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Inside #RT14 – Best T-shirt Shop – Fleurty Girl

We came across Fleurty Girl while exploring the French Quarter and had to come in when we saw their “Fifty Shades of Cray” t-shirt! In addition to their play off the E.L. James’ best seller, they have more creative NOLA inspired t-shirts. Check out their full collection at Fleurty Girl French Quarter (632 St. Peter Street New Orleans, LA 70116 504.304.5529) or visit them online at FleurtyGirl.net and use the following code to get $5 off any purchase of $25 or more! Code: LOUIS9143 Expires 6/30/14 *Online orders only. Not valid in-store. Not to be combined with any other offer.
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Inside #RT14 – It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Falls in Love

Lucky readers at the It’s All Fun and Games until Someone Falls in Love panel got the chance to play a love trivia game side by side with Loveswept, Ballantine and Bantam authors. And who could possibly be better at love trivia than writers and readers who live, breathe, and eat romance–it was the ultimate battle of romance knowledge. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by the panel, we can still bring the game to you, so play along with these sample questions! Make your guesses and then highlight the brackets to see the answer. No cheating!
1. Which romantic television mystery show included this quote in it’s opening sequence “Try this for a deep, dark secret”
2. What is the longest running soap opera world wide?
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Inside #RT14 – Dancing with the Hunks

Dancing with the Stars meets RT! Hosts Jenni Dinh (Bitten By Love Reviews), Tina Wainscott (aka. Jamie Rush), and Julie Ann Walker invited cover models DeLonn Donovan, C.J. Hollenbach, Charles Paz (2009 Mr. Romance Winner), and Shane Rice to partner up with some very lucky RT attendees to show off their dance skills. Congrats to the first place winners Fleurette Benoit and DeLonn Donovan! Loveswept author/judge Tina Wainscott with cover models Shane Rice and C.J. Hollenbach.
Group Practice
The Judges
The Winners Fleurette Benoit and DeLonn Donovan
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Inside #RT14 – A Taste of New Orleans – Pralines Recipe

  We like our romances sweet, and our pralines sweeter! At Mardi Gras Carnivale Random House sponsored the pralines table, and we couldn’t have enough of the delicacy–they’re so delicious that we wanted to share the sweetness with our readers, courtesy of the New Orleans School of Cooking! If you’re in town for the convention and need a taste of New Orleans, you have to stop by–it’s one of the must-see foodie stops in the city, featuring cooking classes with hometown chefs and a general store chock-full of ingredients that are special to the area. For readers who can’t make it to NOLA, Gretchen Erickson of The New Orleans School of Cooking shared her knowledge of pralines and the perfect recipe for you to make them right at home in your kitchen. If you love… Continue
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Inside #RT14 – Get Your Palm Read

We couldn’t visit New Orleans with out stopping by the world famous Bottom Of The Cup Tea Room to get our palms read. There we caught up with Tom Mullen, the third generation owner of Bottom of the Cup, who filled us in on the history, gave us an overview of the services offered, and clued us in on how certain crystals can help improve a writer’s creative process. Bottom of the Cup (327 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130) Psychic Readings 10 A.M to 6 P.M Central Time.
Phone Readings, Appointments or Information call:1-800-729-7148
How long has Bottom of the Cup Tea Room been around and what makes it world famous? Bottom of the Cup was opened in January 1929, since then we have enjoyed an International Clientele. We were one of the first… Continue
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Inside #RT14 – Romance Mardi Gras

RT brought the Mardi Gras spirit to convention goers last night with larger than life floats, a parade, and a dance party. Romance authors tossed coveted purple, gold and green beaded necklaces into the fan-filled crowds–and all the crowd had to do was cheer, scream, and show their… enthusiasm! (Yes, enthusiasm. Keeping it classy!) After the parade, the party-goers celebrated in the main events space, complete with amazing live music and local cuisine, with each dish sponsored by a different publisher. It was the perfect spot for convention goers to get the ultimate food tour in a single night–gumbo, jambalaya, beignets, rice and beans–everything your stomach needs to know about New Orleans! Here are some teaser pics–for the full gallery, check out our Mardi Gras Facebook album!
J. Kenner and Gina Wachtel, Ballantine… Continue
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Catch us at the RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans!

Sexy, sultry New Orleans is about to get even hotter! Romance lovers are converging on the city for one of the year’s biggest reader celebrations, the RT Booklovers Convention. Attendees get the inside scoop on hot books on the horizon, meet their favorite authors in person, and party New Orleans-style alongside other avid romance readers! Need some help navigating the show? Below is a full list of Random House author events so you can find your favorite writers, and check out the full convention agenda, too!  Can’t make it to the party this year? Follow our Inside RT updates here at Romance at Random, and on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll bring the party to you! Happy #RT14! Laissez les bons temps rouler!   Tuesday, May 13
8:15pm-10:00 pm