Guest Post + Giveaway: Sophie Moss on Her Romance With Island Settings
One of my favorite things about starting to write a new series is getting to know the place where my characters live. I’ve always been drawn to island settings, both in reading and writing. There’s something so soothing about being surrounded by all that water. The pace of life is slower. Neighbors look out for each other. Everyone knows everything about everyone.
The first book in my new contemporary romance series, Wind Chime Café, is set on an island in the Chesapeake Bay. Heron Island is loosely modeled after Tilghman Island, a real-life island only thirty minutes down the road from where I grew up.
It’s a place known for sailing, fishing, and crabbing. It’s home to some of the last few hearty souls who still pull their living from the water. It’s one of the only places on the Eastern Shore that is relatively undeveloped.
There are no strip malls or chain restaurants. No bright lights or traffic jams. There is only the quiet lapping of the water against the shoreline, the cry of an osprey gliding over the marshes, the clank of a halyard against a sailboat mast at dusk. It’s the kind of place where you can breathe, where you can heal, where—if you’ve been hurt—you can learn to love again.
When I started writing Wind Chime Café, I knew I wanted to tell a story about a character who returned home after many years away. The hero in my story, Navy SEAL, Will Dozier, hasn’t been back on Heron Island in over ten years. He turned his back on his childhood home a long time ago because it reminded him too much of everything he’d lost.
But what was supposed to be only a three -day trip turns into a much longer stay when he learns that a developer is interested in purchasing his grandparents’ home. As he works on renovating the house and trying to find another buyer, the painful memories of his past begin to fade. And what was supposed to be only a short-term fling with a single-mother turns into much more when Will realizes that she and her daughter can offer him the one thing he thought he’d lost forever—a family.
Wind Chime Café is a story about coming home. It’s a story about rediscovering your roots, reconnecting with childhood friends, and realizing that sometimes the one place you turned your back on is the only place that can make you feel whole again.
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Wind Chime Cafe
When single mother, Annie Malone, purchases a quirky Main Street café on Heron Island, she thinks she’s finally turned her dream of opening her own restaurant into a reality. Hearing rumors that a developer is about to build a five-star resort on the sleepy Chesapeake Bay island, she plans to transform the café into a premier upscale bistro. But Navy SEAL, Will Dozier, has no intention of selling his grandparents’ property to a developer. Back on Heron Island for the first time in ten years and secretly struggling with PTSD, Will decides that a fling with the new girl is the perfect way to help him “get his head straight.” The last thing Will expects is to fall in love…with his hometown and with Annie. But Will’s life and career are in San Diego with the SEALs. Can Annie’s love and the healing magic of the island be enough to convince him to stay?
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About the Author
Sophie Moss is an award-winning author of four full-length romance novels. Known for her captivating Irish fantasy romances and heartwarming contemporary romances with realistic characters and unique island settings, her books have appeared twice in USA Today. As a former journalist, Sophie has been writing professionally for over ten years. She currently lives in San Diego, California, where she’s working on her next novel. When she’s not writing, she’s walking the beach, testing out a new dessert recipe, or fiddling in her garden. Sophie loves to hear from readers. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at sophiemossauthor.com.
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