Friday, January 30, 2015

Aloha to Jamie Rae and CALL SIGN KARMA

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It is my distinct pleasure to welcome my fellow AF veteran, Jamie Rae.  She is celebrating the release of  CALL SIGN KARMA.  Jamie joins me for a cozy chat ..


JAMIE RAE is a New Adult and Young Adult author. She writes with one goal in mind - to create a story with a positive message that will stay with the reader long after they've finished reading.

Jamie is an avid reader and loves discovering stories with a great hook! She will not eat, sleep, or speak until she reaches the end. The Harry Potter years weren't pretty!! Convinced that her Hogwarts letter was lost in the mail, she keeps a watchful eye for owls hoping her children will have better luck!

​In her other life, Jamie Rae creates smiles to last a lifetime as an orthodontist, keeps her heart overflowing with love as a mother of three and has perfected the art of nomadic living as a military spouse and Air Force veteran. Jamie has a passion for critters of all shapes and sizes and you can often find her sneaking them into her own home or volunteering for rescues.


Kim:  Thank you for your service as an Air Force veteran! Can you share a funny story from your active duty? 

Jamie:  Oh, wow! I have so many and some may have found their way into the story. At least the names have been changed to protect the not-so- innocent! ;-) How about a toned down one. I met my hubby when we were both stationed at Osan AB in South Korea. Our first “official” date was a Bad Company concert on the Fourth of July in the commissary parking lot. It doesn’t get any more romantic than that! ☺

Kim:  I appreciate your statement, to create a story with a positive message that will stay with the reader long after they've finished reading. Why is this important create a positive message?

Jamie:  I want my story to go beyond the words on the page. The story should entertain but I also want to provide something more of significance. If I am able to make a difference in someone’s life, even if it is only one person, then I know that I have done my job. I have received messages from readers that have said Call Sign Karma had them laughing, cheering, swooning, and gripping the edge of their seats. I absolutely love that readers are connecting to the story in this way.

I’ve also had readers say that they love that Tink is a strong female lead and we need heroines that are more relatable. When I wrote Tink’s character I wanted her to be “real” and to show that even though life has kicked you in the gut, you can still find the strength to come out on top and survive.

One of my most special comments came from a reader who reached out to me about the Post Traumatic Stress aspect of the story. She shared a personal situation, passed along a portion of the story in particular that spoke to her, and gave her a sense of clarity. It brought tears to my eyes and I knew that I had accomplished what I had set out to do with this story.

Kim:  Who or what helped you along the path to publishing?

Jamie:  It’s been a long an interesting path. I don’t know how to take no for an answer. I worked hard and kept myself focused. Thankfully I had so many wonderful people in my corner who encouraged, critiqued, submitted, and championed my work. I feel very blessed.

Kim:  Tell us about CALL SIGN KARMA - what inspired it?  

Jamie:  As a military veteran and Air Force spouse to a fighter pilot, I wanted to write what I knew and write what I love. And that’s the Air Force. In addition, in my life, I’ve been blessed and surrounded by many strong female role models and I wanted to be certain that Tink could inspire with a message that women can succeed and excel in what may not be considered a traditional female role.

Kim:  What's next for Jamie Rae? 

Jamie:  I’m currently working on Book 2 in the series titled Operation Keeping the Faith as well as revising my Young Adult Paranormal, Jinx.

Mahalo, Jamie, for promoting positive role models for young women!   I am giving a digital copy of CALL SIGN KARMA to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about your "call sign" - what would be your nickname?  Mine would be Hula for my love of Hawaii.  

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, February 7, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, February 8.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Jamie at jamieraewrites.com.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Aloha to Rachel Lacey and FOR KEEPS


A SUMMER FLING . . . OR SOMETHING MORE?

