Aloha, new readers and returning friends! Today I host the Avon Addict Blog Hop ... and I share my love affair with Avon Romance. Some of you already know this story ... but it's one worth repeating! I discovered Avon Romance back in 2004 while living in the Netherlands. My husband was working for NATO, giving me the opportunity to hobnob with the UK Delegation. Oh, they were lovely ladies! We also lived near Kasteel Limbricht - an inspiring sight on my daily walk.
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I frequently volunteered at the Thrift Shop on the Army base in Schinnen. We received a request from the NATO personnel deployed in Kabul, Afghanistan. They adopted an orphanage and asked for donations. The Thrift Shop had long been neglected so we packed most of its contents for Afghanistan. Left behind were the English language books, including a large stack of Avon romances. I was not an avid reader of anything, let alone "those books". But one called to me with its red tartan sash - Cathy Maxwell's A MARRIAGE CONTRACT.
Thus began my love affair with Avon Romance, Cathy Maxwell, and Scotland.
Three years later, while living on Fort Meade, I coordinated an Old Fashioned Tea Party for military spouses (that is another story at this link). I invited authors from the DC area, including Cathy Maxwell. She came the farthest, driving from Richmond to Baltimore in winter weather. The rest is history. And it is history that draws me Avon Romances.
|Mary Cassatt's FIVE O'CLOCK TEA (1880)|
I was curious about Avon's history. From Wikipedia (at this link),
I was fortunate then to find Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers in the Army's library. I am fortunate today to be an Avon Addict. I'd like to share my fortune with you. I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash - stocked with a wide variety of Avon Romances - to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about the first romance you read.
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, December 8, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, December 9.
Kim in Hawaii
I try to blog about Avon Romance each Wednesday. Come back on December 12 for a discussion of Avon contemporary authors and December 19 for Avon paranormal authors.
If you love Scotland as much as I do, check out my travel blog, ALOHA ON MY MIND, at this link, link, link, link, link, link, link, link, and link.
|Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness|