I have been an active member of Romance Twitter for at least five years and reviewing for about three years. Going to the RWA conference has been a dream for a while. It was absolutely a dream come true. To be surrounded by so many romance people just felt so affirming. I arrived on Thursday. Thursday, Friday and Saturday were packed with bookish things and romance people. Seriously it was kind of amazing.
Every single person I met was absolutely amazing. Although a lot of people were also tired. It was a theme. Excited and tired. It is a lot of peopling. But so worth it. There’s this feeling of being around your “people” but also those people are kind of like celebrities. At least to me. There were definitely several moments where I saw authors I love and follow and I just stood there like, do I say something? Nah, I’ll just stare like a goober. Y’all I’m awkward.
I got to meet so many bloggers and readers that I only ever chat with online. I got to meet authors that I fan-girl about. I got to go to cocktail parties and see glimpses of the inside of two publishing offices (Berkley & Hachette). I got to meet publicists that I have only ever talked to via email. I gave more hugs in the 3.5 days than I do in MONTHS. Seriously, I am not a huge hugger, but I made exceptions for my Romance peeps. I didn’t take enough pictures. And next time I go I am vowing to keep a daily journal of things that I have planned and write down all the other things I end up doing and people I talked to. For real y’all, it is A LOT to remember.
I attended the RITA’s y’all! It was freaking AMAZING. Sarah MacLean was wearing a fantastic pant suit and she rocked the shit out of it. I sat with some authors from the NYC chapter of RWA and they were great. It was an emotional ceremony. So much history and knowledge dropped. The one big downside was the ceremony was from 7-9 and had no snacks or drinks on the table. I was unprepared. So by the end, all I could think about was getting food and a drink. RWA- Why no snacks or drinks?
My main purpose for going was blogging stuff. As I mentioned, I met with some publicists. It was great to sit and chat about books and how we can work together to bring some fun things to the Smexy blog. Stay tuned for that.
And the BOOKS. All the books. I wasn’t an official RWA registrant until Saturday so I missed out on the signings but I still managed to walk away with more books than I needed. I knew I had limited space to get them back with me so I tried hard to minimize my haul. Several folks brought back tons of books.
Before I get to the giveaway, I want to highlight the other amazing bloggers I met and spent time with at RWA. We all know the blogging/review landscape has changed dramatically. We had a short panel that frankly was poorly planned and organized by RWA, but I know what questions to ask next time. Anyway, this “panel” was really a discussion amongst 20 or so bloggers and talking about our struggles. The number one struggle- how do we continue to stay relevant? I am not sure we had an answers, but we all love the genre and being part of the genre. We’ll figure it out.
Find out more about all these amazing bloggers and their websites or social media handles
Now to the good part! Giveway!!!! I brought back some books that I think y’all might like. The first five (5) people to comment and tell me if you are familiar with any of the above bloggers/reviewers will win the book of their choice from my RWA haul pile. Comment on the book you’d like. Please check to make sure no one else has claimed that book. US only (media mail). First come, first serve. Must comment no later than 11:59 pm EST 8/9/19.
**Edited to state the giveaway is closed. Winners will be contacted via email**
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
More Than Anything by Natasha Anders
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Object of Your Affections by Falguni Kothari
How to Write a Romance by the Team at Avon Books
Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole
Fierce Justice by Piper Drake
Forever Wolf by Maria Vale
Project Duchess by Sabrina Jeffries
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy & Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole- Sending these together.