It’s spring on Galveston Island, and everything’s running full tilt. Spring breakers’ swim in high curling waves, turquoise umbrellas line the sand, and the Pleasure Pier is lit like a bejeweled princess, her lights flashing with temptation.
Shelby Alexander, a New York Times Bestselling Author, has come back to the island to live. She and her friends came every summer when they were young and daydreamed often of living there when they were grown. Good to their word, all of them have now returned.
But Shelby is finding that even though she’s thrilled to own a part of her Aunt Sookie’s house, the excitement’s only just begun, because a gorgeous guy has also arrived along with a scruffy dog named Charmin’. And fast on their heels is a ghost—a ghost who seems quite comfortable lounging on her verandah, blowing smoke from its cigarette—and who is always, always surrounded by a deliciously sensuous fragrance.
Winter on Galveston Island is a bevy of all types of weather imaginable. From gusty winds, Savanna Burke refers to as Male Gales, to a mixture of sleet, ice and once in a great while, snow. This winter, Savanna’s found the island winds are bringing change, for her, and for Terence Whittaker, Galveston Island’s well-known clairvoyant.
Come visit Galveston Island with Savanna during Christmas and find the wonder of Christmas on the Strand.
Christmas on the Strand is the prequel to a series of cozy stories titled Southern Breezes. All the stories are set on Galveston Island, sharing the lives of a group of people who visited the island when they were young and have returned to claim it as their permanent home.
Siren’s Call is a short and sexy story about Michael, one of the characters in the Southern Breezes series. It serves as a bridge following Southern Breezes/The Verandah, and the next story Southern Breezes/The Siren’s Shop (releasing soon). It was originally published in an anthology and then found its home inside the Southern Breezes series.
“They have been with us for centuries…beguiling us with their beauty…tempting us with their charm…seducing us…and evolving…”
A Butterbean named “A” is a sweet tale of a butterbean planted by a little girl, named Tiffany, in her Grandmother Mimi’s garden. They plant “A” near a chatty English climbing rose named Roseanne, hoping that she will not only help “A” learn to climb but also find her real name. Because everyone knows the flowers and plants in Mimi’s garden are all loved, no matter where they’re from, and they always, always get to pick their own names.
There are all types of love ~ some dark…some sweet…some short-lived…and others that take you to the very edge of your seat. Those that perch you on the edge and let you dangle there awhile are the most memorable, capable of haunting you forever… or at least through nine lives or so…
The time when Dark Pleasures are easily fed…
Take a trip to Houston. Come and meet Samantha, a criminal psychologist, Richard, a detective that answers easily to the name Dick, and a psychopath, named Mack, who’s cut his teeth on becoming the worst killing machine anything landbound has ever seen. And last, but definitely not least, meet a very special dog, named Hob.
And for Christy
The carnival arrives at the beach every summer, bringing with it the sounds, the lights, the music, and the mystery only a carnival can impart. But this year, it’s brought something more, this year something out of Greek mythology has traveled with it, in search of a long-lost love.
“The Pan Man” is a young adult, paranormal short story. It first resided on the LASR website after having received an honorable mention in a contest hosted by them. It was a step away from my typical genre, so receiving an honorable mention for the story was very delightful for me. This version is expanded, and therefore reads as a new story.