IT’S TIKI TIME! AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: D.B. McNICOL – WIN A FREE EBOOK!

 

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Aloha Gang! 

Today we’re meeting the awesome D.B. McNicol, whose book, Paradise Down is an exciting, dramatic book in the dazzling Lei Crime Kindle World series!

Here is the link : https://www.amazon.com/Lei-Crime-Paradise-Kindle-Novella-ebook/dp/B01FSZYZE8/ref=la_B0081QGNVA_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1495320247&sr=1-3

You can win a FREE copy of this gripping crime book by posting a comment here. This enters you into the draw to win!

D.B. is a traveler…an adventuress you might say. She’s busy writing and exploring, but soooo cool she even stopped by to answer some totally stupid questions…how cool is that?

 And now, without further nonsense from me…here she is!

1. Aloha D.B! I have some truly important questions to ask. First of all, what is your favorite childhood book?
My favorite childhood book – I had to think on this one. I think my all-time favorite was “Wind in the Willows”. It was the first hardcover book that was mine, given to me by an aunt and she signed it. I wish I still had it. My other favorite was actually a series. While most kids read “Nancy Drew”, I fell in love with “Trixie Beldon” and saved all my babysitting money so I could buy the books.
2. How did publishing change your writing habits?
After publishing my first book in my Klondike mystery series, “Not a Whisper”, I quickly finished my second book, my only romance, “Home Again”. I learned I needed to allow two to three times the amount of time for edits and revisions that I spent on writing. I also learned I work much better with a deadline. The bulk of my first drafts in all three published books were written in NaNoWriMo style, one in thirty days. Since then, when I don’t write that way, it takes me months and months to produce a first draft.
3. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
 
I had to laugh at this one. Right now it’s the sloth because that matches how quickly my latest WIP are getting written. Guess I need to choose a speedier mascot!
4. Any advice for your previous boss?
 Hmmm, this is tough. I haven’t had a full-time boss in almost twenty years. I retired from my IT career at age fifty, never knowing I would end up writing fiction. Or that after over thirty years of being a detailed analytical at work, I would love being a pantser when writing.
5. You’re stuck on a deserted island after a three hour tour that goes awry. Name six people alive or dead that you’d like to be marooned with…and your fantasy castaway meal.
Six people I’d want to be on a desert island with – for who knows how long. I’m terrible with conflict or drama in real life, so I’m afraid this would could be a boring choice for others. I would chose my best friend from junior/senior high school, my best friend from my work career, my husband who never fails to make me laugh and look at things differently (and usually from a better angle), my youngest brother for his sense of humor and everyday survival skills, and one close writing friend and his wife. I don’t know if any of us could cook very well, but we’d sure be entertaining.Fantasy castaway meal? Taking away food allergies, it would be lobster, corn on the cob and a Greek salad. Putting in a dose of reality, toss in Moose Tracks ice cream, cinnamon teddy bear candy chews and dark chocolate Hershey kisses.
Paradise Down, a Lei Crime Kindle World novella:
Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Lei-Crime-Paradise-Kindle-Novella-ebook/dp/B01FSZYZE8/ref=la_B0081QGNVA_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1495320247&sr=1-3
Synopsis:
Aloha Nicholás! But will this be a hello or a goodbye?When Lucia Santerez returns home to Hawaii to help her brother Nicholás with his new dive shop, she learns Nicholás has disappeared–and someone doesn’t want him found.

Enlisting the aid of hunky vacationing firefighter, Jared Stevens, gets them the wrong kind of attention. They discover what lies under the water off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kaua`i could make you rich or get you killed.

For readers of the Lei Crime series, this story occurs shortly after the Lei Crime Series book, “Fire Beach”.
D.B. McNicol 

Biography

I think I was destined to be a writer – in the 4th grade I took my toy typewriter and painstakingly typed out the neighborhood news, one copy at a time, and sold it to the neighbors for ten cents each. But as often happens, life intervenes and writing took a back seat to spending 30+ years in the IT industry.

