Sunday, July 24, 2016

Weekly Winners


We have winners at SOS Aloha!

The winner on June's special giveaway is .... Danielle D. 



Celebrate Canada Day - Aloha to Kaylea Cross
- Mary K. wins a book choice from my convention stash.



Romance Writers Report - International Fandom, Romance Documentary, and Speaking Out About Depression
- Catslady wins a book choice from my convention stash.


Washington Loves Readers Luncheon - Spotlight on Carlene Love
- Sharlene wins a book choice from my convention stash.

Washington Loves Readers - Spotlight on Avery Flynn
- Ladbookfan wins a book choice from my convention stash.





Aloha to Julie Rowe, The Joy of Writing, and Surviving the Fort McMurray fires
- Catslady wins a book choice from my convention stash.


Aloha to Erin Knightley and LEARNING TO RIDE (James Patterson's Book Shots)
- Carol L. wins a book choice from my convention stash.


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Aloha to Jen McLaughlin and THE MCCULLAGH INN IN MAINE (James Patterson's Book Shots)
- Kim H wins a book choice from my convention stash.


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Wednesday's Warriors - Navy Tour and Literacy Signing
- Glenda wins a book choice from my convention stash.

RWA Recap - The Joy of Writing and Walking the Land
- Patty434 wins a book choice from my convention stash.

RWA Recap - Book Signings and Author Hobnobbing
- LSU wins a book choice from my convention stash.



From my travel blog, ALOHA ON MY MIND,
- BN100 wins a book choice from my convention stash. 


Winners, please claim your prizes by sending your mailing address to sos.aloha@yahoo.com.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City




Saturday, July 23, 2016

RWA Recap - Pancakes with Susan Wiggs and Camaraderie with the RomVets



Last Saturday, I enjoyed a pancake breakfast with Susan Wiggs and the Avon Romance publicity team to celebrate the upcoming release of FAMILY TREE, available August 9 from William Morrow (link).


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Then I prepared for my final panel:

Reporting for Duty: An Intimate Chat with the RomVets (RESEARCH)

Speakers: Grace Adams, Heather Ashby, Julia Day, Kim Lowe, Anna Richland, and Tamara Worlton

Air Force veterans, Navy veterans, an active duty Navy surgeon, and an Army veteran share their military experience to ensure military characters are accurately portrayed in romance novels. The panel will teach writers how to decipher military acronyms, identify ranks from the five services, and safely carry a weapon. 

It was a powerful discussion of how military duty impacts the entire family.  Tamara, a Navy surgeon, responded to my question, "Why do you read romance?"  To paraphrase her, "In 2004, during the Battle of Fallujah, the bodies arrived at the hospital .... (tears began to well in her eyes, then mine) ... I just want read about happy endings." 


Thank you, my sisters in arms, for educating our fellow writers on military life.  

Authors - find someone who bought the conference recordings and listen to this panel.


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After our panel, I made my final run to the post office - I gave the post mistress an extra conference tote bag plus a copy of FAMILY TREE


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I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash, including FAMILY TREE, to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about pancakes - how do you like to eat them?  With syrup? Fruit? Powdered Sugar?  I enjoyed chocolate chip pancakes at Susan's breakfast - yum, yum!

2. Comments are open through Saturday, July 30, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 31.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City



Aloha to Sara Humphreys and TROUBLE WALKS IN (McGuire Brothers No. 2)


Reminder - I have a special giveaway for July at this link.

He could be the man to rescue her

Big city K-9 cop Ronan McGuire loves women, loves his dog, loves his job—but when old flame Maddy Morgan moves into his jurisdiction, he can’t think about anyone else. Ronan knows she’s way out of his league, but he’s determined to help Maddy live life to the fullest.

In more ways than one

With tragedy in her past, Maddy has immersed herself in work and swiftly made a name for herself in the hot New York City real estate market. She’s looking for safety, not love, but Ronan McGuire is as persistent as he is sexy, and his crooked smile is hard to resist. But all other concerns are wiped away when Maddy goes missing and Ronan and his bloodhound K-9 partner are tasked with finding her and bringing her home.


Sara Humphreys is the award-winning author of two paranormal romance series. The McGuire Brothers series is her first foray into contemporary romance, and the first in the series is an RT Book Reviews Top Pick. A public speaker and public speaker trainer, Sara lives with her husband and four sons in Bronxville, New York. 

Learn more about Sara and her books at novelromance.net.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

RWA Recap - Book Signings and Author Hobnobbing


Last Friday was dedicated to book signings ... and walking to the post office to mail boxes home.

I enjoyed breakfast with Kate Pearce - an English rose transplanted on the Big Island of Hawaii. We caught up with recent lava flow thanks to Madame Pele.  Kate also asked me to review her upcoming release THE RELUCTANT COWBOY .... squee!



After breakfast, I scurried over to the Avon Romance book signing, where I chatted with Jill Shalvis ... she gave me an ARC for her upcoming release, THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE.  Squee again! Rest assured, I hand carried these two ARCs home with me rather than risk them in the mail.

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Over at St. Martin's Press book signing, I gushed over Diane Kelly ...

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... and then Tracy Solheim at the Berkley Romance book signing.

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I also attended the St. Martin's Press cocktail party, where I chatted with Farrah Rochon.  She is an absolute delight!  I hope to persuade her to share her Louisiana cooking skills at next year's conference!


The cocktail party was held at Roy's Hawaiian Fusion ... librarian extraordinaire Wendy Crutcher pointed me in the direction of the Hawaiian themed sushi ... it was a taste of Paradise!


