Sunday, July 27, 2014

Aloha to Fern Britton and THE HOLIDAY HOME


Fern Britton is a celebrated TV presenter in England ... and Cornwall is a celebrate summer getaway.  

Two sisters, one house, a lifetime of secrets…

Each year, the Carew sisters embark on their yearly trip to the family holiday home, Atlantic House, set on a picturesque Cornish cliff.

Prudence, the hard-nosed businesswoman, is married to the meek and mild Francis, but she’s about to get a shock reminder that you should never take anything for granted. Constance, loving wife to philandering husband Greg, has always been outwitted by her manipulative sibling, but this year she’s finally had enough.

When an old face reappears on the scene, years of simmering resentments reach boiling point, but little do the women know that a long-buried secret is about to bite them all on the bottom. Is this one holiday that will push them all over the edge, or can Constance and Pru leave the past where it belongs?

Porthcurno Bay and Logan Rock Headland
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I am giving away a print copy of THE HOLIDAY HOME to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Do you have a favorite escape for the summer, even if it is the local library?

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

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


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Aloha to Alexandra Brown and CUPCAKES AT CARRINGTON'S


How about a taste of Brit Chick Lit?  Alexandra Brown hits the spot with CUPCAKES AT CARRINGTON'S:

Georgie Hart had it all – as a top personal shopper in London, the heady world of Mulberry launch parties and Louis Vuitton goody bags meant she was living the dream. But all that extravagance took its toll on her bank balance and it was time to stop drinking champagne on beer money.

Now Georgie runs the luxury bag concession at Carrington’s Department store in the pretty seaside town of Mulberry Bay and her lavish spending is confined to a red velvet cupcake with butter cream icing in Carrington’s cafe.

But her plans for a quiet life are thwarted when Carrington’s goes into a recession-busting makeover and soon, with the arrival of Maxine, wielding the axe in her immaculately manicured hands, Georgie is fighting not only for her job, but also for the attentions of her dishy boss, James. And when newcomer Tom arrives, who may or may no
t be the best thing since sliced bread, Georgie must decide where her loyalties really lie…

Sunshine cupcakes from the Strawberry Festival

I am giving away a print copy of CUPCAKES AT CARRINGTON'S to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about cupcakes - what is your favorite flavor?   Mine is chocolate!

2.  Comments are open through Sunday, July 27, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Monday, July 28, assuming I recover from RWA.  


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Aloha to Elizabeth Michels and HOW TO LOSE A LORD IN 10 DAYS OR LESS


Elizabeth Michels joins me for an intimate chat to celebrate HOW TO LOSE A LORD IN 10 DAYS OR LESS, Book 3 in Tricks of the Ton series:

"I want to know you, to understand anything at all about you, because you are the most maddening lady I have ever encountered."
He's the perfect gentleman...

After years hidden away from the mockery of the Ton, proud Andrew Clifton, Lord Amberstall, is finally ready to face Society again. But when his horse is injured on the road to London, Andrew finds himself literally thrown at the feet of the beautiful, infuriating, and undeniably eccentric Katie Moore.

...she's anything but a lady.

Katie always preferred the stables to society, so when she was badly injured in a riding accident, she was more than happy to retreat to the countryside and give up the marriage mart for good. She never expected an infuriatingly proper lord to come tumbling into her life - and she certainly never expected to find herself wondering what it would be like to rejoin the world at his side.

They couldn't be more different, and soon Andrew and Katie find themselves at odds about everything but the growing passion between them... and a keen awareness of a threat that may end their unconventional romance before it has even begun.
Kim:  After completing your third book of your debut series, what have you learned about fans and their expectations of Regency romance?