Merry Atwater would do just about anything to save her dog rescue - even if it means working with the most stubborn man on the planet. It's hard to avoid the sparks that fly with TJ Jameson, the ruggedly sexy cowboy in charge of the children's camp where she's just taken an animal therapy job. But commitment is not Merry's style, and TJ clearly wants more than just a roll in the hay. TJ Jameson isn't looking for anything complicated-just a peaceful life on his family's ranch with a wife and kids. "No-strings" Merry Atwater doesn't fit that bill, no matter how irresistible she is. But when he sees how Merry gets through to his autistic nephew and the other kids at Camp Blue Sky, TJ's a goner. If he doesn't give in to the now, he might just lose his shot at forever . . .

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Rachel Lacey lives in North Carolina, with her husband, son, and their own rescued pup. She volunteers her spare time with Carolina Boxer Rescue and truly has a passion for helping our furry friends. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as her local Heart of Carolina RWA chapter.

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Forever Romance is giving away FOR KEEPS at this link .... and offers an excerpt:

His expression heated until his eyes practically burned her.

She nibbled her bottom lip. "I should, uh, I should go."

"It's late," he said, his voice like gravel. It tickled all her sweet spots.

She stared at his hands, those big calloused fingers. Damn, but she wanted to feel them on her skin. Like, now.

"Really late." She took a step, but her feet accidentally carried her toward T.J., not the door.

He sucked in an audible breath, his eyes scorching hers. "I thought you were going."

"So did I." But fuck it. If she was going to be in his house in the middle of the night in her underwear, she might as well give him a kiss goodnight.

She'd never been known for her self-control, after all.

He watched her, not moving a muscle, as if he'd become rooted to the floor.

She put her palms on his biceps and pressed her lips to his. Just a quick kiss to test the waters, because they did have to work together for the next month.

His scent wrapped around her, filled her lungs, and stole her sanity. She lingered for a moment, her lips on his, so soft, so warm. Just enough to make her want more. So much more.

Her body pulsed with it.

She was about to pull back and tell him goodnight when his arms slid around her waist, securing her against the firm column of his body, and oh God, she was a goner.

"What was that?" he whispered against her lips.

She slid her hands up to encircle his neck. "A goodnight kiss."

"And why would you do something like that?" His voice vibrated through her.

"Because I wanted to." Their bodies were pressed together, and though he hadn't kissed her back, he wanted to. She felt the evidence pressed against her belly.

"Bad idea," he growled, his lips still touching hers, teasing, tempting.

"Oh, yeah?" She could hardly breathe. Every nerve tingled with awareness, desperate for his touch, his kiss. More. More of everything.

Her heart throbbed in her chest.

T.J.'s eyes smoldered into hers, his pupils blown with lust. His body vibrated with tension, his arms like steel bands around her. "Yeah."

"Then send me home." She wiggled in his arms, pressing into his erection, tempting him, willing him to kiss her back. Just for tonight.

She needed to be kissed. She needed to feel.

And he could make her...

His lips crushed hers, taking her so suddenly, so thoroughly, that she didn't have time to draw a breath. She heard herself groan, felt the desire inside her explode into something so completely out of control it almost frightened her.

Her back slammed into the wall, and her legs wrapped around his waist. His tongue plunged into her mouth, gliding against hers in a rhythm so perfect she shuddered in his arms. He lifted her hips, grinding himself against her until her eyes rolled back in her head, and...

Holy shit, holy shit.

She must have lost her mind. Her body burned, quaked, shook for him, and he felt so fucking good. He tasted like sin, sweet and sexy, like leather and cowboy boots, and...

Holy shit.

She needed more. She needed everything. She needed him buried deep inside her, groaning her name as he drove her over the edge, as he came inside her, and...

Holy shit.

This was completely out of control.

"Holy shit." The words came from T.J.'s lips, not her own, as he tore his mouth from hers and speared her with his gaze. He panted for breath, his body coiled against hers, so hard, so ready. She felt every inch of him still pressed between her legs, right where her body burned hottest for him. "What the hell was that?"

She laughed. "If you don't know, then you're more out of practice than I am." 

