Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hubby and I aren't RT Virgins anymore!

That's right!  Hubby and I aren't RT Virgins anymore!  And since I finally got all the pics from RT uploaded to an album on my FB page, I thought I should do a recap to go with them!

We got to NOLA on Tues and after checking in, went to get our registrations packets. That's when we realize just how big the RT Con is!  They had boxes and boxes of packets to hand out.  We were taking over the hotel, as evidenced by all the posters around.  They weren't only on the walls, but on the floor and inside the elevators, too!  It was really cool!

After some quick unpacking, we kicked off the Con by having dinner at Saints & Sinners with my Blushing Books publisher. I've been writing for her for ten years now, so it was really nice to finally meet her in person.

When we got back to the hotel, the lounge was packed with readers and authors, so we dove right in and hung out there, too.  Which was what we discovered RT is pretty much all about.  Sure, there were workshops we sat in on, plus a lot more we thought we'd go to, but didn't because hanging out chatting with readers and writers was just too much fun to pass up!  Not only did I get to reconnect with one of my best friends from high school, author Tere Michaels (we both wanted to be writers back then, and here we are!), but we met up with authors and readers we've met before (Shoshanna Evers, Sasha Devlin, Virna dePaul, Nyrae Dawn, and Tracey Reid) as well as some we met for the first time (Regina Kammer, Sara Humphreys, Caridad Pineiro, and Jennilinh Dinh) just to name a few.  I also got to go all fan girl with my favorite author, Suzanne Brockmann.  You know how you're kind of nervous to meet your fave because you don't know what he or she will be like, but Suzanne is the best, and so sweet!  Hubby and I hung out with Suzanne and her hubby in the lounge talking about everything and anything. Definitely one of the highlights of RT!

I also got to do something you can't do anywhere, but at conferences and cons, and that's meet up and chat with my editor from Sourcebooks, Cat Clyne. After emailing and chatting on the phone so much, it was nice to "meet" her!

I know I've left lots of people and things out of this blog, but they're in the RT14 photo album on my FB page. If we're friends on there, hope you'll check them out!



Mellena Driver said...

It sounds like you had an absolute FABULOUS time!! Loved the pics!!

Paige Tyler said...

Mellena - Thanks! We so did!


Jennifer Sapa said...

Loved your summary and your photos on FB. Glad you had a great time!

Regina Kammer said...

What? A virgin? You were an RT expert from the get-go! You showed me how it's done! This was my first writing con ever so I thank you and hubby for all the advice and encouragement. Plus, you're super fun to hang out with.

Paige Tyler said...

Jennifer - Thanks! We did!

Regina - LOL! Thank you! Loved hanging out with you, too! Didn't know that was your first con!


Heather said...

Glad you had a good time!