Elizabeth:  When I began writing Regency romance, I did so because I was a fan. I love the fashions and the ballroom scenes, but most of all, I love the escape from modern day reality this genre provides. After completing 3 books, the fact that I carry with me is that I’m exactly where I belong. I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of my readers and speak with others via email since my first 2 books were released, and every time I walk away with the feeling that I’ve found my people. I’ve found others like me who love history, love fun characters, and want to spend the afternoon dreaming of a time when carriages ruled the streets and scandal was only an alcove away. I love my readers, and I’m very thankful I found them.

Kim:  HOW TO LOSE A LORD IN 10 DAYS OR LESS involves horses - do you have equestrian experience or did you conduct research?

Elizabeth:  I grew up in an equestrian neighborhood of mini-farms. All of my neighbors had horses, and I would feed them occasionally even though I never learned to ride. I’m pretty sure we were the only family who lived there and didn’t have horses…because we had Christmas trees. *grins* But, my knowledge of trees didn’t help me much in telling this story of an injured horse who leaves a lord stranded and forced to take refuge with a most unconventional lady while on the road south from Scotland. So, I spent days watching videos on subjects ranging from treating wounds on horses to breaking wild horses. I read blogs and articles. I interviewed friends experienced with horses. And, at the end of it, I wrote HOW TO LOSE A LORD IN 10 DAYS OR LESS. It wasn’t without its fair share of challenges, but I think readers will be pleased with the outcome.

Kim:  Your titles are odes to contemporary romantic comedies - what are the key elements of combining romance with humor with the constraints of a historical era?

Elizabeth:  The humor, I blame on my characters. In my stories there are always shenanigans. My characters seem to find trouble if trouble is to be found. And, I think more trouble is to be found in a historical setting than today because of the constraints of their social situation at that point in history. I like the snowball effect one small event has on another. My former editor used to compare the comedy in my books to I Love Lucy when the conveyer belt of chocolates speeds up. It seems like a small change in their situation, and yet it ends in mouths and shirts stuffed with chocolate. These small changes that produce wild situations happen so easily within a historical setting that my characters seem to seek them out. Perhaps I need to keep a tighter rein on them, but to be honest, they make me laugh and that makes me happy.

Kim:  What's next for Elizabeth Michels?

Elizabeth:  I’m writing more! I’m currently working on Lady Roselyn Grey’s book and will follow that up with three ladies you’ll remember from DESPERATELY SEEKING SUZANNA, Evangeline, Isabelle, and Victoria. These are going to be great stories involving a new group of gentlemen I’m really excited about writing. There will be love, and knowing my characters, there will definitely be shenanigans.

Thank you for hosting me today on SOS Aloha! I hope you enjoy HOW TO LOSE A LORD IN 10 DAYS OR LESS! I look forward to chatting with you here in the comments. What is your favorite part of a Regency romance?

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Sourcebooks is giving away a print copy of HOW TO LOSE A LORD IN 10 DAYS OR LESS to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment to Elizabeth's question - what is your favorite part of a Regency romance?

2.  Comments are open through Sunday, July 27, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Monday, July 28, assuming I recover from RWA!


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Elizabeth and her books at


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Aloha to Anne Elizabeth and ZOMBIE POWER 2

The multi-talented Anne Elizabeth is getting ready for the San Diego Comic Con, where ZOMBIE POWER 2 will be a Comic-Con International Exclusive 2014:

Welcome to the Zombie Power series! The series is based in Greenwich, Connecticut, and most of the action takes place at The Academy (For Girls) and The Wick (For Boys). Zombies are springing up everywhere and our protagonists the Greenwich Gals (Tiffany, Sandra & Izzy) must make their way to the Academy and find a way to solve the crisis. With twists and turns, and some particularly voracious Zombinistas—fashion-plates made into zombies--the Greenwich Gals have their work cut out for them.

Incorporating the themes of working together, self-empowerment, and the usefulness of common sense, these Gals have a serious battle on their handles, and the first order of business is...staying alive.

ZOMBIE POWER 2 is a limited print run with only 1000 copies ... and Anne Elizabeth is generously giving away three here at SOS Aloha!   Anne Elizabeth will personalize and autograph ZOMBIE POWER 2 for each winner.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about comics - why do you like comics?

