summer was made for reading

My hubby and I have been together for more years than I care to count. Somewhere during our early time together we developed a habit that pretty much has stayed with us. That is, we read the same book, more or less, around the same time and then sit for hours thoroughly vetting it. Back when we first got together, he liked stuff like The Hobbit and was responsible for finally getting me to read it. Once I did, I fell in love wbooksith the world Tolkien had created. His famous trilogy, Lord of the Rings, might’ve been the first trilogy I ever read, and yes, each book was a cliffhanger, and I LOVED that about them!! We read the books together, even read them aloud to our son. These days we trade genres. We listen to true crime or mysteries the same way we watch movies on Netflix or Prime and with certain TV shows (most recently Goliath) by discussing the heck out of them. We go over the characters, the pace, what we would’ve done differently, and re-read or re-watch the ones we like best. From one book lover to another, summer is our finest hour. During the land of reruns and the lack of anything good on TV, we can always crack open a book. We relish the search through our Kindle for something we haven’t yet tried. Or we load something new on the iPad and get comfy in bed. While we dissect the plot lines and laugh at the characters, we’re still connecting. After all these years, we still enjoy what began a long time ago…our love for books.

 

 

Lavender Beach

                             There is courage in each step no matter how small.

After losing her leg in Iraq, it’s been an uphill battle for Eastlyn Parker. When Nick and Cord decide to confront her in Bakersfield, the ex-helicopter pilot reluctantly agrees that starting over in Pelican Pointe might be the only option for her. It won’t be easy though. She has other more serious problems that go beyond her low self-esteem.Lavender Beach

After a long absence, Cooper Richmond has come back to his childhood home. In an attempt to escape his own painful memories, he’s traveled the world over as a photographer. But no matter where he goes, he’s locked in an emotional void. His approach to life is merely to get by. He does that with his books and his train store and by keeping to himself.

But when Eastlyn shows up at Cooper’s shop, their brief encounter blossoms into attraction. Both are cautious. Both have trust issues. But if these two have the courage to leave behind their baggage once and for all, and set their sights on the future, there may still be hope for a happy ending.

Eighth in the award-winning Pelican Pointe Series.

Keeping Cape Summer

Ocean. Sand. Long summer nights. A sexy Cape Cod escape.

What could possibly go wrong?

Simon Bremmer has put war and the Army behind him. He’s living the good life stateside in Pelican Pointe. He’s doing what he loves. His business is booming. He has no complaints. But all that is about to change when he gets a visit from a Boston lawyer. She not only drops a bombshell but delivers a package he never expected.

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Release Date: May 29, 2018

Single mom, Gilly Grant, has given up on men. She’s trying to raise her three-year-old son by herself and deal with her mother, who has suddenly developed complicated health issues. When Simon walks into the hospital on her shift, the world as she knows it tilts toward a love she never wanted or expected.

Together these two will forge a bond that grows deeper until one night it’s all put to the ultimate test. Will Simon be able to pull Pelican Pointe back from the brink of tragedy? Will he be able to save its future? Will he be able to come through for the people he loves?

For this former sniper who’s tried so hard to put the war behind him and live a normal life, he may find it all too much, because this time everything he loves hangs in the balance.

 

Eleventh in the award-winning Pelican Pointe Series.

Sea Glass Cottage

You can only run so far before you have to stand and fight. 

Secretive and mysterious, Isabella Rialto arrives in Pelican Pointe with little fanfare. All she wants is to find solace, shelter, and live a quiet life in Sea Glass Cottage. What she SGC EBOOK COVERgets instead is Thane Delacourt, an ex-NFL jock who’s come back home to raise his little boy.

From their first meeting, sparks fly. The last thing Isabella needs is a bunch of messy complications. And Thane’s leery of making one more relationship mistake. Plus, he has Jonah to think about. But that’s nothing compared to Isabella’s past, a past that may come back to haunt her. Knowing they deserve better as a couple, Isabella is determined to put an end to the fear. But will their love be enough to ensure a future together? Or will the trust they’ve built crumble around them at the first sign of trouble?

Seventh in the award-winning Pelican Pointe Series.

Last Chance Harbor

Twenty years ago, a pair of lovers disappear into the night to begin a new life. But is that really what happened?

New principal Julianne Dickinson is overseeing the renovation of the brand-new Last Chance Harborelementary school when an old wooden box surfaces among the rubble. Curiosity as to how it got there leads her to a disturbing theory about the two young lovers and their vanishing act so many years earlier. When the mystery becomes too much, and she realizes she’s making waves, Julianne looks for help in an unlikely ally.

Ryder McLachlan is happy to be back working in construction again. His attraction to the alluring Julianne makes him uncomfortable, mainly because the two have so little in common. She’s classy, educated, and way out of his league. But when he gets pulled into the perplexing riddle of the box, the pair begins digging into what happened the night the lovers went missing. With each clue, the past begins to get uglier. And it might be more than this small town can handle. How many lives will unravel? And will the truth finally bring healing?

The sixth book in the award-winning Pelican Pointe Series

closet to reading nook

A room without books is like a body without a soul. 

~ Cicero

Harry Potter had his own little cupboard under the stairs. He lived there, dreamed there, dreamed of getting away from his despicable aunt and uncle and cousin Dudley. While fans certainly felt sorry for Harry having to exist in such a depressing, cramped space, there’s an upside to having your own little niche, maybe something not quite so…dark and dreary and dank. images.jpg

I’m always searching for weird little DIY projects—benches to make or ways to upcycle stuff. On my latest march through Pinterest, I ran across how to turn a closet into a reading nook. No kidding. Before you think I’ve gone and lost what little of my mind I have left, it isn’t such a bad idea. And they’re so cute that even Harry Potter might’ve traded in his drab cubbyhole for one of these little nooks with books. Having a cool place to hang out and read, a place to drift into a story doesn’t sound so bad when it’s been refabbed into a kid’s special little library. Okay, I don’t know. Maybe it’s a girl thang. But giving the kids a place to read makes it seem like reading might really be important.

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