Thursday, April 6, 2017

Aloha to Beach Blanket Bingo, Christi Barth, and TRYING IT ALL (Naked Men Series)

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It's a gloomy day in Baltimore ... so let's escape to the beach! We are counting down to the RT Booklovers Convention (link), May 2 - 7, 2017, in HotLanta!  Kim Rocha and I are hosting Beach Blanket Bingo (link)

Join Annette Funicello (Kim Rocha) & Frankie Avalon (Kim Lowe) for a special edition of Book Cover Bingo. Expect spontaneous singing, dancing, & flirting with lifeguards inspired by the beloved 60s film. Readers will join sun loving authors at their favorite beaches and compete for the book laden gift baskets ... perfect for the sand and surf!

Christi Barth is joining us to celebrate the May release of TRYING IT ALL, Book 4 in her Naked Men Series: 

Order. Attention to detail. Never leaving anything to chance. These are the qualities that make Riley Ness such a terrific federal agent . . . and a pain in the ass to everyone else. The only time Riley lets loose is when he’s hanging out with his closest pals. So when he’s thrown together with gorgeous, flighty Summer Sheridan, Riley’s brain tells him she’s a ticking time bomb—but his body doesn’t want to play by the rules.

Riley has to be the most irritating man Summer has ever met. The brooding hunk thinks he needs to teach her a few lessons about real life, while she’d rather show him how to enjoy it. But her BFF’s all but engaged to Riley’s best friend, and besides, their intense physical chemistry is all too real. Summer just needs Riley to try to meet her halfway and take a chance with the one thing that matters: his heart.

Christi is an author local to me ... from her bio (link):

Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Bound series. Christi can always be found whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.

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Christi's favorite beach is .... Ocean City!  For the month of April, I am giving away a box of books from authors attending RT, including Christi!  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about gourmet meals ... do you whip them up like Christi?  Or do you prefer the role as taster?  Do you have a favorite "gourmet" meal to make or taste?

I prefer to be the taster ... I'm open to almost any "flavor" - Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Indian - as long as it doesn't have unusual ingredients.

2. Comments are open through Sunday, April 30, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I will be offline from Monday, May 1 - Sunday, May 7.

4. I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 8.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


More books in the Naked Men series ...


  1. I enjoy my bil's cooking when we visit them. Give me a good hamburger any day!

  2. I just like tasty food, and if I'm making something it won't be too many ingredients, but they will be good.

  3. I'm definitely more of a taster than a cook.

  4. I too would be a taster. I'm willing to try most things (but not all lol). Escargot is a favorite and I've actually made those.

  5. I am most definitely not a gourmet in the kitchen. Best for me to taste.

  6. both. Way too many good meals to have a fave.

  7. I'm a taster at this time in my life. I love tasting and eating different foods as long as they don't have cumin. I don't like it at all. Great giveaway Kim. Thanks for the chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  8. Prefer to taste. LOL. Am not a fancy cook, but do make a very nice beef wellington.

  9. I like to whip em up and sample others' gourmet meals.

    Beef Stroganoff is one I like to make.

  10. I'm a taster! I cannot cook. I wish I could, but the gift is not in me.

  11. I am a taster as well.
    Karen T.

  12. I think my jambalaya is pretty good


  13. I do like to cook and bake, but I'm no gourmet cook. I will try all types of different recipes (cooking and baking), but with ingredients I know my family will enjoy. I do step "out of the box" quite often. I find the problem with gourmet cooking are the necessary ingredients; they are too expensive. Once you purchase them, I usually have some left over, and then we may not like what I cooked.

  14. I answered this twice, but my tablet wouldn't post it. For special occasions, we do a special meal. Not sure it would be considered gourmet, but we enjoy it. My husband fixes chateaubriand. I make sour cream crescent rolls (they melt in your mouth), a whipped potato casserole (with butter, sour cream, onions, and cheddar cheese), green beans almandine, and a good red wine. A rich coffee and a cheesecake of some sort follow for dessert.