By Rachel Haimowitz
Love first and foremost to the organizers, who pulled together an amazing con that was smooth sailing from start to finish. From the author readings to the beignets and café au lait each morning to the parties around the pool, the event was loose and social, and never once was I at a loss for things to do or people to do them with.
Love next to the amazing community of readers, writers, bloggers, industry professionals, and the many who fall into more than one of those categories. What a joyous experience to gather together in one place to share the thing we all have such passion for, and to share that passion with each other. As I mentioned on my own blog, the best thing by far about GayRomLit was the opportunity to put faces to names, to meet people we’ve all been chatting with for a long time, sometimes years. It’s just as exciting for the authors as it is for the readers, because we’re readers too; just ask Rowan Speedwell, who was subjected to a soft but uncontainable “Eeeeeee!” every time I found myself speaking to her :)
Love also to not having to explain why we read, write, and love gay romance—a discussion that comes up constantly at primarily het romance cons—because everyone at GRL already knew and understood. Of the many things that set GayRomLit apart as a must-attend conference among the many cons available to M/M romance readers, that shared understanding and pleasure is the #1 reason for me.
And lastly, love to New Orleans, the perfect city for the inaugural GayRomLit. I wish I’d had time to see more of it, but what little I did get to enjoy was an experience unlike any other city I’ve ever seen.
For these reasons and many others, I can’t wait to go back next year, when GRL will be in Albuquerque, NM, and I very much hope to see you all there as well!
Riptide Grand Opening Giveaway
Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win any backlist book of choice (excluding Crescendo) by Rachel Haimowitz!
Riptide is having a Grand Opening tour, of which this blog post is a part. At the end of the tour stop, Riptide also awards one lucky commenter a big Riptide swag bag, US resident only. If an international winner is chosen, they will substitute for a gift certificate to All Romance E-Books.
The best part is, that each comment in the blog tour earns you one entry in the grand prize drawing for an iPad. Other prizes are a Nook and a Kindle.
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