Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Aloha to Kelsey Browning, Nancy Naigle, The Grannies, and FIT TO BE TIED


The super duo, Kelsey Browning and Nancy Naigle, join us today to celebrate FIT TO BE TIED, Book Two in their Granny Series ...
What’s So Special about Southern Grannies? 

Recently, I asked my Facebook friends how they would describe Southern grandmothers, and I loved the responses. They ranged from “Southern grannies rock” to “Southern grannies can kick butt” and everything in between.

Since The Granny Series features three Southern (and one Californian) mature ladies, I wanted to give you a taste of how Lillian, Maggie, Sera and Abby Ruth fit the Southern granny mold.

Are classy - Lillian Summer Fairview, owner of the Summer Haven estate and matriarch of Summer Shoals, Georgia, is the epitome of class. She throws a lovely dinner party, raises money for charity, and is partial to her momma’s pearls. Only problem is Lil has found her classy hind parts in the federal prison system after a little run-in with Social Security fraud. Not to worry, though, because during her stay at Walter Stiles Federal Prison Camp, Lil is busy teaching her fellow inmates proper etiquette.

Are resourceful - Maggie Rawls, who hails from Virginia, fits this one to a tee. She and her deceased husband, George, owned a hardware store for years. That means Maggie can fix most anything from a stopped-up sink to a runaway toilet to a recalcitrant septic system (and yes, the Grannies have lots of plumbing problems out at Summer Haven). While Lil is vacationing at the big house, Maggie’s been charged with keeping the family estate afloat. Good thing she always has duct tape handy. Because any Southern granny knows duct tape and baling wire can fix darn near anything.

Tell it like it is - Abby Ruth Cady is a native Texan who’s found herself living at Summer Haven and wrapped up in the charade of keeping Lil’s whereabouts on the down-low. But that certainly doesn’t keep her from expressing her opinion and stirring up trouble. The good news is she’s able to back up her bold ways with her gun collection.

Are good cooks (except when they’re not) - Serendipity Johnson is a fifty-something California flower-child who has found herself living in the South. Sera is bound and determined to convert Maggie and Abby Ruth into meditation and yoga fanatics. And she’s into healthy cooking with ingredients like tofu and sprouts. Sera’s cooking would be the reason her pals sometimes sneak off to the Atlanta Highway Diner for the blue-plate special of chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes and crispy fried okra. After all, a Southern granny can’t live on health food alone! ;-)

Nancy and I have such a great time dreaming up adventures for these four over-fifty ladies. So having readers often tell us they want to be just like the Grannies just tickles us to death! 

Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and co-authors Southern cozy mysteries. She’s also a co-founder of Romance University blog, one of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a (fingers crossed) future therapy dog. For info on her upcoming single title releases, drop by

Also by Kelsey Browning:

Book 1: Personal Assets
Book 2: Running the Red Light
Book 3: Problems in Paradise
Book 4: Designed For Love 

Nancy Naigle writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Nancy now calls North Carolina home. She’s currently at work on the next book in The Granny Series, and a new women’s fiction novel. Stay in touch with Nancy on Facebook, twitter or subscribe to her newsletter on her website ~

Also by Nancy Naigle:

The Adams Grove Series
Book 1: Sweet Tea and Secrets
Book 2: Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes
Book 3: Out of Focus
Book 4: Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies
Book 5: Mint Juleps and Justice
Book 6: Barbecue and Bad News

Young Adult Mystery
inkBLOT – co-written with Phyllis Johnson

Short Works
Wrapped Around Your Heart Three short stories of <3 br="">Pretty Little Liars #1: The PAth To RelAxAtion
Pretty Little Liars #2: The LiArs LAir
Pretty Little Liars #3: Secret TAlents

Kelsey and Nancy are giving away a print copy of FIT TO BE TIED to one randomly selected commenter:

Honey, these are not your momma’s grannies…

Lillian Summer Fairview is settling right nice into the federal pen. She’s even making peace with Big Martha, the toughest broad on the cellblock.

After hearing Lil’s granny friends recently took down a swindler, Big Martha asks Lil for a favor. Her niece has fallen for a guy she met online, and Martha’s convinced Mr. Too-Good-To-Be-True is up to no good. All Lil’s friends have to do is a little look-see on the guy and report back. But when they poke around, they find the guy doesn’t really exist, and that triggers a wild ride through the world of online dating.

Meanwhile, a cantankerous septic system on Lil’s family estate in Summer Shoals, GA has the grannies fit to be tied. If Summer Haven isn’t in shipshape before the historic society’s inspection, they’ll be in deep you-know-what.

Big Martha sweetens the deal by promising to fix what ails Summer Haven if the grannies can find the elusive Romeo.

Will the grannies track him down before the inspection, or will they find themselves in trouble right up to their granny panties?

