Saturday, April 27, 2013

Looking For Moi?


Attention Ciotta Seekers!

Attending the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, May 1-5 in Kansas City? Hoping to track me down at some point? Allow me to aide you in your mission. I’m typically the blur running between any number of rehearsals and events. Here, however, is where I’ll be for concentrated periods of time. Sometimes I’m speaking on a panel, sometimes mingling and giving out prizes and, well, a whole lot of other stuff.    

Wednesday, May 1

GENRE: CONTEMPORARY: REINVENTING THE MODERN-DAY ROMEO
(pic from last year--2012 RT Panel)

How can a contemporary romance hero compete with all those vampires, shifters, dukes and princes? By being a real, authentic, believable hero who readers can truly fall in love with, of course! Authors share their tips and tricks for turning an ordinary guy into a living, breathing, unforgettable hero.

Time:   2:30pm - 3:30pm
Captain:  Louisa Edwards
Panelist(s):  Beth Ciotta, Victoria Dahl, Sarah Frantz, Erin McCarthy, Shannon Stacey
Location:  Mezzanine Level
Room:  Empire A      

Beth says: I’ll be talking about my Cupcake Lovers series and contemporary stories in general. Listen and learn or listen and ask questions. And be sure to stick around until the end. We’re raffling off some books.

SOCIAL EVENT: ELLORA’S CAVE BAD GIRLS OF ROMANCE DISCO INFERNO
(pic from previous RT) 

Time:  9:00pm - 11:55pm
Host(s):  Ellora's Cave
Location:  Mezzanine Level
Room:  Exhibit Hall B

Beth says: See you on the dance floor!
  
Thursday, May 2

READER: THE STEAMPUNK CLOCKWORK TEA
Come into our parlor! Cinch your corset, fold your fan, grab your goggles and join us in celebrating the most intriguing — and fabulously costumed — genre, where 19th-century allure meets the fantastical. Mix and mingle with steampunk and gaslamp authors and enjoy swag, a costume contest and treats! Fulfill flights of improbable fancy, courtesy of your consummate author hosts and hostesses. We can’t wait for you to come calling! Steampunk finery optional but encouraged.

Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
Panelist(s):  Leigh Bardugo, Beth Ciotta, Seleste deLaney (aka Julie Particka), Colleen Gleason (aka Joss Ware), Susan and Clay Griffith, Leanna Renee Hieber, Nancy Holder, Caitlin Kittredge, Suzanne Lazear, Theresa Meyers, Deborah Schneider
Location:  Ballroom Level
Room:  Chicago A

Beth says: I’ll talk a teeny bit about my steampunk series, The Glorious Victorious Darcys. Mostly I’ll be mingling. Oh.  And there will be prizes. Lots and lots of prizes!

SOCIAL EVENT: RT’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY FORMAL BALL
(pic from previous RT)


Time:   8:30pm - 11:55pm
Host(s):  Kathryn Falk (RT Book Reviews, Founder), Kenneth Rubin (RT Book Reviews, President), Liz Pelletier (Entangled Publishing, Publisher)
Panelist(s):  Mary Balogh, Rosanne Bittner, Jennifer Blake, Virginia Brown, Robyn Carr, Laura Castoro (Laura Parker), Phoebe Conn, Jude Deveraux, Thea Devine, Shirl Henke, Laura Kinsale, Patricia Rice, Karen Robards, Bertrice Small, Bobbi Smith, Janelle Taylor, Cynthia Wright
Location:  Mezzanine Level
Room:  Exhibit Hall B

Beth says: I’ll be on stage dressed in historical costume and escorting the honored authors! After the show… See you on the dance floor!

Friday, May 2

SOCIAL EVENT: HEATHER GRAHAM’S FREAKY FRIDAY DINNER & DANCE PARTY
(pic from 2012 RT)

Celebrating 30 years of Romance, Ghoulies, Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies and RT!
Date:  Friday, May 3, 2013 - 8:30pm - 11:55pm
Host(s):  Heather Graham
Location:  Mezzanine Level
Room:  Exhibit Hall B

Beth says: I’m part of the ‘stage show spectacular’. Although you might not recognize me! After the show… prizes and dancing!

Saturday, May 4

SOCIAL EVENT: GIANT BOOK FAIR
(pic from 2009 RT)

Meet more than 400 authors who will autograph books, posters and bookmarks. Bring your “keepers” and have them signed!

Time:  11:00am - 2:00pm
Host(s):  RT Book Reviews
Location:  Mezzanine Level
Room:  Exhibit Hall A

Beth says: Authors are usually seated alphabetically by last name. Look for me in the “C’s”.


FAN-TASTIC DAY: CARNIVAL OF CURIOSITIES WITH THE CURATORS OF LOVE
Come one, come all! Explore the paranormal and steampunk universe. Marvel at curious facts. Debunk myths. Test your knowledge of otherworldly matters and compete for books and baubles. Venture into this carnival-inspired atmosphere for games, prizes and peculiar delights!

Time:   2:30pm - 3:30pm
Panelist(s):  Beth Ciotta, Heather Graham, Harley Jane Kozak, Kathy Love, Erin McCarthy, Kathleen Pickering, Berinn Rae, Elle J. Rossi, Alexandra Sokoloff
Location:  Ballroom Level
Room:  Chicago A & B

Beth says: Can’t wait! Games, prizes, mingling and more prizes!

FAN-TASTIC DAY: READERS KNOW BEST
Readers know best — covers, storylines, heroes, heroines and promo — and we want to hear what you have to say! Bring your questions, praise and pet peeves about romance novels to this interactive gathering, where we'll talk business, play games and give out prizes!

Time:  5:00pm - 6:00pm
Panelist(s):  Cherry Adair, Beth Ciotta, Isabelle Drake, Mari Freeman, Sabrina Jeffries, Kieran Kramer, Deb Marlowe, Kassy Tayler (aka Cindy Holby)
Location:  Ballroom Level
Room:  Atlanta A

Beth says: Lots of audience participation here! … And prizes!

FAN-TASTIC DAY PARTY: SESSION ONE
 6:30 - 7pm • Ballroom Level

Beth says: I’ll be there mingling with 300 other authors. There will be books and ultra cool goody bags. Please do come and say ‘Hi!’

SOCIAL EVENT: HARLEQUIN DANCE PARTY
Date:  Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 9:00pm - 11:55pm
Host(s):  Harlequin Enterprises
Location:  Mezzanine Level
Room:  Exhibit Hall B

Beth says: If I’m still awake and standing, you know where I’ll be! 

See you there… somewhere!