Asylum Harbor, a contemporary romance with some suspense and action/adventure thrown in. Devon Brown moves to the remote Shell Island to start her new job as the bartender of the Salty Dog. But if she wanted to avoid trouble, she’s sorely disappointed. She finds plenty of it—most of it in the form of Kerr, the reclusive and moody harbor master for Asylum Harbor. There’s also a vindictive stripper and liquored up ferry boat captain to contend with and that’s just the beginning. Despite a bumpy first encounter, Devon and Kerr develop an unlikely friendship which begins to turn serious. There are some who aren’t too happy about this and make it their mission to destroy whatever happiness the two are trying to find together.Hi everyone! Thanks so much to Rachel and Bitten By Books for letting me stop by again. I’m really excited to be here. This time around, I’d like to tell you about my latest book,
I loved writing a story that takes place on an island, just off the mainland. So where did the idea come from? It started after a trip to Shell Island. Yes, this place actually exists but it’s uninhabited aside from some seagulls. Visitors go there during low tide to find sand dollars and seashells that wash up on the beach. If you go there, wear plenty of sunscreen and don’t volunteer to ride the Sea-Doo when the waters are choppy. Just a warning!
So, do Devon and Kerr find happily ever after? Well, I can’t give that away. I always like to say “I write a ‘happy for now but there could be some bad things coming’ story”. Since Asylum Harbor is the first of three (hopefully) stories in the Salty Dog Series, there’s still plenty of trouble to get the people of Shell Island into.
Excerpt from Asylum Harbor:
“You already got dibs on this one Kerr?”
Porter shot an evil glare at the opposite end of the bar and looked back toward her. “I’ll see you tonight.” He flicked his tongue. “After work.” He raised his glass in a mock toast and chugged it in one gulp.
The lights dimmed for Victoria’s dance of the night. Devon watched Kerr, who was usually headed for the exit by now, and breathed a sigh of relief when he remained glued to his seat with his back to the stage. He wasn’t staying for Victoria’s peep show. There must have been something about this Porter character that got under his skin in a bad way.
Devon was eager for the quick break. She hustled to the back as the chords to “Simply Irresistible” began to pelt over the speakers and ran some cold water over her forearm. A red welt was beginning to show where Porter had held onto it. She hoped he would be gone by the time she got back.
Making it out before mid-song, Devon rounded the bar when someone snagged her wrist and thrust her hard against the bar, knocking the wind out of her. She could smell Porter’s alcohol-laced breath as his weight pinned her under him. One of his grubby hands shot under her shirt while the other wrestled with the button on her pants. “Let’s give them a real show.”
She struggled to reach the Equalizer, but it remained hidden, out of her grasp. Devon hoisted her knee toward his crotch, but Porter lost his balance and fell backward before she could make contact.
Kerr towered over him. “Get your hands off her.”
About Isla Grey
Isla Grey is from Central Virginia and still lives in the same small town she grew up in. She developed a love of writing at an early age and over the years has tried her hand at penning poetry (some good, some not so good), screenwriting, newspaper articles and historical stories. She’s “old school” when it comes to writing and is a hoarder of more pens, post-it notes and writing journals than she’ll ever need. Isla likes to write different types of stories from romance to mystery and anything in between and loves a “happy for now but there could be some bad things coming” feel. When Isla’s not writing, she spends her time being called “Mom, Mama, Mommy” (well, you get the picture) by her daughter who is forever active, even in her sleep. She considers herself an unofficial “cat whisperer” and is a pet human to a plethora of cats that have taken up residence at her home over the years. Isla also enjoys reading a good biography or ghost story, traveling even though “there’s no place like home”, good music played loud and walking.
Isla loves movies and is the movie mistakes editor at Bellaonline.com where she talks about…well…movies. Her novella, “A Voice in the Dark”, is available now and her book, “Asylum Harbor”, will be released September 16th, 2015 through Wild Rose Press.Connect with IslaCONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide.
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