Report from the #RT2015 Booklovers Convention!

It’s been a whirlwind this week! I flew out of New Orleans bright and early Wednesday morning and landed in Dallas, Texas for #RT2015. The RT Booklovers Convention is a fabulous meet and greet for readers and authors, and includes workshops, parties, and tons of book and prize giveaways!

Kellie Coates Gilbert


Melanie Dickerson


I was so fortunate to room with the wonderful Melanie Dickerson, who writes historical fiction for HarperCollins/Thomas Nelson (my publisher).

I also had the chance to meet and talk with Colleen Coble, Tamera Alexander, Kellie Coates Gilbert, Rachel Hauck, Amy Clipston, Katherine Reay, Kristy Cambron, Sarah Ladd, Lisa Wingate, and Denise Hunter, among many others!

One of our Kindle Fire Winners!


We had a blast playing Saddle Up and Draw Pictionary with readers. The theme was Texas (of course) and we had a blast scribbling, laughing, and guessing.

We gave away twenty $15 Amazon gift cards and two Kindle Fires to 17 lucky winners!

How Sweet it Is, Y’all! Breakfast


Alyssia from Dothan, Ala.


On Friday morning, Thomas Nelson hosted a “How Sweet it is, Y’all!” breakfast. We had 350 fantastic readers attend the event, which was amazing and wonderful! I spoke with readers from Alabama (woot!), Australia, India, Seattle, Iowa, and from all over the state of Texas. Everyone received a big bag of books, sparkly rings (see photo), swag, and delicious treats.

I gave away a huge basket worth over $200 full of Lauren Clark books, a Vera Bradley, a phone case, earrings, a cookbook, and swag! 

I’m so excited to share that Rhonda Doiron of Baton Rouge, La. won my gift basket! Congratulations!

If you are a book lover, author, or aspiring writer, I highly recommend attending #RT2016 in Las Vegas or #RT2017 in Atlanta, Ga.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

~ Laura


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