Back in February, my buddies and I ventured to a storage auction at this link. I chatted with the other buyers who happened to be at a storage auction when Spike TV's Auction Hunters filmed several episodes on Oahu. Honolulu Magazine published an article about the filming at this link.
About a month ago, one of my followers gave me the heads up that Spike TV would broadcast the Oahu episode on September 12. I was a little disappointed with the episode when Allen and Ton sold a handmade replica of a "lava sled" to a teacher ... when I thought they should have donated to the Bishop Museum. The closing scene poked fun at hula ... which I thought was disrespectful to the sacred storytelling.
|Allen tries out the lava sled|
But Allen and Ton redeemed themselves with a second episode on September 19 - they donated a priceless tattoo tool to the Polynesian Cultural Center. Their closing scene was fun at Lanakai Beach, spotlighting Hawaii at its best.
|Lanikai Beach also offers a view of Nā Mokulua|
(two islands as seen from Bellows Beach)
I quickly changed the channel to A&E for the latest episode Storage Wars: Texas. These shows are addictive ... and once profitable for romance author Lisa Renee Jones. She recently posted on A&E's blog, "My greatest storage unit find and how I got started buying and selling storage units" at this link.
Lisa draws upon her storage units experience in IF I WERE YOU, the first book in her INSIDE OUT TRILOGY. From Lisa's press release,
Inspired by a journal her fiancee found when buying and selling storage units (yes like the show but before the show) Lisa calls this her SHADES OF GREY meets BASIC INSTINCT. Why Shades of Grey? The dark, damaged characters and passion. Why Basic Instinct? Because the main character Sara finds an erotic journal and begins to read. Sara becomes as obsessed with the writer of the journal as the writer is with the two men in the journal, and they with her. She seeks out the woman to be sure she is safe and becomes absorbed in her life, where she meets two powerful men -- one of which draws her into an intensely passionate affair. Simon and Schuster has re-released IF I WERE YOU in e-book and is coordinating the print release of the entire trilogy for early 2013.
Elf at the Reading Addict posted her review of IF I WERE YOU on Amazon at this link. To celebrate these little victories, I am giving away a Hawaiian 2013 calendar so you can mark the release dates for Lisa's trilogy in print. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about what valuable you have in storage - in a drawer, closet, or even garage.
All my European furniture is stored in Maryland - I did not want it to fall into the Pacific ocean!
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, September 29, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, September 30.
Kim in Hawaii
To learn more about Lisa and her books, check her website at lisareneejones.com.