There is nothing quite like the feeling of climbing that spiraling nautilus staircase inside a towering lighthouse. Is the echo you hear from your own shoes as you ascend the aging iron steps, or is the resonance a remnant of days gone by, the sounds trapped forever inside the stairwell, bouncing from the rounded walls for eternity?
POINT SURRENDER, first in the Beacon Point Romance series, is about a lighthouse with a past. Its last keeper died there, leaving behind a journal describing his joys, his fears and his turbulent last years. What it does not explain is why he died, or what became of his missing family. As Point Surrender’s newest, if reluctant, caretaker, Amy Winslow is bound and determined to find out just what happened inside the decaying white beacon. Of course, there are those who would just as soon she didn’t. Including the handsome stranger who’s offered to help with her restoration project.
What made this romantic mystery especially fun to write was the availability of a lighthouse for me to stay in. For 3 days and nights, I was able to climb those steps, and sit out on the gallery to watch the ferries come and go and the sailboats passing through the channel. While Port Townsend’s Dimick Lighthouse is actually a replica built to resemble the popular Mukilteo Light in Seattle, it’s a real lighthouse, nonetheless, and provided a much needed shot in the arm for this writer. Unlike Point Surrender, there are no ghosts living at Dimick Lighthouse; but for a few days one summer, the muse was definitely in residence.
Following is CAPE SEDUCTION, a romantic suspense based on St. George Reef Lighthouse in Northern California. This story alternates chapters between present day and 1948, when an up and coming starlet goes missing after filming a blockbuster film at the offshore lighthouse. Sixty-plus years later, a lonely photojournalist discovers its deadly secret.
Most recently, ANGEL'S GATE tells the story of a crime committed during the infamous WWII "Battle of Los Angeles" in 1942, and those whose lives are deeply affected today.
Each of the Beacon Point Romances, while peopled by common characters, stands alone. I wish you much enjoyment while reading this fun and exciting series!