May 2 2013 1:17pm

Wish You Were Here: News and Gossip from RT Booklover’s Convention

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. JamesWith Lora Leigh and Sylvia Day update, look below for more details!

Team H&H's Heather Waters (@redline_) is over in Kansas City, Missouri at the Romantic Times Booklover's Convention. The rest of the team is holding down the fort so we thought we'd share some news, gossip, and fun events from #RT13 for the rest of you who are to!:

  • E.L. James made a surprise appearance in a New Adult Panel. All would have gone smoothly and no one would have likely known she was there until a panelist started to criticize the 50 Shades series. James then stood up to defend her books before dissolving back into the woodwork. Twitter had a lot of reactions but find out more from the Kansas City local news outlet about the incident.
  • Heather listened to an Erotica panel with Sylvia Day, Maya Banks, Jaci Burton, Tiffany Reisz, and Lauren Dane. The consensus: write alpha heroes, not asshole heroes, it's all about the motivation. Misguided, maybe, but alpha heroes have good intentions.
  • Tiffany Reisz's squick word is “cream.” Is it yours too?
  • Reisz feels her Dominatrix Nora is like Nancy Drew, with one tiny difference: She solves sex problems!
  • Ever wonder what it'd be like to be all tied up? Well audience members are at least getting a little look into it as different kinds of rope are being passed out at the All Tied Up panel so you have an idea of what it feels like. We can put it down to research, right? Ouch!
  • Maya Banks loves tortured or weaker heroines that grow stronger over course of book, and loves reversing tropes (like Beauty and Beast).
  • Avon Editor Erika Tsang brought Editor Trading Cards along with her Avon books!
  • All 52 Georgette Heyer books are now in print!
  • Jessica Shirvington's Embrace is in development for a show on the CW.
  • Jill Shalvis starts with a couple that is wrong for each other and then goes from there. Do you see that in her romances?
  • Are you a fan of Downton Abbey? Well fear not, more Edwardian romance is in the works! Also, be on the lookout for Elizabethan and medieval romance. What time period do you want to see in historical romance?
  • Lora Leigh hinted that some secrets will be revealed in upcoming Breeds books and don't forget to check out a Breeds story in the upcoming anthology Enthralled (available July 2, 2013). 
  • Sylvia Day allegedly confirmed that there will be FIVE books in the Crossfire series. See our full article for more detail!

We'll try to keep you up to date on the news, gossip and other fun events. What else have you heard from RT13? What authors do you want to hear about?

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Nicole Leapheart
1. BoxyFrown
KC is my hometown (I live in Philly now) and I was totally jelly that RT was there, and then I heard about the snow, so...Im good. Hehe :)

A friend and I were recently discussing 50 Shades, and how it was a "gateway drug" to lots of women who had never picked up an erotica novel or felt comfortable trying it out and discussing an erotica book with friends. Erotica is on a huge wave of popularity right now and a significant portion can be attributed to the success story of 50 Shades, and how the trilogy even came about.

Those of us who have been reading erotica for years may or may not have enjoyed 50 Shades. The fact that people are so passionate about it either way is always good for books-if you get addicted like I am, you will be broke and happy either way.

Hope everyone has fun in KC! Get some BBQ!
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