Actually, it's a whole bunch of guests! *grins* Today I have the authors, whose stories make up Roane Publishing's Summer's Sweet Embrace anthology, here to answer one question: What inspired that magical moment between your characters, the one where the attraction was undeniable or the realization that they felt more than lust for each other?
Michelle Ziegler: Can I say a feeling? I love that magical “awe, he’s ganna kiss her” moment. So when I see the opportunity I don’t let them botch it. Honestly though, the characters were the inspiration. They wrote the story, as cliché as that is. I suppose a song helped set the mood. I write every scene to music, it helps the words flow like a movie. Now that my inspiration is as clear as mud…
Laurie Treacy: I tried capturing special moments I love from both my favorite books and movies. For Carly and Chase, their ‘magic moment’ is not one singular time, it’s spread out over the night he returns. They’ve grown up together, then separated, so with the break comes this distance, this lack of trust. Carly is trying to be levelheaded, afraid he’ll leave again, while Chase just wants to touch her, hold her after missing her. That’s why I wrote their story from both perspectives.
Christa MacDonald: A summer night on the beach with my crush. The stars were out and we were the only two people on the sand. We were talking about everything and nothing when he leaned in and kissed me. Swoon.
Kim Strattford: Sometimes you realize people treat you a certain way for reasons that are totally different than what you thought—that hostility can be spurred by other things than just dislike. That’s what drove this story.
Jaylee Austin: In Love’s Nectar, Seth has been busy painting a secret portrait of Isabel’s grandmother who just past away. It’s a picture of Isabel and her Grams in her tea garden. The colors are vibrant and so real to life. Isabel is touched to the depths of her core at such a heart-warming gift.
Niki Mitchell: Harley arrives at Skye’s surf shop ready to take her out to dinner. He finds her suffering a migraine and takes over, closing up her shop, and staying by her side while she sleeps off the headache.
Melissa J. Crispin: I was watching Sweet Home Alabama one day. I had already seen it a few times, and it’s one of those movies that I find myself pulled into whenever it’s on TV. The opening scene shows Melanie and Jake running on a beach as kids. Lightning flashes all around them and strikes the beach, forming glass. An image of a woman crying on the beach popped in my mind, a raging storm going on around her. I pictured a man showing up to comfort her next, and professing his love for her. And so, my story was born.
Sheryl Winters: Margaret and Garett's magical moment wasn't something that happened immediately. Their magic moment came from smiles in a hallway, a kind word on a bad day, or a phone call when all was thought lost. It was sharing secrets, consolations over failed romances and a chemistry that refused to die.
Thank you, ladies. It's awesome to know the inspiration behind a story. I don't know about my readers, but I know I wonder about it often when I'm reading an incredible story.
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Summertime love is always the sweetest. These eight sweet tales of summer romance are the perfect companion for a day at the lake or the beach.
Truly Paradise – Michelle Ziegler
Waiting for the right one can be torture.
Too bad for Hailey, impatience got the best of her. Finding Mr. Right in time for a destination wedding couldn’t happen fast enough. Instead of listening to reason, or rather her friends, she’s stuck in paradise alone, again. Nothing ruins a tropical paradise faster than catching your date with another woman.Justin’s ready for a change. He’s been caught up in his own success for too long and is looking to finally settle down. Timing is everything and his cousins wedding is the perfect start of his new life. His luck is changing with the captivating mystery woman on the beach. Now all he has to do is find her, before he agrees to his family’s match making plot.
Ocean Dust – Laurie Treacy
Carly Dawson, 18, is facing her last summer before leaving for college, all alone. Still nursing a broken heart over the loss of her boyfriend, Chase Montgomery, she wants the next two months to be different. A shocking unexpected visitor one night just may offer Carly the excitement she seeks. Her only decision is whether or not to choose what this visitor offers her.
The Beach Rose – Christa MacDonald
Annie Thomas can’t believe her good luck when she inherits the family’s beach house in Oceanside Maine. It’s one of the few places she was truly happy so she sells everything she owns, quits her job, and moves in hoping that her new business, The Beach Rose, will bring in enough money in its first season to let her live up there year round. But on her first day things aren’t as easy or as simple as she’d hoped. To cap it off she discovers that her best new client is actually the boy she had a huge teenage crush on. So much for rekindling a summer romance.
