Saturday, January 18, 2014

Jessica Stone's TROPICAL NIGHTS Blog Tour

Author:  Jessica Stone
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Publication Date:  January 17, 2014
Format:  eBook

Lucas Kent didn’t expect trouble to follow him to Honolulu. But danger, like love, is often where you least expect it.

Alicia Baker is a directionless diamond heiress nursing an obsession with detective novels when a real life investigation falls in her lap.

When Alicia finds out Lucas is a murder suspect, she tries to fight her growing attraction to him to solve this mystery. With the enemy hot on their trail, Lucas struggles to find his friend’s killer before the killer finds them.



Aloha! Today I thought I might share some Hawaiian words with you. Of course everyone speaks English in the islands, but these words and phrases are used commonly in conversation as well.

  1. Aloha -- of course you probably already know this one. It means goodbye as well as hello, but did you know that it is also used as an expression of love and the meaning of a way of life? Many people in Hawaii live life with the Aloha Spirit.
  2. Mahalo — thank you. It also can be used to express gratitude in general.
  3. Loco – crazy. Okay, so loco isn’t actually a Hawaiian word, but it’s used so often here that you should know what it means.
  4. Haole – foreigner. It used to be a disrespectful term meaning white person, but the meaning has softened over time and can be used to mean foreigner in general.
  5.  Da Kine – doodad. Thingamabob. Whatchamacallit. Literally pidgin for “the kind”. A very useful word that can be used for almost anything.
  6. Shaka – hang loose. This is actually the hand sign that you’ll see so often in Hawaii it’s sometimes printed on road signs! It’s made by extending the pinkie and thumb and curling the other fingers inward.
  7. Kapu – forbidden. It can mean Keep out or refer to the old system of Hawaiian laws. Ignore the word kapu at your own risk.
  8. Lanai – porch. There are lanais all over Hawaii because the weather is so beautiful. 
  9. Ono – delicious. My friend Kim likes to use it to refer to guys!
  10. Pau Hana – after work. This is one of my favorites. There are many pau hana specials in the bars and restaurants on Honolulu.

That’s all for today. Now when you visit the islands won’t stick out like a sore thumb. Unless, of course, you decide to wear a fanny pack and cover your nose with blue zinc oxide, but I can’t help you with that. Aloha!


Jessica Stone is an American writer currently living in Shanghai, China with her family. A lover of travel, she writes contemporary romance set in exotic locations around the globe. Her interests include classical history and literature, live music, and craft brewing.

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