Monday, February 29, 2016
Top Ten Vacation Towns at the New Jersey Shore with Angela Adams
Hello, I’m Angela Adams and I’m delighted to be a guest today. My novel, Magic Moment, finds my hero and heroine, Chase Donovan and Laura Roberts, traveling from the New Jersey shore to the Chesapeake Bay by boat. While drafting, I had my characters developed and the general plotline completed, but was trying to decide the setting. The idea for the novel’s locale came to me after a dinner with friends where our conversation turned to childhood vacations.
During my childhood, my family – including grandparents, aunt, uncles, and cousins—always spent our summer vacation at the New Jersey Shore. Although my sister and cousins enjoyed the water, I spent hours on the beach either reading or building sand castles. When I got older, the boardwalk became the best place in the world to sharpen those observation skills and “people watch.”
Listed below are my top ten towns at the New Jersey Shore.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. Tell us about your favorite vacation spot.
Top Ten Vacation Towns at the New Jersey Shore
9) Sea Isle City
8) Atlantic City
7) Long Beach Island
6) Stone Harbor
5) Seaside Heights
4) Ocean City
2) Cape May
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Amazon Encore
Date of Publication: August 5, 2015
Number of pages: 264
Word Count: 65K
When the FBI brings Laura Roberts - a quiet, reserved bookkeeper - in for questioning regarding activities at the warehouse where she works, an uneasy Laura resigns her job - only to be attacked by thugs.
Chase Donovan intends to spend a few peaceful days on his boat getting his head together - and finds a woman being assaulted by two men who say his father told them to do it.
Chase doesn't want to believe his father could hurt anyone. Laura doesn't understand why she's a target. Can they learn to work together to discover the truth - before someone dies?
Chase was the only tenant who visited his boat during the “off season,” the months of October through May. With the exception of Mac, the night security guard who made rounds only if inclined, the area was pretty much deserted. A retired Magic Lake Island police officer, Mac stayed in the office, watched television, drank coffee, ate cookies and collected his pay. Nothing out of the ordinary ever happened in Magic.
The traffic light flashed green, and Chase turned the BMW right. He rolled down the window, inhaling the seashore’s stale, salty scent. All was quiet. The air was cool, the breeze blowing a mist against his unshaven face. He loved being in Magic.
The parking lot’s gate was open. The overhead lights changed to a lesser wattage after Labor Day. Chase pulled the BMW into his assigned parking space. The only other parked vehicles were the pea green van he knew was Mac’s, and a dark Lincoln limo parked in the spot assigned to Ben and Lily Rollins, nice senior citizens who headed to Florida around October first and didn’t return North until Memorial Day weekend. Chase was surprised the Rollins were in Magic Lake on a dreary night in March.
He stepped out of the car, eager to take his boat out on the open sea. There was nothing more peaceful than the lull of waves beneath you. He had christened his boat, Madre, not only for his late mother, who like Chase had been comforted by the ocean, but also for his four years of Spanish, a beautiful language, and the only college course he had enjoyed. Madre wasn’t a big vessel, but she was comfortable. Seating accommodations for up to eight passengers, a heated cabin and wheelhouse, and cooking and bath facilities.
He locked the BMW’s door and glanced at the Rollins’s boat docked three spaces from his. The cruiser was dark and appeared unoccupied. He blinked, shook his head as if to clear a few whiskey-laced cobwebs, and blinked again. A faint light gleamed from a boat…
Chase’s eyes widened. Damn, the light came from his boat. Someone had broken into his boat!
About the Author:
Angela Adams writes and reviews contemporary romances. Her work has appeared in Romance at Heart, Oysters and Chocolate, Whipped Cream Reviews and The Long and Short Reviews. Her short story, "Burgers and Hot Chocolate" appeared in the Whimsical Publications' anthology, Winter Wonders. Magic Moment is her first novel.
Angela is a member of Romance Writers of America, and its chapters From the Heart Romance Writers and Elements of RWA.