That Thing You Do by Maria Geraci
Whispering Bay #1
Allie Grant doesn’t believe in second chances. She does, however, believe in the power of a permanent paycheck. So when a tipster reports that the soon-to-be demolished senior center in her hometown is haunted, Allie hightails it to Whispering Bay to get the scoop that could secure her dream job at Florida! magazine. What she finds, though, is far scarier than any ghost. Cue her ex-boyfriend, sexy construction foreman Tom Donalan.
When Tom catches Allie poking around his construction site, he quickly realizes his former high school flame is just as feisty as ever. And, heaven help him, her irresistible, mile-high legs still take his breath away. But Tom isn’t about to delay the building’s demolition because of a silly ghost story.
With neither of the stubborn exes backing down from their opposing positions, sparks fly. And, underneath the surface, the fire of their old attraction burns as hot as ever. When strange things start happening with increasing frequency around town, even a tough skeptic like Tom is tested. The question is, can Allie and Tom stop fighting long enough to get to the bottom of Whispering Bay’s ghost problem—and the more important matter of mending their broken hearts?
A few books back, I wrote about a group of women who play Bunco. The books were contemporary romances/women’s fiction and while the women in the Bunco group were all great secondary characters, each book was really about finding love.
Fast forward a few years and to my new series, my Whispering Bay Romances. Each book in my series is about a couple who must struggle to find love. However, they get a lot of help along the way from the people in my fictional town of Whispering Bay. And boy, do they ever! Not only do I have my Bunco Babes, the rest of my quirky townspeople are always ready to help Cupid shoot his arrow in the right direction. I think that’s one of the things that makes small town romances so endearing. No couple is isolated in reality, nor should they be in fiction. Nosy mommas and interfering neighbors are par for the course in Whispering Bay, just like they are in real life.
Sometimes, of course, all those extra characters can have the opposite effect, like when my main characters in That Thing You Do, Tom and Allie, are forced to spend the night in an abandoned building only to wake up to half the town protesting the building’s demolition the next morning. Talk about lack of privacy! And when Allie’s brother, Zeke, the town’s chief-of-police gets involved, things can get pretty sticky for a few chapters. Never fear, however, because this is a romance, which means there’s a guaranteed happily-ever-after. I hope you enjoy the humorous small town feel of my novels. I sure did enjoy writing them!
About the Author
Maria Geraci writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction with a happy ending. The Portland Book Review called her novel, The Boyfriend of the Month Club, “immensely sexy, immensely satisfying and humorous.” Her fourth novel, A Girl Like You, was nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA ® award. She lives in north Florida with her family, which includes a very needy chihuahua, an extremely needy dachshund and a not-so-needy cat (guess which one she likes best?). You can reach at her www.mariageraci.com.
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