I live for the summer! It’s my favorite time of year for so many reasons. The weather for starters, although I’m not a fan of 90 degree days. The beach. Reading on the beach. Napping on the beach. Writing on my balcony. The flowers. Fresh tomatoes right off the vine. Parades and fireworks. Concerts on the boardwalk. So many many things! I wish summer could last all year long, but then it wouldn’t be so special, would it?
As for writing, I get tons of writing done during the summer months as I sit on my balcony in the early morning quiet. Just love it!
Enjoy the first day of summer and some photos of my fav summer things!
Good morning and Happy Hump Day! I’ve shared some other inspiration for Sea Kiss, the fictional Jersey Shore town in the At the Shore Contemporary Romance series. Today I’m sharing another one of the towns, Bradley Beach, that inspired some elements in the story, like the gazebos behind the Pierce and Sinclair mansions.
I love Bradley Beach and spending time there. It’s a quiet family kind of town with a lovely paved boardwalk, gardens along the ocean block, a lovely fountain and of course, its signature gazebos. Some of the highlights of the summer there for me include their Memorial Day parade with an assortment of bands as well as the fabulous 4th of July fireworks. I just love fireworks and was so happy to see some on the cover of One Summer Night.
So for today’s Write Wednesday, a short video with highlights from Bradley Beach!
I took a day off to go to the spa with my daughter. Fate intervened and instead, we had a lovely girls day down the Jersey Shore. We watched a Korean drama, we biked to have a fabulous vegan lunch (no I’m a certified meat eater and the lunch was a delicious surprise), and we relaxed before doing dinner and some retail therapy. In the midst of all that, we also took time to just sit on the beach and enjoy a truly fabulous summer-like day. There were even people in bathing suits soaking up the sun.
My daughter and I sat there and just took a few moments to breathe and then did some work on our respective stories. My daughter is an aspiring author and has journals full of stories. She self-published her first work, FOLLOWING JANE, in 2013 and is busy working on other stories.
I just finished Book 1 in the Jersey Girl Bridesmaids series and am now busy plotting #2. Having lots of fun with it and I think it’ll be a truly amazing story! The tentative title of that one is WE DANCED ALL NIGHT although if they had, we wouldn’t have the unexpected surprise that will force two people to face their past and the kind of future they could have together.
Anyway, I’m sharing a photo from our writing on the beach and some peaceful waves, sand, and sun with you!
This weekend’s forecast was for bad weather for the Jersey Shore. Luckily the weather forecast was wrong. Unluckily the weather forecast was wrong. Lots of Shore businesses got hit hard economically since people stayed away, but I guess that’s better than people being put in danger. Still, you have to wonder whether one wrong forecast after another is going to have people less likely to believe future forecasts.
For this girl, the wind and waves (no rain) has inspired thoughts about a future scene in WE DANCED ALL NIGHT, #2 in the Jersey Girl Bridesmaid series which I am currently writing. I can really picture the scene in my head with the heroine all dripping wet as she stands at the hero’s front door in order to confront him. Can’t wait to write that scene, although it’s still several chapters away.
So today I’m sharing some photos from this weekend and Hermine and also a video so you can’t get an idea of the winds and waves we saw. Not as bad as either Irene or Sandy thankfully.
I love the towns and beaches along the Jersey Shore in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. They each have their unique flavor and interesting facets. That’s why I’ve set so many books there in the past (like UNDER THE BOARDWALK) and why I’m setting the 2017 Jersey Girl Bridesmaids books there.
In UNDER THE BOARDWALK, which is part of the SUMMER HEAT box set, I’ve set the story in Asbury Park and Ocean Grove, two of my favorite towns. But there are lots of other fun places in New Jersey and today I am sharing with you my Pinterest board of interesting spots you may want to check out in my home state.
I am busy working on the first book in the Jersey Girls Bridesmaid series, tentatively titled SINCE WE WERE 18. This is a Romeo-Juliet kind of story about the son and daughter of two wealthy families that have had a feud going on for a couple of decades.
The heroine, Maggie Sinclair, is trying to save her family’s chain of upscale department stores while the hero’s father would love nothing more than to see them fail so he can gobble up the prime real estate where the stores are located.
The hero, Jax Pierce, can’t understand his bitter and very unhappy father nor the fight with the Sinclair family. If anything, Jax has kind of been in love with Maggie since a moonlit kiss on the Jersey Shore when they were both 18 (hence the title).
The two family businesses are in NYC and Jax and Maggie live there, but both families have homes on the Jersey Shore and at heart, Maggie is a Jersey Girl as are Maggie’s two BFFS, Connie and Emma.
There will be lots of scenes in New York, but also lots of time spent on the Jersey Shore as the three friends come to terms with always being bridesmaids and never brides, and try to find their own happily-ever-after.
Today I’m leaving you with some photos of the Jersey Shore locations that have inspired me as I write this book.
The Jersey Girls Bridesmaid series will be available starting in 2017.