I’ll be at the RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans starting on Sunday.
As they say in show business, I’ll be there all week. 😉 So, if you’re in the neighborhood, find me and say hello!!
For those who don’t know, Tip Number 1 for Finding Jeffe? Look for the hat. Seriously. Sometimes people not on site ask for pics of me, to find out what hat I’m wearing. I wish I could say I’ll be wearing this one, but likely they’ll be a bit less dramatic. (Caution, if you get frisky and look around at other pics on my Tumblr, be warned that there’s some very naughty ones…)
Tip Number 2: Look in the bar. Although, this IS New Orleans so there are a lot of amazing bars. This might not be much of a guarantee this year.
Tip Number 3: When all else fails, go for the scheduled appearances!
RT Book Reviews Welcome Party
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 10:00am to 11:45am
I’ll be hanging out, wandering around, you know…
Mardi Gras World Carnivàle!
Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as the publishing industry unites to celebrate books, authors and especially readers. This event is sponsored by several publishers including: Ellora’s Cave, Gallery, Forever, Kensington, Random House, Samhain, Sourcebooks, Tor/Forge/Tor Teen, and Totally Bound Publishing and author Heather Graham. Mardi Gras World is about a mile from the hotel, and continuous bus service will be provided to take guests to and from the hotel.
A second-line band will lead us through the float den as we get to see the gorgeous Mardi Gras floats up close. After the fun spectacle, you will be led to an event space overlooking the mighty Mississippi where you will be treated to a spectacular southern culinary experience and enjoy local live music that will capture the spirit of New Orleans! Each publisher will host a food station with delectable New Orleans dishes like jambalaya, etouffee, beignets and many others. A great way to start the six-day extravaganza!
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 7:15pm to Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 12:00am
Off-Site: Mardi Gras World
Look for me on the Kensington float! No, really!
Kensington’s Karmic Carnival
Your fortune awaits! Kensington invites you to peer into the past and glimpse the future of romance at a magical celebration of Kensington authors and (psychic) reading. Indulge in delicious snacks and refreshments as you chat with your favorite authors, meet the Kensington team and score special prizes. Enjoy spell casting, fortune telling and, of course, great books! As we gaze into our crystal ball, we see a fabulous party filled with fun treats and good books in your future!
Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 5:15pm to 6:15pm
I’ll have copies of The Mark of the Tala to sign and give away!!
RT Pub Crawl
What would give our attendees the perfect New Orleans experience? The answer, of course, is a trip up Bourbon Street — but, in true RT style, arriving as one gigantic group! Imagine 2,000 book lovers descending on the notorious street with drinks in hand (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic) and a plethora of local music spilling out onto the colorful streets of the French Quarter. Also, imagine sampling local foods as you stroll along the strip — like treats from Cafe Beignet, located at Musical Legends Park.
And what would make this experience even more fun? Having 10 of your favorite publishers and author-groups host at 10 of the best bars on Bourbon!
At their respective bars, a special area will be designated for each sponsor where they will have a bevy of authors standing by to meet and greet RT attendees. They will also have a string of Mardi Gras beads with their logo to hand out to RT attendees who visit. Each sponsor will be doing something different at their assigned bar. Some will have goodies and giveaways, some will have a limited amount of free drinks and some will just be wild and wacky — adding to the party atmosphere on Bourbon Street. But all will have a strand of beads with their logo — this is important!
Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
I’ll be part of the bevy at Pat O’Briens! (Which I once got kicked out of, back in the day. I’m sure they don’t remember me…)
Club RT (Friday)
Come by Club RT and meet your favorite author in a relaxed, informal setting. We’re sure you have several burning questions, and no doubt the authors would love to hear your points of view. What better way for them to improve their own writing than by listening to their most devoted fans? Who knows, you might end up inspiring an author to add a character to their series.
Friday, May 16, 2014 – 11:15am to 12:15am
Come visit meeee….
Giant Book Fair
Meet more than 700 authors who will autograph books, posters and bookmarks. Bring your “keepers” and have them signed!
This year we have combined our Giant Book Fair with our E-Book/Indie Expo to provide a great, new, merged experience. Find all of your favorite authors in one place!
This event is also open to the public and tickets can be purchased for just the Giant Book Fair. You can purchase a ticket at the door the day of the event. Pre-ordered tickets will be picked up at the hotel on the day of the Giant Book Fair.
You may bring in your books from home to get them autographed. However, they must be checked in and stamped (with invisible ink, so there’s no damage to your books) before you enter the book fair. Also only two books from home per author are allowed.
Saturday, May 17, 2014 – 11:00am to 2:00pm
Location: 3rd Floor
Room: Grand Ballroom & Mardi Gras Ballroom
Note that you don’t have to attend the convention to come to this. Fun!!
FAN-Tastic Day Party
Meet a revolving door of hundreds of authors as they make appearances every 30 minutes in this high-energy event. Be one of the first 500 attendees and you’ll receive a goody bag filled with free books and promotional items.
Saturday, May 17, 2014 – 6:15pm to 8:00pm
I’ll be wandering around, likely all blingy, because afterwards is:
Harlequin’s Dance Party
Harlequin Enterprises hosts a spectacular dance party and an evening of glamour where you will meet the stars of romance.
Saturday, May 17, 2014 – 9:00pm to Sunday, May 18, 2014 – 12:00am
Wow – I’m tired just reviewing all this. Send wine and chocolate.
Hope to see you there!