Romantic Encounters Booklover’s Convention

September 30 – October 2, 2005 – Harrah’s Hotel, Lake Tahoe.

Romantic Encounter is an outgrowth of the Celebrate Romance readers conference, held nationally for seven years. Since many of us on the west coast could not attend CR2005 in Baltimore last spring, we decided once again to have our own conference on the west coast. This is the second Romantic Encounter and although held on the west coast we welcome romance readers and authors from all over the country to join us as we share our love of books, food and friends.



A reception on Friday night is scheduled from 7:00 to 9:30 or later. We have the room until midnight. Sign up sheets will be available for your choice of restaurant for Saturday night’s group dinner. Spouses are welcome to join us on Saturday night.

Hostesses Linda Hurst and Cathy Brown will be in the convention room at 7:00 to hand out name tags and visit with everyone.

Friday nights event will be Champagne Dessert buffet with several speakers starting our event off with a light touch.


Registration 8:30-9:00 AM

9:00-11:45 Programs presented by authors and readers

12:00-1:00 Lunch will be provided with our keynote speaker providing post lunch entertainment.

1:15-3:30 Programs presented by authors and readers

3:30-4:30 Book sale and authors signings

Saturday afternoon will actually be open-ended as we have the room for as long as we want it, so everyone can spend plenty of time getting their books signed and visiting with the authors.


Brunch at Harrah’s Forest Buffet in an area set up just for us – starting time is 9:30. This is a champagne brunch at the top of Harrah’s with a fabulous view of the lake and mountains.

Cathy and Linda will hold open house in our room after for book talk, gossip and leave taking.

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Accomodations and Ground Travel:

We are not taking a hotel block as Harrah’s advised us that we can find better deals on the Net, either from or The Stateline area at Lake Tahoe is full of hotels in all price ranges and if anyone needs names of some; of the less expensive ones I have several I can recommend. E-mail Linda Hurst at for a list.

For those flying in, it is a quick trip by one of the Gambler’s express buses from the Reno airport. Cost is about $14.00. Bus takes you to Harvey’s, but there are shuttles to take you to other Stateline area hotels. And many of us will be there with cars.

Lake Tahoe is a great place to bring your whole family; they can enjoy the sights while you are at the Conference. Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places on earth and there are many activities geared for children as well as casinos and golf courses to keep your hubby occupied while you are busy doing reader-y things. Fall in Lake Tahoe is a glorious sight to behold – lots of fall color and moderate temperatures.

For those who come in earlier – Linda would be happy to lead a bookhunting tour through Reno – there are a lot of thrifts here and most of them only charge a quarter for a paperback and a dollar for hardbacks. Since the Reno area is her new hometown, she has, of course, already found all of the thrifts and ubs.

Cost, Payment Options, and Registration:

Cost for all three days is $135.00. There is a discount if you pay by August 15th – save $10 and pay only $125.00.

At author Patty Berg’s suggestion, we are again having an Author’s Special for those authors only able to attend Saturday’s events and signings. The Author’s Special runs $35.00 (which includes lunch). If an author wants to stay over for Sunday brunch we can add you at the last minute. The cost for brunch, tip included, is $30.00.

Payment can be made to Linda via Paypal (or by credit card via Paypal) – her Paypal ID is
Payment can also be made via check or money order, made out to Linda Hurst, with “Romantic Encounter” on the check’s memo line, and mailed to:

Linda Hurst
P.O. Box 2417
Dayton, NV 89403

To register, in addition to your payment, please either email or snail Linda Hurst the following information:

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