Sunday, April 17, 2016

Viva Las Vegas for the Arm Chair Traveler

I have enjoyed the posts on Facebook and for the RT Booklovers Convention (#RT16) in Las Vegas.  I could not attend this year ... but social media brought Las Vegas to me.

Las Vegas just happened to play a part in my weekend:

- I stopped by a yard sale in my neighborhood and found a Las Vegas Hurricane Glass from the Hard Rock Cafe for a quarter.  Hubby and I collect the HRC glasses (hurricanes, pilsner, and shot) from our travels around the world.  We may already have one from Las Vegas ... but the price was right!

- I received an Amazon box with cozy mysteries, including Jenn McKinlay's VANILLA BEANED:

Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are taking a gamble by opening their first franchise of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, so where better to hit the jackpot than in Vegas? Business manager Tate Harper has lined up a meeting with Holly Hartzmark, a former showgirl who’s looking to bring Mel and Angie’s sweet treats to Sin City, but Mel isn’t so sure she’s ready to hand her recipes over to a complete stranger—especially one as brash as Holly.

But after the potential bakery location gets blown up, Mel begins seeing another side to Holly—one that reminds her very much of herself. Determined to help a kindred spirit, Mel sets out to discover who is trying to keep the bakery from cashing in. But with a murderous mischief maker on the loose, the odds are stacking up against a happy ending for Mel and her friends...


- I am writing this week's blog today with the TV playing in the background.  John Taffler and the crew from Bar Rescue are visiting Las Vegas ...

Do you believe in coincidences? What are you reading this weekend? What are you watching on TV? One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Saturday, April 23, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, August 24.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Vegas also boasts the Hawaiian Marketplace on the Strip
with its own statue of King Kamehameha.
The picture above is mine from Waikiki.


  1. I'm currently reading I Adored a Lord by Katherine Ashe and enjoying it. I got it from you :) As to TV, most shows are going into repeats but I am watching DWTS and Survivor. As to coincidence - one not, I'm open to anything.

  2. not reading anything now

  3. A box of cozies; lucky you. That cupcake cover has me drooling.

  4. Watching a lot of sports and can't wait for The Night Manager to premiere next week.

  5. Yes, I believe in coincidences. :D I'm reading Miranda Neville's Secrets of a Soprano and my DVR is full of great things to watch so I have a lot to choose from - I'll probably try to catch up on Bones or Grimm.

  6. I am still reading through the Bridgertons - almost done with To Sir Phillip, With Love. So good!

  7. I am re-reading OUTLANDER and I am watching VIKINGS.

    I do believe in coincidences

  8. I believe in coincidences & I'm reading "Too good to be true", again :-)

  9. Sorry you did not make Vegas. I just finished a book by Brenda Jackson. She writes wonderful stories. I do believe in coincidence or perhaps it is fate.

  10. Would have loved the Vegas Convention. I do believe in coincidences. I'm reading Thomas Jefferson: dreaming of Sally Hemings. And Brenda Novak's This Heart of Mine.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  11. Sometimes I wonder about coincidence - I wonder if there is a guiding force that puts us someplace for a reason - big or small.
    I've been reading some old Betty Neels books I got from the library - they are my cozy read, and I want to see if I can read all her stories.

  12. My grandbabies are visiting so I'm reading children's books and watching the Disney channel :)
    My son in law is in the army so visits are sometimes rare so I savor every moment I can with them.

  13. I am currently reading The King by J.R. Ward.

  14. Didn't read this weekend. watched a few shows on food network. yes I do.

  15. Watching. NBA and NHL playoffs

  16. I am rereading Outlander, too, now that Season Two is back!


  17. Romance, romance, and romance!


  18. I believe a lot in coincidences since it has happened to me quite a few times I'm reading Melanie Harlow Frenched Series

  19. Janet Evanovich's Plum latest.
    Patty B