A late in life lover of adventure, I learned to ride a motorcycle at age 55, traveled the US solo on my Harley-Davidson at age 58 (42 states and 27k miles), selling my home and everything I owned to become a full-time RVer. I eventually met my current husband, also widowed, a full-time RVer and Harley rider. Fate!

We traveled the US for several years before putting it in storage and moving to Cuenca, Ecuador for two years. What at adventure! Now we are back and continue to travel in our 41′ fifth wheel toy hauler trailer.

I continue to travel and write, savoring every moment of every day!

To learn more about D.B., please check out her links:
http://donnamcnicol.com ~ http://facebook.com/mywritespot ~ @dbmcnicol

 

IT’S TIKI TIME! AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: AMY ALLEN – WIN A FREE EBOOK!

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Aloha Gang!

Today we’re meeting the awesome AMY ALLEN whose book, MASQUERADE GONE AWRY is tearing up the charts at Amazon!

Here is the link : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071NWHGC2?pldnSite=1

You can win a FREE copy of this book by posting a comment here. This enters you into the draw to win the third book in her The Girl and the Fireman series in the Lei Crime Kindle World mysteries. And you know everyone loves a good fireman story.

Amy is not just da kine but super talented too! She’s so busy but soooo cool she even stopped by to answer some totally stupid questions…how cool is that?

 And now, without further nonsense from me…here she is!

 

1. Hi Amy, I know your favorite drink is a Blue Hawaii. I’ll let the cabana boys whip you up one while I interrogate, er, interview. You’ve got so many books out and they are all so different I have to ask, what do you think about when you’re alone in your car?  

Good ‘bad’ ideas for whatever I’m writing or if someone cuts me off how much I hate people right then – LOL

2. Do you believe in writer’s block?
Yep – have had it.  Not a fun thing if you’re on a deadline – LOL. 
 
3. How many square feet of pizza do you think is eaten in the U.S. each year?  
2.4 billion sqft sounds like a good amount.  
 
4. Hmm…I think you Googled that answer! Now, let me ask, if you could be President for a day what would you do?  
Make it illegal to hunt wolves for sport, lower gas prices, get rid of having to reset clocks (leave it on standard time).
 
5. You’re stuck on a deserted island after a three hour tour that goes awry. Name six people alive or dead that you’d like to be marooned with…and your fantasy castaway meal.   
Though he’s a book character – Jared Stevens, otherwise, the other 5 would be: Michael Shanks, Michael Biehn, Michael Simon (to cook fantasy meal), Jonathan Frakes; Richard Dean Anderson (need MacGyver – LOL).  Fantasy meal – Oysters on the half shell (steamed open), Lobster and crab legs with garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, and Stella Artois beer.  
To find out more about Amy Allen please check out her links and also her new book!
Masquerade Gone Awry https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071NWHGC2?pldnSite=1
Synopsis:
Love conquers all … or does it?After much hardship and strife, Lana’s life finally takes the fairy tale twist she’s anticipated for years. She’s getting married to the man of her dreams.Jared Stevens never imagined settling down until Lana came along. He’s used to putting out fires, but the one she ignites in him should burn on forever. He’s finally ready to share his life with the perfect woman … and the wolf-hybrid she rescues … and much more.What he’s not ready to share is his bride with the stalker from her past.

Will their masquerade wedding be the festive celebration of their life together or will a madman’s revenge steal the show?

Amy’s Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amy.allenhallmark?fref=ufi

The Lei Crime Series: Bullets and Birthday Lūʻaus (Coffee and Kukui Nuts Book 4) OUT NOW!

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OUT NOW!

