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Haole Wood
A Novel
By Dee DeTarsio

Haole Wood is a Winner in the 2013 San Diego Book Awards (Romance) and a Finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Chick Lit).

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!


DEE DeTARSIO is an award-winning writer living in southern California. After growing up in Ennui, Ohio, and graduating from The 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!) She then became a producer/writer for the NBC affiliate.

Dee is a winner of the 2013 San Diego Book Awards and a finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Her novels include THE SCENT OF JADE, THE KITCHEN SHRINK (both finalists in the San Diego Book and Writing Awards),  'TIL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU, ROS, HAOLE WOOD, and just released, ALL MY RESTLESS LIFE TO LIVE.