Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Read Pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Penguin Random House Marks Five-Year Partnership Milestone and $125,000 in Donations to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.   What’s black and white and pink all over? The initiative by Penguin Random House called Read Pink® in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October)!

Today the scientific community has left behind the “one-size-fits-all” breast cancer treatment to emerge with targeted, more effective therapies. As a result, after remaining stagnant for more than 50 years, the death rate from breast cancer has decreased by 30 percent. The Read Pink® initiative by Penguin Random House is proud to be part of this exciting new chapter in the fight against breast cancer, supporting the bold research of The Breast Cancer Foundation® (BCRF), while leveraging its passionate readers to help increase awareness and education about the disease. This literary embrace of a life-saving cause has resulted in nearly 1.5 million best-selling novels shipped with Read Pink seals and information about BCRF across all five years of the promotion.

Penguin Random House is thrilled to partner once again this year with BCRF, as 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF is directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs.

The $25,000 donation that Penguin Random House contributes, regardless of sales, provides vital funds to support the mission of BCRF.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Penguin Random House’s Read Pink® editions, we are featuring a few participating authors and what Read Pink® means to them…

Beatriz Williams (2014 Read Pink® Spokesperson), A Hundred Summers

“Every life lost to breast cancer leaves behind a hole that can never be filled again: a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, an aunt, a grandmother. I’m so grateful for organizations like The Breast Cancer Research Foundation for their efforts to find a cure for this devastating disease, and honored to support breast cancer awareness, detection, and research through Penguin’s READ PINK program in 2014. With your help, we can move closer to the day when breast cancer leaves behind only survivors.”


Karen White, The Time Between

“Since 1989, death rates from breast cancer have been decreasing due to earlier detection and improved treatment because of the efforts of organizations like The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Books have always been an important part of my life, and I am honored that my book will be part of Penguin’s Read Pink program that supports breast cancer awareness and research through reading. It is my greatest hope that through efforts like this we might find a cure within my lifetime.”


Nora Roberts, Sea Swept and The Witness

“To all the moms and daughters, wives and sisters, lovers and friends, Read Pink is here for you and yours. Help support breast cancer awareness and the strong, brave women who fight or will fight this disease and Read Pink in October.”


Catherine Anderson, Perfect Timing

“I am so delighted to be included in the Read Pink campaign again this year with Perfect Timing being featured, along with so many other great books, to raise funds for breast cancer research. I can remember when a diagnosis of breast cancer was often equivalent to a death sentence. Nowadays, the survival rates have increased greatly, and I personally know women who have prevailed over this terrible disease. Sadly, I’ve also known a few women who lost the battle. So I call upon all of you to join ranks with me and countless other women in a war to defeat breast cancer. ‘Read Pink! Buy books bearing the Read Pink logo as gifts for the women you love.’ By standing together as sisters, we have it within our power to make a huge difference!”


Jayne Ann Krentz, Dream Eyes

“This is the time of year when we celebrate the progress that has been made in the battle against breast cancer and acknowledge the work that lies ahead. No, we aren't there yet. There's a long way to go. The greatest weapon we have to fight this disease is research and research costs money. That is why this breast cancer awareness campaign is so important and why I am proud to participate.”


Marie Force, I Want to Hold Your Hand

“I’m so thrilled to be part of the Read Pink effort to help raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research. I hear frequently from romance readers who tell me my books and those of other romance authors have helped them get through breast cancer treatment. I want to hear from fewer of them in the future. I want to hear they took our books on fabulous vacations rather than treatments. Please Read Pink in October to support all the courageous women fighting this disease and to fund critical research. Thank you for Reading Pink!”


