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Romantic Times Convention
November 9 -12, 2000

Radisson Hotel Astrodome
" Houston, We have a Party!"

photos courtesy of: SARA REYES, CY KORTE, and LESLIE TRAMPOSCH

see also: Reader's Room | PNR Dinner | Mr. Romance Contest |Vampire Ball

PNR took the show on the road to Texas, as Leslie Tramposch (PNR Managing Editor),
Sara Reyes (Dir. Marketing and Publicity), Cy Korte (Reviews Editor), and
Barbara Sheridan (Paraphernalia Feature Columnist) arrived at the Radisson Hotel in Houston
for "The Party of the Century".

Leslie, Barbara, and Cy,
(Sara is behind the Camera)

Thurday, November 9th - The afternoon offered Hospitality by Kensington Books, BET, Rhapsody Book Club, and Dorchester Publishing, as well as James and Helen Rosburg's Charity Casino. Evening brought Dara Joy's Club Manhattan, and the Award Ceremony where authors, readers and staff alike dressed to the nines and waited with baited breath

Winners in the Paranormal Categories were:

Best Contemporay Paranormal Romance - MIDNIGHT ON JULIA STREET -- Ciji Ware
Best Historical Paranormal Romance - MORE THAN MAGIC -- Kathleen Nance
Best Contemporary Time Travel - SUNRISE OVER THE MEDITERRANEAN -- Suzanne Frank
Best Historical TIme Travel - BEYOND THE HIGHLAND MIST -- Karen Marie Moning
Best Science Fiction Novel - THE RADIANT SEAS -- Catherine Asaro
Best Fantasy Novel - RHAPSODY: CHILD OF BLOOD -- Elizabeth Haydon

At the awards: Paranormal authors Susan Grant
and Catherine Asaro - Catherine won!

No that isn't the prize ladies, that's a stand-up
poster of cover model contestant Rob Adkins!

Friday, November 10th - The day began with Lady Barrow's Florentine Breakfast, followed by the Saturday workshops. Readers could opt for the Rising Stars, Paranormal Romance, E-Publishing and Small Press, Mystery & Suspense, Aspiring Authors, Special Interest, Category Romance, Published Author Topics, Multi-Cultural Romance, Historical Romance, Readers, Booksellers, and General Interest Workshops.

In the Readers Room, scheduled authors sat at various tables to talk with readers, distribute promotional materials, and autograph books. Gift baskets of books and other goodies filled long tables along the walls. Tarot card readings, massages and aromatherapy were offered for fun and relaxation.

Rising Stars sign a pillowcase
for a lucky reader

More Pictures from the Readers Room and Book Seller's Breakfasts

The fifteen gentlemen competing in the Mr. Romance Competition were introduced to the conventioneers and autographed photos for their fans. Readers had the opportunity to vote for their favorite, the results which were later tabulated for the reader's choice award which went to Troy Sutter.

Morning Paranormal Romance Workshops:

"Time Travel - A Loving Journey" - with Moderator Catherine Snodgrass, and
authors Terri Brisbin, Deb Stover, Sandra Hill, Dee Davis, and Susan Grant.

Time Travel authors Sandra Hill, Deb Stover, and
Moderator Catherine Snodgrass.

Susan Grant

Dee Davis

Terri Brisbin

"Vampires, Werewolves, & Other Creatures of the Night" - with Moderator Donna Rubino, and
authors Susan Kinard, J.C. Wilder, Carolan Ivey, Rosemary Laurey, Jennifer Dunne, and Shauna Michaels.

Susan Krinard

Shauna Michaels

Carolan Ivey and J.C. Wilder

Rosemary Laurey

Jennifer Dunne

"A Magical Side of Romance: Witches, Fairies, & Such" - with Moderator Carolee Joy and authors
Kathleen Nance, Elizabeth Rose, Julie Kenner, Karen Williams, Carol Lynn Stewart, and Karen Fox.

Carol Lynn Stewart and Elizabeth Rose

Karen Williams

Julie Kenner

Carolee Joy

Karen Fox and Kathleen Nance

The morning workshops were followed by a Roman Holiday Luncheon in the Sam Houston Ballroom with Sue Grafton, the room was decorated as a crime scene with styrofoam letters and police tape. Ms. Grafton was available to autograph books following the luncheon.

Afternoon Paranormal Romance Workshops:

"Romance Revisited: Reincarnation, Ghosts, & Soulmates" - with Moderator Virginia Farmer and
authors Susan Grace, Tina Wainscott, Barbara Sheridan, Deb Stover, and Marianne Petit.

Barbara Sheridan

Deb Stover

Susan Grace

Tina Wainscott

Marianne Petit

"Romancing the Galaxy: Sci Fi & Futuristics" - with Moderator Jennifer Dunne and authors Susan Grant,
Catherine Asaro, Dara Joy, Nancy Cane, Stobie Piel, Karen Fox, and Patricia Waddell.

