So, the first panel I attended was Kallypso Masters' panel on BDSM. Yep, I went there. Since I knew I wanted to attend the panel, I started reading Kally's Master at Arms series. Man 'o man. I was hooked. Admittedly BDSM isn't for everyone and I didn't think I would enjoy books about the subject. I should have known better. If a book is well written and has a good story line, anyone could like it, regardless of the subject. Kally had a Dom/sub couple attend with her and they talked and demonstrated a lot of the BDSM toys. Who knew? The room was packed with attendees and there were quite a few males in attendance also. Everything was tastefully done (so to speak) and the Dom, Toymaker, had quite a few volunteers for some of the demonstrations. Great panel!!
So much happened and I knew I should have written this post sooner because I've forgotten too much. I know another panel which had a large attendance was the one on marketing. Although it was mainly for the authors, quite a few of us readers attended. As a blogger, I like to understand what I'm blogging about, so I wanted to understand what the indie authors went through trying to be successful. It was eye opening.
I also attended a panel on knowing your romance genre hosted by LJ DeLeon. What an interesting woman. I've previously read her books and was looking forward to meeting her. It was one of the highlights of the weekend for me.
All the authors were so down to earth and readily approachable. They were just as excited as we were. Loads of fun and it wasn't all talk about books but their lives, our lives and hopes and dreams. It was like a big slumber party for readers, authors, bloggers and industry folks.
I had to leave after the author's signing and was so sad. I didn't get to stay for the charity basket drawings. You should have seen the baskets. Gorgeous and full of goodies. Not to say I didn't leave with plenty of goodies. I bought books, was given books and all sorts of great swag. It was marvelous!!
Laurie Garrison, the director, began this convention and I hope it continues. She runs the Bitten By Paranormal Romance Blog. She was everywhere, solving problems, facilitating events and keeping everyone on track. She claims we ALL made the convention a success but it needed a guiding hand on the reins and she did a fantastic job. Kudos to her and all who helped with everything.