Saturday, April 21, 2012

RT Recap - Giant Book Fair and SOS Military Tribute

By Saturday, most readers and writers are exhausted ... yet the biggest events are just around the corner!

The Giant Book Fair offered every genre.  
Cait Miller is a Scottish author and sweet lassie!

Mahalo, Saranna DeWylde and Jenna McCormick, 
for supporting military families!

Cathy Maxwell always has a smile!  I'm reviewing
her new book, LYON'S BRIDE, next week.

Delilah Marvelle offered chocolate in a bottle!

Kathryn Falk joked with cover model CJ!
This author was so cute!

Cherry Adair always lights up the room!

RT Reviewer Kathe Robin and 
Fan Favorite Sabrina Jeffries

Tim Tams!


Speaking of pirates, Shana Galen spotlighted
her pirates and spies!

Lydia Dare is the writing team of
Tammy Falkner and  Ava Stone. 

The American Flag means its time for the
SOS Military Tribute.  This table claimed their
"military ducks", including Larissa Ione, 

Michelle Willingham,  Sally MacKenzie, 
and Sahara Kelly. 

Navy veteran Cathy Maxwell and
Navy sister Kieran Kramer share a smile.

AFROTC students from the 
Illinois Institute of Technology 
served as the Color Guard.

Seasoned Sound, a barbershop quartet,
sang the National Anthem, Armed Forces
Medley, and God Bless the USA.
Seasoned Sound are veterans.

Today is open comments in honor of the US military and its allies.   Their continued efforts preserve our free speech.  One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through  Saturday, April 28, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 29.


Kim in Hawaii

I finally met Dani from the RT Boards! 

April's month long promotion is CLEAN OUT MY CONVENTION STASH. I will select one US reader, one Canadian reader, and one International reader from all my blogs posts in April at SOS ALOHA, THE READING REVIEWER, and ALOHA ON MY MIND. The US winner can select up to 10 books (to fill up a small flat rate box) from my current convention stash to make room for new books coming from RT 2012. The Canadian and International readers can select one book, too!

CLEAN OUT MY CONVENTION STASH is open through Monday, April 30, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Tuesday, May 1.


  1. I love seeing the elaborate outfits and the swag the authors give out.

  2. Kim, I really enjoyed your recap all week. I do look good in a boa!

    God Bless everyone who have served and are serving our country proudly.

  3. I wish I could join as well:), now am really2 envy you Kim, Aretha zhen

  4. and you have alot of swag

  5. THANK YOU to all our military men and women and their families--those who have served and those who serve now. God Bless You for all you do.

  6. GREAT JOB!!!

  7. Thank you to the brave men and women in our military, and to their families. Living in a military town I always watch the coverage of the ships leaving and coming home. It always touches my heart.

  8. I like how some of the authors dressed up. The Lydia Dare team is so cute. Thanks for dedicating the post to all the brave men and women who are in the military. The peace and freedom of speech I have access so is very much appreciated.

  9. Hi Kim! I's always awesome to see you at RT xo

  10. Kim -

    As the spouse of a Vietnam Navy veteran my thanks go out to RT for their tribute to our men and women serving their country and their spouses and families that are doing the important job of raising their families while they are deployed.

    I loved all the pictures and can't begin to imagine how many pictures you took while you were there. You must have had so much fun meeting the person behind the stories and finding out more about them.

    I can't wait to find out more about Cathy's book Lyon's Bride and don't forget that gently used books are just as much a treat to a reader as one in a pristine state!

    I love all the authors you mentioned today and who can resist the wonderful books they have all written and such a diverse group they are! You really covered the gambit of the type of stories they write from the humorous Kieran Kramer to the seasoned authors like Sabrina Jeffries to authors like Delilah Marvelle who write stories are definately out of the normal "box" but entertained from start to finish!

    Thanks for not only letting us "meet" our favorite authors with you insight but for the fantastic giveaway!

    PS: Hope you have a chance to finally relax a bit when you get home!

  11. When I took my one and only trip to Oahu I had to visit the USS Arizona memorial. I was surprised at how emotional I got once I took the boat over there. The stories we were told really got to me. Whenever I see a story on the news about our military men and women I try to keep them in my prayers.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  12. It is really inspiring how many authors support the military... Love them all! It means a lot.

  13. Great pics Kim. Our military men and women are awesome as well as their families for staying home and keeping the home fires burning. Behind every great military leader is his family and that also goes for all military members. The military is the backbone of our country but military families are the heart.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  14. Kim, what is left to be said about our Armed Service personnel, and their families, other than God keep them safe. Thank you.

  15. You did a great job with the SOS program, Kim--as usual. It's always a highlight of RT for me. And I loved, loved, loved the ducks ;) I came home to a big box from Oriental Trading addressed to one of my sons. We still haven't found out what's inside--but I'm pretty sure there aren't any military (or first responder) ducks.

  16. Thank a member of the armed forces. They are the reason you are free to enjoy these blogs.

  17. I love pics from RT. It's so nice that you are dedicating this post to service men and women. They do so much for our country and I really appreciate it when people thank them for there service. It also warms my heart people also thanks the family too cause of the sacrifice the family makes for the service member.