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Aloha to Maya Banks and IN HIS KEEPING

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#1 bestselling author Maya Banks continues her suspenseful and steamy Slow Burn trilogy with IN HIS KEEPING, Book 2, a twisting tale featuring a strong yet vulnerable heroine in danger and the sexy alpha hero who must save her.

Abandoned as a baby to a young wealthy couple and raised in a world of privilege, Arial has no hint of her past or who she belonged to. Her only link lies in the one thing that sets her apart from everyone else—telekinetic powers. Protected by her adoptive parents and hidden from the public to keep her gift secret, Ari is raised in the lap of luxury, and isolation. That is, until someone begins threatening her life.

Beau Devereaux is no stranger to the strange. As the head of Deveraux Security, he’s more than familiar with the realities of physic powers. So when a family friend approaches him about protecting his daughter, he’s more than ready to jump on board. What Beau isn’t prepared for is the extent of his attraction to his beautiful and powerful client. What began as a simple assignment, just another job, quickly turns personal as Beau discovers he’ll do anything at all to protect Ari. Even if it costs him his life.


Maya Banks lives in Texas with her husband, three children and assortment of pets. When she's not writing, she can be found hunting, fishing or playing poker.  Learn more about Maya and her books at mayabanks.com.

I am giving away a print copy of IN HIS KEEPING to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave  a comment about what's in your keeping - kids?  pets? books?  

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, January 31, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'l post the winner on Sunday, February 1.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Aloha to Grace Burrowes and THE FIRST KISS


Coming next week from Grace Burrowes, THE FIRST KISS is Book 2 in her Sweetest Kisses series:

Classical pianist Vera Waltham is recovering from a bad break up by taking a hiatus with her daughter in the Damson Valley countryside. She’s content with her music, and has no interest in complicating her life with further attempts at romance.

Attorney James Knightley is a numbers guy who reads contractual fine print for lunch, and wants nothing to do with damsels, in distress or otherwise. Nobody is more surprised than James when he falls for Vera Waltham, and the only contract on James’s mind when it comes to Vera is holy matrimony.


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wishand Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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“May I ask you a favor?”

“Of course.”

“Play the piano for me?”

Nowhere near play with me, but this was Vera. “You want to do a lesson now?”

“This isn’t a lesson. I’m asking you to play for me, James. Get out your old favorites, the friends you turn to when you’re heartsore and soul weary, the consolation pieces that aren’t for everybody else. You play them for yourself.”

She curled up across the room in a pap-san chair and pulled an old quilt around her.

Could he do this?

If Vera had asked James to go to bed with her, he would have known he was competent to bring her pleasure, to satisfy her most intimate wishes and secret, sexual desires. But this? To play? For her?

She wanted music that had called to him, spoken to his soul and become a part of him. Pieces of his heart.

James set his hands on the keyboard, took a slow, deep breath, and began to play. He played from memory, his fingers finding the notes easily in the dim light. He could play this waltz with his eyes closed, and he had, many times. He hadn’t heard it since the night his mother had died, but she’d loved it too, and his hands would never forget how to craft the phrases and melodies.

“Oh, James, the Chopin.” Vera signed her pleasure at his choice, and James’s heart sighed with her. He could do this for her, soothe her with music the way she’d made music to soothe and delight so many others. The waltz shifted from a work he’d set aside years ago – a grieving piece – to a gift from him to Vera.

Only to Vera.

When the last rippling rise of notes died away, Vera remained curled up, eyes closed, mouth slightly parted.

James had played her to sleep. He took a moment to memorize the sight of her, safe and at peace under the quilt his mother had made for her hope chest.

Then he thought back over other pieces he’d set aside, the ones that were too sweet or too sorrowful or both, and he began to play again.

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Aloha to Candis Terry and SWEET SURPRISE

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Candis Terry is celebrating the release of SWEET SURPRISE, Book 4 in her Sweet, Texas series ...


Playing naughty or nice...

Fiona Wilder knows all about falling in lust. Love? That's another story. Determined not to repeat past mistakes, the single mom and cupcake shop owner is focused on walking the straight and narrow. But trouble has a way of finding her. And this time it comes in the form of a smoking hot firefighter who knows all the delicious ways to ignite her bad-girl fuse.

