Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Book Lovers Con 2019: Part One
Hi All! I'm back from the first Book Lovers Con, in New Orleans, Louisiana, completely exhausted but filled with lots of wonderful memories. Here's some of the photographic evidence that what happens at BLC doesn't stay there. No, we book lovers like to share our fun far and wide!
Our first night in town I ventured out to dinner at a local restaurant situated in a historic building which for many years was a well-known brothel. So much fun! The food was delicious, the atmosphere threw us back in time, and the company couldn't have been better. If you're in New Orleans, I highly recommend trying The Cellar Door. L to R: PJ, Alanna Lucas, Cathy Maxwell, Lorraine Heath, and Linda Watson. Linda and Alanna were my wonderful roommates. You'll probably see Linda in the front of many of my photos. That's because she's the widely-acknowledged selfie queen. Seriously, the woman knows how to take fabulous selfies! Alanna, Cathy, and Lorraine are all historical romance authors.
Everyone staying at the hotel knew romance readers were in town!
With historical romance author Sabrina York who gave me the most beautiful crown pin!
Enjoying the first night's Jazz Fest with food trucks and good friends. Back: Alanna Lucas, (historical author) Deb Marlowe, PJ, (historical author) Collette Cameron. Front: Linda Watson, (historical author) Amy Jarecki
Two of my favorite authors and favorite people: RaeAnne Thayne and Emily March. They both have new books out (or on the horizon): RaeAnne's The Cliff House (3/26/19) and Emily's Jackson:Eternity Springs:The McBrides of Texas (6/25/19)
Sabrina Jeffries gives the best hugs! Project Duchess launches her new Duke Dynasty series on June 25.
With the always delightful Nancy Naigle. Have you watched any of the Hallmark movies based on her books?
It's impossible to be in the presence of Sheila Roberts without smiling. She has such a happy, positive spirit. And I was surprised to run into 2018 RWA Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year, Fran Cassano. I had no idea she would be there. I love surprises like that!
Sonali Dev is a triple threat: beautiful, hilarious, and wicked smart. Oh yeah, and an incredible author. Check out her newest release: Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors.
The Fiction from the Heart authors hosted a fun sash-making session called Project Runway:Bridesmaids Edition to celebrate their upcoming anthology: Once Upon a Wedding:A Fiction from the Heart Second-Chances Anthology. More on that when Liz Talley visits the Dish on June 17. Check out their fun reader group on Facebook.
Photo booth fun with Fiction from the Heart authors Liz Talley, Donna Kauffman, and Sally Kilpatrick!
Ready for the Faery and Fantasy Gathering! Sonali Dev and Vanessa North
Priscilla Oliveras is ready to save the world!
Blue Saffire wore my favorite costume at the Faery and Fantasy Gathering. Isn't she gorgeous?
Sabrina Jeffries brings part one to a close with a wish for fluffy pillows and sweet dreams. Not quite ready for bed yet, Sabrina was headed off to the Regency Bedtime Bingo affair!
That's it for Part One! More to come later this week.
How would you dress for the faery and fantasy gathering? Or are nightcaps and long nightgowns more your speed?
What would your bridesmaid sash say? I chose "Sweetness" for all the chocolate I gave away. Sonali is holding a bag of it in the photo.
One person leaving a comment before 11:00 PM, May 22 will receive a goody package from BLC19 including a book bag, books, and assorted swag. (U.S. only)
A second person leaving a comment before 11:00 PM, May 22 will also receive a book bag, books, and assorted swag. (U.S. only)