Welcome to part four, the final day of my RT adventures!
Finally Saturday arrived! It was the busiest day of the entire convention! The convention was now open to the general public, and there were lots Teen & FAN-tastic day events happening along with the “Giant Book Fair” that headlined the day. My mom and I woke up early, got ready, and headed to the hotel lobby to get in line for the “Giant Book Fair”. Since full registration attendees got in a half-hour earlier that also meant we had to be in line a lot earlier as well.
This (picture above) is what the line looked around 9:00am. We had already been in line for and hour and a half and this wasn’t even a quarter of what the line would be become in the next hour or so. While waiting in line, we met many different people who were very friendly to talk to and we chatted about books, of course.
The doors opened up at 10:30am and it was a mad dash for everyone to get to see the favorite authors. Within minutes, lines formed in front of the author’s tables and within the hour, the room looked a little something like this…
The fair had 500 authors (traditional, e-book only, and indie) who autographed books, posters and bookmarks. I think the authors were just as excited to meet readers, as we were meeting them in person!
I met so many of my favorite authors, and got the opportunity to chat with and gush about their amazing novels without looking too much like a crazed fangirl, lol.
Some of the authors I met include:
So while on the outside I was pretty calm during the fair, but on the inside I looked something like this:
After the fair we made a pit stop at FedEx to ship some stuff home, because we possibly couldn’t take all those bookish freebies on the plane. Otherwise we would have needed to buy a couple of extra bags of luggage, and that would be pricey.
As you can see from the pictures above, those were the ONLY things I had gotten from the first TWO days of RT, not to mention the giant load of free books I received from Thursday’s and Friday’s events. Literally, it was sensory overload, and I questioned if this was real life.
Our next event of the day was “Just Can’t Get Enough of Harlequin”. We got free books signed by many of the attending authors such as Lindsey McKenna, Brenda Novak, and Oliva Gates. Upon entering the room we received a nice Harlequin tote bag, and you could also take commemorative photos in one of the three romance-themed photo-booths.
Next up, was the event “Truth or Dare with Gallery, Pocket and XOXOAfterDark”. Event goers could challenge a Gallery or Pocket (Publishing) author to a game of truth or dare. Some of the authors included Jennifer Probst, Kresley Cole, Christina Lauren, and Elia Winters. They had tasty Lone Star State adult beverages you could indulge in and you got your choice of a free book.
The last event of the day was the FAN-tastic day party! Again we got some cool swag bags filled with even more free books and other promo items. Authors made appearances every 30 minutes and they had a nacho bar, which I was quite enthusiastic about since I love eating nachos.
And with that party we concluded our events at RT. The next day we were on a plane, back to Michigan, eager to return home. After we got back, my mom and I looked something like this:
But needless to say, RT was a fabulous experience we won’t soon forget…
And we look forward to attending next year!
I hope you enjoyed my coverage of RT! Stay tuned to see my RT book haul next week. My blog will be finally be returning somewhat back to its regular schedule and I look forward to writing some fun themed posts for the summer reading season! 🙂
Question Time: Have you ever attended RT or any other book convention before? If so, what was your favorite memory and why?
*All pictures except the RT logo and gifs were taken by me with a Canon camera and my Android phone
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