Rust City Book Con

RCBCLast weekend I had a great time at the Rust City Book Con in Troy, Michigan which is a suburb of Detroit. The con was put together by the very enthusiastic and energetic blogger, Jackie of Literary Escapism.

While this was the first year for the event, I’m sure it will grow.  However, as first year events go, this was a very intimate and enjoyable conference.  I met a number of new writers that I’ve put on my “must read” list.  But let me take you through it.

I shared a room and a ride with Lita Lawson, a new voice in contemporary romance.  We arrived on Thursday night so as to be ready for the author panels that started first thing on Friday.  I spoke on three panels on Friday and participated in the Historical meet andRue and me greet, a great time to play games with the authors.  Here’s a pic of Rue Allyn and I in our historical get-up.  The other historical authors were Linda Bradle, Gina Conkle, Cindy Spencer Pape, Marie Piper and Mervyn Seivwright. By the end of the day, I was exhausted.

On Saturday, I did one panel, Death is Easy, Comedy is Hard, and met Sara Dobie Bauer, who was hilarious. While I’m not into Vampire books, I’m definitely checking out her saraBITE SOMEONE.  It’s bound to be a hoot.  That’s her on the left wearing my hat.  Not sure why there’s a purple light above her head.  I think it might be some cosmic force 🙂

The book signing was held Saturday afternoon.  Books A Million manned a BAMbookstore for traditionally pubbed authors.  A self-published table was manned by Jackie’s mother and grandmother who did a fantastic job selling the books Indiethroughout the conference.  And the authors themselves sold books at their tables.  Lots of room for lots of readers and writers. After dinner, I was able to attend the meet & greets of other authors.  One featured a “cold” dramatic reading of erotica that was great fun.  I did one and probably turned as red as the prize bag in doing so.  LOL. Good Laughs, though.  In the next room, I playedsigning scattergories with Young Adult authors. I did not win a single time, but enjoyed the game.

BasketsAfter my last panel on Sunday, I watched the basket raffle (I didn’t win any baskets either 🙁  ) Good friend, ShilohShiloh Walker, (That’s her on the right in my hat.  Ignore my hat hair!) won my basket aptly named Peacocks and Corsets.  Then we headed home.  Jackie did an awesome job.  Next year’s event is August 4-6, 2017.  If you’re in the area, you might want to drop by.

In the historical meet and greet, we played a game that required readers to match our names to the description posted.  Which line describes me?  Bonus points if you know what statement describes Rue. The winner wins a copy of Gina Conkle’s Meet the Earl at Midnight (picked up at the Rust City Con)

Born in a hospital in South London England

Climbed the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan

Can rip a phone book in half

Rode a hot-air balloon over the Rio Grande

Kissed Don Ho

Bungee jumped head first off a crane

Served ten years in the US Navy. 




  • Mary Preston says:

    Looks like so much fun!!!!

    I’m going with “Can rip a phone book in half”.

    As for Rue I’m going to try:

    “Served ten years in the US Navy”.

    • It was fun, Mary. It was a very small group which made it really intimate. I had a great time.

      As for answers, I’m going to wait till anyone gets a chance to guess.

  • Susana Ellis says:

    Well, Rue was in the navy (we’re in the same writers’ group together). As for you, maybe you were born in England. Just guessing.

    • Susana – You outed Rue! 🙂

      It was funny. There was a guy who couldn’t figure out which sentence applied to about three of us. Rue suggested he ask us all to give a salute. Based on her posture and length of time she held the salute, he figured it out – as he should. She was fun to sit by.

  • helensibbritt says:

    Hi Donna

    Oh this one sounds like lots of fun maybe one day I can get there. i was at RWAust this last weekend helping with the books signing that ARRA put on I had a blast and hubby and I really enjoyed our road trip and am now down at one of my duaghter’s places in Wagga Wagga fir a few days before I go home 🙂

    OK Now for my answers for you I am with Mary I am sure you can rip a telephone book in half and for Rue I am going to guess Rode a hot air balloon over the Rio Grande

    Have Fun

    • Hi Helen –

      I’m holding answers till tonight to give everyone a chance to guess.

      I love the names of places in Austrailia. “I’m going to Wagga Wagga for the weekend.” 🙂

      I bet ARRA was a blast. One of these days we’ll trade places 🙂

  • The Rust Con sounds fabulous. I’m putting it on my calendar for next year.

    Donna, I’m guessing you spent 10 years in the U.S. Navy.

    • Ursula –

      I’m holding answers to the end, Ursula.

      It was a fun conference. The reader/writer ratio wasn’t great but I think that will grow. The organizers are determined to make this a big success and I’m betting they can do it.

  • Debbie Meredith says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun. Glad you had a good time. I love learning about new to me authors so a new conference sounds like a lot of fun.

    As far as guessing the answer, I will guess that you can tear a phone book in half.

    Thanks for sharing your conference experience!

    • Hi Deb!

      I’m holding answers to the end so everyone gets a chance to guess.

      I met a number of new-to-me authors there, and a few old friends as well. I think the con will grow as the organizers get more experience – which is great as I don’t think there’s another book con in the southern Michigan area.

  • Jane says:

    Hello Donna,
    Love how almost all the book conventions/conferences have these basket raffles. I’m going to guess you’ve ridden in a hot air balloon over the Rio Grande.

    • Jane – I love the basket raffles as well. To be honest, I always buy tickets because – charity – but then I hope I don’t win because honestly, I don’t need more books. But then when they start drawing numbers – I want to win and am disappointed when I come away empty-handed, as I did this time. Oh well. I need to remember to put my tickets in at the last minute as the concept of “shaking” the bags, really doesn’t mix much up. 🙂

  • Amy Conley says:

    Donna, o’m guessing uou rode in a hot air balloon over the Rio Grande.

    And everyone already knows Rue was in the service.

  • Amy Conley says:

    Donna, I’m guessing you rode in a hot air balloon over the Rio Grande.

    And everyone already knows Rue was in the service.

    • Well…I didn’t know… 🙂

      Wish I could have ridden in a hot air balloon. How cool is that! Unfortunately, my husband is uncomfortable with heights so I’m afraid mine would be a solo journey. One of these days, though. 🙂

  • Amy Conley says:

    Ok, I’ll say you kissed Don Ho.

    • LOl – Nope that was not me, though I was one of the few that actually knew who Don Ho was. One person didn’t know, so I started singing “tiny bubbles…on the shore. Makes me feel happy” and that’s as far as I could go 🙂 Nothing like a trivia game to make one feel old. 🙂

  • Amy Conley says:

    Ok, you were born in a hospital in South London.