    Thank you.

  18. Great pics Kim, I wish I could have been there. I was lucky enough to have RT in my town of Orlando a few years ago and I attended the book signing, and it was fantastic.
    I so appreciate our armed forces. I have a great nephew serving now in Afghanistan and several other family members have served in Iraq. I'm so grateful for Facebook, because we are able to hear that he's doing well and is safe frequently and it's immediate, no waiting on a letter. :D

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  19. My husband is in the Army, 14 years this year. We have 4 boys. I couldn't be more proud of my husband and the role model he is to our boys. I not only support the Military, I live it!

  20. I'm so loving all the pictures. I can pretend I was there :) Today was a volunteer day our American Legion - lots of volunteers came out to help spruce up the place. It's a place that means a lot to the vets.

  21. I am so glad that people are finally recognizing US military and honoring them. I am a military brat whose dad served in Vietnam and was not respected when he came home. I am a grand-daughter, daughter, sister, and cousin of people who serve in the military. On a lighter note RT is on my Bucket list. Would love to meet Sabrina she always looks like she is having such fun

  22. It's nice bringing attention to those people who dedicate unselfishly to our country.

    But it was fun seeing the many pictures of authors. Sabrina Jeffries is awesome! Love how they even dressed up and Tim Tams. Mmmm

  23. My son is in the Navy. I have tremendous pride in him and our military. They willingly go into danger in order to protect our freedom here at home. I repost every thing I receive from U.S. Navy, a post from the U.S. Navy site I subscribe to. I often post information about the things our military does for us. The men and women of our armed forces are heroes in my eyes. I pray all the time for God to protect and bless them. They are the main reason that we are a free people.

  24. Thank you to all in the US military for everything they did for us in the past are doing now and will continue to do in the future.

  25. Kim,

    Thank you for the wonderful pictures and sharing with us. I see that RT 2013 is going to be Kansas City. If it ever gets to Atlanta or Charlotte - I'm there and I volunteer for your event!

    Freedom isn't free, ask any Marine.

    Or any Service Member.

    God Bless America.

    We proudly display the American Flag each and every day; right next to the USMC flag.

  26. My husband proudly served 24 years in the USAF. We're very stong supporters of all branches of the military, and so very proud of all our brave service men and women.

    You appear to have had a fantastic time at the RT convention, and were very blessed to have met so many wonderful Authors. I've had a wonderful time looking at all the amazing pictures that you've posted throughout the week. Thank you Kim.

  27. Hi Kim, It is a wonderful thing to see so much support for our military men and women. My uncle was injured in Vietnam and came home to nothing for his services. Thank goodness times have change and our soldiers are acknowledged for their sacrifices.
    You have been able to snap some fantastic pictures, it makes me wish I was there.

  28. Kim, I have thoroughly enjoyed your pictorial recap of RT and meeting the authors we all love. I can only imagine the fun you must have had. Wish I could have been there for the SOS program - bet you did a remarkable job with that.

    I truly wish I had the words that could convey my respect and admiration for the military. I am so very thankful for their service so we can enjoy our many freedoms. And, Kim, I thank you for all you do as well.

  29. Great job as always Kim loved all the photos I would be so excited to meet & greet all my favorite & new authors Someday....
    Huge thank-you with hugs attached to all Our men & women that Selfishly puts themselves in harms way for our Freedom.
    Have a good one Ann/alba
    I so want Cathy's new book Lyons Bride

  30. Today I drove past a mortuary and there were about 20 men (vets) standing outside, each with a flag. It was beautiful and moving. My older brother is in the army, and the sacrifices he and his family make are humbling. So thank you for posting this thank you! I know I appreciate each and every one that serves/stands behind those serving.

    I am continually blown away by all these amazing authors being in one place!

  31. Love these pics! I'm slightly jealous! LOL!
    Thanks to all who all our armed forces who serve this country!

  32. Very nice pictures. Looks like fun. Thanks to the authors and everyone who serves the country.

  33. Thanks , great pics, looks sommuch fun, all thosevgreat books

  34. Thanks for such a fun recap! It's so neat to be able to put faces to names. Definitely thinking about attending next year!

  35. No matter how exhausted you are, make sure to enjoy every minute!!

  36. What a great tribute. I can't imagine all of these wonderful Authors being in one place. It would probably leave me frozen in place and speechless. lol I really have to work on going next year. Thanks for sharing your pictures Kim. And my greatest gratitude goes out to all our members in the Military. There really aren't enough words to thank them.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  37. I am so very proud of our military. We have a long history of serving in the military in our family, going all the way back to WWI. I have great respect to any person and family who commits their lives to our country. With that I say.... THANK YOU!!!
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  38. Great pics. Pleasure to see them

  39. Great pics. I love seeing them, especially since my son is in the National Guard.


  40. Kim and Danielle, looks like you both had a great time. Hope you got to meet some of your favorites!

    I want to thank those in all branches of the military for all they do for us Americans. My father was in the Air Force for 30 years.

  41. What wonderful pictures and it's great that you honored military families.

  42. God bless the people who serve in the military.