Blog Tour | Past the Breakers

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Summer’s on the horizon, and so is the release of Past the Breakers. My first novel follows a hauntingly handsome pro surfer and a down-on-his-luck chef as they try to co-exist in a quaint little beach house in a sleepy coastal town. Grab your Ouija board, wax your surf board, and join the séance on my blog tour!

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Release day | My Paradise Is You

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Happy release day to My Paradise Is You! I’m so happy with how this novella turned out, and I hope everyone who picks up a copy enjoys it as much as I do.

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When two very different men are stranded on a deserted island, will opposites attract, or will they end up killing each other—if the elements don’t get them first?

Marc Reed is an expert scuba diver and leads underwater tours of the infamous shipwrecks scattered around Bermuda. When a robbery forces him and his boss’s son—a man he despises on principle—to take shelter on an uncharted island, he might have to reassess his opinion of the spoiled snob.

Ian Blythe-Darcy II lives a life most would envy. He’s a trust fund kid being groomed to take over his father’s empire of hotels and resorts. But it’s not a life that matches what’s in his heart. He’s in the closet and engaged to a socialite he doesn’t love, but he’s about to get a crash course in being true to himself—and maybe learn money can’t buy happiness after all.

My Paradise Is You: Blog Tour

 

myparadiseisyou_fbbanner_dspAs spring approaches, what better way to shake off the winter blues than with two guys stuck in the most pristine of paradises. That’s what you’ll get with My Paradise Is You. The tropical setting of Bermuda is just what the scuba instructor ordered. So let’s dive right into the blog tour and get things heating up.

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My Paradise Is You – Now available for preorder

myparadiseisyouorig_final_01My DPS World of Love novella is now available for preorder ahead of it’s March 1st release! I’m super proud of this story,  and isn’t the cover just gorgeous? Bree Archer does amazing work. Be sure to reserve your copy today:

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When two very different men are stranded on a deserted island, will opposites attract, or will they end up killing each other—if the elements don’t get them first?

Marc Reed is an expert scuba diver and leads underwater tours of the infamous shipwrecks scattered around Bermuda. When a robbery forces him and his boss’s son—a man he despises on principle—to take shelter on an uncharted island, he might have to reassess his opinion of the spoiled snob.

Ian Blythe-Darcy II lives a life most would envy. He’s a trust-fund kid being groomed to take over his father’s empire of hotels and resorts. But it’s not a life that matches what’s in his heart. He’s in the closet and engaged to a socialite he doesn’t love, but he’s about to get a crash course in being true to himself—and maybe learn money can’t buy happiness after all.

Bermuda Basics

800px-bermuda_aerial_overall_view_1993After having a ridiculous amount of fun writing “Taming the Wyld,” I jumped at the chance to do it all over again with a novella set in the breathtaking isles of Bermuda. Its natural beauty offers the perfect backdrop for romance to flourish.

Here’s a very brief overview of the incredible setting I was lucky enough to procure!


Bermuda is an island chain and an archipelago, which is essentially the high outer rim of an under water volcano. It consists of 181 different islands-the biggest of which is usually referred to as Bermuda-that jet out from under the Atlantic Ocean. The collection of islands were formed by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that spits molten magma out from under the Earth’s tectonic plates. (Can you tell I was a Geology Major for 2 semesters?)

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The island was first discovered in 1505, but wasn’t immediately settled. It was sometimes used as a place to resupply ships on the passage over to the New World, famously to the failed Jamestown colony in Virginia, but it was officially claimed for the British crown in 1612.

It’s still a British Territory today and sits in the middle of the Atlantic where it makes up the top point of the Bermuda Triangle. Due to it’s strategic location, the island has a strong military history, both in regards to the United States and the world.

Bermuda has had many names in its past including La Garza, Virgineola, and my personal favorite, the Isle of Devils. It seems fitting considering the mysteries surrounding the infamous Triangle that bares its name. Though if you dig a little deeper, the reason for it being called the Isle of Devils was due to strange noises early visitors wrongly attributed to spirits and devils, noises that are now thought to have been made by birds.

It has a diverse population that includes decedents of Indigenous peoples from the East Coast of the United States and other islands in the West Indies, some of whom ended up in Bermuda after being sold into slavery. Africans and decedents of slaves and indentured servants were also brought to Bermuda during the slave trade. And being a British Territory, it’s not surprising that Europeans make up a good chunk of the population. Due to this variety, its culture has been influenced by many others including Native American, Caribbean, and cultures from the British Isles.

loggerhead-turtle-123402_960_720The barrier reef that incircles the islands is responsible for sinking dozens of vessels and is the reason Bermuda is known as the shipwreck capital of the world. The crystal clear waters offer amazing opportunities for scuba diving, a fact I intend to use in my novella. One of my main characters is a dive instructor that leads tours of varies wrecks around the island. (He may or may not be pictured on the right!)

I’m kind of jealous because Bermuda has been on my must visit list for ages. But one of the wonderful things about being a writer is that you can live vicariously through your characters. 

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Alaska Out, Bermuda In

I have finished Taming the Wyld!
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I’m very happy about that. It clocks in at just over 34k words and is packed full of Alaska, snark, and romance. What a great combination!

I’ve had my two lovely alpha readers and a beta reader look it over, and they all highly approve. I’m going to do a little more tweaking then send the manuscript in two months ahead of my intended deadline, but when you have the muse on your side, you have to capitalize on it.

After that, I suppose it’ll be time for the waiting game. I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing here, but that’s my normal state really. The writing is solid, but I supposed I’ve read enough stories about people sending manuscripts into publishers only to be rejected 99 times that it has me hesitating to get my hopes up. I have some great cheerleaders in my corner, though. They believe in me, as cheesy as that sounds, but it helps immensely.

It’s a bit intimidating to share something you’ve created, that was born out of your being, to be judged and critiqued, but that’s one of the hazards of being a writer, of aspiring to put something out there for others to (hopefully) enjoy. But you never really know how a story will be received until you share it. It’s a double-edged sword.

I’ve had a lot of fun researching and writing this novella and I’m sure there will be more posts about Alaska to come, but in the mean time, I have claimed Bermuda from DSP’s World of Love series (since I had so much fun with this one). So now we’ll be going from the wilds of Alaska to the pink sand beaches of Bermuda!