Kiss on the Beach: 2 days away!

Kiss on the Beach by Shelley AdinaThe third novella in the Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop series – Kiss on the Beach – comes out on Friday!

Bittersweet is only an acquired taste if you haven’t been craving it half your life …

Jamie Finlayson can’t imagine a more magical place than Corsair’s Cove. His family has deep roots here—in fact, the legendary pirate Ruadh Jem Finlayson was an ancestor. All Jamie has ever wanted is to build homes where other people can put down their own roots. If only the woman he’s loved since high school shared his dreams and hopes! But she left the moment she could to chase her own dreams.

Brynn Kato is CFO of Ocean Technology, the first woman ever to be appointed to the executive staff of the tech company. Why now, of all times, does she have to go back to Corsair’s Cove? Her only connections with the place are her cousins and a weird inheritance—one quarter of a haunted chocolate shop. She’ll sell her share and leave the town behind—again. The last thing she expects is a reunion with a certain carpenter who has only grown more attractive since her junior-high crush on him. She’ll just overlook the thing about the ghosts.

Can the high-powered but lonely executive and the homebuilder without a home find their way to what each needs most? Or will his sweetness and her bitterness be as incompatible as chocolate and lemon cream? And as the veil between worlds becomes thinner with the approach of Halloween, the Wolf of the West is getting more desperate in his quest to bring the last members of his family to true love …

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I had a lot of fun writing this story–particularly because it has close ties to the Cove’s checkered and somewhat bloody past. The mystery of what happened to Belle Lafitte–or what people think happened– changes Jamie’s life. Of course, Jamie changes Brynn’s, too. That’s what happens in Corsair’s Cove, you know. The past, the present, love and loyalty … they all work like magic on the people who live there …

I hope you’ll enjoy Kiss on the Beach!

Climbing Mount TBR

Most of my friends have a pile of books in the house that we call Mount TBR (To Be Read). I bet you have one, too … books from your book club, maybe, that you didn’t get around to. Books that folks at the office are reading. Books that grabbed your attention as you were walking past in the bookstore.

I fall into the third camp, and also a fourth: Books That Feed My Brain and Might Come in Handy Someday. Here is a picture of that TBR pile just at the moment (its size fluctuates depending on what I’m working on):

To Be Read pile How To Read Water. Now, there’s a title. I was walking through a train station bookstore in London and that one grabbed my eye. From puddles to oceans, it’s about how to read liquid movement and the effects of wind and tide. As a person who grew up on an island on the west coast, the tides become part of you. Can we do such-and-such today? The tide will be low at noon. Okay, then let’s do such-and-such!

When you’re writing about Corsair’s Cove, water and tides are part of life, and can make interesting details in a story. They can even affect the plot. And how about American Sailing Ships? That one ties right in with water and tides. I’ve loved the sight of sailing ships since I was a child. From the shape of a hull to the names of sails, I look forward to learning about the ships that our characters might have spent their lives on.

And the books about the supernatural in New Mexico and the southwest? Well, those are for Mysterious Devices, my new steampunk mystery series, written as Shelley Adina, launching around the end of this year. Because you never know what’s going to happen in the Weird West!