Saturday, April 25, 2015

Weekly Winners



We have winners at SOS Aloha:

National Library Week
- Maureen wins a book choice from my convention stash.


Cara Elliott's SCANDALOUSLY YOURS
- Cathy P. wins a book choice from my convention stash.

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Collette Cameron's WAGERS GONE AWRY
- Glenda wins a book choice from my convention stash.


Authors connected to the military 
- Denise wins a book choice from my convention stash.


Winners, please claim your prize by sending your mailing address to sos.aloha@yahoo.com.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City



Friday, April 24, 2015

Aloha to Kate Angell and NO ONE LIKE YOU - Book Review

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No One Expects a Curveball

For Rylan Cates, the gloriously sunny beachside town of Barefoot William may be home, but the pro baseball player needs to focus on spring training. Hiring a personal assistant to keep him and his four dogs organized for the next eight weeks is the first step--and Beth Avery is the perfect pinch hitter.

Beth is still looking for her place in the world, and a couple months caring for Rylan's two dachshunds, his golden retriever, and a Great Dane named Atlas should shore up her finances before she moves on. Except it's Atlas who won't budge, pushing her toward tanned, scruffy, sexy Rylan every chance he gets. One more strike and she's calling the dog out--unless she and Rylan admit that the attraction they're feeling is a game-winning grand slam. . .
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University of Tampa - my alma mater

Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back. - Babe Ruth

NO ONE LIKE YOU opens with Beth Avery walking four dogs.  The great dane named Atlas decides to lay down and roll over in the street during Beth's trial run as a personal assistant for Rylan Cates, the aging star of the Richmond Rogues.   Rylan hires Beth for two months while his team enjoys spring training in his hometown, giving his full time assistant an extended honeymoon.  The temporary job is perfect for Beth as she wanders around the country, licking her wounds from a series of personal setbacks.   Rylan hires Beth over other applicants after his dogs bond with her ... and he decides she is not his type.  Yet he, too, finds her just as appealing as his dogs.   
Rylan is content with his life until he meets Beth.  He's the all American boy who realizes what he has been missing from his ideal life.  In turn, Beth begins to trust again.   NO ONE LIKE YOU is an easy breezy beach read ... which happens to take place in a beach town.  NO ONE LIKE YOU is the perfect way to usher in the summer.   

I follow Kate Angell on Facebook - she often shares her daily adventures with her elderly neighbors.  She also posts pictures of delicious food in honor of "national day" of celebrated dishes. Kate creates a cozy atmosphere for her fans ... I can hear her voice in NO ONE LIKE YOU.  

NO ONE LIKE YOU includes characters from the Barefoot William and Richmond Rogue series. 

NO ONE LIKE YOU is a heartwarming read worthy of your time.


Clearwater Beach could be the inspiration for Barefoot William

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

1.  Leave a comment about dogs, beaches, and/or baseball.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, May 2.   

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 3.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Kate and her books at kateangell.com.


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Aloha to Sandy James and FRINGE BENEFITS, Book 4 in the Ladies Who Lunch series


When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Danielle Bradshaw deserves a happily ever after, and the Ladies Who Lunch are determined to deliver Mr. Right.

HOT FOR TEACHER

As the new head of the English department, Dani doesn't have much time for anything but lesson planning and literature. Romance--or even sex? Forget about it. But then the principal introduces her to last-minute hire Nate Ryan. Finding time to mentor a new teacher won't be easy, especially when his incredible body and equally disarming charisma are enough to make her heart skip a beat . . .

Nate may be fresh out of school, but he's confident in his teaching skills--and in his feelings for Dani. But while she's everything he's ever wanted, he knows his place on her staff--and his age--may be problematic for his sexy boss. How can he convince her to ignore the gossip mill currently in full swing in the teacher's lounge and surrender to what's meant to be?


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Sandy James lives in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis with her husband. She's a high school social studies teacher who especially loves psychology and United States history. Since she and her husband own a small stable of harness racehorses, they often spend time together at the two Indiana racetracks.

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Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City 

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Forever Romance is hosting a special giveaway at this link ... and offers an excerpt from FRINGE BENEFITS:

This will be a great story to tell the kids one day. 

Why that ridiculous thought kept tumbling through Nate’s head was beyond him. But it did.

Your mom and I got locked in a supply closet together. That’s when we decided to start dating.

There was a stack of papers they’d used to play what seemed like a million games of tic-tac-toe, which had been followed by hangman. Over an hour had passed, and there was no sign of the custodian.

Funny, but he no longer minded losing all that time to get things ready for the first day of school. Instead, he found himself drawn to his pretty, witty boss.

