Saturday, March 7, 2015

Celebrating our 5th anniversary at SOS Aloha!

This week is the 5th anniversary of SOS Aloha!   I created SOS Aloha in March 2010 as a means to stay connected to Romanceland after moving to Hawaii.  I've tried different things along the way (author interviews, blog tours, and book reviews), giving me the opportunity to find my own voice.

I thank Mary, the Reading Reviewer (link), for encouraging to create this blog.   I also appreciate Terri, Bodice Ripper Novels (link), for teaching me how to format links and add pictures. Finally, I thank my followers for making SOS Aloha a fun place to visit!

Treasures in the sand 

To celebrate our fifth anniversary, I share five fun facts about me ....

1.  I hail from Safety Harbor, Florida (link).   Contemporary romance author Shirley Jump lives nearby (link), often posting pictures of the Tampa Bay area on Facebook.

2  I attended the University of Tampa (link).  Paranormal author Maggie Mae Gallagher (link) is also an UT alum.

3. I was a math major ... and so was Romantic suspense author Julie Anne Walker (link).  

4.  My first assignment was Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts (link).  Mia Marlowe also lived in the Boston area (link).  

5.  I traded my active duty dog tags for a military spouse ID card ... just like many members of the RomVets, veterans who write romance (link).

Lucky guards the books

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

1.  Leave a comment with a fun fact about you.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, March 14, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 15.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Check out my travel blog, ALOHA ON MY MIND, at this link although I have posted any recent travels.  Still, you can trade real snow for virtual sand in Hawaii.  

Sunset Beach


  1. Happy Anniversary Kim! My little fun fact..........I like to work crossword puzzles.

  2. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Kim. I credit you as my inspiration, my friend, and greatest blogging ally.

    You reach so many with your great works and I cannot say CONGRATS enough.

  3. Congratulations Kim, where have the years gone. I have enjoyed your blog for many of those years and my biggest thrill was seeing Hawaii in your eyes.
    Thank you so much.

  4. Happy 5th Blogiversary Kim!!! Has it really been 5 years already? Lots of wishes for a great year of more blogging and reading.

    A fun fact about me is that my first solo trip was going out of the country to England. And I'm making a solo trip back this summer.

  5. Congrats on five awesome years, fellow Spartan!!
    Maggie Mae Gallagher

  6. Congratulations on the 5 years Kim!! A fun fact about me is that i'm a knitter. I knit scarves and shrugs, socks and hats :-D

  7. Wow - 5 Years! Thank you for your service to the book loving community!
    Fun Fact - started off in college to be a nurse, but ended up with a career as a computer programmer - never know where the road may lead you!

  8. Happy anniversary! Like to bake

  9. Congrats on 5 terrific years of reading, reviewing and sharing your life with us, Kim. You're wonderful! Mahalo, m'dear.

  10. Congrats on your 5th Anniversary! My fun fact is that I'm from California and living in Central Florida now. I've never lived anywhere that didn't have nice weather, although we could go up to the mountains to see snow in California. :D

  11. happy anniv :) fun fact -- i like to plan the occasional "enjoy reading a great book all night enjoy & say hi to the sun before sleeping" & can get grumpy if I go to long btwn them.

  12. Congrats on five years. Five years of Blog Bliss. Something about me, I retired so I could run a senior citizen cafe.

  13. I was a Peace Corps volunteer for 3 years in the Philippines. When I cam home, I married a friend from high school who was in the Air Force, a B-52 navigator.

    1. Congratulations on 5 years. wish I had found your blog sooner.

  14. Congratulations & thank you for everything.

    I am not a fan of gardening, but I find I have a green thumb when it comes to propagation.

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  16. Congratulations on the anniversary of your great blog! Fun fact for me - I got married in my 30's and had my kids at 35 & 42!

  17. Wow! Has it been five years? So you've been to Hawaii and back....and all sorts of places in between! It's been fun reading about the places you've visited and the people you've met!

  18. Happy 5th Anniversary Kim!! I've only lived in the Southern half of the US but lived on both coasts and now am in the middle in Texas. I came here for a temporary job assignment, met my husband and stayed.

  19. I was a physics major and math minor.

  20. Happy Bloggerversary!

    I took a one-semester ROTC class. I completed a military obstacle course. Decided to not enlist, but have family members who served.

  21. Happy Anniversary Kim :) I love vintage outfits esp from the 40's and 50's.

  22. Happy anniversary Kim! Love your blog! Fun fact: I have an owl collection.

  23. Congrats Kim and happy 5th anniversary, wishing you many more years of blogging! A fun fact about me is that I'm a huge hockey fan! :D

  24. Happy Anniversary to you! I collect frogs - stuffed animal frogs, not the live ones! LOL