Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday teaser from You Again, and a Shelter Bay photo

I'm sharing two photos this week: This is the seawall (which appears in all my Shelter Bay books) where Sweetie proposed when I was eighteen. Tuesday excerpt from YOU AGAIN, on sale this week. By Friday, maybe Thursday if all goes well. (Remember, Amazon always gets the books up first.) 

The book's tagline: A nerd, a brainiac science guy, and a misplaced killer whale...

After walking down a hallway lined with Native American art that echoed that on Dee’s sweater, Adam was nearly to the door of his classroom when his phone vibrated. The screen showed a name that was a decided blast from his past.

After three months, he’d given up waiting for Meghann to respond to his email. What had he expected? His former tutor and fellow high school nerd was no longer that pretty girl who spent lunches sitting beneath a tree or at a table at the far end of the cafeteria, her cute little upturned nose stuck in a book. 

Now she wrote books hundreds of thousands of teenagers and even many adults read. Including, he’d noticed, his own students. Her chatty YouTube videos were an internet sensation, and from what he’d read in the Shelter Bay Beacon, there was talk of a major movie deal in the works. 

Hell, he’d told himself after three weeks had gone by, she probably didn’t even remember him. It wasn’t as if he’d been hot, like those jocks whose book reports she was always writing. He’d worn glasses for his nearsightedness before Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt had made them cool and carried a briefcase—kill me now, he thought with an inner cringe at the memory—crammed with books by Hubble, Hawking, and Sagan.

That had been back in his astronomy days, before two weeks at Camp Rainbow with geography and ecology professor Fred Dalton had changed not only his view of the world but his life. 

Realizing that if he stared at the screen any longer, her call would go into voice mail, he swiped the slider with enough force to bobble the coffee, which, despite the biodegradable plastic top Dee had put on it, sloshed over his hand and down the front of his jeans. 

“Damn!” Making a quick decision, he dropped the phone instead of the coffee. His junk was on fire, but even he knew you didn’t grab your crotch in the hallway outside a classroom filled with eighteen-to-twenty-year-olds. 

One he’d gotten a handle on the cup, thus allowing for possible future generations of Waynes, he scooped the phone from the floor. 

“Uh...hi,” he said. Great opening line, numbnuts.

“Adam?” All these years later, and her voice was as familiar as his own. Which wasn’t exactly all that surprising, given that he’d been hearing it in his dreams for the past three months ever since high school physics teacher, basketball coach, and hoops buddy Dillon Slater had pushed him into contacting her. 

“Yeah. It’s me. Meghann?”

“You recognized me?” She sounded as surprised as he’d been to hear from her. 

Then, before he could respond, she said, “Duh.” He could practically envision her slapping her forehead. “Caller ID.”

“Yeah...” A pause began to stretch out. Not that it was awkward or anything. “I didn’t expect to hear from you.”

“I’m sorry.” She sounded sincere. “I tried to call you after I finally got your email yesterday, but I guess you were out.”

“Yeah. I was.” And damn, he’d been so wiped out when he’d gotten home, he’d forgotten to check for messages. And this morning had been too hectic. “I’m sorry I didn’t get your message. And you don’t have to apologize. You undoubtedly get a lot of mail for your people to wade through.” 

“My readership demographic is very vocal,” she agreed. “Which is why, if I read all my mail myself, I’d never get any books written.”

“In which case you wouldn’t have to worry about reader mail. Because you wouldn’t have any. Which becomes a classic case of temporal causality loop.”

“Like Groundhog Day.”

“Got it in one. It also happened in the season five ‘Cause and Effect’ episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.” 

“I missed that one.” He wasn’t surprised. She’d never been a fan of the genre, though she had once admitted a secret crush on Mr. Spock. “In the beginning of my career, I answered all my mail. I miss that feedback.” 

Adam thought he heard a sigh. Which brought back that rainy April day in his bedroom when, as a joke, he’d had a Heathcliff was a Douche T-shirt printed at a shop on Harborview, and wore it to their tutoring session. While struggling to explain the concept of an anti-hero—which, thank you, having reached epic level in Dungeons & Dragons before he’d gotten out of middle school, he was well acquainted with, it was just jerks raised up as romantic icons he had a problem with—she’d exhaled a long, frustrated sigh. 

They’d been face-to-face, so close he could see her eyes glitter like green dragon scales beneath a mega sun as they’d argued about the fictional guy who’d not only be considered a douche by today’s standards, but probably a psychopath. Meghann had been so close that her breath had felt like a warm, minty breeze against his neck, which, despite what he’d learned in anatomy class, had become directly connected to his penis. 

