Considering I have a nine part series I'm also hoping to release this year, I guess I'd better learn quick!
I spent most of this past week reformatting all three of the books and something unexpected happened. I fell back in love with my characters. So, let me introduce you to a few of them--or reintroduce you, if you're one of the folks who missed them the first time around.
The Wild Geese Inn, which is where all the stories are set, is a smallish resort hotel that has seen better days. Located in the fictional town of Atlas Beach. And, seriously, WTF is wrong with my fellow New Jerseyans that no one ever thought to give that name to an actual town? Atlas Beach that was once a very popular Destination of Choice for Jersey Shore-goers but now, much like the hotel itself, it's fallen out of favor. And that was before Hurricane Sandy showed up to beat the everliving crap out of it. The the town is rebuilding. The hotel? Ah, that's where our story begins.
"Wild Geese" is a term that was first coined in the 16th century. It initially referred to a particular brigade of soldiers who left Ireland to fight in France. Over the next few centuries the meaning changed--as frequently happens! At first it was applied to any Irish soldier who left to fight abroad, and gradually it began to be used to reference any Irish emigrant.
The Inn was founded by an unnamed ancestor of our protagonists. All we know is that he, or she, came from Ireland, settled in Atlas Beach and opened a hotel. It's possible the pub came first, and the hotel came later (in fact that's very, very possible--and would explain a lot!) but now it's just one big, sprawling, Victorian-era, conglomeration of accomodations. There's the hotel itself--a grand old building that's big on charm and romance, but totally lacking in modern amenities. And, it's haunted. There's a restaurant, the aforementioned pub, the only part of the package that works year 'round and which, seemingly, has a boggart attached to it. Boggarts are Scottish, and how it came to live in an Irish pub is anyone's guess. There are also beach cottages that are located on the adjacent blocks, and which--by and large--are only habitable during the summer months.
The property has been in the same family since it first opened, but since it has always been handed down along the matrilineal line, the names keep changing. When the story opens, matriarch Moira Walsh Gallagher has just passed away, leaving the hotel to her three adult grandchildren, Brenda Donovan, Luke Kelly, and Gwyn Carmichael.
Great-grandfather Walsh (Moira's father) is the closest thing the family has to a patriarch, and given that his wife kicked him to the curb, we can assume that he wasn't a very good one. He's the man responsible for the family curse, but since no one believes in the curse anyway, they don't hold it against him. Much.
Berke Weidman was Gwyn's college boyfriend--the good guy who still managed to break her heart when he left her for his bad boy best friend Cam Steiner. Gwyn hasn't seen either of the men since the super hot, totally disastrous Valentine's Day weekend the three of them spent in one of the hotel's cottages.
Now, it's Valentine's Day once more and they DID NOT just show up at her door again! Gwyn's ready to peace out on whatever the guys are planning, but it seems the ghosts have other ideas.
Luke's domain is the pub, and his two bête noires are the boggart who messes with the bar, and Kristy DiLuca, who messes with his head, and his heart, and always has. Luke's a sadist, and even if Kristy hadn't friend-zoned him back when they were kids, he'd still be reluctant to introduce her to all his kinks.
Kristy has loved, lusted, and longed for her good friend for as far back as she can remember. But Luke grew up with two gorgeous cousins, and Kristy could never believe he could ever really be interested in plain old her. Little does he know, but she'd love for him to do all the kinky stuff he's dreamed of doing. Luckily for the two of them, the boggart's got their back...or does he? Pinning all your hopes on a mischief-making spirit is probably not the best idea!
Like her cousins, Brenda has always dreamed of someday returning to Atlas Beach and running the Wild Geese Inn. But, now that someday is here, she's not sure the three of them are ready for it. The hotel's losing money and unless Brenda can come up with a solid plan, the three of them are going to lose their entire inheritance. That's where Max comes in...or so she thinks.
Max Murphy is a bit of a dark horse. He's working undercover at the Inn. Brenda thinks he's helping her negotiate a profitable sale of the property. Brenda's cousins think he's warming Brenda's bed. There's more going on than any of the cousins realize--but is it destiny taking a hand, or the family curse kicking in? Only time will tell...
Click HERE to read the prologue!
For Berke and Cam, the weekend isn't just about fun, or adding some spice to their marriage; it's about winning back the woman who got away, and convincing her to give a committed three-way relationship a shot. They each have skills that could help make the hotel a success -- and they're not above bartering to get what they want. but first they have to get past the walls Gwyn's built to keep them out. But while Cam's biggest concern is making sure Gwyn doesn't break Berke's heart a second time, Berke is worried about what Cam will think if he learns about Berke's part in screwing things up the last time around.