Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Tomorrow is the 55th anniversary of Hawaii's admission as the 50th State. The National Archives provides an excellent timeline leading up to Statehood (link):

Letter from Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii to U.S. House of Representatives protesting U.S. assertion of ownership of Hawaii, December 19, 1898

President William McKinley's nomination of Sanford B. Dole to be Governor of the Territory of Hawaii, May 4, 1900

Certificate of Election for Representative Daniel K. Inouye, August 21, 1959, as Hawaii's first voting member of the U.S. House of Representatives

To celebrate Hawaii Statehood Day, I am giving away a print copy of SUNSET INN:  TALES FROM THE NORTH SHORE

This collection of contemporary and historical short stories and poems showcases many talented writers of Hawaii. The common setting, the Sunset Inn, provides the creative spark and paints a picture of rural Oahu as part fact, part fantasy. Set on the North Shore of Oahu, the traditional two-story Sunset Inn plays host at different times in its long history. Over the years, people come and go, but the inn abides, waiting for its next visitor, its next story.

To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about Hawaii - what do you know about the Aloha State?  

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, August 23, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, August 24.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Monday, August 18, 2014

Aloha to Sabrina Jeffries and HOW THE SCOUNDREL SEDUCES


Today is Release Day for Sabrina Jeffries' HOW THE SCOUNDREL SEDUCES, Book Three in Duke's Men series:

The third deliciously sexy novel in the New York Times bestselling Duke's Men historical romance series, featuring an investigator who sets out to find gypsies— and unexpectedly finds love.

Investigator Tristan Bonnaud has one aim in life— to make sure that his half-brother George can't ever ruin his life again. So when the pesky Lady Zoe Keane, the daughter of the Earl of Olivier, shows up demanding that the Duke's Men find a mysterious gypsy woman, he seizes the opportunity to also hunt for a gypsy friend who knows secrets about George. Tristan doesn't expect to uncover Lady Zoe's family secrets, as well... or end up falling for the woman who will risk all to discover the truth

Sabrina, middle, at RWA
with Claudia Dain and Tammy Falkner

I am giving away a print copy of HOW THE SCOUNDREL SEDUCES to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about the name Zoe - do anyone named Zoe?  We fostered a cat named Zoey in Hawaii.   

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, August 23, 10 pm in Baltimore. 

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, August 24.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Sabrina and her books at sabrinajeffries.com.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Aloha to Misty Evans and OPERATION PARIS - Blog Tour and Digital Giveaway

I caught JULIE AND JULIA (link) on cable TV this past weekend, reminding me of romantic Paris.   So let's escape to the City of Lights with Misty Evans' OPERATION PARIS, Book 2 in the Super Agents series:

CIA operative Zara Morgan—codename Tango—has a reputation in Conrad Flynn’s secret army as a renegade. Once held at gunpoint by terrorist Alexandrov Dmitri, she was seconds from saving herself and arresting Dmitri when Lt. Commander Lawson Vaughn, the sexy leader of a covert ops team, intervened. She’s never lived down the fact that everyone—including her boss—believes Lawson is her knight in shining armor.

Former Navy man Lawson Vaughn doesn’t consider himself anyone’s savior. He lives and breathes protocol and hates the fact that his latest assignment is to babysit Zara while she hunts down Dmitri and stops the terrorist from releasing a biological weapon on the world.

But from the time they touch down in Paris, Lawson can’t resist Zara’s sassy attitude and dauntless bravery in the face of danger. When Dmitri kidnaps Zara and injects her with the contagious and deadly virus, Lawson is once again forced to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not.

With unflinching determination and steadfast courage, Lawson must break all the rules to save Zara, even if it means becoming the one thing he can’t stand…a renegade.

Buy Links: Amazon: link
Barnes & Noble: link

USA Today bestselling Author Misty Evans has published over twenty novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. As a writing coach, she helps other authors bring their books – and their dreams of being published – to life.

The books in her Super Agent series have won a CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award, CAPA nominations, the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and the ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011.

