Saturday, June 28, 2014

Aloha to the Frederick Book Festival

Frederick, Maryland, is home to the historic Hood College (above) ... and the Frederick Book Festival (at Hampton Inn).   From its link,

The Frederick Book Festival was created to open a new venue for readers and authors in the Western Maryland and surrounding areas. Frederick Maryland has the unique quality to be in a central location to many areas. It is less than an hour drive from Washington, DC, Gettysburg, PA, Baltimore, MD, West Virginia and Virginia. This area is home to a multitude of talented authors from many genres. With Frederick’s natural richness of history and arts, it seemed to be a perfect location for a festival for literary stimulation.

Romance Mash Up with Jean Murray, Reesa Herberth, Lynne Silver, Eileen Slovak, and Mary Behre:

Authors discuss how storytelling have begun to cross genres and how the blending of genres builds a better story.

I enjoyed the lively discussion ... and learned that Reesa grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii!

Back in the promo room, I chatted with Jean ... and learned she is a Navy Veteran!

Jean introduced me to Loni Lynne ... another Navy vet turned romance author!  We are all members of the RomVets (link).

I caught the tail end of the YA panel with Julie Lindsay, Lea Nolan, Jodi Meadows, Brigid Kemmerer, and Elizabeth Kirk:

Join this year's featured YA authors as they share and discuss their passion for speculative stories, fantastical settings, and fierce, unapologetic love.  These ladies take YA thrills to another world ...

The blogger panel featured Joy (from Joyfully Reviewed), Ericka (from Bookpushers), Kelly (reviewer turned author), and Jen (from Jenuine Cupcakes):

Join our book bloggers and reviewers for a lively discussion about books, heroes and heroines, and the world of romance.

Last, but not least, Romancing the Hero with Wine and Chocolates hosted by Jean Murray, Melissa Schroeder, and PJ Schnyder.  Not pictured:  Vivi Dumas and AC Arthur.  We chatted about ...

... what makes a good hero, why we love them, our favorite heroes from popular books.  And if that wasn't enough, we'll be sampling delicious wine and chocolates.

I enjoyed seeing Melissa again ... she is another military spouse who previously lived in Hawaii!


I am giving away swag from all these authors plus an autographed copy of Melissa's novella, TEASE ME.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about any "literary events" you have attended ... at the library, at a bookstore, or even at a convention!

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, July 5, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 6, on SOS Aloha (link).


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. haven't been to any

  2. I haven't been to any....yet. It's a bucket list item for me.

  3. My hometown library hosted Suzanne Brockmann twice and I attended both times.

  4. I have not been to too many but did go to a library talk with Eloisa James and several others.

  5. I attend Lady Jane's Salon in Naperville, Lori Foster's RAGT and any booksigning I can at my bookstores.

  6. How fun!! We don't even have a working library or a bookstore here anymore. Tweeted and shared.

  7. Love Lynn Silver and Jodi Meadows! I'm hearing such good things about Mary Behre's books too -- can't wait to read it!

  8. Kim,
    Thank you for the fun article. The Frederick Book Festival is on my bucket list. Love the photos - RomVets rock! ^5

    Diana Cosby

  9. I have been to writer's conferences and author talks. I love hearing writers talk about their books. The most recent one I went to was a book signing and talk with Elin Hilderbrand when she was visiting San Diego with her family.

  10. Sadly, I haven't had the opportunity to attend any literary events.

  11. So nice to see so many RomVets there * waves to Loni * AND darling Mary Behre from my home RWA chapter! Write on, ladies!!!

  12. I'm afraid I haven't - only the ones online.

  13. Love the picture. It was so nice to meet you.

    Jean Murray