Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Photo and Sea Glass Winter excerpt

To set up this week's photo, I'm sharing another short excerpt from Sea Glass Winter.

Fifteen-year-old Matt Templeton still isn't enamored with Shelter Bay, but some new friends, along with former IED disposal tech turned high school physics teacher and basketball coach, Dillon Slater, are starting to win him over.  In this scene, Claire, Matt, and Dillon are eating dinner at Sax Douchett's Bon Temps.

"How are you liking Shelter Bay?" Sax asked Matt.
 He shrugged.  But at least the glower was gone.  "It's okay," he mumbled around a mouth of dirty rice.  "I like playing ball."
 "Word on the street is that you've got some wicked skills on the court.  I was a baseball guy myself, and to tell the truth, when I was your age, I thought this place had to be the dullest spot on the planet."
"Obviously you haven't ever visited the oil patch in west Texas," Dillon said dryly.  "At least Shelter Bay has an ocean. . . You surf?"
 Another shrug.  "I did."
"Come summer you'll have to get back into it.  I've been thinking of taking it up. Maybe you can give me some pointers."
Although Dillon had promised not to kiss her over the popcorn shrimp, which was delicious, Claire could've leaned across the table and kissed him when her son visibly perked up.
"People surf here?"  He made it sound like another, far distant, alien planet.
"Sure."  Dillon scooped up some crab jambalya.  "I saw a lot of surfers out last summer.  There are, apparently, good breaks all up and down the coast.  Including some for winter surfing, but those are for experts only."
 "Which I am," Matt said.
 "That may be.  But you're also important to the team, so why don't you just save risking your neck until the season's over."

People do, indeed, surf off the Oregon coast, but not without wetsuits, because even in summer the temperature of the water is only in the low to mid 50s.

This photo of a lone surfer was taken in winter, hence the steely water:


slperson said...

Love this series - can't wait to check out the new book!

Meljprincess said...

Enjoyed the excerpt, JoAnn. 2 things I'd like to do...learn to surf and visit Oregon. SEA GLASS WINTER is going to be soooo good!!

Amanda Ray said...

That water looks chilly! Love the excerpt and synopsis!!

Kathleen O'Donnell said...

Great excerpt.. I always wnated to learn to surf, but I could never even get the hang of water sking. It has something to do with my inner ear problems.. Keeps me of balance... Oh well I am good at other things..
Can't wait for the book to hit my tbr shelf.

Jan said...

I am looking forward to this book. I love the whole series, also.