Blog Tour ~ Forged by Becky Banks
About Forged by Becky Banks
Release Date: October 26th, 2012
First loves, dark pasts, and fast cars collide in this high-octane adventure.
Eva Lynn Rodgers, the daughter of a mechanic, grew up with a need for speed. So did her best friend, and later boyfriend, Nathaniel Vellanova. But when Eva left the drizzling rain of Portland, Oregon, for a high-powered career in New York, she left both Nathaniel and her past behind.
Now Eva’s back, and her BMW—like her life in general—could use a little love. Her new mechanic is the right man for the job, but he’s got some scores to settle with the girl who peeled out for the East Coast when he needed her most.
It’s time for Eva and Nathaniel to confront their demons. Passionate and dangerous sparks ignite as Nathaniel’s brutal youth rises up and pulls Eva Lynn back to him—forging a bond that, this time, won’t be denied.
Becky’s Guest Post
The lovely Becky Banks has agreed to do a beautiful post about Maui, since she understands my love for Hawaii. Please read on, as she has put so much personal attention to this post. I’m so grateful and amazed!! Thank you so much, Becky!
Maui, the Valley Isle, is winner of Conde Nast’s Best Island in the World award 17 times. Maui, my home.
First, I want to give Jennifer a big mahalo for hosting me today. I’m on tour with my new book Forged, a high-octane romance both in and out of the bedroom, as one reader put it!
|My newest work, Forged.|
Jennifer and I chatted recently about this post and Jennifer you mentioned that you’d been to Hawai’i to the island of O’ahu but had yet to go to Maui. So with a little help from photos and links I’ve got a great post today enticing you to the isle I call home.
|Baby beach on the north shore of Maui.|
Maui, for those who like facts and figures is 727.2 square miles with 144,444 residents[via]. We export sugar cane (one of the last sugar mills still in operation, in the islands, is in Pu’unene) and sport a bustling tourism industry, though only if you visit!
|Pu’unene sugar mill on Maui. It’s one of the last sugar mills in operation in the islands.|
|Family friend surfing Waikiki in the early 1900’s.|
I was born on O’ahu, the island my family migrated to back in the late 1800’s when Hawai’i was still a sovereign nation, (learn more about Hawai’i’s history here) then moved to Maui with my family (grandparents, parents, uncles and aunts) when I was three. Coming from a long line of pro boaters, surfers and general water babes, we spent many long hours in the turquoise waters off the south side of the island. Along this side of the island there are quintessential palm trees, year round sun, excellent surfing and snorkeling to be had.
|Jaws, Maui. [via]|
Speaking of surfing, one of the places that I would pass by to go to high school was the legendary surf and windsurfing spots along the north coast: Jaws and Ho’okipa. Ho’okipa is known as the Windsurfing Capital of the World. With its unique geographical location at the base of Haleakala mountain, the wind comes howling down and into Ho’okipa every afternoon. Add warm Pacific water and weather that supports year round surfing and you’ve got a match made in heaven. On the same north shore, closer to where I grew up in Peahi (Ha’iku), is Jaws. A simple Google search in images for “Jaws surf” will show you why. Jaws is for lunatics. :0) Thrill seekers and surfers wanting to ride giants come to Jaws where they can hang-ten on thirty-plus foot waves. It inherited its name “Jaws” because there is no beach, only jagged rocks make up its shoreline, much like the jaws of a shark. A shark made up of unforgiving lava rock.
But for those of us who are of the more subtle variety of thrill seekers, the vast hiking trails, snorkeling spots and waterfalls are more up your alley.
Here’s a list of things to do for the everyday Maui visitor:
|Waimoku Falls [via]|
- visit/hike Haleakala or Iao
- drive the road to Hana for shave ice and waterfalls!
- visit the black sand beach and caves of Waianapanapa State Park
- hike through bamboo forests to Waimoku Falls
- eat guri-guri
- get lei’d
- eat fresh sugar cane/pineapple/guavas/mangos/avocados/coconuts/lychee, and of course you have to try ahi poke and the million other fresh caught fish!
- attend a lu’au
- learn hula
- lay on the beach
- hang glide
For more info visit the Maui Tourism website here.
Now, how to do all this on a budget? There are many ways to do it, but here are a few tricks: rent a place (with a kitchenette) from VRBO.com on the beach (in Kihei, Wailea, Lahaina), rent a junker car from Kimo’s Rent a Car (they work, A/C rocks but they look like hell), and sign-up for emails from Alaska Air or Hawaiian (they’ll email you when they run specials for your favorite Hawai’i destinations). Alaska is notorious for offering $189 (one-way) tix from PDX (Portland, Oregon) to OGG (Kahului, Maui). All you have left is to hit COSTCO on your way out of town and you’re set! Oh, and looking for a good place to eat? Use your Yelp app on your phone – there are great places for fresh local food just about everywhere. Though don’t miss the Pa’ia Fishmarket fish and chips, Grandmas Coffee House in Kula for kickass breakfast grinds, and Fish Market Maui in Lahaina for the best fresh ahi poke on the island, yeah I said that, the best.
And finally, as for weather, anytime is a good time to go. Just pack your slippah’s and bathing suit (and SUNSCREEN!!). A hui ho~
Mahalo nui loa Jennifer for having me – you all have been great!
Becky Banks is the award-winning author of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch. Her newest novel, Forged releases October 26th.
Becky Banks grew up, like the generations of Bankses before her, in the Hawaiian Islands. With the Islands as her roots, Becky was raised within the time-honored tradition of “talking story” amid a backdrop of grassy fields, blue waters, and cloud-clad mountains. She moved to the mainland after high school to attend Oregon State University, where she studied forestry, natural resources, and science education.
She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband Keith.
Becky’s first novel, The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, received Night Owl Reviews’ Top Pick Award and achieved #8 on the Amazon Bestsellers list for Historical Romance
|Available through Amazon Oct. 26.|
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