Bullets and Birthday Lūʻaus, my brand new Kindle World novella is live! Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071HPZLGY/

SYNOPSIS:

It’s time for a Baby lūʻau in Maui. And not just any baby. Explosives expert, Detective Abe Torufu, and his lover, precinct Captain C. J. Omura are the proud godparents of Detective Gerry Bunuelos’ newly adopted daughter, Beatriz. Abe is already godfather to Gerry’s only other daughter, Ofélia, whom he adores, but his new duties seem to have inflamed C.J.’s desire for a family of her own. She’s suddenly obsessed with babysitting all seven little Bunueloses – when one is a handful and two are a nightmare.
Is that her biological clock Abe hears ticking? Or something more sinister?
Just as Abe and the gang prepare themselves for the all-important first birthday lūʻau, things run amok in paradise. Gerry’s new baby isn’t who she’s supposed to be. She might be stolen. That’s not all the pilfering going on. A cache of high-power military weapons has vanished from a Coast Guard facility near Abe’s home in Wailuku and his brother Kole, captain of the guard, is missing. Can Abe ever throw a party that goes right?

As he, Gerry, and Lei Texeira hunt down clues and investigate what seems to be connected crimes, Abe’s lūʻau promises to be…explosive.

This story takes place after Bone Hook.

 

For purchase, excerpt and other fun stuff, please click this link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071HPZLGY/

IT’S TIKI TIME! AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: STORMY GLENN – WIN A FREE EBOOK!

 

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Aloha Gang!

Today we’re meeting one of the biggest names in the M/M community, the one, the only, damned talented queen wahine STORMY GLENN!

 She’s written a gazillion novels and we’re offering a free ebook – reader’s choice – to the lucky winner so make sure to leave a comment to enter the draw to win.

Her next release is “Just Bob”, which comes out May 25th. She told me her favorite book of all is “My Lupine Lover. 

She’s so busy but soooo cool she even stopped by to answer some totally idiotic questions…but somehow, she managed to make them sound really smart. Check out her menu for an island feast! My fork is ready!

 And now, without further nonsense from me…here she is!

 

1. Hi Stormy, what’s your favorite cocktail? I’ll have the cabana boys whip one up for you while I ask you some stupid, I mean important questions.Margaritas…love margaritas…especially strawberry. Of course, that song “Tequila makes her clothes fall off” describes me perfectly. Hubby buys me a bottle of tequila every Valentine’s Day 🙂

2. What was your favorite toy growing up? Oh, that one’s easy. I grew up rather poor. We didn’t have running water, indoor plumbing, or electricity until I was twelve. I didn’t know it of course. My parents were very good at making sure our lives were wonderful. One year, my birthday was coming around and things were pretty slim. My daddy came home one day and called me out to his truck. He whipped back the tarp and there was this wooden two story dollhouse. He had spent two months at work making it for me.

3.  What an awesome dad!! Now, who do you know that was most likely to have been abducted by aliens? LOL…my brother Christopher. I’m pretty sure he is an alien.

4. If you could have an accent in the world, which one would you choose? French. I came from French ancestry, so it just makes sense.

5. You’re stuck on a deserted island after a three hour tour that goes awry. Name six people alive or dead that you’d like to be marooned with…and your fantasy castaway meal.

  • Sean Connery so I could listen to him talk. That man has the sexiest voice.
  • Dwayne Johnson so I had someone to lift the heavy stuff for me, like coconuts and leafy palm frawns to fan me when it’s hot.
  • My hubby of course, because I refuse to be marooned anywhere without him.
  • Helen Mirren so I could have someone really interesting to talk to. I’d love to sit and pick her brain about the amazing life she has lived.
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy…someone needs to have brains to built the yacht to take us home…assuming we decide to leave our private paradise.
  • Mario Batali to cook my amazing fantasy castaway meal.

