Last Saturday, I enjoyed a pancake breakfast with Susan Wiggs and the Avon Romance publicity team to celebrate the upcoming release of FAMILY TREE, available August 9 from William Morrow (link).
Then I prepared for my final panel:
Reporting for Duty: An Intimate Chat with the RomVets (RESEARCH)
Speakers: Grace Adams, Heather Ashby, Julia Day, Kim Lowe, Anna Richland, and Tamara Worlton
Air Force veterans, Navy veterans, an active duty Navy surgeon, and an Army veteran share their military experience to ensure military characters are accurately portrayed in romance novels. The panel will teach writers how to decipher military acronyms, identify ranks from the five services, and safely carry a weapon.
It was a powerful discussion of how military duty impacts the entire family. Tamara, a Navy surgeon, responded to my question, "Why do you read romance?" To paraphrase her, "In 2004, during the Battle of Fallujah, the bodies arrived at the hospital .... (tears began to well in her eyes, then mine) ... I just want read about happy endings."
Thank you, my sisters in arms, for educating our fellow writers on military life.
Authors - find someone who bought the conference recordings and listen to this panel.
Image by Jeffrey W (link)
I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash, including FAMILY TREE, to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about pancakes - how do you like to eat them? With syrup? Fruit? Powdered Sugar? I enjoyed chocolate chip pancakes at Susan's breakfast - yum, yum!
2. Comments are open through Saturday, July 30, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 31.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City