Hello! It’s Jessica Jefferson here and I’m blogging from The Romance Times Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. The last RT I was able to attend was in 2015 in New Orleans. Much of that is a blur, but I have some happy memories of great friends, quality time at Pat O’Brien’s, and a tattoo on my ankle. Hoping this trip will be equal in memories, but frankly, I could live without the permanent, lifelong reminders on my skin.
Wednesday was the kick-off and also the day for the historical event, Petticoats and Pistols. This event featured over twenty USA Today, NY Times Bestselling, Award-winning romance authors (Julie Johnstone, Gina Danna, Reagan Walker, E.E. Burke, Jackie Leigh Allen, Roseanne Bittner, Linda Bradley, Madeline Hunter, Elizabeth Hoyt, Kimberly Griffiths, Heather Graham, Kathryn Purdie, Ella Quinn, Mary Wine, Joanna Shupe, Gina Conkle, Suzanne Enoch, Ciara Knight, Emma Lang, Karen Hawkins, Kristen Osborne, Hildie McQueen, Elizabeth Essex, Ally Broadfield and Christie Caldwell (not everyone was able to attend, but we had the majority). Amanda McIntyre was our grand hostess and threw a great party!
Swag bags were given to the first 400 attendees and 4 mega bags were raffled off which included great totes, purses, gift cards, and several books among other goodies. Friends from Period Images were there to provide some entertainment (readers posed with hot guys in period-appropriate costumes). Guests were also treated to champagne, Godiva chocolates, and cookies which featured all our book covers.
And of course, we were all in costume (some of which Embracing Romance’s Victoria Vane created). Because that’s what historical romance writers do .