Monday, October 8, 2012

Down Memory Lane: Getting Ready for Romanticon!

Instead of my normal Wednesday, I'm posting this early because I want everyone to join in the anticipation.... Please forgive the haphazard look of the photo placement. I still can't get the hang of it!

Romanticon™ starts on Thursday! This is Ellora’s Cave’s fourth annual conference for erotic romance authors and readers. Here’s a look down memory lane: 
Psychedelic Friday - Taylor, Tara, Angelo 2009

The Cavemen in formal attire

The inaugural con, 2009, in Richfield, Ohio, included a psychedelic look at the 1960s complete with mini-skirts, maxi-boots, tie-die shirts, and a pizza-and-bingo party, and an unforgettable experience for three EC authors (Tara Nina, Eve Vaughn and me), who posed with a Caveman for the cover of one of our own books. Gifts and door prizes galore, including an Asus mini-computer and Sony eBook reader. We took over the entire motel and were invited back the following year. 

Tara posed for her own cover 2009

Rodney gets caught at Bingo 2010

Kristin shimmies with Lorenzo 2010

In 2010, door prizes included Kindles, Nooks, laptops and baskets and more baskets of goodies donated by EC authors. Our Cougar Challenge authors hosted a workshop which, among other fun things, paired notable older women with younger men. The best pair.... Raquel Welch and Vin Diesel. We also raffled off an awesome stuffed 3-foot-high cougar. Other workshop topics included covers, sex toys, and writerly things as well as several focused on what readers want. Roaring Twenties dinner Friday. A Tenth Anniversary Celebration on Saturday included the Cavemen dressed as Trek Mi Q'an warriors from Jaid Black’s The Empress’ New Clothes. The bingo party culminated with a craziest hat contest. 

Angelo and Keanu as Trek Mi Q'an Warriors 2010

Some Cougars with their Cavemen 2010

Angelo, Tara (the Twenties Moll) and Jason 2010

Jaid Black, Lisa Grey +Cavemen 2011

Last year we outgrew our hotel and moved to Akron. Again, a mix of writers’ and readers’ workshops—BDSM, flogging, sex games, Steampunk, erotic horror, burlesque and pole-dancing classes, and a public outdoor photo shoot . Friday night 10,000 B.C. and Saturday night futuristic costumes were imaginative and the Cavemen looked awesome!
Flogging lesson 2011

Cindy Spencer-Paper, Michelle Polaris, Kate Poole 2010

Each year, of course, included a BookFair open to the public, at which authors autograph their books. Everyone should bring an extra tote bag (or suitcase) for all the free books and prizes as well as purchases.

This year promises to be just as much fun, at a yet larger hotel in Canton, Ohio. See here for workshops Cris Anson is giving. Friday night will be a celebration, with tears and smiles, of Caveman Angelo’s life. You bet I'll be telling you all about it when I return with new books, new friends and new memories.

Which is your favorite photo?

1 comment:

  1. I love ALL of them! The memories these bring back are amazing!