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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Summer's Coming by @JoanReeves #SmartGirlsReadRomance

Summer is coming, and you know what that means!

Vacations, snow cones, iced tea, picnics, ice cream cones, and trips to the beach.

If you're lucky enough to live near a lake or an ocean, you're probably already shopping for this year's swimsuit.

A trip to the beach was a vacation for me when the kids were young. I could lie back and keep an eye on them while they built sand castles, played in the waves, laughed, and screamed using their outdoor voice.

Oh, those were fun times. Another great thing about spending a day at the beach was reading. Whoopee!

Beach Books = Summer Fun

Yes, Darling Hubby and I took turns keeping an eye on the kids so I could read a big thick romance novel.

Unfortunately, this was before the Kindle was a gleam in anyone's eye. I'd go home with sand in my paperback and buckled pages from the kids running up and grabbing my book.

There are many devices on which you can read ebooks now, but my favorite is still my Kindle because sunshine doesn't "wash out" the pages. An iPad is like that too because it's backlit, but my Kindle is small enough I can drop it in my beach bag.

Breaking News

Last summer, I created a fictional beach called Last Chance Beach, located in an island of your imagination. I said, Last Chance Beach was where dreams go to live again. I published a box set of 14 short stories under the title, Last Chance Beach: Summer's End.

My friend Caroline Clemmons wrote The Man in Gull Cottage for the box set. The embedded link takes you to her story on Amazon Kindle.

There was such an amazing response to that island setting in each book that I worked on the concept with some author friends so Last Chance Beach could "grow" to enable us to write single title romance novels using that setting. The result is Last Chance Beach Romance, a series of full-length romance novels united by the setting of Last Chance Beach. A new Last Chance Beach Romance will be published every 6-8 weeks.

Deceptively Yours is the first Last Chance Beach Romance, and it's available for pre-order now. This is a steamy Romantic Suspense about lost love, second chances, and redemption.

Blurbing the Book

Tatiana was twelve when her mother died, leaving her alone in the world. Her cousin took her in. What seemed like an act of kindness was a scheme to use her artistic talent to cheat wealthy men who were least likely to display art they thought had been obtained illegally.

For six years, her life offered nothing but fear and danger—then she met Declan. He gave her love, passion, and hope for a future together.

In an act of breathtaking courage, she defied her cousin. He responded with a vicious assault. A chance meeting with an elderly man saved her and gave her a second chance at life. 

Ten years later, Tatiana has done everything in her power to repay her benefactor, to prove she’s worthy of the care and fatherly love he’s given her, and to become a better person.

But she’s never forgotten the man who taught her the meaning of love and desire—the man she loved and lost. 

Destiny hands her a second chance at love when she and Declan meet again, but she resists him and the love he offers. She’s not the girl he fell in love with. She never was. She can’t undo the lies she told, the secrets she’s kept—and continues to keep.

Declan knows a devastating secret lies at the heart of Tatiana’s refusal to accept him. He patiently waits for her to tell him the truth about what happened ten years ago, but his patience ends when he suspects she’s in danger. Will what he discovers kill his love for her?

Will Tatiana find the courage to reveal her secrets before it’s too late? Will she accept the love and intimacy she finds in Declan's arms?

Deceptively Yours, a passionate romantic suspense about a woman and a man who are destined to be together, is set against the island paradise of Last Chance Beach, where dreams go to live again.

Passionate? That means very sexy, but NOT erotica. If you don't care for romance novels with sex, some of the other Last Chance Beach Romance novels will be your cup of tea.

Deceptively Yours is at the New Release price of 99¢ for the first few weeks. It publishes on May 23. If you grab a copy and love it, please leave a review.

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  1. I haven't been to the beach in years. This post makes me want to pick out a thick book and make summer plans.

  2. Last Chance Beach is a splendid place to go!

  3. I look forward to reading DECEPTIVELY YOURS! The description hooked me. Thanks for including my story from the anthology. I used to do just what you said--read while the kids played in the sand. I miss those days.

    1. Yes, I find myself missing those days too. Right now, I'd give anything for a week of sunshine. Houston is about to float away!

  4. I am with Bea! As I was reading I was thinking I want to go to a beach- Looks like your book may be as close as I get!

    1. *LOL* That's why we're authors. We get to go to the perfect beach -- the one we made up.


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