Winners of Registration Bags from RTC

As you might recall, I came home from Romancing the Capital 2017 with two extra reader registration bags to raffle off. I posted here on the blog about them and also on Facebook, so I’m have chosen one winner from each place.

From the post here, our winner is ERIN!

On Facebook, our winner is Catherine F – who had been booked to attend RTC but had to cancel due to a death in her family.

Congratulations to both winners. You’re going to have such a good time exploring this huge bag of swag. 🙂

Packing for RTC2017

I’ve just about finished packing books and swag for Romancing the Capital this week in Ottawa. This is a fabulous conference and I love attending it. Eve Langlais does a terrific job of organizing everything, and I suspect everyone has as wonderful a time as I do.

This year, Eve is once again giving charm bracelets to registrants, so they can collect charms during the conference. I made my book charms for this, and got a little bit carried away. (All those book covers…I had to try them all!) Here’s my box of charms for that giveaway – and the book charms aren’t even all in the box yet! It’s going to be full to bursting!

Deborah Cooke's box of book charms for Romancing the Capital 2017

I also harvested some of the charms to make clips with entire series of books on them. These will be prizes in my Knights vs. Dragons session:

Prometheus Project key fob made by Deborah Cooke

Dragons of Incendium series key fob made by Deborah Cooke

We do puzzles in that session and complete for prizes—I have puzzles made of my book covers. This year, the puzzles are Fallen, The Beauty Bride, the new cover for The Princess and Wyvern’s Outlaw, which is a cover reveal.

I made some dragon clips as doorprizes for the panel discussion about dragon shifter romance:

Shiny Dragon Clips made by Deborah Cooke

And there is swag for the registration bags. This year, I did coloring packs. Here are three of them taken apart so you can see what’s inside. There are three postcards in each bag—one for Fallen, one for The Beauty Bride and one for Wyvern’s Mate—with the cover on the front in full color and a line drawing on the back to colour, then the package of pencil crayons with a sharpener in the lid. Each set is packed up in a yellow organza gift bag. They’re cropped in this picture, because the postcards have codes on them for attendees to download these three books for free. I did the line drawings myself. 🙂

Coloring Swag for RTC2017 from Deborah CookeIn addition to all of this, there are two kinds of dragon necklaces, and temporary dragon tattoos. Here’s one kind of necklace – these have semi-precious stones in the dragons’ talons. This year, they have black cords but my office dragon still likes them:
New dragon swag from Deborah CookeThere are tote bags for Knights & Dragons and there are bookmarks. Finally, there are books. Lots of books, many of which were pre-ordered.

Promotional Tote Bag from Claire Delacroix and Deborah CookeThis is one conference I’m glad that I drive to, because I can pack everything in the truck. This year, though, there won’t be much space left for passengers!

I’m teaching a workshop on Thursday at 1 PM on publishing, then participating in a lot of panel discussions. It’s going to be busy and fun. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you who are planning to attend! Remember that Saturday’s booksigning at Romancing the Capital is open to the public.

RTC 2017 Booksigning

A Pretty Little Shawl

I’m switching around my Thursday and Friday posts, since there’s a link for the other post that’s taking a bit to populate. Let’s have Fibre Friday on Thursday this week!

Last year, at the readers’ conference Romancing the Capital, Carol gave me some of her beautiful merino handspun. She’d dyed it, too, and I spent a lot of time looking at the (very soft!) yarn, trying to figure out how to show it off.

Handspun marl

I finally decided on a pattern called Daybreak by Stephen West. It’s written for fingering weight yarn and this was heavier, so I just winged it. I started with the purple, then striped in the turquoise. When I ran out of purple, I switched to the pink, then did the edging in pink when the turquoise was gone.  I’m very happy with how it came out:

Daybreak shawl knit by Dborah CookeIt’s just the perfect size to sit over the shoulders and falls to my elbows. I love shawls of this size as they keep my back warm but stay out the way.

The pattern was great and I’ll definitely knit another.

I’m heading to RTC again next week, and I’m going to wear the shawl. I’m hoping that Carol will be there.

What do you think?

Angus & Kyle

Angus and Kyle arrived yesterday afternoon in their print editions.

The Beauty, a medieval Scottish romance by Claire Delacroix, and Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke, in print editions

Even though they were boxed up together for the trip, it looks as if they got along quite well. The books were in perfect condition! 🙂

These new print editions of The Beauty and Addicted to Love are available at booksellers, as well as in my online store.

This also means that everything has finally arrived for Romancing the Capital. Let the packing begin!

Pre-Order Books for Romancing the Capital

I’m pretty proud of myself. I created a form for you to pre-order books for the book signing at Romancing the Capital this August!

I listed the most popular print titles, but you can request that I bring any book for you. I have a pretty complete inventory of all the backlist and older titles listed in my online store with prices. You can also order any discounted bundles and pick them up at RTC. Quantities are limited on those, but I’ll remove them from the store when you pay for yours. Please use the form if you’re picking them up at RTC, as the store will automatically charge shipping.

You can check out the form right here.

Please order by July 1 – we’ll bill the pre-orders then and get all the books ready for the conference with no stress.

Romancing the Capital 2017

The stars have aligned, and I will be attending Eve Langlais’ Romancing the Capital event in Ottawa in 2017 after all!

I’m very excited about this. Eve’s reader conference is a wonderful romance-positive event and a lot of fun. In 2017, the dates for RTC are August 3 – 5. There will be some publishing and writing workshops on the first day again, and I’ll be teaching, plus the reader events and the book signing on Saturday. The hotel hasn’t opened for reservations yet, but you can book your ticket to the conference now. Eve says tickets are going fast this time around, so don’t miss out. (You’ll see that she has special pricing for groups, so why don’t do a road trip with your book club?) Registration information is right here.

I hope to see you there!