Adam had always had a better than average memory, which was why that moment over a decade ago was frozen in amber, like dinosaur DNA from Jurassic Park.

Don't forget, tomorrow's hot guy Wednesday, then Friday I'll be sharing a photo of a scene from YOU AGAIN.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Photo: new house floor!

We have a floor!  After starting this process back in June, it's finally happening! We can't wait until we move in, tentatively in February.   

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Photo ~~ Shelter Bay Harbor

A book nerd, a brainiac science guy, and a misplaced killer whale...

This week's Friday photo is Shelter Bay's harbor -- where, in YOU AGAIN (on sale by the end of next week!), a lost Orca is discovered on Christmas Eve.

Have a great weekend!  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday Hot Guy

Happy Hump Day! 

I have a new crush! If I'd known Benjamin McKenzie, who plays Detective James Gordon on Gotham, was so hottie cute, I'd have watched the O.C.! I'm definitely keeping him in mind for one of my Castlelough Brennan brothers.

Oh, and when I was growing up, trading comic books with all the neighbor boys  (there was only one other girl) beneath the Chinese elm tree in our back yard, I was ALWAYS team Batman vs team Superman. And I am going to like this commissioner Gordon a lot better than the movie one.  :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Building our new home: bathroom decisions

Many decisions are having to be made now our as builder hurries to get our new house framed and closed in before the Pacific Northwest winter rains start in earnest. (Fortunately, since we keep having to run over there, it's less than five minutes away.) 

I  decided on a free standing tub in the master bath. Not a claw footed one that gets dust under it, but this. And since I don't have these amazing windows and am planning a cottage look, there'll be white beadboard on the wall behind it.  

The floor will look much like this. It's a gray driftwood hued tile that looks like wood and the cabinets will be white with white and gray granite tops.  I'm still deciding on the tile, but think it'll be white subway with pale gray grout with a line of sea glass blue and green glass tile. 

Have a great week!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Photo from Shelter Bay and You Again cover copy

I'm so excited to share the back cover copy for YOU AGAIN, the next in my Shelter Bay series which will go on sale November 11th! 

A book nerd, a brainiac science guy, and a misplaced killer whale. . . 

Meghann Quinn wasn’t always a hugely successful author. Adam Wayne wasn’t always a marine biologist studying whales. Back in high school in Shelter Bay, Oregon, she was the shy book nerd helping the brainiac science guy pass English. Meghann had no idea Adam would turn into such a hunk. Adam has no idea their once-upon-a-time sweet summer romance inspired Meghann’s popular teen novels.

Two shy geeks didn’t have the courage to share their true feelings back then. But now that Meghann’s back in town, they’re pondering life’s important questions. Such as, will Adam ask her to the Snow Ball? And what are they going to do about the lost Orca who shows up on Christmas Eve? And can two nerds get past their initial insecurity to take a second chance on a once-in-a-lifetime love?

And this is why this week's Friday photo are of an Orca visiting Shelter Bay.  

Have a great weekend!  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday hot guy -- Adam, from YOU AGAIN

YOU AGAIN's' Meghann could never resist Adam's dreamy eyes. Who needs a billionaire hero when this marine biologist whale nerd is so sexy?  And you'll be able to read all about him when the book goes on sale November 11th!

Have a great rest of your week!  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday Teaser from YOU AGAIN

Today's Tuesday Teaser is the opening quote from YOU AGAIN, my upcoming Shelter Bay story, which will go on sale November 11th.

Because nothing says the Christmas holiday season more than Frankenstein.  lol 

"Destiny! Destiny! No escaping that for me!"
Young Frankenstein

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday morning

It's Monday. Enough said.  Have a great week everyone! 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Photo from Shelter Bay

Former Navy Seal Sax Douchett makes a guest appearance in YOU AGAIN, my new Shelter Bay story coming out November 11th. 

So, since I enjoy the Oregon coast any time of year, but especially in October, when most of the tourists have gone home, this week's Friday photo is the view from Sax and Kara's Shelter Bay front yard overlooking the Pacific. (Not far, btw, from where Sweetie's grandmother's little house eventually fell into the ocean. Fortunately, she was no longer living there!)

Have a wonderful weekend!  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hump Day Hotties

Although I watched High School Musical many times with the grandkidlets, I sure don't remember Zac Efron looking like this!  He's got kind of a young Rob Lowe vibe going on these days. 



Have a great rest of your week! I'll be back tomorrow with a special book giveaway teaser.