Thursday, September 19, 2013

Aloha to Julie Ann Walker and BORN WILD

Born Wild Book Cover

On this day in 1893, the Duryea Brothers took their gasoline powered automobile to the road near Springfield, Massachusetts.   From Wikipedia (link),

The Duryea's "motor wagon" was a used horse drawn buggy that the brothers had purchased for $70 and into which they had installed a 4 HP, single cylinder gasoline engine. The car (buggy) had a friction transmission, spray carburetor and low tension ignition.  Frank Duryea test drove it again on November 10 — this time in a prominent location: past their garage at 47 Taylor Street in Springfield. The next day it was reported by The Republican newspaper with great fanfare.   This particular car was put into storage in 1894 and stayed there until 1920, when it was rescued by a former Duryea engineer Inglis M. Uppercu and presented to the United States National Museum.

One could say the Duryea Brothers were born wild to create a horseless carriage!   Speaking of BORN WILD, Sourcebooks is promoting the upcoming release of Julie Ann Walker's BORN WILD, Book 5 in her Black Knights Inc. series, available now for preorder for its November 5 release:

"Julie Ann Walker is one of those authors to be put on a keeper shelf with Nora Roberts, Suzanne Brockmann, and Allison Brennan." —Kirkus Reviews

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker dives back into action with the red-hot romantic suspense Black Knights Inc. series! They claim they're bad-boy bikers who own custom motorcycle shop, but these special-ops guys—a mix of Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Marines, FBI and more—handle the jobs too tough for the government to tackle.

"Wild" Bill Reichert knows a thing or two about explosives. The ex-Navy SEAL can practically rig a bomb blindfolded. But there's no way to diffuse the inevitable fireworks the day Eve Edens walks back into his life, asking for help...

Eve doesn't know what to do when the Chicago police won't believe someone is out to hurt her. The only place to turn is Black Knights Inc-after all, no one is better at protection than the covert special-ops team. Yet there's also no one better at getting her all turned on than Billy Reichert. She has a feeling this is one blast from the past that could backfire big time...

Sourcebooks is offering a special promotion for preorders. From Sourcebooks' Facebook page (link):

Send us your proof of pre-order of BORN WILD by JULIE ANN WALKER and we’ll send you a Black Knights Inc. bandana!

We’ll send a bandana to anyone who shows us their pre-order receipt until October 31, or supplies run out. Just email your receipt to

As an added bonus: EVERYONE who receives a bandana will have an opportunity to win a fabulous motorcycle-themed gift basket, inspired by the Black Knights. All you have to do is post a photo of you with your bandana and show it to us!

Post your photo to one of the following places:

Julie Ann Walker’s Facebook Page:

Sourcebooks Facebook Page:

Or you can Tweet your photo—be sure to tag @jawalkerauthor or @SourcebooksCasa

You have until November 15, 2013 to send us your photo! The winner will be chosen at random, and announced on Julie Ann Walker’s Facebook Page on Monday, November 18.

Amazon is currently offering BORN WILD for preorder at the great price of $4.79 at this link.   To whet your appetite for the Black Knights, Sourcebooks is giving away a print copy of THRILL RIDE, Book 4 in the series, here at SOS Aloha.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about your favorite song:

- with the word "born" in it ... here's a list.


- with the work "wild" in it ... here's another list.

2.  This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada.

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, September 21, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, September 22.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

To learn more about Julie Ann Walker and her books, check out her website at


  1. Both - Born to be Wild - Easy Rider :)

  2. I like Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run."

  3. Wild thing and wild thang by ton loc

  4. I would pick Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.

  5. My favorite is Wild Thing by the Troggs!

  6. Mine would be "The Wild Boys" by Duran Duran

  7. Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen, and Born to be Wild.

  8. Born to Run, I think. Wild Thing is cool too!

  9. BORN TO BE WILD :) I actually really do like that song. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Wild Thing and Born in the USA are a couple of my favorite songs.

  11. Sorry, the first thing I remembered was Born to be Wild.