Author Spotlight: Author Kitty Berry

I had the privilege this week to interview an author! Check out Kitty Berry and learn about this amazing romance novel event that her company hosts!

  1. What is RomantiConn? It’s a fun-filled event where authors and readers share their love of fangirling, book-boyfriends, and all things related to books and romance. RomantiConn offers a day to get away from the stress and spend time with friends. At the event, readers will find romance authors with their paperbacks for sale that they will sign and personalize. The event will also include vendors from popular companies.
    RomantiConn-nect: Connecting RomantiConn Authors & Readers is a multi-blog social media push to create more exposure for the CT-based Romance Author Signing Event, RomantiConn and its participating authors. Our goal is to take over social media on Wednesday April 14th and raise awareness across many social media pages and sites.
  2. What is your role? I am the founder of Kitty Berry Books, LLC. which hosts the event. So, pretty much, I’m the host of RomantiConn. I also play a big role in the marketing, hence the birth of RomantiConn-nect: Connecting RomantiConn Authors & Readers.
  3. Are you an author and what is your favorite book you’ve written? I am an author of contemporary romance who writes love stories that never end. If I had to name just one of my books (I have 22 currently live on Amazon. My 23rd will release on 7/24/2021 at RomantiConn) as my favorite, I’d go with my current work in progress. See the next question
  4. Can we expect any new projects soon? My Falls Village Collection (an anthology hybrid where each book can be read alone but will be more enjoyable when read as a collection. The Falls Village Collection authors are participating RomantiConn authors. The small coastal town of Falls Village, Maine is the commonality of this collection) will be complete with the release of the final book (written by me) at RomantiConn. I am currently planning the 2022 RomantiConn Event and working on a new writing project called The Blossom Springs Series about an author and her second chance at love after a mysterious tragedy strikes.
  5. What can attendees expect at RomantiConn? At RomantiConn, a UNICORN Ticket will get an attendee into a luncheon with the authors! They’ll have their choice between three sandwiches (veggie, turkey, beef), a drink, chips, and a salad. It also comes with a cookie! During the one-hour lunch, they’ll be able to sit and chat with their favorite authors from the event in a low-key, informal setting prior to the event. The lunch will be from 11am-12pm. Following that, a General Admission ticket will get them into the signing from 12-4pm. This ticket will come with a tote bag (while supplies last) filled with book related goodies and swag from the signing authors. If attendees want to make a full day of the event, they can purchase a VIP ALL-ACCESS Ticket. That ticket will get them into the signing at 12pm with access until it closes at 4pm. It also includes entry into the mingle from 4:30-6:30pm. Open bar, passed hor d’oeuvres, and food stations will be available while they mingle with and get to know their favorite RomantiConn authors.
  6. What made you want to host RomantiConn? I attended my first signing in August of 2018 in New York City, and I was hooked. After that, I assisted my book bestie (LM Carr) at 2 other NY signings and when we left TNT, I thought to myself, I can do this! Looking back, Janine Infante Bosco made running TNT just look easy. It’s a major commitment and a ton of work. The event takes a good amount of my time each year to plan. But I wanted to create an event that offers a variety of sub-genres to allow readers to fully explore a vast array of Romance. RomantiConn is committed to bringing attendees that variety. RomantiConn also supports all authors, from best-selling, international authors to self-published authors because when I first started out, I quickly learned that obtaining a table at an event was not an easy task. I think RomantiConn does an excellent job in ensuring a table is available to authors at every level in their writing journey.
  7. How many Authors in total? There will be a total of 20 tables reserved for vendors. This list is subject to change
    There is a total of 95 tables reserved for authors. This list is subject to change.

Get to Know the Author Part 2

The second set of questions to get to know me as an author! Can you relate to my answers?

What’s your hardest thing about being an author?

Critics- Sometimes its hard being on the other end of that review – when people seem to forget that their is a human on the other end. Everyone does their best and I for one always try to give my readers the best.

