For your chance to win a copy of Colleen’s new book, write one interesting fact about Maine in the comments below. We will draw a name to be announced on Thursday.
Over the past few years I have had the delight of being able to meet Colleen and become friends. Today as part of a celebration of this new release, I’d like to share some pictures of her research trip to Maine where the inspiration for this book began to breathe words.
Let’s start with a sneak peak:
“The sea was near. Though she couldn’t see it, she smelled the salt air and heard its roar as it hit the rocks close by. The branches around her held scary shadows. The forest was thick here, and she put her hand on the rough bark of a tree that smelled like Christmas. Mommy had told her to stay far away from the rocks.
But which way are they?
It was too dark to tell. She was afraid to move for fear she’d tumble off a cliff.”
Already we are hooked into the story with the Prologue. The suspense of this story kept me guessing as I read. Small pieces of a greater puzzle were revealed a piece at a time, so I could hardly stand to put it down.
So where did Colleen come up with the setting of “The Inn at Ocean’s Edge?” In a trip to the coast of Maine. Who said writer’s research can’t be fun?
“One thing I loved about Maine was the terrific ice cream and the way I could get even gluten free lobster rolls! Yummy!”
Highlights of the book I found as a reader:
*The unique occupations of the hero and heroine’s family really drew me in. Claire’s father is the CEO of the Hotel Tourmaline. Luke’s family owns a cranberry farm and he also works with baby orcas.
*Two old mysteries interwoven together.
*The sizzle of the romance on the page between Luke and Claire.
*The twists and turns of the plot.
*The beautiful imagery Colleen weaves makes you feel as if you are sitting at the ocean shore.
*The characters come alive on the page with their very distinct personalities.
A sneak peak at a taste of back cover copy:
“In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the Island of Folly Shoals, Maine. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. Nobody knows where Claire spent that year- and until now, Claire didn’t even know she had ever been missing.”
I highly recommend this book as one of your spring/summer reads!
For your chance to enter the drawing for a copy of Colleen Coble’s new book The Inn At Ocean’s Edge, leave a comment telling something about the state of Maine(if you look something up really quick… that still counts).