In each of the Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach books I spotlight one of the family members. One of the secondary characters in Mark Delaney’s story is Padraig Delaney, the grandfather who came to America in the 1950s to help maintain the new lush golf courses along central coast California, and the person Mark has a special bond with. This Is how I pictured Padraigh.
Ever been chauffeured on your first date by someone in a golf cart? Thanks to Grandda Delaney, Laurel Prescott has. It was just one of the ways to lightened the mood for two brooding characters, Mark and Laurel, who needed to re-learn how to enjoy life.
I also used the gorgeous Pacific Ocean as a way to help Mark and Laurel let down their hair. My favorite scene at the end of Chapter Two involves the ocean and a kiss.
Another significant part of the book involves building a gazebo
And, of course, surfing!
I’ve mentioned this before, but the Delaney trilogy originally came to me in a paranormal package. This was a huge departure for me and I wasn’t sure what to do or how to handle it. Being a contemporary author, who wanted to continue publishing with Harlequin, I knew some elements of the story had to change. To satisfy my longing for a bit of the supernatural in these books, I came up with a fun and perhaps silly thread throughout all three books where Grandda – Padraig – who came over to US from Ireland in the 1950s, still believed in fanciful things like little people and selkies. So when his grandsons saved a seal from being eaten by a pod of orca, Padraig was sure they’d saved a selkie who now owed them all favors, and he decided his three eligible grandsons would all soon find the loves of their lives because of it. I really had fun putting that aspect into each book.
Come visit Sandpiper Beach and get to know the Delaney family in this small town series.
Book #1 – FOREVER A FATHER (March 2018)
Book #2 – SOLDIER, HANDYMAN, FAMILY MAN (April 2018)
Book #3 – REUNITED WITH THE SHERIFF (May 2018)
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Until next time, make it a great one!