Thursday, May 21, 2015

May is National Military Appreciation Month - Aloha to Susan Stoker

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Breaking News! I am now posting pictures from the RT Booklovers' Convention on my travel blog, Aloha On My Mind, at this link

Susan Stoker co-hosted a SEAL themed table at the SOS America Military Tribute.  From her bio,

Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana (Kim's comment - clear indicated she is a military spouse). She is quite the romantic and even met the love of her life on "Hotmail classified" before online dating and sites like match.com even existed!

Susan loves writing but her true passion is adopting dogs from rescue groups and shelters. Susan and her husband have had a total of nine "rescued" dogs since 2000 including a variety of basset hounds and bloodhounds. She has recently branched out and adopted a basset/terrier mix who acts more like a terrier than a basset (i.e. digging, eating a couch and being hyper). If you love romance and want to help her support adopting great dogs, be sure to check out her work!


Learn more about Susan and her books at stokeraces.com.



Mahalo, Susan, for your dog rescue efforts!  Susan is getting ready for the release of PROTECTING JESSYKA on July 7: 

Kason “Benny” Sawyer was the last single man on his Navy SEAL team. He loved his teammates like brothers and respected each and every one of their women. They’d all been through hell and they deserved their current happiness. But seeing the love between his friends and their women made it tough to be the odd man out all the time.

Jessyka Allen had a good life, until it wasn’t anymore. Finding herself in an impossible situation, with no noticeable way out, her job was an escape. Working at the small Bar and Grill put her in contact with some wonderful people, who Jess figured couldn’t ever understand what she was going through.

Being a SEAL, Benny thought he knew the true meaning of teamwork and friendship. But Jess would show him that everything he thought he knew about sacrifice, trust, and love, paled in comparison to what she brought into his world.

Protecting Jessyka is the 6th book in the SEAL of Protection Series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s recommended you read the books in order to get maximum enjoyment out of the series.


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May is National Military Appreciation Month. For the month of May, I am giving away one grand prize of books and swag from the authors featured this month (link). Plus five more commenters - one for each branch of service - wins a book choice from my convention stash. To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about dogs - do you have a favorite breed? My family favors cats ... but we like any dogs that love to play! 
2. Comments are open through Sunday, May 31, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, June 1.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


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Aloha to Jessica James and MEANT TO BE - Video Trailer

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It started as a chance encounter on the beach, and ended 24 hours later when they parted to go their separate ways.  Or so they thought.

Actually it was just the beginning.

WHEN LAUREN CANTRELL said goodbye to the guy she had just met on the beach, she had no way of knowing their paths would ever cross again. But fate had another unexpected meeting in store for them—this time in a place where danger was part of the culture and the stakes were life and death.

THE LAST PERSON in the world Rad expected to see at a special ops briefing in Afghanistan is the girl he met at the beach two weeks ago—the one he can’t stop thinking about.

From the sundrenched beaches of Ocean City, Md., to the snowcapped mountains of Afghanistan, this thrilling tale of espionage and intrigue takes readers on a spellbinding journey into the secret lives of our nation’s quiet heroes—and answers the question:

What do you do when the person you most want to protect is the one risking everything to make sure you survive?

MEANT TO BE recounts the dedication of our military, the honor and sacrifice of our soldiers, and a relationship that is tested and sustained by the powerful forces of love, courage and resolve.

Check out the Video Trailer at this link.

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MEANT TO BE (June 2015) is award-winning author Jessica James’ first contemporary novel, but not her first foray into dealing with the emotions and turbulence of the battlefield. Her past novels have been set during the Revolutionary War and the American Civil War, and have been compared to some of the greatest literary novels of that era. She is the only two-time winner of the coveted John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction, and was featured in the book 50 Great Authors You Should Be Reading, published in 2010.

James stays active working part-time as a stagehand where she assists with shows ranging from country bands and stage plays, to operas, symphonies and ballets. She resides in Gettysburg, Pa., and has a passion for old dwellings and first edition books.


Learn more about Jessica and her books at jessicajamesbooks.com.

Come back to SOS Aloha on June 6 - D Day - for my review of MEANT TO BE.  Have you visited Gettysburg or any other historic battlefield? One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Sunday, May 31.  I'll post the winner on Monday, June 1.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May is National Military Appreciation Month - Aloha to Elle J. Rossi

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Breaking News! I am now posting pictures from the RT Booklovers' Convention on my travel blog, Aloha On My Mind, at this link

Elle J. Rossi joined her sister, Beth Ciotta, in singing the National Anthem at the SOS America Military Tribute.  These sisters were inspiring.  From Elle's bio,

Elle J Rossi is a writer of Dark Paranormal and Fantasy Romance. Overly fond of the happily ever after, Elle lets her characters take control as they lead her down dark and twisted paths on their haunting journey toward love.