He recognized her perfume. Angel. Once, he’d gone to the trouble of picking a perfume he thought was the perfect scent and bought his fiancĂ©e what the salesman called a “recruitment set.” The bundle of Angel products had everything from the perfume in a star-shaped bottle to body lotion.

Kat had hated it.

Obviously Dani liked it as much as he did. Everything about her appealed to him and—Jesus have mercy. She was his boss. So why did he keep forgetting that?

“My legs are getting stiff.” She struggled to stand, groping for one of the shelves. A hiss fell from her lips. “Shit.”

The pain on her face hit Nate hard, and he grabbed her arm to help steady her. “What’s wrong?”

“Cramp. Leg cramp.” She leaned heavily on him as she got to her feet and immediately stuck out her right leg, pointing and flexing her foot. “Damn, that smarts.”

“Where?” He didn’t want to start pawing her leg, but he wanted to help.

“Calf.” Dani’s face tightened into a grimace again.

Nate eased down on one knee and started rubbing her leg.

“Nice knot you’ve got there.”

“I think I’m dehydrated.” As he kept working on the knot, she flexed and extended her foot. “Left my water in my room.”

“Yeah, well, neither of us expected to be here so long.” The muscle relaxed under his kneading fingers. “Getting better?”

“Much.”

So why couldn’t he stop touching her? When it dawned on him that he wanted to trail his fingers up her leg, to her slender thigh and beyond, he slowly stood. Her eyes were locked with his, and tension rose between them as he gently put his hands on her waist, easing her forward.

Her head cocked just enough to show that she would allow him to kiss her. With a smile, he lowered his face to hers. With a loud rattle of the lock, the door suddenly swung open, and the sixty-something custodian stared at them wide-eyed.

“What in the hell are you two doing?”


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Aloha to Samantha Chase and the Montgomery Brothers Series

 

In my contemporary romance series The Montgomerys, the patriarch of wealthy family William Montgomery is blessed. He may owe a lot to the family business, but it’s his family that owns his heart. He’s living his dream – married to the love of his life – but now he wants to step in and make sure the next generation of Montgomery’s find their true loves.

We see him get his start in Wait for Me. Lucas is living in a self-imposed exile after an injury ended his NFL career. He is content being alone – that is until the sweet and sexy Emma shows up on his doorstep in the middle of a snowstorm (thanks to some finagling from William). Jason and Maggie work together in Trust in Me and Jason’s rule about not dating employees was important to him. But his heart just won’t listen. In Return to You, Selena was James Montgomery’s first love, but a tragic accident broke them up. Now, ten years later, she’s back in his life but can he convince her to stay? And all Summer Montgomery in Meant for You ever wanted was Ethan Reed. As her brother’s best friend, he’s off limits. But Summer was never very good at following the rules.

With so many Montgomery’s coming at readers, I thought it might be nice for you to get to know them a little bit better! So let’s play a game of ‘Montgomery Most Likely’ where you will find out what makes these characters tick!

Who is the Montgomery Most Likely To…

…plan an impromptu vacation to an exotic beach resort?

James from Return to You. The beach was where he and Selena first really spent their time and so it holds a special place in his heart. As an adult, he’d want to take her to some of the best beaches in the world.

…watch the latest Bond flick?

Lucas from Wait for Me. He’s all about a good action flick but something about 007 keeps him riveted to the screen.

…get into a fight at a sporting event?

Maggie from Trust in Me. For a fairly quiet and conservative woman, Maggie is very passionate about sports. Even more so than Jason! She’s not afraid to yell at a referee or a fellow fan in support of her favorite team!

…have cute nicknames for a significant other (‘shnookums’ anyone?)

Summer from Meant for You. She would do it to be silly more than anything else. It would irk Ethan but they’d keep it behind closed doors – or at work. Summer would most definitely tease him with it at work!

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Return To You

James Montgomery has achieved everything he'd hoped for in life...except marrying the girl of his dreams. After a terrible accident, Selena Ainsley left ten years ago. She took his heart with her and she's never coming back. But it's becoming harder and harder for him to forget their precious time together, and James can't help but wonder what he would do if they could ever meet again.

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Meant For You


Summer Montgomery wants to be taken seriously almost as much as she wants her brother's best friend, Ethan. But with a long resume of seemingly random career choices and a protective brother on watch, those things are nothing more than pipe dreams...

Ethan Reed would like nothing more than to live by his own rules. Not wanting to disappoint his best friend Zach, or any of the Montgomerys, Ethan's had to push his long-denied feelings for Summer aside. But it only takes one night away from watchful eyes to make impossible dreams come true...

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Wait For Me / Trust In Me Duo

Wait for Me


Former NFL superstar Lucas Montgomery is perfectly fine in his self-imposed solitude until sweet, sexy and completely off-limits Emma Taylor comes crashing into his world...

