Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Aloha to Laura Trentham and THEN HE KISSED ME (Cottonbloom Novel Book 2)


Reminder: I have a special giveaway to celebrate June at this link.

Can two hearts come together in one divided town?

As a boy, Nash Hawthorne spent countless afternoons on the Louisiana side of Cottonbloom with Tally Fournette, wading in the river, peeling oranges and catching frogs. When illness stole his mother, Nash yearned to take Tally and run away—for good. Instead, he crossed the state line to live with his aunt. It was a short distance as the crow flies, but it swept him into a whole new world…

After Nash left, Tally managed to struggle through her own losses without him. But now that she’s crossed paths with him again—at Cottonbloom College, where the grown-up, gorgeous Nash teaches history—she is reminded of their cherished youthful connection…and an attraction that has only gotten stronger with age. Between Tally’s possessive ex and Nash’s snobbish aunt, no one thinks they belong together. In a town torn apart by old resentments and rivalries, can they find their way back to the life they once shared—and turn their long-lost dreams into a real and lasting love?

Laura Trentham

I was born and raised in a small town in Northwest Tennessee. Although, I loved English and reading in high school, I was convinced an English degree equated to starvation! So, I chose the next most logical major - Chemical Engineering- and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years. Now I live in South Carolina with my husband and two children. In between school and homework and soccer practices, I love to get lost in another world, whether its Regency England or small town Alabama.

KISS ME THAT WAY, Book 1 of the first trilogy, released May 31st and has been getting incredible reviews. It's my first paperback that's been widely available at bookstores and Walmarts around the country. It is very cool to see my book between two writing idols, Lisa Kleypas and Debbie Macomber! Book 2, THEN HE KISSED ME releases June 28th, and Book 3, TILL I KISSED YOU, is out Aug 2nd! This is your perfect binge-beach read!

Learn more about Laura and her books, including excepts, at lauratrentham.com.

Natchez–Vidalia Bridge over the Mississippi River
Released to Public Domain (link)

I read an ARC for TILL I KISSED YOU - loved it!  And you will love the Cottonbloom series!  I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about what you know about Mississippi, the Magnolia State, and/or Louisiana, the Pelican State.

2. Comments are open from Saturday, July 2, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 3.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha spirit in Charm City



  1. I'm originally from Louisiana. One thing I know it's way hot in the summer

  2. Unfortunately, I can't say I know much about Mississippi or Louisiana

  3. I know so very little about all of the above.

  4. I don't know anything about all of them...

  5. Mississippi is the home of Brent Favre and Louisiana has some of the best cooking in the States.

  6. I lived there for 9 months and my dad was from MS. It's hot and has lots of bugs lol. We visited New Orleans a couple of times - lots of fun.

  7. Really nothing except that New Orleans is a great place to visit.

  8. Louisiana has a wide variety of terrain from the northern part of the state to the bayous of the southern part. New Orleans is a fascinating, diverse, historic city. It is well worth a visit. Cajun country offers food, music, and culture unique to the area. Exploring their connection to Canada is interesting.

  9. husband's grandma lives in Baton Rouge--so hot in the summer... have driven through a small portion of Mississippi--I know Elvis grew up in Tupelo


  10. They are both along the Mississippi River? I've never been to either state,

  11. I have been to New Orleans once and it was fascinating. Loved the houses, the cemeteries, food, etc. Very hot and humid in August!

  12. I have never been to Mississippi or Louisiana, but I think it would be fun to visit New Orleans. Too hot and humid in the summer!

  13. I've never been to either. But I'd love to read Till I Kissed You. Thanks for posting.And the giveaway.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  14. I've never been to any however I do love Louisiana recipes

  15. I associate Louisiana with Cajun and The Big Easy (New Orleans) and the place where Steel Magnolias was set. I don't know much about Mississippi other than it was fun to learn how to spell it in grade school and that it's the birth state of Elvis Presley (Tupelo, MS). I love the Cottonbloom series and recommend it to everyone!

  16. Unfortunately, nothing.
    Patty B.

  17. I've driven through both of them multiple times. I've been to New Orleans once many years ago.

  18. I've not been to either state so sadly, I don't know much about them

  19. Unfortunately I don't know anything about either state.
    The covers are enticing.
    Karen T.