2.  Comments are open through Sunday, July 27, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Monday, July 28, assuming I survive RWA.  


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Aloha to Jessica Scott and BACK TO YOU

Today is the Literacy Autographing to kick off RWA's Annual Conference in San Antonio:  

At the "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing, hundreds of romance authors meet with and sign books for fans, with the proceeds from book sales going to literacy organizations. Since 1990, RWA has raised more than $825,000 to fight illiteracy.

This year, proceeds from the Literacy Autographing will benefit ProLiteracy Worldwide, Literacy Texas, Restore Education, and Each One Teach One San Antonio.

I plan to look for Jessica Scott for reasons that are obvious from her bio,

USA Today bestselling author Jessica Scott is a career army officer; mother of two daughters, She's written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View: Regarding War Blog, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn and has served as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas. She's pursuing a PhD in Sociology in her spare time and most recently, she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.  

Jessica is celebrating the upcoming release of BACK TO YOU, available July 29 from Forever Romance:

He's in for the fight of his life . . . 

Army captain Trent Davila loved his wife, Laura, and their two beautiful children. But when he almost lost his life in combat, something inside him died. He couldn't explain the emptiness he felt or bridge the growing distance between him and his family-so he deployed again. And again. And again...until his marriage reached its breaking point. Now, with everything on the line, Trent has one last chance to prove to his wife that he can be the man she needs ...if she'll have him

. . . to win back his only love.

Laura is blindsided when Trent returns home. Time and again, he chose his men over his family, and she's just beginning to put the pieces of her shattered heart back together. But when Trent faces a court martial on false charges, only Laura can save him. What begins as an act of kindness to protect his career inflames a desire she thought long buried-and a love that won't be denied. But can she trust that this time he's back to stay?

For this blog tour, I asked Jessica for the Top 5 things she enjoyed eating/drinking/doing when she returned home from deployment (other than embracing family).  Here are her answers ...

1. Ice cream

2. Pizza

3. Sleeping in my own bed

4. Taking as long and hot of a shower as I wanted

5. Walking around my house barefoot after a year in boots/sneakers/flipflops.

Mahalo, Jessica, for your service to our country!  I hope you've enjoyed all these things!   

Forever is offering a fabulous giveaway ..."

... plus an excerpt from BACK TO YOU:

“So, to what do I owe the honor of this visit?” she asked, minimizing her e-mail to be able to focus.

“Don’t throw me out of the office,” he said, trying to keep his voice light. “But I need to talk to you about Trent’s case.”

Laura leaned back in her chair, folding her arms over her chest, and started counting to ten.

“I know you’re having a hard time with him.”

Laura sucked on her top lip for a moment before answering. “I wouldn’t necessarily call filing for divorce a hard time.”

“And that’s what I need to talk to you about.”


“Just hear me out, okay?”

She ground her teeth but after a moment nodded.

“Listen, there’s no case against Trent. It’s weak at best. With the Article 32 about to start, we have a good chance of getting it stopped here before it goes to court-martial. But I need to plant doubt that the allegations against him are true.” He met her gaze. “I need you to do that.”

Laura chewed on her bottom lip, playing his words over and over in her head, not understanding what he was asking of her. “What do you mean, you need to plant doubt?”

“The primary witness against your husband, PFC Adorno—”

“Oh, we’ve met,” Laura said dryly.

Patrick’s smile was humorless. “Yes, well, that’s part of the prosecution’s problem. She’s alleging that Trent was inappropriate but the problem is that she and Lieutenant Randall were caught in their shenanigans downrange.”

Laura frowned. “So you think this is a ploy to get herself out of trouble?

“Her and her husband. If they were working together to steal the missing weapons systems, then what better way to get out of trouble than to make this stuff up against Trent? Takes the focus off her and her husband completely.” Patrick leaned forward, tapping his index finger on the desk. “If I can cast Trent as a sympathetic family man who would never do anything like what she’s alleging, this case is all but dismissed. I’m not attacking her. All I have to do is make Trent look better than the story she’s telling and we’ve got a win.”