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To enter the giveaway,

1.  Think about your granny (past or present) ... do they have anything in common with Lillian, Maggie, Sera or Abby Ruth?

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

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


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Aloha to Cathy Maxwell and THE GROOM SAYS YES - Review and Giveaway


New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell continues her dazzling series, The Brides of Wishmore...

He had a noose around his neck and a price on his head...

Sabrina Davidson, dutiful daughter, avowed spinster, thought she'd secured a place for herself in Aberfeldy society—until her hard-earned acceptance of her fate is challenged by the arrival of Cormac Enright, Earl of Ballin, trained physician, soldier of fortune, and convicted felon.

A prim and proper miss was the last thing he needed...

Mac is determined to clear his name, but first he has to find the man whose testimony sentenced him to a hangman's noose. Of course, Robert Davidson is missing and protecting Mac is Davidson's daughter, the most entrancing, frustrating, beguiling, stubborn woman Mac has ever met.

And it doesn't help that he has already tasted her kisses. Or that he has found in her a passion for life and adventure to rival his own.

Mac has turned Sabrina's world inside out—but what will happen when he leaves?

Or will the Groom Say Yes?

Wade's Bridge over the Tay
Released to Public Domain (link)

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.  - Sophocles

THE GROOM SAYS YES is Book Three in Maxwell's Wishmore Brides Series.  Its heroine, Sabrina Davidson, welcomed home her cousin, Aileen Davidson, after a scandalous divorce in Book 1, THE BRIDE SAYS NO.   Sabrina then advised Aileen's sister, Tara Davidson, on proper behavior in Book 2, THE BRIDE SAYS MAYBE.   Now Sabrina faces the same challenges as her cousins as she struggles with a brewing scandal.  First her sensible father shocks Sabrina with his engagement to the Widow Bosley ... and then he disappears.   His departure coincides with her discovery of a sick man in a shepherd's hut.   As she nurses the handsome but rugged man back to health, she learns he is wanted for murder ... and he wants her father to clear his name.   

THE GROOM SAYS YES is a fast paced, non stop action adventure in Regency Scotland.  Sabrina barely has time to register her shock of her father's engagement when Mac drops into her life.  Her structured life is shattered ... and Mac responds with passionate kisses.  Maxwell delivers all that readers love about the Regency Era with the majesty of the Scottish Highlands as the backdrop.   She enables hero and heroine to find redemption as they face an uncertain future.   Maxwell adds an unexpected "Lucy and Ethel" moment between unlikely freinds that ultimately brings the fated lovers together.   THE GROOM SAYS YES is memorable end to the series, even if I didn't want the series to end.

Recommended read for fans of heartwarming romances with laugh out loud moments.   

I received a print copy from Mary Gramlich, the Reading Reviewer.  

Check out Mary's review of THE GROOM SAYS YES at this link.

My picture of Culzean Castle in Scotland

I am giving away Regency swag to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about Scotland, Regency, or Romance!

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

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


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Cathy and her books at

Check out my review of THE BRIDE SAYS NO at this link and THE BRIDE SAYS MAYBE at this link.

The Bride Says No (The Brides of Wishmore, #1)18052947

Monday, October 20, 2014

Aloha to Heather Heyford and A TASTE OF CHARDONNAY

Heather Heyford joins us today with a guest post to celebrate her debut romance, A TASTE OF CHARDONNAY, from her debut series, The Napa Wine Heiresses ... 

Beauty and money. Has there ever been a time when people weren’t fascinated by them? Stir in romance and a generous splash of wine, add a touch of scandal, and the result is The Napa Wine Heiresses series. How can you resist? 

Chardonnay, Merlot, and Sauvignon St. Pierre were uprooted as children, ripped out of their beloved Napa Valley soil and transplanted in separate boarding schools. For years, wine country residents have been patiently waiting for them to mature. Finally they’re back, and the photos plastered all over the media make them look like perfect people living in a world of wealth and privilege.

But don’t hate them because they’re beautiful. Think back to your own smiling snapshots. Chances are, a few of your cheeriest-looking photos were taken when you felt anything but happy. Char, Meri and Savvy may line up pretty as a row of tulips, but deep down inside they’re just like us—sensitive, flawed and eager to find their place in the world. And like us, they yearn to share that special place with a happily-ever-after kind of love…

Join author Heather Heyford as she uncorks a sparkling new series following the St. Pierre sisters, heiresses to a Napa wine fortune who are toasting the good life and are thirsty for love.

