Friday, September 1, 2017

Aloha to Mariah Stewart and THE CHESAPEAKE BRIDE


This weekend marks the end of summer.  For Marylanders, that means a trip to the Cheasapeak Bay.  Enter Mariah Stewart with a new chapter in her celebrated Chesapeake Diaries series .... 

Architect Cassidy Logan has sworn off good-looking adventurers. Newly divorced, she’s focused on building ecologically friendly, historically accurate homes on the Chesapeake Bay for her father’s construction company. Traveling to Cannonball Island—where there has been no new construction in nearly one hundred years—Cass is sensitive to the heritage of the island, and has come up with plans so perfect she’s determined to buy a home for herself. Even the fact that Owen Parker—a local who she dismisses as a lightweight and a player—seems to be everywhere isn’t enough to deter her from building her dream house.

Owen Parker is and always has been sinfully handsome and wickedly clever, a magnet for mischief as well as girls. He’s a rolling stone, going and doing whatever appeals to him, from flying a mail plane in Alaska, to working on a cattle ranch in Australia, a shrimp boat in Louisiana, and surfing and diving in Costa Rica. When an old friend offers him a job salvaging a sunken ship on the Chesapeake Bay, Owen gladly accepts. Something’s been telling him it was time to head home to Cannonball Island, and a job is as good an excuse as any. And he’s totally smitten by the pretty architect on the scene, but it seems he’s finally met a woman who’s immune to his charms. Sooner or later, Owen will have to face the reason why he always runs, because this time, leaving just might be harder than staying.

Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous novels and several novellas and short stories. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors country life and tends her gardens. Visit her website at, like her on Facebook at AuthorMariahStewart, and follow her on Instagram at mariah_stewart_books.

Chester County, Pennsylvania

I am giving away a swag pack from RWA17 to four randomly selected commenters from my posts published in the month of September.  To enter the giveaway,

1. What do you know about Pennsylvania - the Keystone State?

I recently drove up for the day to Philadelphia with college friends - we walked around the historic downtown, soaking up our democracy in action.

2. Comments are open through Saturday, September 30, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 1. 


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City



  1. I must admit to knowing little about Pennsylvania.

  2. Not much, only been to Philadelphia and saw the Liberty Bell.

  3. My mom was born in Pennsylvania. I've always wanted to go to Gettysburg. And I know about Hershey Pennsylvania from my grandkids who visited and raved about the chocolate.
    Carol L
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  4. I know a few things about PA....their sports team, QVC and Piedmonte's Pittsburgh.

  5. Once we went to Philadelphia for UCONN games and aw two. Another time we went to drop my daughter off to leave for Moldova for the Peace Corps. We also got o visit friends and see the sites.

  6. I don't know a lot. I have never been there. I know that it has a ton of history and would love to visit. I hear it is super beautiful. I do know they have several sports teams there like the Eagles and Flyers.

  7. Oh, goodness - that's my state. Where to begin. Historically, there's so much - Philadelphia for our government and Pittsburgh for our businesses - city of 3 rivers so transportation was a big reason for our development. Many war sites from the Civil War to the French and Indian war. The Lewis and Clark expedition started from Pgh. I could go on and on - I believe it was when I was a junior in high school that we had to take an entire year of PA history. (it's where I met my husband. he moved to PA and had to take that course to graduate lol).

  8. I have driven through the state a few times, but that is all!

  9. I drove the toll road with my dad soon after I learned to drive. That was an adventure for a 16 year old who learned to drive on 2 lane highways & country roads that included gravel. Oh and Penn State is there & part of the Big 10 conference.

  10. I've been to several places in eastern Pennsylvania, but not the western parts. Haven't been to Philadelphia, tho have driven by numerous times.
    I love this Chesapeake Diaries series!

  11. I went to Philadelphia 50 years ago for a conference. Saw a little bit but not nearly enough. It is on our list to visit. We are most familiar with the I-81 corridor. We have been taking it now for about 30 years for our trips from DC and now Tennessee to Northern New York to visit family and friends. We have also been through Hershey twice. One day we hope to visit Amish country.

  12. I was born in Pennsylvania. My oldest goes to college west of Philly. I travel through Chester County to get there. In my heritage, I'm Pennsylvania-German on my mom's side. She grew up Plain. I live pretty close to PA. I the area between Lancaster and Philly best.