Saturday, April 10, 2010

RT and my DIK's

I'm back, and this time I need your help. I'm going to RT for the first time this month. Anyone been? Actually, this is my first writers/readers conference at all. I'm excited, but also nervous. Let's not forget that I'm a writer, and I like to go with the age-old classic of being a neurotic writer.

So, here's what I've done. I've ordered bookmarks for the first time. One book for each side. Of course, as soon as I got those mocked up, I got the cover for book three. But since it most likely won't be out until late May, I figure that's ok. But it brings to mind question number one. Are RT'ers interested in books that aren't out yet? Or are they so inundated with materials for books that are available right here! right now! that anything showing off a book that's not out yet gets lost in the shuffle? I was thinking I might do a postcard for Bound by Sunlight, put the cover on the front and either a blurb or a short excerpt on the back. What do you all think? Something you'd be interested in?

Also, I'll be signing at the ebook expo. Again, something I've never done. Have any of you been? Any interesting stories or observations (ha!) to share?

Lastly, costumes. Do you guys dress up? The Ellora's Cave party theme is Paint the Town Red. I've got a couple of options in varying degrees of dressiness, so I think I'm covered there. The big 0_0 with this one is that I'll be introduced as an author and walking across the stage with one of the cover models. Um. So, no questions, but if you're going to be there, will you come hold my hand? Thanks. Then there's the Faery ball. This one I'm actually prepared for. I have a green/brown dress and wings, to go with the earth element. And then there's a vampire ball. I have, er, a black dress. Or a black corset and...something else. I dunno.

Of course, maybe none of you are going. Maybe you're all sitting here thinking, what, and give up all that reading time?! So, okay, let's move on to my Desert Island Keepers!

Natural Law
Joey W. Hill
I love this book. Love, love, love. Love.

Natural Born Charmer
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
I love this whole series, but the humor in this one especially just cracks me up.

Amber Beach
Elizabeth Lowell
Her later books are probably better, and I do love them, but this is the one I always think of, and the one I love to re-read.

Patriot Games
Tom Clancy
The first book I remember staying up all night to read, then telling my mom I was sick so I could stay home from school and finish it.

The Bourne Identity
Robert Ludlum
I love this book. Usually I'm able to enjoy movies made from books as completely separate entities. But, even though I like Matt Damon, I can't bring myself to watch this movie. There's just no way they got everything I love about the book into it. Best not to torture myself.

The Boondock Saints
I know, this is totally cheating. But if I were stuck on a desert island, I'd need to put my books down every so often so I could stare at Sean Patrick Flanery. It would be necessary, I promise you.

Last day to win one of my ebooks! Just leave a comment with your choice of one of my releases, and I'll do a drawing at 10pm (PST).

It's been fantastic hanging out with all of you on the island. Thanks so much for having me!

KB Alan


s7anna said...

I wish I could be there...I've always wanted to go the conventions so I hope you have tons & tons of fun no matter what you decide to do.

I would love to win a copy of Alpha Turned.


Fedora said...

Have a fabulous time! I'm sure you'll enjoy the experience no matter what :)

I haven't read Clancy but have watched the movies ;) And SEP's on my keeper shelf too--great mix of tenderness and humor and story!

If so lucky, I'd love Alpha Turned.

Thanks for hanging out at the Island!

Julie said...

I've never gone to RT, so I'm afraid any input of mine would be rather useless, sorry! xD; But the dressy events sound like so much fun, I hope you have a great time. :)

Thanks for sharing with us! I'd love a chance to read Alpha Turned.

Ina said...

Hi KB!
I would love to attend RT, but I'm too far away... but I wish you all the best! bookmarks are fantastic and all readers love them :) you will see how much you will enjoy the conventions!

would love to read Perfect Formation :)

thanks for being here the last three days KB! I really enjoyed reading your posts!
greetings, Ina

inale87 at gmx dot at

cait045 said...

I think it is ok to cheat for Sean Patrick Flanery he is worth it.

I would love Alpha Turned

KB Alan said...

Thanks everybody. I'm going out to dinner tonight, so might be a bit late doing the drawing, but I'll do it as soon as I get home :D

Thanks again for having me, I've had a blast!

Tracy said...

Great keepers KB. Natural Born Charmer is just one of my favs of SEP.

I can't say I've ever been to RT. I think it sounds like you've got everything covered costume-wise. Black=vamps imho. :) And your fairy costume sounds really nice. Love the wings -you gotta have them for if it's fairy related. :)

Thanks so much, once again, for joining us on the Island. It's been fun! :)

KB Alan said...

And the winner is flchen1 for Alpha Turned! Email me your address - I'm at kb at, and let me know what format you prefer. Congratulations!

Wynter said...

I went to RT last year and had a great time! Some people go all out with the costumes, but you don't really have to dress up. Enjoy it!

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