Winner: 2013 San Diego Book Awards, Romance!2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist!
"Haole Wood is a fun read with lots of local flavor and a heroine who's desperately trying to find a way to stop making bad choices. It's a story of overcoming cultural differences and coming of age. But most of all, it's an enjoyable mystery written with wit and an eye on the ultimate story goal--entertaining the reader." - Examiner.com
"5-Stars! ...An outstanding story and remarkable characters, but Haole Wood alsogave me an intriguing culture and setting." - My Reading Room
"Haole Wood has the perfect blend of sassy and sarcastic humor and exciting and crazy situations." - The Indie Bookshelf
"The plot, the characters, the dialogues, the location, the humor, themystery, the action, the drama, the romance... put them together and youget - the perfect beach read!" - Indie Book of The Day
"In addition to being something of a mystery...this is a romance...a sweet, delightful, fun book. Jaswinder is sassy and feisty, bless her. And her voice is so real." - Cupcake On Books
"...Filled with all the Aloha spirit that makes you sit back, relax, pull up alounge, and enjoy a mai tai while reading it." - Chick Lit Central
"The writing style worked pretty well for me. In the beginning of the book, I like the voice – smooth and easy with a laid back, humorous style. I finished the book still liking the voice . . . It also satisfied my craving for something different which, after so many years of reading romances is sometimes difficult to do." - Dear Author“This is one of those books that once you read it, you will be handing it around to your girlfriends, saying READ this—it's hilarious and sweet and inspiring at the same time! The book is also begging to be made into a movie!" - Bless Their Hearts Mom Blog
"Jaswinder's "coming of age" will resonate with readers as she embraces her Hawaiian heritage. I commend DeTarsio for her spot on references to surfing, tourism, and pidgin (local slang). Recommended read for those who are curious about Hawaiian culture, island life, and where fate can lead." - SOS Aloha
"Can Jaswinder save her Halmoni? Can Jaswinder save herself? You'll just have to read this utterly charming book to find out. Read this book if you need a laugh, and read it if you need a vacation." - Carol K. Carr, author of India Black, Madam of Espionage Mysteries
by Dee DeTarsio
When San Diego weathercaster, Jaswinder Park, is mysteriously summoned to the island of Maui in Hawaii to help her grandmother (who was in jail for selling pakalolo), she ends up losing her job. This fair-haired, light-skinned foreigner, called ‘haole’ by the natives, decides to stay in Maui until she can figure out what to do with her life. She tries to drown her sorrows in a local bar, doing shots with a charming land developer — who ends up dead. Jaswinder needs to find the killer and prove it's not her grandmother.
A blistering sunburn leads her to a surfing dermatologist, as well as a whole new career: designing protective resort clothing for sensitive skin. From launching her clothing line, Haole Wood, to keeping her grandmother out of trouble, Jaswinder tries to embrace the island way of life. Where’s a guardian angel when you need one? Aloha!