News of Puerto Rico’s devastation from September’s Hurricane Maria had been difficult to watch. I hope this magnificent island keeps on recovering. I feel connected to PR; I must have visited at least a half-dozen times. I’ve been going there for vacation since I was five years old. My mother had the travel bug, and I was lucky enough to tag along.
About a year ago, I decided to set the story for my newest release, HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN (Building Love #2), in PR. Writing about San Juan and Condado Beach felt comfortable, familiar, and exciting.
This past summer, my mom and I went to the Dominican Republic for the first time. (The pictures here are all ones that I took.)
I found out that the sites and sounds of this wonderful country are quite similar to Puerto Rico, its next-door neighbor. I was tempted to take a little-known ferry traveling between DR and PR in honor of HOTTER’s upcoming release.
My mother and I explored the Dominican’s Santo Domingo and Punta Cana. We also explored a few eco beaches along DR’s south-eastern shore. Each place we visited helped forge a connection with one more wonderful Caribbean destination.
In fact, I’ve loved every place I’ve explored in the Caribbean (Martinque, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, various private islands, and Bermuda – which is technically considered “Altantic” although many consider it to be “Northern Caribbean.”) Of them all, though, Puerto Rico has the strongest hold on my heart. Familiarity breeds love.
It’s not just the beauty of the Caribbean islands that fascinates me—it’s the people. Whether in a resort, or wandering in the towns and villages, the people of the Caribbean are the nicest you’d ever want to meet. Equally beneficial, the islands have given me a source of endless inspiration.
If you look in between the columns of the wedding dome in the above photo, you’ll see a pirate ship. I hope readers find my newest release, HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN, equally as romantic.
HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN was released October 18, 2017. (Each book in the “Building Love” series can be read as a stand-alone novel.)
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HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN – In the Caribbean, the secrets, sex, and scandals are hotter!
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.
BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS – Love is the biggest gamble of all
book blurb for BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS (Building Love #1)
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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