Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Aloha to Annie Rains and WELCOME TO FOREVER


Debut author Annie Rains joins us for a cozy chat ... from her bio,

Annie Rains is a contemporary romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America's largest military communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn't writing, she's spending time with her husband and 3 children, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors. Represented by Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency (NYLA). Visit Annie’s website at, and don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter to hear about upcoming news!

Kim:  Can you share your favorite memory of growing up in a military town?

Annie:  My family wasn't military so all of my favorite memories are really those of others. I got to watch from the outside and see all the families united. I do have fond memories of reading the banners that line the gates to the military base, welcoming the Marines home. I still love to sit in traffic and read those signs!

Kim:  Tell us about North Carolina - what is your favorite sight, smell, and sound?

Annie:  I love the beaches of North Carolina! I could sit on the beach all day (and night) and watch the waves come and go. The sight and sound is so relaxing! Even better is sitting somewhere sheltered at the beach during a summer storm, which we have a lot of in NC!

Kim:  What is the perfect homecoming for a returning hero?

Annie:  I think if you ask a returning hero what their perfect homecoming is, it's all about being reunited with the people they love. I love watching those news stories and clips of soldiers coming home and wrapping their arms around their wives and children. The perfect homecoming has less to do about the banners and balloons and everything to do with the people!

Annie is celebrating the release of WELCOME TO FOREVER, Book 1 in Hero's Welcome series ..

In Seaside, North Carolina, there are two kinds of people: Marines, and kids of Marines. Then there’s Kat Chandler. Recently hired as the principal of Seaside Elementary, Kat makes it her mission to turn the school into a place of peace and calm. That’s not going to be easy with hard-liner parents like Micah Peterson storming in, telling her how to do her job—and then kissing her with those gorgeous lips of his and turning her brain into mush.

As a Marine Sergeant and a single dad, Micah Peterson has just two priorities: doing his job better than anyone else, and getting the absolute best for his son, Ben. But when he meets Ben’s beautiful new principal, a different yearning shifts into focus. He wants her, sure, but he’s also moved by the connection Kat forges with her students. So after learning that she refuses to date Marines, Micah sets two more objectives: convincing Kat to give him a chance . . . and then holding on to her forever.

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Welcome home signs at the BWI airport

I am giving away military swag to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about North Carolina - what do you about the Tar Heel state?

2.  Comments are open through Satureday, December 5, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, December 6.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Coming in April 2016


  1. For one I never knew it was called the Tar Heel State. Live & learn.

  2. I only know about there college basketball team. Though there food sounds fab

  3. Tabbacco road

  4. Its beautiful, we drive through the state every year driving to the mountains.

  5. We were there for the NCState vs North Carolina game... darn, Tar Heels won, not NC State...

  6. We've visited their beaches a couple of times - very nice!

  7. I know that Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is in North Carolina.

  8. All I know is that I have a niece that lives there with her family. They're always visiting places of interest, which she posts pics of on Facebook.