Monday, April 27, 2015

Aloha to Barbara Vey's Reader Appreciation Luncheon - Author Tables (part 1)


On Saturday morning, I helped take down table decorations for the Reader Appreciation Luncheon. This give me an opportunity to take pictures of the author tables.  Above is my fellow veteran Terry Spear.   Below is another veteran, Cindy Dees.


I loved Cindy's napkins.


The Belle of the Ball was Cherry Adair ...


... with her jungle theme!


Mary Burton decorated sweet ...


... with a country theme!


Nancy Naigle rolled out the Grannies ...


... from her new release, IN HIGH COTTON.


Jocie McKade celebrated the Baer Truth ...


... while Terri Brisbin brought along Scorch for Rising Fire.


More tables to come tomorrow!  I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Do you have any Beanie Babies?  I have Scorch plus the international bears.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, May 2, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winners on Sunday, May 3, on my book blog, SOS Aloha.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Here's my personalized gift
from Valerie Bowman.



Sunday, April 26, 2015

Aloha to Barbara Vey's Reader Appreciation Luncheon - Welcome to Milwaukee


Last Friday, I departed Baltimore at o-dark-hundred for Milwaukee - home of Barbara Vey's Reader Appreciation Luncheon.   I was pleasantly surprised to find two other luncheon attendees at the gate - historical author Terri Brisbin and Cathy Genna, RWA's 2013 Bookseller of the Year.  We chatted during our two hour flight, making it seem like no time at all.

I grabbed a quick nap at the hotel before joining reader Danielle and librarian Lynne for lunch.   We shared our fangirl moments with favorite authors.

Later in the evening, we attended the Q&A with the 61 authors attending the luncheon.  Here's a sample (paraphrase based on my notes).


Angie Fox:  What the hardest part of being an author?  Making dinner in the middle of a scene.

Cherry Adair:  What inspired you to become an author?  I started to rewrite new endings to books I was reading.

Damon Suede:  What do you spend your downtime?  Collect bad movies (Damon hosts Cinema Craptastique at the RT Booklovers Convention).

Deeanne Gist:  What is your favorite Romantic Comedy movie? Kate and Leopald with Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman.  I watched it on a transoceanic flight twice because it was Hugh Jackman!

Eileen Dreyer:  Do you kill off characters that remind you of real people.  Yes!  I used to be a trauma nurse.

Eloisa James:  What was the worst advice you received?  Write the book of your heart.  Only you and your heart will buy it.
Write the book that will sell.  


Heather Graham:  What music have you played while writing? Conan the Barbarian while writing that type of character. 

Jason Mott:  What did you in real life before writing?  I worked in a Verizon Call Center.  Just in case you call a center, know that we cannot help you find your cell phone.

Joanne Rock:  Have you disagreed with an editor?  I've considered their feedback and slept on it.

Katy Lee:  What was the best advice you received?  Join RWA.

Kelsey Browning:  Are your heroes like your significant other? My husband is Macgyver so I write characters who can fix things.

Kimberly Lang:  What do you eat on deadline?  Jelly beans and Diet Coke.

Kristan Higgins:  If you could have a superpower, what would it be?  Write a book in two months.

Sharon Sala:  What is the most embarrassing moment in a book signing?  Two chapter mates came to a signing, one called out, "OMG, its Sharon Sala".  The other, "I need her autograph" and they walked over to my table in exaggerated slow motion. 

Terri Brisbin:  How do you come up with character names?  I hear them in my head.

Tracy Solheim:  Who would you cast to star in a film about your book?  The cover from FOOLISH GAMES looks like Matt Damon so I would cast Matt Damon.


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I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter from this week's posts.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  What question would you ask an author at the luncheon?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, May 2, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 3, on my book blog, SOS Aloha.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Party Hardy at the RT Booklovers Convention - RT Book Reviews Awards Ceremony, Winners’ Reception & After Party!


The highlight of the RT Booklovers Convention is the annual awards ceremony:

RT Book Reviews Awards Ceremony, Winners’ Reception & After Party!

This year the RT awards ceremony, normally an afternoon event, will be turned into a glitzy evening celebration! A two-hour awards ceremony will kick off the festivities as authors take the stage to deliver their heartfelt acceptance speeches while hundreds of fans cheer them on. The awards presentation will be followed by an hour-long reception where fans can mix, mingle and celebrate with the winners. Photo ops will be available with your favorite authors, so be sure to practice your signature selfie pose! Sparkling wine and decadent sweets will be served, adding to the fun. At 10 pm it’s off to the after party, where the celebration will continue with music and dancing until midnight!