If you could give any new up and becoming author any advice what would it be?

Write it, publish it, do it- There is no better time than the present to go for your goals and do the scary thing.

What novel of your own is your most favorite and why?

The book that is coming out this Christmas is my favorite so far…. SPOILER- Mistletoe Mountain – comes out November 2021. It is a feel good holiday book about a winery that is failing and the woman, Abby, finds a man who got lost in the mountains behind her winery. He’s lost his memory, but knows a lot about business and marketing. Their love story just gives me all the feels and the suspense twist is great lol I think!

If you had to choose one drink for the rest of your life what would it be?

Seltzer!

If you could write about any location what would it be?

Greece- Its on my travel list and then I’ll be sure writing a book about it!

What’s one thing you hate the most about writing?

Editing process and of course when I hit a block.

Do you collect anything?

Yes, I do. I collect Delft blue collectibles and smashed pennies from everywhere I go!

What age did you start writing/reading?

Seriously writing- college. I’ve always loved creative writing when I was younger.

If you have any questions you want answered by me, leave them in the comments!

Get to Know the Author Part 1

I realized that I don’t really post much about myself, so I thought this would be a great start to show my supporters who I am!

What kind of stories do you write? What made you start writing them?

My first book was Paw Elementary: Roxy’s Adventure to the School Dentist. It’s a children’s book. My dog Roxy just passed away and I decided, while reflecting on how short life seems sometimes, that I was going to go for it and publish my first book with Roxy as the main character. I then decided to write my first romance novel- Bottle of Uncertainty. I love a good romance with a twist and one day I just started writing.

What are your Favorite things about writing?

The escape that it provides the readers and myself when creating. It’s a place that I can fall into a creative being and just be myself.

What is your favorite color?

Blue

What is your favorite candy?

Candies that are peppermint and toffee for hard candies

If you had to choose one, what character in your stories would you like to be like and why?

Amelia from Bottle of Uncertainty – There are so many great qualities to Amelia, especially when you’ve read all that she’s been through. I would love to be able to channel her bravery and strength. She also is a huge advocate for animals and so am I.

How many books to date have you written that’s including ones that are in the process of being written?

11- a few aren’t published yet

What is your holiday of choice that you like or love and why?

Christmas. I absolutely love this time of year- I love to donate, sponsor, and give. I think it’s a time that usually people are less selfish and more loving, kind, and giving. It makes me super happy and yes all my Christmas decorations are blue and white, haha.

What’s one of your fears?

Being a failure. Not being good enough. Letting people down.

What are other questions that you would like me to answer? Put them in the comments!

Top Hiking Locations for the Spring!

Spring is in the air and is a perfect time to go outside and get some exercise while staying an acceptable distance apart! Here are 5 awesome hiking locations to check out!

The Maroon Lake Scenic Trail in Aspen, Colorado

If you like capturing your hike via pictures, the Maroon Lake Scenic Trail is one of the most photogenic hikes in in Aspen, Colorado. If you go during late spring, there’s a mile-long “out and back” path that takes you along the lake and streams to the best view of Colorado’s famous Maroon Bells!

Cascade Mountain in Keene, New York

Cascade Mountain’s hike in Keene, New York is a great place to introduce adventurous kids to mountain hike. The 4.8-mile hike round trip brings hikers through a fairly moderate terrain that takes an average of two hours to complete. At the 1.8-mile marker, there’s an opportunity to catch your breath and observe a hint of what’s to come via an open ledge overlooking Algonquin, Colden and Marcy Mountains.

Angels Landing, Zion National Park in Hurricane, Utah

Angels Landing is one of Zion National Park’s most famous hikes. Ascending 1,488 feet, the 5-mile trail welcomes hikers of all skill levels, though it is often categorized as strenuous and not recommended for those who are prone to experiencing vertigo. At the highest perch, you are able to catch your breath and bask in the canyon’s great grandeur.

