Each year, Romantic Times holds a Booklovers convention. This year it’ll be in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Rio Hotel & Casino (only minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip!). One of the highlights of the convention is the annual Book Fair where attendees can meet their favorite authors and get their books signed.
I’m so glad RT doesn’t exclude teen readers! On Saturday, April 16th, there will be a Teen Day and teens can participate in workshops and meet their favorite authors. There’s even a Teen Party! If you register early enough, you can get a pretty cool tote filled with some great swag and books (I’m so jealous of those who get a tote!).
If you find yourself in the Las Vegas area with some free time, do check out RT. One of these days, I’ll actually make it out to RT. In the meantime, I’ll live vicariously through attendee photos. If you go, say hi to Sylvia Day, Jessica Lemmon or Kate Meader! If you’re wondering, here’s a list of some of the authors scheduled to attend:
What are you looking forward to at Romantic Times?
The Dallas convention was my first time attending RT, and I had a blast! I met a slew of authors whose work I already loved. Putting a face to a name and realizing they’re just as wonderful as their books is my favorite part of RT. That’s definitely what I’m looking forward to most–getting to see all the wonderful authors, bloggers, readers, and industry pros that I met last year. Second on the list is meeting a bunch of new ones!
Which author that you haven’t met are you looking forward to meeting next at Romantic Times?
I was lucky enough to meet Tamora Pierce briefly last year, and I was thrilled to see that she would be there again in 2016! I’ve loved her books since I was a kid. Right now, I’m trying to figure out the most cost effective way to get my entire Pierce collection to Vegas so I can get them all signed. 😀
What’s your favorite romance story?
I am so bad at favorites when there are so many amazing books to choose from. Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Robin Kaye are wonderful for contemporary, but I adore Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances. In fantasy, I’ll always have a soft spot for George and Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness quartet, but there’s also a place in my heart for Phèdre and Joscelin from Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Legacy series. In YA, a recent addition to my list of favorites are Alexi and Bodee from Courtney Steven’s Faking Normal because they’re so beautifully supportive of each other! I could keep going (easily) but I’ll leave it at that for now.
Romantic Times is in Las Vegas this year – tell us which one of your characters and from which book would win big in Vegas? What advice would you give that character?
It’s a toss up! Either Julian from Deadly Sweet Lies or Kindra and Dru from my upcoming Assassins: Discord. All three of them have fantastic poker faces, but I think Julian would have the upper hand. He was, after all, born and raised in Sin City. He’s also a magically good liar.
If I was going to send him back to Vegas and set him loose, I’d warn him not to fleece anyone who might hold a grudge. I’m pretty sure he’d listen to me. Probably. Maybe.
What is up next for you?
The next year is going to be crazy! In addition to conferences like GRL and WaveCon, I have three new YA titles releasing before the end of January 2017. Assassins: Discord andAssassins: Nemesis are releasing in September and December, respectively. They’re thrillers that are full of car chases, gun fights, and in the case of Discord, cute girls kissing. 😀 Coming in January 2017 is Island of Exiles, the first book in The Ryogan Chronicles. This fantasy world was amazingly fun to write in, and the story plays with magic, conspiracies, and swords (sometimes while running!).
After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University and began pursuing a career as an author.
Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, asexual, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.
Her debut novel, Sing Sweet Nightingale, released March 2014 and it was the first volume of The Dream War Saga.