Friday, June 8, 2012

'Olelo Ku'i'o - Requesting Reviews, Promotional Opportunities, Giveaway Guidelines, and Disclosure Statement

'Olelo Ku'i'o translates as "true statement" - the Hawaiian equivalent of here's how my blog works! 

1.  Requesting reviews:  I do not have an ereader (or even a Smartphone).  Yeah, yeah, I'm a dinosaur and proud of it!   

I prefer to review print books of historical romance, contemporary romance, and women's fiction.   Sometimes I review romantic suspense and paranormal romance.    

Occasionally I review PDFs to support authors with military connections.

2.  Promotional Opportunity:  If you are interested in promoting your book (with or without a review), just ask!  If I can rotate you into the schedule, I will.  I prefer you offer a giveaway during your promotional visit.

3.  Giveaway Guidelines:  When I offer a prize, I identify the guidelines on the post.  If you do not receive a prize you won from an author, publisher, or me, I will make every effort to offer a substitute prize.

4.  Disclosure Statement:

I am military spouse, romance reader, and community volunteer.  I write SOS Aloha as a means to exercise my brain, practice grammar, and  maintain keyboard proficiency.  I attend as many conventions as possible, including RT, RWA, RomCon, etc.   I bring home the convention swag - books and promos - to giveaway on my blog.   I bear the cost to mail these items home and to the winners.    I am not compensated by any convention for promotion nor does the swag influence my opinion of conventions.

I host authors' and publishers' giveaways.  They do not provide any financial compensation nor do their giveaways influence my opinion of their books (should I post a review).    Most authors and publisher mail the books directly to the winners.

I adopted the creed of Duke Kahanamoki, Olympic athlete and surfing enthusiast:

In Hawaii we greet friends, loved ones or stranger with Aloha, which means with love.  Aloha is the key work to the universal spirit of real hospitality, which makes Hawaii renowned as the world's center of understanding and fellowship.  Try meeting or leaving people with Aloha.  You'll be surprised by their reaction.  

I believe it is my creed.

Aloha to you.


Kim in Hawaii

The Duke (end of middle row) with friends.


  1. I heart you, Kim. Thanks for sharing your swag with us. You're not the only one without an ereader. They're getting cheaper and I'll eventually get one.

  2. Aloha back to you and a great big thanks for all you do/

  3. That was amazing Kim, you are so very generous. You truly are an inspiration, and I applaud all that you do for us and for the military.


  4. Aloha! Thank you for all you do Kim. I have found many new authors to read from your blog. Have a great day!

  5. I, too, thank you for all you do! I've learned a lot from reading your posts and I always enjoy the photos.

  6. Love you too, Kim! You are a wonderful person and I'm proud to know you.

  7. Thanks so much for all you do for us, Kim. You are appreciated!

  8. Thanks for your post Kim and for all that you do to brighten our lives. I have reluctantly increased the number of e-books I read but I still really prefer print books (my husband...not so much since there is no place in the house that does not have a pile of books). Looking forward to seeing you next month!

  9. Very nice post. Thanks for everything.

  10. thank you kim, all the best :)

  11. Very nice! I appreciate all that you do.

  12. Thanks for all you do Kim and all your blogs. You are truly appreciated as well as all your time. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com