Monday, November 28, 2016

Weekly winners, Beach Blanket Bingo, Kate Pearce, and THE RELUCTANT COWBOY

We have winners at SOS Aloha:

- Sharlene M., Library Pat, Christy, and Susan P. win a book choice from my convention stash.  Winners, please claim your prize by sending your mailing address to

The Oahu chief (above) greets the school children at Hickam Elementary School.  From its website,

Kalani I Ka Lewa
Ascend to the Heavens

Kalani I Ka Lewa by artist Viliami Toluta’u was inspired by the natural instinct in humanity to be free as we are in America. The young Ali’i (chief) is releasing an eagle into the heavens, symbolizing the potential of children to soar high in life with education as their wings. The young Ali’i also pay homage to the spirit of the Freedom Tower with hope that the children emulate the eagle in exploring and scouting their horizons and its limitless possibilities. A grant from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (Art in Public Places Program) provided the funding for this special work of art.

He is also ready to celebrate THE RELUCTANT COWBOY, as new series from Kate Pearce, who happens to live on the Big Island of Hawaii:

After a turbulent childhood, the Morgan brothers went their separate ways, leaving the family cattle ranch and their cowboy days far behind. But now, one by one, they’re being called back home to California. Have they been summoned to save the land—or to start a new legacy? 

Chase Morgan high-tailed it away from ranching life as soon as possible. But running a successful technology company can’t erase the memories, or secrets, of his youth. Coming home to help his Grandma Ruth may finally put some ghosts to rest—if he can just get a certain smart, beautiful houseguest out of his business. But getting her out of his head is proving even more difficult…

Determined to save the Morgan ranch, historian January Mitchell has pinned her hopes on the surprisingly rugged, surprisingly likable, and exasperatingly stubborn Chase. Surely his love of this breathtaking, mysterious land runs deep enough that he’ll once again embrace his inner cowboy. Or maybe, despite both of their skittish hearts, she’ll have to find a way to get him back in the saddle…any which way she can.

Check out my review of THE RELUCTANT COWBOY on Goodreads at this link.  THE RELUCTANT COWBOY is available on Tuesday, November 29, from Kensington Books (link).

Kate will be participating in the BEACH BLANKET BINGO (link) at the RT Booklovers Convention in Atlanta.  From her website (link),

NYT and USA Today bestselling author Kate Pearce was born in England in the middle of a large family of girls and quickly found that her imagination was far more interesting than real life. After acquiring a degree in history and barely escaping from the British Civil Service alive, she moved to California and then to Hawaii with her kids and her husband and set about reinventing herself as a romance writer.

She is known for both her unconventional heroes and her joy at subverting romance clichés. In her spare time she self publishes science fiction erotic romance, historical romance, and whatever else she can imagine. You can find Kate at her website at, on Facebook as Kate Pearce, and on Twitter as Kate4queen.

I enjoy following Kate on social media - she is an enthusiastic knitter and cat lover.  She also gives us peaks of life in Hawaii. Sigh.  Hawaii.  I sure miss it.

I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash. To enter the giveaway, let's chat about Kate's newest series, the Morgan Ranch (link). Have you visited a ranch?  I have not ... something I'll have to change.  Comments are open through Sunday, December 4, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, December 5.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. Congratulations to all!!

    I suppose it depends upon what you mean by ranch. I have certainly visited quite a lot of rural properties in my time.

  2. No
    Congrats winner

  3. congrats. No never have

  4. Congraats to all the winners!!!!!!!!! No, I've never visited a ranch!

  5. Kate is a new author to me, but this looks like the kind of story I enjoy.

    I have not visited a ranch (at least not a western one) - I have visited farms that have cattle and horses.

  6. I have been to several dude ranches but not a real working ranch. Would love to visit one.

  7. Congrats to the winners! I'm afraid I haven't been to one but it sounds like fun.

  8. Congrats, winners. Never been to a ranch.

  9. Congratulations winners!! I have been lucky enough to visit a few ranches in my life. One in California and a couple in the Texas Hill Country.

  10. Congrats winners. I never have visited a Ranch but I definitely would love to.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  12. Congrats to the winnners. I've been to a horse ranch once when I was a kid but it didn't turn out to be a great experience for me :(

  13. Congrats to all the winners. I have never been to a ranch.

  14. Congrats winners! Thinking of a ranch makes me think of coming home from school and watching Hey Dude. ha!

  15. WTG to the winners!! I've been to ranch before but I don't remember much about it, I've just seen pictures of me there with my family. I'd like to go again but I'm not much of a ranch-type person :)

  16. When I was a kid I visited a ranch. I liked the animals. I have not been to a ranch in a long time.