Trust in Me

With a make-or-break business expansion in the works, the last thing Jason Montgomery needs is a hands-on assistant who wants to get her hands on him...

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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wednesday's Warriors - Authors connected to the Military




As the RT Booklovers' Convention draw near, I meet more authors connected to the military.  It is time to keep a running list ... and we'll start with those supporting the 12th Annual Military Tribute at the convention:

Heather Ashby - Navy vet, Navy spouse, and Army mom

Kara Braden - Air Force spouse

Diana Cosby - Navy vet and military mom

Chanel Cleeton - Air Force spouse

Emmy Curtis - military spouse

Anne Elizabeth - Navy spouse

Gail Hart - Air Force vet

Lorraine Heath - Air Force brat

Elle James - Air Force brat, Air Force vet, and Army vet


Elizabeth Langston - Air Force vet

Kennedy Layne - Marine Corps spouse

Siera London - Navy vet

Merline Lovelace - Air Force brat, Air Force vet, and Air Force spouse

Donna Michaels - Army National Guard spouse

Crista McHugh - Air Force vet

Lindsay McKenna - Navy vet 

Ella Quinn - Army vet

Jamie Rae - Air Force vet and Air Force spouse


Susan Stoker - Army spouse

Paige Tyler - military spouse


Susan Ann Wall - Army spouse

Rececca Yarros - military spouse


I know there are more authors connected to the military ... so let's add 'em to the list.  I will update this list every month with names submitted in the comments or by email to sos.aloha@yahoo.com.

One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about:

- an author connected to the military 

a favorite book from one of the above author

- a favorite military themed book

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 25, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 26.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Air Force vet and Air Force spouse




Monday, April 20, 2015

Aloha to Collette Cameron and WAGERS GONE AWRY


What Inspires My Romance Novel Ideas? What doesn’t? 
By Collette Cameron 


Thank you so much for having me back on SOS Aloha, Kim. I need a sunny destination to hang out with all the rain we have in Oregon in April.

I often get asked what inspires me to write my romances. I think that’s true of all authors. I usually search for something pithy and wise sounding.

And come up empty-handed.

I’ve got three books releasing back-to-back, and each one was written for entirely different reasons.

Wagers Gone Awry (Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper) was intended as a sweet, light, easy Regency read, and the original title didn’t have anything about wagers in it. But then, on the cusp of planting my rear in a chair to start writing it, my husband told me about the struggles a close friend of ours is having with a gambling addictions.

The next thing know, I’m quoting, Wisdom and Advice—The Genteel Lady’s Guide to Practical Living, a fictionalized guide that is mentioned throughout the story.

“As is oft the case when wagering, one party is a fool and the other a thief, although both may bear the title nincompoop.”

During the Regency Era, gambling was a popular and acceptable form of entertainment, which resulted in the financial ruination of many a man and woman. Heath and Brooke learn first-hand the hardships and chaos one person’s careless gambling can cause for others.

Bride of Falcon, a Regency Novella (May 4, 1015) was birthed as a result of the Wimpleton’s ball scene in Triumph and Treasure. I introduced a couple of characters at that ball that I wanted to have their own stories, and A Kiss for Miss Kingsley was the result.

Once my imagination got hold of the idea, though, there was no stopping my mind from formulating some additional fated matches at the ball, and Bride of Falcon came along. Ivonne and Chance are reunited after a three-year separation. There’s is a hard-won happily ever after.

You’re the first to know, but I’m working on a third novella set at the Wimpleton’s ball too. Shhh.

Finally, Heart of a Highlander, a Scottish short story (May 26th), came about when I was asked to write a short story for an anthology. I adored Hugh and Giselle Ferguson since I first introduced them as secondary characters in Highlander’s Hope.

I cut a scene in Highlander’s Hope where Ewan told Yvette how his mother and Hugh met and married. Heart of a Highlander tells the entire tale, and it’s filled with Scottish folklore too.

So you see, just about anything will get my mind weaving another story. It’s actually becoming a bit of a pain, since I cannot possibly write as fast as I get ideas.

Do you like getting a chance to peek a bit more into secondary characters lives? What about when historicals dig into some of the social issues of the era? Does that ruin the escapism and the enjoyment of the story for you?

I’d love to connect with you!

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Mahalo, Collette, for introducing us to WAGERS GONE AWRY.  I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Answer Collette's questions, 

Do you like getting a chance to peek a bit more into secondary characters lives? What about when historicals dig into some of the social issues of the era? Does that ruin the escapism and the enjoyment of the story for you? 