Do you like Cajun cuisine and/or Hawaiian food?  I love Shrimp Etouffee from New Orleans and Loco Moco from Waikiki.  One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Saturday, July 23, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 24.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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Aloha to Kristen McLean and TO WIN A SCOUNDREL'S HEART (The Lords of Whitehall, Book 2)

 

Reminder - I have a special giveaway for July at this link.

When her husband’s death is ruled a suicide, Lady Dumonte suspects foul play. However, finding the truth seems impossible after every investigator in Paris turns up empty-handed. Now she is forced to seek help from Lord Pembridge, a feckless libertine.

Although the pain of loss is a constant reminder of why she must hide her heart, this carefree scoundrel threatens to break past her defenses. He could uncover the truth regarding her husband’s death, but is learning the truth worth risking her heart?

Lord Pembridge has wealth, angelic good looks, and a sunny disposition. None would guess the dark secret blackening his past or the grudge controlling his future. It was the reason he could never have a family of his own, a fate he had accepted until he was forced to play detective for the one woman who could tempt him.


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Kristen has always had a love of novels, with a special place in her heart for historical romance. After reading enough of them to fill a rather impressive library, she decided to write her own. Now she has the pleasure of writing at home, tucked away in a forest with her husband, two children and her cat. Her husband is loving and impressively patient, her two beautiful children strive to embarrass and exhaust her, and her cat hates everyone, but tolerates—well, she tolerates whoever will feed her.

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Kristen offers an excerpt from TO WIN A SCOUNDREL'S HEART ...

“You, m’dear girl,” he murmured, “are old enough to know better than to tempt a scoundrel.”

“I know what I am doing,” she spouted back indignantly. “I am not a child.”

“No,” he agreed easily. “You are certainly not a child.”

“Then I would expect you not to treat me like one.” Her eyes flashed, giving him a teasing glimpse of passion.

Lady Dumonte possessed passion?

Another surprise.

“Of course not.” He frowned in mock seriousness. “How should I treat you? As a lady or a mistress?”

“As a woman,” she ground out. “I am a woman!” Her lips pursed together as she glared up at him.

He smiled broadly; he couldn’t help himself.

“Ah, yes,” he agreed, looking her over as though he had only just noticed. “I believe you are.”

She took in a deep breath, pushing her breasts against the tight fabric of her bodice.

His cock jumped to attention.

“I was wrong about not liking you. I hate you!”

“And yet,” he mused with a knit brow, “you throw yourself at me like all the others. You are either in denial of your overwhelming attraction to me or a glutton for punishment. For my own complacency, I choose the former.”

CĂ©leste shook her head slowly, her eyes narrowed and seething with anger.

“Regardless,” he continued frankly at his own peril, “you had better run along, or you may find your offer accepted, and we both know you never expected that. Your bluff has been called, Lady Dumonte. Go on home like a good girl.”

“I never bluff.”

“Never say never, m’dear,” he murmured with a purposefully wicked smile.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

RWA Recap - The Joy of Writing and Walking the Land



Last Thursday, RWA was in full swing. I moderated two workshops and I share them with you:

The Joy of Writing (WRITER’S LIFE)

Speakers: Anne Elizabeth, Cathy Maxwell, and Julie Rowe

Best-selling, award-winning, and perpetually positive authors share how they savor their passion for writing while navigating the pitfalls of the publishing industry.

I submitted the proposal for this panel based on Anne Elizabeth's mantra to always find joy. The authors shared the challenges in their lives, both personal and professional. They offered techniques to take care of themselves and inspire the creative process.

I commend Julie for sharing the semi-colon tattoo on her arm; it represents it isn't over, just at a pause.

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Walking the Land: Building a World That Makes Readers Feel They’ve Visited Your Setting (CRAFT)

Speaker: Jodi Thomas

Discover how to create the essentials to make the world of your stories come alive. Help your readers "walk the land" with you so they feel as if they’ve visited your setting, not just read about it.


I volunteered to moderate this panel since I admire Jodi and her writing. She uses the western setting for her historical and contemporary books. Jodi "walked" through how she researches her setting by walking among rescued horses, listening to ranch hands, and lifting items abandoned along the wagon trail. She taught the audience (and myself) that emotion comes from the five senses.

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Authors, find someone who bought the conference recordings and listen to these workshops!

Readers, where have you "walked" recently? I walked all over the USS Midway in San Diego and "heard" the stories from sailors.  One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Saturday, July 23, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 24.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City




Aloha to Mira Lyn Kelly and MAY THE BEST MAN WIN (The Best Men No. 1)


Reminder - I have a special giveaway for July at this link.

Four friends.
Each a Best Man at a wedding.
One chance to get it right.

Jase Foster can’t believe his bad luck. He’s been paired with the she-devil herself for his best friend’s wedding: Emily Klein of the miles-long legs and killer smile. She may be sin in a bridesmaid dress, but there’s no way he’s falling for her again.

They can barely stand each other, but given how many of their friends are getting married, they’ll just have to play nice—at least when they’re in company. Once they’re alone, more than just gloves come off as Jase and Emily discover their chemistry is combustible, and there may be something to this enemies to lovers thing after all…




USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly grew up in the Chicago area and earned her degree in fine arts from Loyola University. She met the love of her life while studying abroad in Rome, Italy, only to discover he’d been living right around the corner from her. They live in rural Minnesota.

Learn more about Mira and her books at miralynkelly.com.

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