Chardonnay St. Pierre's father is as infamous for his scandals as he is for his wine, and it's up to Char to restore the family name. The Challenge, an elite charity competition held in Napa, seems like the perfect opportunity for the socialite to cement her image as a philanthropist. But all eyes—including Char's—are on the Hollywood heartthrob who's also entered the race…

Long before his face was splashed across the gossip magazines, Ryder McBride grew up in a working-class family in Napa. He knows all about the St. Pierre sisters and their notorious father, and when he learns he'll be up against Char in The Challenge, he assumes the grape doesn't fall far from the vine. But the more they get to know one another, the more they begin to realize that nothing pairs better with a heated rivalry than a healthy pour of flirtation…

Heather Heyford is author of the contemporary romance series, The Napa Wine Heiresses.  Get “A Taste of Chardonnay” now available from Amazon (link), for Barnes and Noble (link), and Kensington (link).

Born in the Northeast, Heather Heyford learned to walk and talk in Texas, and then moved to England. (“Ya’ll want some scones?”) While in Europe, Heather was forced by her cruel parents to spend Saturdays in the leopard vinyl back seat of their Peugeot, motoring from one medieval pile to the next for the lame purpose of ‘learning something.’ What she soon learned was how to allay the boredom by stashing a Cosmo under the seat. Now a recovering teacher, Heather writes love stories, feeds hardboiled eggs to suburban foxes, and makes art in the Mid-Atlantic.  

Pressing wine after the harvest;
Tacuinum Sanitatis, 14th century
Public Domain (link)

Mahalo, Heather, for enticing my senses!  Heather is giving away a digital copy of A TASTE OF CHARDONNAY to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about wine - have you toured a vineyard? participated in a tasting at a winery?  

During my husband's assignment with NATO, I joined the international spouses in touring the cellars for Pommery Champagne in Reims, France.     

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

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


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Heather and her books at

Plus Kathryn Falk gave a shout out to Heather on Facebook at this link.


Aloha to Tracy Solheim and HOLIDAY AT MAGNOLIA BAY


Tracy Solheim and I have taken a "half time" break from Monday Night Romance to celebrate the release of Tracy's new digital novella from Tule Publishing, HOLIDAY AT MAGNOLIA BAY:

When Navy SEAL Drew Lanham sees Jenna Huntley rising out of Magnolia Bay, she reminds him of the goddess of the sea, but he has to ignore her siren’s call as he’s home on a brief leave trying to recover from a devastating mission where he lost a teammate.

Jenna’s more interested in protecting and studying Sea Turtles and building a local hatchery than in men; except when she first locks eyes with Drew, she realizes he just might be the one man who can pull her out of her lab and into his bed to celebrate Christmas Magnolia Bay style.

I am giving away a digital copy of HOLIDAY AT MAGNOLIA BAY to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about turtles - have you seen them in the wild?   Honu (turtle) is sacred in Hawaii.  Check out my pictures from Turtle Beach on Oahu's North Shore at this link.

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

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


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Check out Tracy's guest post at HOLIDAY AT MAGNOLIA BAY and the Georgia Sea Turtle Sanctuary at the The Romance Dish at this link.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekly Winners, NJRW Conference, and Elizabeth Boyle

I was a winner for attending the NJRW "Put Your Heart In A Conference" at this link.

I am also a winner with my interview with Elizabeth Boyle at this link.  

We have winners at SOS Aloha ...

From my travel blog, Aloha On My Mind, celebrating the Navy's 239th birthday and the WRW Luncheon
- Diane wins a book choice from my convention stash.

- Angela wins a print copy from me.


- Joe's Daughter wins a book choice from my convention stash.


Michele Gorman's PERFECT GIRL
- Kim H. wins a book choice from my convention stash.


Stacy Finz's GOING HOME
- Girlygirlhosier52 wins a digital copy from Stacy.

- BN100 wins a book choice from my convention stash.

Regency Masquerades Box Set
- Erin wins digital books from the authors.

Christi Caldwell's FOR THE LOVE OF THE DUKE
- Betty Hamilton wins a digital copy from Christi.

Heather Ashby's FORGET ME NOT
- Shannon wins a copy from Heather.


Winners, please claim your prizes by sending your mailing address to


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Aloha to Vanessa Riley and SWEPT AWAY - Book Review and Giveaway


Vanessa Riley is celebrating the release of SWEPT AWAY ...

Charlotte Downing, the Duchess of Charming, wants what she wants. Today, it's a fine pair of lacy slippers crafted by the renowned Ella's Establishment. To be picture perfect for her presentation to the queen, Charlotte will survive crashed ceilings and falling bricks. Yet, has she met her match in the conservative merchant, whose autumn-colored eyes make her pulse race, especially when he says no?

Caught between the glittering world of the ton and the respectable profession of selling shoes, Edwin Cinder can't understand the lady's persistence or the fire lighting her blue eyes when she's challenged. With his lack of pedigree, there's no chance for this common God-fearing man to win her hand, but he'll risk all to save the duchess from the ravages of a London gale.

Swept Away is a Regency retelling of Cinderella with a twist.