The Franconia Ridge Trail in Franconia, New Hampshire

Immerse yourself in the green mountainsides with the well-plotted Franconia Ridge Traverse, an 8.9-mile summit loop trail that brings you to two mountain peaks, Mount Lincoln and Mount Lafayette, as well as the smaller, Little Haystack. The trail narrows at points providing a challenge best for intermediate hikers with a payoff worth the effort, as the White Mountain’s green panorama is unmatched in the region.

The Boulder River Hike in Arlington, Washington

Springtime’s arrival brings the Boulder River Hike back to life as the rivers and waterfalls rush with the newly melted snow and spring rains. The hike is considered a family trail as its low-grade terrain and wide paths cater well to children. The 8.6-mile round trip along the Boulder River features plenty of picture-perfect waterfall lookouts and a nice spot to take a breather and enjoy lunch along the river.


If you have any great additions to add to this list, put them in the comments below!

Unique Date Ideas

Getting tired of the same old movie and dinner date night ideas? Let’s bring some romance and fun back into the plan! Here are some unique date ideas that are great for if you’re still in a semi-lockdown status.

Power out date night

Pretend like there is no power and no charge in your devices. Break out the candles and pull out some card or board games with a bottle of wine and have a ball!


Adult kids party

Have a kids birthday party for yourselves. Buy or make a cake, get little gifts for each other, bring back pin the tail on the donkey, bring back the kids party memories! Basically, whatever party games and decorations you want to rock. Because why should kids have all the fun?

Make a homemade piñata together

Stretch this date idea to last over a couple of date nights. Plan and start your piñata on one date, let it dry, on another date, you can decorate it, and on the third date, make a party out of it and smash it! (This idea also pairs well with the above adult kids party idea). Fill it with whatever fun stuff you want. Maybe even each sneak in some surprises for each other.


New food night

Try out some new food items that you have no idea if you will like or not. Grab a bunch of fruit from the grocery store that you have never eaten. Grab a bunch of snacks/food/drinks from an international food store that you have no idea what they taste like. Have a taste testing night. You could also film each of your reactions. Or if you feel really adventurous, try to cook a meal that you’ve never tried before!


Create a new type of dessert together

Desserts are great for experimentation because if you slap enough sweet stuff together, it will probably still taste good. So, let your creativity run wild, make a mess of your kitchen, and get decadent with some sweets!


Do you have any really unique date ideas? Post them in the comments below!

2020 Top Romance Novels

The romance holiday has come and gone once more! But that doesn’t mean that we have to halt all romance talk. Here are some of the top romance novels (not including my own Bottle of Uncertainty) of last year!

Always Only You by Chloe Liese

Chloe Liese delivered one of the freshest, most heartfelt romances of the year. Frankie Zeferino has spent her life building emotional walls, thanks to her autism and her rheumatoid arthritis. But when she strikes up a secret workplace romance with hunky hockey player Ren, she has to learn the value of letting someone in.

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Messy, broken Luc needs to prove himself capable of holding down a healthy relationship to rehab his image (and save his job). When prim and proper Oliver Blackwood enters the picture, they agree to fake a relationship for their mutual benefit. In the process, they fall in love in dizzyingly chaotic fashion, rife with the emotion’s true and glorious complexities.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

This is a deeply felt story of academic Dani Brown and anxiety-plagued security guard Zaf. When Zaf rescues Dani from a fire drill gone wrong, the two embark on a fake relationship to help boost Zaf’s business. But the two exercise such care with each other, they immediately become the other’s soft place to land. Talia Hibbert is an expert at plumbing life’s greatest obstacles – grief, mental illness, feelings of inadequacy — and how to navigate romantic relationships with, not in spite of them.

