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.

Bond in service to the Queen for the London Olympics 2012

Follow the Excerpt Tour  ... 

July 21, From the TBR Pile, fromthetbrpile.blogspot.com, Excerpt One

July 22, SOS Aloha, sosaloha.blogspot.com, Excerpt Two

July 23, Bookhounds, maryinhb.blogspot.com, Excerpt Three

July 24, Urban Girl Reader, urbangirlreader.com, Excerpt Four

July 25, Long and Short Reviews, longandshortreviews.com, Excerpt Five

July 28, The Book Vixen, thebookvixen.com, Excerpt Six

July 29, Cocktails and Books, cocktailsandbooks.com, Excerpt Seven

July 30, Manga Maniac Café, mangamaniaccafe.com, Excerpt Eight

July 31, The Reading Café, thereadingcafe.com, Excerpt Nine

August 1, Broken Teepee, brokenteepee.com, Excerpt Ten

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Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Shana and her books at shanagalen.com.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Aloha to Kat Latham and TEMPTING THE PLAYER - Cover Reveal

Tempting The Player by Kat Latham - 300 px wide

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: katlatham.com.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekly Winners

Hubby and I are winners for attending last weekend's Annapolis Irish Festival - check out my pictures on my travel blog here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Meanwhile, we have winners at SOS Aloha:

- May wins a digital copy from Kelsey.


Roll Out the Red Carpet for Readers 
- Tina B wins a book choice from my convention stash.

- Debby wins a book choice from my convention stash.


Erin Duffy's ON THE ROCKS
- Maureen wins a book choice from my convention stash.


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


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

More from the Annapolis Irish Festival 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Aloha to the HOT ALPHA SEALS: Military Romance Megaset


The summer is sizzling ... and its about to get hotter with the HOT ALPHA SEALS: Military Romance Megaset, available July 22 at this link (also available for preorder):

12 New York Times, USA Today or Award-winning bestselling Hot Alpha Authors bring you this Military Romance Megaset for your reading pleasure:

THE KISS OF A SEAL by Award-winning Author Anne Elizabeth -- Jessa Grainger's world is rocked by the kiss of a SEAL, SO-1 Link Tyler. It wouldn't be a problem for an ordinary person, but being a Navy Consultant working on the Amphibious Base as well as being engaged to a SWCC man make the situation very sticky.

NIGHT WITH A SEAL (Hot SEALS #1) by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Cat Johnson --When navigating military red tape begins to present more challenges than the enemy, it makes SEAL Jon Rudnick question his future. So does Alison Cressly, the one woman he can't get out of his head.

HOT BAYOU SEAL by Award-winning author Cindy Dees -- SEAL Ford Alambeaux is a busted up SEAL on his way out of the teams. Trina Zarkos is being tossed out of SEAL training like every other female candidate...until they're thrown together on a way off-book mission to see if she can play with the big boys or not.

DELTA: RETRIBUTION by USA Today bestselling author Cristin Harber -- Fallen Navy SEAL and Titan Group's Delta recruit Trace Reeves wants nothing more than a one-night stand to forget that his twin brother was killed-in-action. But when his one-time fling becomes his high value target, the lines blur between her rescue mission and saving himself.

WATCH OVER ME (An Uncharted SEAL story) by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Delilah Devlin -- Deke Warrick's unsanctioned detail is to keep tabs on a congressman's niece while she vacations in the Caribbean. He's determined to keep his distance, from the beautiful Nicky Martir--until she's snatched from their hotel room.

SEAL'S OBSESSION (A Take No Prisoners story) by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Elle James -- Mission: Halt pirate activities off the coast of Honduras. SEAL TEAM 10's Jack Fischer goes undercover as a deck hand on a medical boat where he finds himself falling for the dedicated Dr. Natalie Rhoades.

The SEAL (a Sex, Lies & Spies novella) by USA Today bestselling author Gennita Low -- Mari Lords is tasked by her father to steal the seal that is an important clue in a round-the-world treasure hunt called The Game. When her opportunity comes during a party, she finds another kind of SEAL, Angel Marcello.

UNBREAKABLE SEAL by USA Today bestselling author J.M. Madden -- Maxwell Tate fights against a psychotic dream world, until he no longer knows what's real. Lacey Adams knows she can't save all of her cases, but can she salvage the unbreakable SEAL?

MISTER BLACK A Billionaire SEAL Story, Part 1 (In the Shadows) by Award-winning author P.T. Michelle --He is Black: a deadly enforcer and masterful seducer. I am Red: a justice bleeder and willing participant. When our secrets converge in a passionate encounter, stepping out of the shadows just might be worth the risk.

