Saturday, May 2, 2015

May is National Military Appreciation Month - Aloha to Beth Ciotta

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Beth Ciotta and her sister Elle J. Rossi are two more hosts at the SOS America Military Tribute (link).  They are also singing the National Anthem.  From Beth's bio,

It's not surprising that I gravitated toward a career in the arts. But rather than nurturing my writing, I pursued a career as a singer. I started singing professionally at age 14. Fresh out of high school, I went 'on the road' performing in hotel lounges and nightclubs six nights a week, fifty weeks (more or less) a year for eight years. During my travels, I met the love of my life and joined his band. We performed together for several years, settling in Atlantic City where he eventually left the stage to become a highly skilled audio/visual technician--a sensible job. I, on the other hand, morphed into a variety performer, working the casinos as a character actress, singer, dance motivator and emcee. Yup. Quirky.

The desire to perform burned strong and sustained me for more than twenty-five years before ebbing to a dull flicker. An artist without passion is a frightening thing (for the artist anyway.)

Out of the blue I started reading romance novels and experienced an epiphany. This was what I was supposed to be doing! Writing love stories! That was in 1994 and I have never looked back. I first published in 2002 under the pseudonym, CB Scott, along with my then writing partner, Cynthia Valero. After three published novels as CB Scott, I branched out with my first solo novel—JINXED—in 2004 and since then have published eleven more novels under my name, with several more on the way. 


“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”—C.S. Lewis

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Mahalo, Beth, for answering the call to support the SOS America Military Tribute.  Learn more about Beth and her books at bethciotta.com.  I'll spotlight Elle on May 21 here at SOS Aloha - I scheduled the table hostesses in alphabetical order :)

For the month of May, I am giving away one grand prize of books and swag from the authors featured this month (link). Plus five more commenters - one for each branch of service - wins a book choice from my convention stash. To enter the giveaway,

1.  If you could sing, what would you sing?  I can't sing, but if I could, I would sing with the Sweet Adelines ... my husband is a Barbershop singer. 


2. Comments are open through Sunday, May 31, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, June 1.
Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


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29 comments:

  1. If I could sing I would most likely sing folk music (Peter, Paul, and Mary style), classic rock, and /or the old standards.

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  2. If I could sing, I would sing songs from the 60-70s.

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  3. I can't sing, but I do love to listen to "good" opera. Arias that are so beautiful they make me weep. Now, that would be amazing.

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  4. I think IW ould go with easy listening

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  5. I would love to sing oldies....but one time I would love to sing the National Anthem at sports event even though I can't sing a note.

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  6. I do believe I have performed every style here except.... opera! Oh, to have that skill and range. :)

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  7. I have always wanted to be able to sing, it is the one talent that I wish I had and I would love to sing country music or pop music.

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  8. If I could sing, it would be country.

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  9. I like the idea of singing folk songs. I remember enjoying belonging to our school choir.

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  10. I would want to sing Carrie Underwood songs.

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  11. I would sing songs from the 70s and 80s.

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  12. If I could sing, I would sing alternative rock with a great band.

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  13. I'd sing broadway musical songs

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  14. Lady Antebellum.
    patoct@yahoo.com

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  15. I would love to be able to carry a tune. I love all kinds of music, so it would be nice not to murder the songs as I am enjoying them, lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. I can hold my own with singing, but I could never do it in front of people. I would end up singing country music.

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  17. If I could sing, I'd sing just about everything - because I could. My singing is limited to when few or no people are around. It's a good thing there isn't a recorder in my car when I'm alone. :-D

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  18. I wish I could sing musicals or opera :)

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  19. I used to sing in the high school choir. My favorite thing to sing was on the holidays when we went to sing to sick kids in the hospitals.

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  20. I used to sing in the high school choir. My favorite thing to sing was on the holidays when we went to sing to sick kids in the hospitals.

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  21. I was in choir when I was in high school. My preferred songs to sing tend to be from musicals.

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  22. I like Katie Perry so it would be her music.
    Karen T.

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  23. I love to sing Christmas Carols.
    gmapeony

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