For Craig, Annie was everything he wanted when he was a geeky seventeen year-old. Now that he’s pushing forty and the owner of half the real estate in town, he wants another shot at convincing her that he’s everything she needs. He didn’t count on her owning the business he just signed a contract with though. Craig has to find a way to help Annie’s struggling business without her knowing it since anything else would push her further away and that’s the last thing he wants.
Together they may get a second chance for a summer romance.
When the Sea Swallows the Sun – Kim Strattford
A trip to Clearwater Beach was supposed to be a fun escape from the D.C. rat race for Emma and her boyfriend Sam. Until Sam dumped her, leaving her with a ticket she was too cheap not to use and a resolution to enjoy her time in the sun and get over him. A plan that sputters when Sam’s good friend Rick shows up. Rick, who’s never seemed to approve of her for reasons she’s never understood. Rick, who seems to think he has license to bug her just because he bought Sam’s ticket. Rick, who may be a much nicer guy than she ever realized, and who might have a very good reason for not thinking much of her. Can they make peace in the beautiful Florida sun and surf? Peace—or maybe more?
Love’s Nectar – Jaylee Austin
What if fate pushed you to make a choice between keeping a promise and revealing a truth? After her grandmother’s death, she opens an unexpected letter containing an unwanted request. Isabel feels obligated to honor her grams final wish. In the process she risks losing the man of her dreams.
Six months before their marriage Isabel reveals a time bomb that will forever change their lives. He loves her but the betrayal of not trusting him weighs heavy on his heart. Trust means everything to Seth.
One ring, journal, box, spirit, and flower will teach everyone the power of commitment and the importance of honesty. Secrets left buried will always haunt the living, a life lived truthfully leads to happily ever after. Will Isabel and Seth realize this before they are doomed to replay the mistakes of the past?
Love’s High Tide – Niki Mitchell
Tired of the vacationers hitting on her, surf shop owner, Skye Taylor quits dating. In walks the cocky, Harley Nicholson from Idaho. She’s not open for another summer fling. Can he convinces her to give love a chance?
Harley sees Skye shooting through the Huntington Beach Pier on her surfboard. Mesmerized by the woman’s connection with the wave, he sets out to meet the brazen surfer. He bets his cousin that before he leaves in three weeks, she'll be his.
Skye’s life is kept busy running the Epic Surf Shop and training for annual surfing contest. The handsome, buff Idahoan interests her, but she doesn’t want another disastrous summer fling. Harley charms her into giving him a surfing lesson, woos her with moonlight strolls, and coaxes her with sweet gestures. Skye discovers Harley’s betrayal. She refuses to see him or hear his explanation.
Miserable, Harley must do something monumental to win her back. Will Skye ever forgive Harley?
Linger – Melissa J. Crispin
Tracey Thompson isn't like most twenty-year-olds. She's looking forward to settling down and marrying her soul mate, Noah Martin. Even though their love bloomed when they were just little kids, they never doubted it and never looked back.
When a tragic accident separates Tracey from Noah, she struggles to go on without him. As the days wear on, she becomes aware of a chance for them to be together once again. All she needs to do is understand what tore them apart in the first place. But, overcoming this is harder than it seems. Will she be strong enough to find her way back to him?
Above Reproach – Sheryl Winters
Executive Secretary, Margaret Simms should have had it all. An apartment on the beach and a job at Reynolds Ad Agency, working for her best friend and business mogul, Garrett Reynolds.
A one night stand leads to a pregnancy and a re-evaluation of her life goals. In reality, Margaret's always hated her office job and culinary school is her life dream. But that too is ripped away from her when Garrett, her best friend and father of her child, develops cancer.
Obligation forces her back to the work she hates. When office espionage threatens her life, Margaret finds she must make a choice. Stand up for what she truly believes in or lose all she's ever wanted.