Sun, Sand and Seances (Tease)
Kathleen Ann Gallagher
Bobbi Collins is a caring and devoted kindergarten teacher who had
her world turned upside down when her fiancé died after a lover’s
quarrel. Five years later, she still struggles with acceptance. Her role
as an educator fills up her week, but on weekends, she longs for
something more. When she stumbles across a newspaper ad for a psychic
fair in the historic town of Cape May, New Jersey, it seems like the
answer. Bobbi is determined to revive her once vibrant life.
Kevin Carlton a successful realtor is tired of the dating game. He
doesn’t remember buying a raffle ticket, but when his co-worker
announces he holds the winning number, he decides to take a chance and
attend the all expense paid weekend in Cape May, at the Lady of the
Sea’s Psychic Fair. He hopes to find a spiritualist who has the ability
to contact his late father and prove he has become a man to be proud of.
Sparks fly when Bobbi and Kevin run into one another at the fair. When
strange happenings occur, Bobbi rushes into her ex-boyfriend’s arms. She
never imagined having a weekend of magic, memories, and a chance to
rekindle the flame with her lost love.
Can sun, sand, and séances cast a spell on their hearts and allow the
reunited couple to find what they both desire, or will the spirits
sabotage it all?
Genre: Paranormal romance, contemporary, chick lit
Heat level: 3
Word count – 15k
Cover art by Gilded Heart Designs
“Maybe someone doesn’t want us to go out together.” She folded her arms and trembled.
He sat beside her on the bed and slid close. “Don’t be scared.
There’s always something to repair in these old hotels. Try not to let
all of the ghost stories get to you. It’s all in fun.”
“The stories I’ve heard sound real.”
“I think the air conditioner made the noise.” He laughed.
Bobbi grabbed the blanket from the edge of the bed and placed it around her shoulders. “Don’t you feel the cold air?”
“Did you turn it on when you came into the room?”
“No, I thought you did.”
“Now, that’s weird. I didn’t touch it.” Kevin tucked her against
him. With their bodies close, neither of them said another word.
The warmth of his touch calmed her nerves, and Bobbi turned to
gaze into his eyes. She gasped when he gave her an intense stare and
placed his hand on the side of her face. Her desire surfaced and the
wall she’d built to protect her heart since her fiancé’s death began to
loosen. His cologne teased her to remember how sweet he had always been.
As Kevin pulled her close and nuzzled her neck, she wrapped her arms
around his broad back. When he placed his lips on hers and searched her
mouth with his tongue, she whimpered and surrendered to his embrace. His
kiss a reminder of the fun-filled days and long passionate nights. Why
had she given him up? The image of her fiancé flashed in her mind like a
bucket of cold water, and she shoved against Kevin’s chest, loosening
“Wait, wait…. We can’t do this! I came here to contact Greg. It
doesn’t feel right.” Bobbi broke loose and straightened her blouse.
Emotion she couldn’t identify touched her deep within and twisted
her heart. “I’m sorry I upset you, Bobbi. I’ve always remembered what
we shared.” His voice cracked, and he slammed his hand down on the bed.
“I know we were both young, but I made a terrible mistake to lose touch
with you. You’re a beautiful woman….”
Although writing is my passion, nursing is my vocation. I work in an
emergency room, and it’s been challenging and rewarding to be such an
integral part of so many others’ daily struggles. I have a wonderful
husband who always offers his support, and never complains about my
crazy schedule. One of our favorite romantic getaways is Cape May, New
Jersey, an old, historic beach town where we take a step into the past
and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Although my children are all grown
with busy lives of their own, Chaz, our Shepherd mix, still dutifully
stands guard at the house. We are also blessed with three adorable
Other interests of mine include cooking, reading, and the theater.
However, spending time with my family is most important to me. Even
though my life is filled with work, family, etc., my mind continues to
ponder the next story or concept for a new novel.
Thanks to Decadent Publishing for the opportunity to review a story from the new Tease line. I hadn’t had the chance to check out that line yet. Thanks to Kathleen Ann Gallagher for creating a story that took us to a place that not many do.
I love that this story brought in the aspect of spiritual advisors to light. Some people believe in them, some people don’t. I don’t know where I stand at this point because I have never seen one, but my mom and two of my sisters have. Some of the predictions have come true and some have not. However, I will say that I have faith that there is a plan for everyone and if something is meant to happen, it will.
I enjoyed watching the two characters reconnect and also talk about why they were at Cape May for the weekend. Some things have a way of working out in ways that we don’t expect.