Faux Mai Tai by Z.A. Maxfield + Giveaway

faux mai tai


Hi everyone! Thanks so much for welcoming me to the Dreamspinner Press Blog.

The Plummet to Soar books are a series of affiliated stories, super loosely based around “Plummet To Soar”, a fictional self-help book written by Mackenzie Detweiler, the hero of book one.

Each of the books features some person touched by reading “Plummet to Soar”, whose life has changed because they were forced to rethink what they have and what they want from life. They can be read as a series or as standalone novels and they range in style from farce to emotionally intense. While not overly erotic they are sensual, romantic, and liberally sprinkled with humor. They all end in an HEA or HFN.

In Hawai’i Five Uh-Oh, Theo Hsu goes home to Hawai’i. He’s tired of living in Wisconsin, tired of snow. He wants to reconnect with family. He joins the Honolulu PD. His deepest desire is to live a simple, joy-filled life and help others. If he can do that and get with lifelong best friend and secret man crush Koa Palapiti, that would totally seal the happiness deal.

Theo’s a cop. Koa’s the detective. But right away Theo has to clear up some mysteries—like why is Koa blowing hot and cold? What’s the deal with his partner, Freddie Ortiz? And is Koa a bit of a kinkhound now? Cross your fingers and hang on tight, because Theo’s back in town, and he’s going to get what he came for!

I love all things tropical, so I’m adding the recipe for a delicious Faux Mai Tai to drink while you read. It’s a mocktail, so you can get your work done. (Or add rum. I won’t tell). Ordinarily Mai Tais are made with dark rum, amber rum, and Cointreau liqueur (or sometimes Triple Sec, a bitterish, clear, orange-flavored liqueur.)

I won’t tell you this is going to replace your go-to Mai Tai. But you will feel like you’re sunning yourself on a beach somewhere. *Maybe. **If you have an awesome imagination.

1 c. lemon-lime soda.
1/2 c. pineapple juice.
1 c. orange juice.
2 Tbsp. grenadine.
One drop almond extract
1 jar maraschino cherries, stemless (to garnish)
1 orange, sliced (to garnish)
2 limes, cut into wedges (to garnish)

Fill old fashioned glasses halfway with ice. Mix lemon-lime soda, pineapple juice, orange juice, almond extract and grenadine.

Whatever you do, only use ONE scant DROP of almond extract. That one drop might even overpower you. If you don’t love almonds, (as much as I do) omit it entirely.

(Did you know grenadine is supposed to be made with pomegranates? Antioxidants are good for you…)

Use the maraschino cherries, a slice of orange, and a wedge of lime to garnish. Then put on your sunglasses and prepare for a trip to Waikiki with Theo and Koa!

Serves two, so go make a new friend!

Best wishes for a happy holiday season and the very finest of New Years!



Check out Hawaii Five Uh-Oh today!



Universal link for Hawai’i Five Uh-oh: books2read.com/u/3R1Opx



Sarcastic cop Theo Hsu returns home to Hawai‘i after realizing he wants more from his life, and also, less. He hopes to reconnect with his past and make amends with his mother, who remarried a cool, distant man, leaving Theo unsure where he stands.

It doesn’t take him long to figure out where he wants to stand, though: right next to his childhood best friend, tattooed detective Koa Palapiti. Theo would like to upgrade their relationship, but Koa is putting out some seriously mixed signals. It’s a mystery Theo can’t let go, but just as they start to connect, kidnapping, murder, and a deadly game with international stakes get in the way. Koa wants to keep Theo out of it, and if it comes to a choice between him and Koa’s partner, Freddie Ortiz, Theo doesn’t like his chances.

But even if Koa wants to push him out of the investigation, and his life, Theo still has a few tricks up his sleeve. It’ll take all his special gifts, ingenuity, risk-taking, family ties—and even some kinky undercover work—to save the day… and the man he never should’ve let get away.


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Author Bio:

Z.A. Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back.  Pathologically disorganized, and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. Three things reverberate throughout all her stories: Unconditional love, redemption, and the belief that miracles happen when we least expect them.

If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four can find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”

Readers can visit ZAM at her Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon


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