Readers n Ritas 2010! #rnrcon

Posted November 15, 2010 by Felicia S in Readers N Ritas / 0 Comments

(Dakota Cassidy, Sherilyn Kenyon, and Jaye Wells judging Costume Contest)
So as you can tell I did not bring my camera to Readers n Ritas 🙁  So my camera phone was the best I had!
What I LOVED:  The Panels, the authors, and most of all chatting with other readers.  This weekend was so much fun that no matter what I tell you about, it won’t come close to explaining how awesome it was to hang with everyone.  From Rachel Caine, Jade Lee, Mari Mancusi, Carole Nelson-Douglas, and Lauren Willig boogying down.  Seriously, The Time Warp to Girls Just Want to have fun–the dance floor was on fire!  To having brunch on Sunday with Candace Havens, Ann Aguirre, and Sharon Ashwood—yummy food and great conversation.  Then following Dakota Cassidy, Jaye Wells, and Michele Bardsley around like a proper fan girl because that is what I was there to do.  Then just getting to listen to the amazing Sherilyn Kenyon be her brilliant and way down to earth self.  The authors were truly amazing.  That being said—it was the other readers that really made my weekend.  We talked  about hot book guys, hot books, vampire p*rn, “love” scenes, and just about everything else that makes a really good books.  We also talked about what got us into reading, our oldies but goodies, and funny enough Ash vs Nick vs Savitar (PS most of us LURVE Savitar)!  All in all a fantastic weekend!
What I LIKED:  We had great weather, the people at the hotel were fab, and the jacuzzi tub in my room was awesome!  It is funny how the little things can add to the event on the whole!  It really managed to bring the whole weekend together.
Complaints:  Barnes and Noble not bringing enough books to buy and not covering all the authors.  That was a little disappointing.  Also, I had a small issue with my hotel room but the hotel promptly refunded my room for the inconvenience so it all works out in the end!
Suggestions:  There was an author lounge but I really thing a reader lounge would be really cool!
Rating:  It really was a 5 Star weekend!
Recreating Michele Bardsley Book Cover for Ball
Oh yeah! Michele and I!
What I won from Mari Mancusi (There will be more pics of this on Friday)—it was AWESOME!
Sharon Ashwood rocks with this magnet—I will be getting this book!
Sherilyn Kenyon and Diana Love!

This was supposed to be done Friday but I had completely forgotten that I was going out of town.  So now that I am back I want to do a final wrap-up of Readers n Ritas!

Overall:  I was very pleased with this convention.  It was smaller and I think it made it more intimate.  I didn’t feel as overwhelmed or hurried as I did at a bigger convention.  There was plenty of one on one time with my favorite authors.  I could ask questions, talk to other fans, and not feel like I was missing something due to over-scheduling.  I also was able to connect with a lot of new friends and that is always exciting.

Panels:  Panels were very reader focused!  There was a little bit of something for everyone.  There were 4 to 5 panelist along with a moderator to keep everything on track.  The rooms were small enough that everyone had a chance to ask questions and it didn’t feel like you were just one of the crowd.  Also, the way they were spaced out gave you some downtime to visit the book exchange or just chill in the lobby.

Author Lounge:  I actually really enjoyed this!  Each author was given a time when they would be in the lounge to talk to readers.  This was a non-signing zone so you just got to chit chat with them about their series, where their characters are heading, or just life in general.  I actually used this time to get to know some new authors because there were a few I had never read.

Authors:  Every single one that I met was very nice and down to earth.  They were not pretentious and really seemed to enjoy their fans.  They were friendly and never once did I see any of them just huddling with other authors.  They all seemed to be fans themselves!

Fresh Fiction:  The team that put this together really worked hard and it showed.  Did everything go exactly as planned?  No (when does it ever).  They were quick, courteous, and very helpful in getting things resolved.  This is a fairly new convention and it ran pretty smoothly.  I think they did a fantastic job.

Readers:  I loved the mix of people who came to the convention.  It was just a joy to sit down with people from all over the US/CA (don’t think anyone came further than that) to talk books.  You get a whole bunch of romance readers in one room and the conversations are at times wild, funny, and very serious.  This is my favorite part of any reader convention and this one was no exception.

Festivities:  Friday night was kind of the meet/greet/introduce time.  I have a suggestion to anyone attending: sit at an authors table you do not know.  I did this Friday night, Saturday at lunch, and Sunday at brunch.  I now have 3 new authors that I am going to check out.  It is a perfect opportunity to learn more about them and the books they write.  Since most of the time you will be checking out your favs, this is a perfect time to meet new favs. At this convention, each mealtime was a perfect time to get to know new authors as each one was arranged so the authors each had their own table (you could win stuff too).  I thought that was really well done.

Complaints:  I missed the margaritas because I couldn’t drink 🙁  Next year that will not be the case.  Barnes and Noble did not bring enough books or even cover all the authors there.  So next year I will bring books to be signed but will buy on site if they are available.  I will also be on the lookout for a readers lounge because I think it would be fun to have a place for all the readers to sit and dish about their favorite books!

Felicia S
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