Her Witches Anonymous series was dubbed a Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read. The Super Agent Series, Witches Anonymous Series, and the Kali Sweet Series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle bestsellers lists. Her culinary romantic mystery, THE SECRET INGREDIENT, and the first book in her Deadly series, DEADLY PURSUIT, are both USA TODAY bestsellers.

Misty likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies.

Connect with Misty: Website / Newsletter / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Pinterest


Misty is giving away a digital copy of OPERATION SHEBA, Book 1 in the Super Agent series (link), to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about Paris - what do you know about it?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, August 23, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, August 24.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Misty also offers an excerpt from OPERATION PARIS

“What are you so pissed about?”

“I’m not pissed!” As Zara’s voice rang inside the car, she forced herself to take a deep breath and calm down.

“I’m just having a really, really bad night.”

Lawson got out of the car and came over to her side. He opened the door and pulled her out of the seat, putting his hands on her shoulders. “I’m not going to let anything happen to you. I promise.”

She looked into his face, and without warning, burst into tears.

Mortified at her lack of control, she brushed Lawson’s hands off her shoulders and walked to the rear of the car. The tears rolled down her cheeks, and she pressed the sleeve of the robe to her face in an attempt to hide them.

“Hey.” He came up behind her and rubbed her back. “It’s not that bad. I’ve been in a lot tighter situations than this.”

She shrugged his hand off. “You just killed two people and you think I’m overreacting?”

Lights from a passing car touched his face. He guided her to the other side of the Audi and leaned her back against the passenger-side door, planting his hands on either side of her.

“I didn’t say you were overreacting.” He dropped his face close to hers. “Yvette was going to kill you, plain and simple. I took care of her before she could do the job. At that point, it became necessary to stop Giovanni as well. If I’d left him alive, he could have followed us or reported back to Yvette’s friends and then we’d have a classic Chinese goatfuck.”

His gaze traced over her face. “Right now, we’ve dodged the police and whoever may follow up on Yvette’s death. We need to get on the road again before we call any more attention to ourselves, and I need to make contact with Langley.”

Zara wiped at her eyes again, took a breath and regrouped. As she was driving, her brain had red-flagged a couple things Yvette had said. “I think Yvette was tied in with the same group Varina Scalfaro is running for the Mafia. She kept talking about her clients and her business partner. I don’t think Yvette’s playing mistress for a handful of rich men solely for her own gain. I think she was actually running a prostitution ring in partnership with someone else, probably Varina.” She hated herself for what she was about to say. “And in that case, I’m not sure what Director Flynn has up his sleeve.”

In the deep shadows of the night, Lawson nodded. “We just ran out of people we can trust, didn’t we?”

“What are we going to do?”

Lawson eased her to him. “Shhh. Don’t cry.”

“I’m not crying, you moron.” She smacked his chest and attempted to push him away at the same time. Although she wasn’t sure why she was pushing him away. She felt better when he was close. “I had dinner all planned out. We were going to go someplace nice, but not too fancy, because I knew you wouldn’t like that, and…and… Damn it!”

Lawson smiled down at her. “So we have to take a rain check on the dinner thing. The mission isn’t over yet. We’ve still got time.”

“But I wanted to do it in Paris, and now we’re fugitives on the run from there. We can’t go back. Not even for dinner.”

He pushed a stray hair away from her face and hooked it behind her ear. “When the mission is over, our names will be cleared. We’ll have a proper dinner anywhere you want then, okay?”

She studied his expression in the dark shadows of the night. “If I didn’t know better, I’d say you’re trying to placate me. After the mission is over, we won’t be partners anymore.”

“That doesn’t mean we can’t have dinner.”

Her pulse tripped over a couple of beats. “You want to have dinner with me after the assignment is over?”

He lowered his face and leaned his forehead on hers. “Jesus. I’ve spent the past twenty-four hours trying to come up with an excuse to do just that.”

“We don’t even like each other.”

He brushed her lips with his in response.

A jolt of electricity shot all the way down to her toes. This could not be happening. “You are bent, Lawson Vaughn,” she said, smacking his chest again.

“Then we make a good pair.”

This time, his lips were more insistent against hers, demanding and possessive. Zara closed her eyes and kissed him back. One of his hands went to the small of her back, and he drew her in close to his body, pressing her against the car frame and sinking his other hand into her hair.

