I’m baaaack…

April 30, 2007 | Karin's Blog | 21 comments

And very tired. RT was a lot of things, but boiled down, it was fun, and I would go again. I met up with long time internet friends, and made lots of new friends. It was wonderful to put faces to names. I also saw some things that would have put some people straight into therapy. Yowza! I know Sharon aka Maya Banks has a pic I must share. Sharon? Where is it? or did your camera melt? Some of the costumes were true artistic creations. Others? Cringe. Maybe it wasn’t so much the outfit but the body stuffed into it. I’m not trying to be catty here, but ya gotta know when to show certain skin and when not too!

RT did a great job. The parties were well done, and bountifully attended. The workshops were fab (I’m going on hearsay because, um, I didn’t go to any 😉 ). There was plenty of food and entertainment. There were lots of ‘Cave Men’ and Mr. Romance contestants for every taste. (but I have to admit, I kept thinking of hubby and how his wickedly sharp brain could make mincemeat of those pectoral pushers.)

Sorry ladies, while a few of those guys were true eye-candy, when they opened their mouths to speak? They lost me at, “H—”. Beefcake or not, I like my men to look at me, not in the mirror. So that brings me to the Mr. Romance competition. Cheesy is a good word to describe it. That said, a couple of the guys you could tell were genuine Joe’s. Especially the Army guy who stepped in at the last minute to fill in for a contestant who dropped out. I liked the wrestler guy too. He had a nice story during the Q&A segment. There was one contestant who had 8 kids! I left twice. The second time I didn’t come back. Now the guy I heard who won? Aesthetically he is prime.

The book signing Saturday was excellent. The bookseller Katy Books did an incredible job. There were over 300 authors, and readers brought empty luggage to fill to the brim with books! I was impressed. RT had the local press everywhere. I heard a reporter from GQ was lurking, not to mention the newspaper and radio press. Big push by RT. The more I think about it (it’s hard getting certain images out of my head to do so) the more impressed I am by what RT accomplished. The convention was a huge chore and it looked to me as if it went off without a glitch. Not to mention the Hyatt staff were efficient and friendly. Yep, all and all I’d do it again. And I am, but I told hubby, he’s going next time. He was not amused.

So, how many of you are planning on RT next year and how many of you are headed back to Texas in July for National?
Oh, and I think Tracey (my first, First Line Contest winner) has some awesome news to share. T?

Ciao for now,





  1. Hubby

    Hey! We’re not talking chopped liver here!

  2. LaDonna

    LOL, too funny. Gotta go find Tracey too, make her spill the beans here.

    I’m headed to Dallas in July, but not sure I’d be able to attend the RT without ‘er laughing my buns off. Seriously, I worked in a health club for a few years. The guys were always looking in the mirror, doing the arm-thing. I’m so not there.

  3. Anne Clarke

    Hi Karin! Glad to hear you had a great time at RT. I’d love to go to Dallas this year, however, that’s not in the cards. San Francisco is, though. And I’m giving serious consideration to Pittsburg for next year’s RT Convention as well.

    Thanks again for everything!

  4. Amanda

    Karin, sounds like an awesome time was had by all. See, we think too much (women). When did you ever hear a guy complain some double D woman might have a lot less between the ears. As if they notice her above the neck. LOL our hubbies excepted of course. (Maybe)

  5. Cele

    I’ve long maintained that men spend far more time in front of the mirror than most women I know. Welcome back Karin.

  6. J. Carson Black

    I’m dying to know about Tracey!! Hurry up, Tracey – get out here and give us the scoop!

  7. Tracey

    Hey Karin, I’m with you – brains over brawn anyday. Glad you had a fantastic time. I’m trying my darndest to get to San Fransisco next yoear for Nationals.

    And my news – I am delighted to say that I have been offered representation by Spencerhill Agency. Jennifer Schober and Karen Solem have been absolutly fantastic and my head is in a spin to say the least. I am very excited and spent the weekend on the ceiling as you can imagine.

    The Lovely LaDonna has assked me to cuest blog at Magical Musing – so will be shareing the story there in June.

  8. Tracey

    As you can see by my spelling – I’m excited. That and the fact it is 3am here. :o)

  9. LaDonna

    YAY, Tracey! You go, girl! Forgot what time it was in your neck of the woods too. lol. Spencerhill agency sounds terrific, and I’d say you’re well on your way. Look forward to that June blog too.

    Karin’s contest has brought magic dust…

  10. Karin

    Honey, that was exactly my meaning. No chopped liver in my house!

  11. Karin

    San Fransisco or bust,ladies! Seriously, I can’t wait for the ’08 conference. Right in my back yard and such a beautiful time of year in the city. For any of you who can swing an extra day or two I highly suggest it. Mucho to see in the bay area.

  12. Karin

    Tracey, congrats on landing an agent! Now do tell, did you snag her with your winning First Line entry?

  13. J. Carson Black

    Tracey, congratulations on your new agent(s)! I’ve heard only great things about them.

    Karin, you think you could put up Tracey’s last entry so we can remember what it was like?

  14. Karin

    Jake, I don’t have it, but if Tracey would like to send it…

  15. Edie Ramer

    Congratulations, Tracey! I’m looking forward to your guest blog on Magical. 😎

  16. raine

    Tracey, had to come wish you congratulations!

  17. Tracey

    I queried Spencerhill “” but as in all my query letters, I made sure to point out that I was a winner of the Karin Tabke’s inaugural First line contest.

    The whole process was a whirlwind event. I sent an e-query on Tuesday last week, Jennifer requested 3 chapters on Wednesday which she read and passed on to Karen, and on Friday Karen emailed me, then asked for my phone number and called. 4 days from start to finish. Wow ““ no wonder my head is spinning.

    Karin ““ I’ll email you off line about the lines.

  18. Karin

    Tracey said, “I queried Spencerhill “” but as in all my query letters, I made sure to point out that I was a winner of the Karin Tabke’s inaugural First line contest.”

    I feel like such a proud mama. 🙂

  19. Tracey

    Thanks everyone – and Edie, I’m very excited about the guest blog too.

  20. spyscribbler

    I’m so glad you had a great time, and that it went well! I’m going to the RWA conference for the very first time this summer! I’m little bit nervous, LOL.

  21. Karin

    Spy, I’ll hold your hand at National. It’s a blast. Can’t wait to meet you in person.

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