Sunday, May 1, 2011
Weekly Winners plus Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Please read two other blogs posted today:
- Coming to SOS Aloha:
- Silent Auction to benefit military families:
We have winners at SOS Aloha:
Saturday, April 23: Tribute to Beverly Barton:
- Diana wins her choice of books.
Sunday, April 24: Romance Conventions
- Johanna wins her choice of books from my RT stash.
Monday, April 25: Margaret Tanner's SHATTERED DREAMS
-Pam is the winner.
Monday, April 25: Deborah Cooke and DARKFIRE KISS
- Sue is the winner.
Tuesday, April 26: Diana Cosby's HIS CAPTIVE
- Callie B. is the winner.
Wednesday, April 27: Elizabeth Amber's BASTIAN
- Kati is the winner.
Thursday, April 28: Pamela Clare's BREAKING POINT
- Artemis wins the New Orleans/Navy Seal gift pack.
Winners - please send your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our nation is a winner when we celebrate diversity - May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. From President Obama,
Today, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a profound impact on our society as leaders in all facets of American life, thriving as athletes and public servants, entrepreneurs and artists. Whether as small business owners or as proud members of the United States Armed Forces, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are helping to write the next chapter of the American story.
Indeed, Asian American romance authors are writing the next chapter of publishing history by drawing upon their heritage. One such author is Jeannie Lin who I recently met at RT. Jeannie was my guest in October 5 when we celebrated International World Teachers' Day.
In 2009, Jeannie won the RWA's Golden Heart for Historical Romance for BUTTERFLY SWORDS. In 2010, Harlequin Historical published BUTTERFLY SWORDS and the novella THE TAMING OF MEI LIN, tantalizing readers with Chinese heroines in exotic locations. We look forward to Jeannie's next full length book, THE DRAGON AND THE PEARL plus her novella LADY YAO'S SCANDALOUS NIGHTS in the fall.
Jeannie was also instrumental in organizing Romance Trading Cards. To learn more about Jeannie, check out her website, including her blog, with a link to her recent guest appearance with Paperback Dolls. Her post is timely for our May celebration, Once Upon A Time in China.
In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month, I am giving away a signed copy of BUTTERFLY SWORDS plus Jeannie's Romance Trading Cards to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about Asian American and Pacific Islanders - have you visited any Pacific Rim state or country? What's your favorite sight, sound, or smell?
Honolulu has a vibrant Chinatown which I toured when I first moved to Hawaii. It is the only place to eat authentic Chinese food and buy authentic Chinese spices. Residents of other Hawaiian islands fly to Oahu just to eat and shop in Chinatown.
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, May 7, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 8.
Kim in Hawaii
- Hawaiian historians agree that an Chinese farmer was the first to plant sugar on Lanai in 1802. Sadly, his name was never recorded. Sugar became Hawaii's cash crop in the 19th century, contributing to the kingdom's growth in the international market place.
- Chinaman's Hat is a volcanic island near Kaneohe Bay off Oahu. It is so named for the head accessory that the Chinese immigrants wore in the cane fields. Chinaman's Hat is a frequent scene in any Hollywood movie shot in Hawaii.