My Fantasy castaway meal…

Appetizer

Sliced Beefsteak Tomatoes with Buffalo Mozzarella, Basil, Virgin Olive Oil and Arugula Leaves

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Salad

Avocado Citrus Salad with Iceberg and Radicchio Leaves and an Orange Vinaigrette

Warm French Country Bread with an Garlic Olive Spread

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Main Course

Pappardelle Pasta tossed in Lobster Tarragon Sauce with Leeks, White Truffle Oil and Grilled Lobster

or

Crowned with King Smoked Salmon and Horseradish Crust accompanied by Sautéed Swiss Chard, truffle-infused Cauliflower Purée, and White Wine Beurre Blanc

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Dessert

A Trio of Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Mousse and Praline Petite Choux

 

For more info on Stormy Glenn and let’s face it, who doesn’t want that?? Check out this space: 

http://www.stormyglenn.com/home.htm

 

 

MANACLED: Mingo McCloud Book 6 is out NOW!

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OUT NOW!

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y5SCL25/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491839860&sr=8-1&keywords=manacled+a.j.+llewellyn

Will Mingo and Francois get hitched?

Honolulu’s hottest forensic accountant Mingo McCloud is launching the criminal investigation he never dreamed possible. The perp? Himself.

It’s wedding bells in Waikiki with Mingo set to marry Francois. Friends and family arrive from all over the world, and just as the intrepid pair gets ready to say “I do,” they don’t. A mysterious woman shows up at the service, claiming to be the long-lost wife of…Mingo!

Needless to say, Mingo is stunned. Not the least because he’s never dated a woman, much less married one. The whole family’s in an uproar, especially when the shady lady produces wedding pictures and love letters allegedly written by Mingo.

He and Francois are determined to unravel the mystery. But for Mingo, the shocks don’t stop coming when it appears he has a trail of busted female hearts behind him, as well as some serious grifting. What the heck is going on? Is he the victim of a conspiracy, or is something else happening? Are parts of Mingo awake and doing things he knows nothing about when he’s sleeping?

For more info, an excerpt, and to buy, baby, buy, click this link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y5SCL25/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491839860&sr=8-1&keywords=manacled+a.j.+llewellyn

It’s Coming! It’s Coming!

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Hey Gang,

I’m so excited to announce that DARK PARADISE: MYSTERIES FROM THE LAND OF ALOHA is coming soon! All the proceeds of this anthology go to benefit writers in the land of Aloha via Sisters in Crime, Honolulu branch.

Big cover real on April 3, but in the meantime let me tell you it’s a mystery-packed book of 17 short stories and they are awesome!

Some of my favorite authors are involved – including Laurie Hanan, Gail M. Baugniet, Bob Newell (Love his Jimmy Chan stories!), Alain Gunn, Lizbeth Hartz, Gay Coburn Gale, Rosemary and Larry Mild, Michael Little, Doris Chu, D.W. Scott, David W. Jones, Shauna Jones, D.V. Whytes, Hannah Cheng, Carol Catanzariti, and there’s a foreword by Toby Neal.

On April 3 you will be able to access the Facebook page for Dark Paradise where you will see the cover, and tons of tidbits about the authors and their stories.

Here is the link but it will not work until April 5!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/DarkParadiseHI50/

My Story, Wait For Me, features my new Hawaiian private eye, Danny Morales, who helps an old buddy with the brutal murder of his mother-in-law.

Danny gets unexpected help in his inquiries – from another killer. The idea came to me after studying a really bizarre case in my forensic analysis class at USC. I love these classes, even though they give me sleepless nights. Viewing crime scene and autopsy photos is nothing like watching them on TV. They are creepy!

I love Danny and have had so much fun creating this new character! 

Find out more about DARK PARADISE and its other stories from some of the other authors appearing in the anthology. They’ll also post about the cover reveal today and their stories:

Gail M Baugniet http://gail-baugniet.blogspot.com
Laurie Hanan http://www.lauriehanan.space/blog/
David W. Jones http://dancingtreefrog.com/
D.V. Whytes http://www.whyteontherock.info/
Toby Neal https://www.facebook.com/LeiCrimeSeries/
Lizbeth Hartz https://www.authorlizbethhartz.com/blog/
D.S. Scott https://www.facebook.com/Sulfur-Silk-D-S-Scott-Writer-616324408427998/

To quote the great David W. Jones, “Be there and be GLORIOUS!”

Aloha oe,

 

A.J.