The winners are posted online at this link.

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Did your favorite book win any awards?  I loved Elizabeth Boyle's THE VISCOUNT WHO LIVED DOWN THE LANE (link) ... and this book won Historical Love and Laughter.   One randomly commenter from this week's posts win a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 18, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 19, on my book blog at SOS Aloha (link).

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Party Hardy at the RT Booklovers Convention - Wild, Wild West Steampunk Party

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Ross Martin and Robert Conrad in The Wild, Wild West
Public Domain 

Cowboy meets Victorian on Thursday, May 14, at the Wild, Wild West Steampunk Party:

Start decorating your cowboy hats with gizmo's and gadgets, shine up your goggles, and start shopping for your corsets and western-style skirts. And anything goes for the gentlemen who no doubt will be donning a cool steampunk weapon and ready to capture hearts.

The possibilities are endless for this Steampunk-themed costume party that is sure to wow and entertain all who attend!

Queen Kapiolani, seated third from left, and Princess Liliuokalani, seated third from right, are photographed in an English garden. They traveled to London in 1887 for Queen Victoria's golden jubilee.
Queen Kapiolani (third from left) Princess Liliuokalani (third from right)
in an English garden.  The Hawaiian Royal Party attended
Queen Victoria's golden jubilee.
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I am cooking up a unique costume .... Hawaiian Royalty enjoyed a close friendship with Queen Victoria ... so expect a touch of Paradise!

What would you wear to the Wild Wild West Steampunk party?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's posts wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 18, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 19 on my book blog at SOS Aloha.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

'Eli 'eli kau mai - let awe possess me
Steam from Kilauea
Photo by traveldave.com

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Party Hardy at the RT Booklovers Convention - Taste of Texas Romance Rodeo



The RT Booklovers Convention offers evening parties ... on Wednesday night, we celebrate the Taste of Texas Romance Rodeo:

RT’s opening night party is sure to set the tone for a wild Western fun time in Dallas. A Texas barbeque celebration — pulled pork sandwiches and some traditional Texas-style side dishes — will be served up and, for entertainment, there will be line dancing, country music and a mechanical bull! St. Martin’s Press and Grand Central Publishing will each have a “kissing booth” decorated with wood, burlap, gingham and all things country! 

Be sure dust off your cowboy boots, break out the hats and pack your finest Western attire for this fun-filled fantasy evening. And don’t forget your cameras, ‘cause this is sure to be the perfect photo op for your RT Convention scrapbook!

NOTE: Coveralls, hats and gloves will be provided for anyone who is not dressed to ride the bull — so no excuses!

DIAMOND SPONSORS: St. Martin's Press and Grand Central Publishing/Forever

RUBY SPONSORS: Authors J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner), R.K. Lilley, Melody Anne, B.L. Marsh and Cindy Nord and Lori Perkins publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books.

I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Would you ride the mechanical bull?  I'll be taking pictures with my boots safely on the floor.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 18, 10 pm.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 19, on my book blog at SOS Aloha.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City 


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Finding Your Tribe at the RT Booklovers' Convention - Mad Hatter Fantasy Tea Party


Jeffe Kennedy always has a cute hat ...
... picture from RT14 in NOLA.

My suitcase is getting fatter with every accessory I need for these fun parties, including the Mad Hatter Fantasy Tea Party:

Come join the fun and mayhem at our Mad Hatter Tea Party with some of fantasy romance’s bestselling writers. Full of games, goodies and giveaways. The first 100 people will get a goody bag — and books!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm


I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter from this week's posts.  To enter the giveaway.

1.  Leave a comment about hats or tea ... do you wear hats?  How do you take your tea?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 11, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 12, on my book blog at SOS Aloha.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Finding Your Tribe at the RT Booklovers' Convention - Author Chat: Love, Passion & Action


The RT Booklovers' Convention is a smorgasbord for readers, including Author Chat: Love, Passion & Action!

Join today's hottest contemporary romance and romantic suspense authors Sylvia Day, Liliana Hart, Jennifer Probst, Jill Shalvis and Julie Ann Walker for an hour-long chat about everything contemporary. They'll talk heroes, settings, sex — and more! Bring your questions about their books, their characters, their series, they'll tell all.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm


I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash from this week's posts.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about Sylvia, Liliana, Jennifer, Jill, or Julie ... what do you love about their books?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 11, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 12 on my book blog, SOS Aloha. 

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City