Can lead to heartbreak...

Firefighter Mike Halsey learned long ago that playing with fire just gets you burned. He's put his demons behind him, and if there's one line he won't cross, it's getting involved with his best friend's ex. But when fate throws him in the path of the beautiful, strong, and off-limits Fiona, will he be able to fight their attraction? Or will he willingly go down in flames?

Or a sweet surprise! 


I asked Candis about her five favorite cupcake flavors ....

Thank you so much for having me here today.

When you write a series about a town called Sweet, and the heroine in your newest book owns and runs a cupcake shop named Sweet Surprise, the research can be detrimental to your waistline. But I’m always willing to take one for the team. Researching cupcakes became a favorite pastime. And my contact for researching these scrumptious little cakes surprised me by having over fifty different flavors with thirty flavors available each day!

Fiona, the heroine of the book is the creative and crafty sort. She’s the kind of woman who can take an empty tin can and turn it into an awesome lampshade. So I knew going in that she’d have to have some very creative cupcakes to satisfy her artistic side.

There were so many to choose from that it almost became impossible to narrow them down. But somewhere along the way I knew I had to choose my favorites and hope that Fiona would like them as well. After a selection that ran the gamut of flavors from Tomato Soup to Bahama Mama I finally came up with a list.

Drum roll please . . .

1. Sweet Potato. A super moist sweet potato cupcake filled with brown sugar cream cheese frosting and topped with candied pecans.

2. Peanut Butter and Banana. A crumbly moist banana cupcake topped with a light, fluffy peanut butter frosting.

3. Snicker Doodle. A light, fluffy cinnamon cupcake topped with cinnamon sprinkled buttercream frosting.

4. Banana Toffee. The best of both worlds! A moist banana cake with walnuts & toffee bits filled with a toffee filling & topped with caramel frosting.

5. Strawberry Cream Cheese. Sometimes a girl just has to go light and fluffy. What’s better than a French vanilla cake filled with strawberry cream cheese and topped with whipped frosting.

Do you have a favorite flavor?


Mahalo, Candis, for whetting our appetite!  I am giving away Avon swag to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Answer Candis' question - do you have a favorite flavor of cupcakes?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, January 31, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, Feburary 1.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Candis and her books at candisterry.com.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Aloha to Jessica Lemmon and BRINGING HOME THE BAD BOY

 

Jessica Lemmon is celebrating the release of BRINGING HOME THE BAD BOY, Book 1 in her new series Second Chances:

Creativity is his drug, painting is his escape, but she'll be the addiction that brings him to his knees. 

Evan Downey buried a part of his soul when put the love of his life in the ground. He knows he needs to get his shit together for the sake of their son, but escaping into his art is the only way he can begin to cope with Rae's death. When the chance to move back to Evergreen Cove, one of the few places that has ever felt right to him, he knows it's a chance he has to take. For his sake, and his sons.

Charlotte Harris would give anything to have her best friend back. But if she can't have Rae, then she vows she'll at least be there to support the family Rae left behind. So when she learns that Evan is looking to move home, she does everything she can to help him and Lyon re-build their lives at the Cove. But when sparks start to fly between Charlotte and Evan it's the first glimpse of something bright and beautiful either of them has seen in far too long. And they start to wonder if fate has offered them a second chance at happiness-- if only their brave enough to take the risk and let love back into their lives. 


I asked Jessica who are her favorite artists ...

Aloha from sunny...erm…gray Ohio! Sadly, we don’t get a lot of sunny days around these parts. That’s why I love to visit here. I took this fantastic list idea for a Top 5 list to Charlotte (Charlie) Harris for her answers. She had a hard time narrowing them down to five, but her number 1 was a no-brainer. Here we go…

5: Ansel Adams. The only photographer able to bring emotion out of mountaintops and pine trees.

4: Annie Liebovitz. The Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair photographer is amazing at taking intimate portraits of screen stars that make them feel like real people.

