tomorrow morning.

69 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh Catherine you guys look like you had so much fun. I would love to go out to one just to meet you all. However, it's just not in the cards this year. If we had not mo e from Cali I think I would have gone down to see you guys in Cali :(. I guess I will have to wait for something in another time.

    Just to let you know I'm pretty easy to bribe ;). I hope that you guys have a fun time at Spring Fling and don't have to many chocolate martini's.

    countessofmar@yahoo.com

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    1. Hopefully we'll get to meet you in the not so distant future, Melody!

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    2. I hope you get to go to one sometime in the near future, Melody! You'd have a blast. :)

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  2. Catherine ~ OMG! I'm still recovering from RT and now I'm headed to Spring Fling too, where I can't wait to see you, Samantha Grace and Jane Charles again! I had such a wonderful time with the rest of the Lady Scribes that were there, and made some wonderful new friends and contacts. To that end - go check out Renee Bernard, if you haven't already. She's a genius!

    As for keeping quiet... You know me - my price is pretty high when it comes to keeping mum about what I know... So the rest of you better pay up soon!

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    1. Ava- I bet your price is high. I still love that pic with you and the Scotsman. I think out all the pics I have see that is my all time favorite. ;)

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    2. Melody ~ MY favorite pic was one where Jane Charles was bowing at my feet. BUT she begged Catherine not to post that one. ;) LOL!

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    3. I should have known you would mention that little picture - LOL. What was I thinking?

      But now that I am a duchess (and I have the tiera to prove it) I won't be bowing to anyone - LOL.

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    4. See you in a few hours, Ava! I can't wait to see what sort of trouble we get into at Spring Fling.

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    5. I hope you guys provide more fun pics. :)

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    6. Now I'm sad I'm not going to SF!!! I wanna get into trouble..again! LOL!

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  3. Good morning, your Grace!

    Oh, I think you're going to like that too much. :-)

    The pics are great and meeting my fellow Lady Scribes in person was one of the highlights of the conference for me. (Bad Mexican food aside...groan)

    The countess did not need a feather duster, but remember, Erin worked her way up from parlor maid, so that's why she had all the stuff!

    Oh, and go Jane Charles, go! That's a classic!

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    1. Yes, I am going to enjoy that far too much. LOL. Oh well.

      Sadly, my feather duster had to go along with the feather boa. I'd forgotten about it, but my cats found it in the middle of the night.

      Isn't that pic of Jane priceless? I'm glad she didn't order me not to post that one. I might have anyway, though. :) She and I are both duchesses, so she doesn't outrank me. LOL.

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    2. Worked her way up from parlor maid. Only in America. :D

      And no, I'm not bitter about being the only maid in the group. Darn you, phaeton! Can you guys believe I missed a question about a carriage??? I blame it on sleep deprivation.

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    3. Lol. That's no excuse. Now get back to work. ;)

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    4. LOL - I love that Melody has no mercy! She would have made a fine duchess ;)

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    5. Shhh...Samantha...you'll get us in trouble. I may be a purist in my books, but I think we can have some inaccuracies just for fun for the sake of the game!

      Oooh...and I see Jerrica posted the infamous bowing pic on her blog!

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    6. Lol. Your both in trouble. Let's see what we should do for your punishment. Hmm. I will summon you when I figure it out. Lol. ;)

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  4. That was a really fun convention and it is always great to meet up with the LadyScribes and meet new people. I will be returning next year ("Kansas City, Kansas City here I come"). But first, I need to get moving so I can make it to the Chicago North Romance Writer's Spring Fling. Oh, and Catherine, thanks for leaving that pic out. I would never live down bowing to Ava. Or at least, she would never let me live it down ;).

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    1. I'll be in Kansas City, too! And now, I'm off to go to the airport, so I'll see you back in Chicago shortly!

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  5. HMMM. It all seems very sketchy to me. In fact I think it's all photoshopped!!! There's no way you ladies could have had *that* good of a time. Or dressed up. Or met hunky cover models. Nope, not buying it.

    But thanks for sharing anyway. xo

    PS My comment has nothing to do with the fact that I'm pouting over not being there with y'all. Not. A. Thing. ;)

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    1. Come next time and there will be no need to pout!