FIXATED: Mingo McCloud, Book #5 is OUT NOW!

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Purchase Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Fixated-Mingo-McCloud-Book-5-ebook/dp/B06XT9DBVG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490548563&sr=8-1&keywords=fixated+a.j.+llewellyn

 

SYNOPSIS:

Mingo McCloud has a lot going on. Dealing with his private life just got more complicated now that he and his lover, Francois, have a fulltime teenager in the house. And soon, Mingo has a new foe on his hands: the banshee goddess of the Seven Bridges. Yep, only an island guy like Mingo could wind up tangling with an ancient deity in what should be a routine murder investigation.

But that’s not all. Hawaii has just passed the same-sex civil union bill. Will Francois give up his resistance to getting hitched and pop the question? And what about their son, Ferric? What does his new obsession with a teenage surfing queen have to do with a shark, bikini workouts, pole dancing and…wedding cake?

 

Author’s Note:

Although this is book number 5 in the Mingo series, Fixated can be read as a stand-alone.

IT’S TIKI TIME! AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: REBECCA CANTRELL – WIN A FREE EBOOK!

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Aloha gang!

Today we’re meeting New York Times best-selling author Rebecca Cantrell, who knows her way around a twisty mystery…but does she know her way around some seriously stupid questions?

Rebecca’s hot Hannah Vogel mystery, A TRACE OF SMOKE,  has won a bunch of awards, including the Macavity, and Bruce Alexander awards…she’s so cool! I am offering up a free ebook copy of this so don’t forget to post a comment to enter the draw to win!

Purchase Link just in case you can’t wait: https://www.amazon.com/Trace-Smoke-Hannah-Vogel-Novels-ebook/dp/B01MQUTPBF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489601940&sr=8-1&keywords=a+trace+of+smoke

Rebecca will be appearing this week at the Left Coast Crime Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. She’ll be on a panel discussing her work so if you are anywhere near sunny Waikiki, come on down and meet her.

Here is a link for all the details about Honolulu Havoc. http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/2017/

Busy as she is, Rebecca took time to conquer, I mean, answer, some really stupid questions!

1. Hi Rebecca, what’s your favorite cocktail? I’ll have the cabana boys whip one up for you while I ask you some stupid, I mean important questions.
A chocolate martini. Shaken or stirred. The most important part is: CHOCOLATE!
2. Oh that sounds good! Who do you know that is most likely to have been abducted by aliens?
Douglas Adams. Sadly, I do not know him, but his descriptions of Vogon poetry in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy seem too apt to be a simple coincidence. Plus, Marvin must be based on a real alien robot.
3.  I agree! What would be your favorite beach read? (not your own of course…)
I just finished reading Hell’s Detective by Michael Logan at the beach today. It’s a hell of a noir/fantasy/horror–a perfect splash of shade in a sunny day.
4. You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
I’d set up an elephant sanctuary in my condo. The condo has a pool, so it can swim. I could take it for long walks to find bananas and other fruit to eat. I’d have to get the pool umbrellas set up just right so it would have a shady place to stand. Then I think we’d just hang out and I’d have chocolate martinis and the elephant would either drink carbonated water from the hot tub or cold water from the pool. Elephant’s choice. And I would name her Esmeralda.
5. That is the best answer EVER! An elephant sanctuary! Awesome! Now,,,finally, the stupidest question of all…
You’re stuck on a deserted island after a three hour tour that goes awry. Name six people alive or dead that you’d like to be marooned with…and your fantasy castaway meal.
​I’d go straight up practical on this one. I’d like a botanist (maybe Mark Watney?) so we know what to eat and how to grow food, Bear Grylls to help us find water and stay alive (without drinking elephant urine like he did in that one episode, even though we will apparently have an elephant–see previous question), a builder for our huts, a plumber (but not my brother, even though he is a great plumber–but he likes to drive me nuts and I want to relax on this island), ​a brewer so we can drink with umbrellas in them (I’ll make the umbrellas), and my husband, because he’s cute and can also do a lot of useful survival-type things.
My ideal meal would contain German chocolate, Iowa beef, Idaho potatoes, and cream from Holland. It would have to be flown in, of course, so I’d catch one of those planes back to civilization with a pile of my handmade umbrellas and my team of six.
Rebecca Cantrell is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She has published nine novels in over ten different languages. Her novels have won the ITW Thriller, the Macavity, and the Bruce Alexander awards.
Author Links:
Website: http://www.rebeccacantrell.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaCantrellAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rebeccacantrell

