today’s book: Her Island Homecoming by Anna J. Stewart
We are moving right along on our summer-long Road Trip Reads Giveaway where we will be visiting all 50 states on the pages of recently released books. Because road trips are always better with friends – and books – right? So grab your fave snacks, a cold soda or bottled water, an upbeat playlist and let’s head back to the islands!
today’s stop: Hawai’i
HER ISLAND HOMECOMING by Anna J. Stewart
SERIES: Hawaiian Reunions #1
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean & Wholesome)
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: May 23, 2023
If she stays…
Will he stay too?
From sand in his shoes to a gecko eating his dinner, Theo Fairfax is way outside his comfort zone in Hawai’i. Sent to convince pilot Sydney Calvert to sell the tour company she just inherited, he finds himself being won over by the tight-knit community, the natural wonders and Sydney’s free-spirited beauty. Could exploring their growing feelings lead to a future as magical as a tropical sunset?
USA TODAY Bestselling Author
From Harlequin Heartwarming: Wholesome stories of love, compassion and belonging.
Ahhh…Sweet, Small-town Hawai’i
by Anna J. Stewart, author of Her Island Homecoming
Shortly before writing the last two books of my Butterfly Harbor series for Harlequin Heartwarming, I knew it was time to pitch a new idea to my editor. She and I went back and forth and, when my original idea simply didn’t work, I knew the time had come to dive deep into a teeny idea I’d had in the back of my mind for a while. Hawai’i, here we come!
I’ve had a love affair with Hawai’i since I was eight years old. That was the year my mother, grandmother, and I spent Christmas in Kona, on the Big Island. I have such vivid memories of hillsides filled with poinsettias, of Christmas music played on ukuleles, of twinkling lights strung amidst palm trees that swayed in the tropical sun. This was the year I learned to swim (I have a minor water phobia). It was also the first (and last) year I wore a bikini. Most of all, I remember feeling as if I’d found my home away from home.
I’ve been back numerous times since then, most recently with my best friend, who had never visited before. Every single time my feet hit that land, or that water, it feels like coming home. This was the emotion and connection I was determined to capture in my new sweet romance series, Hawaiian Reunions. This will be a six book series (or more?) and takes place in my fictional town of Nalani. I set Nalani on the Big Island, only miles away from Kona where I spent that first trip. The central businesses are Ohana Odysseys, the local tour company devoted to providing their customers with the best island experience possible, and The Hibiscus Bay Resort. The resort boasts personalized, welcoming service and boasts a perfect view of the beach and easy access to the town of Nalani itself.
Creating Nalani was as important to me as creating the characters themselves. It is a character. The small shops—from The Hawaiian Snuggler (which offers homemade quilts and other fabric creations), to Hula Chicken (specializing in traditional island cuisine), to Sea & Breeze where customers can grab a shave ice in various flavors, boast a wide selection of offerings to visitors and residents. In addition to my heroes and heroines (Sydney Calvert is front and center of HER ISLAND HOMECOMING, book 1 in the series), there’s a cast of quirky characters who will make varied appearances throughout. There’s Kahlua the surfing pig, a friendly little gecko who gets up close and personal with Theo Fairfax, and Haki, a local woman determined to capture the tricky little menehune who love playing jokes on unsuspecting people.
The heart and soul of these books, of this series, is what the islands are all about: ohana. Family. The hospitality found on the islands is second to none. When you arrive, you are family. It’s why there’s really no word for goodbye. Aloha often means “until we meet again”.
I hope, when you read these books, you’ll find a new family of friends to cheer and root for, and couples to fall in love with. Consider this your invitation to take a quick page-turning trip to Nalani where you can enjoy the summer, the atmosphere, and the beautiful culture of the islands—all of which can be found beginning with HER ISLAND HOMECOMING.
Aloha. And mahalo.
USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J. Stewart can’t remember a time she didn’t have a book in her hands or a story in her head. Early obsessions with Star Wars, Star Trek, and Wonder Woman set her on the path to creating sweet to sexy pulse-pounding romances for her independent heroines. Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural addiction and two monstrous cats named Rosie and Sherlock. Connect with Anna on her website.
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What about you? What makes you want to read Her Island Homecoming by Anna J. Stewart? Have you ever visited Hawai’i?