Thank you for coming back for another round of What to Read Wednesday. Today I’m welcoming my friend and fellow author Kathleen Ann Gallagher. She was here not long ago with her other release A SUMMER’S JOURNEY, but today she’s visiting and sharing a guest post on her and then an excerpt from her latest release Sun, Sand, and Seances. Today is RELEASE day…so congrats Kathleen 🙂 I love the title and LOVE the cover 🙂
And after the excerpt find out how you can enter to win Kathleen’s fabulous giveaway!
Take it away Kathleen 🙂
Sun, Sand & Séances is released today. It’s part of the Allure line from Decadent Tease. http://decadenttease.com/
Cape May is the oldest seashore town in the United States. It’s the last stop on the New Jersey Parkway. As soon as you drive over the bridge to enter the town, everything changes. You feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. Sure, there’s a school, a playground, a few convenience stores, and a row of new townhomes, but as you get closer to the water, and enter the historic district, it hits you. Walla…magic!
I can’t wait to stroll along the streets and inhale the scent of the glorious gardens in the front yards of the beautifully painted Victorian homes. Some of the bed and breakfast’s have wooden rocking chairs on the porches, and as you pass the guest wave and give you a welcoming smile.
One year, we attended a fair at The Emlen Physick Estate, which is on Washington Ave. I bought a beautiful purse made out of vintage linens. There was a band playing old songs, people garbed in clothes from the era, homemade lemonade and kettle popped corn. The sound of the banjo’s made it seem authentic. I also bought a couple of black and white photos in frames of women dressed in their Sunday best. It must have taken them all morning to get into their clothes. The first night we took a ride in a horse and carriage. The tour host told us ghost stories. My favorite was about a woman who lived in a stately mansion, and…. I won’t give it away, since you might take the tour, but I created my own story about a couple who reunite at a psychic fair in Cape May. An undeniable mystique surrounds the historic district, where Sun, Sand & Séances takes place.
Bobbi Collins is a caring and devoted kindergarten teacher who had her world turned upside down when her fiancé died after a lover’s quarrel. Five years later, she still struggles with acceptance. Her role as an educator fills up her week, but on weekends, she longs for something more. When she stumbles across a newspaper ad for a psychic fair in the historic town of Cape May, New Jersey, it seems like the answer. Bobbi is determined to revive her once vibrant life.
Kevin Carlton a successful realtor is tired of the dating game. He doesn’t remember buying a raffle ticket, but when his co-worker announces he holds the winning number, he decides to take a chance and attend the all expense paid weekend in Cape May, at the Lady of the Sea’s Psychic Fair. He hopes to find a spiritualist who has the ability to contact his late father and prove he has become a man to be proud of.
Sparks fly when Bobbi and Kevin run into one another at the fair. When strange happenings occur, Bobbi rushes into her ex-boyfriend’s arms. She never imagined having a weekend of magic, memories, and a chance to rekindle the flame with her lost love.
Can sun, sand, and séances cast a spell on their hearts and allow the reunited couple to find what they both desire, or will the spirits sabotage it all?
He sat beside her on the bed and slid close. “Don’t be scared. There’s always something to repair in these old hotels. Try not to let all of the ghost stories get to you. It’s all in fun.”
“The stories I’ve heard sound real.”
“I think the air conditioner made the noise.” He laughed.
Bobbi grabbed the blanket from the edge of the bed and placed it around her shoulders. “Don’t you feel the cold air?”
“Did you turn it on when you came into the room?”
“No, I thought you did.”
“Now, that’s weird. I didn’t touch it.” Kevin tucked her against him. With their bodies close, neither of them said another word.
The warmth of his touch calmed her nerves, and Bobbi turned to gaze into his eyes. She gasped when he gave her an intense stare and placed his hand on the side of her face. Her desire surfaced and the wall she’d built to protect her heart since her fiancé’s death began to loosen. His cologne teased her to remember how sweet he had always been. As Kevin pulled her close and nuzzled her neck, she wrapped her arms around his broad back. When he placed his lips on hers and searched her mouth with his tongue, she whimpered and surrendered to his embrace. His kiss a reminder of the fun-filled days and long passionate nights. Why had she given him up? The image of her fiancé flashed in her mind like a bucket of cold water, and she shoved against Kevin’s chest, loosening his hold.
“Wait, wait…. We can’t do this! I came here to contact Greg. It doesn’t feel right.” Bobbi broke loose and straightened her blouse.
Emotion she couldn’t identify touched her deep within and twisted her heart. “I’m sorry I upset you, Bobbi. I’ve always remembered what we shared.” His voice cracked, and he slammed his hand down on the bed. “I know we were both young, but I made a terrible mistake to lose touch with you. You’re a beautiful woman….”
Would you attend a séance?
Two winners will be randomly selected.
Grand Prize. A 20.00 Amazon gift card, and an ebook copy of Sun, Sand $ Séances.
Second Prize. A handmade-jeweled bookmark, and some swag.
Please leave your email address to enter the contest.
Here’s where you can find Kathleen.
I write contemporary, paranormal, and erotic romance.
Although writing is my passion, nursing is my vocation. I work in an emergency room, and it’s been challenging, and rewarding, to be such an integral part of so many other’s daily struggles. I have a wonderful husband who always offers his support, and never complains about my crazy schedule. One of our favorite romantic getaways is Cape May, New Jersey, an old historic beach town where we take a step into the past, and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Although my children are all grown with busy lives of their own, Chaz, our Shepherd mix, still dutifully stands guard at the house. We are also blessed with three adorable grandsons.
Other interests of mine include cooking, reading, and the theater. However, spending time with my family is most important to me. Even though my life is filled with work, family, etc., my mind continues to ponder the next story or concept for a new novel.