Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Aloha to RWA's Librarian Day

Several weeks ago, I attended the 35th Annual RWA Conference in NYC.   I posted pictures on my travel blog here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

I kicked off the week with Librarian's Day, giving me the opportunity to sit with Melissa Norr, a Washington DC library and freelance editor at the Brazen Pen (link).  The first panel features Romantic Suspense authors, including Rebecca Zanetti (link).  She shared how she researched her books.  For example, she rode around in the trunk of her car.  Rebecca added her husband declined to be the driver ... but her sister was happy to take the wheel.

The next panel discussed the year round appeal of holiday romances.  Jane Porter (link) described how Montana at Christmas is romantic ... but I'd rather spend the holiday at her beach house near Waikiki!

RWA treated us to lunch with legendary author Jude Deveraux (link).  She shared the challenges of writing her next contemporary book - a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice with a production of Pride and Prejudice embedded in the story line.  After turning in the manuscript, she joked to her editor that she should next write Emma.   


I always enjoy the opportunity to be in a room of librarians!  I am giving away a copy of PREMIERE - A COLLECTION OF ROMANCE TALES FROM RWA:

From Romance Writers of America® comes a never-before-published collection of tales that showcases the breadth and complexity of the world's most popular genre of fiction!

New York Times bestselling authors Cindy Gerard and Allison Brennan bring the thrills in their tales of romantic suspense.

New York Times bestselling authors Sabrina Jeffries and Courtney Milan take you on a trip back in time with lush stories of historical romance.

New York Times bestselling authors Vicki Lewis Thompson and Joan Johnston show the wonder of contemporary romance, while New York Times bestselling authors Monica Murphy and Laura Kaye's New Adult romances delve into the evolving Millennial perspective.

And editor and #1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day's tale of angels and sizzling desire takes readers to the edge with paranormal romance.

From the first love of Young Adult romance to tales of second chances, LGBT romance to the realms of the supernatural, contemporary to historical, suspense to inspirational, the genre of romance has a story for every reader and this blockbuster inaugural collection from Romance Writers of America showcases it all!

Plus tales from:
Lila Bell
T. L Costa
Diane Kelly
Amber Lin
Katy Regnery
Erica Ridley
Regina Scott
Harper St. George
Lex Valentine

To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about libraries, librarians, and/or Jane Austen - do you have a favorite?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, August 22, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, August 23.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. Our town is actually getting a new library. It is half way built now. The old one was way too small. Very exciting.

  2. I'm a huge fan of libraries and Jane Austen. My favorite is Pride and Prejudice, followed be Sense and Sensibility.

  3. I must say that I grew up only a block away from our county library. And I spent many an hour there. After I went away to college, my mom became a member of the library board. Every year they doubled their pay. $0.... When she retired from the board, she was given a lovely throw that featured the library!

  4. I'm a huge fan of libraries in general but I don't have a favorite.

  5. The community I grew up in did not have a library and relied upon a mobile unit once a month. The community we live in now has a fantastic Library and Librarian. He has done a great job at bringing new programs and opportunities to the community.

  6. I loved disappearing into the library at college. It was quite and you were surrounded by amazing books.

  7. I've got two local libraries close to me, and I love visiting them. They all know me, and I know most of their names. My favorite librarian is Andrea, as she is always so helpful.

  8. I've always loved libraries - my Mom took me to Library School (before kindergarten), it was a favorite stop on my walk home from school, & we have a wonderful local library that offers so many programs (my favorite is the geneaology group).

  9. A few years ago a new library opened up and it had an upstairs to it complete with several more rows on computers that people can use a huge selection for romance books.

  10. I'll always remember how wonderful the people were that ran our bookmobile back when my kids were young. I don't know what we would have done without them.

  11. My favorite librarian is my friend Lynne!

  12. I get books, music CDs, and all our movie rentals from our local library. I love it and go there several times a week. It is also near our house which is really convenient.

  13. My favorite librarian is my friend, Jamie, who is an elementary school librarian. She works really hard to meet the needs of all the students.

  14. This book would be a delight. I love samplers/anthologies. They are a wonderful way to explore new authors and new genre. I was a children's librarian for several years. I was planning to attend the Librarian Days at RWA when it was scheduled to be held in Nashville. Of course it was flooded out and moved to Orlando, Florida. The irony was I had just returned from Orlando the week prior.

  15. like pride and prejudice

  16. I have always loved libraries. Since we didn't have a library in our small town, my mother would take me to the county library once a week and I would come home with a big bundle of books.