RTC2019 – thoughts and a giveaway

Hello and welcome!

I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs about my plans to attend Romancing the Capital in Ottawa, Canada again this year, I did and had a blast. Got to see old friends, made new ones and as usual I went over the budget by a smidge 😉

Eve Langlais and her minions rocked it as usual. Looks like this is it, at least for a while, so I am glad I went. I want to thank all the sponsors, the authors and those who helped them for a great event.

The VIP bags were full with the generous donations from the authors.



Thursday afternoon I was so excited to finally met in person one of my longtime on-line friends, Gayle, AKA Dark Angel, and we had a great meal and got caught up on our lives.

Then in the evening, I attended the “Audio & Crafts with Deborah Cooke, Debra Dunbar, and Mandy Rosko. Check out this steampunk bracelet and key chain I made, supplies brought by Mandy Rosko.



Got to chat with Will Dages from Findaway Voices, he actually remembered my name from the awesome giveaway I won on Twitter, I was their 1,000 follower. You should check out their website if you are an author looking to get your books in audio or distribute them.

Friday morning I attended “Romance Reader Cover Bingo with Lacey Silks where I won a box of chocolates YUM


Then I did “Sexy Cover Puzzles with Becca Jameson.


These are just a few, I attended more after I reigned in the migraine that hit suddenly, that was a rough one too. I took a lot of breaks and wore my sunglasses for the afternoon.


I got to put my costume-making skills to the test again, and boy, were they tested. I could not finish it fully before the event because the day I planned to, everything went sideways and had to take care of the issues thrown my way… my DS was joking that he could see the steam coming out of my ears… which took most of the day.

So here I am on the night of the Steampunk Ball and am trying to put together the costume… but again… the corset was giving me attitude, the boots didn’t fit because my ankles were swelled up (I had to settle for my funky clogs), hot flashes and my hands were not cooperating… seemed like something was telling me give up… but I said, dammit! I will not give up! So I didn’t 😛 I think it turned out pretty good.

I was again the BBF (book boyfriend) collector … steampunk style 😉


My props were a couple of very old books bound in leather, the publishing year was not noted in them but one of them has a dedication and it was gifted for Christmas in 1934, two hand made leather bound journals…


… and a chain with keys and lots of books.


The food was excellent, there were prizes for best costumes and dancing too.

Also got a lot of charms too, I am sure I missed a few when I was down with a migraine or because a couple of authors didn’t give them if you didn’t guess the clue right. Oh well.


Saturday morning had breakfast while attending Books Books & More Books Bingo with Becca Jameson and Elle Boon. We used caramels instead of stamps, they were yummy too.

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Then I had fun at “What’s Your Fortune… in Bed?” with Desiree Holt, Elle Boon, Susan Hayes, NJ Walters, and Zoe York. You should have heard the riotous laughter as the readers got to read their fortune cookies and acting them out. These were the ones I got… adding at the end “… in bed”.


Later I was at “Draw a Stickman Cover!” with Mina Carter, Susan Hayes, and J Thompson. Had a few laughs at my stickman drawings of the covers LOL

Also attended “Two Truths and a Lie” with Molly O’Keefe, Deborah Cooke, Susan Hayes, Ellis Leigh, Zoe York, and Lilith Darville. I won one book from Ellis Leigh when I guessed her trivia.

Then I attended Milly’s World Lunch, hosted by Milly Taiden, Ophelia Bell, Godiva Glenn, Sheri Lyn, Jennifer Wedmore, Roxanne Witherell. I was sitting at Godiva’s table and got chatting, a new author for me and I am looking forward to discover her books. We got a tote bag with goodies from the authors.

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Then there was the book signing, I got to chat with the authors (got lots of swag for you),  other readers and bloggers. Here is my loot 🙂

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OY this is getting to be a long post and if you got this far in reading, you deserve a shot at the giveaway a bag full of swag and a couple of signed books generously donated by Freya Barker and Mina Carter.


Just tell me in the comments who is your ultimate book boyfriend, with name, book title and author. If you can’t choose, give me the latest one 😉

Sexy Mr. Random will pick a winner from the comments after 3pm EST on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Open internationally! GOOD LUCK!

Until next time… read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

Romancing the Capital 2019

Hello and welcome!

I will be returning to RTC in Ottawa this August and I AM SO EXCITED squeeeee

Last time was in 2017, I went with M. A. Abraham as her ‘bossy Elven helper’ 😛

And the time before that, in 2015, when I attended my very first event of this kind, I remember it like yesterday, such great memories. I was high for months after that. To realize that there are other people beside me that are in love with books and read voraciously was a heady experience since very few of my friends read gasp I know, right?

I found my reading tribe on-line and I am grateful for them. They understand my ORD (obsessive reading disorder) 😉


So this year it will be the same place, same hotel from August 1 to August 3, 2019. Three days filled with fun, I saw the schedule and I am already making plans . See all the info at the event website. Eve Langlais is an awesome event planner and hostess and I am glad that she keeps making this event happen.

Some of my fave authors that I met before are attending: Deborah Cooke, Amy Ruttan, Freya Barker, Carey Decevito, Zoe York, Susan Hayes. Looking forward to meet Mandy M. Roth squeeee

The two main reasons I decided to attend this year were Michelle M. Pillow and Melissa Schroeder. I’ve been reading/listening to their books for years and they are on my authors-to-meet bucket list. I actually gave a big loud woop when I saw the announcements, I got the ticket right after. Found out recently that Ms. Pillow had to cancel, I almost cried, but I understand, life gets in the way sometimes. I hope is nothing serious and I will get the chance to meet her one day fingers crossed 

Ms. Schroeder! Warning, you will be the one to get the big squeezy hugs, times two 😀 I will probably be stuttering and get red-faced, but that didn’t stop me before… I am an event veteran now, full blast fan-girling here HAHAHA

Generous sponsors are making this event possible…





Tickets are going fast, there are a few left, check out the website.

Or if you live in the area, the book signing on Saturday is free to the public.


I am looking to order a tshirt, but can’t decide… hmmm .. what do you think?

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Leaning towards version 1, but I am sure it will come to me soon enough LOL

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Stay tuned for the customary giveaway after I come back from the event.

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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