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 25, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 26.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Aloha to Elizabeth Moss, WOLF BRIDE, and the Courtly Love Quiz


Elizabeth Moss is celebrating the release of WOLF BRIDE, Lust in the Tudor Court Book 1, from Sourcebooks ...

Bound to him against her will…

Lord Wolf, hardened soldier and expert lover, has come to King Henry VIII's court to claim his new bride: a girl who has intrigued him since he first saw her riding across the Yorkshire moors.

Eloise Tyrell, now lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn, has other ideas. She has no desire to submit to a man she barely knows and who-though she is loath to admit it-frightens her more than a little.

Their first kiss awakens in both a fierce desire that bares them to the soul. But as the court erupts into scandal around the ill-fated Queen, Eloise sees firsthand what happens when powerful men tire of their wives...


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Born into a literary family, Elizabeth Moss lives with her husband and five children in South-West England, and is a keen countryside walker. She writes fun and sexy historical romances. She also writes award-winning fiction as Victoria Lamb. 

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Courtly Love Quiz by Elizabeth Moss

Follow this quiz to discover what kind of courtly hero you might prefer to curl up with!

Question #1- What word best describes you?
A Ambitious
B Romantic
C Feisty
D Secretive

Question #2 – Complete this sentence: My preferred courtly hero is most likely to…

A Set me up in a large palace with servants
B Serenade me with a lute
C Ride off with me on his horse
D Keep my head safe from the block

Question #3 - I prefer my hero’s kisses to be:

A Forbidden
B Long and lingering
C Fierce
D Intriguing

Question #4 - My hottest historical hero wears…

A A crown and ermine-trimmed robes
B Top designer doublet and hose
C Shining armor
D Black, for lurking in the shadows

Question #5 - On his day off from courting me, my hero usually…

A Goes hunting
B Plays bowls
C Polishes his lance
D Reads Machiavelli

Question #6 - I like a hero whose bragging rights include:
A Absolute wealth and power
B Fluency in five European languages
C Ancestors who led the charge at Agincourt
D A string of political assassinations

Question #7 - For my birthday, my ideal courtly hero would get me:

A Diamonds, of course
B A love sonnet tied with a red ribbon
C A romantic, tumbledown castle
D A chess set
Question #8 - My hero’s worst feature is probably his:

A Lack of long-term commitment
B Poor work/life balance
C Obsession with his horse
D Tendency to listen at keyholes

If you chose mostly ‘A’s, then you won’t settle for anyone else but the King himself. The King is the man with power over everyone, including his Queen. Regal and dynamic, he dominates his world with natural authority. But like many powerful men, he lives his private life in public. Only an ambitious woman, destined for the top and comfortable with celebrity, can keep pace with this dangerous Alpha male. You’ll need to keep him happy in the bedroom, and never stray yourself, as the King is not known for fidelity or a forgiving nature. Serial divorcer and beheader, Henry VIII got through six wives – and may have been contemplating a seventh marriage when he died!

If you chose mostly ‘B’s, then a charming Courtier is on the top of your list to love. The Courtier is a man skilled in the art of courtly love as well as international diplomacy. He was educated at Oxford or Cambridge, can sing and play the lute, and knows when to compliment the Queen’s eyes and when to hide in the closet. A lady who loves expensive gowns and state dinners would do well with the Courtier, as long as she is not too possessive and does not mind him disappearing off to another European court every few months. Many Tudor courtiers were of noble French descent, like Hugh Beaufort in Wolf Bride, and possessed substantial lands as well as looks and charm.

If you chose mostly ‘C’s, then the strong and brave Knight is just right. The Knight is a courtier with other strings to his bow. He has the charm, wit and courtly manners to seduce the ladies, yet stands ready to charge into battle for his King at a moment’s notice. Less of a smoothie than the Courtier, he’s also better equipped to protect his lady from danger. If you hanker after a Knight, you’re probably earthy and ultra-feminine, and enjoy being in the arms of a big strong man. Although Lord Wolf is noble, he’s also a Knight at heart, a fierce lover and courageous soldier whose loyalty to his lady and his country is beyond question.

If you chose mostly ‘D’s, then you are meant for life at court directing the action behind the scenes with your powerful Political Advisor. The Political Advisor is often a commoner who has risen to power at court through his own skills. A cool and calculating strategist, his innate power and influence can be very seductive. Those who find this courtier intriguing are likely to be intelligent women with low boredom thresholds who enjoy mental stimulation (and maybe some power games in the bedroom). Your main challenge will be to sidestep the scandals that often surround the Political Advisor. Sir Thomas Cromwell was Henry VIII’s right hand man for years, becoming almost as powerful as the King himself during the period in Wolf Bride.


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Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City 

Berry Pomeroy Castle, home of the Seymour family
Jane Seymour replaced Anne Boleyn as queen ...