Sunday, February 5, 2017

Aloha to Weekly Winners, Jessica James, and MEANT TO BE

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We have winners at SOS Aloha - Artemis and Catslady win a book choice from my convention stash.

I recently enjoyed an episode of Beachfront Bargain on HGTV - the Baltimore couple wanted to buy a beachfront condo in Ocean City, MD.  It reminded me of Jessica James (link).  She will be joining us for Beach Blanket Bingo at the RT Booklovers Convention (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!

Jessica will feature Ocean City at her table. From its website (link),

The sun and surf of Ocean City, Maryland, have been attracting visitors since Algonquian tribes first came to our beaches to fish and sun themselves.

Europeans first arrived in 1524 when Giovanni da Verrazano surveyed the east coast of North America. By the 17th century, British colonists had moved north from Virginia and settled in the area.

Due to Ocean City's isolation as a barrier island, the town remained a sleepy fishing village until 1875, when the Atlantic Hotel began welcoming visitors. The following year, the railroad bridged Sinepuxent Bay, and a resort was born.

Today, Ocean City stretches along 10 miles of beautiful beach from the Inlet to the Delaware state line. Our classic wooden boardwalk offers nearly 3 miles of food, games and shopping. 


Jessica features Ocean City in MEANT TO BE .... 

It started as a chance encounter on the beach, and ended 24 hours later when they parted to go their separate ways. Or so they thought.

Actually it was just the beginning.

WHEN LAUREN CANTRELL said goodbye to the guy she had just met on the beach, she had no way of knowing their paths would ever cross again. But fate had another unexpected meeting in store for them—this time in a place where danger was part of the culture and the stakes were life and death.

THE LAST PERSON in the world Rad expected to see at a special ops briefing in Afghanistan is the girl he met at the beach two weeks ago—the one he can’t stop thinking about.

From the sundrenched beaches of Ocean City, Md., to the snowcapped mountains of Afghanistan, this thrilling tale of espionage and intrigue takes readers on a spellbinding journey into the secret lives of our nation’s quiet heroes—and answers the question:

What do you do when the person you most want to protect is the one risking everything to make sure you survive?

MEANT TO BE recounts the dedication of our military, the honor and sacrifice of our soldiers, and a relationship that is tested and sustained by the powerful forces of love, courage and resolve.

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

1. What do you love to eat at the beach?  Ocean Cit is famous for Thrasher's French Fries.  Other favorites include soft service ice cream, saltwater taffy, and hot dogs!

2. Comments are open through Sunday, February 12, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, February 13.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. Congrats to the winners. Hot dogs and ice cream.

  2. Thank you so much!! I'm always up for trying anything lol.

  3. Congratulations, Artemis and Catslady. Enjoy. We really don't do beaches that often. The fries above do look good. When we are near the coast, we always look for a good place to have seafood. In Maine and NH we look for lobster. Along the east and gulf coasts, shrimp.

  4. You can't visit the beach without having fish & chips to eat. (Fries to you.)

  5. Seafood, chips , sandwiches

  6. A Burger and Ice Cream.

  7. Congrats winners. I love going down the shore here in New Jersey. I also love seafood. Love the soft serve iuce cream and the orange drinks.Can never eat too many fries.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  8. I love the salt water taffy. The only place I can find it is at the beach.

  9. In NJ you've gotta have a grilled pork roll sandwich on the boardwalk.

  10. Thrasher's fries, Fisher's popcorn, Candy Kitchen salt water taffy, Macky's Bayside, Dumser's ice cream, and Nick's Original House of Ribs... My OCMD favorites.


  11. Hotdogs, ice cream, and fish & chips!

  12. We always ate PB&Js, chips, and fruit on the beach for lunch and then ate a ton of seafood for supper.

  13. Ice Cream, burgers and hot dogs or if I brought my own food pepper and egg sandwiches on a roll.

  14. Ice Cream

  15. Hmm, not much since I hate the thought of sand in my food. LOL

  16. Thank you so very much!

    We don't get to the beach very often, even though it's just a few hours drive away: Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, or my favorite, Charleston. If we're at the beach proper, fresh fish. However, if we're in the Lowcountry, South Carolina, Shrimp and Grits.