Thursday, June 9, 2016

Celebrate Hawai'i Week - Aloha to Jill Marie Landis

Image courtesy of Linda M. 

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

The island of Kauai - the oldest of the eight islands - was never conquered by King Kamehameha. From,

Twice King Kamehameha had gathered armadas to conquer Kauai, and each time he was met with utter failure – due once to a storm and rough seas, and the other due to an epidemic which crippled his forces. Eventually though, the king of Kauai, King Kaumualii, united forces with Kamehameha, probably to avoid future invasion attempts, and to prevent continuing hostilities and any possible bloodshed which would ensue.

Kauai's independent spirit is alive in kama'aina (resident) romance writer Jill Marie Landis.  From her bio,

I've written seventeen steamy historical romances which I am in the process of publishing in e-book formats, a trilogy of contemporary single title romances entitled the Twilight Cove Series, and five inspirational historical romances. Most recently I've been penning a series of comedic mysteries set on Kauai.

No matter what kind of novel I'm writing, I focus on creating memorable characters, adding the emotion my readers have come to expect, spinning page turning plots and adding the requisite happy endings.

Today we are living the dream in Hawaii on an outer island where I continue to write and dance hula and garden (when I'm not sitting on the beach). Hubby Steve is involved in outrigger canoe paddling. Steve also appears around town playing a form of Hawaiian guitar music known as "slack key."


I can't get enough of the Tiki Goddess Mystery series ...

Somewhere on the North Shore of Kauai near the end of the road you’ll find THE TIKI GODDESS BAR, famous for exotic tropical concoctions by Uncle Louie Marshall, mixologist extraordinaire. There’s a legend behind every drink and each and every one has been approved by a taste testing parrot named David Letterman. Two-for- one Mai Tai Night really packs ‘em in.

As tourists rub shoulders with locals and celebs, the surf hits the beach with a hypnotic rhythm matched only by the beat of exotic drums and the hum of ukulele music floating on the trade winds.

Who knew murder and mayhem existed in paradise?

Learn more about Jill Marie Landis and her books at and

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 your favorite tropical drink - alcoholic or not.  I love POG - Passion, Orange, and Guava juice.  I also enjoy Mai Tais!

2. Comments are open through Saturday, June 11, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, June 12.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. Mai Tais and Planter's Punch are my favorites.

  2. I like orange juice. I don't drink so no alcohol for me.

  3. I LOVE ice cold pineapple juice. I have some in the fridge right now.

  4. I drink juices (no alcohol for me) so apple or orange juice are my favorites

  5. I love Pine Coladas without the alcohol.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  6. Guava juice sounds good. I like grapefruit juice :)

  7. I like sea breeze. My neighbor used to make it for me.

  8. Pina Colada.

  9. I agree with you on Mai Tais but I've only had them when in Hawaii.

  10. Pineapple juice is my favorite :)

  11. I love a soft drink made of green tangerines.

  12. Margaritas.
    Karen T.

  13. Love lilikoi juice. If I'm in the mood for alcohol, I usually mix some coconut rum with pineapple juice.

  14. I enjoy a Tequilla Sunrise - or a Margaritta.

  15. Strawberry daiquiri

  16. Margaritas are about as tropical as I get these days with alcoholic beverages, but I do love pineapple juice.