“And you need me to paint on a happy face and be the loving wife.”

Patrick shook his head. “No, I need you to be one half of a loving couple. And I need you to do it publicly where everyone can see it—in the PX, in the chow hall, everywhere. I need the officers on this board to believe exactly what I’ll be telling them on the day of the hearing.”

She looked down at her empty ring finger, absently rubbing the bare skin beneath the bandage. “Everyone knows that we’re having problems, Patrick.”

“Then make sure everyone knows you’ve fixed it.” He leaned back. “I wouldn’t ask you to do this if I didn’t think it was our best shot at getting this whole thing thrown out.”

She looked up at him. “Why didn’t Trent ask me to do this?”

Patrick swallowed and looked away. “He refused to drag you into this,” he said quietly. “For what it’s worth, I don’t in a million years believe the allegations against Trent. I don’t think he would ever, ever be unfaithful to you.”

Laura pressed her lips together in a flat line. “You’re wrong, Patrick. He’s been cheating on me for years. It was just with the army instead of another woman.”


“Let me think about it,” she said quickly. “I won’t say no out of hand but I can’t make this decision on a whim.”

Patrick leaned across the desk, gripping her hand. “I know this is hard for you, Laura. I know what I’m asking you to do.”

She said nothing for a long moment and he gave her a sympathetic but firm smile. “Give it some thought, okay?”

When she was alone, she sat there, staring at the picture of her family. Wondering how she was going to bring him back into the kids’ lives and then rip him out again. What he was asking wasn’t fair. He had no idea what this was going to do to her family.

She glanced at the photo on her desk as she typed furiously, trying to get ahead of the flood of e-mails in her inbox.

There was a quiet rap on her office door. “I’m not here,” she said quickly, looking up.

Her fingers froze on the keyboard. Her heart stopped in her chest.

Trent stood in the doorway. He had a duffle bag slung over his shoulder. His glasses hid the darkness of his eyes. There was a streak of dirt on his cheek. An assault pack hung limply from his left hand.

A thousand emotions ripped through her all at once, rioting for supremacy as she drank in the sight of her husband.

Ex-husband, she reminded herself. Or at least he was supposed to be.

She wished that this were a normal homecoming. One where she would rush across the small space and crash into him. His arms would come around her and she would inhale the strong spicy scent of his skin. Feel the heat of his touch. Savor that first, wild kiss.

Instead she had this. This empty chasm between them, echoing with loneliness.

And she had no idea how to cross it.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Aloha to Shana Galen and LOVE AND LET SPY - Excerpt Tour


I am honored to host Shana Galen's Excerpt Tour to whet your appetite for LOVE AND LET SPY, available August 5 from Sourcebooks:

Her name is Bonde, Jane Bonde…

A beautiful and eligible member of the ton, Jane has more than a few secrets: she’s one of the Crown’s most elite agents. She may be deadly, but she doesn’t know a thing about fashion, flirtation, or love…until Dominic Griffyn shakes up her carefully stirred world and asks her to be his bride. He’s exactly the kind of man she’s not looking for. And he’s dangerous, because falling into his arms is so much more satisfying than saving England from her enemies.

He’s an improper gentleman who needs a wife…

Tall, dark, and tortured, Dominic Griffyn is haunted by demons from his past. When his stepfather insists that he marry, Dominic allows himself to hope that the beautiful but mysterious Miss Bonde might help him forget his troubles. As they grow closer, it’s clear that there’s more to Jane than danger. She might be just what his neglected heart needs.


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The door opened, and Carlisle, one of Dominic’s half brothers, entered. “Oops! Sorry.” He stepped back out just as quickly, but not before catching Dominic’s eye and giving his older brother a grimace.

