Romance author duo Anna Gomez and Kristoffer Polaha appeared on screen in Times Square, Midtown Manhattan this week, high above the ground on the Nasdaq MarketSite tower. They were seen along with the book covers of their new hit series, From Kona with Love. Book one, Moments Like This, debuted in March 2021, and book two, Where the Sun Rises, is coming March 29, 2022, from Vesuvian Media’s Rosewind Books.

With the popularity of Moments Like This (read our review here), Where the Sun Rises has become a highly anticipated follow-up, depicting multicultural romance, love, loss and redemption woven into a family saga set in the beautiful islands of Hawaii. Though connected, each installment in the From Kona with Love series can be read as a standalone. The series falls into the genre of clean romance and is best known for its lush island backdrops. Says Publisher’s Weekly of the first installment, “Gomez and Polaha’s descriptions of Hawaii are postcard-worthy. The breezy pace and gorgeous setting will stoke readers’ wanderlust.”

Where the Sun Rises promises to whisk readers away to the idyllic island of Kauai. Protagonists Maele Moana and Adam Yates meet at the wedding of Maele’s friend Andie, where they are paired up in the wedding party to walk down the aisle together. Their worlds couldn’t be more different; Maele is the daughter of a plantation worker, and Adam is the son of one of the richest men in Oahu. They do have one thing in common, though: big dreams. Dreams that will take them to two opposite shores. But that’s not the only obstacle they must overcome.

Adam inspires Maele to face her fears, and she restores his faith in redemption. Yet with love comes sacrifice, and the goals they’ve worked so hard for may end up tearing them apart. Ultimately, Where the Sun Rises is a story about overcoming adversity, the promise of young love, and the valor in letting go.

The book is available for preorder at the retailers below.

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About Anna Gomez:

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 Global Chief Accounting Officer and International Chief Financial Officer for a leading global Data and Analytics company. Gomez is involved with several organizations, including Breathe For Justice and The Jensen Project, both focused on socio-economic issues, particularly violence against women and human trafficking. Anna is also an active participant of the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, where she supports the next generation of young women entrepreneurs.

Under the pen name Christine Brae, Gomez 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 at number one across multiple categories.

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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 has a featured role opposite Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984 and the forthcoming Jurassic World: Dominion. He has also appeared in numerous independent features. Polaha was born in Reno, Nevada, and is married to actress Julianne Morris. They have three sons.