STONE HARD SEAL by Award-winning author Sabrina York --When Ryder "Stone" Maddox's meets Lily Wilson--a senator's daughter who is definitely off-limits--he's determined to keep his distance, despite her irresistible allure. But Lily has plans of her own...to put his heart of stone to the test.

SEAL'S PROMISE by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Hamilton --Navy SEAL T.J. Talbot, SEAL Team 3's bad boy, makes a deathbed promise to protect and care for his fallen buddy's wife and child. The only problem is, she hates him.

BREAKING TIES (a SEAL Team Heartbreakers story) by bestselling author Teresa Reasor -- Navy SEAL Oliver Shaker is blindsided when he learns that not only does his wife, Selena, have a life-threatening illness, but she's also pregnant, stretching their marriage to the breaking point.

Mahalo, authors, for spotlighting Navy SEALS!   I am giving away a digital copy of the HOT ALPHA SEALS: Military Romance Megaset to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Real life NAVY Seals are fairly elusive ... so let's chat about other marine animals.  Do you have a favorite?   I'm partial to the Hawaiian monk seal and Hawaii's state fish - humuhumunukunukuapua'a (break it down into the repeated words: whomoo-whomoo-newkew-newkew-ah-pooh-ah-ah). 

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 

Hawaiian monk seal near Ka'ena Point

Celebrate Little Victories - Planes, Taxis, and RWA in NYC

A Cowboy in Times Square

I set aside Saturday to celebrate little victories.  This feature is inspired by Mary Gramlich, The Reading Review.  We met at RT/06 in Daytona and roomed together since then at several conventions.  Mary is a prolific reader of all genres and posted online reviews long before book blogging exploded.  She encouraged me to create this blog when I moved to Hawaii.   We chat once a week to celebrate the little victories.   Today Mary is my guest with a nostalgic look out our last adventure together in 2011 ....

Planes, Taxis, and RWA in NYC 

Before my sons grew up, got married, and started giving me grandsons, I had money to spend on trips instead of toys. I love my grandsons and every moment that I spend with them is a gift so great it cannot ever be duplicated.   But I do miss those trips I used to take with Kim because we had such an amazing time together.

The year we went to RWA in New York City is the one that sticks out in my mind as a full blown adventure.  Kim and I flew from different cities to Baltimore to connect on the same flight to NYC.  We were feeling no pain as the flight departed for LaGuardia as the rosary beads were out and the lovely relaxing pill we both take had kicked in.  After getting off the plane and riding down the escalator to baggage claim, we spotted a limo driver holding up a sign for “ROBYN DeHART”.  This prompted me to look at Kim and say “If I had known she was going to be so famous I would have spent more time on my reviews of her books”. 

(Mary's reviews are spot on whether the author is famous or not).

We start off by getting into an unofficial car service with another woman who wanted to share the ride.   The driver was an EMT who mastered warp speed down a four lane highway feeding into a tunnel.  He turned on his siren to get us ahead of the crowd.  The adventure continued in Manhattan when the woman riding with us jumped out of the taxi, threw money at the driver, and ran off like the FBI was after her. 

(I think this should be a scene in a contemporary romance).

Our hotel was located on Times Square, which hosted the Transformers III World Premier.   I spotted Bumblebee up close and personal.   During the book fair, Roxanne St. Claire yelled my name to come see her.  We dined with Eileen Dreyer. We followed Delilah Marvelle through Hell's Kitchen for a late night donut run.  The next day, we enjoyed breakfast with Katie Lane, lunch with Tracy Anne Warren, and drinks with Kat and Larry Martin. I soaked up NYC's atmosphere by accompanying Kim on her many trips to the post office; one included me running into the hot dog vendor that left mustard on my shirt.  Kim pulled me back out of traffic several times so the taxis didn't run me over.  And this was only Day 2 of our week at RWA in NYC.

Bumblebee from Transformers
Mahalo, Mary, for recounting our "Lucy and Ethel" moments. If only I had you to entertain me on my trip home to Hawaii (as I hate flying, especially over the ocean).   I will miss you at RWA in San Antonio but I carry your spirit (and that of Bumblebee) with me to next week's RWA Annual Conference in San Antonio. 

Can you share a wacky travel story?  One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Sunday, July 27, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Monday, July 28, should I recover from RWA.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Mary and her reviews at marygramlich.blogspot.com

Chorus Dancer in Times Square

Friday, July 18, 2014

Aloha to Ann DeFee and A HOT TIME IN TEXAS


I'm packing for the RWA Annual Conference in San Antonio, looking forward to A Hot Time In Texas.   I also look forward to meeting Ann DeFee during the Literacy Autographing:

Ann DeFee is an award winning author who infuses humor into her stories of romance, small town quirkiness and family relationships. She's written eleven novels and one novella with the Harlequin American, Everlasting, and Carina Press lines and has twice been a Rita (Romance Writers' of America) finalist. She also won the RWA Orange County Book Buyers' Best Long Contemporary contest. As a fifth generation Texan, she frequently uses the Lone Star state for her settings. So if you're in the mood for a fun, fast-paced trip to Texas with sexy cowboy/cops and sassy heroines, check out Beyond Texas and A Hot Time In Texas.

