Photo above: Hurricane Maria over Puerto Rico, from the National Hurricane Center.
My personal relationship with Puerto Rico started when I was five years old. My mother took me on a trip to visit Condado Beach. I was a New York City kid and this was my first trip out of the country. I was so entranced by Puerto Rico I still have some memories of it. Mental images of our playing in the sand, laughing, swimming, and eating at the hotel where we stayed. That trip was so wonderful, we repeated it—several times.
When I got married, my husband joined my mother and I. When he turned forty, my gift to him was one more trip there. (As an amazing coincidence, where I stayed with him on that trip, The Marriott Hotel Stellaris, is actually depicted right in the book cover of my latest novel. It’s the large brown rectangular building in the background.)
Just how big of an impact has PR had on my life? Big enough that about a year ago I decided to set the book I was writing—book #2 of my “Building Love” series—right there. Writing these scenes was as easy for me as walking through a warm, gentle Caribbean breeze. I knew the locations I wrote about because the images I had lived on, and powerfully.
In this story, which I ultimately named HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN, there is a scene where a tropical storm kicks in. I wrote this scene as a literary device. I wanted outside turmoil to reflect the character’s inner turmoil.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think that at the time of my book launch—which coming up on October 11th—that Puerto Rico would be reeling from an actual hurricane, one that would leave the island devastated. Frankly, news of the hurricane has devastated me, too. I picture the people living there in very real jeopardy. A jeopardy that my literary characters obviously cannot be exposed to.
My heart goes out to the wonderful people of PR. And although it is too late for me to change the dedication page to add them, I would if I could.
So, people of Puerto Rico, HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN (Building Love#2) is dedicated to you. I wish you the speediest of recoveries. My heart is in your hands.
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Book blurb for HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN (Building Love #2)
Luis Serrano, the unwanted love child of a hotel construction magnate, is determined to reach his father’s level of success. When Luis finds himself pitted against his half-brother for control over their ailing father’s company, sibling rivalry comes to a head. The stakes are high—the brother that best completes their portion of the Caribbean construction project will gain control over the entire company. To win, Luis hires an interior design firm. But the firm will have to perform difficult work under serious time constraints.
Melanie Merritt is used to sibling rivalry. She’s always been second best to her older sister, the “golden child” of their parent’s interior design firm. Melanie’s desire is to be an artist. She works for her family to appease them. Her newest task is to implement a complex project for Luis Serrano in an impossibly short deadline. If she fails, her family’s company may go bankrupt. But Melanie can’t keep her too-creative ideas away from her family, and the client.
Completing work on time won’t be easy. Especially when dual sibling rivalries threaten to destroy the project—and a passion hotter than the Caribbean.
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Catherine “Cat” Warner has problems. The profits from her inns are down. The pressure from her parents is up. Her love life is non-existent. But Cat did manage to get the attention of tough, powerful, gorgeous hotel magnate Ty Orland. Unfortunately, his interest in her is for all the wrong reasons. Instead of wanting Cat, this debonair CEO only wants her land—a parcel he desperately needs for his next big development deal. Too bad, it’s not for sale. A people pleaser by nature, Cat knows to stand strong. If she caves in to the demands of this sexy, alluring man, it will be her own neck on the line.
Ty Orland has a lot of things going for him. Success. Power. Respect. Unfortunately, he’s also got an old chip on his shoulder and a new financial nightmare. His development deal is going down in flames—and fast. His only way out is if Cat sells him her strategically located parcel. But romancing the land from her is not easy when love gets in the way. The woman is as beautiful as she is beguiling. And Ty no longer knows which prize is more valuable.
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