When not writing, you'll more than likely catch her hanging with her husband, two kids and a cat who truly does rule the roost, or stealing the mic from her friends as the duel over country karaoke.



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Elle is celebrating the recent release of JADED, Book 3 in the Starstuck series:  

Welcome to STARSTRUCK, a showplace for talent, a playground for love. The hot nights amp up with Rossi’s novella JADED, part of a new contemporary continuity series by Beth Ciotta, Cynthia Valero, and Elle J Rossi. Three authors. One world. 

MARRY ME, BROOKLYN.
Four years ago Brooklyn ran from that plea and straight toward what she dreamed would be a better future. An aspiring fashion designer destined for more than the boredom of small town life and the strain of a whiskey-saturated family, she launched herself toward the runways of New York.

I CAN’T.
Emmett couldn’t compete with the glitz of the big city, let alone erase Brookyn's emotional scars. When she turned down his proposal and left him behind, he poured what was left of his heart into his music. He got through with three rules: Play the guitar. Play the field. Forget about Brooklyn.

Now Brooklyn is back and the past and present collide inside Starstruck when Brooklyn fills in as lead singer for Emmett’s band. Night after night of thumping bass and passionately sung lyrics reminds them of every delicious memory they ever shared. But a sizzling attraction can only go so far when emotions are raw and trust is fragile. Emmett still wants forever. Brooklyn is only good at temporary.


Can two hearts find a way to truly connect off the stage, or will they stay forever jaded?


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May is National Military Appreciation Month.  For the month of May, I am giving away one grand prize of books and swag from the authors featured this month (link). Plus five more commenters - one for each branch of service - wins a book choice from my convention stash. To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about karaoke - have you tried it?  I cannot carry a tune in a bucket so I have not.  But it's fun to sing along in the audience!

2. Comments are open through Sunday, May 31, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, June 1.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Elle and her books at ellejrossi.com.

How about karaoke in Hawaii?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May is National Military Appreciation Month - Aloha to Angel Payne

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Breaking News!  I am now posting pictures from the RT Booklovers' Convention on my travel blog, Aloha On My Mind, at this link

Angel Payne is amazing.  She has boundless energy to chat with readers and appreciate the military.  Angel hosted the Joint Base Lewis McChord table in honor of  her WILD Boys of Special Forces series.  From her bio,

Bestselling romance author Angel Payne has been reading and writing her entire life, though her love for romances began in junior high, when writing with friends on “swap stories” they’d trade between classes. Needless to say, those stories involved lots of angst, groping, drama, and French kissing.

She began getting a paycheck for her writing in her twenties, writing record reviews for a Beverly Hills-based dance music magazine. Some years, various entertainment industry gigs, and a number of years in the hospitality industry later, Angel returned to the thing she loves the most: creating character-based romantic fiction. Along the way, she also graduated with two degrees from Chapman University in Southern California, taking departmental honors for English, before writing five historical romances for Kensington and Bantam/Doubleday/Dell.

Angel found a true home in writing contemporary-based romances that feature high heat and high concepts, focusing on memorable alpha men and the women who tame them. She has numerous book series to her credit, including the Kinky Truth series, the Secrets of Stone series (with Victoria Blue), and the popular W.I.L.D. Boys of Special Forces series, as well as several stand-alone titles. The Cimarron series and the Once Upon a Sin series both launch in 2015.

Angel still lives in Southern California, where she is married to her soul mate and lives on a street that looks like Brigadoon, with their awesome daughter and Lady Claire, the dog with impeccable manners. When not writing, she enjoys reading, pop culture, alt rock, cute shoes, and hanging at the beach with family and friends.


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Angel is ready to celebrate the release of A WILDER KIND OF LOVE, Book 7 in her WILD Boys of Special Forces, available June 16, 2015, which happens to be Flag Day:

The WILD Boys are back! USA Today Bestseller Angel Payne continues the hotter-than-hot series with this A scarred hero... 

Dan Colton was once the CIA's golden boy, a get-things-done cowboy who believed forgiveness was better to ask for than permission. But performing the devil's work was always easy with his angel's face, a damn good asset to have whether he was charming agency superiors...or training submissives in his darkest dungeon role plays.

Until his face was taken away.

An act of ultimate bravery spit Colton back out as a bitter, half-burned shell of the person he used to be, unsure of how to relate to the world without his physical calling card. His only condolence is dreaming of revenge on the bastard responsible for the fire that disfigured him, but when even that plan backfires, he is a beast without any prey--tormented by a beauty he cannot touch.

A willing submissive...


