Aloha! Today is the 7th anniversary of my blog! I created SOS Aloha six months after moving to Pearl Harbor - it became a means for me to remain connected to Romance Land! I thank Mary Gramlich, the Reading Reviewer, for encouraging me then - and now - to find my own voice. I also appreciate the endless support offered by romance authors Anne Elizabeth and Cathy Maxwell. I was honored that Pamela Clare asked me to review BREAKING POINT - my first full length review on SOS Aloha (link).
I would not be here without the readers, too! I still correspond with some of my first followers - Dani, Jane, Debby, Gale, and many more.
To celebrate my blog anniversary, I recommend books and films from my beloved Hawaii ...
Kauai, the Garden Isle, is home of romance author Jill Marie Landis, who gives readers a taste of Kauai life in MAI TAI ONE ON, Book 1 (of 4) in the Tiki Goddess Mystery series. Read my review here. Also check out her novella, TROUBLE IN PARADISE, at this link.
When cocky, young surfing champion David Monroe wipes out on a big wave, he slips back in time to 1911 Hawai`i. Washing up on Waikiki beach, he discovers the true spirit of surfing when he is befriended by a young Hawaiian beachboy not yet known to the world - the future Olympic and surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku.
THE RIDE is a nostalgic escape into surfing, a coming of age for a cocky surfer, and a romance across time. Rent it from Netflix at this link. I also recommend THE DESCENDANTS with George Clooney and PRINCESS KAIULANI with Q'orianka Kilcher - both are set on Oahu and refer to Hawaiian royalty.
UH Professor Chip Hughes launched the Surfing Detective mystery series with MURDER ON MOLOKA'I - read my review at this link. I've enjoyed the other books in the series - WIPEOUT (Oahu), KULA (Maui), and MURDER AT VOLCANO HOUSE (Big Island of Hawaii).
Dee DeTarsio takes readers on a wild ride when a weather girl returns home to Maui, the Valley Isle, in HAOLE WOOD. No sooner does Jaswinder bail out her grandmother for pakalolo (marijuana) than she finds herself becoming a suspect in an island murder. Aided by oversized guardian angel who loves ketchup, Jaswinder soon learns that home was always in her heart. Check out my review at this link.
On the other side of Maui, Gina Robinson exploits every tourist trap and spy stereotype in THE SPY WHO LEFT ME. Check out my review at this link.
The Big Island of Hawaii offers a diverse landscape, from snowy mountain top to black sand beaches. In between are the ranches where paniolo - cowboys - are kings. Enter Shana Gray with COWBOY IN PARADISE, released earlier this week. It is next in my TBR pile - review to come!
Hawaii's ninth island is ... Las Vegas! Sin City is the No. 1 vacation destination for Hawaiians ... and home of a mini statue of King Kamehameha along the Strip. Lori Wilde rolls the dice in LICENSED TO THRILL,
Wilde's fast-paced, steamy, and humorous novel follows beautiful, wisecracking Las Vegas P.I. Charlee Champagne, hired by uptight banker Mason Gentry to find his grandfather, who's on the lam with the family fortune.
I read LICENSED TO THRILL long before I posted reviews on my blog ... so I will have to reread to share my thoughts on this laugh out loud romantic comedy with you!
I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. What were you doing seven years ago? Can you recommend any books or films from Hawaii or Las Vegas?
2. Comments are open through Sunday, March 5, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Monday, March 6.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City