Last week I attended Romantic Times (RT) in New Orleans. It was my first time attending RT and my first time in New Orleans, so I was pretty excited about it. The thing I was most excited about was the chance to meet several fellow spanking authors face-to-face, so that's what I'm mostly going to blog about today.
|Me with Celeste, Cara, and Alta.|
Hanging out with these ladies was the best!
After I finished checking in, I threw my suitcases in my room and immediately headed for Cara Bristol's room. Again, probably an awkward hug, but I was absolutely giddy to finally meet Cara. Celeste was there too, and we put together our spanking basket for the Club RT raffle before heading downstairs for drinks.
Alta Hensley arrived soon after and it was funny because she looked exactly as I imagined she'd look. I mean, I'd never seen a picture of her before, but when you talk to someone online you kind of build up an image of their appearance. If Alta were to have stood in a police line up with a bunch of other cute brunettes, I would have totally been able to pick her out.
After drinks the four of us headed to Saints and Sinners for dinner with Blushing Books. We met Bethany Burke and some of her staff, Paige Tyler and her husband, Isabella Kole, and Maren Smith, Robin Smith, Laura Smith, and their dad. I hope I'm not missing anyone! Anyway, dinner was so much fun and the food was delicious. And no, Channing Tatum wasn't there, but the awesome company made up for that! :)
|I tried beignets and really |
didn't care for them!
On my second day at RT, I finally tracked down my friend Olivia Jaymes (also writes as Lara Valentine). Back when I was a new writer with only one published book, she was one of the first writers to talk to me on Twitter and friend me on FB when I knew no one, so it was awesome to finally meet her.
|Me with Phuong, a super nice reader I've|
known for a few years but haven't met
in person until now!
|What happens at Pub Crawl |
stays at Pub Crawl.
|I brought candy!|
I also visited the Garden District one day and walked around the French Quarter too. They are two separate places, right? Thank goodness Kate Richards was there with her awesome niece (who had a map and was all organized), so we got to take in some cool sights. And on my last day there, Cara and her Missouri friends adopted me and we walked all over and even visited a voodoo shop.
Thus concludes my adventures at Romantic Times. Overall I had a positive experience at RT and I'm 99% sure I'm going to Dallas next year.