Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Aloha to Juliana Stone and BOYS LIKE YOU


Young Adult (YA) has become a large segment of the RT Booklovers' Convention (link) ... and Juliana Stone will be a part of the buzz in New Orleans!    Juliana is celebrating the release of BOYS LIKE YOU:

If I hadn't fallen asleep.
If I hadn't gotten behind the wheel.
If I hadn't made a mistake.

For Monroe Blackwell, one small mistake has torn her family apart—leaving her empty and broken. There's a hole in her heart that nothing can fill. That no one can fill. And a summer in Louisiana with her grandma isn't going to change that...

Nathan Everets knows heartache firsthand when a car accident leaves his best friend in a coma. And it's all his fault. He should be the one lying in the hospital. The one who will never play guitar again. He doesn't deserve forgiveness, and a court-appointed job at the Blackwell B&B isn't going to change that...

There's No Going Back

Captivating and hopeful, this achingly poignant novel brings together two lost souls struggling with grief and guilt—looking for acceptance, so they can find forgiveness.

Hawaiian grannies are called tutu 

I asked Juliana to name the Top Five Things to Do at Grandma's house ....

1. Eat lots of junk food and read books that you’re not supposed to read.

2. Take your grams into town for a manicure and pedicure.

3. Make a scrapbook with all the old pictures you find in boxes and laugh at how bad your parents hair and clothes looked when they were young.

4. Bake cupcakes together, lemon cupcakes and then eat them all.

5. Dance in the rain and sing as if no one is watching you.

USA Today Bestselling author Juliana Stone’s love of the written word and ‘80s rock have inspired her in more ways than one. She writes dark paranormal romance and contemporary romance and spends her days navigating a busy life that includes a husband, kids, and rock ‘n’ roll! Boys Like You is her debut YA novel. You can find more info at

I am giving away a "bad boy" prize package to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Do you have a special memory about visiting Gram's house?

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

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 11.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

A truck at Gram's house? 


  1. My grandmother would always buy my favorite pastries when I visit.

  2. Leaves my lives far, so I like visiting

  3. I remember all her wonderful homemade Italian food - fresh bread and butter, pizza, spaghetti and meatballs...I could go on and on!

  4. My grandmother lived on a fruit farm (tart and sweet cherries, peaches, apples, apricots) and we would go there every summer to help with the cherry harvest. She always read Harlequin Presents and she's the one that got me reading romance as a pre-teen. She also loved playing cards. She's gather the grandkids around the dining room table for a huge rummy game. Sometimes we had to use two decks of cards there were so many of us. It was such fun!

    Marcy Shuler

  5. It always seemed like every time we would visit Grandma on the farm there would be new kittens to visit. My Grandma loved cats.


  7. We always had big family parties at her house.

  8. I used to love the Welsh cakes that my Nanny used to make.

  9. I don't remember either of my grandmothers as being particularly nurturing. I do remember my one grandfather and sitting on his knee as he offered me a Chiclet - which he always had. I couldn't say piece at the time and would always ask for a "pide gum" and usually got it.

  10. She lived in Lake Havasu City, AZ and we would visit once a year or so. At that time, she had practically no neighbors, house set high on a hill with a view of the lake in the distance. My friend usually went with us on these visits, and we would run through the hills and desert. We loved it.

  11. My maternal grandmother used to cook the best chicken stew in the world. My sister and I would spend the day at her house, and walk to the public swimming pool for a while. When we'd get back, she'd feed us chicken stew and we'd drink our milk from beautiful, floral, green, pressed-glass cups. Good times, great memories.

  12. One of my grandmothers used to make homemade bread & I always looked forward to that. My other grandmother used to read romance novels!

  13. My grandmother was pretty strict so visiting her house meant you were on your best behavior.

  14. Great home cooking!