He held her head as he parted her lips with the tip of his tongue, and she let go of the last of her hesitation and ahhed into his mouth. She ran her hands under his jacket, and the solid muscles of his back tightened under her palms. Rising up on her toes, she pulled their bodies even closer.

She wanted to forget about Yvette and Giovanni. She wanted to forget about being on the run from the police and whoever Yvette worked for. She wanted to forget she and Lawson were running out of people to trust.

At that moment, in the darkness of the French countryside, she wanted to forget all of it, to give up control and forget about everything except the tough, sexy man holding her close.

Join the Blog Tour:

August 18, 2014

The Book Review 

Cricket’s Chirps

So Many Reads

August 19, 2014

A Closet Full Of Books

Amy Manemann

Happiness Is A Book

August 20, 2014

Becky on Books…and Quilts

Omnimystery News

Reading on the Rocks

August 21, 2014

Long and Short Reviews

Ramblings From This Chick

Romancing Rakes...

What I'm Reading

Sun Mountain Reviews

August 22, 2014

Em & M Books

Just The Write Stuff

Romance Junkies

Weekly Winners

I have two weeks' worth of winners ....

Sarah Castille's IN YOUR CORNER
- Erin wins a print copy from Sourcebooks.


- Jolene wins a print copy from Sourcebooks.


Celebrate Little Victories - Book Teasers
- Danielle M. wins a book choice from my convention stash.

Coast Guard's Birthday with Shirley Jump
- Sharlene wins a print copy from me.


- Leah wins a print copy from Sourcebooks.


- Mary K. wins a print copy from Sourcebooks.


Celebrate Little Victories - Military and the Romance
- Patoct wins a book choice from my convention stash.

State of Romance - Florida
- Tina B. wins a book choice from my convention stash.

- Girlygirlhoosier wins a print copy from me.


Book Festivals
- LSU wins a book choice from my convention stash.

Celebrate Little Victories - Kimberly Rocha from Book Obsessed Chicks
- Mary P. wins a book choice from my convention stash.

From my travel blog, ALOHA ON MY MIND, our recent visit to Florida
- Jane and Karen win a book choice from my convention stash.

Winners - please claim your prize by sending your mailing address to sos.aloha@yahoo.com.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Friday, August 15, 2014

Celebrate Little Victories - Kimberly Rocha, Book Obsessed Chicks, and My Book Crave

Celebrate Little Victories is a special feature I host on Saturdays to appreciate the joy in my life.   Today I celebrate Kimberly Rocha - she has endless enthusiasm for romance books!   I met Kimberly at Lora Leigh's RAW (link).  Actually, we didn't meet but we bumped into each other at the dance party.   Here she is line dancing at the Western Roundup:

We actually met at the NJRW Conference one month later - we sat at the same table for lunch.  It was then I realized we both attended RAW.   While Kimberly was taking pictures of fabulous authors, I was ogling the delicious dessert:

I joined Kimberly for dinner along with several readers and authors, including Cathy Maxwell and Elizabeth Hoyt. Kimberly's enthusiasm was infectious ... we laughed through dinner.

I briefly chatted with her at the start of the RT Booklovers' Convention in New Orleans ... the crowds swallowed us up!

We finally hooked up at the RWA National Conference, finding each other in the same lines for publishers signings. We also chatted in the lobby in between workshops.  I enjoyed watching Kimberly work the crowd - she had many a fan girl moments.  Then again, Kimberly is a positive force in Romanceland.   She is the founder of Book Obsessed Chicks (link) with a review blog and book club (that has expanded to several cities).   Kimberly is also working with MyBookCrave (link). Her hard work has paid off with a new column at Romance At Random to share her love of Western Romances (link).   Congrats, Kimberly!   

I thank Kimberly for being a joy in my life!   Do you have any friends who share your passion for romance?  One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, August 16, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, August 17.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

A country truck to honor Kimberly ....

Read-A-Romance Month, Book Festivals, and the WRW's Readers and Bloggers Luncheon

Did you know August is READ-A-ROMANCE Month?  Now's your chance to catch up at this link.   Make sure you read my favorite author on Day 3. 

