Saturday, January 21, 2017

Aloha to Julie Rowe, Chesterman Beach, and Beach Blanket Bingo

Surfers in Chesterman Beach, British Columbia

Let's talk about beaches.  Canadian author Julie Rowe will be participating in Beach Blanket Bingo during the RT Booklovers' Convention (link):

Join Annette Funicello (Kim Rocha) & Frankie Avalon (Kim Lowe) for a special edition of Book Cover Bingo. Expect spontaneous singing, dancing, & flirting with lifeguards inspired by the beloved 60s film. Readers will join sun loving authors at their favorite beaches and compete for the book laden gift baskets ... perfect for the sand and surf!

Julie will be decorating her table in honor of Chesterman Beach on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  From Tourism Tofino (link),

This 2.7 kilometre (1.7 mile) stretch of white sand paradise is the most popular beach destination for Tofino residents. 
Things to do on Chesterman Beach: 

Explore tidepools with the kids at North Chesterman Beach at low tide and you may see delightful seastars, anemones and umpteen marine lifeforms. 
Drop by the Carving Shed by the Wickaninnish Inn, also on North Chesterman, where friendly and especially talented wood carvers hone their art. 

Walk the tombolo (sandspit) to Frank Island, also to be done at low tide, for the views of the entire beach with snow-capped mountains as a backdrop. 
Get comfy in the sand on South Chesterman Beach as you watch surf instructors teaching eager students the basics of riding their first wave. Better yet, register with a Tofino surf school for your first lesson or bring your gear for a surf on this magnificent beach. For more information on surfing Chesterman Beach, click here.

Full-time author, freelance writer and workshop facilitator,Julie Rowe’s debut novel, Icebound, was released by Carina Press on Nov 14, 2011. Ten novels and eight anthologies have followed. Her most recent titles are the MEN OF ACTION boxed set and VIRAL JUSTICE book #3 of the Biological Response Team series. Julie’s articles and short stories have appeared in numerous magazines, such as Romantic Times Magazine, Today's Parent magazine and Canadian Living. Julie facilitates business writing and communication workshops at Keyano College in her home city, and has presented writing workshops at conferences in the United States and Canada. She’s also a strong supporter of life long learning and moderates a free announcement loop for the promotion of online classes, workshops and webinars. You can find her at, or

During the RT Booklovers' Convention, Julie will be celebrating the release of her next book ... 

Thank you, Julie, for supporting our beach party ... and your support of military families, too!  I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash, including a copy of Julie's LETHAL GAME, to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about British Columbia - what do you know about our Northwest Neighbor?  I know folks who take cruises to Alaska stop in BC and love it!

2. Comments are open through Sunday, January 22, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, January 23.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City



  1. I'm afraid I know nothing - will stay tuned to hear what everyone says!

  2. I'm the same. I don't know anything about British Columbia. Shame on me.

  3. We have been to Vancouver, BC. It was for the World's Fair back in the 80's. We didn't get to see much but the fair and the Aquarium. It was too crowded. It is on our list to vista in the next couple of years. We are seriously considering taking a cruise from there.

  4. Love it , the boat rides, food
    Want to go back and vizit

  5. Sorry to say I don't know anything either. Julie's books sound exciting. I will be checking them out.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) AOL (dot,) com

  6. I have not spent much time there. We stopped on a cruise once.

  7. I've heard it's beautiful, but sadly I've never been.

  8. I've never been to the Pacific Northwest - I'd love to visit - I have read many books set in Washington State, but it would be great to read one set in BC.

  9. Don't know much about BC. Only know Vancouver is its largest city.

  10. I don't know anything about B.C.

  11. Hanging my head.....I know nothing about B.C.