“No, no, Carlisle,” their mother said. “Your father and I will speak in the parlor. You go ahead.” And she tugged the marquess out of the room, leaving Carlisle little choice but to enter.

“I’m not going to ask what that was about,” Carlisle said, “so you’ll have to volunteer the information.”

Dominic couldn’t stop a smile. Carlisle was his youngest half brother and just out of school. At nineteen, he was not yet jaded by the world. But then again, why should he be? He was the son of a marquess, he was handsome with his blond hair and brown eyes, and he was wealthy. Nothing could touch him.

“I’ll give you one guess,” Dominic said, lifting his teacup from the drawing--room side table. He’d always liked his youngest brother. With thirteen years between them, they were too far apart to be rivals.

“The woman who showed up with the babe last week?”

“Your father wants me to marry before I bring more shame on the family name.” He sipped the tepid tea. He’d not even had a chance to taste it before his stepfather launched into his tirade.

Carlisle popped a tea cake into his mouth and reached for another. “Is marriage so bad?”

“I don’t see you rushing into the parson’s mousetrap.”

Carlisle held the tea cake in front of his chest like a shield. “I’m far too young. You’re an old man.”

“Charming to the last,” Dominic retorted.

“Was the babe yours?” Carlisle asked, his mouth full. Dominic rolled his eyes. The boy had no sense of decorum.


“Whom do they want you to marry?”

“Does it matter?”

He seemed to consider as he reached for a dainty sandwich. “It might.”

“A Miss Jane Bonde.”

Carlisle dropped the sandwich, and it rolled under a chair. The boy ignored it. “And you refused?”

“I don’t want to marry, and I certainly won’t marry some chit I haven’t even met.”

“But you’ve seen her?”

“I don’t think so.” Dominic avoided social events. He had nothing to say to the ton. He was well aware they looked down on him. He did not need to be reminded of it nightly.

“That explains it then.” Carlisle reached for another sandwich.

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July 21, From the TBR Pile,, Excerpt One

July 22, SOS Aloha,, Excerpt Two

July 23, Bookhounds,, Excerpt Three

July 24, Urban Girl Reader,, Excerpt Four

July 25, Long and Short Reviews,, Excerpt Five

July 28, The Book Vixen,, Excerpt Six

July 29, Cocktails and Books,, Excerpt Seven

July 30, Manga Maniac Café,, Excerpt Eight

July 31, The Reading Café,, Excerpt Nine

August 1, Broken Teepee,, Excerpt Ten

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Aloha to Kat Latham and TEMPTING THE PLAYER - Cover Reveal

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TEMPTING THE PLAYER - Book 3 of the London Legends

Best friends make the best lovers.

Libby Hart and Matt Ogden are perfect for each other—as friends. They’ve known each other for ages. They act as each other’s plus-ones. They even share custody of a dog. And if there’s always been a little spark between them, so what? It’s never been worth jeopardizing their friendship.

Professional rugby player Matt is fighting for a starter position with the London Legends—and that’s not the only thing he’s fighting. A crippling fear of flying means he’s struggling to get his career off the ground. He has no time for a relationship, even if Libby does make him ache. As an airline pilot, Libby’s looking for a stay-at-home husband so she can have a family without sacrificing her high-flying career. Matt’s certainly not that man.

But just because they don’t have a future together doesn’t mean they can’t have a right now. When Matt asks Libby for help overcoming his fear, they agree to take a vacation from their platonic relationship—whenever they fly together, they can have sex. It’s the perfect way to resolve all that built-up tension. As long as they can avoid getting a little too comfortable…

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Kat Latham is a California girl who moved to Europe the day after graduating from UCLA, ditching her tank tops for raincoats. She taught English in Prague and worked as an editor in London before she and her British husband moved to the Netherlands. Kat’s other career involves writing and editing for charities, and she’s traveled to Kenya, Ethiopia and India to meet heroic people helping their communities survive disasters. Find out more on her website:

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