Hi everyone! Thanks for popping in. This weekend it’s my pleasure to introduce Kim Adams from SOS Aloha Blogspot. Kim is a military spouse who lives in beautiful, sunny Hawaii. Kim is such a compassionate and kind person, I simply had to share her with you. In fact, she’s in the ‘W’ for writers formation above in a picture taken by Cathy Maxwell at RomCon. Whoa, check out that ship behind them! Makes me pretty darn proud to be American! All right, it's time for you to meet this fantastic lady and hear how generous she is...SKY: Welcome Kim, so nice to have you visit!
KIM: Aloha, Sky! Although I enjoy living in Paradise, sometimes I experience island fever. It’s great to get out and interact with other romance readers, even via the Internet!
SKY: Your blog is fantastic. I see it covers topics such as romance reading, military families, international travel and Hawaiian culture. Tell us, what inspired you to start such an informative blog?
KIM: I volunteer with Kathryn Falk’s military charity, SOS America Inc. Kathryn is the CEO and founder of Romantic Times’ Bookreview Magazine. SOS hosts a Military Mixer during the RT’s annual Booklovers’ Convention. But I wanted to bridge the gap between each convention. I stated a newsletter sent by email. Encouraged by readers to take the next step, I created a blog. Thus, SOS Aloha was born. The “Aloha” catches readers eyes and many are curious about Hawaii.
I now blog daily because so many authors, like yourself, want to support military families.
But I want to emphasize that SOS Aloha is open to all readers. I like to think of it as a cross promotion by exposing romance readers to military issues and miiltary readers to romance books. The international travel and Hawaiian culture are added bonuses!
SKY: My husband served eight years in the military, my father four, (and the list goes on) so I'm pretty proud of our guys (and gals!) who have served and still do. As you're a military spouse, a huge thank you to you and yours for serving our country. Is there anything you’d like to share in that regard? Perhaps where donations in any form might be made to help our countrymen overseas?
KIM: SOS America has several projects, including Operation Holiday Card. We are asking romance readers to request one name of a deployed service member and send them a holiday card. To join Operation Holiday Card, contact Kelley at at Columbussos@gmail.com
I’ll publicize other opportunities in the New Year.
SKY: That sounds super. Thanks Kim! I know you graciously feature authors at your blog. Do you have an email address where authors might be able to contact you to be featured? Or do you typically contact them?
KIM: I am always open for authors to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When I first started, I contacted the authors whose books I received from RT, RWA, and more recently RomCon. I asked them for bookmarks to accompany the books I would give away to SOS readers. Then I contacted author for “themed” blogs, such as authors who write Scottish Historicals to spotlight them on St. Andrew’s Day.
I also connected with several publicists and their clients.
But I am always open to spotlighting authors interstested in publicity, whether or not they have a military connection. I enjoy meeting authors new to me – I always seem to find a connection with them!
SKY: The floor is yours, Kim. Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
KIM: I would like to say “Mahalo Nui” to you, Sky, and the countless number of authors who generously donate to SOS. The books, bookmarks, and other bling brightens the days of the military readers dealing with heavy issues such as deployment, unemployment, and relocation.
SKY: Thanks so much for popping over. It was wonderful having you visit!
KIM: I extend an invitation to you and your readers to come visit us in Hawaii! Should you find yourself booking a Hawaiian vacation, I’d be happy to offer travel advice!
SKY: Ooooh, I've never been to Hawaii and would love to visit. You can bet if I do, I'll be contacting you!
Have a few minutes to spare? Want to learn more about Kim's superb blogspot, SOS Aloha? Then click here to head on over.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to peek in Monday morning as my A-musing the World Blog Event continues. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!