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

Alongside her two new friends, Samiah Brooks vows to spend six months working on herself. No romantic distractions. But that gets tested with the arrival of new coworker, the hunky Daniel Collins, himself an undercover agent. Samiah struggles with the pressure to be perfect, but The Boyfriend Project is a firm reminder of the value of allowing others to help us carry the weight of our own expectations.

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

Wedding planner Carolina Santos faced her worst nightmare when her fiancé dumped her at the altar, but when a new project forces her to partner with his brother/best man, Max (whom she blames for the jilting), it’s a career opportunity she can’t pass up. As Lina and Max work to prove themselves, they can’t help falling for each other.


Did you find any wonderful romance novels you want to share? Comment below!

Pink Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Valentine’s day is this Sunday! Here are a few pink cocktails to celebrate with! What are some of your favorites?

Mint Tulip Cocktail

This easy to make vodka and St. Germain-based cocktail is flavored with fresh mint and lemon for a truly refreshing taste. It gives spiked lemonade a run for its money! You can find the recipe here.

Honeyed Cherry Daiquiri

A good daiquiri will make you feel like your lounging on the beach, even in the middle of winter. With its tartness and sweetness, this drink goes down very easy!

Blueberry and Thyme Champagne Cocktails

This champagne cocktail tends slightly towards the sweet side. So a good suggestion is to make sure to use a dry or brut champagne (or prosecco) and serve everything super chilled. Blueberries lend this gorgeous cocktail its lovely deep hue, as well as some flavor.

Rosé Lemonade Elderflower Sangria

The pale pink color in this floral sangria is beautiful and will wow any crowd you serve it to. This cocktail is absolutely delicious and dangerously good!

Pink Lemon Lime Mocktail

This pink drink mocktail is perfectly pink and oh, so tasty! The vibrant pink in this super-sweet drink is bound to delight all ages. There’s white cranberry juice mixed in that gives it a delicious taste. Adding your favorite liquor makes it the perfect adult beverage!

Strawberry Tequila Soda

It doesn’t get much easier than these gorgeous pink drinks, made with muddled strawberries, tequila, and a splash of soda. Muddling is a bartender’s technique for releasing flavor from solid cocktail ingredients. With its lovely rose coloring and fruity notes, the strawberry tequila soda is perfect to celebrate Valentine’s day.


Remember that I am selling children’s Valentine’s Day cards on my Etsy shop! Keep an eye out for some romance freebies on Valentine’s Day!

Romantic Gestures

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Do you have a plan in place? Here are a few romantic gestures that can be incorporated throughout the week (or longer) to be even more romantic without worrying about breaking the bank.

1. Pick a chore that your significant other hates doing and complete it. – Even if it’s just a one time thing, it’ll mean the world that you’ve listened and remembered.


2. Call your significant other and have a conversation rather than texting them. – In today’s society, they may be confused that you opted out of texting to actually talk, but they’ll find it romantic when you explain that you just wanted to hear their voice.

3. Make a plan instead of debating what to do for dinner or a date night. – Plan out a night that you know your significant other will love and save yourselves the time and annoyance of picking out where to go.


4. Bring home their favorite meal for dinner. – Stop on your way home from work and pick something up that you know your significant other will love to eat!

5. Surprise your significant other with something nice. – A nice bouquet of flowers or some of their favorite ice cream might make them smile, if only for a minute.

6. Dress up once in a while. – If you’ve been dating for years, it’s easy to fall into a routine of just lounging around your significant other. Surprise them on your next date by wearing something special, even if it’s something simple that you know they love to see you in.

7. Leave them little notes. – Put a sticky note on the mirror telling them they look great. Or hide a scrap of paper that has “I love you” written on it in their pocket. It’ll make their day when they see it.

8. Tag them in a meme. – Tag your significant other in a funny meme that you saw on social media that reminds you of them. You can start a collection of inside jokes surrounding these.

9. Take your significant other to your favorite places. – Show them all the important places in your life to make them feel even more included.