Full List of 2014 Participating Authors:
Jojo Moyes, The Last Letter from your Lover
Karen White, The Time Between
Nora Roberts, Sea Swept and The Witness
Jennifer Chiaverini, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
Beatriz Williams, A Hundred Summers
Wendy Wax, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
Catherine Anderson, Perfect Timing
Marie Force, I Want to Hold Your Hand
Janet Chapman, The Heart of a Hero
Lisa Gardner, MacNamara’s Woman
Jayne Ann Krentz, Dream Eyes

Mark your calendars and remember to join in the conversation with @BerkleyRomance and @PenguinGroupUSA on Twitter in October. Make sure to use the hashtag #ReadPink!

For more information about the Read Pink initiative and to view a complete list of the participating retail outlets, please visit

Leave a comment for the chance to win a book choice from my convention stash - comments are open forum.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 4, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 5.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Aloha to BOOKS THAT NEED MORE ATTENTION Giveaway Hop - Romantic Comedy from Lori Wilde

Valerie at Stuck in Books organized today's giveaway hop.   She asked bloggers to feature a book you love but doesn't get as much attention as it deserves.

I spotlight two books from Lori Wilde.   CHARMED AND DANGEROUS and MISSION: IRRESISTIBLE are companion books with physical comedy with plenty of laugh out loud moments.  


When her thrill-seeking twin sister goes missing, Maddie Cooper must come to her rescue-which means teaming up with irritating, arrogant, and altogether way too sexy FBI agent David Marshall. David isn't one to get easily distracted but his new self-proclaimed partner has him completely sidetracked with her delectable curves and knockout smile. His first priority: follow the leads in the case. Then he can go about the all-too-enjoyable task of following his heart . . .


PR specialist Cassie Cooper loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned party. And a masquerade ball at the museum is her best yet. But when a legendary amulet is stolen practically from under her nose, she needs the help of her nemesis, archaeologist Harrison Standish. No-nonsense Harrison has all the intensity of Indiana Jones. Though just when he needs his full attention on their mission, he's having the damnedest time keeping his mind-and his hands-off Cassie . . .


If you missed these books in their first print run, you are in luck! Forever Romance is republishing both stories in one novel titled DOUBLE TROUBLE (link), available December 16, 2014.   Just in time for holiday reading!

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

1.  Leave a comment about a book you love but doesn't get as much attention as it deserves.

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

Check out the Giveaway Hop at this link.

October falls into Romance

10/1: Books that need MORE Attention Giveaway Hop (coordinated by Stuck in Books)
10/3: Lucinda Elliott's RAVENSDALE
10/4: Celebrate Little Victories - Baltimore Book Festival
10/5: Weekly Winners
10/6: Monday Night Romance
plus LA Kornetsky's DOGHOUSE: A Gin and Tonic Mystery to celebrate Animal Welfare Week
plus Maya Banks' KEEP ME SAFE
10/8: Elizabeth Langston's WHISPERS FROM THE PAST
10/9: Mia Marlowe's ONCE UPON A PLAID
10/10: Heather Ashby
10/11: Celebrate Little Victories - Michele Gorman's PERFECT GIRL
10/12: Weekly Winners
10/13: Monday Night Romance - Navy's Birthday
10/15: Regency Masquerades: A Limited Edition Boxed Set of Six Traditional Regency Romance Novels of Secrets and Disguises with Brenda Hiatt, Lynn Kerstan, Allison Lane, Gail Eastwood, Alicia Rasley, and Elena Greene
10/16: Christi Caldwell's FOR LOVE OF THE DUKE
plus Kimberly Kincaid's STIRRING UP TROUBLE
10/17: Heather Ashby
10/18: Celebrate Little Victories
10/19: Weekly Winners
10/20: Monday Night Romance
10/21: Heather Hey Ford's A TASTE OF CHARDONNAY
10/22: State of Romance
10/24: Sheri Cobb South
10/25: Celebrate Little Victories
10/26: Weekly Winners
10/27: Monday Night Romance
plus Julie Brannagh's COVERING KENDALL
10/28: Open
10/29: State of Romance
10/30: Lindesy Hall's IMMORTAL SOULS

