Linda At the RT Booklover’s Convention!

Booksigning RT 2016I just returned from the Romantic Times Booklover’s Convention 2016 in Las Vegas. I’m exhausted, but boy did I have fun. If you’ve ever been to one of these, you know how wild and crazy they are. This one was no exception. Tons of readers as well as authors. This is where you can really sit down and talk to your favorite writer and ask all about their books. Cover models are everywhere! Oh man, I almost broke my fool neck. They’re just walking around acting all normal while us ladies are having a hard time getting our breath. It should be against the law! Click on the photos and they should enlarge for drooling purposes.

It was a tough job, but someone had to do it! Right? Yee-Haw!

Michael Foster (left) and Sean Hampton
Michael Foster (left) and Sean Hampton
Vikkas Bhardwaj
Vikkas Bhardwaj
Scott Nova and me
Scott Nova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are my awesome roommates — E.E. Elizabeth Burke and Jacqui Nelson. We had such a great time. I never laughed so hard in my life. Every night we had “giggling” parties as we recapped our day. This is Elizabeth on the left and Jacqui on the right. If you haven’t read their books, you need to get started. They write historical westerns also.

Leigh, Me and Jacqui

But RT wasn’t all about partying. They had workshops all day long except on the weekend. The first I attended was What Really Happens in a Cover Shoot? Very eye-opening. It’s not fun or glamorous or exciting. It’s very hard work. The models have to stand under hot lights for long hours. Often, the photographers shoot 600-1000 pictures during one session that lasts all day. The models get sweaty and tired. And hungry. There are tons of costume changes. The male models have to do push ups regularly during this time to pump up their muscles. The female models have to wear layers of heavy clothing when shooting for historical covers so they burn up too. Scott Nova was the model they used in this workshop. He’s a super great guy and I got my picture taken with him.

Scott Nova and Jacqui NelsonScott Nova3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another workshop was about how to write fight scenes. I really needed that one! Tons of eye-opening information. I also attended lots of others.

I met up with Rosanne Bittner, Kirsten Lynn, Merry Farmer, Charlene Raddon (RT honored her with a Pioneer Award.) Tonya Lucas, a reader who traveled from a town near me was there. So many wonderful people and Facebook friends.

Kirsten Lynn
Kirsten Lynn
E.E. Burke, Tonya Lucas, Rosanne Bittner, me and Jacqui Nelson
E.E. Burke, Tonya Lucas, Rosanne Bittner, me and Jacqui Nelson

Charlene Raddon, me, E.E. Burke

Charlene Raddon, me, E.E. Burke

 

 

Leigh, Rosanne
E.E. Burke and Rosanne Bittner
Rosanne and Linda
Rosanne Bittner and I
E.E. Burke, Tonya Lucas, Jacqui Nelson
E.E. Burke, Tonya Lucas, Jacqui Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Altman and me2But now I have some news…my wonderful editor, Mary Altman, showed me the cover for To Love a Texas Ranger that’s coming out in October! Oh my Lord! It’s gorgeous! I can’t wait to show it to you. Soon.

 

Also, today through April 25th, FOREVER HIS TEXAS BRIDE is on sale for $1.99 at B&N. Go snag you a copy. This is book 3 of my Bachelor series.

Here’s the link:  http://goo.gl/jWIoqn