10. Let them know you’re thinking about them. – Our lives are hectic and it’s easy to slip into a routine where if we see each other so much, we start to internalize little moments when our significant others cross our minds. Send them a text or a simple yell across the room to let them know you’re on their mind goes a LONG way.

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Favorite TV Shows

I love immersing myself into the arts, whether that be my obvious passion (writing) or other mediums such as music, movies, and tv shows. Here are a few of my favorite tv shows and why I love them!


TV Shows for when I need a good laugh:

The Big Bang Theory is a comedy about physicists Leonard and Sheldon who have brilliant minds that understand how the universe works. However no amount of book smarts helps them interact with people. They must learn the day to day interactions on their own.


How I Met Your Mother follows the story a father tells to his children about how he met their mother and the life leading up to and around it. It’s a great show that follows the lives of 5 best friends and the lessons they experience and learn from.

TV Shows for when I’m in the mood for action:

NCIS LA follows the exploits of the Los Angeles-based Office of Special Projects, an elite division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service that specializes in undercover assignment. It’s a great action show that has plenty of stand alone episodes with a flowing side story as well.


Jack Ryan is a series based on characters from the fictional “Ryanverse” created by Tom Clancy. This show follows a CIA analyst who is pulled into the field with a past that is more than meets the eye.


TV Shows for when I’m in the mood for romance and drama:

Sweet Magnolias is a tv show based on the novels written by Sherryl Woods. It follows three women from South Carolina who have been best friends since childhood. They explore the complexities of romance, career, and family.


What are your favorite TV shows and why? Comment below!
My second book in the Vineyard Collection, A Willow Tree Solace is almost ready to be released! Have you read Bottle of Uncertainty yet?

Winter Weekend Getaways

With this new year comes new adventures and possibilities. And with winter still in full gear, here are 5 winter weekend getaway places that you are sure to love!

Breckenridge, Colorado

If you love the snow, this city is a great winter weekend getaway to explore. This small city is unique with it’s Victorian mining town roots. It is nestled in a valley with several mountains of excellent skiing available. There are many activity options, both for kids and adults, within walking distance of each other. Breckenridge (or nearby resorts) has snowmobile rentals, carriage rides, snowcat tours, ice/snow sculpture contests, snowshoe hiking, indoor and outdoor ice skating and much more. Some favorite things to do include taking the gondola up to the base of peak 8 and sipping hot chocolate while watching the ski slopes.

Page, Arizona

Antelope Canyon is the highlight of the area, but it gets incredibly busy at Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. However, during the winter time, it’s still just as gorgeous while way less crowded. You can also explore other slot canyons around. If you love more of an outdoor weekend getaway, this is a great option!

Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City Utah is another great ski destination. With four world-class ski resorts right within the city limits, you are never more than forty minutes from Salt Lake’s famous powdery snow. You’ll find more snowfall here than at any other North American ski destination and the terrain offers challenging runs. Apart from skiing, City Creek Canyon is another area that has pedestrian-friendly trails that are open year-round. You can get the best of both first two options with this great winter weekend getaway location.

San Antonio, Texas

If you’re the type who wants to get away from the brutal cold during the winter, San Antonio, Texas is an option worth looking into with its moderate Southern climate and charming atmosphere. It is the first charted civil settlement in Texas, so you can be sure there’s a lot to do and see while you’re there. The Alamo is a historic Spanish fortress founded in the 18th century that was a significant symbol during the Texas Revolution. Another point of attraction is the San Antonio Riverwalk. With the temperature generally staying above 60 degrees on the coldest of days, this is a great weekend getaway for those who don’t want to be freezing.

St. Augustine, Florida

Another warmer option for a weekend winter getaway is St. Augustine, Florida. It not only encompasses some amazing beaches that are great for relaxing and sandcastle making, but it also has a great history to keep almost anyone interested. Being nicknamed the Nation’s Oldest City, it has a wide variety of attractions and restaurants.