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!

Real friends celebrate success

dragon chaliceIn the life of every writer (if they are very lucky) are a few good friends who cheer writing victories and bolster confidence when Fortune’s wheel doesn’t spin the right way. I have a couple of these people, and I value them more than I can say. For instance, they remind me to celebrate the wins. From inside the author’s viewpoint, it’s far too easy to see only the hurdles that must be navigated. Success is history, soon forgotten the moment the next challenge comes along.

It’s even better when that celebration comes when it’s least expected. I went for dinner shortly after the release of Kiss at the Cove, Lee McKenzie’s novella in the Chocolate Shop series. My friend had made an excellent dinner, and had used the cocktail recipe at the back of the book to celebrate the start of the series. Of course, in recognition of my love of all things gothic, I got it in a dragon chalice. It’s great when people know me so well!!

The cocktail was delicious and certainly worth checking out!