Saturday, October 28, 2017

Aloha to the New Jersey Romance Writers - Part 1

I recently attended the New Jersey Romance Writers (NJRW) "Hearts and Sparks" Reader Blogger Appreciation Luncheon.  Before the buffet brunch, we played "Author Fact Bingo" - a fun way to meet the authors and learn tidbits from their lives. Over the next few days, I'll introduce you to the authors in alphabetical order ...

Maria K. Alexander,,

"I sold Avon Cosmetics part-time for 18 years."

Antonia Aquilante,,

"I was once yelled at by the Secret Service."

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Laurie Benson,,

(From her bio), " She began her writing career as an advertising copywriter, where she learned more than you could ever want to know about hot dogs and credit score reports."


Terri Brisbin,,

"I was once thrown out of the White House".


Anabelle Bryant,,

"I love word games and have  auditioned for Wheel of Fortune twice."


Christi Caldwell,,

"I sang in the East Room of the White House for a Holiday Concert in 1995."


Hmmm ... we have a theme of White House among the authors!  I am giving away RWA swag to four randomly selected commenters during the month of October. To enter the giveaway, 

1. Leave a comment about famous buildings - have you visited any? White House? Empire State? Sears Tower? Buckingham Palace? Forbidden City?

My family visited the Forbidden City in Beijing during our tour of China. It was amazing - check out our pictures at this link.

2. Comments are open through Tuesday, October 31, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll announce the winner on Wednesday, November 1.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Forbidden City


  1. Thanks so much! It was great to see you again. xo Anabelle

  2. When I was much younger I visited India and spent two days touring the Taj Mahal. Amazing place.

  3. I think of all the buildings that I've visited, the Louvre was my favorite - I could have spent weeks there but only had an afternoon.

  4. Been to the Empire Stat Building. Would love to visit the Forbidden City.

  5. I have visited the Sydney Opera House quite a few times.

  6. I did visit the White House and Machu Picchu

  7. I've never been out of the USA but did visit the White Houser, Statue of Liberty and in my home town Thomas Edison factory. Movie theater and his estate.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  8. So great to see you two weekend in a row Kim! So much fun !

  9. I know I was outside the White House when I was little, but I don't think we went in. I was in The Empire State building when I was a kid. I haven't been in Buckingham Palace, but have visited other famous buildings in England like The Tower of London, Warwick Castle & a few other 'stately homes'.

  10. I've been in Mount Vernon and Monticello, plus a couple of other presidential homes.


  11. The Sears Tower and Hancock Building.

  12. I haven't been anywhere really famous like the White House, but I did go to my home state of Missouri's Captial building. I would love to to Buckingham Palace or the Tower of London.