Christmas on Ocracoke--Behind the Scenes
Updated: Dec 6, 2020
Merry Christmas (early)!
Back Cover Blurb:
Reeling from the upheaval of a failed marriage, Annie Hanahan is desperate for a new start—and when she inherits a cottage on Ocracoke Island, she may finally get it. Without a second thought, she packs up and leaves everything behind: her first name, her job, and her ex-husband. But when she arrives in the Outer Banks, she finds the island—and her promised refuge—ravaged by Hurricane Dorian. As a contractor who has given so much of his time to helping Ocracoke recover, it surprises no one when Trey Kingsley offers to help the beautiful newcomer, but something is holding her back. Life keeps throwing them together, though, or perhaps God’s hand is giving them a nudge. Will a little bit of divine intervention be enough for a Merry Christmas on Ocracoke?
BEHIND THE STORY:
If you've read last year's The Christmas Confusion, you know I wrote the story quickly but fell in love with the three sisters--Tiffany, Emma, and Shelby. When my mentor, Eloisa James, read the story, she said, "Now I want to read the sisters' stories." I hadn't really thought of that, had actually started a new book, but I immediately switched gears. So, by January of this year, I wrote Sweet Summer. I turned it in to my editor and she was surprised that it was a full-length novel--and told me that we couldn't get it edited in time for 2020 and it would be accepted for 2021 (it's coming!).
I didn't want to wait another whole year to publish again! So, I thought of what had impacted me lately.
My sister and her husband had purchased a vacation home in Hatteras, North Carolina and we'd all visited there between Christmas and New Year's. Visiting the Outer Banks had been on my bucket list, but I'd never been. What a beautiful place! Plus, we visited Ocracoke Island and it was a completely different stunning. The island is so far away from seemingly everything that it seemed like a good place to run to and escape. From what? I seem to always start with the heroine so she was running from an abusive husband, but I wanted to keep the story a bit lighter so the husband became an ex and he'd "only" cheated on her. He also had a drug problem and she wanted to protect her child.
The hero that Ocracoke needed was a contractor. Driving around the island, after the devastation from Dorian, I saw so many buildings in need of repair, houses and stores boarded up. There was so much to be done and Trey was the man to do it. He was also someone strong and steady that a woman who'd lost her ability to trust could depend on.
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As for the Round Robin, my question is: ***On which island does Annie book a motel room the first night of this journey? Go to the book on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3pP4xXd
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Thank you so much for visiting! The next author on the tour is Zoe McCarthy who is telling us all about her Christmas book, Gift of the Magpie.Zoe M. McCarthy https://zoemmccarthy.com/christmas-scavenger-hunt/christmas-scavenger-hunt-round-robin-the-gift-of-the-magpie-2
Remember that you must answer every question from all 37 authors in this collection and that the round-robin will end on December 13th at 11:59 EST!