Postcards from: A Romance Readers Book Fair

Postcards from: A Romance Readers Book Fair

The Australian Romance Readers Association’s annual A Romantic Rendezvous Book Fair was held during February. And a swag of Aussie romance authors (100 over four days) as well as Audrey Carlan and Julia Quinn, met in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth for high tea, book signings and all round bookish fun.
I was lucky enough to be at the Brisbane, Sydney and Perth events.  Not only did I get to catch up with some author friends, I met lots of new authors and readers of the very wide romance genre field.
If you thought romance was all about regency time periods and cowboys, wow are you in for a real surprise!
There are so many sub-genres, some I admit I didn’t know. I could wax on but I really need to mention the readers here. Incredible dedication to their passion – reading!

Literally suitcases full of books were being wheeled in an out of the event.

Signatures were sought on lap top cases, dedicated note books filled with stickers of book covers, silver name plated books with secret openings that held all manner of intriguing book collectables.
My three books were available and some swag … origami hearts and special soaps were made for the event.
origami hearts made from serpent series paper
I had ordered some wrapping paper from Officeworks in a design to promote my latest book The Trouble with Serpents with the aim to create something for the ARRA book fair.
Is there a better way to promote a romance readers event than with hearts? And made from my own wrapping paper. So I set about learning how to make simple origami hearts for the event.
Do you want to know a secret? I loved making them as much as readers loved receiving them!
A collaboration between Saint’s Soaps and my books meant we made the soaps in the fragrances of three key locations within the series.
saint's soaps and serpent series collaboration
Francesca’s Wild Dog Creek was a blend of jasmine, rose and musk in a luminescent white. Nicci’s Rapallo library was a spicy wood and leather combination in a delicious dark chocolate. Sinclair’s Fiji melted hearts (just like he) in a combination of lily of the valley and coconut, presented in bright blue, just like a Fijian ocean.
In all, we had a fantastic time and I can recommend the event if you’re looking for new authors, want to collect some really great books and bookish swag or simply want to connect with like minded people in a friendly atmosphere.
If you’d like to join or know more about romance reader events, please contact the
Australian Romance Readers Association.
With love, Toni X