Mark you calendar for ...

National Book Festival - August 30, 2014, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Baltimore Book Festival - September 26-28, 2014, Baltimore Inner Harbor

HallowRead - October 24-26, 2014, Historic downtown Ellicott City, MD

If you live within driving distance of Washington, DC, join me at WRW's Readers and Bloggers Lucheon on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  From their Facebook page (link),

Come for a Meet & Greet and dine with your favorite romance authors. Books will be signed, Swag will be given, and there will be dessert. (Lunch too, but that's just the obstacle before dessert)

Ready to sign up? Cost is $25 for readers and bloggers. This includes lunch. Remember to bring your books to get signed! 

Register at this link.

Do you have an special plans for the fall?  One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, August 16, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, August 17.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Aloha to Amber Lin's BETRAYING MERCY - Blog Tour

Amber Lin is celebrating the release of BETRAYING MERCY:

Can she be more than a mistress?

With a tarnished reputation, Mercy Lyndhurst expected to become the Earl of Rochford’s mistress, not his wife. Immediately abandoned by her husband after their wedding, Mercy transformed herself from commoner to countess, vowing to protect the lands and people her husband was forced to leave.

Over the past six years, William has restored the family fortune all the while tortured by his memories of Mercy…and the dark night he killed a man. When a threat draws him home, William learns just how much has changed—including his wife. While the passion still flares between them, he fears he has wounded her too badly to regain her trust. But as the danger grows they must unite to save the estate…and possibly their marriage.

Praise for Amber Lin’s Books

“Amber Lin shows us that romance isn’t just for the rich and shiny. Love can find its way even into the dark corners of the most damaged hearts.” – Tiffany Reisz, bestselling author

“Amber’s work cuts deeper than that of anybody else I can think of—her prose is beautiful, the dark emotions are darker, the sex is sexier.” – Ruthie Knox, New York Times Bestselling Author

“She has a beautiful, atmospheric writing style and you’re not going to find sentimental love here, nor are you going to find hearts and flowers. This is taut, compelling, thoughtful and also gritty, earthy and unembellished.” – Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

“Oh and as for Amber Lin, well she was already on my shelf as a favourite Author of mine and yet again she proved just why. Her writing style is beautiful, flawless and so evocative you live and breathe her stories.” -TotallyBooked Blog

“Amber Lin has created an incredible story that is a captivating mix of redemption, love, and psychological suspense that I thoroughly enjoyed, and I highly recommend it to more adventurous readers!” – The Autumn Review

“Since the release of Giving It Up, the first book in her Lost Girls series, I have been a die-hard fan of this author and have been singing her praises to everyone who wants to listen. Four full-length novels later and it is evident that Amber Lin’s talent is not restricted to dark romances, she also writes wonderful steamy and sweet contemporaries.” – Swept Away by Romance

Barnes & Noble

Amber Lin writes erotic romance with damaged souls and deep emotion.

Her debut novel, Giving It Up, received The Romance Review’s Top Pick, Night Owl Top Pick, and 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, calling it “truly extraordinary.” She has been published by Loose Id, Carina Press, and Entangled.

Amber married her high school sweetheart, birthed a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good.

For more information on Amber Lin and her novels please visit her website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads. Sign up for Amber Lin’s Newsletter.

Betraying Mercy Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 4
Review at Reviews by Molly

Tuesday, August 5
Spotlight & Excerpt at Romantic Historical Reviews

Wednesday, August 6
Review at The Librarian Fatale

Thursday, August 7
Review at From the TBR Pile
Interview & Giveaway at Girl Meets Books

Friday, August 8
Facebook Launch Party, 7:00-9:00pm EST

Saturday, August 9
Spotlight at I Heart Reading

Monday, August 11
Review at Pure Textuality

Tuesday, August 12
Review at Book of Secrets

Wednesday, August 13
Spotlight & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, August 14
Spotlight & Giveaway at SOS Aloha

Monday, August 18
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, August 19
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession

Friday, August 22
Interview at Curling Up by the Fire

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