3: Jackson Pollock. A true “bad boy” painter, he could fill a canvas with mood and color like no other.

2: Gustav Klimt. For Charlie’s favorite work of all time: The Kiss.

1: Evan Downey. Not only is he a talented tattoo artist, children’s book illustrator, and cartoonist, but Evan also has some very sensual ideas when it comes to finger painting… (see Chapter 12, Charlie said with a wink.)

What about you? Have any favorite artists?


Jessica Lemmon has always been a dreamer. At some point, she decided head-in-the-clouds thinking was childish, went out, and got herself a job . . . and then she got another one because that one was lousy. And when that one stopped being fulfilling, she went out and got another . . . and another. Soon it became apparent she'd only be truly happy doing what she loved. And since "eating potato chips" isn't a viable career, she opted to become a writer. With fire in her heart, she dusted off a book she'd started years prior, finished it, and submitted it. It may have been the worst book ever, but it didn't stop her from writing another one. Now she has several books finished, several more started, and even more marinating in her brain (which currently resides in the clouds, thankyouverymuch), and she couldn't be happier. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want. (While eating potato chips.)

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Forever Romance is hosting a giveaway at this link.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City 

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Aloha to Kate Meader and HOT AND BOTHERED


Let's warm up with Kate Meader's HOT AND BOTHERED, Book 3 in her Hot in the Kitchen series .... 

A Fire They Can't Put Out . . .

Although her baby boy keeps her plate full, Jules Kilroy is ready to take her love life off the back burner. Despite a bevy of eligible bachelors, it's her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca, who is fueling her hormones with a generous serving of his mouth-watering Italian sexiness. But Jules learned her lesson once before when she went in for a kiss, only to have Tad reject her. She's vowed never to blur the lines again . . .

After a lifetime of excuses and false starts, Tad has finally opened a wine bar, a deal made even sweeter when Jules joins his staff. Lovers come and go, and he's had his share, but friendships like theirs last forever. Still, ever since he tasted her luscious lips, he can't stop fantasizing about what could be. Then she joins an online dating site-and the thought of his Jules with another man makes Tad's blood boil. Even if he gets burned, Tad can't stop himself from turning up the heat this time.


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I asked her to name the top five mouthwatering Italian foods that the heroine (and even hero) love!

For this, I’m going to stretch across the entire Hot in the Kitchen series

1. Goat cheese, caramelized onion, and sarriette pizzetti
Mini pizzas? No self-respecting Italian would go there but Lili in FEEL THE HEAT, Book 1 of the series, has to admit Jack knows his way around those magical discs of awesome.

2. Goat cheese salted caramel gelato
Jack in FEEL THE HEAT pulls out all the stops with this creamy, tangy dollop of heaven. It isn’t long before he’s using this sweet-salty confection as its own topping on Lili’s body…

3. Bella Donna cake
Inspired by Cara, the heroine in ALL FIRED UP, sexy Irish pastry chef, Shane creates a chocolate layered cake with a rosemary-lemon filling and a ganache frosting. The Italian flavors, citrusy tang, and decadent chocolate capture perfectly Shane’s feelings for Cara who’s nicknamed Lemon Tart by her co-workers.

4. Portabella and tomato bruschetta
Jules in HOT AND BOTHERED wants to be a chef but thinks her dyslexia holds her back. When her hero, Tad tells her he wants this tasty bruschetta on his wine bar menu, it gives her the confidence she needs to follow her dream.

5. Mezzaluna ravioli
This dish holds a lot of meaning for Tad in HOT AND BOTHERED – it was his mom’s favorite and the first dish he makes with Jules after ten years of mourning and not cooking. He advises her when she’s closing up the little half-moon pockets, “make’em tight as a nun’s knickers, mia bella.”




Kate Meader writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, sexy heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. Originally from Ireland, she now makes her home in Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter - and where she met her own sexy hero. When not writing about men who cook and the women who drool over them, she works in an academic library.

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Off to find Italian food ...

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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