IT’S TIKI TIME! AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: DAWN CASEY

 

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Aloha gang,

Today we’re meeting author Dawn Casey, who is in the midst of writing her first mystery,  Journey to Mecca. I’ve read the first two chapters and it’s already fantastic! The funny thing is Dawn wrote a book some years ago called The Hawaiian Christmas Tree and I happen to own a copy of it!

Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Hawaiian-Christmas-Tree-Dawn-Adrienne/dp/0966748417

Dawn will be appearing this week at the Left Coast Crime Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. She’ll be on a panel discussing her work so if you are anywhere near sunny Waikiki, come on down and meet her.

Here is a link for all the details about Honolulu Havoc. http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/2017/

Busy as she is, Dawn took time to answer some really stupid questions!

1. Hi Dawn, what’s your favorite cocktail? I’ll have the cabana boys whip one up for you while I ask you some stupid, I mean important questions.
I don’t drink cocktails.  I usually drink white wine like Spumante
2. You are writing a very interesting historical book called Journey to Mecca. I read the first couple of chapters and loved it. My question to you is if you could go back in time and be anybody famous in history, who would it be and why?
Queen Elizabeth the first. She had a very interesting life and had lots of power.
3.  You are Australian. What is the worst thing about being from the land downunder?
I really don’t think there is any bad thing about being Aussie except maybe the accent.
4. Being Australian myself, I adore our accents! Speaking of growing up in the land downunder, what was your favorite toy growing up?
I believe it was a doll Santa left. The doll had a beautiful face.  I think it was an  antique and they put a new body on her.
5. Oh, she was a Hollywood doll! Now, your last and final question. You’re stuck on a deserted island after a three hour tour that goes awry. Name six people alive or dead that you’d like to be marooned with…and your fantasy castaway meal.
  Richard Burton, the  actor.
   Richard Burton, the  explorer.
   Queen Elizabeth the first.
    Ann Boleyn,  wife of Henry VIII
    Captain Cook
    E.M.  Forster, writer (PASSAGE TO INDIA, ROOM WITH A VIEW}
 We’d have a picnic on the beach with fish we’d taken from the sea.  A bottle of wine  one of above had taken from the ship..  Fruit and nuts we found growing on trees.  Wild fowl we found roaming  around, which we cooked in open fire.

IT’S TIKI TIME! AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: JANE LASSWELL HOFF! WIN A FREE EBOOK!

 

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Aloha gang!

Today we’re meeting author Jane Lasswell Hoff, a brand new mystery novelist who is also a forensic anthropologist. Her novel, BONES OF PARADISE is a fantastic mystery and she will be appearing this week at the Left Coast Crime Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. She’ll be on a panel discussing her work so if you are anywhere near sunny Waikiki, come on down and meet her.

Here is a link for all the details about Honolulu Havoc. http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/2017/

Busy as she is, Jane took time to answer some really stupid questions!

Don’t forget to post a comment for a chance to win a copy of this amazing book!

 

1. Hi Jane, what’s your favorite cocktail? I’ll have the cabana boys whip one up for you while I ask you some stupid, I mean important questions.

I’m a big fan of expensive champagne or mescal (straight, with a wedge of lime and some salt on the side). But are those really cocktails? I think not. So, being a resident of Hawaii, I’d have to ask for a good Mai Tai, with a little paper umbrella or an orchid to decorate it.

