Pre-release Moments Like This (From Kona With Love) by by Anna Gomez & Kristoffer Polaha and Meet the Authors

I guess if you lose everything and have to start over, there are worst places than Hawaii to do it.

Moments Like This (From Kona With Love) by by Anna Gomez & Kristoffer Polaha will release the 9 of March in the Adult, Contemporary, Romance genre.

After Andrea “Andie” Matthews chooses her career over a marriage proposal and then loses a promotion she worked so hard for, she jumps at the chance to take a break and help run a friend’s coffee shop. Alone in Hawaii, Andie befriends the staff and quickly grows to care for them, making her determined to revive the company.

As luck would have it, she meets the mysterious Warren Yates on Christmas Eve. They share a cup of coffee, some conversation, and even a moment, which leads to many more in the coming weeks.

But when Andie learns who Warren really is—and what he actually wants—she is torn between her feelings and his deception.

Will Warren be able to win her heart back?



AUTHOR BIO:Kristoffer Polaha is best-known for his long starring role in the critically acclaimed series Life Unexpected (The CW). Other TV series credits include Get Shorty with Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd, the limited series Condor opposite William Hurt and Max Irons, The CW’s Ringer (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Valentine, as well as North Shore (FOX).

In addition to co-starring with Rainn Wilson in Backstrom (FOX), he had a multi-season role on the acclaimed series Mad Men (AMC) and Castle (ABC). Polaha is also well-known for starring in Hallmark Channel movies such as Dater’s Handbook with Meghan Markle, and the Mystery 101 franchise on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Polaha first received attention for his portrayal of John F. Kennedy, Jr. in the TV movie, America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story, opposite Portia de Rossi. He has appeared in numerous independent features, including Where Hope Grows, Devil’s Knot (Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon), and the Tim Tebow film, Run the Race.

Polaha has a featured role opposite Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984 and in Jurassic World: Dominion.

In addition to his work as an actor, producer, and director, Polaha is branching into the book world by co-authoring a new series. He is also involved with several charitable organizations, including being an ambassador for World Vision, a board member for HerArtsInAction, and The Polaha Family Circus Foundation.

Polaha was born in Reno, Nevada, and he is married to actress Julianne Morris. They have three sons.

When I see a book with two authors, I’m always curious how they make it work. So, how do you work on a book together?

Kristoffer: Anna and I are really lucky. We work so well together because Anna is a genius at saying “yes, and,” like it’s great or let’s improve it. She’s endlessly encouraging every time I come to the table with ideas, and she’s equally excited to add to those ideas. In the beginning, we agreed that everything we put into this book would be split right down the middle. It doesn’t matter who wrote more or less, or who was in a mood to hash out more words one day and not the other. We aren’t concerned about credit or who wrote what. Anna has a great voice and I took it as my job to find a voice in me that was similar to hers. To ride along. 

Anna:  I’m pretty sure this kind of collaboration doesn’t happen often, and Kristoffer and I probably take it for granted that everything is this easy. But I have always believed in a higher being with a grand plan, and how we all fit together when things are meant to be. I do want to point out that we do put a lot of heart and soul in our work. I mean, we make sure we take the time to focus on this project no matter whatever else is going on in our lives. We gave each other the freedom to text or call any time an idea pops up or a question arises while we are writing our respective chapters. I don’t think I could ever be as open with my work, my words or even my mistakes as I am with just anybody. We built solid trust early on. I think that has helped us tremendously.

I think we bring out the best in each other.

Anna Gomez was born in the city of Makati, Philippines and educated abroad. She met and married her best friend who whisked her away to Chicago over twenty years ago. She is Chief Financial Officer for Leo Burnett Worldwide, a global advertising company founded in 1935. In her capacity, Anna serves on the board of several not-for-profit organizations, namely the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Organization and Girl Scouts of America. She is also the executive sponsor for a number of employee resource groups focused on Diversity and Inclusion.

Under the pen name Christine Brae, Anna has published six novels, has an established fan base, and a dedicated following. Her titles rank in the Top 100 months following their release. Her last three novels, In This Life, Eight Goodbyes, and The Year I Left, have won literary awards and were immediate bestsellers on Amazon, ranking #1 across multiple categories.


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