Last Monday, a dear friend received bad news. Then Blogger ate two posts on Thursday (one here and one at the Reading Reviewer). Chaos ruined the week. But Saturday brought comic relief with my husband's Sounds of Aloha production - I blogged about it yesterday. Do you know any Barbershop singers? They can put a smile on your face with one song.
The show also spotlighted the Honolulu Boys' Choir - they can sing in seven different languages! Finally, Frank DeLima - a Hawaii legend - served as Master of Ceremony. His claim to fame is to celebrate our ethnic diversity here in Paradise! In the end, the audience were winners!
And we have winners here at SOS Aloha!
Betty is the winner!
Kati R wins her choice from the RT Stash!
Maria wins her choice from the RT Stash!
Artemis is the winner!
... who literally came back from the dead after the Blogger meltdown.
Debby is the winner!
Diane D. is the winner!
Continuing our monthly long celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, I spotlight Asian American romance writer Jade Lee/Kathy Lyons. From her bio,
Jade Lee has broken new ground in multi-cultural romance. Her China-set historical romances are a first in genre history. Her six-book Tigress series stirred reader passions for foreign settings, and her fantasy romances continue to be ground-breaking. Where did she get such innovative ideas? From a mixed cultural heritage that brings unique vision to her fiction.
As the daughter of a Shanghai native and a staunch Indiana Hoosier, Jade Lee struggled to find her own identity somewhere between America and China. Her search has taken her throughout Asian and the United States. In the end, the answer was found not only at home, but in her own head. Her imagination allows her to explore China in her Tigress series, dragon power in her fantasy romance Dragonborn, and of course, the amazing power of love in all of them.
Her bio also offered tantalizing tidbits, including,
One of Jade’s ancestors signed the document that leased Hong Kong to the British for 99 years.
One of Jade’s ancestors was the first female dentist in Indiana.
Thus demonstrating that our country grew from the immigrants who make up the Melting Pot.
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, I am giving away the Jade Lee Gift Pack:
- Jade Lee/Kathy Lee tote bag
- Jade Lee's THE CONCUBINE (Blaze)
- Kathy Lyon's TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS (Blaze)
- Intergalactic Bar and Grille Key chain (which she co-sponsored at RT)
To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about a tidbit from your family tree!
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, May 21, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll announce the winner on Sunday, May 22.
Kim in Hawaii
|Jade Lee with Marcella Burnard at the|
Intergalactic Bar and Grille
Meet Jade Lee/Kathy Lyons:
Lori Foster's Reader Event
Cincinnati Marriott North at Union Centre, West Chester Ohio http://www.lorifoster.com/community/readergettogether.php
June 28th-July 1st
Romance Writers of America Conference
Marriott Times Square
Crowne Plaza Denver Airport
Readers & 'ritas
Hilton Garden Inn/Allen, TX