2. Wow. The guys must like you. They brought you one of each! Your book Bones of Paradise involves a bit of your real work as a forensic anthropologist. I find this work so fascinating but it begs the question, do you have a favorite famous or not so famous set of bones?

I’ve worked on some very famous cases but one, from Alabama, involved two escapes (of the murderer), went on for seven years and wound up on the Oprah Winfrey Show. That one is hard to top.

3.If you could be any animal in the world, what you be and why? This could be an extinct animal or a species currently living…

I think I’ll stick with human, thank you very much. But it I have to convert, it might be nice to know what flying feels like – so maybe a wild canary. It would be fascinating to meet up with a real Australopithecus or Neanderthal or other ancient type of human (and they are different species) – would that count? I would like to meet them, but I’m not sure I’d like to be one.

4. What was your favorite toy growing up?

I suppose it would be a piano. It might not be a toy in everyone’s book but I played it with my grandfather and with my sister and our level of competence (I still can’t play very well) qualifies it as our toy, I think.

5. It works for me! Now, You’re stuck on a deserted island after a three hour tour that goes awry. Name six people alive or dead that you’d like to be marooned with…and your fantasy castaway meal.

Another tricky question for me!

Will there be a translator available? If I couldn’t communicate with Leonardo da Vinci, for instance, what would really be the point of having him there? Although, he was so brilliant, he would probably pick up English pretty fast and also devise some clever way to get us off the island. Ditto for Noah – he could build an ark, no?

How long will we be there? I would love to meet and dine with some people (Cleopatra or Jesus, for instance) but I doubt I’d want to spend a LOT of time with them.

So, here is my list of English-speaking people with whom I’d like to spend a happy couple of years:

 1. Dorothy Parker

 2. Oscar Wilde

 3. Bill Nighy

 4. Billy Connelly

  5. Stephen Colbert

  6. my sister, Julie (so we could talk trash about the others,  in case they turn out to be disappointments)

 The menu:  

 Champagne

 Oysters on the half-shell

 A Turkish dish, Bayildi (Translation: The Imam Fainted)

 Potato galette

 Ripe, seasonal peaches and cherries

 Devil’s Food chocolate cake

  Hilo water, no ice, barely chilled

 

 AJ says: I am crashing this party. Wow, I love Bill Nighy! And Billy Connolly. And those are some snappy answers! Thanks Jane!

 

Bones of Paradise: Big Island Mysteries, #1  by Jane Lasswell Hoff

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Bones-Paradise-Island-Mystery-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B017EA7EDO

Synopsis:
Bones of Paradise is one terrific debut.” – Aaron Elkins, Edgar Award-winning author of the Gideon Oliver series

Even in paradise, people do die. And it’s the job of Mimi Charles, Forensic Anthropologist, to analyze the bodies that aren’t found right away – skeletons, mostly. Mimi and her colleagues at the Medical Examiner’s office are a tightly-knit team that relishes solving the puzzles presented by each case. But outside of the office, their lives in the sweet little town of Hilo, Hawaii, flow in a gentle island rhythm. None of them is prepared for the disappearance of one of their own, right from the building where they work (or the parking lot outside, anyway). Soon a series of notes begins to arrive, supposedly from the missing person. Even though the FBI shows up to join the local police in the search for clues, Mimi and her friends can’t resist doing a little “digging” of their own. Suddenly, there’s a very pesky TV reporter calling Mimi at home and peeking out at her from behind potted plants. And then John, the Death Investigator who works with Mimi, begins to act strangely. Despite the distractions, Mimi begins to piece together odd, seemingly unrelated bits of information in the race to find her missing friend, and she most sincerely hopes that she’s not too late…

Jane Lasswell Hoff  is a professional forensic anthropologist, a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a lecturer in anthropology. As a forensic anthropologist, she has worked for tribal groups, the U. S. government and in the states of Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi, Washington and Utah. She attended the University of Hawaii for her undergraduate degree and the University of Oregon for her graduate degree. She lives and works in Hilo, Hawaii.

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