Aloha! I hope this blog brings warmth to the 49 states with snow! I am a military spouse and romance reader who lives in Hawaii. Hence, I write a blog to promote military families, romance books, and Hawaiian culture at sosaloha.blogspot.com.
My blog is the outreach from my volunteer work with Support Our Soldiers (SOS) America – a military charity sponsored by Kathryn Falk, Lady of Barrow and CEO of Romantic Times (RT) Book Reviews. Lady Kathryn created SOS America as a means for readers and authors to support deployed personnel after 9/11. In the past 10 years, SOS America has grown to include a Soldiers’ Cabin on Lady Kathryn’s ranch outside Houston, Texas. It is open to wounded warriors and families of deployed personnel for R & R – and Lady Kathryn even cooks!
Of course SOS America continues to support deployed personnel. Operation Holiday Card was a roaring success as romance readers sent over 1000 holiday cards to Iraq and Afghanistan. But our support doesn’t end with the winter holidays. Kelley Granzow in Columbus, Ohio coordinates “pen pals” for deployed personnel all year round. With the Valentine’s Day around the corner, Kelley has names of deployed personnel who would appreciate a “sweet” card from the home front. To learn more about supporting deployed personnel, contact Kelley at email@example.com.
The crowning jewel of SOS’s work is the Military Mixer held in conjunction with RT’s annual Booklovers Convention. This year, RT is destined for the Westine Bonaventure Hotel in LA from April 6 -10. The Military Mixer itself is schedule for Saturday, April 9, 3:30 – 5 pm. The Military Mixer is open to all registered guests of the Booklovers Convention as well as military families in the local area. If you have a military connection, please plan to join us. I salute Authors By Moonlight’s own Sherry James for co-sponsoring the SOS Military Mixer for the 5th year in a row! To learn more about the SOS Military Mixer and the RT Booklovers Convention, log onto www.rtbookreviews.com/convention-home.
I’d like to close my blog with some trivia about snow! The big island of Hawaii is home to the world’s highest peak (if you measure from its underwater base) – Mauna Kea, “the White Mountain.” Mauna Kea is so high that it boasts snow caps year around, thus making Florida this year’s lone holdout for snowfall in the US. I hope you join me at my blog, sosaloha.blogspot.com, to learn more about romance reading, military families, and the Aloha State.
Mahalo to Authors By Moonlight for graciously hosting me today! In the spirit of Aloha, I am giving away a Hawaiian wood trivet in the pineapple design to one randomly selected commenter at Authors By Moonlight. Leave your comment by 9 PM CST time tonight.