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  6. Jealous! I had no doubt you Ladies had a wonderful time, but the pictures are proof and I'm green with envy. Next year, ladies (she said in a sinister voice), next year... ;}

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    1. And now I need to know why such a thing must be said in a sinister voice.

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  7. I have not been to one yet and sadly I only live 80 miles from that Hyatt in Chicago but had things going on that I couldn't go.
    :( I WILL go someday! They look like so much fun, I have really enjoyed seeing all the photographs posted on various author websites!

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    1. Man - so close and yet so far! Hopefully you'll be able to make it to a future RT - it really was a blast!

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    2. Soon! We'll be looking for you, Rhi.

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  8. I've done the convention thing as a fantasy/sci-fi reader. While they didn't have models, they do have fantasy art and I love looking at the pics.

    I got autographs from Will Shatner and the actress who played Lt. Uhura from the original Star Trek back when I was in college.

    I really, really want to go to DragonCon one time. It's a really big conference in the fall in Atlanta. Last time I checked (a few years ago) they had over 25,000 people attending and had to use 4 hotels to contain everything.

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    1. Oh Beth I would love to go to DragonCon someday!! Omgosh, I am a huge gaming fanatic and Star Wars fan. Maybe someday I'll get to the chance to go! Hubby is dying to go too, so it'll be easy to talk him into that one LOL. DragonCon rocks! I loved the pictures from last years conference! If I ever get the chance to go we'll have to meet up there to have a coffee!

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    2. Dragon Con sounds like tons of fun, Beth.

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  9. You all looked like you had so much fun! I wish I could have been there to see the book signing. That's my idea of heaven- all my favorite authors in one room. :D

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more. Maybe one day I'll get to Heaven.

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    2. It was a madhouse, Olivia. Someday, we'll get to see you signing at one.

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  10. Fabulous pictures, Catherine! Everyone looks like they were having so much fun. I'm glad you had a great time. :)

    For the pirate in blue tartan that showed up at the book signing we have Maureen Betita to thank. She writes swashbuckling pirate fantasy romances (http://maureenobetita.com/) and thought it would be fun to have a bona fide pirate wandering around shocking- er- charming everybody. ;)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Katharine. You looked adorable in your flapper outfit.

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  11. Your Grace, so happy to see that you've recovered from the whirlwind that was RT! (You HAVE recovered, right?)

    BTW, it was great hanging out with you and the delightful Ava Stone, and I hope we can all do it again next year! Or sometime, anyway. :-)

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    1. It was great talking to you too, Sabrina. I did recover...just in time to start all over again at Spring Fling.

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  12. I have never been to one of the conferences, but it is on my radar to do so! They look like so much fun!

    drgnys30 (at) Yahoo (dot) com

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    1. We hope to see you at one soon, drgnys30.

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  13. I went to RT when it was in Orlando and had a blast! I loved Maureen O. Betita's Bluebeard Pirate - I've seen him in so many pics. wish I had been there.

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    1. He was great...except for the peacock feathers that swiped people in the face every time he turned around, lol! Brilliant costume, though!

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    2. He was all over the place, Sabrina. Such fun.

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  14. Duchess -

    Warning - Beware - the Romance Enquirer is trying to buy copies of your photographs!

    Unfortunately the only conferences I've ever attended was when I was a Tupperware manager when my sons were young! Believe me the RT conference looked like a lot more fun! I'm a reader and have dreamed for years to be able to attend a conference and at this point I don't care if it's big or small! Unfortunately between work and the cost (including the wages I'd lose) it hasn't been an option.

    I'd even love to make it to a booksigning or two but with work and a husband who thinks I should cook him dinner and the book signing they have in the state aren't in our area and are normally during the day!

    Maybe I should start playing the lottery and then think of the other readers I could help to go too!

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    1. Jeanne, you should definitely play the lottery if it'll get you to a conference.

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  15. Fabulous recap, YOUR--

    Nope, can't do it. lol.

    CATHERINE! Ha!

    So much fun meeting you and taking your pic (I know that secretly that was your fave part of the week, so...YOU'RE WELCOME!)