11/1: Celebrate Little Victories - Books I'm Grateful I Read Giveaway Hop (coordinated by Stuck in Books)
11/2: Weekly Winners
11/3: Monday Night Romance
11/4: Nancy Lee Badger's MY DARK HIGHLANDER
11/5: State of Romance
11/6: Sharon Page
11/7: Open
11/8: Celebrate Little Victories
11/9: Weekly winners
plus Michele Callahan's WHITE FIRE
11/10: Monday Night Romance with the USMC's Birthday
11/11: Veterans Day
11/12: State of Romance
11/13: Regina Scott's THE BRIDE SHIP
11/14: Victoria Vane's SLOW HAND
11/15: Celebrate Little Victories
11/16: Weekly Winners
11/17: Monday Night Romance
plus Sallly Orr's THE RAKE'S HANDBOOK
11/18: Elizabeth Langston's I WISH
11/19: State of Romance
11/20: Open
11/21: Mia Marlowe's A RAKE BY ANY OTHER NAME
11/22: Celebrate Littel Victories
11/23: Weekly Winners
11/24: Monday Night Romance
11/25: Eileen Dreyer's TWICE TEMPTED
11/26: State of Romance - New Hampshire
11/27: Thanksgiving
11/28: Shelley K Wall's FIND ME
11/29: Celebrate Little Victories
11/30: Weekly Winners

12/1: Monday Night Romance
12/2: Amanda Berry's CASANOVA
plus Susanna Fraser's A CHRISTMAS REUNION
12/3: State of Romance
12/4: Open
12/5: Open
12/6: Celebrate Little Victories
12/7: Weekly Winners
and Remembering Pearl Harbor Day
12/8: Monday Night Romance
12/9: Open
12/10: State of Romance
12/11: Open
12/12: Open
12/13: Celebrate Little Victories
12/14: Weekly Winners
12/15: Monday Night Romance
12/16: Nancy Badger
12/17: State of Romance
12/18: Open
12/19: Open
12/20: Celebrate Little Victories
12/21: Weekly Winners
12/22: Monday Night Romance
12/23: Open
12/24: State of Romance
12/25: Christmas
12/26: Boxing Day
12/27: Celebrate Little Victories
12/28: Weekly Winners
12/29: Monday Night Romance
12/30: Open
12/31: State of Romance

Monday, September 29, 2014

Aloha to Marie Harte and RUINING MR PERFECT - Teaser Tour



Vanessa Campbell is a CPA by day and a perfectionist by night. She’s fit, successful…and decidedly lonely. She can’t stop thinking about the youngest McCauley brother, Cameron. He’s just like her: smart, attractive, and usually right—except when dealing with her.


Cameron McCauley likes Vanessa a little too much. She’s a blond goddess with a razor-sharp tongue. She hates to be wrong, just like him. But she can hold a grudge and is stubborn to a fault—also like him.

A past disagreement has them rubbing each other the wrong way. Cam is dying to shake Vanessa up—get her to let loose. But if he succeeds, can his heart handle it? 

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Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte is a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit and fall in love. 

An Excerpt 

“You okay? I saw you talking to your buddy earlier.”

She grimaced. “He’s not my ‘buddy.’ We went to dinner once.” She lowered her voice and leaned in, conscious John might have friends close by. “He’s now a client. Bellemy Tech.”

Cameron whistled. “Nice.”

“Yeah. He wants me to head the account, which my boss agreed to. I’m supposed to meet him Friday to discuss specifics.” She hadn’t mentioned her feelings to anyone at work, not even her friends, not wanting to sound paranoid. But for some odd reason, she knew she could talk to Cameron. He wouldn’t judge her, not for this. “I get a weird vibe from him.”

He straightened. “Weird how?”

“I don’t know. It’s just… It would be totally stupid to think he came to our accounting firm just to be with me. We’re the best in town. Companies as big as Bellemy don’t hire people to get their staff dates. But John specifically wanted me to head the account. Again, I am the best, but it would make more sense for either of my bosses to head things. I’m a senior manager, but they’re big money.”