Dara Joy

Catherine Asaro

Susan Grant

Nancy Cane

Stobie Piel

Karen Fox

Patricia Waddell

Following the workshops the Paranormal Romance listers in attendance ventured to the
neighboring Shoney's Restaurant for a bite to eat and some chat time.

More Dinner Pictures

Evening brought the Venetian Masque Ball with Costume Competition and a Banquet.

Winners of the Costume competition were:

Beth Ciotta as Sharon Reynolds from Terri Brisbanís THE QUEENíS MAN,
Randi Quebedeaux as Cecile from Helen Rosburgís CALL OF THE TRUMPET
Karen David as Jade from Heather Grahamís WHEN DARKNESS FALLS,
Kelly Smith as Jacqueline from Karyn Monkís SURREND TO A STRANGER
Betsy Morgan as Julia Flores from Hebby Romanís MIDNIGHT PROMISE.

That mystery woman on the left is none other than
PNR's own
Sara Reyes!

Saturday, November 11th - the day began with a Chuckwagon Breakfast for Booksellers, hosted by Christina Skye and Christianne Heggan. The final paranormal workshop was entitled "Past Life Research -Personal Time Travel": Moderated by Catherine Snodgrass with author and hypnotherapist Melinda Rucker Haynes. This was followed by an Industry Summit where publishers and editors talked about their plans and expectations for the future of publishing.

At noon guests were treated to the Kensington 25th Anniversary Luncheon which featuring a loving roast of publisher Walter Zacharius and a rousing tribute sung by Lady Barrow herself, and BET's 5th Anniversary celebrated with chocolate cakes shaped as hearts and frosted in pink icing as a special dessert presentation.

Walter still has what it takes!

An hour later the heat in the Sam Houston ball room got cranked up another notch as the contestants for Mr. Romance 2000 strutted their stuff before a panel of industry judges including the very popular Mr. Romance 1994, cover model and actor John DeSalvo.

John DeSalvo
Mr. Romance 2000 & Reader's Choice: Troy Sutter
( top left and below)

See More of the Contestants

The most envied woman in America:
Is that Barb Sheridan with
John DeSalvo and Leland Burbank?

In the early evening conventioneers had their choice of a Booksellers reception hosted by Elaine Barbieri, Constance O'Banyon, Evelyn Rogers, Bobbi Smith, and Evan Marshall, Genesis 5th Anniversary Celebration or Brenda Joyce's "Deadly" Bash.

From nine til Midnight the Sam Houston Ballroom rocked with Heather Graham's Vampire Ball 11: "Dead Man's Waltz". Attendees had the opportunity to support charities by purchasing dances with the Mr. Romance contestants. Pretty painless if you ask us <grin>.

Dorchester Editor Christopher Keeslar played
Prince Charming to the lovely Ladies of Leisure.

Author Dara Joy (2nd from the right) and her web designer,
Cory, line up with other guests to show off their costumes.

That's right, We're Bad! Barb, Cy, Leslie, and author
Holly Fuhrmann. Someone forgot to tell us that we
weren't supposed to have a reflection!

More Pictures of the Vampire Ball

Sunday, November 12 - For Booksellers the morning began with the Rising Stars Vip Breakfast.

This was followed by the main event: The Giant Book Fair sponsered by Walden Books where conventioneers and the general public could purchase romance novels signed by their favorite authors. Gift Basket raffle winners were drawn and Leisure author Monica Roberts name was drawn to cut Mr. Romance 1998, Ryan Storm's hair. Hearts were breaking but all the money went to a children's charity for kids with cancer. When a reader mentioned to Ryan how nice she thought the gesture was her replied, "It's just hair". He's had family members succumb to cancer and he felt it was a worthy cause.

Writerspace had a live feed from the Bookfair from 10:30 AM til somewhat after the 3PM cut off time. Online romance lovers were treated to some great conversation with the hunky Houton firemen who were selling their calendars at the adjoing table. Popular cover models Cherif Fortin and John DeSalvo stopped by as well as a number of the Mr. Romance contestants.

Cherif Fortin types a message and smiles into the camera.
Mr Romance
Troy Sutter

Contestants Sylvester Bowden
and Glen Yeomans

Heather shows John DeSalvo
how it works.

Yes Ladies, it's me, Jeff, from the
Houston Fire department.

The guys signed a calendar for Heather. I won't tell you what HE wrote!

Sorry about the shirts Ladies but it's really warm in here!

The afternoon was filled with fun at the Country Jamboree, Sweet Charity Casino, and Celebrity Memorabilia Auction.

Dinner was a Texas style barbeque held at poolside. The event concluded with an evening Rock 'n 'Roll Pajama Party in the Stephen Austin Ballroom.

Farewell RT until next year. We love you!

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