    Have fun at SF -- wish I could go!

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    1. Favorite part? Ha! Nice to finally meet you, too.

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  16. That looks like it was soooo much fun! I'm so jealous that I could not be there with all of you! Next year!

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    1. Absolutely, Julie. Can't wait to meet you.

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  17. Oh, I'm just green with envy myself! I wanted to go sooo badly but it just wasn't an option this year. I'm shooting for next year though, I hope. Provided things go well for the rest of this year and I'm able to save a little money.

    I did get to meet several of you last October in Raleigh and we had a blast so I can only imagine if we got that many of us together the kind of trouble you all got into. There should be a law that states we can only have three of us in the same room at one time. Otherwise you may need to post warning signs. "Danger, danger, the pressurized air inside this room from giggling so much can/will explode. Please use caution while entering." LOL I love that you guys had so much fun! Have fun at SF too!!!

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    1. We are having a blast, Suzie. Wish you were here.

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  18. Wasn't Bluebeard a total sweetie? Though he was supposed be handing out my swag, I must beat him severely next time he boards the ship... And RT was a total...total. I'm still hungover, I don't know how you went from one con to another so quickly. You injest rocket fuel?

    Maureen O. Betita

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    1. I probably should start doing that, Maureen. Luckily I'm on vacation after Spring Fling.

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  19. I haven't been to a convention yet, and I had really wanted to go this year with it being so close to home and right in my birthday week. Unfortunately my final exams took over and I had to give up plans on going to RT along with birthday plans to study. I was extremely dissapointed because it looks like a blast, I am hoping things will settle so that maybe next year I can go.
    temptnfate13atyahoodotcom

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    1. Darn those finals! We'll meet you some day.

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  20. Oh, what fun you all had! I so wanted to go as it was within driving distance for me this year but funds and time off just didn't work out for me this year :( I have high hopes to go some year soon as it just looks like so much darn fun! And to actually meet all the authors I see online and read...sigh...awesome :)
    tigger_time2 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Too bad, Lisa! Maybe Kansas City will work for you.

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  21. I haven't had a chance to go to a convention yet. It's too pricey for me. I really wish I made it to Chicago for all the fun. Every time I see pictures, I know I missed out.

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    1. It is very expensive, Jane. That's why I haven't gone before now. Hopefully you can come soon.

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  22. I go to all of the ones held here in Arizona. The one in Tucson in the spring is exceptional with authors from all genres. In Scottsdale close to me there is a bookstore that has a lot of authors appearing and they have book signings a lot. I enjoy going and have picked up a lot of information of new books and authors.

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    1. That's great to have authors nearby so often, joye.

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  23. I have been to many booksignings but never a conference. I have been to my nursing conferences for education and have had a hoot in the evenings. I would love to attend a book one.
    ldwrncpn@comcast.net

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    1. We have way too much fun in the evenings, Lori. You should definitely try to come to one.

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  24. I have been to the author signing at RT as well as RWA when they were held in Orlando. Those were absolutely fantastic, but I've never attended an actual conference. I'd really like to attend a reader con, such as RomCon, I think that would be delightful. And if I had been at RT, and saw whatever it is you wanted me to be quiet about, I think my bribe would definitely be books, however many I could con you out of. :D

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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    1. Barbara--RT had a fabulous reader tract! There were author chats and games and interactive workshops--plus the parties! Great fun for readers and writers alike!

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    2. Guess what, Barbara? You won free books from me...and not only for your silence. LOL. Contact me at the email address listed on the contests page, and we'll work out getting your prize to you. And yes, the signings are amazing. You should try to get to a real conference sometime.

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  25. Not many such conventions (actually none!) where I live - in Asia. Sure looks like a lot of fun. DId someone mention hunky cover models? *drools*
    I'm very bribe-able. Will do anything for books! LOLs

    thumbelinda03@yahoo.com

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    1. Linda, I imagine it would be very difficult to get to a reader conference in Asia. Too bad. If you ever manage to get out to one, it will be well worth it for the free books, if nothing else.

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  26. I haven't been to any conventions yet, but would like to. They sound like fun.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Bn100, you would love going to a convention. I hope you get to go someday.

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