Tess Lesange, known around the CIA's Vegas office as "The Laser", has only one Achilles heel--in the form of the brooding agent who once wouldn't give her the time of day. Since Dan Colton's accident, they've become friends, even trusting each other with some of their kinkier secrets. What are friends for, right?


May is National Military Appreciation Month. For the month of May, I am giving away one grand prize of books and swag from the authors featured this month (link). Plus five more commenters - one for each branch of service - wins a book choice from my convention stash. To enter the giveaway,


1. Let's chat about cute shoes ... which are your favorite?  I used to love shoes ... then I moved to Hawaii.  So my favorite shoes now are slippahs.

2. Comments are open through Sunday, May 31, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, June 1.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Angel and her books at angelpayne.com.

Aloha to Melissa Cutler and GAME CHANGER - A Bomb Squad Novel


Breaking News!  I am now posting pictures from the RT Booklovers' Convention on my travel blog, Aloha On My Mind, at this link


Melissa Cutler is celebrating the release of GAME CHANGER, Book Three from her Bomb Squad series with military heroes. From her bio,

Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world writing sexy contemporary romances and romantic suspense for a variety of publishers, including Macmillan, Berkley, Kensington Books, and Harlequin. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she's not globetrotting, she's enjoying Southern California's flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids. She loves hearing from readers at melissa@melissacutler.net, or on Facebook (facebook.com/MelissaCutlerBooks) and Twitter (@m_cutler). Visit melissacutler.net to learn more about Melissa and her books and don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter (link).



Melissa joins us for a cozy chat ...

Kim:  San Diego! What is your favorite sight, sound, and smell of "America's Finest City"?

Melissa:  I love living in San Diego, though I grew up 100 miles north of it, in Orange County. My favorite part of living here in SD is the atmosphere. San Diego is an amazing cross-section of cultures. It’s got a California laid back vibe blended with the vibrancy and complexity of having a huge military community here, as well as many top-notch colleges and universities. Also, the close proximity to Mexico enriches our city with a wonderfully diverse element. My husband and I vacation in Mexico a lot, so having the border be only a 30 minute drive from our house is convenient.

Kim: What's your favorite lines/scenes from Bull Durham and Ferris Bueller's Day Off? Mine from FB is Ben Stein's Anyone? Anyone?

Melissa:  I love every scene in Bull Durham! One of my favorite funny scenes is when the team gathers around the pitcher’s mound to discuss their problems. And Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon’s first love scene set the bar for the love scenes that I write in my books.

As for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, I adore Cameron. So much. So pretty much every scene that he features prominently in is a favorite of mine. “Ferris Bueller, you’re my hero” is one of my favorite lines.

Kim:  Who or what helped you along the path to publishing?

Melissa:  I’ve had a lot of help along my publishing journey, from published author mentors and editors who gave me my first big breaks to my husband and mom watching the kids so I have time to write. I also credit Romance Writers of America for being an invaluable resource and gathering place. When I joined that organization, I felt like I was home, for the first time in my life. I’d found my people.

Kim:  Tell us about the Bomb Squad Hockey Series and your new release GAME CHANGER - what inspired them?

Melissa:  My original inspiration for the Bomb Squad Hockey Series was former Marine Alex Minsky, who became a fitness model after losing his leg while on deployment. I love his message and his openness about the ups and downs of his journey since becoming an amputee. That’s how I decided to write about a group of combat wounded veterans

Around the same time that Alex Misky’s fame was blossoming, the winter Olympics were on. I was so inspired by the Paralympic ice hockey teams that I asked “What if there was a wounded warrior ice hockey team?” Within a few minutes of research, I found out that there already are real life wounded soldier ice hockey teams all around the world. And so my fictional team, Bomb Squad, was born.

What’s neat about GAME CHANGER, my third book in the series, is that it’s the storyline that originally inspired me: a story about a former soldier who lost his leg in combat, then becomes a fitness model and is on a trajectory to fame, and who has the goal to uplift other wounded veterans. I wanted to give him an epic love story, and I do believe I accomplished that with this book.

Kim:  What's next for Melissa Cutler?

Melissa:  What’s next for me is a return to cowboys! In the spring of next year, I’m launching a new contemporary romance series about the employees of a luxury resort in Central Texas based on the world I created in my 2014 novella THE MISTLETOE EFFECT. I can’t wait!


Mahalo, Melissa, for joining us today!  And congratulations on GAME CHANGER:

Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of Bomb Squad--an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has the team captain packing his bags for greener pastures, but saying good-bye to the woman who'd captured his heart is easier said than done...

After being wounded in combat, Brandon Theroux lives every day like it's his last. He never could have imagined that the sleek mechanics of his prosthetic leg would open so many doors, including minor celebrity status as a fitness model and a well-earned reputation as a rakish playboy. The only door it hasn't opened is the one to Harper Johnson's bedroom.

