Saturday, October 18, 2014

Aloha to Jill Marie Landis and TOO HOT FOUR HULA - Book Review and Giveaway

I contribute a weekly column to USA Today's HEA Blog called State of Romance.  This week, we visit New Jersey, the Garden State, at this link

This weekend I am hobnobbing with the New Jersey Romance Writers (NJRW) Put Your Heart In A Book (PYHIAB) Conference (link).    The luncheon speaker is Stella Cameron.   She is a frequent visitor to the island of Kauai.  In fact, I believe she has met the Hula Maidens from the Tiki Goddess Mystery series .... TOO HOT FOUR HULA is Book 4 in this "Ohana" series.

A marauding monkey, a mysterious murder, middle-aged hula maidens, and mugs full of Mai Tai's. Just another day in Tiki Goddess Paradise . . .

Crime-solving sleuth Em Johnson and her Uncle Louie, owner of the famous Tiki Goddess Bar on Kauai, head for the Cocktail Shake Off Competition in Honolulu. What is supposed to be a fun trip to a mixologist contest turns weird when Louie's legendary "Booze Bible" is stolen, and Em's ex-husband winds up dead--with Em the number-one suspect. Sexy Kauai detective and part-time fire dancer Roland Sharpe rushes to Em's side along with the unpredictable Hula Maidens, whose detective skills are even more haphazard than their dance routine at the island tiki bars. Toss in an escaped monkey and a killer who wants to make this the Last Call for someone's honky-tonk tiki-tossing night out, and it's going to be another wild escapade for Em and her Hula Maidens.

A seven-time Romance Writers of America finalist for the RITA Award, Jill Marie Landis also now writes The Tiki Goddess Mysteries (set on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, where she lives with her husband, actor Steve Landis.) Her books are not only known for their intense emotion, but for characters you'll remember long after you turn the last page. Visit her world of tiki totems, hula maidens and tropical fun at

Hula dancers at the Hane'aki Heiau

Hula is the language of the heart, therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people. - King Kalakaua

The gang from the Tiki Goddess - Uncle Louis, his niece Em, and the Hula Maidens - leave the comfort of Kauai for the Cocktail Shake Off on Waikiki Beach, Oahu.  It may be a quick 40 minute flight to Honolulu, but the Hilton Hawaiian Village is a world away as Oahu's premier tourist mecca. The gang are out of their league among the competitive bartenders, beauty product conventioneers, and fans of the Hula Maidens (from their ill fated reality show).  Uncle Louis' effort to win the title is hindered by the theft of his famous Booze Bible, the Maidens' impromptu hula shows, and Em's unexpected lunch date with her ex husband.

Chaos erupts when the Maidens search Oahu's questionable neighborhoods for the Booze Bible, the Shriners arrive at the hotel, and Em is accused of murdering her ex husband.  Landis delivers the Aloha spirit in this cozy mystery with Hawaii's beauty as the backdrop.   The Maidens stand out in TOO HOT FOUR HULA with their quick thinking at every challenge that comes their way.  Their antics at the Aloha Stadium Flea Market is pure pleasure.  The icing on top is Em's reward for watching out for Uncle Louis and the Hula Maidens - no spoilers here!

Recommended read for fans of cozy mysteries, laugh-out-loud adventure, and Hawaiian culture.  TOO HOT FOUR HULA is outrageously funny, just as Jill Marie Landis intended.   

I purchased a copy of TOO HOT FOUR HULA.

Souvenirs from Aloha Stadium Flea Market

I am giving away a print copy of TOO HOT FOUR HULA to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about flea markets - do you have one in your area?  If so, what do you like to buy from it?   The Aloha Stadium Flea Market is stocked with everything possible in Aloha print.  But I always looked for the bakers from Molokai selling sweet bread.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 25, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 26.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City



  1. I love our local markets. The perfect place to pick up a gift for someone.

  2. Squeeeeeeee!!! I love Jill Marie Landis' Tiki Godess series. Just please tell me Roland is in this book. :-)
    We just moved to a new town. I'm sure there are flea markets or swap meets, but I hadn't thought to look for them yet.
    Thanks for the chance for the book.
    Shannon in San Diego

  3. There is a big one in Pennsylvania that I loved to visit near Thanksgiving. It was great for Christmas shopping.

  4. We have them in our area but I haven't been to one in years.

  5. There are a couple in our area that we frequent on a regular basis. We look for cast iron cookware, oil lamps, and old manual tools. I got a 4qt crockpot (good for two people!) for $2.00!

  6. We have a large one in our sports arena parking lot every weekend. Lots of new stuff, lots of old stuff. It's been a long time since I've been to it, though it is always fun to walk around. I should make a plan to visit it again sometime soon.

  7. I LOVE flea markets! What is someone else's trash is someone else's treasure. That's for sure. The flea market here in Sacramento is in the old site of a drive-in theater (remember those?) there's lots of room for lots of stuff. What I like are the fresh fruits and vegies that some folks sell at these places. And sometimes I see cute artwork or crafts that I can give as gifts too. Thanks for the interesting question!

  8. We use to have one near we lived but they no longer have one so once in a while I will visit when they have them in a neighborhood or street. Mostly I just bought books (big surprise lol). At the time I did jigsaw puzzles so would get those when available. It is fun just looking and hoping for a treasure.

  9. there used to be this HUGE flea market on Long Island, but they have since was where I purchased my first penguin item & I still have it!!!!

  10. I know there are several in my area but I haven't gone in a very long time. It's fun to see how creative people are and the whole, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Don't laugh, but the only Flea Market I have ever been to is when I go to Oahu to Aloha Stadium. I loved being able to purchase Hawaiian craft items from there. I even found a lady there that makes Aloha wear for my Barbie Dolls.

  12. Hi EVERYONE and KIM! Mahalo!
    I had a ball writing about Hilton Hawaiian Village and the scene there as well as the Aloha Stadium Flea can imagine I had to do "extensive" research! My favorite swap meet on the mainland is the Long Beach California Vets Stadium swap meet. I forget which Sunday it's held on but it's a good one. Lots of vintage Hawaiiana and retro stuff.
    Everyone keep reading. Book 5 is in the works!

  13. I am sure there are, but not sure where.

  14. Jill-
    it's so exciting that you stopped by! Now that I'm back in Southern California, I will definitely check out the Long Beach flea market.
    Yay for book 5!
    Mahalo for this great series.