I am posting events for the upcoming RT Booklovers' Convention on my travel blog, Aloha on My Mind, I am using the tag line, Finding Your Tribe, in response to recent kerfuffles in Romanceland. I'm used to drama from the military spouses' clubs and even the PTA. Yet these dust ups in Romanceland surprise me because romance embraces hope, overcomes obstacles, and celebrates the HEA. I believe there is room for everyone - readers and authors - to enjoy success in Romanceland. The key to that success is finding your tribe.
Five years ago, shortly after I created SOS Aloha, I followed a popular blog known for its confrontational style. I failed miserably in defending my perspective against long time commenters who had thicker skin than me. I cried to an author friend who responded, "You don't have to be friends with that group of readers to be part of romance." So I set out to find my own tribe within Romanceland ... and I am thankful for the friends I now have.
I offer a snippet from best selling author Sharon Hamilton:
I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Can you share a pearl of wisdom?
2. Comments are open through Saturday, April 18, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 19.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City