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Words and WineWords and Wine – Monthly Author Event

January 3, 2017 @ 6PM

Each month Kona Stories hosts an event with local and traveling authors. This event happens the First Tuesday evening of the month starting at 6 PM. Authors are available to talk story while you are getting your plate of appetizers and glass of complimentary wine. Authors then give a 15 minute talk about their book and themselves, the writing and publishing process or a short reading from the book. After all the authors presentations there is a time for individual questions and book signings with the authors. Expect 3 -5 authors to attend each month and the evening to wrap up around 9 PM. Dress is Aloha casual wear.


Amy ReadeAmy M. Reade, a recovering lawyer, lives in southern New Jersey, though she wishes she lived in Hawaii. She’s been visiting the Aloha State every year since 1995 and plans to live on the Island of Hawaii when her kids are grown. She is the USA Today bestselling author of Secrets of Hallstead HouseThe Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, and House of Hanging Jade (set on the Island of Hawaii). She is currently working on Book Three of The Malice Novels, a series set in the United Kingdom. The first book in the series, The House on Candlewick Lane, will be released in February, 2017. She loves cooking, reading, and traveling.


House of the Hanging JadeIn House of the Hanging Jade a dark presence had invaded the Jorgensens' house. On a spectacular bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, something evil is watching and waiting.

Tired of the cold winters in Washington, D.C. and disturbed by her increasingly obsessive boyfriend, Kailani Kanaka savors her move back to her native Big Island of Hawaii. She also finds a new job as personal chef for the Jorgensen family. The gentle caress of the Hawaiian trade winds, the soft sigh of the swaying palm trees, and the stunning blue waters of the Pacific lull her into a sense of calm at the House of Hanging Jade--an idyll that quickly fades as it becomes apparent that dark secrets lurk within her new home. Furtive whispers in the night, a terrifying shark attack, and the discovery of a dead body leave Kailani shaken and afraid. But it's the unexpected appearance of her ex-boyfriend, tracking her every move and demanding she return to him, that has her fearing for her life.


Cindy SampleAlthough Cindy Sample’s initial dream was to be a mystery writer, she put aside her literary longings for a weekly paycheck, landing a job as a receptionist.  Her career eventually led to the position of CEO of a nationwide mortgage banking company.

After one too many corporate mergers, Cindy found herself plotting murder instead of plodding through paperwork.  Her experiences with on-line dating sites fueled the concept for her first mystery, Dying for a Date.  The sequel, Dying for a Dance, a finalist for the 2012 LEFTY award for best humorous mystery, and winner of the 2012 NCPA best fiction award, is based on her adventures in the glamorous world of ballroom dancing.  Cindy thought her protagonist, Laurel McKay, needed a vacation in Hawaii and thus Dying for a Daiquiri was created.  Never has research been so much fun.

Cindy is past president of the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime.  She has served on the boards of the Sacramento Opera, YWCA and the California Mortgage Bankers Assn.  She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America.

Cindy has two wonderful adult children who live too far away.  She loves chatting with readers so feel free to contact her on any forum.

Dying for a DonutIn Dying for a Donut we find Laurel McKay spending an autumn afternoon munching on caramel apples and cinnamon donuts. It’s a good thing her daughter Jenna has landed a seasonal job at Apple Tree Farm and Bakery.

Then Laurel stumbles over the bakery owner coated in powdered sugar. Axel Thorson was a well-respected member of the community. Who wanted to sweeten him up?

When the police arrest the heartthrob grandson of the bakery manager, Jenna decides to help him by solving the case herself, a move that lands her in jail. With Laurel’s detective honey in another state, and her octogenarian grandmother threatening to chase down the culprit, what’s a soccer mom with a sweet tooth to do but go undercover.

Detecting among donuts should be a piece of cake, but not if Laurel discovers first-hand that sugar can kill you.


Hank WesselmanResearch paleoanthropologist Hank Wesselman is one of those rare cutting edge scientists who truly walks between the worlds. He did his undergraduate work, as well as his Master’s Degree, in Zoology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, then went on to receive his doctoral degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley.

A native New Yorker, he has spent much of his life living and working among traditional tribal peoples, primarily in Africa and Polynesia. He served in the US Peace Corps in the 1960's, living among people of the Yoruba Tribe in Western Nigeria for two years. It was there that he first became interested in indigenous spiritual wisdom.

Since 1971, he has conducted research with an international group of scientists, exploring eastern Africa's Great Rift Valley in search of answers to the mystery of human origins. During this time, he has worked alongside such worthies as Dr. Don Johanson, Lucy's discoverer; Professor Tim White, whose expeditions have been featured in several TIME magazine cover stories, as well as members of the famous Leakey family. He is one of the primary investigators involved in the discovery of the "Ardi" sites (Ardiptithecus ramidus) in Ethiopia--recently revealed to be the famous missing link between humans and apes that Charles Darwin predicted would be found in Africa. Hank's research is involved with the paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the sites (4-6 million years old) at the time they were laid down.

Hank is also a shamanic student, practitioner and teacher, now in the 28th year of his apprenticeship.

Re-EnchantmentShamanism is a method, not a religion, Dr. Hank Wesselman writes. When practiced with humility, reverence, and self-discipline, the shaman s path can become a way of life, one that may enrich our experience beyond measure. With The Re-Enchantment, this leading teacher offers a compelling road map to help us restore our sense of wonder, reconnect with our true sources of healing and power, and take part in the new transformational movement that is changing our world.


Event date: 
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
78-6831 Alii Drive
Suite 142
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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House of the Hanging Jade Cover Image
ISBN: 9781601835598
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - April 26th, 2016

Presentor at Words and Wine in January 2017

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Dying for a Donut Cover Image
By Karen Phillips (Illustrator), Cindy Sample
ISBN: 9781518633744
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 20th, 2015

Presentor at Words and Wine in January 2017

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The Re-Enchantment: A Shamanic Path to a Life of Wonder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781622035595
Availability: Backordered
Published: Sounds True - December 1st, 2016

Presentor at Words and Wine in January 2017