Harper has too much self-respect to join the ranks of Brandon's "carpe diem" conquests, but when a health scare catapults her onto a journey of a lifetime, she turns to the one person who knows what it means to seize the day, find your bliss, and never look back. But a bond forged between friends who can't keep their hands off each other has the potential to be a whole lot hotter than either of them is prepared to handle...

Books in the Bomb Squad hockey series:

Risky Business (Bomb Squad #1)- August 2014

Undefeated (Bomb Squad #2) - November 2014

Game Changer (Bomb Squad #3) - May 2015

GAME CHANGER is now available:

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Melissa is giving away copies of UNDEFEATED to two randomly selected commenters.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about the Marine Corps, hockey teams, and/or New York.   I can sing the USMC's hymn, The Halls of Montezuma.  I don't follow hockey.  I am looking forward to visiting New York this summer.

2.  Comments are open through Sunday, May 31, 10 pm in Baltimore. 

3.  I'll post the winner on Monday, June 1.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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Monday, May 18, 2015

May is National Military Appreciation Month - Aloha to Crista McHugh

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Crista McHugh, an Air Force veteran, co-sponsored the Love Doctors table at the SOS America Military Tribute during the RT Booklovers Convention (pictures to come).   From her bio,

Crista McHugh is an award-winning author of fantasy and romance who writes heroines who are smart, sexy and anything but ordinary. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

She is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (including the Greater Seattle Chapter and the Seattle Eastside Chapters), and Romance Divas.

Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.


Crista will be celebrating the release of HERE ALL ALONG, Book 7 in her Kelly Brothers series, available June 24:

Movie star Gideon Kelly has always harbored a secret crush for his long-time friend and assistant, Sarah. Whenever he hints they become more than friends, however, she immediately changes the subject. But one sizzling on-screen kiss is enough to convince him she’s the only woman for him, and he’s determined to prove to her they have all the makings of an epic Hollywood romance.

Sarah Holtz rose to stardom as a child only to crash and burn in her late teen years. Gideon was there to help put the pieces of her life back together, and she now relishes her life far away from the paparazzi flashes. Her need for privacy is the one thing holding her back from exploring something more with him. When a video of their kiss goes viral, though, she’s left wondering if he’s worth the risk of stepping back into the spotlight and becoming his leading lady.

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May is National Military Appreciation Month. For the month of May, I am giving away one grand prize of books and swag from the authors featured this month (link). Plus five more commenters - one for each branch of service - wins a book choice from my convention stash. To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about Seattle - have you visited the Emerald City?  I traveled to the Boeing Company when I was a Lieutenant working on the AWACS program.  I loved Seattle's vibe!

2. Comments are open through Sunday, May 31, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, June 1.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Crista and her books at cristamchugh.com.

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May is National Military Appreciation Month - Aloha to Lindsay McKenna

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Lindsay McKenna hosted the Shadow Warriors table at the SOS America Military Tribute during the RT Booklovers Convention in Dallas (pictures to come).  She is a Navy Veteran who proudly served during the Vietnam War.  From her bio,

Naturally, Lindsay's military experience is the backbone of her writing--in addition to being credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983), she has created a thriving sub-genre within the romance field. It is, therefore, no surprise that her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are a backdrop for her upcoming Operation: Shadow Warriors series.


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RUNNING FIRE is Book 8 in her Shadow Warriors series,

He was a haven in the midst of Hell…

Temporarily assigned to the Shadow Squadron in a troubled region of Afghanistan, Chief Warrant Officer and pilot Leah Mackenzie is no stranger to conflict—even if most of her physical and emotional scars are courtesy of her vicious ex. Still, she's got a bad feeling about picking up a team of stranded SEALs. A feeling that's all too justified once enemy fire hits their helicopter and all hell breaks loose…

SEAL Kell Ballard's goal was to get the injured pilot out of harm's way and find shelter deep in the labyrinth of caves. It's a place of dark intimacy, where Leah finds unexpected safety in a man's arms. Where prohibited attraction burns brightly. And where they'll hide until the time comes to face the enemy outside…and the enemy within their ranks. 


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Lindsay has an exciting new series coming this fall ... and we will talk about it here at SOS Aloha!  

May is National Military Appreciation Month. For the month of May, I am giving away one grand prize of books and swag from the authors featured this month (link). Plus five more commenters - one for each branch of service - wins a book choice from my convention stash. To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about the Navy - what do you know about it?   I just read the Navy is hosting a special march in June 11 at the Naval Academy to commemorate the 73th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, a decisive battle in WWII.  


(I posted another question in error - all comments are good!)

2. Comments are open through Sunday, May 31, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, June 1.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


Learn more about Lindsay and her books at lindsaymckenna.com.

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