Thursday, February 16, 2017

Aloha to Beach Blanket Bingo, Julia Day, and THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE

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Oh, the possibilities!   Who doesn't love the beach, especially in winter!  Kim Rocha and I are hosting a Beach Blanket Bingo at the upcoming RT Booklovers' Convention in Atlanta (link):

Join Annette Funicello (Kim Rocha) & Frankie Avalon (Kim Lowe) for a special edition of Book Cover Bingo. Expect spontaneous singing, dancing, & flirting with lifeguards inspired by the beloved 60s film. Readers will join sun loving authors at their favorite beaches and compete for the book laden gift baskets ... perfect for the sand and surf!

I invited Julia Day to be part of the escapades .... from her bio (link):

Julia Day was born in Tennessee, raised in Mississippi, and now calls North Carolina her home. She has two twenty-something daughters, one old husband, and too many computers to count. When she’s not writing stories or software, she’s traveling to distant places or watching dance reality shows on TV.

The Possibility of Somewhere is Julia’s first YA contemporary romance. She also writes YA paranormal as Elizabeth Langston.


Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he’s always wanted-- he's admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There's only one obstacle in Ash's path: Eden Moore—the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way?

All Eden's ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college -- and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks. . . When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream -- one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?

Julia's favorite beach is Emerald Isle, North Carolina:

The tranquil resort and residential community of Emerald Isle, North Carolina, is located about halfway between the states of South Carolina and Virginia. Emerald Isle is located on the western end of the Southern Outer Banks Island called Bogue Banks. Bogue Banks Island is 30 miles long, with Atlantic Beach at the easternmost end, Salter Path and Indian Beach in the center and Emerald Isle on the westernmost end. Emerald Isle’s reputation as a “Family Beach” is well deserved and continues year after year to lure families looking for a peaceful ocean holiday to remember!

I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,

1. What is your favorite "gem" - emeralds? rubies? diamonds? I like 'em all!

2. Comments are open through Sunday, February 19, 10 pm in Baltimore. 

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, February 20.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City 

Marilyn loves diamonds ...


  1. I have to agree with you - they are all gorgeous.

  2. It would depend on what I was wearing, but I agree with Jane and Linda. Sapphires are lovely as are Rubies and Emeralds/

  3. I love them all, but sapphires and rubies are great favorites. I'd love a bracelet with alternating stones. I can dream.

  4. Yes all my fav color is purple

  5. Diamonds.

  6. I love Diamonds and Aquamarine.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  7. I love them all... have you looked at From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault?

  8. Sapphires (& lucky me, that's my birthstone). Also Tanzanite which is in lovely violet shades.

  9. I like several, white opal, my birthstone, diamonds and blue sapphires.

  10. Duh, that opal comment was mine.

  11. I prefer the colorful ones: sapphires, rubies, emeralds, amethyst, etc! There aren't any bad ones. 😊