Seaside Sweets (Love Along Hwy 30A #1)
by Melissa Chambers
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
After her crappy ex runs up her credit card, clears her bank account, and gets her fired, Seanna Perry makes her escape to the quaint beach town of Seaside, Florida. The houses are pastel, the ocean air heaven, and the men hot as the Gulf Coast sun…one in particular. But while paying the price, literally, for the last man she trusted with her heart, she’s not interested in any sort of beach romance, or so she keeps reminding herself.
Living in the idyllic coastal paradise of the 30A area hasn’t eased Blake Evans’ guilt over what went down three years ago. He can’t stop blaming himself, and certainly none of his wonderful friends can ever find out what happened. Blake’s done a good job of keeping romantic feelings toward any women at bay, and he needs to keep it that way. But when Seanna begins to show him how to live again, he finds himself struggling to keep his guard up.
Seaside Sweets is book one in the Love Along Highway 30A series, which features beautiful beach communities, a circle of unique and amazing friends, and romances that will have you cheering on the couples and fanning yourself from the heat. All books are standalone and can be enjoyed in or out of order.
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1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
Oh, I’m a TOTAL pantser. I used to be ashamed of that until I found out how many fantastic authors are pantsers. I’m not someone who can sit down and plot or write a synopsis well (I have been forced to do this for contracted books, but I don’t like it!). I don’t know these characters yet! I have to just start writing so that I can get to know them. That being said, the final product looks VERY different from the first rough draft. I write a lot of words that get deleted!
2. Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?
Yes, a fabulous one! It’s like playing tennis with the Williams sisters. They’re so much better than me, and they make me better after every meeting.
3. How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
I’m really bad about coming up with a setting first and then placing characters in it. The Love Along Hwy 30A series was totally born out of my love for this real life place. It’s this series of beach communities along the Gulf Coast of Florida that each has it’s own unique feel ranging from a Mediterranean paradise to pastel homes with white picket fences. That setting just begged for some romance!
4. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
Just write! So often when I tell people I’m an author, they say they’ve always wanted to write a novel. I can’t understand why they don’t just do it! I think it seems daunting, but it really shouldn’t be. Just write from your heart and create characters that people want to root for!
5. What are your favorite:
I love women’s fiction and romantic stories. I wait with bated breath for anything from Jane Green, Sophie Kinsella, Liane Moriarty, or Emma Straub. I also love quirky stories like Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine or Where’d You Go, Bernadette? I recently finished You by Caroline Kepnes and can’t wait for the television series! I also love mysteries from Gillian Flynn, Kimberly McCreight, and Jane Corry.
My recent binges have included Better Call Saul, Ozark, Stranger Things, Riverdale, Episodes, and Sneaky Pete. I’m a sucker for anything character-driven. I am also shamelessly glued to Big Brother every summer.
Alt rock! It’s what I’ve listened to since I was a teenager, and I’ve never stopped! I love the Arctic Monkeys, Japandroids, Royal Blood, Sir Sly, The Shelters, Foals, Joywave, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, VANT, and so many others. My all-time favorite band is The Police, and Led Zeppelin is always a staple.
Dark chocolate almonds and Cheez-Its. That’s all I really need to live.
Also available in the series now!
Maya Forbes has never had a one-night-stand. With her irresponsible but brilliant sister filling the role of flighty one, Maya must live sensibly and dutifully. But when she meets a gorgeous redneck from Panama City Beach who makes her head whirl, she must quit thinking idiotic thoughts about upending her life after one week of mind-altering sex, especially with her dream promotion waiting for her back home. Bo Harrison has lived his entire life in a tourist town where the women he meets are typically gone in a week. After a long-term relationship that left him mentally drained, he didn’t mind the easy, week-long romances for a while. But watching his best friend fall in love has him thinking along those lines, especially when he meets a woman unlike any he’s ever dated—smart, sexy, independent. The catch? She leaves in one week, of course.
With Shayla Harrison’s dangerous ex leaving rehab and headed her way, she needs to find a safe house and fast. When tall, dark, and ridiculously handsome Chase O’Neil offers a secure place to stay in beautiful Seagrove Beach for dirt cheap, she and her wallet can’t refuse. Romance is the last thing she wants, but the safety and warmth she feels with Chase are impossible to ignore. Chase is the life of the party. He makes everyone laugh—whatever it takes to hide a soul-deep pain he can't fix. He’s been living in romance purgatory since his son died and his marriage ended six years ago. When he meets the mysterious and intriguing Shayla, the emotional wall he’s worked so hard to build starts to crumble. She makes him want all the things he knows he can’t have, including her love.
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