“Yeah. He and I are supposed to meet for dinner to discuss work. I preferred my office, even his, but he said he only has time in the evening.” She looked into Cameron’s deep blue eyes, feeling foolish. “I’m being overly sensitive because of one lousy date, aren’t I?”

“What does your gut tell you?” he asked softly.

Cameron’s intensity soothed her, because in all the time she’d known him, he’d never shrugged her off or acted as if she were having a “Van-zilla moment,” as her roommates were fond of saying. He took her seriously.

“It tells me to watch him.”

“Then listen to it. You’re a smart woman, Vanessa. Trust your gut.” He finished his coffee. “Now how about I walk you to your car?” He leaned in to bring her to her feet.

When his face neared hers, she whispered, “What are you doing?” Cameron had pulled a fast one with that kiss in her kitchen, in private. Like her, he had never seemed big on public displays of affection.

“He’s looking over here,” he murmured. “Why don’t you kiss me and show him you’re not available?”

“Oh.” Hell. She sounded disappointed. When he blinked and gave her a slow smile, she knew he’d heard and discerned her feelings. “Shut up.”

She kissed him quickly, but the lingering warmth remained. Stupid libido."

Monday Night Romance - Read Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Our weekly column, Monday Night Romance, is now available at this link.   This week we celebrate the Read Pink Campaign sponsored by Penguin Random House.   So let's chat more about pink ...

In 1975, Pink Floyd topped the UK and US Charts with WISH YOU WERE HERE.

In 1984, Molly Ringwald taught us how to refashion a dated prom dress in PRETTY IN PINK.

In the 1986, Don Johnson made it fashionable for men to wear pink in MIAMI VICE.

In 2001, Alecia Beth Moore got the party started with pink hair.  

In 2013, my family discovered the artwork of Lazy Pink Whale in Korea.

In 2014, Hello Kitty celebrated her 40th birthday in pink glamour. 

Pink may be fashionable, but pink is also a reminder to get your annual mammogran for early detection.   Likewise, let's join together to support those who are battling breast cancer now.

Tracy is giving away a choice from her backlist plus special Breast Cancer Awareness swag to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about pink - anything goes!

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 4, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 5.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Aloha to Amanda Scott and MOONLIGHT RAIDER - Release Blitz Blog Tour


Border lord Walter Scott of Rankilburn, grief-stricken after burying his father, goes to the forest seeking solace. Instead he finds a half-naked young lady fleeing pursuit. Wat offers his protection, but honor demands that he return the golden-eyed beauty to her rightful husband-even though the last thing he wants is to see her in another man's arms.


Molly Cockburn has fled her home, family, and the brutal scoundrel she was forced to wed. Her pursuers are closing in when the powerful new Lord of Rankilburn bravely intervenes, then promises to help prove her marriage unlawful. Though fiercely loyal to her family, Molly fears they might harm the man she is coming to love, and now she must decide whether to remain faithful to her blood . . . or to her heart.

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Amanda Scott is the author of over 61 romance novels and the recipient of the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA Award. She lives in Folsom, California, outside of Sacramento. She is a fourth-generation Californian.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Weekly Winners

Hawaii Five O fans are winners with the return of McGarrett and Company.  Admittedly, the Season Five premiere was over the top ... but the scenery was gorgeous!   The episode opened along a trail atop Diamond Head.

We have winners at SOS Aloha ...

Lisa Sugarman's LIFE IT IS WHAT IT IS:
- Karen wins a print copy from me.


Amanda Forester's A WINTER WEDDING
- Sharlene wins a book choice from my convention stash.

Monday Night Romance - Every Day Heroes
- Mary Preston wins a book choice from my convention stash.

Rosanne Bittner's DESPERATE HEARTS
- Marcy wins a book choice from my convention stash.

Maggie Mae Gallagher's RUPTURED
- May wins a digital copy from Maggie.

From my travel blog, ALOHA ON MY MIND, Erin wins a book choice from my convention stash.

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


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Coast Guard Lighthouse at the foot of Diamond Head