A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine. - Anne Bronte

It is a strong wind that inspires Edwin Cinder to react to a creaking sign hanging over Charlotte Downing, the Duchess of Charming.  She mistakes him for an aristocratic son when he is, in fact, a shoe merchant whose mother married an earl.  In turn, he mistakes her as the companion.   Edwin and Charlotte meet again at the Earl's soiree where they realize the status of the other.   Although they walk away, fate brings them back together.

Riley delivers an innovative mashup of the Cinderella story.   The Regency version of this fairy tale is sprinkled with purpose - the hero and heroine seek to make a difference in their respective societies.   I commend Riley for adding faith into the story that is a natural progression of the plot.  I also appreciate that the characters are not perfect, giving them room to emotionally grow in SWEPT AWAY.    

Recommended reading for fans of lighthearted Regency romance.

I received a print copy from the author for an honest review.

I am giving away a print copy of SWEPT AWAY to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about your favorite fairy tale.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 18, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 19.


Kim in Baltimore 
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Vanessa and her books at

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Aloha to Jill Marie Landis and TOO HOT FOUR HULA - Book Review and Giveaway

I contribute a weekly column to USA Today's HEA Blog called State of Romance.  This week, we visit New Jersey, the Garden State, at this link

This weekend I am hobnobbing with the New Jersey Romance Writers (NJRW) Put Your Heart In A Book (PYHIAB) Conference (link).    The luncheon speaker is Stella Cameron.   She is a frequent visitor to the island of Kauai.  In fact, I believe she has met the Hula Maidens from the Tiki Goddess Mystery series .... TOO HOT FOUR HULA is Book 4 in this "Ohana" series.

A marauding monkey, a mysterious murder, middle-aged hula maidens, and mugs full of Mai Tai's. Just another day in Tiki Goddess Paradise . . .

Crime-solving sleuth Em Johnson and her Uncle Louie, owner of the famous Tiki Goddess Bar on Kauai, head for the Cocktail Shake Off Competition in Honolulu. What is supposed to be a fun trip to a mixologist contest turns weird when Louie's legendary "Booze Bible" is stolen, and Em's ex-husband winds up dead--with Em the number-one suspect. Sexy Kauai detective and part-time fire dancer Roland Sharpe rushes to Em's side along with the unpredictable Hula Maidens, whose detective skills are even more haphazard than their dance routine at the island tiki bars. Toss in an escaped monkey and a killer who wants to make this the Last Call for someone's honky-tonk tiki-tossing night out, and it's going to be another wild escapade for Em and her Hula Maidens.

A seven-time Romance Writers of America finalist for the RITA Award, Jill Marie Landis also now writes The Tiki Goddess Mysteries (set on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, where she lives with her husband, actor Steve Landis.) Her books are not only known for their intense emotion, but for characters you'll remember long after you turn the last page. Visit her world of tiki totems, hula maidens and tropical fun at

Hula dancers at the Hane'aki Heiau

Hula is the language of the heart, therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people. - King Kalakaua

The gang from the Tiki Goddess - Uncle Louis, his niece Em, and the Hula Maidens - leave the comfort of Kauai for the Cocktail Shake Off on Waikiki Beach, Oahu.  It may be a quick 40 minute flight to Honolulu, but the Hilton Hawaiian Village is a world away as Oahu's premier tourist mecca. The gang are out of their league among the competitive bartenders, beauty product conventioneers, and fans of the Hula Maidens (from their ill fated reality show).  Uncle Louis' effort to win the title is hindered by the theft of his famous Booze Bible, the Maidens' impromptu hula shows, and Em's unexpected lunch date with her ex husband.

Chaos erupts when the Maidens search Oahu's questionable neighborhoods for the Booze Bible, the Shriners arrive at the hotel, and Em is accused of murdering her ex husband.  Landis delivers the Aloha spirit in this cozy mystery with Hawaii's beauty as the backdrop.   The Maidens stand out in TOO HOT FOUR HULA with their quick thinking at every challenge that comes their way.  Their antics at the Aloha Stadium Flea Market is pure pleasure.  The icing on top is Em's reward for watching out for Uncle Louis and the Hula Maidens - no spoilers here!

Recommended read for fans of cozy mysteries, laugh-out-loud adventure, and Hawaiian culture.  TOO HOT FOUR HULA is outrageously funny, just as Jill Marie Landis intended.   

I purchased a copy of TOO HOT FOUR HULA.

Souvenirs from Aloha Stadium Flea Market

I am giving away a print copy of TOO HOT FOUR HULA to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about flea markets - do you have one in your area?  If so, what do you like to buy from it?   The Aloha Stadium Flea Market is stocked with everything possible in Aloha print.  But I always looked for the bakers from Molokai selling sweet bread.

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

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


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City