Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Aloha to Deeanne Gist and FAIR PLAY - Spotlight and Giveaway


Summer's here ... time for the fair!  Deeanne Gist captures the flirty spirit in FAIR PLAY:

Saddled with a man’s name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for pursuing a man’s profession. As a lady doctor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice--until she doctors an imposing man who threatens the fulfillment of her dream.

Hunter is one of the elite. A Texas Ranger and World’s Fair guard specifically chosen for his height, physique, character, and skill. Hailed as the toughest man west of any place east, he has no patience for big cities and women who aspire to walk in a man's shoes.

But the abandoned baby Hunter discovers at the Fair finds him teaming up with the good doctor to give the foundling a better future than the slums of Chicago, where the children play on flea-infested, garbage-strewn streets. AS Billy and Hunter fight for the foundling's welfare, their hearts warm to the precious child--and to each other. Soon their concern grows to encompass the Nineteenth Ward's burgeoning population of street children. In the interest of fair play, Billy and Hunter let nothing stand in their way as they labor to build a park for them, birthing Chicago's first playground and a national movement that will sweep the nation.

But the Fair is coming to an end, posing impossible decisions for Billy and the man who has won her heart. Will they become a footnote in the Fair's history books, or will what they discovered in Chicago be longer lasting than the World's Exhibition.

I am giving away a print copy of FAIR PLAY to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Have you attended a local ?  What was your favorite food and/or event?

Savage, a small town near me, just hosted the Strawberry Festival at this link.   The best part was meeting retired Marines!

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, June 21, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, June 22.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Deeanne and her books at iwantherbook.com.



  1. I have a hard time with food. So no I never have.

  2. I haven't in a long time, but now, I want/need to go!!!

  3. My town has an annual festival. It's loads of fun. Since it's a spring carnival I head straight for the stalls with the seedlings & plants.

  4. Indiana has all kinds of festivals, street fairs, county fairs. We celebrate strawberrys, blueberries, wine, round barns, covered bridges... if it's here... we have a party!

  5. I haven't been to one in quite a while.

  6. Yes I've been to the Taste of Chicago and a some of the suburbs.

  7. I actually haven't been to a fair in a very long time. I keep telling myself to go to the state fair as it's usually huge and sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing!

  8. It has been years since I have been to a fair, but always enjoyed them. My favorite drink(?) is a snow cone and favorite food is a funnel cake.

  9. We have a Community Day Fair and our Arts Festival and state Fairs - I enjoy them. I have to go with funnel cakes as my favorite food at fairs!

  10. We have a local strawberry festival, too. But the county youth fair is bigger and really well known for their elephant ears. Fried dough with cinnamon sugar. Yum! ;)

    Marcy Shuler

  11. Our fair is going on right now. I always like getting the Indian Fry Bread with Cinnamon and sugar. My once a year treat at the fair.

  12. I haven't been to a fair or festival in years, but funnel cake is always a favorite.