Friday, August 3, 2012

Aloha to RWA - RomVets' Call to Arms

Last Thursday, the RomVets - veterans who write romance - gathered for our annual Call to Arms ... with pens in hand!   Can you find me in the photo above?  I am not wearing an Aloha shirt!  Last Saturday, several members of the RomVets hosted this workshop:

Not Every Man in Uniform Is a Navy SEAL! Developing Military Characters to Steal Readers' Hearts (RESEARCH)

Speakers: Rogenna Brewer, AJ Brower, Geri Krotow, Heather Nickodem, Jo Anne Pinney, and Taylor Reynolds

A panel of authors who are also military veterans will share information on hot military career fields besides special ops; where to research information for military characters; typical military lifestyles, including deployments; and what it’s like to be a female in today’s military.

Rogenna Brewer (left) kicked off the discussion as the author
who writes about Navy SEALS.  AJ Brower (right) led the charge to promote other military jobs with honorable heroes.

Filling out the workshop is (third from left to right)
Geri Krotow, Heather Nickodem, Taylor Reynolds, and Jo Anne Pinney.

The audience appreciated the RomVets' inside knowledge of military life.

Here's your chance to "nominate" an ordinary job (military or civilian) to become an honorable hero - accountant?  engineer?     One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, August 11, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, August 12.


Kim in Hawaii

To learn more about the RomVets, check out our website at

Despite their father being an Air Force communications offer,
David (left) and Andrew (right) root for NAVY SEALS!


  1. I have to go with nursing and especially in the military.

  2. The moms out there, my best frien a mom for the second time, whoo
    The great teachers
    Ty great pics

  3. Hrm, not really certain. Engineers rarely gets touched on. The ones who do the grunt work, putting things together, fixing things that are broken down. That seems less glamorous position I guess.

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  4. Hey Kim, thank you for sharing the information and pictures. Tossing it out for Signal folks and Quartermaster (that would be my hubby and me-lol) for the army.

    Hugs have a nice weekend aloha and mahalo.

  5. I'd have to nominate teachers. A lot of times they don't get the respect and praise they deserve.

  6. I would nominate medics/doctors. They are all heroes but those who risk their lives in the military to try to save others are even greater heroes.

  7. Kim, I found you. I would like to nominate paramedics and nurses.

  8. Medics and nurses in the military. They don't get enough praises IMO.

  9. Great pictures. I really enjoyed meeting everyone.

  10. Teachers. My uncle, sister-in-law and older brother are teachers. I salute their dedication not just to teach lessons to their students but help straighten their personalities and values.

  11. AN ordinary job that we cannot do it without is that of sanitation workers. They never get any praise.

  12. I would also have to say teachers for the same reasons Jane said.

  13. Teaachers. Its a job that I wouldn't be able to do.

  14. I'm with you Betty! I could never teach full time, especially elementary school.

  15. I would say moms and teachers!

  16. Kim, I sure have enjoyed all of the pictures you have posted. I found you sitting there without an Aloha shirt and still looking chipper as ever.

    I nominate: Cooks! Everyone always complains about the food, but what would we do without them! And not the high-class chefs either. I'm talking the school cafeteria cooks and the military cooks.

  17. Great pictures and I spotted you very quickly, Kim! I'd nominate Truck Drivers. I have spent the past three months riding with my husband and have learned a whole lot; not an easy job.

  18. i nominate volunter who are willing to give their time to help people :)