Haole Wood

Haole Wood

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Maui . . . Murder . . . Mystery When Jaswinder Park is mysteriously summoned to the island of Maui in Hawaii to help out her grandmother (who was in jail for selling pakalolo), she ends up losing her job. This fair-haired, light-skinned foreigner, called 'haole' by the natives, drowns her sorrows in a local bar with a charming land developer--who ends up dead. Jaswinder needs to stay on the island to find the killer and prove it wasn't her grandmother.A blistering sunburn leads her to a surfing dermatologist, as well as a whole new career: designing protective resort clothing for sensitive skin. From launching her clothing line, Haole Wood, to keeping her grandmother out of trouble, Jaswinder learns to embrace the island way of life. Where's a guardian angel when you need one? Aloha! Winner: San Diego Book Awards, Romance Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist Readers' Choice Nominee, Books and Pals With homage to goddess authors Jojo Moyes and Colleen Hoover, Haole Wood shines a bright light on love and laughter.


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Haole Wood by Dee DeTarsio

Book Description

Haole Wood by Dee DeTarsio

The Indie Book of the Day for 29th June 2012!

Genre: Mystery, Beach Read

When San Diego weathercaster, Jaswinder Park, is mysteriously summoned to the island of Maui in Hawaii to help her grandmother, she ends up losing her job. This fair-haired, light-skinned foreigner, called haole by the natives, decides to stay in Maui for a couple of days until she can figure out what to do with her life. She realizes that her quick trip to Maui may not be all she’s hoping for when:

-She has to bail her Hawaiian/Korean grandmother out of jail for possession of pakalolo.

-The only thing she can understand her grandmother say is: “Not that.”

-She can’t decide which hurts worse, her sunburn, hangover, or memories of the night before.

-She’s labeled the “Liquor Licker” on the front page of the Maui News in a photo that shows her doing a shot of tequila with a hunky Hawaiian who’s been found dead.

-It seems she’s had orgasms that have lasted longer than her career.

-She scrapes the bottom of the barrel to find her guardian angel.

Beautiful fabric found in her grandmother’s closet unfolds a future for Jaswinder as she designs sensuous silky wraps called sunshminas that provide sun protection. She tries for a Hollywood connection, but her company, Haole Wood, has some growing pains. From trying to find a killer, to selling her sunshminas, to lusting after Dr. Jac, the island dermatologist, to trying to ignore her so-called guardian angel, can Jaswinder learn to embrace the island way of life? Aloha!

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IBD Verdict

Aloha! This one word perfectly describes Dee DeTarsio’s Haole Wood. The plot, the characters, the dialogues, the location, the humor, the mystery, the action, the drama, the romance… put them together and you get – the prefect beach read!

Book Insight

  • File Size: 416 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Just Publishing (May 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083J4AOC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled

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Dee DeTarsio is a television writer living in southern California.

After growing up in Ennui, Ohio, and graduating from Ohio State University she vowed ‘never to be cold again’ (in a tantrum more worthy of Suellen than Scarlett) and ended up in Tucson, Arizona, producing the news for the CBS affiliate, oddly enough called KOLD-TV. She moved to San Diego where she worked in the SeaWorld entertainment department as a producer/writer (penguins are mean!), before producing and writing for the NBC affiliate.

From the girl who ate too many potato chips, Dee is the author of women’s fiction novels, THE SCENT OF JADE and THE KITCHEN SHRINK (both finalists in the San Diego Book and Writing Awards),’TIL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU, ROS, and HAOLE WOOD.

Though her mother never beat her (that hard) and her father is not a celebrity, she suspects one of her four sisters is a vampire.

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