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Ann is celebrating the release of A HOT TIME IN TEXAS:

A sexy Texas Ranger and a classy, sassy heroine...

That's all it takes for a hot time in Texas!

Etta Morrison had vowed never to get involved with another man in law enforcement, but she broke that vow when she fell for Texas Ranger Rafe Claiborne. Her reward? He left town without even a goodbye. But now Rafe's back--and he wants to pick up where they left off.

Two years after Rafe skipped out on her, Etta's over the moon with her new job as manager of the exclusive Sparkle Plenty costume jewelry store. In the world of synthetic diamonds, Sparkle Plenty is king--and this year, they're providing the crowns for the San Antonio Fiesta Coronation. Except the crowns have gone missing. Next thing you know, people start dropping dead and a couple of jerks shoot up her store.

When Rafe hears that Etta may be a target, he decides she needs a bodyguard. Him. In addition to keeping Etta safe in the middle of murders and a diamond-smuggling conspiracy, Rafe has to convince her to forgive him. Not an easy task, but Rangers are tough and Rafe is tena

Check out her website for a snippet at this link.

Texas Rangers
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I am giving away a digital copy of A HOT TIME IN TEXAS to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about Texas - what do you know about the Lone Star State?

2.  Comments are open through Sunday, July 28, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 29, when I return from San Antonio.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Ann and her books at ann-defee.com.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Aloha to Erin Duffy and ON THE ROCKS - Book Review


During the Avon Krewe Book Signing at the RT Boolovers' Convention (link), I picked up a copy of Erin Duffy's ON THE ROCKS: 

A heartwarming novel about friendship, family, and finding love in the Facebook Age-the perils, pitfalls, and dubious pleasures of being a modern young single woman—from Erin Duffy, the author of Bond Girl

Six months ago, Abby's life fell apart for all the world to see. Her longtime boyfriend-turned-fiancé, Ben, unceremoniously dumped her—on Facebook—while she was trying on dresses for the big day.

When the usual remedies—pints of Ben & Jerry's, sweatpants, and a comfy couch—fail to work their magic, her best friend, Grace, devises a plan to get Abby back on her game. She and Abby are going to spend the summer in Newport, in a quaint cottage by the sea, enjoying cool breezes, cocktails, and a crowd of gorgeous men.

But no matter how far away they go, Abby and Grace discover that in the era of social media—when everyone is preserving every little detail of their lives online—there is no real escape. Dating has never been easy. But now that the rules are more blurred than ever, how will they find true love? And even if they do, can romance stand a chance when a girl's every word and move can go viral with a single click?

If there is a heaven for me, I am sure it has a beach attached to it. ~ Jimmy Buffett.

My first assignment in the Air Force took me to Hanscom AFB in the Boston suburbs.  I was invited by a group of single women to rent a house in Newport for the summer - each weekend brought a new adventure in beach shopping and bar hopping.   Perhaps we were lucky that we did not have cell phones or social media as we just relied on our wits.

Unfortunately, social media spoils Abby's shopping expedition for bridal gowns in ON THE ROCKS.  Just as she is trying on dresses, her fiance changed his status on Facebook to single.   Six months later, Abby is invited (actually blackmailed) by her BFF, Grace, to spend the summer in Newport.  Grace hopes the change in scenery will bring Abby back to life.  

ON THE ROCK offers a formulaic plot of Abby and Grace meeting new friends, overcoming challenges in their love lives, and leaving Newport with a new perspective.   Duffy's twist is the impact of social media on interpersonal relationship.  Their two friends - Bobby and Wolf - teach Abby and Grace how to navigate the dating scene with social media.  In fact, Bobby explains to Abby how guys use Facebook to "research" girls they meet at bars to determine who warrants a call back. Wolf's presence on the net is a surprise in the plot ... but one that delivers a ethical message about about "know all, tell all".

Duffy tells the story through Abby's first person perspective.   At times, Abby dwells too long on the broken engagement while still texting her ex-fiance.   Grace employs a no-nonsense attitude with Abby's love life but fails in her own.  Bobby and Wolf add comedic relief although they, too, can be dragged down by Abby's negativity.   Despite these flaws, Duffy kept my attention to the end when the gang is ready to return to real life at the end of summer.   

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

1.  Have you visited Newport, RI, or any other beach town?  

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, July 19, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 20.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City 

Learn more about Erin and her books at facebook.com/ErinDuffyBooks.