Please give them a very warm welcome!
Hi PJ and Andrea! Thanks so much for hosting us today. Actually, I should say hosting me (Vanessa). Randy is very shy when it comes to promo, so he tends to leave that to me. But he’s lurking in the background, and you know how much he loves you ladies!
I’m so pleased to be here today to talk about Seashell Bay, our new small town contemporary romance series from Forever Romance. This series takes place on a little island off the coast of Maine—in Casco Bay, a very real and very lovely place. If you were to look on the map, you would see that the city of Portland sits at the south end, on the mainland, while dozens of islands dot the bay itself. So many, in fact, that they’re called the Calendar Islands because there are supposed to be 365 of them. You could fill up an entire year visiting an island a day. Cool, eh?
Our island, of course, is imaginary but is modeled on the real thing. Meet Me at the Beach, book one in the series, features the little town of Seashell Bay on the island of Seashell Bay. The town and the island are both so small that they’re one and the same. It truly is the kind of place where everyone knows your name, which is both good and bad, right? We love small town romance for that sense of community and intimacy, but it also means that most of your neighbors know your business. And in Seashell Bay, it seems that nobody has a problem weighing in on everybody’s business, either!
Specifically, everyone wants to know what prodigal son Aiden Flynn is going to do. Aiden left the island years ago when he was offered a contract to play major league baseball. And since he was fleeing an abusive father and lots of unhappy memories, he stayed away. But now he’s back in Seashell Bay, and for a very special reason—he and his father and brother own a sizeable and beautiful piece of land. It’s land that a big city developer is interested in acquiring in order to build townhouses and a large resort. Aiden’s father and brother went to sell their holding for quite a bit of money, but they need Aiden’s signature on the contract to do so.
Enter Lily Doyle, a local girl who not only loves Seashell Bay, but also took up her father’s fishing business and now captains a lobster boat. Lily is smart, beautiful, and totally down to earth, and she’s determined to do everything she can to save her lovely island from the big city developer. She and Aiden also have something of a history as each other’s high school crush. To say that Lily and Aiden have sexual chemistry is something of an understatement!
But here’s the thing—they never acted on those feelings because the Flynn and Doyle families hate each other. The two families have been involved in a feud that goes back several generations, and Lily and Aiden just couldn’t get past that hostility when they were young. But now they’re both grown up and Aiden is back in Seashell Bay.
Will they allow their families to keep them apart again, even if they are on opposite sides of the development project? It’s like Romeo and Juliet, but with lobster, beer, sunshine, and an HEA! Personally, Randy and I think Seashell Bay is a wonderful place to visit—we hope you’ll join us there to find out exactly how Lily and Aiden keep their hardheaded families at bay (no pun intended!).
Is there a special place you love to go to for vacation, or do you already live in a special kind of town? Tell us about it for a chance to win a copy of MEET ME AT THE BEACH!