Welcome to ChickLitMay! Today’s adventure is a blog hop (with several great stops) and a Grand Prize drawing for something near and dear to my heart – caramels! (details below)
Today, I’m painting a scene from page 45 of my third novel, At the Edge of the Sea, a scene that takes place in the hot, steamy summer of 1959, in a little town called Orchard Hill. Lizzy has made a pilgrimage to one of her favorite places in the world – the public library…
Can’t a girl even check a book out of the library without a hassle?
Lizzy Quinlan is on the hunt for a book when she’s bedeviled by that stupid Johnny Lee. It’s just a typical day in the life of the town’s bad girl, but Lizzy is running out of patience with the same old song and dance.
Oh, she’ll fend him off. She always fends them off-if she wants to-but sometimes she wishes she could just get on a bus and ride right out of town. Forget the whole lot of them.
In the midst of her own drama, she’s missed the fact that today, she and the boorish Johnny Lee have an audience.
The new guy in town, Billy Ray Davenport, has spied her from the book stacks.
Mmm, Billy Ray. He’s been on her mind lately. He’s a looker, that’s for sure, but a little uptight for her taste. Besides, he’ll never be interested in a girl like her, even if he does react like every other red-blooded American male – a reaction he couldn’t hide the day they were swimming out at the quarry.
But right now, she’s got to get rid of that blasted Johnny Lee, who’s so close he’s almost standing on top of her.
“I told you, I got chores.” She stood her ground. “Now, back up. I gotta find this other book…for Jeannie.”
“Your loss, baby doll.”
“Me and Hank, we can wait for you. Give you a ride home if you want.”
“I’m not going home yet.”
“I thought you had chores…”
“Oh, good Lord Almighty, Johnny Lee! I told you I wasn’t going with you. Go on and git. Your buddies are waiting for you. And I got stuff to do.”
Billy Ray, the story’s narrator, listens from the next aisle, curious and conflicted. He knows what the townspeople say about Lizzy Quinlan, but he’s starting to suspect there’s more to her – and her story – than meets the eye. As much as he’d like to forget that day at the quarry, and the next day’s conversation in the churchyard, he can’t. She draws his attention every time she comes into view – like a moth to a flame. When she’s put upon by that local goon in the book stacks, he can’t help but eavesdrop…and wonder if he should intervene.
Learn more about Billy Ray and Lizzy here
LIZZY QUINLAN LIVES IN THE SHADOW OF HER PAST….
Everyone in Orchard Hill knows Lizzy’s bad reputation and won’t let her forget it. But in the summer of 1959, Billy Ray Davenport, an itinerant minister’s son, arrives in town. He discovers an indomitable strength behind the allure his father says is ‘designed to lead men astray.’ Lizzy spouts quirky bursts of wisdom and exudes an effortless sensuality that calls to him like a siren’s song. Billy Ray thinks he could be the one who helps her swim against the tide of disapproval; he could free her once and for all.
But a stormy path awaits the unlikely pair. Lizzy’s past cannot help but shape her future, and ready or not, this beautiful, complex mystery girl is about to change Billy Ray’s life—and his heart—forever.
A new novel from award-winning author, Karen M Cox, At the Edge of the Sea is a realistic love story told by an idealistic young man. As society’s sands shift under his feet, Billy Ray navigates the ocean of approaching adulthood— a journey as ever-changing and ancient as the sea itself.
Winner of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Romance and Chick-Lit Categories.
More praise for At the Edge of the Sea:
“Readers will be entertained and inspired by this winning tale.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“At the Edge of the Sea is a poignant and expressive love story that should not be missed!” – Austenesque Reviews
Please be sure to visit all the Chick Lit May Blog Hop Stops below. There are books to spark all kinds of literary adventures!
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