vrijdag 30 mei 2014

Loveletter Convention 2014 – day two.

Sunday started with a Q&A with Larissa Ione en JL Langley. A very nice talk about gay romance, erotic romance and how people react when authors tell them what kind of books they write.

After that I stayed for the Q&A with Nancy Bush en Lisa Jackson. The are sisters (can you tell?) and talk about their first foray into writing and how it developed over the years. Interesting and amusing!

The next two events were games: Alpha Hero Poker and the Romance Quiz. Alpha Hero poker was very entertaining, we had Fiona Harper as our dealer. Kelly Hunter asked questions about Alpha Heroes, wich  were very difficult (NOT!) and great fun. I won a carafe and two glasses. 

At the Romance Quiz we won English books. There I went a bit stupid. We had a choice of several English books on the table. I zeroed in on a Nalini Singh book with a unknown cover and took it. Found out later it was a reprint of a book I already have! I got a friend to swap it with another book she took. But it was an erotic romance book in first person. I don't mind erotica, but not in FP. So I gave it away to Peggy. One less book! Dumb.

After lunch we went to a workshop by Lara Adrian and Larissa Ione about writing series. It was more like a Q&A, and interesting. Especially when the husbands came involved!

We wanted to go to the last Q&A with Nalini Singh, but once again it was too busy, so we sat in the garden, relaxing and talking with authors, bloggers and other bookfriends.

Between four and six, there were the signing sessions with all the authors. Free German books and an occasional English one.
This year it was organized in a peculiar way. The authors were divided into three groups (A,B,C) and there was a line per group. You got three tickets per line. These gave you the right to three free books (with an autograph by the author).
The consequence was that there was a very long line, that wouldn't lessen. If you wanted to meet all the authors you had to go round at least three times. And stand in the burning sun. Aurian and I decided early to not do that and to stay in the garden, in the shade and read a while, waiting for the real diehards to come back. 

We stayed that way until six thirty. Finally the line shorted and now there was shade. Peggy told us that Michelle Willingham still had English books, so we went to line C. We got them and also an English book by Sandra Schwab. That brought my free book total to seven!

To conclude the weekend we went out with a group of five writers to (another) Italian across the street. Before the weekend Annie West, Fiona Harper and Kelly Hunter already agreed to come. Michelle Willingham and Nancy Warren joined us too. In all, a great group and a fun dinner.

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