By: Grace Greene
After writing my last two books which were not set at the beach, I wanted to go back to Emerald Isle, NC. If you've read Beach Rental, you know that I love Emerald Isle and the island’s east-west orientation and family-friendly beach perfection. So, I needed a return trip.
I began writing Beach Winds with only a tiny idea of what it would be about, so it really started with the setting. Of course, nothing less than an oceanfront house would do. Through the wide windows, I could see the ocean churning and the waves rushing to shore. When I opened the door and the cold air rushed in, I realized it was winter, and then in walked Frannie Denman.
Frannie, unhappy, discontented, repressed - definitely not an upbeat heroine - entered and claimed the stage. She had plenty to say, not only about her miserable outlook on life, but also about the characters in Beach Rental. Frannie had information the characters in Beach Rental needed to know.
Beach Winds begins in winter. A beach in winter is still a beach, but unless it's located in tropical climes, there are activities you probably want to skip until the weather warms up. Yet the essence remains, uninterrupted by the seasons. The timelessness of the ocean, the universe of nature, and life in all of its moods remains there in winter, different only in terms of who is observing the scene - what they bring to it and what they take away.
Here's a brief description of Beach Winds:
Off-season at Emerald Isle ~ In-season for secrets of the heart
Frannie Denman has been waiting for her life to begin. After several false starts, and a couple of broken hearts, she ends up back with her mother, with whom she doesn’t get along, until her elderly uncle gets sick and Frannie goes to Emerald Isle to help manage his affairs while he’s recovering.
Her uncle’s oceanfront home, Captain’s Walk, is small and unpretentious, and even though Frannie isn’t a ‘beach person’ she decides Captain’s Walk in winter is a great place to hide from her troubles. But Frannie doesn’t realize that winter is short in Emerald Isle and the beauty of the ocean and seashore can help heal anyone’s heart, especially when her uncle’s handyman is the handsome Brian Donovan.
Brian has troubles of his own. He sees himself and Frannie as two damaged people who aren’t likely to equal a happy ‘whole’ but he’s intrigued by this woman of contradictions.
Frannie’s mother wants her back home and Brian wants to meet the real Frannie, but Frannie wants to move forward with her life. To do that she needs questions answered. With the right information there’s a good chance Frannie will be able to effect not only a change in her life, but also a change of heart.
About the author:
Grace Greene writes fiction with romance, suspense and inspiration ~ always with a strong heroine at its heart. She's also an artist and photographer. When she's writing, all of these interests show up on the page.
Her award-winning debut release, BEACH RENTAL, and her second novel, KINCAID'S HOPE are published with Turquoise Morning Press. Her Indie adventure began in 2012 with A Stranger in Wynnedower. BEACH WINDS, a sequel to BEACH RENTAL, is scheduled for a November 2013 release.