Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Spotlight and Giveaway: The Aloha Spirit

Today we are featuring The Aloha Spirit by Linda Ulleseit. Thanks to SparkPoint Studio, we have FIVE copies to give away!

The spirit of aloha is found in Hawaii’s fresh ocean air, the flowers, the trade winds . . . the natural beauty that smooth the struggles of daily life. In 1922 Honolulu, unhappy in the adoptive family that’s raised her, Dolores begins to search for that spirit early on―and she begins by running away at sixteen to live with her newlywed friend Maria.

Trying to find her own love, Dolores marries a young Portuguese man named Manolo His large family embraces her, but when his drinking leads to physical abuse, only his relative Alberto comes to her rescue―and sparks a passion within Dolores that she hasn’t known before. Staunch Catholics can’t divorce, however; so, after the Pearl Harbor attack, Dolores flees with her two daughters to California, only to be followed by both Manolo and Alberto. In California, Manolo’s drinking problems continue―and Alberto’s begin. Outraged that yet another man in her life is turning to the bottle for answers, Dolores starts to doubt her feelings for Alberto. Is he only going to disappoint her, as Manolo has? Or is Alberto the embodiment of the aloha spirit she’s been seeking?

Linda Ulleseit, born and raised in Saratoga, California, has an MFA in writing from Lindenwood University. She is a member of the Hawaii Writers Guild, Marketing Chair for Women Writing the West, and a founding member of Paper Lantern Writers. Linda is the author of Under the Almond Trees, which was a semifinalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Contest. Linda believes in the unspoken power of women living ordinary lives. Her books are the stories of women in her family who were extraordinary but unsung. She recently retired from teaching elementary school and now enjoys writing full-time, as well as cooking, leather-working, reading, gardening, spending time with her family, and taking long walks with her dogs. She currently lives in San Jose with her husband. They have two adult sons and two yellow Labradors.

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21 comments:

Nancy Payette said...

I always think of Magnum PI but it's easy to think about Tom Selleck. :)

Padmini Rao said...

I think of sunshinr

Melissa said...

I really loved one episode of Saved By the Bell, when the character Jesse Spano's father got married in Hawaii and she went to the wedding with her close friends.

Unknown said...

Thanks for posting this right on my novel's pub day! To celebrate, let me add an Aloha Spirit pen and autographed sticker for each winner. (Send me your address and I'll mail 'em out today)

Michelle L said...

From Here to Eternity....classic!

traveler said...

Hawaii by James Michener.

Suburban prep said...

I watched Magnum PI every now and again but I honestly can not think of one.

penney said...

I miss that show one of my favorite ones was Fantasy Island,
Penney

Mary C said...

Hawaii by James Michener

Danamichele84 said...

Lost....the scenery was so gorgeous

Rita Wray said...

I used to watch Magnum PI.

diannekc said...

Hawaii by James Michener

Nancy said...

I like the currently filmed series of Magnum PI. The setting is beautiful there!



Nancy
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Anonymous said...

Magnum, PI

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Mary Preston said...

HAWAII - James Michener book.

Cynthia said...

Magnum PI

rbooth43 said...

I agree with everyone else, Magnum PI and James Michener's Hawaii! Thanks for the chance! rbooth43(at)yahoo(dot)com

rubynreba said...

Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii

bn100 said...

Magnum PI

cindy r said...

I've been fortunate to make many trips to Hawaii. I consider myself blessed. It's my favorite place on earth, particularly Maui. Mahaolo.

Linda May said...

Magnum PI, I've always have been a big fan of Tom Selleck, who couldn't resist him. Thanks for your great generosity.