Sunday, October 20, 2013

Aloha to the New Jersey Romance Writers (NJRW) Conference (part 1)

This past weekend, I drove with Cathy Maxwell to the New Jersey Romance Writers (NJRW) Put Your Heart In A Book Conference (link).  The theme was DREAM BIG - WRITE NOW.  Cathy and I arrived just in time for the cocktail reception to celebrate the writing contest finalists.  Above is Diana Cosby, Cathy, and Diane Gaston.    

Kimberly Rocha from BOOK OBSESSED CHICKS (link) joined our group.  After chatting with Kimberly, I realized that we both attended Lora Leigh's RAW - she's in the picture of line dancing at this link.   

C.H. Admirand and Sara Humphreys chatted about their publisher, Sourcebooks.

The West Coast was represented by Margaret Mallory (Washington) and Jane Porter (California).

Cathy and I dined at the Kona Grill in memory of Hawaii. After eating healthy entrees, we splurged on a decadent dessert - butter cake with vanilla ice cream.   There are no calories at conferences, right?

I am giving away two conference bags filled with fun swag plus:

Diana Cosby's HIS CAPTIVE
Diana Cosby's HIS WOMAN

Margaret Mallory's KNIGHT OF DESIRE
Anthology, THE LADY MOST LIKELY, with Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway



To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about your favorite dessert.

2.  This giveaway is open to all readers.

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 26, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winners on Saturday, October 27.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. Hmm. Good Tiramisu ranks right up there.

  2. Love the pics and oh my what a prize. I love white almond cake.

  3. Let's see--anything decadently chocolate would be my favorite dessert, preferably if it's adorned with one (or more) of the following: raspberries/raspberry syrup, toasted pecans, caramel, and whipped cream. Mmmmm...Sounds like you had a great time, Kim.

  4. Thanks for sharing the pictures! Since it's fall, my favorite fall dessert is pumpkin pie!

  5. My favorite is creme brule'. It's perfection when one tap of your spoon breaks through to luscious custard.

    Love the NJRWA conference. They really do a bang up job!

  6. Hi Kim!

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time at NJRW and at least time the trip was a short one from Baltimore to New Jersey!

    Since I'm a Type I diabetic I can't eat dessert myself but my family loves when I bake them a cherry covered cheesecake! It's a "secret family receipe from a friend and I can tell you that one of those ingredients is to use crushed Zieback instead of graham crackers to line the bottom and sides of the pan! Sorry I can't tell you the rest but let me know when your in the area and I'll bake one just for you!

  7. Thanks for posting such great pics. My favorite dessert is my fresh cream strawberry trifle that I always make for special occasions. It's always a hit with everybody, and disappears really quickly.

  8. My favorite dessert changes with the season but a constant favorite is cheesecake.

  9. I'm so sad , I forgot about the conference because I've been sick with the Flu. And here I am in Jersey. :( Maybe next time but thank you Kim for the great pictures and sharing with us. :) Love them. Don't enter me as I have and read all these wonderful books already.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  10. So sad I didn't see you that night. I really need to take more pictures!!

  11. I'm a cheesecake fanatic. I love cheesecake