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June 26, 2013

Michelle Miles: the Princesses Debut at RomCon 2013

This past week, the princesses had the pleasure of attending RomCon. For all of us, this was a first-time experience. And it was so much fun!

I got to experience a high—meeting my favorite author on the face of the planet. Here’s a picture of me with Gena Showalter. She is one of the nicest people I’ve met. Very gracious and lovely in person.

Okay I promise I won’t fan girl on that much but she gave me her email address so like I’m totally in. *grin*

Anyhoo. We started off at the author orientation then had dinner together at the restaurant by the hotel. We didn’t stay in the conference hotel so we drove back and forth. Normally this is a pain but I think the location and the fact that it’s not a huge convention like RWA Nationals made it totally painless. Plus we were only 5 minutes away.

Friday we had Speed Dating with readers. Total blast. In case you don’t know what this is, authors have 2 minutes with readers to sit down and chat about books and anything else in general. I handed out a few goodie bags and some swag.

That morning, Elizabeth Essex was on the historical chat panel with Melissa Mayhue, Pamela Clare and Rachel van Dyken. Here is Ms. Essex on her panel:

She also ran the dice game in the Historical Hijinks where we learned how to play Crown and Anchor (the precursor to Craps). This was a bawdry good time. Here we are on the floor throwing the dice and placing bets.

After that it was author signing time! Karilyn Bentley, Elizabeth Essex, Vicki Batman and Kathy Ivan all signed books and swag on Friday. A good time was had by all.

Then Saturday was the Slayers game for me and Karilyn. I have no photographic evidence for that. Suffice to say that it was a lot of fun, even if I did screw it up the first time around. ;) That afternoon was signing time for Liese Sherwood-Fabre, me and Sylvia McDaniel.

In between all this fun stuff were workshops and talking with readers and getting to know them. It was a wildly great time. And hey - we even gave out tiaras and wands to readers. Here's a few who were running around the signing wearing them.

Sunday morning was the final event with the awards and brunch. Here’s a picture of all of us by the book cover contest sign.

After brunch, the reader’s choice awards were announced. Guess who won the historical category? Our lovely and talented Elizabeth Essex for A BREATH OF SCANDAL! We’re so very proud and happy for her.

And then we all boarded a plane and went home. Sadly. The good time was over.

But we really hope we’ll see you there next year! Be sure you come by and find one of us to say hi. You’ll know us when you see us – we’re the ones wearing the tiaras!

By the way... how many princesses does it take to load a car? Four, apparently!


chris keniston said...

well doesn't that look like great fun! So sorry I missed it -

and Woo Hoo to the indispensable Miss Essex!

Unknown said...

Terrific recap, Michelle. I think it was a wonderfully intimate fan con, and I had a marvelous time. I think this should be on the Princesses' agenda again for next year.

(And I will add that the long drive was a PERFECT opportunity to plot and trouble shoot sticking points in our books. Both Kathy Ivan and I came away with BRILLIANT new ideas for stories.

Y'all should consider a roadtrip for the next one—a mobile plotting session. :)

Kathy Ivan said...

I agree with Princess Elizabeth, the entire conference was a wonderful experience and the princesses were a big hit (especially the tiaras). I can away feeling energized and ready to dig into my stories.

The drive to and from Colorado Springs was wonderful, and as Elizabeth said, we plotted and worked on several books the whole way. It was AWESOME!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

I had a BLAST! Except for the loading car picture which made my sitting area look larger (than it really is--gotta talk to the photographer), the PPs were huge at Romcon and would love to go again.

Phyllis said...

Very glad you all had a great time. What were some of the experienced you had with the readers? What made it meaningful to you?

Michelle Miles said...


Karilyn Bentley said...

Wonderful recap, Michelle!! I had a blast! We'll have to do this again next year. Girls road trip!! :)

Kathleen Baldwin said...

Clearly you guys had a fun time! (without me... boo hoo) Next year I must tag along.

Great pictures Michelle.

Sylvia said...

OMG! That last picture is perfect. I had such a great time. Can't wait to go back next year.

Kelly L Lee said...

Almost feels like I was there with you.... oh, shoot. No, it really doesn't. But I was with you in spirit!!!! And I'm BEYOND jealous you got to meet Gena. Congrats!

Rashda Khan said...

Yay! Thanks for sharing! At least I got to enjoy RomCon13 through your year I'll have to join you!!!

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