Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Join us every day this week and meet some fascinating Women with definite views on shoes, sex and significant others!

HEROINE:    Annie Kalani
Home town:   Waikiki, Hawaii

Q:   Which do you prefer --Jimmy Choos or flats? Why?

ANNIE:  Jimmy Choos are actually part of my regular work attire. I'm a wedding coordinator so when the bride and groom arrive I need to be ready to go. Most often, I'll wear a light-colored sheath dress and my nude Jimmy Choos. Taking them off at the end of the night for a quiet walk on the beach is one of my favorite things. During the weekend, you'll usually find me in slippers (that's flip-flops to all of you on the mainland). 

Q:  Does sex mean love?

ANNIE:  Sex can mean love, but sometimes it's just about having a really good time. I wouldn't say I'm the most adventurous woman, but I have my moments. I just make sure I stick to my rule: no sleeping with the wedding guest. Ever. 

Q:  Does love mean marriage?

ANNIE:  This is a tough one for a coordinator to answer because I'm not sure that I'm going to say what couples want to hear. Love and marriage can be wonderful things, but I've seen countless weddings that are all fantasy. The real question is, can the couple make it when it stops being about the wedding day and becomes all about married life? I've seen too many marriages end in divorce (including my mother who threw my deadbeat dad out of the house). I would say love can mean marriage but the two things don't always go hand in hand. 

Q:   What attracted you first to the hero?

ANNIE:  Chris is... Chris. He's gorgeous, just a little rough around the edges, and looks great in a tux. He likes to tease me, and I need someone who is going to stand up to me (I'm sometimes quiet but I've never been accused of being shy). But what really attracted me was his cooking. During our first night together, he walked into my kitchen and started cooking for me. I think that was when I started to fall in love, even if I didn't realize it at the time. The man definitely cooks with love for the people he loves. 

Q:  If you and your hero were stuck in an elevator, how would you pass the time?

ANNIE:  Ummm... legal, not going to get us arrested things? We'd probably wind up swapping classic movie quotes, but we wouldn't be stuck long. I'm fully prepared to manage a crisis--wedding-related or not--from my phone no matter where I am. I'd probably be pulling strings to get us unstuck while Chris leans against the wall, quietly laughing at me. But really, why else would I have the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association president’s number in my phone? I did his daughter's wedding a few years ago. ♥

No man has ever made no-nonsense wedding planner Annie Kalani want to break her biggest rule: don’t get involved with the guests. That is until she meet hot LA chef Chris Benson. But Annie soon realizes that her one night of sex on the beach could mean risking it all.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Julia Kelly writes contemporary and historical romances about smart women and the men who love them. During the day, Julia is an Emmy-nominated producer who chases breaking news and bosses reporters around for a New York City television station. She never met a pair of stilettos she didn't love and stays up much too late reading. Her book ONE WEEK IN HAWAII releases May 19th.


  1. Julia. Great Heroine Q&A. I especially love it when Annie doesn't give the obvious response to what they'd do if stuck in an elevator together. The obvious would be a hot and heavy all-over-each-other scene. You choose to give us an insight into Annie's character and she's got more to her than hormones or any other kind of moans. She's on the phone handling the situation and getting them unstuck. Makes me like her even more than if she went sexy. Though I'm sure that happens in your story too. Meanwhile her man is leaning against the wall chuckling about her super efficient response. This is a relationship that interests us deeper than the surface. Good for you Julia. And good for you Annie too.

  2. :) "Legal...not going to get us arrested things?" Sounds like me.