What a blast.
Melbourne. Australian Romance Readers Convention. You know the drill.
First was the welcome reception on Friday night. Everyone capered around with free champagne and goggled at the famous people and talked in high giggly voices. Excitement was palpable.
Here's the registration queue, out the door of the Jasper hotel. Happy romance fans!
Saturday morning, and Mary Janice Davidson's speech had everyone in stitches. What a charming lady.
Next an academic panel: Why Romance Gets Dissed By Everyone Who's Never Read It, and Why Do We Worry So Much About What Other People Think? Interesting points made. Glen Thomas is a crack-up. I have only one thing to say: we've still got 80% of the sales, dissers. Go starve in your garrets :)
The next panel was on paranormal romance: Why Are Scary Dudes So Hot? Answer: because they're scary. Well, duh.
Lunch was good. I mean, surprisingly good. The food provided by the Jasper staff was universally agreed to be excellent. A big rap for them.
Afternoon panel: romantic suspense. Now we know why no one ever got devoured by rats on Neighbours. Luke, dude, I am so buying your book.
Stephanie Laurens gave a speech. I'm not sure I buy Romance Makes the Free World a Better Place by Increasing the Birth Rate, but an interesting talk by a wonderful author.
Book signings and goodies galore:
The queue for the goodies room.
Sherrilyn Kenyon and Diana Love and fans.
Jordana Ryan, Lexxie Cooper and Jess Dee at the signing.
Assorted conference pics:
Angie (gnomeangel ) and Kimberley
The Galah (?) Dinner. A big occasion. Much fun had by all.
Readers at the dinner. (Drop by with your names and I'll add them!)
Melanie Milburne and fans
Canberra Gurlz. Yay!
Tha fangurl pics, I haz them. MJD and me.
Sherrilyn Kenyon and me. Yay!
Second day, first speakers was Susan Grant -- how cool is this lady? a 747 pilot and a mum, and oh by the way writes kick-ass books in her spare time?
Liz Maverick was very funny talking about the stages of romance reading. Ya know, kinda like the 12-step program but better.
First panel for me was urban fantasy, sci-fi and futuristic: Why Is It So Cool? Answer: if you don't understand, we can't explain it to you. Kinda like Harley-Davidsons.
Later, the cross-genre panel. Solution: pretty much everything these days is cross-genre. Just don't call it that when you're pitching it.
The final session with Sherrilyn Kenyon and Diana Love was the funniest thing I've sat through in many a day. What charming, honest, lovely people.
Okay, that's it. I promised you vampires and Brad Pitt. I haven't forgotten.